February

Corpus Christi Jan. 20-Feb. 24: Winter Lecture Series On Wednesdays, learn about a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics which define and explain the South Texas environment. When: Jan. 20-Feb. 24 Where: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org


Galveston Feb. 5-7, 12-14, 16: Mardi Gras! Galveston Galveston is home to the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country. The island’s 110th Mardi Gras celebration is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for live concerts, parades, balcony parties, several elegant balls, and some new festive additions. Events take place on the weekends and Fat Tuesday, and you can expect family fun and lots of beads. When: Feb. 5-7, 12-14, 16 Where: Downtown Entertainment District GALVESTON, Texas More Information: Website: galveston.com/calendarofevents/mardi-gras-2021


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: Website: buffalobayou.org


Houston Jan. 9-March 6: “Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston” This exhibit showcases the history and diversity of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston’s membership, featuring works from emerging practitioners and longtime fiber artists. Noted fiber artist Dr. Mary Ruth Smith juried several awards for works that highlight exceptional craftsmanship and innovative use of materials. When: Jan. 9-March 6 Where: Asher Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 832-767-5441 Website: weavehouston.org


Houston Feb. 21: Creole Heritage Festival Guests experience a full day of live music, an assortment of flavorful food from restaurants and food trucks, dancing, a kids’ zone, and vendors—all in the name of preserving the heritage of a dynamic culture. When: Feb. 21 Where: Midtown Park HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-888-4153 Website: houstoncreolefest.com


Lake Jackson Feb. 20: 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 birds of the Brazosport area. When: Feb. 20 Where: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-480-0999 Website: gcbo.org


Rockport Feb. 6: 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’s Meals on Wheels Program. When: Feb. 6 Where: Rockport-Fulton High School ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-5352 Website: bountifulbowl.org


Rockport Feb. 6-7: Lamardi Gras This festival features food, fun, entertainment, a parade, and enjoyment for all. Festivities take place along Lamar Peninsula and benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. When: Feb. 6-7 Where: Lamar Volunteer Fire Department and Downtown Lamar ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-205-7037 Website: lamarvfd.com


Rockport Feb. 6: Clay Expo Spend the day viewing art on this gallery art walk featuring solo exhibits, pottery demonstrations, and an opening reception. When: Feb. 6 Where: Rockport Center for the Arts ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-5519 Website: rockportartcenter.com


South Padre Island Oct. 14, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021: Port of Brownsville Nature Tours On this four-hour Port Brownsville narrated tour, see vessels loading and unloading cargo from all over the world, decommissioned naval vessels being dismantled from the top down, and oil rigs being built and repaired. Learn about the shrimping industry along the way, and see native bottlenose dolphins and local and migratory birds. Online bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure. When: Oct. 14, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021 Where: Isla Tours SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-2764 Website: islatours.com


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 Jan. 15-March 7: “JHoward Organic Pastels: Selected Works” Acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition, and variety of subject matter, JHoward expands her range with this exhibit that features the artist’s organic pastels including colorful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and life-like portraits with a great understanding of storytelling. When: Jan. 15-March 7 Where: Nave Museum VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8228 Website: navemuseum.com


Victoria Feb. 25-March 1: Victoria Livestock Show The largest event held in Victoria has been paired down this year, with the 75th livestock show having a limited schedule that includes livestock and ag mechanics judging, shows and auctions, virtual events, and a Queen Victoria pageant. When: Feb. 25-March 1 Where: Victoria Community Center VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-485-3116 Website: victorialivestockshow.com

January

Bay City Jan. 30: Wild Game and Camofest Taste wild game, wine, and craft beer. There is free live entertainment, vendors, downtown shopping, and free activities for kids. When: Jan. 30 Where: Downtown Bay City BAY CITY, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-245-8081 Website: baycitycamofest.com

 

Beaumont Dec. 5, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021: Shop-O-Rama 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. When: Dec. 5, 2020-Jan. 1, 2021 Where: The Art Studio Inc. BEAUMONT, Texas More Information: Phone: 409-838-5393 Website: theartstudio.org

 

Brownsville Nov. 24-Jan. 1: Holiday Village A collection of more than 30 life-sized holiday-themed cottages are on display, each providing a glimpse through a window of a holiday scene which may be historic, cultural, or whimsical in nature. The cottages, lit inside and out, are best viewed at night with lights turning on at 6:00 p.m nightly until the park closes. Santa Claus is on hand to visit with children on weekends. Cottages include Santa’s workshop, the elf scouts’ bunkhouse, and Frosty Treats ice cream shop. When: Nov. 24-Jan. 1 Where: Dean Porter Park BROWNSVILLE, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-831-7000 Website: holidayvillagebrownsville.com

 

Corpus Christi Dec. 15-Jan. 3: Coastal Christmas Bring the whole family and celebrate the season at this winter wonderland in South Texas. Kids of all ages can enjoy tubing down the snow slide, indoor ice skating, a life-size snow globe, Mr. and Mrs. Claus and holiday characters, and holiday refreshments. When: Dec. 15-Jan. 3 Where: American Bank Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-826-4700 Website: americanbankcenter.com

 

Corpus Christi Jan. 20-Feb. 24: Winter Lecture Series On Wednesdays, learn about a variety of unique nature and horticulture topics which define and explain the South Texas environment. When: Jan. 20-Feb. 24 Where: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.org

