April

Baytown April 25: A Taste of History Rod Rawlings brings the immortal Mark Twain to life with a memorable portrayal of the author at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association’s 17th annual A Taste of History. For 20 years, Rawlings has been performing the timeless humor and wisdom of “the Lincoln of our literature.” The ticket price of $34 includes dinner and the one-man show. When: April 25 Where: Baytown Christian Academy BAYTOWN, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-421-2099 Website: baytownhistory.org

Beaumont: April 24-25 – 2020 Jefferson County Go Texan Cook-Off & Fish Fry – Come join us in Beaumont in April for the 2020 Jefferson County Go Texan Cook-Off & Fish Fry. Friday night features a Nome, Texas’ famous rice milled fried fish and LIVE music by Southeast Texas native, Donice Morace. Saturday, the smoke cranks up as a full-on cook-off begins. All proceeds benefit the graduating seniors of Jefferson County. #jeffcogotexan #RaiseTheBar 5pm-11pm (FRI) // 8am-3pm (SAT) www.jeffersoncogotexan.com 409-201-8434

Brazoria April 25-26: Migration Celebration Activities for children include archery, fishing for catfish, a BB gun range, bug sweeping, microscopes, touch tanks, and reptiles. Both adults and children can enjoy the popular “Birds of Prey” show by EarthQuest, as well as the butterfly encounter tents. The refuge tours guided by qualified naturalists are by marsh buggy or wagon, and guided walking tours to Bobcat Woods and to the largest Texas live oak are also available. When: April 25-26 Where: San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge BRAZORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 844-842-4737 Website: migrationcelebration.org

Clute April 24-26: “Brighton Beach Memoirs” Set in Brooklyn in the 1930s, Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play is about a Polish-Jewish teenager struggling with adolescence and a chaotic family life. When: April 24-26, May 1-3 Where: Center for the Arts and Sciences CLUTE, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-265-7661 Website: brazosportcenter.com

Corpus Christi April 22-26: Birdiest Festival in America Spotlighting South Texas’ peak spring migration in one of the country’s busiest flyways is the Birdiest Festival in America. The festival features optional guided birding field trips to regional birding hot spots, shorebird/wading bird sites, and private ranches. Plus, “The Raptor Project” presentations, a vendor trade show, and an artisan show. New this year is keynote speaker, noted birder, author, and illustrator David Sibley, who shares insights on migration. The inaugural year, 2017, saw 246 species of birds, and last year saw 262 species, showing why Corpus Christi was named the “Birdiest City in North America” for a decade. When: April 22-26 Where: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: birdiestfestival.org

Freeport April 25: Schuster Home Open House Built in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, the Schuster family home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. When: April 25 Where: Schuster Home FREEPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-0868 Website: facebook.com/brazoshistoricalsociety

Galveston April 17 & 18 – Galveston Island Wine Festival – Sample an exciting selection of wines from around the world as you mix and mingle with fellow wine enthusiasts and renowned winemakers! Friday the Premium Tasting 6:00-8:00pm Guests will sip, savor, and munch on premium wines, craft cocktails, and food bites from participating vineyards, and featured restaurants. These premium wines will not be available to sample at Saturday’s Grand Tasting event. Saturday the Grand Tasting 2:00pm The Grand Tasting is the highlight of the festival. Patrons will embark on a tasting trip through vineyards from all around the world. As well as food bites from surrounding restaurants will be featured!

Houston: April 2 – 11th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked – The 11th Annual Keels & Wheels Uncorked will be held on Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 6-11 p.m. at the Lone Star Flight Museum. Proceeds from the event benefit Lighthouse Charity Team and Today’s Harbor for Children. Uncorked Co-Chairs Catherine Klemowits and Bruce Padilla, along with Lorraine Grubbs of Lighthouse Charity Team, invite guests to an elegant evening of fine wines and exceptional appetizers presented by some of Greater Houston’s finest restaurants during the cocktail hour intermingled with classic cars, boats and vintage aircraft followed by dinner and entertainment. The participating restaurants during the cocktail hour include: Cut Foil, Brennan’s of Houston, Marais, Merlion Restaurant, Mister French’s Gourmet Bakery, and Sundance Grill. The “Uncorked” event will also feature luxury items and experiences in the form of a live and silent auction curated by Auction Chair Jennifer Gerdes, including lavish packages of fine wines, spa getaways, hotel and resort stays, dinner certificates, autographed collectibles and much more. Notable artist Taft McWhorter will live paint a piece of art for the live auction. Entertainment will be provided by The Guzzlers. This event is made possible with the support from Uncorked Title Sponsor MCM Worldwide and Keels & Wheels title sponsors City of Seabrook, Texas and the Jon & Jacqueline Hodges Charitable Organization. The Keels & Wheels Uncorked event was established in 2009 as a means of raising awareness for Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, which will take place this year on May 2-3, 2020 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas. 6:00PM https://keels-wheels.com/uncorked/ 7135210105

