Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Rock the Dock [July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30]
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 each Thursday evening through August. Bands set to perform in July include Vertigo (July 2), Rat Ranch (July 9), Hamilton Loomis (July 16), The Nailers (July 23) and The Slags (July 30).
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Thursdays through August, Event Plaza, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
Bands on the Sand [July 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31]
Enjoy this summer concert series on Friday and Saturday nights featuring local and regional bands ranging from R&B, rock, country and blues. Each show concludes with a firework display over Offatts Bayou overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 8, Palm Beach, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.moodygardens.com
Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration [July 4]
The 120th annual Friendswood Fourth of July celebration, with a theme of “We The People,” kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Grand Parade. With more than 100 entries, the parade will begin on Friendswood Drive (FM 518) at Heritage Drive and concludes at Stevenson Park. In the park after the parade, there will be rides, games, food and live entertainment until about 3:30 p.m. Evening festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park with music from ’80s cover band The Spazmatics. A fireworks display, synchronized with patriotic music, will begin about 9:20 p.m.
July 4, Friendswood, 281.996.3220
Movie Nite on The Strand [July 4]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. July’s showing is “Elf,” starring Will Ferrell and Zooey Deschanel. Movies are free to the public.
July 4, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
Independence Day Parade and Fireworks [July 4]
The city of Galveston will celebrate its 176th Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 45th Street and ending at 22nd Street. After the parade, the island will have a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
7:30 p.m. parade; 9:15 p.m. fireworks, Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, www.galvestonparades.com.
The Hot Sardines [July 5]
With a mission to transform songs from another era into pop music for this century, The Hot Sardines fuse musical influences from New York, Paris and New Orleans, incorporating elements from the sounds of the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, World War II and beyond.
3 p.m. July 5, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Superhero Sundays [Through Aug. 9]
Each Sunday through Aug. 9, the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier will be host to local heroes from different branches of the military and first responders to showcase displays and talk to guests about their service. Attendees will stay entertained as they enjoy live music on Stage 25 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Additional activities from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. include a kid’s corner, where little heroes can make their own superhero masks and take pictures and interact with a popular superhero character. The evening will conclude with a showing of a superhero movie at the back of the pier from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Guests will receive a discount when they dress up as their hero.
Noon to 10:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 9, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston
Summer Pop Band Concerts [July 7, 14, 21, 28]
The Galveston Island Beach Band, directed by Frank G. Incaprera, performs every Tuesday evening during the summer with musical
entertainment for the whole family.
7:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July, Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Avenue I, Galveston, www.galvestonbeachband.org
‘Little Mary Sunshine’ [July 10 to Aug. 2]
This operetta gently spoofs old-time favorites like “Rose Marie” and “Naughty Marietta” but has a personality of its own. Forest rangers, Indians, giggling schoolgirls, and a haughty maid keep things bubbling for the heroine, played by Berkley Rose Pearl.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 10 to Aug. 2, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469, www.harbourtheater.com.
Music Nite on The Strand [July 11]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. Mike Stinson will perform July 11.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 11, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
ArtWalk [July 11]
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. July 11, Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Boot Scootin’ Longhorn Social [July 11]
Join the Butler Longhorn Museum for its fifth annual fundraiser honoring Margaret Arolfo Marshall. The event will feature dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, entertainment, casino, wine pull and other surprises. Ernie Deats will be the master of ceremony.
6 p.m. July 11, South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City, 281.332.1393, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Sinbad [July 11]
Stand-up comedian, movie and TV star Sinbad brings his “tickle your funny bone” talent back to The Grand. Sinbad is ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 standup comedians of all time; and his comedy is profound without being profane.
8 p.m. July 11, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
The Dean & Frank & More Show [July 16]
Join the Butler Longhorn Museum for an evening of music and entertainment featuring a performance by Vince King.
7 p.m. July 16, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, 281.332.1393, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
‘Urinetown’ [July 17-15]
A terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 17 to Aug. 15, Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston, 409.762.3556 or www.islandetc.org
Galveston Island Market [July 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. July 18, Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston, www.galveston.com
Casino for a Cause [July 25]
Enjoy a casual evening of dining, casino gaming, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit survivors of sexual assault and family violence in Galveston County via the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County.
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 25, Davidson Ballroom, Tremont Hotel, 2300 Mechanic St., Galveston, email@example.com or www.rccgc.org
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