ANGLETON: Feb. 22 Austin Town Step back in time at this living history re- enactment that celebrates the lives of pioneers who settled colonial Texas between 1821 and 1832. It features character interpreters, demonstrations, sutlers, militia drill units, and period games. Brazoria County Fairgrounds, 901 S. Downing Road. 979-864-1208; bchm.org
BEAUMONT: Feb. 1-31 Amanda Barry and Kailee Viator These talented artists show their works in this collaborative exhibition. Amanda Barry is a ceramicist who incorporates clay, metal, glass, wood, ink, acrylic, and found objects into her pieces, while Kailee Viator is a painter known to use organic materials such as flowers, moss, and leaves in her art. The Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin St. 409-838-5393; theartstudio.org
BEAUMONT: Feb. 15 The Romantic Spirit of Music Join the Symphony of Southeast Texas for a night of fantastic music. Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl St. 409-892- 2257; discoverbeaumont.com
BEAUMONT: Feb. 21-23 Mardi Gras Southeast Texas Enjoy a family-friendly Mardi Gras celebration with parades, con- certs, carnival rides, street entertainment, and a kids’ zone. Downtown Beaumont, 700 Crockett St. 409-721-8717; mardigrassetx.com
BEAUMONT: Feb. 22 Spring Family Arts Day This free day of family fun gives children and their families an opportunity to participate in several hands-on art activities that correlate with current exhibitions. Art Museum of Southeast Texas, 500 Main St. 409-832-3432; amset.org
BROWNSVILLE: Feb. 27-29 Sombrero Festival First held in 1986 for the purpose of enhancing the spirit of Charro Days, this festival is now the largest event in Cameron County and benefits multiple nonprofit organizations and causes throughout the community. Enjoy food, music, cookoffs, and fun. Washington Park, 700 E. Madison St. 956-550-9682; sombrerofestival.com
CLUTE: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, 28 Planetarium Show The planetarium features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to reveal the night sky as it appears to the naked eye. A large variety of high- tech equipment gives a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com
CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 22-March 4 Winter Lecture Series Learn about a variety of nature and horticulture topics, which define and explain the South Texas environment in this lecture series that takes place on Wednesdays. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361-852-2100; stxbot.org
FREEPORT: Feb. 22 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year that the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. Today, it’s a setting that serves as an ex- ample of family life during the founding of Freeport. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297-0868; facebook.com/ brazoshistoricalsociety
GALVESTON: Feb. 1-2 “Finding Never- land” A heartwarming theatrical event full of beautiful music that tells the story be- hind one of the world’s most beloved characters—Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ en- chanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound theatergoers. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Feb. 6 “The Snowy Day and Other Stories” Ezra Jack Keats’ “The Snowy Day” celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall. Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, start snowball fights and make snow angels in this imaginative musical play that uses innovative shadow puppetry. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post- office St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Feb. 9 Galveston Symphony Orchestra This very special classical masterworks concert program includes Paganini’s Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring Galveston Symphony Orchestra conductor Trond Saeverud on violin, and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2 “Romantic.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post- office St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Feb. 14-16, 21-23, 25 Mardi Gras Galveston Celebrate Texas’ largest Mardi Gras in downtown Galveston. On weekends and Fat Tuesday, enjoy dozens of parades, musical performances, and plenty of beads. Various locations. mardigrasgalveston.com
GALVESTON: Feb. 21 “Judy Moody and Stink” National touring group ArtsPower’s newest musical is about a sister and brother who take audiences on a hilarious adventure. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and true friendship. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Feb. 29 “An American in Paris” In postwar Paris, romance is in the air and youthful optimism reigns. Gershwin’s soaring melodies are matched by gravity-defying dance as the world rediscovers the power of love in this breath- taking production. This exquisite production features favorite Gershwin songs such as “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” and “‘S Wonderful.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
HOUSTON: Nov. 15-Feb. 2 The Ice Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on Texas’ largest outdoor ice skating rink, Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400- 7336; discoverygreen.com
HOUSTON: Jan. 24-March 15 “The Fantasticks” Follow your imagination into a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. The longest-running musical in history has been refreshed for the new century and is the perfect valentine this month. Stages Repertory Theatre, 600 Rosine St. 713-527-0123; stagestheatre.com
