July

Clute July 9-11, 16-18: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” This musical comedy is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts.  When: July 9-11; July 16-18 Where: Center for the Arts and Sciences CLUTE, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-265-7661 Website: brazosportcenter.org

 

Clute July 29-31: Great Texas Mosquito Festival A three-day fun-filled, family event. There are many booths with a variety of foods, along with arts and crafts and other items. The carnival provides days of fun for children and adults. Live entertainment caps off each evening. When:

July 29-31 Where: Clute Municipal Park CLUTE, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-265-8392 Website: mosquitofestival.com

Clute July 29-31st: The Great Texas Mosquito Festival A festival of the year that is honoring Willie Manchew; a giant mosquito inflatable mascot  that towers over the community. This is a fun event that features everything a festival would encompass. It’s an exciting fun time of value to everyone for a great family event. When: July 29-31st Where: 100 Parkview Dr, Clute, TX 77531 Website: https://www.mosquitofestival.com Phone: (800) 371-2971 

 

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

 

Corpus Christi July 10: Plumeria Passions The Plumeria Society of South Texas President Melissa Garcia and friends discuss tips on purchasing, raising, and wintering these exotic, tropical beauties, and lead a tour of the Gardens and Nature Center’s impressive plumeria garden and Willoughby Viewing Platform.  When: July 10 Where: South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-852-2100 Website: stxbot.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

 

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 July 26th, 2021: Houston Concierge Association’s 11th Annual Cultural Partner Open House Guests from all aspects of the hospitality industry are invited to experience an evening of entertainment and networking during the 11th Annual Cultural Partner Open House and Clothing Drive for Star of Hope, hosted by The Houston Concierge Association (HCA) and Houston First Corp. on Monday, July 26, 2021 from 5:30-8 p.m. at Vault & Vino. HCA invites guests to enjoy appetizers courtesy of D’lish Catering, Sambuca and Lawless Spirits & Kitchen along with complimentary beverages provided by Eureka Heights Brewing, and wines courtesy of Spec’s. Guests can enter to win a raffle for a gift basket valued at more than $2,000 including dinner, hotel rooms, tickets, unique gifts and more. Hospitality industry guests will also enjoy live entertainment by Twisted Entertainment/DJ Twisted and experience a Member Showcase Area with information about Houston and the surrounding area. During the evening, Star of Hope will be collecting clothing donations benefiting homeless men, women and children. Donations will be accepted by the Star of Hope truck located near the entrance of the venue. Free parking is available at the event venue. 5:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. Website: http://www.houstonconciergeassn.org/ Phone: 713-385-6960

 

Houston April 17-July 25: “The Mountain That Does Not Describe a Circle” Paper’s ubiquity in people’s lives renders it invisible in a way, passing through their hands for functional purposes without close attention to its physical presence. This exhibition invites viewers to more deeply consider the material structure and surfaces of paper, its function, and its ability to communicate a broad range of information. While people look for handwriting or printed text on most paper they encounter, these works by artist Hong Hong feature mark-making of their own which can be “read” through the lens of gesture. When: April 17-July 25 Where: Asia Society Texas HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-496-9901 Website: asiasociety.org/texas/exhibitions/mountain-does-not-describe-circle-works-hong-hong

 

Houston June 5-Sept.11: “9ja Vision: The Fiber and Mixed-Media Work of Joy O. Ude” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this solo exhibition by the Texas-based artist. For millions of Nigerians worldwide, the mobile-friendly shorthand, 9ja (or naija), evokes a shared identity and culture in constant dialogue with itself—a dialogue which, like Joy Ude’s work, crosses borders and generations. Ude’s practice is grounded in the rich traditions of West African textiles and references their material history as a backdrop for the personal, familial, and historical narratives that she weaves into her work. Combining printed wax cloth with photo transfers of family members, Ude contextualizes her personal history within a complicated material legacy of colonialism, creating embellished pieces that are both joyful and haunting.  When: June 5-Sept. 11 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org

 

Houston June 5-Sept.11: “Suited Up: Contemporary Armor Making in Texas” This exhibition, featuring suits of armor inspired by historical re-enactments, fantasy, and cosplay, explores the extraordinary craftsmanship behind armor making in the Lone Star State. Showcasing everything from traditional metalwork and leatherwork to 3D-printed and innovative do-it-yourself suits, the works on view exemplify the vibrant and diverse spectrum of fantastical armorers in Texas.When: June 5-Sept. 11 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org

