July

BRAZORIA: July 21 Santa Ana Ball This is a re-enactment of a ball held in Brazoria, Texas in 1832 after the Battle of Velasco. The evening includes a gourmet fajita and enchilada dinner, silent and live auction, and dancing. It is a costume ball in the era of the Republic of Texas. There is a costume contest for Best Couple and party favors for all. Brazoria Civic Center, 202 W. Smith St. 979-824-0455; brazoriahf.org

BROWNSVILLE: July 20-21 Zoo Family Starlight Sleepover Tour the zoo at night and challenge your senses to observe nocturnal animals. It’s a sleepover in a nice air-conditioned building. Enjoy games, a pizza party, and an early morning outdoor breakfast. The Starlight Sleepover is for adults and kids over the age of 7. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. 956-548- 9453; gpz.org

CLUTE: July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Planetarium Show The show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.org

CLUTE: July 12-14, 19-21 “Shrek! The Musical” Enjoy watching the ogre and his friends in a family-friendly musical. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.org or visitbrazosport.com

CLUTE: July 25-27 Great Texas Mosquito Festival This fun-filled, family event includes food booths, arts and crafts, a three-day carnival, and live entertainment capping off each evening. Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive. 979-265-8392; mosquitofestival.com or visitbrazosport.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 31 Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series Every Thursday and Friday evening during the months of summer, Cole Park Amphitheater turns into a mecca of fun for the whole family. On Thursday nights enjoy free music in the amphitheater while kid- dos play in the park, then on Friday nights enjoy a free children’s movie under the stars. Cole Park, 2600 Ocean Drive. 361-826-3460; cctexas.com/departments/ parks-recreation-department

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 31 Hatchling Releases of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Every year, thousands of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are nested and hatched in Corpus Christi, then released into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch the baby sea turtles make their way into the ocean for the first time. Padre Island National Seashore, 20420 Park Road 22. 361-949-8068; nps.gov/pais

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 18 Kent Ullberg: Celebrating the Wild and Wonderful The newest featured exhibit show- cases works from Corpus Christi’s own Kent Ullberg, one of the world’s most distinguished wildlife artists. Ullberg is best known for iconic public sculptures, and the museum is filled with more than 50 sculptures depicting detailed fish, sea mammals, turtles, native birds, and majestic land animals. The world of Kent Ullberg is brought to museumgoers through interactive technology. Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-825- 3500; artmuseumofsouthtexas.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 8-Aug. 2 First Friday ArtWalk Watch downtown Corpus Christi come to life every first Friday of the month. Find artists, live music, and all things creative. Shop for local arts and crafts, see art exhibits in galleries, and enjoy mouthwatering food and drinks as you pop in and out of the many restaurants and local bars. Artesian Park, 524 Twigg St. 361-882-2363; marinaarts.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 14-July 7 The Summer Melodrama Get your popcorn ready and gear up for a hilarious, old-fashioned summer melodrama. Take part in the long standing tradition at this Corpus Christi theater with the whole family. Don’t miss your chance to cheer the hero, boo the villain, and throw as much popcorn as you like. Harbor Playhouse, 1802 N. Chaparral St., Bldg. No. 2. 361-882-5500; harborplayhouse.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 4 Fourth of July Big Bang Celebration The Fourth is not complete without a breathtaking fireworks show. Spend the day relaxing on the beach then head downtown for a one-of- a-kind fireworks show over Corpus Christi Bay. Water’s Edge Park, 602 South Shoreline Blvd. 361-561-2000; bigbangcorpuschristi.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 7 Frida Fanatics Festival On her birthday and death week, join in celebrating the life of Frida Kahlo, an artist whose works were inspired by nature and artifacts of Mexico. She is remembered for her boldness and using vibrant colors in her art. She had a passion for life and embraced her Mexican culture. There is Frida-inspired art, crafts, entertainment, and food. Don’t miss the look-alike contests one for adults and one for children—with cash prizes. Water Street Village, 505 S. Water St. 361-446-2843; visitcorpuschristitx.org/events

