April

Alvin April 22-24: Alvin Rotary Frontier Day The 47th annual Frontier Day, presented by the Alvin Rotary Club, features the popular Frontier Day Parade through the old downtown area of Alvin. The Alvin Rotary Club Gunfighters perform their popular shootout twice during the day, and nearby are children’s rides, food concessions, carnival activities, arts and crafts vendors, and an antique car and bike show. Proceeds support scholarships and other charitable activities in the Alvin area. When: April 22-24 Where: Alvin National Oak Park ALVIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-828-9477 Website: alvinrotary.org

 

Blessing April 16-17: Palacios Trail Riders’ Trail Ride An auction and dinner kick off the festivities before a trail ride happens the following day. When: April 16-17 Where: Blessing Community Center BLESSING, Texas More Information: Phone: 972-920-2045

 

Corpus Christi April 29-May 9: Buc Days Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, a nonprofit organization, has annually staged the Buccaneer Days festival in Corpus Christi in support of bringing entertaining, educational, and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, proceeds from Buc Days have been awarded to students as college scholarships. Held on the Corpus Christi Bayfront in the spring, this culturally diverse event grabs the attention of South Texas and has something for everyone, including a rodeo, carnival, and two parades. When: April 29-May 9 Where: American Bank Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-882-3242 Website: bucdays.com

 

Houston Oct. 22-April 23: “Estructuras Monumentales” Buffalo Bayou Partnership presents “Estructuras Monumentales,” a major exhibition of outdoor sculptures by 105-year-old artist Carmen Herrera (b. 1915, Havana, Cuba). Featuring four newly created sculptures that were first envisioned nearly five decades ago, “Estructuras Monumentales” is Herrera’s first public art exhibition in Houston and only the second time that these large-scale works have been presented globally. Organized in partnership with the New York City-based nonprofit Public Art Fund, the exhibition was first presented at Manhattan’s City Hall Park in 2019. This major survey exhibition offers Houston audiences a powerful and reflective experience that celebrates the full breadth of Herrera’s work in three dimensions. When: Oct. 22-April 23 Where: Fondren Foundation Meadow in Buffalo Bayou Park HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: buffalobayou.org

 

Houston Jan. 30-May 8: Texas Master Series: James C. Wakins Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this solo exhibition by Lubbock ceramicist and educator James C. Watkins, who was recently named a Texas Master by the center. Watkins received his MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been featured in 40 solo exhibitions and 164 group exhibitions around the world, and he has pieces in 23 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library (Little Rock, Arkansas), the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies (Shigaraki, Japan), the Everson Museum (Syracuse, New York), and, most recently, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. With over 40 years of experience working with clay, Watkins masterfully constructs double-walled vessels, whose forms and surfaces are inspired by his memories of growing up in the South, encounters with nature, and his experience working in Asia. Building upon a history of tradition, he skillfully manipulates his clay surfaces using alternative firing techniques, creating lustrous and colorful surfaces enhanced by the atmosphere of the kiln. For some pieces, he collects dirt from the dust storms around his studio in order to create orange-to-black surfaces. As seen in his Double-Walled Basket (2018), Watkins also wields an iridescent rainbow of color through a fuming technique that he employs as the kiln cools down from a high firing. When: Jan. 30-May 8 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org

 

Houston Feb. 9-May 31: “Creative Activism Now” The Czech Center Museum Houston’s “Creative Activism Now” exhibit helps children learn about the Holocaust while discovering their creative potential. The project—a workshop and exhibit—tells of the lives of young people interred in the Terezín Concentration Camp in the Czech Republic during the Holocaust. These youth, despite being held in the concentration camp, didn’t lose hope and pushed through to protest the Nazi’s mission by way of art. While visiting the exhibit, guests can create an artifact, image, or video that discusses injustice and critical social issues in history or today for the museum to list on its website and exhibit. The most inspiring pieces of artwork receive awards. The top student prize is a laptop, while adult prizes include gift baskets. When: Feb. 9-May 31 Where: Czech Center Museum Houston HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-528-2060 Website: czechcenter.org/creative-activism-home

 

Houston March 6-April 1: “There Is An Instant” Archway Gallery presents this exhibition featuring new paintings by Silvia PintoSouza that were inspired by the poem “There Is An Instant” by Guillermo Valencia. The poem moved her deeply, as she says in an artist statement: “My original theme for this exhibition was ‘Old Barns’ then the poem resurfaced from my memory in a very loud way and I was compelled to broaden that theme,” says PintoSouza. “A feeling of nostalgia took over—a feeling of what was and is not anymore, but the spirit of which can still be felt.” Looking through the doors of an old and dilapidated barn, PintoSouza senses the presence of those who were there before, “the generations of families who cherished, worked, and stored so many hopes in it. These are nostalgic places imprinted with stories and memories that are not mine, but which I can sense.” When: March 6-April 1 Where: Archway Gallery HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-522-2409 Website: archwaygallery.com

