June

ARANSAS PASS: June 7-9 Shrimporee The 71st annual festival brings in more than 60,000 visitors in a single weekend. Events include a parade, shrimp-eating contest, men’s and women’s Sexy Legs contest, folklórico dancers, mariachis, belly dancers, the Kidz Korner, face painting, a magic show, pony rides, arts and crafts, games, and a carnival. There are two stages of entertainment, more than 120 vendors, a farmers market, and live music. Free air-conditioned shuttle buses provide transportation from remote parking sites. Aransas Pass Community Park, 200 E. Johnson Ave. 361-758-2750; aransaspass.org/shrimporee

BROWNSVILLE: June 8 Ridley Rush
This 1-mile run/walk kicks off the Yappo- Palooza Festival, which is a family-oriented festival and fundraiser to benefit the bi-national recovery plan for Kemp’s ridley sea turtles and other sea turtle conservation projects. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ring- gold St. 956-546-7187; gpz.org

BROWNSVILLE: June 8 YappoPalooza Kids Fest and Bands and Brewskis Join in for these YappoPalooza events that aim to raise funds for the bi-national Kemp’s ridley sea turtle recovery project. The Kids Fest immediately follows the Ridley Rush walk/run and includes arts and crafts, educational exhibits, and children’s games. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ringgold St. 956-546- 7187; yappopalooza.net

BROWNSVILLE: June 21 World Giraffe Day Celebrate the world’s tallest animal on the year’s longest day. During World Giraffe Day, the zoo has the Giraffe Landing Feeding Experience open for extended hours with knowledgeable staff and docents answering questions about these gentle giants. Kids can also participate in fun activities while learning about giraffe conservation. Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 Ring- gold St. 956-546-7187; gpz.org

CLUTE: June 4, 11, 18, 25, 28 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

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 re- leased 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 showcases 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 over 50 sculptures depicting detailed fish, sea mammals, turtles, native birds, and majestic land animals. The world of Kent Ullberg is brought to museum goers through inter- active technology. Art Museum of South Texas, 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-825- 3500; artmuseumofsouthtexas.org

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 3 WWE Live Watch your favorite WWE superstars go head to head. Experience a night of action, drama, and athleticism as you cheer, or boo, your favorite wrestlers. American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361- 826-4700; americanbankcenter.com

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 13 Jeff Dunham: Passively Aggressive Tour Enjoy a night of endless laughs with ventriloquist Jeff Dun- ham, a global comedy superstar and one of the world’s most inventive entertainers due to his use of puppet characters incorporated into his comedy shows. American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-826- 4700; americanbankcenter.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 longstanding 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., Building No. 2. 361-882-5500; harborplayhouse.com

CORPUS CHRISTI: June 15 Brew HaHa Craft Beer Festival Get ready for a belly full of beer and laughter at this second annual festival that combines craft brews and comedy. Sample various beers, ciders, and meads from a wide range of breweries be- tween the multiple comedy shows happening. Craft beer enthusiasts can talk with brewmasters on the process of achieving the perfect taste for a brew. American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd. 361-826- 4700; americanbankcenter.com

EAST BERNARD: June 8 Czech Kolache Klobase Festival Festivalgoers enjoy live music, dancing, arts and crafts, raffle prizes, a cake walk, and plenty of kolaches. A barbecue plate lunch is available with chicken, sausage, sauerkraut, and trimmings, and hamburgers are available in the evening. This event has free parking. Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road. 979-335- 7907; kkfest.com

FREEPORT: June 9 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: June 22 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: June 13 “Kinky Boots”
The winner of every major Best Musical award, “Kinky Boots” is based on true events. This hit production tells the story of two people with nothing in common—or so they think. This unexpected pair learns to embrace their differences and creates a line of sturdy stilettos unlike any the world has ever seen. But in the end, their most sensational achievement is their friend- ship. The Grand 1894 Opera House,
2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

