Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Sale for Tails’ [April 2-3]
The Galveston Island Humane Society will sponsor a “Sale for Tails” garage sale featuring a Preview PAW-ty on April 1. Those attending will have an advance look at the merchandise and will enjoy light snacks and beverages. The sale will be open to the public. The shelter is now accepting donated items.
8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 2 and 8 a.m. to noon April 3, 3628 35th St., Galveston, www.galvestonhumane.org or 409.740.1919
Crawfish & Zydeco Festival [April 1-3, 8-10]
Enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish and Zydeco music all weekend.
April 1-3 and 8-10, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
An Evening with Seth Walker [April 1]
Seth Walker brings his outstanding guitar talent and soul-filled vocals to the Butler Longhorn Museum. Walker has shared the stage with such icons as Ray Charles, B.B. King and Jimmie Vaughan.
7 p.m. April 1, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com or 281.332.1393
Grand Kids Festival [April 2]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the 21st annual Grand Kids Festival will offer live entertainment on four outdoor stages, plus indoors on stage at The Grand. It also will feature more than 40 booths, each showcasing a variety of unique, hands-on activities for children and their families to enjoy.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 2, Downtown Cultural Arts District, Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Cirque Mechanics: Pedal Punk [April 3]
A dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, floating trapeze artists and “funambulists” dangle and twirl from flying unicycles and a one-of-a-kind pedal-powered apparatus called the Gantry Bike.
4 p.m. April 3, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [April 8-16]
Saddle up for the 78th annual Galveston County Fair & Rodeo. In addition to the fun carnival rides and concerts, there’s 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 8-16, Jack Brooks Park, 5012 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock, www.galvestoncountyfair.com
‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ [April 8-24]
This farce tells the story of a young bride who sends off a mail order for some Scandinavian glassware, but receives Scandinavian “adult material” instead. The action escalates as more “adult material” arrives, and the husband and a befuddled friend bungle attempts to rectify the situation.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 8-24, Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay, 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
TCISD Youthfest & Duck Derby [April 9]
Watch as 5,000 rubber ducks are launched and swim to the finish line during the ninth annual Texas City Independent School District Youthfest & Duck Derby. This event features food, music and entertainment for the whole family. Participants can win prizes by adopting rubber ducks online at www.duckrace.com/texascity. All proceeds benefit students through the TCISD Foundation for the Future Projects In Education grant program.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 9, Texas City Sting Creek, 1700 Ninth Ave. N., Texas City, 409.916.0108 or email@example.com
Evia Spring Market [April 9]
This admission-free event features local shopping, live music, bounce house, barbecue and Sugar Bean menu items, including beer and wine. Let the kids play while you sample local fares, try on jewelry, admire artwork, browse home décor or test drive a new beach cruiser. Take a scenic drive through Evia and stop at a number of open houses, plus the community model home during event hours.
Noon to 5 p.m. April 9, 13 Evia Main on the Evia Lawn, Galveston
‘The Pirates of Penzance’ [April 9]
Swaggering swashbucklers, boisterous bobbies, lovely ladies and an “off-his-cups” military commander fill the stage with great fun and delightful hits.
8 p.m. April 9, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Lunar Rendezvous Kick Off Party [April 10]
Come help Lunar Rendezvous kickoff this year’s festival. Meet the court and hear the naming of the 2016 king. Visit booths representing each of the events in this year’s festival and shop at a Kendra Scott Trunk Show.
3 p.m. April 10, University of Houston-Clear Lake Bayou Building Atrium II, www.lunarrendezvous.org
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [April 10]
Trond Saeverud will lead the Galveston Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring the works of Balakirev, Prokofjev and Tchaikovsky.
4 p.m. April 10, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894, www.thegrand.com or www.galvestonsymphony.org
FeatherFest [April 14-17]
The four-day event features more than 100 birding and photography field trips, workshops and social events for both beginners and seasoned nature enthusiasts. FledglingFest, a collection of classes and field trips designed for children ages 6 and older with accompanying adults, encourages families to get out and explore nature and birding together. Raptors Uncorked! is a social event featuring free-flying birds of prey, photo ops, wine and a four-course Italian dinner prepared by Riondo’s Ristorante. Families can enjoy free raptor shows at 4 p.m. April 15 and noon April 16-17 at the festival headquarters.
