Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas’ [Through Aug. 6]
This happy-go-lucky view of small-town vice and statewide political side-stepping recounts the good times and the demise of the “Chicken Ranch,” known since the 1850s as one of the better pleasure palaces in Texas.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 6; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
‘Disaster! The Musical’ [Through Aug. 19]
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the 1970s take center stage in this homage to classic disaster films.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 19 and 2:30 p.m. July 30 and Aug. 6; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
Libbie’s Place Learning Dinner [Aug. 1]
Libbie’s Place, a senior day program, will host a learning dinner for people with dementia and their caregivers. A complimentary light dinner will be followed by a panel discussion with dementia care professionals.
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 1; Moody Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 53rd Street and Avenue U, Galveston; 409.741.2538 or 800.272.3900
Summer Pop Band Concerts [Aug. 1, 8, 15]
The Galveston Island Beach Band, directed by Frank G. Incaprera, performs every Tuesday evening during the summer.
7:30 p.m. Aug. 1, 8 and 15, Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Avenue I, Galveston, www.galvestonbeachband.org
Texas Country Concert Series [Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24]
Mosey on down to the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier for the Texas Country Concert Series. August’s lineup features Zach Stokes (Aug. 3), Kirk Baxley (Aug. 10), Chad Ware (Aug. 17) and Landon Bullard and the Mostly Sober (Aug. 24).
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24, 2501 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, www.pleasurepier.com
Rock the Dock [Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24]
The summer concert series continues with performances by The Slags (Aug. 3), Hamilton Loomis (Aug. 10), Rat Ranch (Aug. 17) and Velcro Pygmies (Aug. 24).
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [Aug. 5]
Take a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. August’s showing is “The Secret Life of Pets.”
Aug. 5; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Bands on the Sand [Aug. 4-5, 11-12]
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 Rat Ranch (Aug. 4), Dustin Burt (Aug. 5), Bourbon Street (Aug. 11) and A Sure Thing (Aug. 12).
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Aug. 12, Palm Beach, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.moodygardens.com
Navy Band Cruisers [Aug. 6]
The Navy Band Cruisers, a contemporary music ensemble, will perform a free concert featuring musical styles ranging from jazz and standards, rhythm and blues, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material.
3 p.m. Aug. 6; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Fireworks on the beach [Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27]
Enjoy a free fireworks display on the beach every Sunday through Sept. 3.
9 p.m. Aug. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston; www.galvestontx.gov
Good Ole Days Celebration [Aug. 11-12]
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. 11-12, 8300 state Highway 6, Hitchcock, www.hitchcockchamber.com
Music Nite on The Strand [Aug. 12]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. This month, Campfire Soul will perform with Zach Person.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Aug. 12; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
A Night on Broadway Gala [Aug. 12]
Join the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse as it celebrates its 26th anniversary with a gala featuring a dinner, auction and a show.
6:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson, 281.337. 7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Boots & BBQ [Aug. 17]
Dine under the giant oaks on the historic Stringfellow Orchards estate and enjoy a Texas-sized menu of barbecue prepared by the Lighthouse Charity Team. Grab your partner and dance along to great country music, or just grab a barbecue plate to go. Honoring Chris and Stephanie Doyle and benefiting the Salvation Army of Galveston County, Boots & BBQ is the first fundraising event coordinated by the recently formed Women’s Auxiliary of the Galveston County Salvation Army.
Aug. 17, Stringfellow Orchards, 7902 state Highway 6, Hitchcock; 409.763.1691, Ext. 75313 or www.salvationarmytexas.org/galvestoncounty
Libbie’s Place Community Open House [Aug. 22]
The public is invited to stop by Libbie’s Place for tours, refreshments and information about senior day care.
3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 22; Libbie’s Place Senior Day Program, 5402 Ave. U, Galveston; 409.741.2538
‘The Dixie Swim Club’ [Aug. 25 to Sept. 17]
A hilarious and touching comedy about five women whose friendships last forever.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Aug. 25 to Sept. 17; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
‘Dixie’s Tupperware Party’ [Aug. 26]
Dixie Longate is America’s most famous Tupperware Lady. Rising through the ranks to become one of the top Tupperware sellers in the United States, Dixie decided to parlay her skills into a live stage show. This one-person comedy has become one of the most successful off-Broadway tours of the past decade.
8 p.m. Aug. 26; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
ArtWalk [Aug. 26]
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. 26; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Shrimp Boil & Dance [Aug. 26]
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. 26, Nessler Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City, www.texascitychamber.com
Plummer at Saengerfest [Aug. 26]
Galveston singer/songwriter Lyda Plummer will perform with her band at Saengerfest Park to celebrate the one-year anniversary of her CD release, “Paper Heart.”
7 p.m. Aug. 26; 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, Frances Moody Ballroom, Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston, www.uwgalv.org
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