Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Boeing Boeing’ [Through 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 a beautiful airline hostess 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 through May 10, Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
‘I Ought to be in Pictures’ [Through 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 through May 16, Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston, 409.762.3556 or www.islandetc.org
‘The Heiress’ [Through 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 through May 17, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Texas Music Festival and Village Fair [May 1-2]
The Texas Music Festival is the annual fundraiser for the charities of the League City Lions Club. This year’s headliners are Tracy Byrd and Whiskey Myers. The event also features a barbecue cook-off, carnival attractions, arts and crafts, Safari Run and business expo.
May 1-2, Walter Hall Park, 807 state Highway 3 N., League City, www.texasmusicfestival.org
Santa Fe Fest [May 2]
This communitywide, family-fun event features a color fun run through Jack Brooks Park, kids activities, craft and vendor booths, schools and community performances, live entertainment, volleyball tournament, old smokey cook-off and helicopter ball drop.
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 2, Galveston County Fairgrounds, #10 Jack Brooks Park, state Highway 6, Hitchcock, 409.925.8558 or santafetexaschamber.com/santafefest.htm
Strawberry Festival [May 2]
The 85th annual event will feature strawberry shortcake, barbecue plates, games, face-painting, crafts and other items for purchase, baked goods, live music and more.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 4613 state Highway 3, Dickinson, www.holytrinitydickinson.org
Evia Spring Market [May 2]
The ninth annual Evia Spring Market is fun for the whole family and consists of more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, local specialty shops, children’s activities, educational booths, live music and delicious eats. Enjoy a scenic walk or drive through the community of Evia and pop in for several open houses.
Noon to 5 p.m. May 2, The Village Center, 11 Evia Main, Galveston, www.galveston.com
International Beer Fest [May 2]
There will be a steady flow of brew during the International Beer Fest, featuring a selection of more than 70 International beers from 44 breweries, live music, food samples and giveaways, while supplies last. The impressive list of breweries will include tastes of Asian Pacific Beers, European Beers and popular choices from The America’s.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. May 2, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahbeerfest.com
Satori Barbecue and Silent Auction [May 2]
Support the programs and students of Satori Elementary in Galveston at the school’s annual barbecue and silent auction. Tickets include a barbecue dinner with all the trimmings, live music from Ocean Roots, beer and wine, kids activities, silent auction and raffle drawings.
3 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2, Garten Verein and Kempner Park, 2704 Ave. O, Galveston, www.SatoriSchool.net
An Evening at the Historic Lasker Inn [May 2]
Join The Children’s Center Inc. for An Evening at the Historic Lasker Inn, featuring a culinary presentation by celebrity chef Sarah Penrod and a silent auction.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 2, Lasker Inn, 1019 16th St., Galveston, thchildrenscenterinc.org/an-evening-at-lasker-inn/
Movie Nite on The Strand [May 2]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. May’s showing is “The Goonies,” starring Sean Astin and Corey Feldman. Movies are free to the public.
May 2, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
Galveston Historic Homes Tour [May 2-3 and 9-10]
The 41st annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour opens the doors to numerous, privately owned, historic island homes. This year’s tour, which features nine homes, also hosts numerous special events and spotlights new island construction.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 2-3 and May 9-10, homes throughout Galveston, www.galvestonhistory.org
Texas Tea Affair [May 3]
Texas Tea & Travel magazine will host the 2015 Texas Tea Affair at the historic Lasker Inn in Galveston. The unique event includes a four-course afternoon tea, tours, tea tasting and silent auction, benefiting The Children’s Center Inc. The guest speaker will be Penny Ward.
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 3, Lasker Inn, 1019 16th St., Galveston, teaintexas.com/2015/01/2015-texas-tea-affair/
Blessing of the Fleet [May 3]
Watch as decorated shrimp boats and pleasure craft cruise down the Clear Creek Channel to Galveston Bay.