 

Houston June 8-Jan.1, 2020: “Color Over the Border” Come visit the Czech Center Museum Houston’s new exhibit, “Color Over the Border,” and learn about the immigration of Czechs to Texas through beautiful murals, interactive lessons, and traditional Czech clothing.  When: June 8-Jan. 1, 2022 Where: Czech Center Museum Houston HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-528-2060 Website: czechcenter.org/home-1

 

Houston July 17-18: 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: July 17-18 (new dates) Where: George R. Brown Convention Center HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Website: comicpalooza.com

 

Lake Jackson 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 LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org

 

Lake Jackson July 4: Rubber Duck Regatta Get out on Oyster Creek for some kayak and canoe fun. Teams compete to be one of the first 20 boats to retrieve eight different rubber ducks that are corralled along the creek, and bring them back to the starting point in order to win a prize. The total course length is approximately 1 mile. Teams can consist of up to two people and should bring their own kayaks or canoes, lifejackets, and paddles.  When: July 4 Where: Dunbar Park LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-4533 Website: lakejackson-tx.gov

 

Lake Jackson July 4: Firecracker 4 Run Stretch those legs and wear your best sneakers for this 4-mile run through the neighborhoods of Lake Jackson along Oyster Creek. This is a USATF-certified course. When: July 4 Where: Dunbar Park LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Website: theljfat.com/firecracker-4

 

Lake Jackson July 10: Farmers Market At this market, find locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally roasted coffee, homemade food, handmade products, and other goodies. When: July 10  Where: Parking Place Pavilion LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-924-0596 Website: lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com

 

Rockport July 3-4: Art Festival The art festival is a two-day juried fine-arts event that features artists from across the nation showing their masterpieces in a variety of media and styles. When: July 3-4 Where: Aransas County Navigation District Festival Grounds ROCKPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 361-729-5519 Website: rockportartcenter.com

 

Rockport July 4: July Fourth Celebration Get in the patriotic mood as you view the decorated boat parade at noon. Best views are from Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark in the evening. When: July 4 Where: ROCKPORT, Texas

More Information: Phone: 361-729-6445 Website: rockport-fulton.org

 

South Padre Island July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks Over the Bay Catch a fireworks show over the bay and watch as the fireworks shimmer across the water. The show is a summertime staple for island visitors.  When: July 4 Where: Louie’s Backyard SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

 

South Padre Island July 24-25: Pro-Am Beach Soccer Tournament Pro-Am Beach Soccer has 15 years of experience running beach soccer events for youth and adults. Teams play five versus five and in a normal soccer tournament format. The games are three periods of 12 minutes including playoffs and championship games in each group. When: July 24-25 Where: Beach Park at Isla Blanca SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

 

South Padre Island July 28-Aug. 1: Texas International Fishing Tournament Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Fishermen young and old compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. Dockside, spectators turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore. Bay anglers weigh in mouthwatering catches of speckled trout, redfish, and flounder during the two days of fishing.  When: July 28-Aug. 1 Where: South Padre Island Convention Centre SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com

 

Tomball July 4: July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival Experience an old-fashioned party for the red, white, and blue. There is a fireworks show at dark, plus live music from the Mambo Jazz Kings, vendors and food, and a salute to veterans and active duty military. Free admission and parking. When: July 4 Where: Business 249 North of Four Corners TOMBALL, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-222-4775 Website: tomballtx.gov

 

August

Freeport Aug. 7: Kidfest All the fun a kid can want is at Kidfest, featuring a waterslide, petting zoo, games, hot dogs, music, rock-climbing wall, and hours of enjoyment. When: Aug. 7 Where: Freeport Historical Museum FREEPORT, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-233-0066 Website: facebook.com/cfhmuseum/ 

 

Galveston Aug. 14: The Texas Tenors in Concert Named one of the top 50 acts in the world and the only vocal group from the United States invited to compete on “America’s Got Talent: The Champions,” The Texas Tenors present a concert celebrating music legends. There are two performances (4 p.m. and 8 p.m.) and social distancing is being implemented along with masks being required at all performances. When: Aug. 14 Where: The Grand 1894 Opera House GALVESTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 800-821-1894 Website: thegrand.com  

 

Galveston Aug. 21: AIA Sandcastle Competition  Watch more than 80 teams of architects compete for the best sandcastle design on Saturday. Sandcastles remain on the beach for viewing on Sunday. When: Aug. 21, 2021 (rescheduled date) Where: East Beach GALVESTON, Texas More Information: Website: aiasandcastle.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 

