Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Catch Me If You Can’ [Through Aug. 13]
This music comedy captures the astonishing true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., a world-class con artist who passed himself off as a doctor, lawyer and a jet pilot – all before the age of 21. With straight-arrow FBI agent Carl Hanratty on Abagnale’s trail, “Catch Me If You Can” takes the audience on a jet-setting, cat-and-mouse chase, as a jazzy ‘60s score keeps the adventure in constant motion.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 13 and 2:30 p.m. Aug. 7, Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston, 409.762.3556 or www.islandetc.org
Summer Pop Band Concerts [Aug. 2, 9 and 16]
The Galveston Island Beach Band, directed by Frank G. Incaprera, performs every Tuesday evening during the summer.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 2, 9 and 16, Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Avenue I, Galveston, www.galvestonbeachband.org
Texas Country Concert Series [Aug. 4 and 11]
Mosey on down to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for the Texas Country Concert Series. August’s lineup features the David Joel Band (Aug. 4) and Sawdust Road (Aug. 11).
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 and 11, 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, www.pleasurepier.com
Rock the Dock [Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25]
The summer concert series continues with performances by The Slags (Aug. 4), The Nailers (Aug. 11), Hamilton Loomis (Aug. 18) and Velcro Pygmies (Aug. 25)
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 11, 18 and 25, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.kemahboardwalk.com
Bands on the Sand [Aug. 5-6, 12-13]
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. August’s lineup features The Line Up (Aug. 5), Rat Ranch (Aug. 6), DJ Dio (Aug. 12) and The Relics (Aug. 13).
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 13, Palm Beach, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.moodygardens.com
An Evening with Jeanne Robertson [Aug. 5-6]
The 6-foot-2, former Miss North Carolina, with an infectious personality and a delightfully family friendly brand of humor, shares some of her funniest “life lesson” anecdotes.
8 p.m. Aug. 5-6, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston Heritage Festival [Aug. 6]
Join the Galveston Historical Foundation as it celebrates the island’s rich heritage. Enjoy the music, food and entertainment from numerous cultural groups and associations throughout the day while learning more about the early days of Galveston’s immigration movement.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 6, Kempner Park, 27th Street and Avenue O, Galveston, www.galvestonhistory.org
Sacred Places Tour [Aug. 6]
This tour will feature a wide range of religious traditions and building styles, highlighting Galveston’s rich religious heritage while showcasing the depth and range of the island’s sacred architecture. Proceeds benefit Galveston Historical Foundation’s ongoing restoration of St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and the oldest German Catholic church in Texas. This year’s tour will be presented in conjunction with the foundation’s annual Galveston Heritage Festival.
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, meet at St. Joseph’s Church, 2202 Ave. K, Galveston, www.galvestonhistory.org
Galveston Fire Department Honor Guard fundraiser [Aug. 6]
The Galveston Fire Department Honor Guard will have a fundraiser at the Galveston Island Brewery featuring barbecue plates and raffles. This volunteer group serves the community by posting colors at events and standing guard at funerals.
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 6, Galveston Island Brewery, 8423 Stewart Road, Galveston, 713.598.5922 or email@example.com
Cadillac Bar concerts [Aug. 6]
The free monthly concert series at Cadillac Bar at the Kemah Boardwalk continues with a performance by Fuzzy Side Up.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 6, #7 Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah, www.cadillacbar.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [Aug. 6]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. August’s showing is “Pan.”
Aug. 6, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Good Ole Days Celebration [Aug. 12-13]
The Good Ole Days Celebration is a family-friendly weekend of fun featuring a parade, talent show, beauty pageants, barbecue cook-off, carnival, entertainment, kids booth with face painting and food and beverage booths.
Aug. 12-13, 8300 state Highway 6, Hitchcock, www.hitchcockchamber.com
Phil Vassar concert [Aug. 12]
Country music hit maker Phil Vassar will take the stage for a Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit concert. Vassar’s signature songs include 10 No. 1 singles and 26 Top 40 hits, including “Carlene,” “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Six-Pack Summer,” “That’s When I Love You” and many more.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston, 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Music Nite on The Strand [Aug. 13]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. This month, Almost Endless Summer will perform.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 13, Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston, www.galveston.com
A Night on Broadway Gala [Aug. 13]
Join the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse as it celebrates its 25th anniversary with a gala featuring a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and a show, “A Night on Broadway,” written and directed by Chad-Alan Carr.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337. 7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Up Close and Personal with Shaun Michael [Aug. 19]
Join the Butler Longhorn Museum for an evening with Shaun Michael, who brings a taste of his life experiences and observations into his songs, which range from country to acoustic rock.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 19, Butler Longhorn Museum, 1220 Coryell St., League City, 281.332.1393 or www.butlerlonghornmuseum.com
AIA Sandcastle Competition [Aug. 20]
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. Aug. 20, East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive, Galveston, www.aiasandcastle.com
Shrimp Boil & Dance [Aug. 27]
The Shrimp Boil is a favorite tradition of the community and has been held for more than 30 years, attracting a crowd of nearly 1,000 people annually.
6 p.m. Aug. 27, Nessler Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City, www.texascitychamber.com
ArtWalk [Aug. 27]
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. Aug. 27, Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2501 Market St., Galveston, www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
An evening with Lyda Plummer [Aug. 27]
Galveston singer/songwriter Lyda Plummer will bring her beachy/folk sound to Saengerfest Park for a CD release party and performance from her new album “Paper Heart.”
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 27, Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
United Way of Galveston Campaign Kick-off Luncheon [Aug. 31]
Join Galveston community and business leaders and supporters as they help the United Way of Galveston kick off its annual campaign.
11:30 a.m. Aug. 31, Moody Gardens Ballroom, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.uwgalv.org
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