2 p.m. May 3, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
Chris Botti [May 3]
Chris Botti, a Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, has become the largest-selling American jazz instrumental artist. He’s had four No. 1 jazz albums since the release of his 2004 CD, “When I Fall in Love,” and has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. Don’t miss Botti’s performance of jazz classics and music from the American Songbook.
4 p.m. May 3, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Lunar Rendezvous Golf Tournament [May 7]
The Lunar Rendezvous Festival hosts its highly anticipated annual Golf Tournament on May 7 with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and a shotgun start beginning at 1 p.m. The tournament includes a lunch, silent auction and award ceremony. There will be several games on the course, including hole-in-one incentives and other challenges such as closest to the pin.
1 p.m. May 7, South Shore Harbour Golf Club, 4300 South Shore Blvd., League City, www.lunarrendezvous.org
Rock the Dock [May 7, 14, 21, 28]
Prep the dance moves, grab those air guitars then boogie on down to the Kemah Boardwalk for the 17th annual Rock the Dock summer-long free concert series. Attendees will rock on to the best local and regional bands starting in May, continuing each Thursday evening through August. Bands set to perform in May include The Slags (May 7), Big Richard (May 14), Rat Ranch (May 21) and Velcro Pygmies (May 28).
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through August, Event Plaza, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
Thank them for smoking
If ever there was good cause for outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills and for others to enjoy the results, it’s the annual Wild Game and BBQ Cook- off, benefiting the Yaga’s Children’s Fund. In its 19th year, the event is planned for May 8-9 at Pier 21, off Harborside Drive on Galveston Island. Everyone — backyard chefs, sportsmen and sportswomen, and outdoor enthusiasts — are invited to enter the cook-off.
From the free children’s area to the VIP Sponsor Party and everything in between, there’s something for everyone at the Wild Game BBQ Cook-off.
All proceeds from this event benefit various children’s charities of Galveston County. With the help of teams and sponsors, the Yaga’s Children’s Fund has surpassed $1 million donated to Galveston County children’s charities.
The two-day, family-oriented event kicks off Friday evening at the Sponsor Party. Festivities include live entertainment, a fajita buffet prepared by Texas Pit Stop BBQ, free-flowing adult beverages, a huge silent auction and a chance to preview the chefs at work. The Vegas Stars will perform and silent auction items, including signed sports memorabilia and one-of-a-kind gifts, will be available for perusing. The silent auction begins Friday at the Sponsor Party and ends Saturday evening.
The event begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday with the “Run Wild 5K,” starting at Beerfoot Beach Bar, 28th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
Moon walks, face painters, pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and activities are available for all in the Children’s Area, which is free.
Hungry? Volunteers will be selling mouthwatering barbecue sandwiches from Texas Pit Stop BBQ for a nominal fee. While eating, relax and enjoy more music from talented local bands, including Jackson Avenue and Kevin Anthony & G-Town.
On Saturday afternoon at Pier 21, festivalgoers can stroll freely among the rows of smoking pits competing in six cooking divisions, including Chicken, Ribs, Brisket, Seafood and Wild Game. First- through fifth-place finishes will be awarded in each division as well as a trophy going to the cook team with best showmanship.
For information, to register your cook team, to become a sponsor or to buy tickets for the Friday night sponsor party, call 409-256-9170 or visit www.ycfund.org.
Texas Crab Festival [May 8-10]
The Texas Crab Festival returns for its 30th year to Crystal Beach. The festival will host a full weekend of family entertainment, featuring music from a lineup of Gulf Coast favorites, carnival rides, crab races, a crab arcade, crab legs contest, 5K/1K Fun Run, two-step dance contest, wiener dog races, washers tournament, arts and crafts, crab gumbo cook-off, plus numerous booths featuring fresh, locally created seafood dishes, as well as traditional festival favorites.