HOUSTON: Feb. 7-23 “Water by the Spoonful” An Iraq War veteran and for- mer addict finds solace in an online chat room as he struggles to reconnect with his mother—herself a former heroin ad- dict. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, “Water by the Spoonful” is an up- lifting meditation on broken lives, forgive- ness, and the strength to carry on. Stages Repertory Theatre, 800 Rosine St. 713- 527-0123; stagestheatre.com
HOUSTON: Feb. 11 “Romance Brasileiro” The Terra Nostra Ensemble heads to Brazil with lush works for strings and piano by Henrique Oswald and Oscar Fernandez. This program also celebrates Terra Nos- tra’s residency at Houston Baptist University with a set of Fernandez’s songs for string quartet and voice. Houston Baptist University, Morris Cultural Arts Center, Belin Chapel, 7502 Fondren Road. 601- 307-4783; terranostraensemble.com
HOUSTON: Feb. 15 “Judy Moody and Stink” In their newest musical, national touring group ArtsPower introduces audiences to a dynamic sister-and-brother duo As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, she wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Mangum-Howell Community Center, 2500 Frick Road. 281-440-4850; cypresscreekface.org
HOUSTON: Feb. 21 American Mavericks: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in Concert Da Camera of Houston presents its annual James K. Schooler Memorial Concert featuring Grammy-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. One of America’s premier instrumental ensembles performs Pat Metheny’s “Road to the Sun,” composed for the LAGQ and filled with Metheny’s trademark grooves, haunting melodies, and rich ex- tended harmonies. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-5050; dacamera.com
HOUSTON: Feb. 24-25 Folk Inspirations: Avi Avital and Bridget Kibbey in Concert Da Camera of Houston’s 2019-20 season continues its series of intimate concerts with Folk Inspirations, featuring Avi Avital on mandolin and Bridget Kibbey on harp. The unique combination of the instruments brings to life a program ranging from Bach to folk tunes from Spain, Hungary, and Armenia, all in new arrangements. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-524-5050; dacamera.com
HOUSTON: Feb. 27-March 8 “Sleeping Beauty” The Houston Ballet celebrates its 50th season with one of former artistic director Ben Stevenson’s signature productions set to Tchaikovsky’s beautiful score. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. . 713-227-2787; houstonballet.org
HOUSTON: Feb. 25 Vienna Piano Trio in Concert The trio returns with its newest member, the legendary cellist Clemens Hagen. These stellar musicians bring their passion and razor-sharp performance skills to a richly diverse program that includes Ravel’s piano trio. Inspired by Basque folk music and a Malaysian poetic form, it will haunt you with its intensity. Rice University-Alice Pratt Brown Hall- Stude Concert Hall, 6100 Main St. 713-348- 5400; chambermusichouston.org
HOUSTON: Feb. 29 Vijay Iyer Sextet in Concert Composer-pianist Vijay Iyer has carved out a unique path as an influential prolific, shape-shifting presence in modern music. He has been voted DownBeat’s Artist of the Year four times and Artist of the Year in JazzTimes’ Critics’ and Readers’ Polls for 2017. Iyer’s ECM sextet album “Far From Over” was ranked No. 1 in NPR’s annual Jazz Critics’ Poll. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524-5050; dacamera.com
LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 1 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic site formerly owned by Maj. 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 in 1900. 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 (behind Target). 979-297-1570; ljhistory.org
LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 15 Bird Banding Every third Saturday of the month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station provides an excellent opportunity to see birds up-close and to learn about the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 W. 979-480-0999; gcbo.org
LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 22 Texas Tenors in Concert The third-highest-selling act in the history of “America’s Got Talent!” has released four studio albums and multiple singles, two PBS specials, and a children’s book, earning the group three Emmy Awards, the Gelett Burgess Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature, and the distinction of being Billboard’s 2017 No. 10 Classical Crossover Artist in the World. The Clarion, 500 College Drive. 979-230- 3658; brazosport.edu/clarion
LAKE JACKSON: Feb. 25 The King’s Singers in Concert Enjoy the group as they wow the crowd with their impressive a cappella harmonies. The Clarion, 500 College Drive. 979-230-3156; brazosport.edu/clarion
PORT ARTHUR: Feb. 9 Rotary Taste of Gumbo The region’s best gumbo cooks serve their tastiest samples in a friendly competition that draws the community. Look for entertainment, prizes, and great flavors. Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive. 409-985- 7822; visitportarthurtx.com
PORT LAVACA: Feb. 14-15 February Frenzy Square Dance Take part in this fun, family-friendly activity that is good for the body and the brain. If you’re a beginner, lessons are offered for anyone who may be interested. Bauer Community Center, 2300 I-35 N. 361-726-5126; squaredancetx.com