GALVESTON: June 28-29 Jeanne Robert- son, Humorist At 75 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. This former Miss North Carolina, standing tall at six-foot-two, has a vivacious personality, heart, and sense of humor. Her witty depiction of everyday situations never fails to have audiences of all ages rolling with laughter. Be prepared for her stories, including “Don’t Bungee Jump Naked” and “Don’t Send a Man to the Grocery Store.” The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-8194 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

HARLINGEN: June 15 Concert in the Park featuring The Spazmatics Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to the park for
a free concert. There is live music and food vendors on-site. McKelvey Park, 1325 S. 77 Sunshine Strip. 956-622-5053; visitharlingentexas.com

HOUSTON: April 24-June 16 “Murder for Two” The hit show that is selling out across the country is now coming to Houston. Everyone is a suspect in Murder for Two, a hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout. A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. 713-527-0123; stagestheatre.com

HOUSTON: May 31-June 1 National African Violet Show A spectacular showcase and judged show of African violets and others in the Gesneriad family of plants. See an exquisite display of hundreds of in- credible indoor plants that have been judged by accredited judges. Winners and awards are displayed. Visit the salesroom and shop for unusual and unique plants not found in most garden centers. Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive. 940-206-8250; avsa.org

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 1-29 Immanuel and Helen Olshan Texas Music Festival Classical music’s rising stars from premier music schools and conservatories from around the world alight to study and per- form major classical works for the 30th anniversary season of this festival. The one-month international music residency features performances by gifted student musicians and distinguished conductors and faculty artists in more than 30 performances, including the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist concerto competition. University of Houston Moores Opera House, UH Main Campus, I-45 at Cullen Blvd., en- trance No. 16. 713-743-3313; tmf.uh.edu

HOUSTON: June 2 Bayou City Jazz Series— Eric Darius and Jeff Lorber in Concert Saxophonist, composer, and producer Eric Darius likes to play by his own rules. Considered by his peers one of the most exciting musicians on the contemporary jazz scene, Darius packs a punch on stage. Known for his smooth style and weaving together elements of funk, R&B, rock, and electric jazz, keyboardist Jeff Lorber helped pioneer the post-fusion sound of contemporary jazz. Born in Philadelphia, Lorber is electric. Together, these two create an electrifying show of smooth jazz. Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave. 832-487-7000; visithoustontexas.com

HOUSTON: June 19 A Gulf Coast Juneteenth This blues and creole festival features a performance by The Soul Rebels, who are riding high after receiving national attention with a performance on NPR’s Tiny Desk series, a debut late night TV appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” a headlining set at the global TED Conference, and an appearance and official soundtrack feature for Universal Pictures’ hit comedy “Girls Trip.” Miller Out- door Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive. 281-373-3386; milleroutdoortheatre.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 inter- nationally known singer, actress, and night- club 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

LAKE JACKSON: June 1 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: June 7 Shotgun Road 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: June 14 Checkered Past Bring lawn chairs and refreshments for a free outdoor concert. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. 979-415-2600; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: June 15 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

LAKE JACKSON: June 16 Pool Daze of Fun Enjoy outdoor pool games with free ad- mission. Lake Jackson Outdoor Pool, 300 Magnolia. 979-297-4533; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: June 21 Hysterimania— Def Leppard Tribute and More
 Bring lawn chairs and refreshments for a free outdoor concert. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. 979-415-2600; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

LAKE JACKSON: June 28 The Slags in Concert Bring lawn chairs and refreshments for a free outdoor concert. Lake Jackson Civic Center Plaza, 333 SH 332. 979-415-2600; lakejackson-tx.gov or visitbrazosport.com

PORT ARTHUR: June 1-2 Garden Fest
A family- and photo-friendly celebration, this event has colorful blooms, towering bamboo, lotus blossoms, and citrus plants that are all part of the landscape. Koi ponds and Buddha statues dot the grounds. Vendors and cultural programs are part of the festival. Buu Mon Buddhist Temple, 2701 Procter St. 409-982-9319; buumon.org

