Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘The Foreigner’ [Through April 1]
This comedy shows what can happen when a group of devious characters must deal with a stranger who (they think) knows no English.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through April 1; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
‘Hair’ [Through April 7]
“Hair” tells the story of a group of Vietnam-era Americans exuberantly creating their own rite of passage through the confusion and turmoil happening in the world around them.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through April 7; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
Tall Ships Galveston [April 5-8]
Held in conjunction with the Tall Ships Challenge, this new festival will feature ship tours, sail away excursions, music, food and more. Galveston Island will serve as the first port in the 2018 challenge, which will see participating ships race across the Gulf of Mexico as they visit other participating cities throughout the month of April. Participating ships include the Elissa, Oosterschelde, Oliver Hazard Perry, When and If, Picton Castle and others.
April 5-8; Texas Seaport Museum, 2100 Harborside Drive, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
‘Of Mice and Men’ [April 5-22]
In John Steinbeck’s classic American tragedy, two drifting dreamers, George and his friend Lennie, land at a ranch to work and save for their own place. Lennie is a man-child, a little boy in the body of a dangerously powerful man, and George is his sole protector. His promise to allow Lennie to “tend to the rabbits” on their future land keeps Lennie calm, amid distractions, as he needs constant reassurance. One reckless moment alters their fate, though, and George is faced with a disturbing moral question that will change their partnership forever.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 5-22; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
Kemah Crawfish Festival [April 6-8]
Celebrate crawfish season at the eighth annual Kemah Crawfish Festival.
3 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 6, noon to 10 p.m. April 7 and noon to 5 p.m. April 8; under the Kemah Bridge, 300 Third St., Kemah; www.gulfcoastfestivals.com
‘Shakespeare Abridged’ [April 6-22]
Three madcap men in tights weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories and tragedies in 97 minutes.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 6-22; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
Grand Kids Festival [April 7]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the 23rd 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 7; Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.grandkidsfestival.com
Crawfish & Zydeco Festival [April 7-8, 14-15]
Enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish, crawfish races and Zydeco music at the Kemah Boardwalk.
April 7-8 and 14-15; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
‘A Day by the Bay’ Home Tour [April 7-8]
Four homes will be featured during the Houston Symphony League Bay Area’s 17th annual Home Tour. The tour includes two homes in Seabrook, a historic home in League City and a Tuscan-style home in Bay Oaks. The tour supports music enrichment programs in local schools.
Noon to 5 p.m. April 7-8; various locations; www.hslba.org
Movie Nite on The Strand [April 7]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. April’s movie is “Wonder Woman.”
April 7; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
An Evening with Sophia Loren [April 8]
Synonymous with grace, beauty and artistry, Oscar-winning actress Sophia Loren will captivate you with an intimate onstage conversation with former Entertainment Tonight host Bill Harris. Enjoy film clips, home movies and a question-and-answer session from the audience.
4 p.m. April 8; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Movie at the Dike [April 10]
Bring blankets and chairs to the base of the Texas City Dike for an outdoor movie experience. Listen to concert music, play on the playground and eat food from local food trucks before the fireworks show and movie.
March 10, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. concert, 6:45 p.m. fireworks, 7 p.m. movie; Rainbow Park, Bay Street and Dike Road, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Conversations @ The Center [April 12]
Galveston Arts Center’s annual speaker series, Conversations @ The Center, continues with artists Lisa E. Harris and Prince Varughese Thomas. This year’s theme is Artists as Activists, featuring artists whose work engages communities, is political in nature, and acts as agents for social change.
6:30 p.m. April 12; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, Galveston; www.galvestonartscenter.org
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [April 13-21]
Saddle up for the 80th 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 13-21; Jack Brooks Park, 5012 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock; www.galvestoncountyfair.com
‘Deathtrap’ [April 13 to May 6]
A renowned playwright is in a writer’s slump when a former student sends him a copy of his brilliant new play, “Deathtrap.” Desperate to once again be on top, the playwright devises a plan to kill the student and market the play as his own.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 13 to May 6; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
TCISD Youthfest & Duck Derby [April 14]
Watch as 5,000 rubber ducks are launched and swim to the finish line during the 11th 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 14; Texas City Sting Creek, 1700 Ninth Ave. N., Texas City; 409.916.0108 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Corvette Car Show [April 14]
The San Jacinto Corvette Club presents this show benefiting Kidz Harbor.