ROCKPORT: Feb. 8 Bountiful Bowl Potters from around the world sell their works at this pottery fair that’s open to the public and benefits the Aransas County Council on Aging Meals on Wheels Program. Woman’s Club, 1104 E. Concho St. 361-729-5352; aransascounty.org
ROCKPORT: Feb. 8-9 Clay Expo A show- case for ceramicists that offers a gallery art walk, solo exhibits, pottery demonstrations, and an opening reception on Saturday. Downtown Rockport. 361-729-5519; rockportartcenter.com/
ROCKPORT: Feb. 8-9 Lamardi Gras This festival features themed food, casinos and other entertainment, and a parade on Lamar Peninsula. Proceeds benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. Various locations. 361-205-7037; lamarvfd.com
ROCKPORT: Feb. 9-11 Rockport-Fulton Market Days Enjoy live music, 100-plus vendors, more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, and seating under the shade at this pet-friendly market that takes place every third weekend of the month. The Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze Drive. 361-463- 0125; fultonmarketdays.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 30-Feb. 1 SPI Kite Fest What started out as a mere “fun fly” is now one of the biggest kite festivals in the country. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956- 761-3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Feb. 8 South Padre Island Chili Expo SPICE is an annual fundraiser organized by the volunteers of Walk for Women, a nonprofit that supports people battling breast cancer. The chili cookoff is for anyone who loves a good pot of chili, a big batch of beans, great music, and helping a worthy cause. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Feb. 21-23 Mar- ket Days Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts, gourmet treats, and home décor items. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SPRING: Feb. 9 Piano Battle The brain- child of internationally accomplished pianists Andreas Kern and Paul Cibis, the Piano Battle sees the duo go head to head onstage, charming and enchanting the audience with a variety of classical pieces. The two artists, with distinctly different performance styles, take turns to perform pieces by composers such as Chopin, Liszt, and Debussy. Klein High School, 16715 Stuebner Airline Road. 281-440-4850; cypresscreekface.org
STAFFORD: Feb. 15 Greater Houston Train Show The San Jacinto Model Rail- road Club presents this annual event that attracts rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana. The show features 20,000 square feet of operating layouts, instructive classes, model and photo contests, videos, and vendors. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. 713-899-5127; sanjacmodeltrains.org
SUGAR LAND: Feb. 8 Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes you back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises man- aged by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries. Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St., Building B, Second Floor. 281-275-2030; slheritage.org
SUGAR LAND: Feb. 28-March 1 “Lyle the Crocodile: The Musical” The young talented actors of Inspiration Stage perform in this musical based on Bernard Waber’s book about a friendly crocodile who wins over a human family. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com
SURFSIDE BEACH: Feb. 22 Surfside Marathon The only marathon and half marathon in the country that is run entirely on a beach. It starts as the sun rises over the water and follows the public beach to San Luis Pass. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway. surfsidebeachmarathon.com
VICTORIA: Jan. 31-March 22 Woodwork- ing Show Local artists and craftspeople display their handmade wood creations. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8228; navemuseum.com
VICTORIA: Feb. 7-9, 13-16 “Sister Act” Theatre Victoria presents this hilarious hit musical based on the motion picture about a “nun” on the run. Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. 361- 570-8587; theatrevictoria.org
VICTORIA: Feb. 27-March 2 Victoria Livestock Show An annual event with a barbecue cookoff, carnival, karaoke com- petition, livestock show and auction, and a parade. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victorialivestockshow.com
VICTORIA: Feb. 29 Victoria Symphony Concert Master Series: “Tangos and Serenades” Accordionist Hanzhi Wang brings a set of tangos by Piazzola. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Drive. 361-576-4500; victoriasymphony.com
BAY CITY: Jan. 25 Wild Game and Camofest Indulge in wild game, wine, and craft beer. There is free live entertainment, vendors, downtown shopping, and free activities for kids. Wild Game and Camofest, Sixth Street and Avenue G. 979-245-8081; baycitycamofest.com
BEAUMONT: Dec. 7-Jan. 1 Shop-O-Rama Find one-of-a-kind gifts or a new piece of art for your home while supporting Beau- mont’s creative community. The merchandise is produced by local artists and vendors. The Art Studio Inc., 720 Franklin St. 409-838-5393; theartstudio.org
BEAUMONT: Jan. 11 Critters and Creatures Day For a day of exploration and discovery, kids can meet creepy-crawly friends from around the region. Beaumont Children’s Museum, 701 N. Main St. 409- 347-7919; beaumontchildrensmuseum.org