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 13 Plumeria Passions Class A week before the big annual sale, Plumeria Society veteran Frank Eicholz and friends discuss tips on purchasing and raising these exotic, tropical beauties and lead a tour of the Gardens and Nature Center’s impressive plumeria garden and Willoughby Viewing Platform. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100; stxbot.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 19-Aug. 11 “Gypsy” Harbor Playhouse presents one of the greatest musicals ever created. It is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. Harbor Playhouse, 1802 N. Chaparral St., Bldg. No. 2. 361-882-5500; harborplayhouse.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 20 Plumeria Society Annual Sale Attend this fabulous sale of plumeria starts and potted plants from Plumeria Society of South Texas members’ own collections. Entrance to the sale is free, with proceeds benefiting care and maintenance of the botanical gardens beautiful plumeria garden with tree- top-level viewing platform. Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely Drive. 361-991-4376; plumeriasocietyofsouthtexas.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 20 Spazmatics in Concert Take a trip down memory lane with a night full of classic ’80s hits after a Corpus Christi Hooks baseball game. The Hooks is a Double-A affiliate team of the World Series-winning Houston Astros. The Spazmatics put on an infectious show that captivates the entire crowd with their quirky personalities. To close out the night, enjoy a spectacular fireworks show over the baseball field and the Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. Whataburger Field, 734 E. Port Ave. 361-561-4665; milb.com/corpus-christi

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 20 Wingapalooza The American Bank Center hosts the third annual Wingapalooza where visitors can sample as many wings as they like and enjoy live music. American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-826-4700; americanbankcenter.com

EDNA: July 6 Brackenridge Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks This year’s event includes an antique tractor show and parade, a Kiddie Peddle Tractor Pull, the Ride’em-Push’em-Pull’em Parade, a watermelon eating contest, hot dog eating contest, DJ dance, and a fireworks show, as well as a new obstacle course competition. This event is free to the public. Brackenridge Park and Campground, 891 Brackenridge Parkway. 361-782-5456; brackenridgepark.com/independenceday

FREEPORT: July 3-7 Fishin’ Fiesta
Since 1947, fisherman have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish. Fireworks display is Friday night. Freeport Municipal Park, 421 Brazosport Blvd. 979-233-5137; fishinfiesta.com or visitbrazosport.com

FREEPORT: July 14 Freeport Market Square Local vendors showcase home- made goods and farm fresh items. Down- town Freeport, 311 E. Park Ave. 979-233- 0066; freeport.tx.us or visitbrazosport.com

FREEPORT: July 27 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297-0868; visitbrazosport.com

GALVESTON: July 5 Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers in Concert “The road goes on forever…” It’s not always easy to sum up a career—let alone a life’s ambition—so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card an- them just about do it. Making one of his frequent stops at The Grand this summer, he’ll be joined by Tyler Childers, singer- songwriter called “the New Voice of Appalachia” by Rolling Stone. Join these two musical poets for a summer treat. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

GALVESTON: July 12-14 “Menopause, the Musical” Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra…and memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex, and more. This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles. See what millions of women world- wide have been laughing about for 16 years. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

HARLINGEN: July 3 Freedom Fest This In- dependence Day celebration is filled with live music, food vendors, carnival rides, business vendors, and a fireworks show. Lon C. Hill Park, 1217 Fair Park Blvd. 956-622-5053; visitharlingentexas.com

HOUSTON: June 1-Aug. 25 “All You Can Eat” This solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela features larger-than-life piñatas depicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne.” This site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is in- tended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latino experience in the U.S. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. 713-529-4848; visithoustontexas.com

HOUSTON: June 27-July 28 “Josephine Tonight” This is the musical biography of showbiz legend Josephine Baker. “Josephine Tonight” draws on the early life of the internationally known singer, actress, and nightclub sensation who wowed audiences in America and Europe in the first quarter of the 20th century, and reveals the relation- ship of the young Josephine and her laundress mother who steers her toward success and then guides her to remember her roots. The Ensemble Theatre, 3535 Main St. 713-520-0055; ensemblehouston.com