April 14; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
‘Amazing Grace’ [April 14]
The true story behind one of the world’s most beloved songs comes to life on stage at The Grand. A tale of romance, rebellion and redemption, this production follows one man whose journey ignited a historic wave of change.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 14; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Texas City Art Festival [April 14-18]
The 19th 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 14, opening night reception; April 15-18, show open for public viewing; Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Music Nite on The Strand [April 14]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park. The Samy Jo Band will perform this month.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 14; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament [April 16]
The ninth 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 putting contest, hole-in-one opportunities, silent and live auctions, plus breakfast/lunch and steak dinner.
April 16, 10 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. tee-off; Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston; 281.486.6698 or email@example.com
Raise Your Glass to CIS [April 16]
This unique wine-tasting event features 10 sommeliers/wine educators and benefits Communities In Schools-Bay Area, a dropout prevention program serving Clear Creek and Dickinson school districts. Held in conjunction with the Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament, this event includes a designer purse silent auction, wine pull and steak dinner. Reservations are recommended.
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 16; Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston; www.raiseyourglasstocis.org
FeatherFest [April 17-22]
There is something for everyone at the 16th 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 17-22; Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston and other locations; www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
Art Walk on Downtown Sixth Street [April 19]
Take a stroll down Sixth Street in Texas City and see everything from oil paintings to glass blowing. The event also features children’s crafts, art demonstrations, live music and food vendors.
5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 19; downtown Sixth Street, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Landscape in pastels workshop [April 21]
Award-winning pastels artist Pam Hatch will lead a Galveston Art League workshop for beginners to intermediates. Participants will use pastels to create a landscape painting. The workshop is $50 and includes all materials.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 21; 2117 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.939.9638
Galveston Island Market [April 21]
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 21; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’ [April 21]
This Broadway comedy is the story of a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one man) who stand in his way.
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 21; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 800.821.1894 or www.thegrand.com
ArtWalk [April 21]
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 21; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [April 22]
Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians will perform music by Massenet, Saint-Saëns and Shostakovich.
4 p.m. April 22; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
El Cubano Cigars Chili Cook-off [April 24]
Join El Cubano Cigars on Sixth Street in Texas City for the fifth annual Chili Cook-off.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 24; El Cubano Cigars, 520 Sixth St. N., Texas City; 409.655.5920 or www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Lone Star Deluxe Car Show [April 28]
The sixth annual event will feature cool cars, great food, live music, vendors and more.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 28; Downtown Sixth Street, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Garden Festival and Oleander Sale [April 28]
Join the International Oleander Society for its annual Garden Festival and Oleander Sale, which will be held on the Moody Mansion grounds across the street from the Betty Head Oleander Garden Park. Guided tours in the park are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28; Betty Head Oleander Garden Park, 2610 Sealy Ave., Galveston; www.oleander.org
Evia Spring Market [April 28]
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 28; Sugar Bean lawn, 11 Evia Main, Galveston; www.eviagalveston.com
Craft Beer Festival [April 28]
Sample the best in craft beers at the Kemah Boardwalk.
April 28; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Spring Garden Tour [April 28-29]
Join the Heritage Gardeners for a spring tour “Through the Garden Gate” featuring a plant sale and bazaar.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 28-29; Marie Workman Garden Center, 112 W. Spreading Oaks, Friendswood and various home gardens; www.heritagegardener.org
Blessing of the Fleet [April 29]
Enjoy the sights of decorated boats cruising down the Clear Creek Channel into the bay.
April 29; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Rotary Club Crawfish Boil [April 29]
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s eighth 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 29; White tent behind the Discovery Pyramid, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 409.763.5326 or www.galvestonchamber.com
In case of cancellations or changes to events, check with venues for updates. To submit an event, send pertinent information to firstname.lastname@example.org.