BEAUMONT: Jan. 17 Rodney Carrington Live in Concert Rodney Carrington is a multitalented comedian, actor, and writer who has recorded eight major comedy al- bums and sold more than 3 million copies. Jefferson Theatre, 345 Fannin St. 409- 838-3435; discoverbeaumont.com
BROWNSVILLE: Nov. 25-Jan. 1 Holiday Village This collection of 34 life-size cottages is on display, each providing a glimpse of a holiday scene that may be historic, cultural, or whimsical in nature. Some examples include Santa’s workshop, holiday in space, frosty treats ice cream shop, and the elf scouts’ bunkhouse. Best viewed at night when each cottage is lit in- side and out. Dean Porter Park, 501 E. Ringgold St. 956-592-2001; holidayvillagebrownsville.com
CLUTE: Nov. 12-Jan. 3 Art Market This art exhibit and sale benefits Habitat for Humanity. Center for the Arts & Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com
CLUTE: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 24, 28 Planetarium Show The planetarium features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye. A large variety of high-tech equipment gives a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd. 979-265-7661; brazosportcenter.com
CORPUS CHRISTI: Jan. 22-March 4 Winter Lecture Series Learn about a variety of nature and horticulture topics, which define and explain the South Texas environment. South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. 361- 852-2100; stxbot.org
EDNA: Jan. 25 Brackenridge Winter Carnival and Snow Day Celebrating play in the snow, you’ll find 80,000 pounds of snow, two snow slides, and two play areas. Activities include inflatables, games, a s’mores station, a craft zone, and food trucks. Brackenridge Main Event Center, 284 Brackenridge Parkway. 361-782-5456; brackenridgepark.com
FREEPORT: Jan. 20 MLK Day Parade and Celebration Observe Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday by honoring his memory and the legacy of his achievements. The parade starts in Downtown Freeport and ends at Freeport Municipal Park. Various locations. 979-233-3306; mlkcc.org
FREEPORT: Jan. 25 Schuster Home Open House Built by the Schuster family in 1917, the same year that the city of Freeport was incorporated, this home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. Today it provides a glimpse at what family life was like during the founding of Free- port. Schuster Home, 1130 W. Second St. 979-297-0868; facebook.com/ brazoshistoricalsociety
GALVESTON: Nov. 16-Jan. 12 Ice Land: Christmas Around the World This exhibit is carved from 2 million pounds of ice and allows visitors to walk through colorful, iconic places from around the world. Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Boulevard. 409- 683-4200; moodygardens.org
GALVESTON: Jan. 5 Happy New Year, Vienna Style The Galveston Symphony Orchestra performs a program featuring lighthearted works at this New Year’s pops concert. GSO is conducted by Trond Saeverud. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Jan. 11-12 “The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston” Whitney Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed tribute show described as “mind-blowingly spot on.” Be stunned by the breathtaking vocals of Belinda Davids as she takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s greatest hits. With the accompaniment of a live band, backing vocalists, and choreographed dancers, plus state-of-the-art sound, lighting, visual and theatrical effects, this is a beautifully crafted tribute to one of the world’s most revered singers. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post- office St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Jan. 18-19 The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert Always entertaining and still going strong, the Oak Ridge Boys re- turn to The Grand for their annual concerts featuring unparalleled four-part harmony and a string of No. 1 hits. Join lead singer Duane Allen, bass Richard Sterban, tenor Joe Bonsall, and baritone William Lee Golden as they deliver one of the most distinctive and recognizable sounds in the music industry. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
GALVESTON: Jan. 18 Yaga’s 11th Annual Chili Quest & Beer Fest – Not to fear, the Chili & Beer is here, again! For the past ten years, Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston, TX. This years festival will consist of the ever so popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, vendors and a historical strand merchant walk-about. As if that doesn’t fulfill all of your festival needs, returning this year is the Craft Beer Festival. 10:00am-6:00pm https://yagaschiliquest.com 4097700999
GALVESTON: Jan. 30 “We the People” This musical revue brings American civics lessons to life and promises to make social studies exciting and accessible. Students learn about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, “We the People” instills American pride in audiences of all ages. Recommended for grades four through eight. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894; thegrand.com
HOUSTON: Nov. 15-Feb. 2 The Ice Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace holiday cheer on Texas’ largest outdoor ice skating rink. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St. 713-400- 7336; discoverygreen.com