April 14-17, Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston, www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival [April 14-17]
The Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival has grown to a weeklong celebration of culinary expertise and award-winning vineyards. On April 16, The Grand Tasting, the highlight of the festival, will feature a sampling of more than 100 wines and specialty foods from local restaurateurs and culminate with a live cooking demonstration and book signing by celebrity Chef Robert Irvine.
April 14-17, Various locations in Galveston, www.galvestonfoodandwinefestival.com
‘Rex’s Exes’ [April 15 to May 8]
This deliciously funny Southern-fried farce finds the Verdeen cousins — Gaynelle, Peaches and Jimmie — of Sweetgum, Texas, teetering on the brink of disaster again.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 15 to May 8, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
International Wine Festival [April 16]
Guests are invited to sip and stroll on the Boardwalk while enjoying savory wines from Europe, South America and North America, as well as appetizers and live music. All wine aficionados will receive a souvenir glass to enjoy tastes of flavorful wines from 32 wineries.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 16, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahwine.com or www.kemahboardwalk.com
ArtWalk [April 16]
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 16, Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit Conference [April 14]
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s ninth annual women’s conference will feature Gretchen Rubin, The New York Times best-selling author of “The Happiness Project,” and Jentry Kelley, owner of Jentry Kelley Cosmetics and creator of the “Cute in Carpool” makeup series.
April 14, Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.galvestonchamber.com
Rotary Club Crawfish Boil [April 17]
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s sixth 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 17, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.galvestonchamber.com or 409.763.5326
Robert Irvine LIVE [April 17]
The acclaimed chef, restaurateur and Food Network superstar takes his signature culinary sensibilities to a whole new level in this high energy, interactive, multimedia and multi-sensory theatrical experience that offers numerous opportunities for audience participation.
4 p.m. April 17, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament [April 18]
This seventh annual event benefits Communities In Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts. The all-inclusive shamble tournament features a putting contest and hole-in-one opportunities plus breakfast/lunch and steak dinner.
10 a.m. registration, 11 p.m. tee-off April 18, Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston, 281.486.6698 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raise a Glass to CIS [April 18]
This “speed” tasting wine event featuring six sommeliers benefits Communities In Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts. The fundraiser features a designer purse silent auction and a wine pull of about 60 wines.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 18, Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston, 281.486.6698 or email@example.com
Lunar Rendezvous Tennis Tournament [April 22-24]
Lunar Rendezvous Festival’s annual Tennis Tournament includes a weekend of food, fun and festivities as well as exciting tennis play on nine outdoor tennis courts nestled amid large oak trees at Bay Oaks Country Club.
April 22-24, Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston, www.lunarrendezvous.org
Libbie’s Luau [April 22]
This annual fundraising dinner and dance benefits Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program. The event will feature a silent auction, door prizes, music and dancing. Food will be prepared by the Lighthouse Charity Team.
6:30 p.m. April 22, Moody Methodist Church Gym, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, 409.741.2538
‘Three for Jazz’ [April 22]
Come to the Butler Longhorn Museum for “Three for Jazz,” a performance by Hector Bisio on keyboard, Dwight Harris on drums and Abiel Garza on bass.
7 p.m. April 22, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com or 281.332.1393
Salt Grass Potters Guild Spring Sale [April 23-24]
Make plans to attend the Salt Grass Potters Guild’s annual spring sale of original handmade pottery. About 20 artists will be on hand to answer questions about their work, and there will be a variety of items, from functional dishware to purely decorative clay pieces and also sculpture.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 23 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24, Clear Lake Park meeting room, 5001 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook, 713.851.4012 or www.saltgrasspotters.com
A Bark in the Park [April 30]
All dogs and all breeds — and their families — are welcome to the sixth annual Galveston Island Dog Show – A Bark in the Park — benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 30, Kempner Park, 27th Street and Avenue N, Galveston, www.galvestonislanddogshow.com
Galveston Historic Homes Tour [April 30, May 1, 7-8]
The 42nd annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour opens the doors to numerous, privately owned, historic island homes April 30 — May 1 and May 7-8, 2016. This year’s tour also hosts numerous special events and spotlights new island construction with specially selected additional homes both weekends.
April 30 to May 1 and May 7-8, Various locations in Galveston, www.galvestonhistory.org
‘A Prairie Home Companion’ with Garrison Keillor [April 30]
The Grand brings to Galveston the celebrated public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion.” This will be the first — and last — time Garrison Keillor will host the show in Galveston, as he has announced his retirement from hosting duties at the end of this season.
8:30 p.m. April 30, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
In case of cancellations and changes to events, check with venues for updates. To submit an event, send pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org.