Houston: April 17 – Heroes For Children Hosts Annual Houston Heroes and Handbags Brunch, April 17 – Join Heroes for Children and Event Chair Ashley Seippel and Honorary Chairs Kristy Chickering and Demi Jessett during the annual Heroes and Handbags brunch. The event will feature champagne, a meaningful program and a silent auction benefiting Texas families battling childhood cancer. Held at The Post Oak Hotel in Houston, join the Texas nonprofit organization for a wonderful brunch that ensures no Texas family fights childhood cancer alone. Tickets are available for $250 per person and provide access to the brunch, program and designer handbag auction. Sponsorship opportunities are also available starting at $2,500. To purchase tickets, become a sponsor or find out more information, visit https://heroesforchildren.org/houston-heroes-and-handbags 11AM – 2PM https://heroesforchildren.org 9722471369

Houston: April 29 – The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency 5th Annual Wine Dinner – The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit providing Houston area women and girls with the tools needed to be advocates for their health, invites everyone to its 5th Annual Wine Dinner, which will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. at Tony’s. Event Chairs Joanna and Brad Marks will welcome guests to an evening of inspiring entertainment and famed Houston restauranteurs Donna and Tony Vallone will be on hand to guide guests through an exquisite four-course meal with wine pairings. Musical entertainment will be provided by Houston native and American Idol Season 12 finalist Vincent Powell. The wine dinner will also feature a silent auction and live auction featuring an exquisite donation from IW Marks Jewelers. The Women’s Fund invites everyone to support the mission to help more adolescent girls and women lead happier, healthier and more resilient lives. 6:30PM https://thewomensfund.org/events/wine-dinner-entertainment-2020/. 713-623-6543

La Porte April 18: San Jacinto Day Festival Celebrating the victory of Texas Independence at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 1836, this family festival has music, games, demonstrations, food trucks, a Texas-size petting zoo, and volunteers dressed in period of the Texas Revolution. When: April 18 Where: San Jacinto Monument LA PORTE, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-487-6767 Website: sanjacinto-museum.org

Lake Jackson April 18: Bird Banding Watch 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 bird species of the Brazosport area. When: April 18 Where: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-480-0999 Website: gcbo.org

Palacios April 25: Breakfast with the Stars Palacios Area Fund is having a meet and greet for families and children with their favorite cartoon characters. They are offering children the opportunity to enjoy a great meal, photos, and the company of the cartoon characters. When: April 25 Where: First Baptist Church of Palacios PALACIOS, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-972-3960

Port Arthur April 4-5: Cajun Heritage Festival Tune in to Cajun culture with real Cajun music, dancing, food, and fun. Past festivals have had Cajun waltz contests, crawfish races, crawfish eating contests, and Cajun two-step contests. When: April 4-5 Where: Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center PORT ARTHUR, Texas More Information: Phone: 409-835-2787 Website: cajunheritagefest.com

Quintana April 4-May 10: Spring Fling April is peak migration time so the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory hosts Spring Fling at the Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary the entire month of April. Volunteers and staff are there each day to help identify the migrant and resident birds and keep a daily list going. When: April 4-May 10 Where: Quintana Neotropic Bird Sanctuary QUINTANA, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-480-0999 Website: gcbo.org

Quintana April 11: EarthQuest Birds of Prey Show Experience the thrill of a hawk flying so close that you can feel the wind off its wings. See one of the largest birds in the world, the Andean Condor, and the fastest bird on the earth, the Peregrine Falcon. When: April 11 Where: Quintana Beach County Park QUINTANA, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-233-1461 Website: brazoriacountyparks.org

Victoria April 4: Polo at McFaddin Attend the annual fundraiser for the Nave Museum at McFaddin Ranch and enjoy polo matches, gourmet tailgate tastings, beer and wine, live and silent auctions, and live music. When: April 4 Where: McFaddin Ranch VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8227 Website: navemuseum.com