 

Houston April 27: Emerson String Quartet in Concert The talents of this legendary quartet are well served with this program, beginning with the lyrical quartet from Alexander Borodin, with its delightful sense of affection throughout, and William Walton’s “Quartet No. 2,” filled with rhythmic energy, followed by Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Quartet No. 9,” devoted to his dear wife, Irina. When: April 27 Where: Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-348-5400 Website: chambermusichouston.org

 

McFaddin April 10: Polo at McFaddin This annual fundraiser is held for the Nave Museum and Victoria Regional Museum Association. A day of polo includes matches, gourmet tailgate tastings, beer and wine, live and silent auctions, and live music. When: April 10 Where: McFaddin Ranch MCFADDIN, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8228 Website: navemuseum.com

 

Palacios April 17: 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 17 Where: First Baptist Church of Palacios PALACIOS, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-972-3960

 

Port Aransas April 23-25: Texas SandFest If you love sandcastles, then Texas SandFest is the best place in the world to check out some of the best sand sculptors. Enjoy the soothing sounds of the Texas Gulf Coast as you leisurely stroll amid amazing feats of art and architecture. Master sculptors from all over go to Port Aransas, Texas to make pure magic. Previous festivals have seen larger-than-life sand sculptures of Abraham Lincoln, the Alamo, the Statue of Liberty, and sky-high sandcastles. When: April 23-25 Where: Port Aransas Beach PORT ARANSAS, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-749-5919 Website: texassandfest.org

 

Port Aransas April 30-May 2: Wooden Boat Festival Bring your wooden boats to display. Boats don’t need to be fancy, just made of wood. They can even be displayed unfinished. Guests can attend informative programs on boat building and even build their own boats. When: April 30-May 2 Where: Roberts Point Park PORT ARANSAS, Texas More Information: Phone: 210-218-9961 Website: portaransaswoodenboatfestival.org 

 

Port Arthur April 17: 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. New this year is the Cajun Caravan, which takes you to Cajun restaurants plus historical locations and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Wayne Toups and Royal Blugarou are back as headliners. When: April 17 Where: Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center PORT ARTHUR, Texas More Information: Phone: 409-835-2787 Website: cajunheritagefest.com

 

Portland April 9-11: Windfest The annual family-fun festival held in the coastal town of Portland has a parade, cookoff, the Dachshund Dash, doggie costume contest, horseshoe contest, washer tournament, entertainment, food, rides, and shopping. When: April 9-11 Where: Portland Community Center PORTLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-777-4650 Website: portlandtx.org/windfest-2020

 

Rockport April 9-11: Tour of Studios Rockport Center for the Arts hosts this annual studio tour that includes a kick-off party on April 9. The tour provides visitors the opportunity to learn more about artists from Rockport-Fulton and beyond. When: April 9-11 Where: Rockport Center for the Arts ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-5519 Website: rockportartcenter.com

 

Rockport April 17: Rockport-Fulton Pirate Festival Held in conjunction with the Rockport-Fulton Market Days, this new festival features vendors, food, entertainment such as pirate ship battles and live music, and a pirate costume contest. When: April 17 Where: ACND Festival Grounds ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: www.rockport-fulton.org

 

South Padre Island Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021: Dolphin Watching and Eco Tours Enjoy a 1.5 hour dolphin watch aboard the Murphy’s Law and see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. You also have the opportunity to see local and migratory birds, the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica Beach, and the South Padre Island jetties. During the Eco Tour Dolphin Watch, a specialized net is dragged along the bay floor. Sea life captured during the Eco Tour is brought on board and viewed up close. When: Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021 Where: Isla Tours SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-4752 Website: islatours.com

 

Victoria March 25-May 16: “Carole Myers: Selected Works” See paintings by the late artist Carole Myers. Her works, as she once described them, were inspired by the beauty of landscapes and “express both the vast panoramic views and intimate bits of nature with a spiritual response, rather than a literal interpretation.” When: March 25-May 16 Where: Nave Museum VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8228 Website: navemuseum.com

 