PORT ARTHUR: June 19 Juneteenth Observations around this date in Port Arthur have included a sunrise service, pageant, parade, and cultural programs in the park. Barbara Jacket Park, 444 Fourth St. 409-332-1709

PORT ISABEL/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: June 1 Longest Causeway Run Follow a 6.2 mile (10K) course starting at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island, continuing on to the Queen Isabella Causeway and over the Laguna Madre Bay, and ending in front of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. An awards ceremony follows the race. Schlitterbahn Waterpark & Beach Resort, 100 Padre Blvd. 956-761- 3000; sopadre.com

RICHMOND: June 1 Traditional Blacksmithing Skills II—Workshop This 7-hour continuation course helps participants progress further in blacksmithing skills and practice. Topics include forge use and care, heat-treating, annealing, quenching, normalization, and tempering. Students make a project to take home. This class is open only to participants who have attended the initial skills class or have forging experience. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: June 8 Kickoff to Juneteenth In Galveston on June 19th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger declared, “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Join the George Ranch 154 years later to kick off the celebration for this historic event with a re-enactment and barbecue lunch. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: June 15 Blacksmithing Sampler Class This introductory class covers fire-building and maintenance, shop safety, tools and equipment, and hammer control. Students get hands-on experience while working on a small project to take home. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: June 15 Father’s Day Frontier Survival Class Help Dad discover his inner pioneer. Learn the necessary skills for living on the Texas prairie and help fire off the cannon. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

RICHMOND: June 19 Juneteenth at the Ranch Celebrate Juneteenth and the en- during African American contribution to the George family legacy. Learn about the African American families—both pre- and post-slavery—who helped shape the George Ranch Historical Park. Observe a re-enactment of Union General Gordon Granger’s speech, and hear the reactions of the men and women who lived through this difficult time. George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 Road. 281-343-0218; georgeranch.org

ROCKPORT: June 8 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: June 22-23 TSA Rockin Rockport Youth Sailing Regatta Rock- port Yacht Club brings its fourth TSA-sanctioned youth sailing Regatta to Rockport. Approximately 90 boats are expected to participate. Rockport Yacht Club. 361-272- 9644; rockportyachtclub.org

ROCKPORT-FULTON: June 15 Rockport- Fulton Market Days More than 100 vendors and live music add extra fun 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

SEABROOK: June 19-23 Texas Outlaw Challenge This is the biggest performance boating event in Texas with five days and nights of Texas-style parties. Endeavour Marina, 3101 NASA Road 1. 281-702-8744; texasoutlawchallenge.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: June 7-8 Dargel Boat Owners Tournament The slot redfish with the most spots wins. In case of a tie, the earliest fish weighed in will be the winner. The day will offer several surprise side tournaments that will be announced at the event. This family-friendly event also has kids and junior divisions to help the next generation get hooked on fishing. South Padre Island Convention Centre, 7355 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SUGAR LAND: June 6 Derek Hough Live This live dance show is the first-ever solo tour for the Emmy Award-winning per- former. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: June 8 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: June 14-16, 21-23 “Spring Awakening” The winner of eight Tony Awards including Best Musical, this rock musical explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: June 29 Summer Family “Camp Out” Enjoy a fun, family-friendly event for all ages. Explore NEO’s interactive campsite with tents, games, friendly com- petitions, and a lawn fishing tournament. Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive. 281-276-6000; sugarlandtownsquare.com

TOMBALL: June 1 Narrated Glass Blowing Demonstration Houston’s only open-access studio allows visitors to watch the pros blow glass. Free, narrated demos are held on the first Saturday of every month (except August). Check the website before heading out, as demonstrations typically start at 3 p.m. There is also a showroom and gallery for gift-shop- ping. 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: June 1-8 Victoria Bach Festival Enjoy classical music performances at the 44th annual event. Various locations. 361-570-5788; victoriabachfestival.org

 