HOUSTON: July 4 ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star Spangled Salute There’s no better way to celebrate the Fourth than with the Houston Symphony’s Star Spangled Salute to America. Enjoy all of your patriotic favorites and cap off the night with a spectacular fireworks display. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance. Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. 281-373-3386; milleroutdoortheatre.com

HOUSTON: July 27 All The Books Author Event Have you ever wanted to meet the person behind the pages? At All The Books Author Event, writers from various genres are in the same room at the same time solely for your entertainment. From crime to fantasy to children’s books, there is any- thing and everything your heart doesn’t know it desires yet. Browse and find your new favorite author. Entry is free. Hyatt Regency Houston Intercontinental Airport, 425 N. Sam Houston Parkway E. 832-704-3227; allthebooksevent.wixsite.com/atbevent

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Cole Degges in Concert Bring lawn chairs and refresh- ments for a free outdoor concert. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. 979-415-2600; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Firecracker 4 Run Enjoy a 4-mile run through the neighbor- hoods of Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek. This is a USATF-certified course. Dunbar Park, 803 FM 2004. visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Fireworks Dis- play Celebrate America’s birthday with fireworks. Dunbar Park, 803 FM 2004. 979-297-4533; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 4 Rubber Duck Regatta Get out on Oyster Creek for some
kayak and canoe fun. Teams will compete
to be one of the first 20 boats to retrieve
eight different rubber ducks that will be corralled along the creek and bring them
back to the starting point in order to win a prize. The total course length will be approximately 1 mile. Teams can consist of up
to two people and should bring their own kayaks or canoes, lifejackets, and paddles.
 Dunbar Park, 803 FM 2004. 979-297- 4533; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 6 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic archeological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. 979-297-1570; ljhistory.org or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: July 20 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 W. SH 332. 979-480-0999; gcbo.org or visitbrazosport.com

PALACIOS: July 4 Lions Club Fourth of July Celebration Celebrate Independence Day with a flag-raising ceremony, a kids parade, a barbecue lunch, carnival, helicopter rides, bingo, a LaSalle Landing re-enactment featuring La Petite Belle, and fire- works. East Bay Park, East Bay Boulevard. 361-972-2615; facebook.com/palacios.lions

PALACIOS: July 13 Poker in Palacios and Seafood Dinner This event is a fundraiser for the Chamber of Commerce. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. The poker tournament is a Texas hold’em series and the grand prize winner takes a $4,500 value. There is also Hi-Lo, black- jack, and bingo for the people who don’t play poker. Check out the gun raffle, live and silent auction, fantastic prizes, and the delicious seafood dinner, too. Palacios Recreation Center, 2401 Perryman Ave. 361-972-2615; palacioschamber.com

PORT ARANSAS: July 4 Fourth of July Fireworks Display Catch a spectacular fireworks display over the harbor. If can- celled by weather, it is the following evening. Robert’s Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd. 361-749-4111; cityofportaransas.org

PORT ARANSAS: July 11-14 The Deep Sea Round Up Fishing Tournament What began in 1932 as the Tarpon Roundup has grown from a handful of Port Aransas fishing and hunting guides pitting their skills against one another to become the largest family fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast. The monies from the Deep Sea Roundup are used to fund scholarships for community students and support community youth activities. This year’s roundup welcomes a new kayak division as well. Port Aransas Municipal Harbor, 301 JC Barr Blvd. 361-701-7711; deepsearoundup.com

RICHMOND: July 4 An American Tradition Nothing says America and Independence Day like games, speeches, and food. Enjoy this fun-filled day and celebrate America’s birthday with some old- fashioned game play. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281- 343-0218; georgeranch.org

ROCKPORT: July 6-7 Art Festival Rock- port Center for the Arts hosts its 50th annual Rockport Art Festival. Join the fun over Independence Day weekend. More than 120 artists and master craftsmen, selected from a competitive pool of applicants, present their original creations. Visitors also enjoy live music and entertainment, tasty food and drink, and a huge air-conditioned tent. There is also a children’s activity tent and collectible festival merchandise including the annual festival poster and T-shirt. Rockport Festival Grounds, SH 35 at Rockport Harbor. 361-729-5519; rockportartfest.com