HOUSTON: Jan. 20 MLK Grande Parade Held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, this parade is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the Unit- ed States and includes multiple festivities. Midtown Houston (route originates at San Jacinto and Elgin streets). 713-953-1633; mlkgrandeparade.org
HOUSTON: Jan. 21 Telegraph Quartet in Concert Winner of the Fischoff and Naumburg awards, the Telegraph Quartet makes its Chamber Music Houston debut. The San Francisco-based ensemble brings a combination of brilliance and subtlety to a pro- gram that includes the neo-Baroque dance suite of Schulhoff’s “Five Pieces.” Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Con- cert Hall, 6100 Main St. 713-348-5400; chambermusichouston.org
HOUSTON: Jan. 24-March 15 “The Fantasticks” The longest-running musical in history has been refreshed for the new century. Follow your imagination into a whimsical tale of young lovers, meddling parents, and a bond that matures in adversity. Stages Repertory Theatre, 600 Rosine St. 713-527-0123; stagestheatre.com
HOUSTON: Jan. 25 Branford Marsalis in Concert Da Camera of Houston’s jazz series welcomes the return of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis. The quartet that Mar- salis has led for the past three decades has always been a model of daring, no-apologies artistry and an example of how to sustain and enlarge a musical outlook that is both historically and stylistically inclusive. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-524- 5050; dacamera.com
HOUSTON: Jan. 27 Music and Isolation: Aizuri Quartet in Concert Da Camera of Houston’s 2019-20 season begins its series of intimate concerts with Music and Isolation: Aizuri Quartet. In its Houston debut, the quartet explores a stunning range of music composed in times of in- tense isolation—from the medieval and Renaissance periods, to Haydn and Beethoven, to American Conlon Nancarrow, who wrote his third quartet when he was an expatriate in Mexico in 1987. The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St. 713-524-5050; dacamera.com
HOUSTON: Jan. 31 Sonnambula in Concert Houston Early Music presents a His- panic Heritage Series concert, El Laurel de Apolo: Zarzuela from the Baroque to the New World. Through song, Sonnambula provides an opportunity to visit Spain’s Palacio de la Zarzuela, where, in 1657, a new dramatic genre was performed. Zarzuela alternates between spoken and sung scenes. Houston native Camille Zamora, soprano, joins the ensemble for this performance. Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Ave. 281-846-4222; houstonearlymusic.org
LAKE JACKSON: Jan. 4 Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour Visit the historic site formerly owned by Maj. 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 in 1900. 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 (behind Target). 979-297-1570; ljhistory.org
LAKE JACKSON: Jan. 18 Bird Banding Every third Saturday of the month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station provides an excellent opportunity to see birds up-close and to learn about the birds of the Brazosport area. Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 W. 979-480-0999; gcbo.org
LAKE JACKSON: Jan. 18 Patti Austin in Concert A professional singer since the age of 5, Patti Austin was a protégé of Dinah Washington and Sammy Davis Jr. She cut her debut LP, “End of a Rainbow,” in 1976, followed by “Havana Candy” in 1977 and “Body Language” in 1980. Her duets include Michael Jackson’s “It’s the Falling in Love” on his album “Off the Wall” and George Benson’s “Moody’s Mood for Love.” A sought-after background singer, Austin has also appeared in sessions with Houston Person and Roberta Flack, among many others. Come hear Austin lend her sultry voice to old and new jazz songs ac- companied by the Brazosport Jazz Orchestra. The Clarion, 500 College Drive. 979- 230-3156; brazosport.edu/clarion
PALACIOS: Jan. 9 Winter Texan Chili Dinner The Palacios Chamber of Commerce hosts this dinner for people from other states and countries who are visiting the area for the winter. There are numerous door prizes and gifts given to the guests. Serendipity Bay RV Resort, Cabins, and Marina, 1001 Main St. 361-972-2615; palacioschamber.com
ROCKPORT: Jan. 10-12 Gospel Music Festival This event features numerous gospel groups from around the nation, including Rockport’s Gospel Force. First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak St. 361-205-2789; gospelforce.org/festival.html
ROCKPORT: Jan. 11 Art Center Market Every second Saturday of the month, in the heart of Downtown Rockport, you can find one-of-a-kind items including fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, and fiber art. Downtown Rockport, Austin Street. 361-729-5519; rockportartcenter.com
ROCKPORT: Jan. 17-19 Rockport-Fulton Market Days Enjoy live music, 100-plus vendors, more than a dozen food trucks and food vendors, and seating under the shade at this pet-friendly market that takes place every third weekend of the month. The Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze Drive. 361-463- 0125; fultonmarketdays.com
ROCKPORT: Jan. 25 Winter Texan Appreciation Day The RV Park Council and Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce host an Appreciation Day for winter guests. Come by for refreshments, a meet and greet, special presentations, door prizes, and other entertainment. Aransas County Airport, 421 John D. Wendell Road. 361- 729-6445; rockport-fulton.org