Victoria April 18-19: Historic Homes Tour Enjoy guided tours of several historic homes that may include late Victorian, Queen Anne, and craftsman-style bungalows. Take advantage of this rare opportunity to view the inside of some of the most elegant homes in Old Victoria. When: April 18-19 Where: Various Locations VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-573-1878 Website: victoriapreservation.com

Victoria April 25: Tutus and Tennis Shoes 1K, 5K, and 10K Run Runners and walkers of all experience are invited to this chip-timed fun run in downtown Victoria to benefit the Victoria Ballet Theatre. When: April 25 Where: Downtown Victoria VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-2313 Website: victoriaballet.org

 

March

Brazoria – March 1 Brazoria Heritage Day

Celebrate the anniversary of the Republic of Texas with period games, food, entertainment, wood carving, genealogical groups, the Brazoria Historical Militia, a parade, live music, horses, an antique car show, a two-day gun show (taking place March 7-8), and a barbecue cookoff.

When: March 1 Where: Brazoria Heritage Civic Center BRAZORIA, Texas

More Information: Phone: 979-824-0455

 

Clute – March 3, 10, 17, 24, 27, 31 Planetarium Show

Come see the 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that produces the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and a large variety of high-tech equipment that provide a close-up feel for cosmic wonders like comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

When:March 3, 10, 17, 24, 27, 31Where:

Center for the Arts and Sciences CLUTE, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-265-7661

 

Corpus Christi – March 14 Raptor Rehab Talk with Guest Speaker Amanda Terry

Amanda Terry, outreach coordinator for Texas Sealife Center, discusses the challenges raptors (birds) face which sometimes result in injury. Meet one of the center’s animal ambassadors and learn about ways to keep these beautiful animals safe, or what to do if you find an injured bird.

When:March 14Where:South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, TexasMore Information:Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

 

Freeport – March 28 Schuster Home Open House

Built in 1917, the same year the city of Freeport was incorporated, the Schuster family home was a special place for family gatherings and holidays. The home serves as an example of family life during the founding of Freeport. When:March 28Where:Schuster Home FREEPORT, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-297-0868

 

Galveston – March 14-15 Corvette Chevy Expo

Gawk at world-class Chevrolet show cars and shop major vendors with products like wheels and accessories, logo apparel and merchandise, and automotive accessories. A craft show and swimsuit contest are also on the schedule. Chevrolet-based products and services associated with this field can also be found. The event is full of awards and open to all Chevy models. There is free parking. When:

March 14-15Where:Galveston Island Convention Center GALVESTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 386-775-2512Website: corvettechevyexpo.com

 

Galveston – March 27-28 Bon Temps Rouler Cajun Throwdown

This spicy island event features a crawfish cookoff with up to 60 teams, a variety of Cajun food, and live music.When:March 27-28Where:Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack GALVESTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 409-974-4929Website: btrcajunthrowdown.com

 

Houston – March 3-22 Livestock Show and Rodeo

More than 2 million people attend Houston’s annual livestock show and rodeo. The two-week event is packed with everything from carnival rides to nightly concerts to championship rodeo competitions. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to Texas youth and education.When:March 3-22Where:NRG Center HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 832-667-1000

 

Houston – March 5-6 “Marian’s Song”

Houston Grand Opera’s (HGO) 68th world premiere is the HGO co-commissioned “Marian’s Song,” composed by Damien Sneed to a libretto by Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton, Houston’s poet laureate emeritus. The opera is based on the life of Marian Anderson, one of the most celebrated singers of the 20th century, who broke racial barriers throughout her storied career. This innovative fusion of opera, spoken word, and multimedia projections debuts this month. When:March 5-6Where:Wortham Theater Center HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 713-228-6737Website: houstongrandopera.org/marian

 

Houston – March 6-April 19 “Honky Tonk Laundry”

The creator of “The Marvelous Wonderettes” brings a brand new boot-scootin’ musical. After inheriting the Wishy Washy Washateria from her grandmother, Lana Mae hires Katie to help run the business, but the two soon join forces to convert their good ol’ laundromat into the town’s hottest honky-tonk. This hilarious musical is packed with a country song list that spans decades of classic and contemporary hits from “I Fall to Pieces” and “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” to “Take It Back” and “Wide Open Spaces.” When:March 6-April 19Where:Stages Repertory Theatre HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 713-527-0123Website: stagestheatre.com