Victoria April 24: Victoria Symphony Performance Victoria Symphony presents “The Musical EuroZone” featuring works by Percy Grainger, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Schubert. When: April 24 Where: Victoria Fine Arts Center VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-576-4500 Website: victoriasymphony.com

 

May

Corpus Christi April 29-May 9: Buc Days  Since 1938, the Buccaneer Commission, a nonprofit organization, has annually staged the Buccaneer Days festival in Corpus Christi in support of bringing entertaining, educational, and cultural events to the Coastal Bend. Beginning in 1996, proceeds from Buc Days have been awarded to students as college scholarships. Held on the Corpus Christi Bayfront in the spring, this culturally diverse event grabs the attention of South Texas and has something for everyone, including a rodeo, carnival, and two parades. When: April 29-May 9 Where: American Bank Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-882-3242 Website: bucdays.com

 

Corpus Christi May 1: Lecture: Pollinator Gardens  Nueces master gardener Deb Houlihan provides expertise on planting a garden to attract a variety of visiting pollinators to your landscape. Learn which plant varieties attract butterflies, hummingbirds, or bees. When: May 1 Where: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

 

Fulton May 14-15: Babes on the Bay This 20th annual event, the largest one-day women angler fishing tournament in the country, features women from all over the state and across the country coming together for a fun-filled weekend that includes live bands, vendor booths, and educational outreach. When: May 14-15 Where: Fulton Harbor FULTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-205-0182 Website: babesonthebay.com

 

Houston Jan. 30-May 8: Texas Master Series: James C. Wakins  Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this solo exhibition by Lubbock ceramicist and educator James C. Watkins, who was recently named a Texas Master by the center. Watkins received his MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. His work has been featured in 40 solo exhibitions and 164 group exhibitions around the world, and he has pieces in 23 permanent collections, including the White House Collection of American Crafts at the Clinton Library (Little Rock, Arkansas), the Shigaraki Institute of Ceramic Studies (Shigaraki, Japan), the Everson Museum (Syracuse, New York), and, most recently, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. With over 40 years of experience working with clay, Watkins masterfully constructs double-walled vessels, whose forms and surfaces are inspired by his memories of growing up in the South, encounters with nature, and his experience working in Asia. Building upon a history of tradition, he skillfully manipulates his clay surfaces using alternative firing techniques, creating lustrous and colorful surfaces enhanced by the atmosphere of the kiln. For some pieces, he collects dirt from the dust storms around his studio in order to create orange-to-black surfaces. As seen in his Double-Walled Basket (2018), Watkins also wields an iridescent rainbow of color through a fuming technique that he employs as the kiln cools down from a high firing. When: Jan. 30-May 8 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org

 

Houston Feb. 9-May 31: “Creative Activism Now”  The Czech Center Museum Houston’s “Creative Activism Now” exhibit helps children learn about the Holocaust while discovering their creative potential. The project—a workshop and exhibit—tells of the lives of young people interred in the Terezín Concentration Camp in the Czech Republic during the Holocaust. These youth, despite being held in the concentration camp, didn’t lose hope and pushed through to protest the Nazi’s mission by way of art. While visiting the exhibit, guests can create an artifact, image, or video that discusses injustice and critical social issues in history or today for the museum to list on its website and exhibit. The most inspiring pieces of artwork receive awards. The top student prize is a laptop, while adult prizes include gift baskets. When: Feb. 9-May 31 Where: Czech Center Museum Houston HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-528-2060 Website: czechcenter.org/creative-activism-home

 

Houston March 12-Dec. 12: Anri Sala’s “Time No Longer”  A newly commissioned artwork by multimedia artist Anri Sala (b. 1974 Tirana, Albania), “Time No Longer” offers an other-worldly experience of film and sound within this vast, subterranean reservoir on the edge of downtown Houston. The installation incorporates a film projected onto a massive translucent screen, depicting a weathered turntable floating in a space station, tethered only by its electric cord. The soundscape is a new arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” written while the composer was incarcerated in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during the Second World War. When: March 12-Dec. 12 Where: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-752-0314 Website: buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern

 

Houston: May 04 – 2021 Houston’s Heroes Award Luncheon Join Crime Stoppers of Houston as it honors individuals and organizations who have given exemplary services to make Houston a safer place to live, work, learn and play.  2021 Houston’s Heroes: The Johnny Klevenhagen Award Commander James Dale, Houston Police Department Vice Division The Fenner Weller Crime Stoppers Award State Representative Jim Murphy The Leiv Platou Crime Stoppers Award Hazem Ahmed, Crime Stoppers Board Member The Corporate Citizen Crime Stoppers Award H-E-B The Safe School Crime Stoppers Award Jerri Duddlesten Moore The Women Who Shape Houston Crime Stoppers Award Brigitte Kalai Partner Of The Year Award Lawrence and Linda Levy 11:30 PM https://crime-stoppers.org/get-involved/2021CSLuncheon 832-849-1587 