ROCKPORT: July 13 Art Center Market Second Saturday Member artists exhibit and sell their unique and one-of-a-kind fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, fiber art, and more. Live music and food truck on site. Downtown Rockport, Austin Street. 361-729- 5519; rockportartcenter.com

ROCKPORT-FULTON: July 4 Fourth of July Boat Parade and Fireworks Get in the patriotic mood as you view the patriotic boat parade at noon. Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wen- dell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark. Rockport-Fulton Harbors. 361-729-6445; rockport-fulton.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: July 20 Rockport-Fulton Market Days More than 100 vendors and live music add extra fun during the third weekend of the month. The pet-friendly market offers more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, with seating in the shade. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze. 361-463-0125

SAN BENITO: July 6 ResacaFest Celebrate the spirit of America with live music, refreshments, performances, and a fireworks show. Heavin Memorial Park, 705 N. Bowie St. 956-361-3804; sanbenitoevents.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: July 2 Fourth of July Fireworks At 9:15 p.m. sharp, a silent barge in the center of the Bay releases its payload into the summer sky. Louie’s Back- yard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: July 31-Aug. 4 Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Fishers young and old compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SUGAR LAND: July 6 Red, White, Blues, and Brews Pack up your chairs and head to the Plaza to round out your Fourth of July weekend with snacks and brews from Baker St. Pub & Grill and live country music from Tribute to George Strait. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. 281-276- 6000; sugarlandtownsquare.com

SUGAR LAND: July 13 Sugar Land Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes attendees back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries. Sugar Land Heritage Museum & Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St., Building B, second floor. 281-275-2045; slheritage.org

SUGAR LAND: July 19-21, 26-28; Aug. 2-4 “Mamma Mia!” ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: July 28 Papa Roach in Concert with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves Alternative rock quartet Papa Roach heads out on their summer 2019 headlining run, the Who Do You Trust? Tour, with Asking Alexandria and Bad Wolves. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land,
18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

TOMBALL: July 4 July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival Tomball’s annual celebration is the largest birthday bash in northwest Harris County. Aerial fireworks, live music, a tribute to veterans, food vendors, and a giant kids zone pack the fun. There is free admission and parking. Business 249 north of FM 2920. 281-351-5484; tomballtx.gov

TOMBALL: July 6 Narrated Glass Blowing Demonstration Come out to Houston’s only open-access studio and watch us blow glass. We offer free, narrated demos on the first Saturday of every month (except Au- gust). Be sure to check our website before heading out, as demonstrations typically start at 3 p.m. There is also a showroom and gallery where you can find that perfect gift. Three Dimensional Visions—Glass Blowing Houston, 17442 FM 2920. 281-734-0366; threedimensionalvisions.com

VICTORIA: May 24-July 14 Kathleen Elliott Exhibit This exhibit features the glass sculpture work of Kathleen Elliott, where botanical forms are used to create surreal representations of nature. The Nave Muse- um, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8228; navemuseum.com

VICTORIA: July 26-Aug. 4 “Mamma Mia!” Theatre Victoria presents the stage adaptation of the hit musical. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. 361-570-8587; theatrevictoria.org

 

August

BROWNSVILLE: Aug. 3 Kids Appreciation Day This day dedicated to kids has giveaways, games, and activities throughout the zoo. The first 1,000 kids to make a passport receive a goodie bag filled with H-E-Buddy school supplies. Once a passport is full, they can enter the raffle to win awesome prizes like tickets to Schlitterbahn, bikes, and back- packs. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. 956-546-9453; gpz.org

CLUTE: Aug. 6, 13, 20, 23 Planetarium Show The show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high-tech equipment to give a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazos portcenter.org or visitbrazosport.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 31 Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series Every Thursday and Friday evening during the months of summer, Cole Park Amphitheater turns into a mecca of fun for the whole family. On Thursday nights enjoy free music in the amphitheater while kid- dos play in the park, then on Friday nights enjoy a free children’s movie under the stars. Cole Park, 2600 Ocean Drive. 361- 826-3460; cctexas.com/departments/ parks-recreation-department