 

Houston – March 6 – 2020 French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Concert – The Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston presents the 2020 French Cultures Festival taking place throughout the month of March in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. The event aims to celebrate French language through cultural and educational events throughout the three states. The Festival will be officially launched during the 8th annual kick-off concert, showcasing a bouncing mix of French, Indie & Blues, rock, folk, pop and soul sounds with three bands: CharlElie Couture (France), Ariane Roy (Québec) and Vodi (Houston, TX). In addition to the live music performances, concert attendees will have the opportunity to taste an exclusive selection of gourmet dishes from France and francophone countries (crêpes, quiches, pastries and other delicacies). 6-10 PM http://bit.ly/FCFconcert2020 346-272-5362

 

Houston: March 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21 – Duck à l’Orange (Le Canard à l’orange) – A comedy by William Douglas Home. Adapted to French by Marc-Gilbert Sauvajon.

In French with English surtitles. Hugh is a famous entertainer at the BBC. He is also a womanizer who compulsively cheats on Liz, his wife of 15 years. When Liz decides to leave him for her lover John, Hugh, the gambler he is, tries everything to win her back. He uses all the tricks he knows and even enrolls his secretary and his governess to serve his purpose.

Director: Ines MuñozWith: David Fouchard, Valérie Thomas-Collignon, Gilles Flavien, Laurence Sebeyran, Bérangère FerrariAudience: general audiences. Duration: approximately 2 hours with an intermission. The event is part of the French Cultures Festival, coordinated by the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Houston, TX: http://frenchculture.org/2020FCF 8:00 PM https://bit.ly/boxofficeEVT2020 281-901-0937

 

Houston – March 7-8 Spring African Violet Show and Sale

The Spring Branch African Violet Club holds their annual plant show and sale with violets of all types such as standard, miniatures, semi-miniatures and trailers. Gesneriads such as episcias and streps and supplies such as potting soil, pots, and fertilizers are also featured. Club members are available to answer general questions on growing African Violets. When:March 7-8Where:Judson Robinson Jr. Community Center HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone:281-748-8417Website: avsa.org

 

Houston – March 15 Tour de Houston

This annual event offers a unique way to view the city with bike routes winding through Houston’s historic neighborhoods, scenic districts, and parks. The three ride-length options are designed for leisure riders or cycling enthusiasts. The event begins and ends at Hermann Square. When:March 15Where:Hermann Square at City Hall HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: Website: houstontx.gov/tourdehouston

 

Houston – March 17 Pavel Haas Quartet in Concert

After winning its sixth Gramophone Award, the Pavel Haas Quartet, known for a blend of rich, elegant playing and Bohemian tradition, returns to the Houston stage. Prepare for a diverse program as this Prague-based ensemble moves through the contemporary Midsummer Quartet, written for them, on to one of Beethoven’s legendary “Rasumovsky” quartets, and concludes with Tchaikovsky’s drama-filled tribute to a friend.When:March 17Where:Rice University—Alice Pratt Brown Hall—Stude Concert Hall HOUSTON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 713-348-5400Website: chambermusichouston.org/concerts/2020-03-17-pavel-haas-quartet

 

Lake Jackson – March 6 Blue Water Highway in Concert

Named after the roadway that links the band members’ hometown of Lake Jackson to Galveston, Blue Water Highway comes from the kind of working class, coastal town background that has informed the work of so many of rock’s greatest writers and artists. You’ll blow off steam dancing to this band.When:March 6 Where:The Clarion LAKE JACKSON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-230-3658Website: brazosport.edu/clarion

 

 

Lake Jackson – March 7 Nature Day

Celebrate nature with Sea Center Texas. Learn about the great outdoors and visit with local exhibitors and organizations.When:March 7Where:Sea Center Texas LAKE JACKSON, Texas

More Information:Phone: 979-292-0100Website: tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter

 

 

Lake Jackson – March 7 Youth Fishing Day

Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair, and fishing gear for a couple of hours of catch-and-release fishing at the marine fish hatchery and visitor education center. When:March 7Where:Sea Center Texas LAKE JACKSON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-292-0100Website: tpwd.texas.gov/seacenter

 

 

Lake Jackson – March 21 Bird Banding

Watch 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 bird species of the Brazosport area.When:March 21Where:Gulf Coast Bird Observatory LAKE JACKSON, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-480-0999Website: gcbo.org

 

 