 

Houston May 4-23: Livestock Show and Rodeo  Over the years, more than 2 million people annually attend Houston’s livestock show and rodeo. The 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: May 4-23 Where: NRG Center HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 832-667-1000 Website: rodeohouston.com

 

Houston May 21-23: Comicpalooza  Texas’ largest pop-culture festival draws fans of art, celebrity, comics, films, gaming, and literature. Comicpalooza hosts panels, autograph and photograph sessions with celebrity guests, a literature conference, film festival, and cosplay competitions, and presents special attractions, entertainment, and gaming tournaments. Shoppers can browse art and handcrafted goods from local and visiting artists in the Artist Alley and stroll through the Dealer’s Room to peruse comic books, collectibles, toys, clothing, and other niche products. Young festival-goers can immerse themselves in interactive exhibits found throughout the hall and in the Innovation Lab, while adult attendees can learn about space advancements and test new consumer technologies. When: May 21-23 Where: George R. Brown Convention Center HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: Website: comicpalooza.com

 

Midfield May 13: Denim and Diamonds  The Boys and Girls Club of Palacios puts on a dinner and dance to raise money for the organization. There are also live and silent auctions. When: May 13 Where: Beneath the Oaks MIDFIELD, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-972-2642 Website: palacioskids.org

 

Palacios May 28-29: Memorial Commemoration Barbecue Cookoff and Coed Kickball Tourney  In remembrance of Memorial Day, the St. Anthony’s Knights of Columbus Council #6889 holds a fundraiser and honors veterans. The event starts with an introduction of the guests, pledges of allegiance, playing the national anthem, and an invocation. Guest speakers conclude with a roll call, gun salute, and taps played to end the ceremony. Following is a barbecue cookoff, kickball tournaments for school children and adults, a washer tournament, bingo, a Texas Hold ’em tournament, and a DJ playing great music. There is also arts and crafts, a bounce house, mechanical bull, and a water bounce house. When: May 28-29 Where: Palacios Recreation Center PALACIOS, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-676-8617 Website: kocpalacios.org

 

Rockport May 1-2: Nautical Flea Market  This annual market held at Rockport Harbor is hosted by the Rockport Yacht Club and features vendors selling nautical-themed treasures including books and art, fishing gear, and other goods. When: May 1-2 Where: Rockport Navigation Circle ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-230-5019 Website: rockportyachtclub.org

 

Rockport May 29-30: Rockport Wine Festival The Texas Maritime Museum celebrates Memorial Day weekend with the 25th annual Rockport Festival of Wines. Enjoy a wide variety of wines, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions. Live bands and entertainment make the event lively and fun on the grounds at the museum. When: May 29-30 Where: Texas Maritime Museum Grounds ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-1271 Website: texasmaritimemuseum.org

 

South Padre Island Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021: Dolphin Watching and Eco Tours Enjoy a 1.5 hour dolphin watch aboard the Murphy’s Law and see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. You also have the opportunity to see local and migratory birds, the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica Beach, and the South Padre Island jetties. During the Eco Tour Dolphin Watch, a specialized net is dragged along the bay floor. Sea life captured during the Eco Tour is brought on board and viewed up close. When: Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021 Where: Isla Tours SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-4752 Website: islatours.com


Victoria March 25-May 16: “Carole Myers: Selected Works”  See paintings by the late artist Carole Myers. Her works, as she once described them, were inspired by the beauty of landscapes and “express both the vast panoramic views and intimate bits of nature with a spiritual response, rather than a literal interpretation.” When: March 25-May 16 Where: Nave Museum VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8228 Website: navemuseum.com

June

Corpus Christi June 1-July 31: Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Hatchling Release  The Padre Island National Seashore celebrates more than 40 years of the conservation of Kemp’s ridley sea turtles. Experience this national treasure when you attend one of the hatchling releases in the summer. Hatchling releases occur in the morning. When: June 1-July 31 Where: Padre Island National Seashore CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-949-7163 Website: nps.gov/pais

 

Freeport June 16-Aug. 11: “Apron Strings: Ties to the Past”  This museum exhibit features 51 vintage and contemporary ways that the apron has been viewed as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression, with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today. When: June 16-Aug. 11 Where: Lake Jackson Historical Museum FREEPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org