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 31 Hatch- ling Releases of Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Every year, thousands of the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are nested and hatched in Corpus Christi, then released into the Gulf of Mexico. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience to watch the baby sea turtles make their way into the ocean for the first time. Padre Island National Seashore, 20420 Park Road 22. 361-949-8068; nps.gov/pais/learn/ nature/hatchlingreleases.htm

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 1-Aug. 18 Kent Ullberg: Celebrating the Wild and Wonderful The newest featured exhibit show- cases works from Corpus Christi’s own Kent Ullberg, one of the world’s most distinguished wildlife artists. The world of Kent Ullberg is brought to museum goers through interactive technology. Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-825- 3500; artmuseumofsouthtexas.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 8-Aug. 2 First Friday Art Walk Watch downtown Corpus Christi come to life every first Friday of the month. Find artists, live music, and all things creative. Shop for local arts and crafts, see art exhibits in galleries, and enjoy mouthwatering food and drinks as you pop in and out of the many restaurants and local bars. Artesian Park, 524 Twigg St. 361-882-2363; marinaarts.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: July 19-Aug. 11 “Gypsy” Harbor Playhouse presents one of the greatest musicals ever created. It is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Set all across America in the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Arthur Laurents’ landmark show explores the world of two-bit show business with brass, humor, heart, and sophistication. Harbor Playhouse, 1802 N. Chaparral St., Bldg. No. 2. 361-882-5500; harborplayhouse.com

FREEPORT: Aug. 11 Freeport Market Square Local vendors showcase home- made goods and farm fresh items. Down- town Freeport, 311 E. Park Ave. 979-233- 0066; freeport.tx.us or visitbrazosport.com

FREEPORT: Aug. 24 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297- 0868; visitbrazosport.com

GALVESTON: Aug. 3, 10 Jaston Williams: “Don’t Blame the Car!” Jaston Williams returns to The Grand for his annual summer outing. Known nationally as the co-author, co-star, and producer of the four award-winning plays in the Greater Tuna cycle, Williams is a writer, performer, and Grand favorite who will leave you in stitches. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

HARLINGEN: Aug. 24 Blues on the Hill: Back to School Blues Edition This concert series features local and interstate blues talent. Lawn chairs and blankets are welcome, and food and business vendors are on site. McKelvey Park, 1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip. 956-622-5053

HOUSTON: June 1-Aug. 25 “All You Can Eat” This solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Justin Favela features larger-than- life piñatas depicting a visual feast of Tex-Mex cuisine, from “nachos supreme” to “chili con carne.” This site-specific installation, which is both playful and challenging, is intended to generate conversation about popular culture, the politics of food, and the Latino experience in the U.S. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. 713-529-4848; visithoustontexas.com

HOUSTON: Aug. 23 Clay Walker in Con- cert Clay Walker has the kind of dedicated work ethic combined with talent that has made him one of the most successful country acts of the past decade. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway. 713- 772-5900; turntoproductions.com/events/ upcoming-events/clay-walker-arena- theatre-aug-23-2019

LAKE JACKSON: Aug. 3 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic archeological site of Major Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s. Abner Jackson Plantation Site, FM 2004 near SH 332. 979-297-1570; ljhistory.org or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: Aug. 17 Bird Banding Volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 W. SH 332. 979-480-0999; gcbo.org or visitbrazosport.com

PALACIOS: Aug. 3-4 St. Anthony’s Golf Tournament and Shrimporee Seafood Dinner Enjoy a golf tournament on Saturday and the Shrimporee on Sunday, including a live auction, seafood dinner, booths, and games. Palacios Golf Course, 289 R.B. Trull Blvd. 361-972-2443; stanthonypalacios.org

PALACIOS: Aug. 9-10 Fish Fest Tournament The 37th annual tournament features a shrimp boil and hot dogs for the kids on Friday and the fish festival on Saturday. There are also individual and youth fishing tournaments. Cash prizes and trophies are awarded. East Bay Park, East Bay Boulevard. 361-972-2615; palacioschamber.com