May

FULTON: May 17-18 Babes on Bay See the largest one-day women’s angler fishing tournament in the country. Women from all over Texas and across the country come together for a fun-filled weekend with live bands, vendor booths, and educational outreach. Fulton Harbor, 402 Fulton Beach Road. 361-205-0182; babesonthebay.com

GALVESTON: May 1 “Jack and the Bean-stalk” This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

GALVESTON: May 4 An Evening with Johnny Mathis What makes Johnny Mathis such an enduring star? His hits are timeless; his voice is like no other. He’s a gracious artist who exudes joy in performing. “Chances Are,” “It’s Not For Me to Say,” “The Twelfth of Never,” “Wonderful, Wonderful,” “Misty”—you’ve enjoyed dozens of Johnny Mathis’ hits over the years. The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St. 800-821-1894 or 409-765-1894; thegrand.com

HOUSTON: Through May 12 “To Be of Use: The Functional Ceramics of Mike Helke, Ayumi Horie, and East Fork” This group exhibition demonstrates the uniqueness, independent spirit, and social relevance found in the handmade, as it com-pares the different creative paths taken by three makers of contemporary functional ceramics. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. 713-529-4848; crafthouston.org

HOUSTON: Through May 12 “Tom Loeser: Please Please Please” In partnership with the Museum of Craft and Design in San Fran-cisco, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this traveling exhibition of the Wisconsin-based maker and designer’s imaginative furniture and works on paper. The playful show encourages viewers to shake up their habits and interact with the environment and one another, while considering issues such as body posture and etiquette that are often taken for granted. Loeser’s work also raises a clever question: “If the furniture we sit on every day were totally different, would our lives be different, too?” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, 4848 Main St. 713-529-4848; crafthouston.org

HOUSTON: April 24-June 16 “Murder for Two” The hit show that is selling out across the country is now coming to Houston. Everyone is a suspect in this hilarious murder mystery with a twist. One actor plays the investigator, the other plays all 13 suspects, and both play the piano throughout. A zany blend of classic musical comedy and madcap mystery, this whodunit is a highly theatrical duet loaded with killer laughs. Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway. 713-527-0123; stagestheatre.com

HOUSTON: May 10 Da Camera Presents: Weinberg and Mendelssohn Since Houston Grand Opera’s revival of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s opera, “The Passenger,” the posthumous reputation of this brilliant composer continues to grow. Weinberg’s Piano Quintet, symphonic in scale and dramatic scope, is one of the greatest works of this form of the 20th century. The beloved Brentano Quartet joins the Daedalus for Mendelssohn’s dazzling Octet, bringing the season to a rousing close. Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas St. dacamera.com

HOUSTON: May 11 Mercury Chamber Orchestra: Beethoven’s Fifth Mercury presents Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony—powerful and explosively dramatic—alongside his heroically spirited “Emperor Concerto”—performed on the instruments of the composer’s time. International pianist Alon Goldstein joins Houston’s period instrument ensemble. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-533-0800; mercuryhouston.org

HOUSTON: May 31-June 1 National African Violet Show A spectacular showcase and judged show of African violets and others in the Gesneriad family of plants. See an exquisite display of hundreds of incredible indoor plants that have been judged by accredited judges. Winners and awards are displayed. Visit the salesroom and shop for unusual and unique plants not found in most garden centers. Houston Marriott Westchase, 2900 Briarpark Drive. 940-206-8250; avsa.org/conventions-2019

MIDFIELD: May 16 Denim and Diamonds Enjoy a dinner and dance to raise money for Palacios Boys and Girls Club. There are also live and silent auctions. Beneath the Oaks, 1796 SH 71. 361-972-2642; palacioskids.org

PALACIOS: May 24-25 Memorial Commemoration Barbecue Cookoff-Kickball Tourney Eighth annual event includes an adult co-ed tourney, cookoff, washer tournament, crawfish boil, and DJ. Palacios Recreation Center, 2400 Perryman. 361-676-8617