 

Galveston Nov. 21-Jan. 2: Holiday in the Gardens This event features six holiday attractions at one venue: Festival of Lights, Arctic Ice Slide, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in 4D, holiday films in 3D, train rides, and Star: the Dancing Tree of Light. When: Nov. 21-Jan. 2 Where: Moody Gardens GALVESTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 409-744-4673 Website: moodygardens.org

 

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 Dec. 5-Jan. 7: “Resonance Laura Viada’s first solo exhibition at Archway Gallery explores the theme of “resonance,” as both a physical phenomenon and as an emotional, transcendent component of human creativity. The artist works in the medium of fiber, primarily as a hand-weaver. Using linen, silk, cotton, and metallic threads as her “paints,” she creates visually complex artworks using the simple elements of basic geometric form and the interaction of color. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with 32@32, a series of concerts celebrating the 250th birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven, with pianist Adam Golka. Adam, 32 years old, performs the full cycle of Beethoven’s 32 piano sonatas over a series of recitals in the gallery during the month of December. When: Dec. 5-Jan. 7 Where: Archway Gallery HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-522-2409 Website: archwaygallery.com

Houston Jan. 9-March 6: “Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston” This exhibit showcases the history and diversity of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston’s membership, featuring works from emerging practitioners and longtime fiber artists. Noted fiber artist Dr. Mary Ruth Smith juried several awards for works that highlight exceptional craftsmanship and innovative use of materials. When: Jan. 9-March 6 Where: Asher Gallery, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 832-767-5441 Website: weavehouston.org

 

Houston Jan. 26: Calidore String Quartet in Concert Celebrating the colorful, musical tapestry of the U.S., as told through three great compositions, the Calidore String Quartet displays the energy and style that has earned it a position on the world stage. Experience Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “Quartet No.3,” Samuel Barber’s emotionally intense “Quartet,” and Antonín Dvořák’s phenomenal “Quartet No. 12.” When: Jan. 26 Where: Stude Concert Hall, Shepherd School of Music, Rice University HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-648-5400 Website: chambermusichouston.org

 

Lake Jackson Jan. 16: Bird Banding Watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to view birds up close and to learn about all the birds of the Brazosport area. When: Jan. 16 Where: Gulf Coast Bird Observatory LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-480-0999 Website: gcbo.org

 

Palacios Jan. 23: Deutschburg Seafood Dinner Fundraiser The Deutschburg Community Club is serving fried fish, shrimp, and oysters for their annual fundraiser for college scholarships. There are also two live auctions and a raffle. When: Jan. 23 Where: Deutschburg Community Center PALACIOS, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-920-6211 Website: kixs.com/deutschburg-community

 

Portland Dec. 28, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021: Virtual 5K: Run Out of 2020 Exit 2020 by running into 2021. The race is virtual, so you can choose your own start time. When: Dec. 28, 2020-Jan. 10, 2021 Where: Virtual PORTLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-777-4650 Website: business.portlandtx.org/events

 

Rockport Nov. 29-Jan. 3: Christmas on the Beach Rockport-Fulton presents Christmas on The Beach with a drive-thru celebration of displays on and around the water. When: Nov. 29-Jan. 3 Where: Rockport Beach Circle ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: rockport-fulton.org

 

Rockport Jan. 8-10: Gospel Music Festival This event features numerous gospel groups from around the nation, including Rockport’s Gospel Force.When:Jan. 8-10 Where: First Baptist Church ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-205-2789 Website: gospelforce.org/festival.html

 

Rockport Jan. 23: Winter Texan Appreciation Day The RV Park Council and Rockport Fulton Chamber of Commerce hosts an appreciation day for winter guests. Come by for refreshments and a meet-and-greet, with special presentations, door prizes, and entertainment. This is a free event open to the public. When: Jan. 23 Where: Aransas County Airport ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: www.rockport-fulton.org

 

South Padre Island Oct. 14, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021: Port of Brownsville Nature Tours On this four-hour Port Brownsville narrated tour, see vessels loading and unloading cargo from all over the world, decommissioned naval vessels being dismantled from the top down, and oil rigs being built and repaired. Learn about the shrimping industry along the way, and see native bottlenose dolphins and local and migratory birds. Online bookings must be made a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure. When: Oct. 14, 2020-Feb. 28, 2021 Where: Isla Tours SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-2764 Website: islatours.com

 

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

 

Surfside Beach Jan. 16: Dunes Day Recycle Christmas trees into beneficial sand dunes along the Brazoria County coastline. When: Jan. 16 Where: Stahlman Park SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-864-1152 Website: brazoriacountyparks.org

 

Surfside Beach Jan. 23: Surfside Food and Art Festival Enjoy live music, a chili cookoff, art and food vendors, a community art project, and fun for kids of all ages. When: Jan. 23 Where: Surfside Beach Bird and Butterfly Trail SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-233-1531 Website: surfsidetx.org

 

Victoria Jan. 15-March 7: JHoward Organic Pastels: Selected Works Acclaimed for her vitality of colors, strength of composition, and variety of subject matter, JHoward expands her range with this exhibit that features the artist’s organic pastels including colorful landscapes, vibrant still lifes, and life-like portraits with a great understanding of storytelling. When: Jan. 15-March 7 Where: Nave Museum VICTORIA, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-575-8228 Website: navemuseum.com

 

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