Lake Jackson – March 21 Brew on the Bayou

Join the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory for its third annual Brew on the Bayou in Lake Jackson. Sample specialty brews from local breweries as well as wines. Listen to live music, watch a live raptor show, grab a bite to eat from local food trucks, and check out items at the silent auction. The wooded grounds are lit by torchlight, making it a perfect spot to enjoy the brews, the food, and the music.When:March 21Where:Gulf Coast Bird Observatory LAKE JACKSON, TexasMore InformationPhone: 979-480-0999Website: gcbo.org/connect/brew-on-the-bayou/

 

Nederland – March 10-15 Nederland Heritage Festival

Join spring breakers along Boston Avenue for this community event featuring a carnival, costumed characters, music, and the famed Cuisine Walk.When:March 10-15Where:Various locations NEDERLAND, TexasMore Information:Phone: 409-724-2269

 

 

Port Aransas – March 28 Port A Paella Competition

Join Paella Lovers United in Port Aransas for the inaugural Port A Paella Competition. Attendees get to sample the traditional Spanish dish prepared by top chefs while listening to live music during this family-friendly event. When:March 28Where:Port Aransas PORT ARANSAS, TexasMore Information:Phone: 361-749-5919Website: paellaloversunited.com

 

South Padre Island – March 7-8 Heatwave: Spring Break Car Jam

This custom truck and car show began in 1989 and was founded by two custom truck clubs in Austin. The Heat Wave is known for its large crowds of spectators and the growing number of quality show vehicles that attend from all over the United States, Canada, and Mexico.When:March 7-8 Where:South Padre Island Convention Centre SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TexasMore Information:Phone: 956-761-3000Website: heatwaveshow.com

 

Sugar Land – March 7 “Dancing with the Stars Live”

Cheer on dancers from the hit ABC show as they show off their skills and moves in this all-new production that features fan-favorite routines from the TV series and new numbers choreographed with the live audience in mind.

When:March 7Where:Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land SUGAR LAND, TexasMore Information:Phone: 281-207-6278Website: smartfinancialcentre.net

 

Sugar Land – March 14 Sugar Land Heritage Hike

This historic walking tour takes you back to a time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries.When:March 14Where:Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center SUGAR LAND, TexasMore Information:Phone: 281-275-2030Website: slheritage.org

 

Surfside Beach – March 14 St. Patrick’s Day Parade

One of the longest-lasting traditions held at Surfside Beach, this annual event includes a parade where part of the route goes down the beach. There are plenty of free beads and candy thrown from the floats. In addition to the parade, there are costume contests, a social, fundraisers, and a reenactment of the Battle of Fort Velasco.When:March 14Where:

Surfside Beach City Hall SURFSIDE BEACH, TexasMore Information:Phone: 979-233-1531Website: beachblarney.com

 

Texas City – March 21 Maritime Exhibition

Join along in a celebration of Texas City maritime history. There are visiting displays from several neighboring organizations such as the Battleship Texas, the Ocean Star Drilling Rig and Museum, and the Houston Maritime Museum. When:March 21Where:Texas City Museum TEXAS CITY, TexasMore Information:Phone: 409-229-1660Website: texascitytx.gov/page/rec.museum

 

Victoria – Jan. 31-March 22 Woodworking Show

Local artists and craftsmen display their hand-made wood creations.

When:Jan. 31-March 22Where:The Nave Museum VICTORIA, TexasMore Information:Phone: 361-575-8228Website: navemuseum.com

 

Victoria – March 21 Riverside Ride

This bicycle ride consists of four routes, including a challenging 100K through the rolling hills of northwest Victoria County. Arrive early to enjoy a pancake breakfast. When:March 21Where:First United Methodist Church VICTORIA, TexasMore Information:Phone:361-550-4323Website: riversideride.com

 

Victoria – March 27-28 Quilt Show

This year’s quilt show theme is “Garden of Quilts” and features dozens of quilts on display and vendors selling a variety of quilting tools and fabrics.When:March 27-28Where:Holy Family Catholic Church VICTORIA, TexasMore Information:Phone: 281-794-0068Website: quiltguildvictoria.org

 

Victoria – March 27-29 The Texas Mile

Drivers compete against themselves as they see how fast they can push their cars, trucks, and motorcycles to go in 1 mile—with no speed limit.When:March 27-29Where:Victoria Regional Airport VICTORIA, TexasMore Information:Phone: 281-303-1844Website: texasmile.net

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