PORT ARTHUR: May 25-26 SALT Memorial Classic Fishing Tournament The Saltwater Anglers’ League of Texas (SALT) hosts this fishing tournament full of family fun. Fishing, birding, and disc golf await. Sabine Lake, T.B. Ellison Parkway. 509-626-2019; saltclub.net

ROCKPORT: May 4-5 Nautical Flea Market Hosted by the Rockport Yacht Club, find nautical treasures including books, art, and fishing-related items at the 18th annual event. Rockport Harbor, 722 Navigation Circle. 361-729-1244; rockportyachtclub.org

ROCKPORT: May 25-26 Festival of Wine and Food The Texas Maritime Museum will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with this 22nd annual festival. Enjoy a wide variety of wines of the Americas, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions. Live bands and entertainment make the event lively and fun. Texas Maritime Museum, 1202 Navigation Circle. 361-729-1271; texasmaritimemuseum.org

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: May 4 Run the Jailbreak The Jailbreak Beach Escape has become a South Padre Island tradition. Each May, thousands of runners conquer the 5K course, covering 20 challenging obstacles, on the sun-drenched beaches before heading to Clayton’s Beach Bar for a Texas-size beach party. Clayton’s Beach Bar & Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: May 26 Memorial Day Fireworks Join together at the South Padre Island Entertainment District for Memorial Day fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd. 956-761-3000; sopadre.com

STAFFORD: May 19 “The Music Man”—Concert Musical In a Fort Bend first, FBSO and FBSO Chorus, in association with Queensbury Theatre, cap off the season with this Tony award-winning musical in concert format. Professional Houston and Fort Bend actors sing with full orchestral accompaniment. Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. 281-276-9642; fbso.org

SUGAR LAND: April 26-28, May 3-5 “Singin’ in the Rain Jr.” The “greatest movie musical of all time” is faithfully and lovingly adapted by Broadway legends Betty Comden and Adolph Green, from their original award-winning screenplay. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: May 3 “My Favorite Murder Live” My Favorite Murder is the hit true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. Since its inception in early 2016, the show has broken download records and galvanized a devoted “Murde-rino” fan base. Their live tours are known throughout the world. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: May 4 The 1975 in Concert with Special Guests Pale Waves and No Rome The 1975 come to Sugar Land as part of their North American tour. Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: May 9 Ms. Lauryn Hill in Concert Hill returns for the 20th anniversary of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.” Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Blvd. 281-207-6278; smartfinancialcentre.net

SUGAR LAND: May 11-12 Disney’s Jungle Book Kids: a “Mini-Troupe” Production The jungle is jumpin’ with a jazzy beat in this performance. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, it features a host of colorful characters and favorite songs from the movie. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

SUGAR LAND: May 17-19 “Chicago: High School Edition” In roaring ’20s Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap…until he finds out he’s been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another “Merry Murderess,” Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the American Dream: fame, for-tune, and acquittal. Sugar Land Auditorium, 226 Lakeview Drive. 713-302-5329; inspirationstage.com

TOMBALL: May 4 Narrated Glass Blowing Demonstration Watch Houston’s only open-access studio blow glass. Free, narrated demos are offered on the first Saturday of every month (except August). Three Dimensional Visions—Glass Blowing Houston, 17442 FM 2920. 281-734-0366; threedimensionalvisions.com

TOMBALL: May 11 Vintage Car Festival The sixth annual event offers a day for all ages with extraordinary vehicles from the past, live entertainment, food, vendor booths, a silent auction, and kids’ activities, including a petting zoo. First Presbyterian Church Tomball, 30410 SH 249. 979-299-4185; fpctomball.org

VICTORIA: March 22-May 12 Neva Rossi Exhibit See the pastel works of Texas artist Neva Rossi. The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8228; navemuseum.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 Museum, 306 W. Commercial St. 361-575-8228; navemuseum.com

VICTORIA: May 24-26 Memorial Weekend Bash One of Victoria’s biggest celebrations featuring live Tejano music, a carnival, arts and crafts, and food vendors. Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St. 361-237-0351

 

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