PALACIOS: Aug. 17-18 Cannonball Run Regatta—Youth Sailing Palacios Yacht Club is hosting the annual Cannonball Run Regatta which is focused on sailors under 20 years old sailing optimist and laser fleets and 420 sailboats. The Regatta is part of the Texas Sailing Association’s 2019 Youth Circuit. Palacios Yacht Club, 454B Main St. 512-335-7645; txsail.org/ youth-sailing/tsa-youth-circuit-2019

PORT ARANSAS: Aug. 7-11 Texas Leg- ends Billfish Tournament This fishing tournament was created from a previous tournament called the Bob Byrd Memorial Marlin Tournament, which was originally held in Galveston and Freeport, Texas. Bob Byrd Sr. was an innovator and was one of the first Texas fishermen to try trolling artificial lures for billfish instead of tradition- al natural bait. Weigh Station— Virginia’s Dock, 815 Trout St. 403-739- 4817; txlegends.com

PORT ARANSAS: Aug. 23-25 Texas Women’s Angler Tournament This is a women’s-only fishing tournament benefiting The Purple Door, formerly The Women’s Shelter of South Texas. An average of seventy boats and over 400 women anglers gather to fish the tournament. Each boat can choose its own theme and awards are given for best-dressed boat and best-dressed captain. Port Aransas Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A. 361-779- 8025; gofishtx.com

RICHMOND: Aug. 31 Labor Day Back- yard Barbecue Celebrate Labor Day weekend with traditional games and an old-fashioned 1930s barbecue at the historic George Ranch House. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281- 343-0218; georgeranch.org

ROCKPORT: Aug. 10 Art Center Market Second Saturday Member artists exhibit and sell their unique and one-of-a-kind fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, fiber art, and more. Live music and food truck on site. Downtown Rockport, Austin Street. 361-729- 5519; rockportartcenter.com

ROCKPORT-FULTON: Aug. 17 Rock- port-Fulton Market Days More than 100 vendors and live music add extra fun during the third weekend of the month. The pet- friendly market offers more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, with seating in the shade. Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze. 361-463-0125

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: July 31-Aug. 4 Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Fishers young and old compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. Bay anglers weigh in mouthwatering catches of speck- led trout, redfish, and flounder during the two days of fishing. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956- 761-3000; sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Aug. 9-11 Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT) The first all-ladies tournament in Texas is divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of Redfish, Trout, and Flounder, while anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of King, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna, and Dolphin. SPI Convention Centre, South Padre; Sea Ranch Marina II at South Point, Port Isabel, 7355 Padre Blvd. and 500 S. Point Ave. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SUGAR LAND: July 19-21, 26-28; Aug. 2-4 “Mamma Mia!” ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: Aug. 2 Butterfly Paint and Plant Fun Day Spread your creative wings as you paint your own butterfly garden pot and start a special plant with the guidance of butterfly garden experts. Learn all about butterflies, their plant preferences, habitats, and fall migration as you munch on some treats and dabble in other crafts. Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land, 13016 University Blvd. 281-313- 2277; hmns.org/hmns-at-sugar-land

SUGAR LAND: Aug. 10 Sugar Land Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes attendees back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries. Sugar Land Heritage Museum & Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St., Building B, second floor. 281-275-2045; slheritage.org

SUGAR LAND: Aug. 17 Sugar Land Superstar Finale Bring your lawn chairs to the Plaza and enjoy Sugar Land’s “American Idol”-like competition as finalists belt out their strongest tunes. The com- petition is in its 14th year. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. 281-276- 6000; sugarlandtownsquare.com

TOMBALL: Aug. 2 Tomball Night
Shop local and enjoy a fun night with friends and family. There are vendor booths, retail sales, a night parade, and fireworks. Downtown Tomball, 100 Market St. 281-351-7222; tomballchamber.org

VICTORIA: July 26-Aug. 4 “Mamma Mia!” Theatre Victoria presents the stage adaptation of the hit musical. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. 361-570-8587; theatrevictoria.org

VICTORIA: Aug. 10-11 Victoria Faire Shop till you drop with a huge number of vendors selling unique items. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. 888-225-3427; texasmarketguide.com

 

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