Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Not Now Darling’ [April 3-12]
A well-meaning innocent young man struggles to keep things on even keel despite the energetic philandering of his partner in an exclusive London fur salon. Rapid-fire jokes keep the play bubbling along merrily until the final curtain.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 3-12, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [April 4]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. April’s showing is “Singing in the Rain.” Movies are free to the public.
April 4, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
FeatherFest [April 9-12]
With more than 100 field trips, workshops and social events, there will be something for everyone at FeatherFest 2015. Unique outdoor adventures amid some 200 species of birds are in store at the 13th annual festival.
April 9-12, 4700 Broadway, Galveston, www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
‘The Last Night of Ballyhoo’ [April 9-26]
From the author of “Driving Miss Daisy” comes this funny and touching tale of the Deep South. Set in Atlanta in December 1939, “Ballyhoo” tells the story of the Freitag family, German Jews in Atlanta who are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season, than with events abroad.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 9-26, College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu/community-theatre
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [April 10-18]
Saddle up for the 77th annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo. In addition to the fun carnival rides and concerts, there’s also mutton bustin’ for the kids, barbecue and seafood cook-offs, a petting zoo, livestock show benefiting hundreds of local youths in 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs and a full lineup of rodeo action.
April 10-18, Jack Brooks Park, Hitchcock, www.galvestoncountyfair.com
The Grand Kids Festival [April 11]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House indoors and out on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, this premier family fun event in the spring provides hands-on access to activities for children and their families to raise an appreciation and awareness of the fine arts and to demonstrate the talent and ability of the community’s children. In celebration of the 20th annual event, no admission will charged to attend.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11, Cultural Arts District, 2300 Postoffice St., Galveston, www.thegrand.com
Salute to Heroes [April 11]
Country legends Moe Bandy and Janie Fricke will take the stage at the second annual Salute to Heroes dinner, concert and dance, benefiting the Sentinels of Freedom and BAHEP Cares.
7 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 11, South Shore Harbour Resort, Crystal Ballroom, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City, 281.334.1000, Ext. 2025
Assistance League of the Bay Area Gala [April 11]
The Assistance League of the Bay Area’s 1960s-themed gala promises to have “The Right Stuff” — dinner, auctions, live entertainment from The Navigators and a lot of fun. Proceeds are used to support the Assistance League’s seven philanthropies, including Operation School Bell, which already has clothed more than 1,900 children in the Clear Creek, Dickinson, La Porte and Friendswood school districts in need for the 2014-15 school year.
7:30 p.m. April 11, Space Center Houston, www.bayarea.assistanceleague.org
Music Nite on The Strand [April 11 and 25]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. Alter Ego will perform April 11, and Hard-Castle Deluxe will perform April 25.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 11 and 25, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
Crawfish Boil [April 12]
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s fifth annual Crawfish Boil benefits the Galveston community and its many vital projects and programs. The Lighthouse Charity Cooking Team will prepare Cajun-seasoned crawfish, potatoes and corn on the cob. The family-friendly event also features live Zydeco music and other fun activities.
Noon to 4 p.m. April 12, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, Scott Livanec, email@example.com or Lauren Suderman, laurensuderman@ gmail.com
CIS-Bay Area charity events [April 13]
Tee off and raise a glass to Communities In Schools-Bay Area. The Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament will be in full swing at 10 a.m. April 13, followed by the Raise a Glass to CIS wine pairing event at 2:30 p.m. Both events benefit CIS-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts.
10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. April 13, Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston, 281.486.6698, www.cisba.org
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival [April 16-19]
Enjoy wines from around the world paired with delicious local food, and learn first-rate tips from popular chefs and renowned winemakers.
April 16-19, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com/foodandwine
Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit Conference [April 17]
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicating its eighth annual Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit conference to all things Texas. The all-day event will feature keynote speakers who are Texans and popular on two major television networks. Amie and Jolie Sikes, also known as The Junk Gypsies, will bring their hippie, rock ’n’ roll, Southern-fried, gypsy-fide style to this year’s event as they chronicle their many adventures. Additionally, conference attendees will hear from Dr. Jennifer Arnold, from TLC’s “The Little Couple.”
