Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Bands on the Sand [July 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 29-30]
Enjoy this summer concert series on Friday and Saturday nights featuring local and regional bands. Each show concludes with a firework display over Offatts Bayou overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids. July’s lineup features Intercoastal Pirates (July 1 and 23), Space Monkeys (July 2), Kaos (July 8), Cody Jodges (July 9), Velvet Punch (July 15), The Relics (July 16) The Slags (July 22), Leannasaurus Rex (July 29) and Vertigo (July 30).
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 13, Palm Beach, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.moodygardens.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [July 2]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. July’s showing is “A Christmas Story.”
July 2, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Cadillac Bar concerts [July 2-4, 9, 16, 23, 30]
The free monthly concert series at Cadillac Bar at the Kemah Boardwalk continues with performances by Fidelity Maxx (July 2 and 16), Hu Du Kingz (July 3, 9 and 23) and Fuzzy Side Up (July 4 and 30).
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 2-4, 9, 16, 23 and 30, #7 Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.cadillacbar.com
Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration [July 4]
The 121st annual Friendswood Fourth of July celebration, with a theme of “Honoring Your Local Heroes,” 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 Decades. A fireworks display, synchronized with patriotic music, will begin about 9:20 p.m.
July 4, Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, and Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood, 281.996.3220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Galveston Independence Day Parade and Fireworks [July 4]
Galveston Island will celebrate its annual 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 59th Street and ending at 25th Street. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
7:45 p.m. July 4, Seawall Boulevard, www.galveston.com
Fitness Expo [July 7]
Bobby Whisnand, “The Exercise Doctor,” will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Fitness Expo, Lunch and A Big Shot of Life event hosted by the Health and Wellness Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Whisnand is an author, personal trainer, exercise therapy specialist and sports nutritionist.
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 7, The San Luis Hotel Ballroom, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, www.galvestonchamber.com or 409.763.5326
Rock the Dock [July 7, 14, 21, 28]
The summer concert series continues with performances by Live 80 (July 7), The Pictures (July 14), Chinatown (July 21) and Rat Ranch (July 28).
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 7, 14, 21 and 28, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
Music Nite on The Strand [July 9]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. This month, Ruckus will perform.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 9, Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ [July 14-31]
“The Drowsy Chaperone” revolves around one musical theater fan’s obsession with a fictional 1928 musical comedy and is a unique combination of the past and present that celebrates musical theater.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 14-31, College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City, 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu/ community-theatre
‘A Wolverine Walks into a Bar’ [July 16]
Join Jaston Williams (of Tuna, Texas fame) and Lauren Lane (veteran actress from TV’s “The Nanny”) as they bring to life a bevy of colorful, quirky and endearing American characters, including a pacifist from Texas who bonds with a gun-toting grandma, an elderly Grande Dame and world traveler who has a history of sinking gondolas, an Anglo man who longs to be Hispanic, married to a Hispanic woman who wants to be Anglo and the most unlikely couple to ever dance the Cotton-Eyed Joe.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 16, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Boot Scootin’ Longhorn Social [July 16]
The sixth annual Boot Scootin’ Longhorn Social benefiting the Butler Longhorn Museum features a barbecue dinner, dancing, a casino and live and silent auctions.
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. July 16, South Shore Harbour Resort and Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City, 281.332.1393 or www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
ArtWalk [July 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. July 16, Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Up Close and Personal with ‘The King’ [July 22]
Join the Butler Longhorn Museum for an evening with Vince King performing as Elvis. He will perform many of Elvis’ gospel songs in addition to his other hits.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 22, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, 281.332.1393 or www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Ladies Casting for Conservation [July 23]
This one-day women’s fishing tournament brings together fishing enthusiasts while helping to protect Galveston Bay’s natural resources. This tournament is for everyone, from first-timers to those who know how to reel in the big catch. It’s a day of fun while learning about the Galveston Bay.
July 23, Crystal Beach, www.galvbay.org/fishingtournament
Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show [July 23]
Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence lights up the theater as herself, performing a mixture of music and conversation. Then, she takes the stage as “Mama” – the head of one of TV’s most memorably dysfunctional families, complete with sensible shoes and those sharp-tongued opinions.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 23, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Up Close and Personal with ‘The Diva’ Cindy Thomas [July 29]
Join the Butler Longhorn Museum for an evening with “The Diva” Cindy Thomas performing music by Cher, Tina Turner and Lady Gaga.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 29, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, 281.332.1393 or www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
Casino for a Cause [July 30]
This seventh annual fundraiser will feature food, music, a casino, silent auction and shopping at The Boutique. All proceeds benefit the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County.
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 30, Tremont Hotel, Davidson Ballroom, 2300 Mechanic St., Galveston, email@example.com or 409.443.0523.
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.