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Nov. 30-Jan. 13 Holiday Sand Castle Village The spirit of Christmas is a sight to behold at Holiday Sand Castle Village. With awe-inspiring sculptures—from a sand snowman to Sand-ta—the setting is a winter wonder- land built by talented sand artists. Multi-Modal Building, 321 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 1 Polar Bear Dip Take a plunge into the Gulf of Mexico at this annual New Year’s Day beach party, featuring live music and costume contests. Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 21-25 Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo This five-day exposition is a family-friendly way to learn about the wildlife and environment of the Rio Grande Valley. Guest speakers cover a variety of coastal outdoor and nature top- ics, and each day has a different theme. South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary, 6801 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; spibirding.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 24-26. Mar- ket Days Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts, gourmet treats, and home décor items. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 29 Winter- fest A musical festival specifically with the Winter Texan in mind, featuring all-day music, raffles, and dancing. Beach Park at Isla Blanca, 100 Padre Blvd. 956-761- 3000; sopadre.com
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Jan. 30-Feb. 1 SPI Kite Fest What started out as a mere “fun fly” is now one of the biggest kite festivals in the country, with indoor and out- door shows and festivities. South Padre Is- land Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com
SPRING: Through Jan. 11 “Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial” This timely exhibition commemorates the establishment of Grand Canyon Nation- al Park 100 years ago. Pearl Fincher Muse- um of Fine Arts, 6815 Cypresswood Drive. 281-376-6322; pearlmfa.org
SUGAR LAND: Nov. 22-Jan. 5 Sugar Land Holiday Lights Celebrate the season in the most magical way at Sugar Land Holiday Lights presented by Imperial Sugar. This sparkling wonderland features more than 2.5 million lights and numerous themed displays at Constellation Field. Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. 281-240-4487; sugarlandholidaylights.com
SUGAR LAND: Jan. 3-5 “Into the Woods Jr.” National award-winning performing arts studio Inspiration Stage presents this junior production of “Into the Woods.” Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com
SUGAR LAND: Jan. 11 Heritage Hike This historic walking tour takes you 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 and Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St., Building B, Second Floor. 281-275-2030; slheritage.org
SURFSIDE BEACH: Jan. 18 Dunes Day Re- cycle Christmas trees into beneficial sand dunes along the Brazoria County coastline. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway. 979-864-1152; brazoriacountyparks.org
SURFSIDE BEACH: Jan. 25 Surfside Food and Art Festival The third annual festival includes a chili cookoff, art sale, kite show, and live music. Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway. 979-233-1531; surfsidetx.org
VICTORIA: Nov. 21-Jan. 12 “The Exquisite Rainbow Corpse Redux Exhibit” Members of the Gentileschi Aegis Gallery Association (GAGA) blindly select paint swatch- es and create works based on their selections. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8227; navemuseum.com
VICTORIA: Jan. 21-22 San Antonio Bay Partnership Symposium San Antonio Bay Partnership is committed to providing unique and exciting opportunities for folks of all ages to learn, enjoy, and appreciate the natural resources within the San Antonio Bay and Guadalupe River Estuary. Learn through the programs and speakers at this symposium. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St. 321-987- 5224; sabaypartnership.org
VICTORIA: Jan. 25-26 Comic Fest Victoria’s only comic, gaming, and toy exposition. Browse rare items from multiple vendors and dress up as your favorite character for the cosplay contest. Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St. victoriacomicfest.com
VICTORIA: Jan. 25 Super Diamond: The Neil Diamond Tribute Sing along to “Sweet Caroline,” “America,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” and other hits when the Victoria Symphony plays arrangments with this Neil Diamond tribute band. Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 E. Sam Houston Drive. 361- 576-4500; victoriasymphony.com
VICTORIA: Jan. 31-March 22 Woodwork- ing Show Local artists and craftspeople display their handmade wood creations. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8228; navemuseum.com
BAYTOWN: Christmas Past and Present Dec. 14
Get in the holiday spirit at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s 11th annual Christmas Past and Present. The 1894 one-room Wooster Common School District No. 38 and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse are adorned with period decorations and open for tours. Santa Claus is waiting in the post-and-beam barn for the children to tell him their wish list, and Miss Bobbie is reading a Christmas story in the 1910 John C. Sjolander house. Children activities include making a tin-punched ornament they can take home to hang on their Christmas tree.