 

Freeport June 30-July 4: Fishin’ Fiesta  Since 1947, fishing enthusiasts have been drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest redfish, barracuda, or any other offshore or inshore fish. The Fishin’ Fiesta is sponsored by the Freeport Lions Club and offers carnival rides, food, live entertainment, dances, and arts and crafts. The fishing tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and includes prizes for both offshore and inshore categories. There is fireworks display on Saturday night. When: June 30-July 4 Where: Freeport Municipal Park FREEPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-233-1047 Website: fishinfiesta.com

 

Galveston June 5: Rob Landes in Concert  Delight in the music of George Gershwin as Grand favorite Rob Landes shares stories and reminiscences of Gershwin’s brief but brilliant life, drawing on tales of Gershwin music played throughout The Grand’s 125-year history. There are two performances (2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and social distancing is being implemented along with masks being required at all performances. When: June 5 Where: The Grand 1894 Opera House GALVESTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com

 

Houston March 12-Dec. 12: Anri Sala’s “Time No Longer”  A newly commissioned artwork by multimedia artist Anri Sala (b. 1974 Tirana, Albania), “Time No Longer” offers an other-worldly experience of film and sound within this vast, subterranean reservoir on the edge of downtown Houston. The installation incorporates a film projected onto a massive translucent screen, depicting a weathered turntable floating in a space station, tethered only by its electric cord. The soundscape is a new arrangement of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time,” written while the composer was incarcerated in a prisoner-of-war camp in Germany during the Second World War. When: March 12-Dec. 12 Where: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-752-0314 Website: buffalobayou.org/visit/destination/the-cistern

 

Lake Jackson June 5: 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. When: June 5 Where: Abner Jackson Plantation Site LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org

 

Lake Jackson June 12: Farmers Market  At this market, find locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally roasted coffee, homemade food, handmade products, and other goodies. When: June 12 Where: Parking Place Pavilion LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-924-0596 Website: lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com

 

Port Arthur June 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. New this year is the Cajun Caravan, which takes you to Cajun restaurants plus historical locations and the Museum of the Gulf Coast. Wayne Toups and Royal Blugarou are back as headliners. When: June 5 Where: Carl A. Parker Multipurpose Center PORT ARTHUR, Texas More Information: Phone: 409-835-2787 Website: cajunheritagefest.com

 

Rockport June 12-20: Aransas County Sesquicentennial  Celebrating 150 years of Aransas County’s existence, this weeklong series of events includes a county fair, historic homes tour, art show, fireworks, and other programs and entertainment. When: June 12-20 Where: Various locations ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: aransascounty150.org

 

South Padre Island Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021: Dolphin Watching and Eco Tours  Enjoy a 1.5 hour dolphin watch aboard the Murphy’s Law and see bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat. You also have the opportunity to see local and migratory birds, the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Boca Chica Beach, and the South Padre Island jetties. During the Eco Tour Dolphin Watch, a specialized net is dragged along the bay floor. Sea life captured during the Eco Tour is brought on board and viewed up close. When: Nov. 1, 2020-Sept. 30, 2021 Where: Isla Tours SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-4752 Website: islatours.com

 

South Padre Island June 5-6: Pro Watercross  More than 150 individual competitors are expected, all bringing with them their pit crew, families, friends, and fans. Watercross features the best of the best as well as up-and-coming men and women in the highly explosive and exciting sport of personal watercraft racing otherwise known as “watercross.” These riders utilize some of the most advanced equipment and technology to help their watercraft reach speeds of over 85 mph. Throughout the week, riders engage in a fierce battle of skill, technology, and innovation on and off the water. When: June 5-6 Where: Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

 

Tomball June 19: Honky Tonk Chili Challenge  It’s a full day of spicy chili and hot country music from the days of Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, and Hank Williams. Sanctioned by the Chili Appreciation Society International (CASI), the chili competition features top cook teams from across Texas vying for a spot at the International Championship in Terlingua, Texas. Music, vendors, and a children’s zone make this a great family event. Admission and parking are free. When: June 19 Where: Downtown Depot Plaza TOMBALL, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-350-5484 Website: tomballtx.gov

 

Victoria June 8-12: Bach Festival Led by Artistic Director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, the festival celebrates the work of J.S. Bach and composers spanning the ages. Orchestral, choral, and chamber works are performed by local and nationally acclaimed artists in various venues in Victoria and South Texas. When: June 8-12 Where: Various locations VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-570-5788 Website: victoriabachfestival.org

 

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