Noon to midnight May 8, 10 a.m. to midnight May 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 10, Gregory Park, 2292 state Highway 87, Crystal Beach, www.texascrabfestival.org
Red Cat Jazz Festival [May 9-10]
The Red Cat Jazz Festival celebrates its fifth year as one of the most coveted and highly anticipated music events in the Houston/Galveston area. The weekend experience includes a pre-festival poolside reception where guests can mix and mingle with the artists up close and personal, a golf tournament at the Moody Gardens Golf Course, vendor exhibits, a host of culinary offerings and more.
May 9-10, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.redcatjazzcafe.net
Music Nite on The Strand [May 9 and 23]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. Gary-Michael Dahl will perform May 9, and dem with Robert Kuhn will perform May 23.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 9 and 23, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin [May 9]
A comedic star of stage, screen and television, Lily Tomlin has garnered an Academy Award nomination and received multiple Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards. Come prepared for an evening of giggles with this “Laugh-In” favorite.
8 p.m. May 9, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston Island Beach Revue [May 15-16]
The seventh annual event features a concert and official introduction of the 2015 Bathing Beauties on May 15. On May 16, guests can expect more live music, vendor and craft beer booths, a charcoal championship cook-off and Bathing Beauties Contest when 40 contestants compete in vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear for cash prizes.
May 15-16, Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, www.galvestonbeachrevue.com
Galveston Island Market [May 16]
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. May 16, Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston, www.galveston.com
Red, White and Bayou Crawfish and Texas Music Festival [May 16]
Kevin Fowler will headline a day full of music, food and fun. Crawfish is the main attraction, but there will be plenty of other fair fare. Children’s activities include a rock climbing wall, inflatable obstacle course, video game trailer and mechanical bull.
11 a.m. to 11 p.m., state Highway 3 and FM 517, Dickinson, www.redwhiteandbayou.com
Seafarers Gala [May 16]
The Galveston Seafarer’s Center will honor the Galveston-Texas City Pilots during its annual gala. With the theme of “Havana Nights,” this major fundraising event will feature many high-rolling favorites, live and silent auctions.
6 p.m. May 16, Davidson Ballroom, Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, Galveston, 409.762.0026 or www.galvestonseafarerscenter.com
‘The Drawer Boy’ [May 21 to June 7]
This Canadian play features the adventures of a young actor from a Toronto theater group who visits the farm of two older bachelors to research farm life for a new play. Filled with humor, charm and genuine poignancy, “The Drawer Boy” is great storytelling that holds plenty of surprises.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from May 21 to June 7, College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu/community-theatre
Funfest [May 29-30]
There will be something for everyone at Funfest, including arts and crafts, food, a barbecue cook-off, car show, children’s activities, live entertainment and the “Super Hero” Run by the Bay 5K, 10K and Kids 1K.
May 29-30, Carlos Garza Sports Complex, 33rd Street and Magnolia, Texas City, 409.935.1408 or texascitychamber.com
‘Tom Jones’ [May 29 to June 14]
Tom Jones pits love against arranged marriage. It’s a great classic of comedy and high spirits showing the adventures, the alarms and the happy escapes and escapades of young Tom Jones and his Sophia on their travels from Somerset to London.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from May 29 to June 14, Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
‘The Star Spangled Girl’ [May 29 to June 21]
Two young men are using their apartment as a publishing office for a protest magazine, but when Sophie, an All-American Olympic swimmer moves in, Norman is hopelessly smitten. His determined pursuit and her frantic rejection make for comic madness.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from May 29 to June 21, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
AIA Sandcastle Competition [May 30]
For more than two decades teams of architects, designers and engineers have taken their tools to East Beach in Galveston for one of the world’s largest sand castle competitions. This year, more than 60 teams have their eyes and shovels set on winning the prestigious Golden Bucket Award.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., East Beach, 1923 Boddeker, Galveston, www.aiasandcastle.com
ArtWalk [May 30]
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. May 30, Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
In case of cancellations and changes to events, check with venues for updates. To submit an event, send pertinent information to email@example.com.