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BEAUMONT: Shop-O-Rama Dec. 7, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020
Find one-of-a-kind gifts or a new piece of art for your home while supporting Beaumont’s creative community. All of the art, crafts, and other merchandise is produced by local artists and vendors.
The Art Studio Inc.
BEAUMONT: “Holiday Wishes” Dec. 20
The Julie Rogers Theatre is thrilled to announce the all-new concert experience presented by Cirque Musica. The show is only one spectacular performance.
Julie Rogers Theatre
BEAUMONT: Tracy Byrd Christmas Concert Dec. 21
There are many ways to describe Tracy Byrd, but unique, talented, and charismatic just seem to scratch the surface. However, there is one word that ties them all together and is true to his character: real. Few people sing so honestly from their heart and soul. Tracy Byrd does so in just the right way, combining art, story, and song in perfect unison.
BEAUMONT: Glow Mania Dec. 29
The museum and classroom are decked out with glowing decorations and there are fun activities all day long. This is a great chance for kids to celebrate the upcoming new year without staying up until midnight.
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BROWNSVILLE: Holiday Village Nov. 25-Jan. 1
A collection of 34 life-sized cottages are on display, each providing a glimpse through a window of a holiday scene which may be historic, cultural, or whimsical in nature. Some examples include Santa’s workshop, holiday in space, frosty treats ice cream shop, and the elf scouts’ bunkhouse. While this event may be viewed during the day, it is best viewed at night when each cottage is lit, inside and out. Lights are turned on daily at 6 p.m. and remain on until the park closes. Santa is available to visit with children on weekends until Christmas.
Dean Porter Park
CLUTE: Art Market Nov. 12-Jan. 3, 2020
This art exhibit and sale benefits Habitat for Humanity. The center is closed on Mondays.
Center for the Arts & Sciences
CLUTE: “Christmas Belles”Nov. 29-Dec. 8
This play is a Southern farce about squabbling sisters, family secrets, a surly Santa, a vengeful sheep, and a reluctant Elvis impersonator.
Center for the Arts & Sciences
CLUTE: Planetarium Show Dec. 3, 10, 17
The planetarium features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye. A large variety of high-tech equipment gives a close-up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes.
Center for the Arts and Sciences
CORPUS CHRISTI: Lighting up for the Holidays Dec. 6-21
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center remains open an extra hour between Thanksgiving and Christmas for visitors to view the huge, lighted Frasier fir and other light displays on the grounds.
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
FULTON: Christmas in Fulton Dec. 11-12
This family-frlendly Christmas celebration includes hot chocolate, cookies, and entertainment. Plus, Santa will be paying a visit.
GALVESTON: Ice Land: Christmas Around the World Nov. 16, 2019-Jan. 12, 2020
This exhibit is carved from 2 million pounds of ice and allows visitors to walk through coloful, iconic places from around the world.
GALVESTON:”Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” Dec. 28
Following five years of touring and more than 500 performances, the “most famous reindeer of all” from the longest-running and highest-rated holiday television special will fly into The Grand with “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical.” You’ll be charmed by Rudolph and a holly jolly cast of iconic characters including Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, and the Abominable Snow Monster.
The Grand 1894 Opera House
GALVESTON:”Miracle on 34th Street: A Live Musical Radio Play”Nov. 6-Dec. 15
Get into the holiday spirit with this classic story of the last-minute replacement Santa for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade who claims to be the real Kris Kringle. Be part of the studio audience for the live musical radio play adapted from the original 1947 Lux Radio Broadcast. This beloved holiday classic melts the most cynical of hearts and is destined to become a highlight of the holiday season.
Stages Repertory Theatre
HOUSTON: Nov. 15, 2019-Feb. 2, 2020 Glide beneath the glittering lights of downtown Houston and embrace the holiday cheer on Texas’ largest outdoor ice skating rink, The Ice powered by Green Mountain Energy.
HOUSTON: Flea by Night Dec. 7-21
Treasure-hunt at this monthly, one-of-a-kind market. The destination market features an array of artful kitsch, vintage items, mid-century modern furniture, recycled and repurposed items and collectibles, and crafts by local artisans and designers. Whether you are a bargain hunter or an eco-sensitive collector dedicated to repurposing and reusing, seek and find at Discovery Green Flea by Night while enjoying light bites and local entertainment.
HOUSTON: Andrea Bocelli in Concert Dec. 12
The legendary tenor performs his soaring arias and romantic love songs with the Houston Symphony.
HOUSTON: Houston Grand Opera Choral in Concert Dec. 14
This holiday sing-along features up to 100 voices from the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, American Festival of the Arts Girls Chorus, and the Houston Grand Opera Chorus performing beloved holiday music from around the world.
