Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Next to Normal’ [Through April 8]
“Next to Normal” is an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. It’s a heart-melting and sensitively crafted rock musical about a family with problems but also has a whole lot of love for one another.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 8; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
‘I Hate Hamlet’ [Through April 9]
Successful television actor Andrew Rally struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, who, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to Earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 9; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
‘Moon Over Buffalo’ [Through April 9]
In the madcap tradition of Hollywood’s screwball comedies, “Moon Over Buffalo” centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they’re playing “Private Lives” and “Cyrano de Bergerac” in repertory in Buffalo, N.Y., with only five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 9; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
Crawfish & Zydeco Festival [Through April 9]
Enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish and Zydeco music at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through April 9; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Grand Kids Festival [April 1]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the 22nd 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 1; Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.grandkidsfestival.com
‘Day by the Bay’ Home Tour [April 1-2]
The Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s Home Tour offers diversity in style, era of design and décor. The tour includes a home in Bay Oaks, Seabrook, Kemah and two properties in the Historic District of League City, including the Butler Longhorn Museum. One home has been in Southern Living. The tour supports music enrichment programs in local schools.
Noon to 5 p.m. April 1-2; various locations; www.hslba.org or 281.448.7614
Evia Spring Market [April 1]
The Evia Spring Market is an admission-free, all-ages event featuring local shopping, live music, bounce house fun, great eats 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 1; Sugar Bean lawn, 11 Evia Main, Galveston; www.eviagalveston.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [April 1]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. April’s showing is “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”
April 1; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit Conference [April 6]
The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10th annual women’s conference will feature actress Marilu Henner, who has starred in more than 30 films, six Broadway shows, been nominated for five Golden Globe awards and is a New York Times best-selling author of more than 10 books on health, parenting, memory and lifestyle improvement. Connie Watt, vice president of the Justin J. Watt Foundation and mother of Houston Texan J.J. Watt, will speak about the value of giving back to the community and raising three upstanding sons. Prominent physicians from UTMB Health will address topics of health and wellness that are of interest to today’s women.
8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 6; Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.galvestonchamber.com
FeatherFest [April 6-9]
There is something for everyone at the 15th annual FeatherFest, whether you’re a novice or an experienced nature lover. Expert-led excursions by bus, boat and kayak will visit a variety of habitats. Watch raptors demonstrate their hunting styles during the free Raptors Revealed presentations at the FeatherFest headquarters in the Island Community Center. Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats — beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds and bays — that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year.
April 6-9; Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston and other locations; www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
‘The Fox on the Fairway’ [April 7-23]
Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, “The Fox on the Fairway” is a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers’ classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man’s eternal love affair with golf.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 7-23; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
Carnival for a Cause [April 8]
Join the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County at its new campus for Carnival for a Cause, featuring games, vendors, food, drinks and entertainment from The Line Up.
10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 8; 1204 45th St., Galveston; www.rccgc.org or 409.443.0535
Texas City Art Festival [April 8-12]
The 18th annual festival features a juried art show and juried student art show and draws artists from Texas City and across the region. The opening night reception will include music, refreshments and awards presentation.
5 p.m. April 8, opening night reception; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 9 and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 10-12, show open for public viewing; Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
‘Greater Tuna’ [April 8-9]
“Greater Tuna” is an irreverently hilarious comedy about Texas’ third smallest town, where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. All of the town’s eclectic residents are portrayed by two performers, making this satire on life in rural America both crazy and delightful. Each performance will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Director Jaston Williams.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 8 and 3 p.m. April 9; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; www.thegrand.com
Music Nite on The Strand [April 8]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. This month, Los Vertigos will perform.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 8; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Texas City Easter Egg Hunt [April 12]
From face painting, moonwalks and free snow cones to an egg hunt for children younger than 10, there is fun for everyone at the Citywide Easter Egg Hunt.
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 12; Carlos Garza Sports Complex, 3300 Magnolia Ave., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Art Walk on Sixth Street [April 13]
As part of the 18th annual Texas City Art Festival, Art Walk on Sixth Street features hundreds of pieces on display, art demonstrations, kids activities, food and more.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 13; 505 Sixth St. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Galveston Island Market [April 15]
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. April 15; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
Easter in the Gardens [April 16]
Kids ages 9 and younger are invited to this free event to search for golden eggs during Moody Gardens’ egg hunts. A variety of activities will be offered for all ages, including face painting and games for prizes, as well as a petting zoo.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 16; Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.moodygardens.org
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [April 21-29]
Saddle up for the 79th 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 21-29; Jack Brooks Park, 5012 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock; www.galvestoncountyfair.com
Libbie’s Luau [April 21]
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 21; Moody Methodist Church Gym, 2803 53rd St., Galveston; 409.741.2538
Lone Star Deluxe Car Show [April 22]
The fifth annual event will feature cool cars, great food, live music, vendors and more.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22; The Showboat Pavilion, 416 Sixth St. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
ArtWalk [April 22]
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 22; Galveston Arts Center and other galleries, 2127 Strand St., Galveston; www.galvestonartscenter.org
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [April 23]
Trond Saeverud leads this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians in a Voices Concert featuring works from Bach, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. Musical guests include the College of the Mainland and Galveston College Chorale and soprano Megan Stapleton.
4 p.m. April 23; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; www.galvestonsymphony.org or www.thegrand.com
Rotary Club Crawfish Boil [April 23]
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s seventh 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 23; White tent behind the Discovery Pyramid, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 409.763.5326 or www.galvestonchamber.com
‘George Washington Slept Here’ [April 28 to May 21]
Newton Fuller fulfills a lifetime ambition to own a home in the country. He drags his wife and daughter to a wreck of a house that has a bit of history — George Washington slept there. But, life in the country is no bed of roses.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 28 to May 21; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Craft Beer Festival [April 29]
Sample the best in craft beers at the Kemah Boardwalk.
April 29; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com or kemahbeerfest.com
The Midtown Men [April 29]
Four stars from the original cast of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys” reunite in a new high-octane musical show celebrating the best of the 1960s. Experience their lively renditions of timeless ‘60s hits of The Beatles, The Mamas and the Papas, The Four Seasons, Motown and The Beach Boys.
8 p.m. April 29; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; www.thegrand.com
Pet-a-Palooza [April 29]
Benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society, the first-ever Pet-a-Palooza will feature pet contests, Shelter Spotlight Parade, Galveston Police Department K-9 demonstrations, Ask the Vet booth, adoption booths, kids zone, food trucks, vendors and live music from the Pee Wee Bowen Band.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29; First Lutheran Church courtyard, 24th Street and Winnie, Galveston; 409.740.1919 or www.galvestonhumane.org
Blessing of the Fleet [April 30]
Enjoy the sights of decorated boats cruising down the Clear Creek Channel into the bay.
April 30; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
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