April 17, Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.galvestonchamber.com
Laffite Society Seminar [April 17-18]
The Laffite Society’s third annual Laffite Seminar begins April 17 with a welcome reception at the historic 1859 Ashton Villa. The seminar will be April 18 with topics including “Laffite Legends: Tales of the Texas Coast”; “Pieces of Eight and Pirate Gold: The Money of Colonial Texas”; a look at the life of Laffite author “Lyle Chambers Saxon: Mr. New Orleans”; and, to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans, “The British Navy and the Battle of Lake Borgne” and “January 8, 1815, That Fateful Day.”
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 17, Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway, Galveston; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Pelican Island Campus, Ocean and Coastal Sciences Building, Room 142, www.thelaffitesociety.com
Ja-Ga Reggae Festival [April 17-18]
The Ja-Ga Reggae Festival celebrates the culture, history, music and tastes of Jamaica. Ja-Ga stands for Jamaica-Galveston, where you can experience the island of Jamaica on the island in your own backyard.
April 17-18, Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, www.jagafest.com
Downtown Lofts Tour [April 18]
An opportunity to view urbane lifestyles and décor, this event features nine unique lofts in beautifully restored buildings downtown. There will be a cocktail preview party in a premier loft space on April 17.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18, downtown Galveston, www.downtowngalveston.org
Galveston Island Market [April 18]
The Galveston Island Market offers a festive outdoor event where local artisans, handcrafters and growers can showcase their creations for island residents and visitors.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 18, Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston, www.galveston.com
ArtWalk [April 18]
Stroll the streets of downtown Galveston and check out works by local artists and artisans in a wide variety of media.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 18, Galveston Arts Center and other
galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Tiki Island Crawfish Boil [April 18]
Join the community of Tiki Island and Lighthouse Charity Team for their annual Crawfish Boil. There will be food, music and hot dogs for the little ones. All proceeds benefit the Tiki Chapel Ministries.
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. April 18, Tiki Island Pavilion, 835 Tiki Drive, www.galveston.com
Libbie’s Luau [April 24]
This annual fundraising dinner and dance benefits Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program. Food will be prepared by the Lighthouse Charity Team.
6:30 p.m. April 24, Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, 409.741.2538
‘Boeing Boeing’ [April 24 to May 10]
This 1960s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian Lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German and American fiancees, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers.” He keeps “one up, one down and one pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 24 to May 10, Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
‘I Ought to be in Pictures’ [April 24 to May 16]
Headstrong 19-year-old Libby Tucker impulsively hitchhikes from her native New York City to Hollywood to visit her long-estranged screenwriter father. An aspiring actress, Libby expects her father to atone for running out on her when she was a baby by helping to make her a star. But it soon becomes obvious that her underemployed father and his hairdresser girlfriend are not in a position to advance anyone’s career.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 24 to May 16, Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston, 409.762.3556 or www.islandetc.org
‘The Heiress’ [April 24 to May 17]
Catherine Sloper is the shy and sheltered daughter of a prominent New Yorker. Caught between the demands of an emotionally distant father and the attentions of a passionate young suitor, Catherine must navigate the terrain of love and regret, desire and duty, a chance for happiness and the burden of fortune … as only an heiress can.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 24 to May 17, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
A Bark in the Park & Lemonade Day Galveston County’s ‘Best Tasting Contest’ [April 25]
Galveston’s family-friendly dog show will open with the Lemonade Day Galveston County’s “Best Tasting Contest” from 10 a.m. to noon with competitions for the dog show scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For those interested in competing in the “Best Tasting Contest,” participants should bring one gallon of their lemonade in an unmarked container to compete for prizes. For information and to register for this year’s Lemonade Day Galveston County, visit www.Galveston.Lemonadeday.org. Galveston’s family-friendly dog show welcomes all dogs and all breeds. Vendors will showcase everything from pet supplies to handmade canine gift items. In addition, educational seminars about spay-neuter, microchips and obedience training will be held, including one of the most popular competitions: K9 Kommotion.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25, Kempner Park, 27th Street and Avenue O, Galveston, 409.771.1747, 409.789.4142, www.galvestonislanddogshow.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [April 26]
This ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians, under the direction of Trond Saeverud, will present “A Night at the Italian Opera” and more.
4 p.m. April 26, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post-office St., Galveston, www.galvestonsymphony.org
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