 

Houston June 5-Sept. 11: “9ja Vision: The Fiber and Mixed-Media Work of Joy O. Ude” Houston Center for Contemporary Craft presents this solo exhibition by the Texas-based artist. For millions of Nigerians worldwide, the mobile-friendly shorthand, 9ja (or naija), evokes a shared identity and culture in constant dialogue with itself—a dialogue which, like Joy Ude’s work, crosses borders and generations. Ude’s practice is grounded in the rich traditions of West African textiles and references their material history as a backdrop for the personal, familial, and historical narratives that she weaves into her work. Combining printed wax cloth with photo transfers of family members, Ude contextualizes her personal history within a complicated material legacy of colonialism, creating embellished pieces that are both joyful and haunting.  When: June 5-Sept. 11 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org 

 

Houston June 5-Sept. 11: “Suited Up: Contemporary Armor Making in Texas” This exhibition, featuring suits of armor inspired by historical re-enactments, fantasy, and cosplay, explores the extraordinary craftsmanship behind armor making in the Lone Star State. Showcasing everything from traditional metalwork and leatherwork to 3D-printed and innovative do-it-yourself suits, the works on view exemplify the vibrant and diverse spectrum of fantastical armorers in Texas. When: June 5-Sept. 11 Where: Houston Center for Contemporary Craft HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-529-4848 Website: crafthouston.org  

 

Houston Aug. 10-22: “Rock of Ages”  Theatre Under The Stars’ all-new production of “Rock of Ages” takes you back to the time of bands with big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair. Featuring the music of hit bands including REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi, Styx, and Journey, this hit musical was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. When: Aug. 10-22, 2021 Where: Hobby Center for the Performing Arts HOUSTON, Texas More Information: Phone: 713-558-8887 Website: tuts.com 

 

Lake Jackson 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 LAKE JACKSON, Texas. More Information: Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org 

 

Lake Jackson Aug. 7: 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: Aug. 7 Where: Abner Jackson Plantation Site LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 979-297-1570 Website: ljhistory.org 

 

Lake Jackson Aug. 14: Farmers Market At this market, find locally grown fruits and vegetables, locally roasted coffee, homemade food, handmade products, and other goodies. When: Aug. 14  Where: Parking Place Pavilion LAKE JACKSON, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-924-0596 Website: lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com 

 

South Padre Island Aug. 4-7: National Lifeguard ChampionshipsThe United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) hosts the National Lifeguard Championships. Hundreds of competitors, coaches, and families compete in intense athletic competitions in the ocean and on sand. On Wednesday, the Junior Lifeguard Championship and U19 National Team Trials bring more than 300 competitors ages 9-18 in competitions ranging from surf swims to paddleboard races to run races and relays. Starting Thursday and extending through Saturday, approximately 600 current and alumni lifesavers battle for open and age group event championships and the grand prizes of large and small beach team championships. When: Aug. 4-7 Where: Isla Grand Beach Resort SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com 

 

South Padre Island Aug. 6-8: Ladies Kingfish Tournament – The 40th annual tournament is the first all-ladies tournament in Texas and is divided into two divisions: bay and offshore. Anglers fishing in the bay division vie for trophies in the categories of redfish, trout and flounder, while anglers in the offshore division compete in the categories of kingfish, bonito, blackfin tuna, and dolphin.  When: Aug. 6-8 Where: South Padre Island Convention Centre SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com 

 

South Padre Island Aug. 13-15: Shallow Sport Owners Fishing Tournament – More than 250 shallow sport boats race off at the sound of the blast from the island’s oldest and biggest cannon. Anglers compete to nab the largest red drum, trout, and flounder. Whether you’re fishing or watching the action, it’s a great time on the water for all. Afterwards, head over to Louie’s Backyard dock and relax after a long day of fishing and enjoy live music, cold drinks, and fresh seafood.  When: Aug. 13-15 Where: South Padre Island Convention Centre SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas More Information: Phone: 956-761-3000 Website: sopadre.com 

 

Tomball Aug. 7: Tomball Night – For about 50 years, Tomball Night has been bringing folks together for festive fun in downtown Tomball. The event brings in around 10,000 visitors for live music, a nighttime parade, and fireworks. When: Aug. 7 Where: Downtown Tomball TOMBALL, Texas More Information: Phone: 281-351-7222 Website: tomballchamber.org

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