LA MARQUE: Magical Winter Lights Nov. 15-Jan. 5
Coming back bigger and better than ever before, Magical Winter Lights has over 6 million lights, upgraded installations, and interactive displays. The festival has eight themed lantern sections that leave adults and children of all ages fascinated. There is also a dinosaur exhibit with kid-friendly dinosaur rides, entertainment by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, the Ice Sisters, authentic arts and crafts created by skilled Chinese artisans, carnival rides and games, and food. But that’s not all, don’t miss the brand new nightly Chinese acrobatic shows included in your admission.
Gulf Greyhound Park
LAKE JACKSON: Lake Jackson Farmers’ Market Dec. 14
Shop for locally grown fruits and vegetables, roasted coffee, homemade food, handmade products, and other goods.
South Parking Place Pavilion
LAKE JACKSON: Bird Banding Dec. 21
Every third Saturday of the month, visitors can watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds upclose and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area.
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
LAKE JACKSON: Grand Ol’ Christmas Show Dec. 21-22
The Grand Ol’ Christmas Show is a live, one-of-a-kind musical variety show bringing all-time favorite Christmas classics and original slapstick shenanigans to theaters across Texas. Produced by Will Hearn, the Grand Ol’ Christmas Show features nationally touring Americana band Blue Water Highway and some of the best artists and entertainers in Texas, backed by the N-O-E-L Orchestra and Gospel Singers. The staged production is performed “within the studio” of a live 1940s radio show and hearkens back to a simpler time.
PORT ARTHUR: Cultural Lighted Holiday Parade Dec. 14
From holiday lights, marching bands, floats, and good music to yuletide carols filling the air, Port Arthur invites visitors to help light up the city.
Downtown Port Arthur
PORT ARTHUR: A Very Marshy Christmas Dec. 14
How does Santa get around in the marsh? By air boat, of course. He and Mrs. Claus have booked Sea Rim State Park’s cabin and arrive for activities.
Sea Rim State Park
RICHMOND: Christmas in the Park Dec. 7, 14, 21
The history of Christmas comes to George Ranch Historical Park this year. Travel through Christmases pasts as the park explores the customs and decorations from 1830s to the 1930s.
George Ranch Historical Park
RICHMOND: Campfire Christmas Dec. 14, 21
Journey back in time at this one-of-a-kind immersive program. The format features tours at each of the main historic sites, including Christmas in a log cabin and a Victorian mansion. The family-friendly holiday evening tour culminates with cowboy songs, stories, and hot cocoa around a campfire.
George Ranch Historical Park
RICHMOND: Children’s Campfire Christmas Dec. 20
The children’s Campfire Christmas is back this year with a new batch of Christmas fun. Participate in fun crafts, take a hayride through the park, and sing Christmas songs around the campfire.
George Ranch Historical Park
RICHMOND: New Year’s Eve Historical Bash Dec. 31
A special New Year’s Eve bash will be held on Dec. 31. Prepare for the countdown with historical mask-making and noise-making crafts and learn the dos and don’ts of “first-footing.” At noon, a countdown will be held at the 1830s Jones Stock Farm.
George Ranch Historical Park
ROCKPORT: Art Center Market Dec. 14
Every second Saturday of the month, in the heart of Downtown Rockport, you can find unique and one-of-a-kind fine art, photography, jewelry, pottery, wood carving, yard art, fiber art and other items perfect for holiday gift-giving.
ROCKPORT: Lighted Boat Parade Dec. 14
Rockport Yacht Club hosts this parade featuring decorated vessels to be judged in several classes including powerboats and sailboats.
ROCKPORT: Christmas in the District Dec. 14
Downtown Rockport merchants celebrate Christmas by hosting Santa, treasure hunts, live music, food, and lots of special holiday sales.
Downtown Rockport ROCKPORT, Texas
ROCKPORT: Caroling at the Mansion and Light Up The Town Dec. 14
Fulton Mansion celebrates the Christmas season with a sing-along of carolers by candlelight outside of the historic mansion.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: Holiday Sand Castle Village Nov. 30, 2019-Jan. 13, 2020
The spirit of Christmas is a sight to behold at Holiday Sand Castle Village. Filled with awe-inspiring sculptures—from a sand snowman to Sand-ta—the event is a winter wonderland built by talented sand artists.
SPRING: Grand Canyon Photographs: Celebrating the Centennial” Sept. 10-Jan. 11
This timely exhibition commemorates the establishment of Grand Canyon National Park 100 years ago.
Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts