Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Mardi Gras! Galveston [Through March 5]
The third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States continues with
a full lineup of parades, concerts, balcony parties and, of course, beads. Here are some of the parade highlights for the second weekend:
Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade: 7 p.m. March 1, Strand District
Krewe Babalu All Krewe Parade: 8 p.m. March 1, Strand District
Krewe da’ Yaga’s Parade: 9:30 p.m. March 1, Strand District
Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade: 11 a.m. March 2, Seawall Boulevard
Z Krewe Z Processional: 1 p.m. March 2, Strand District
Mix 96.5 Parade: 2:30 p.m. March 2, Strand District
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade: 4:30 p.m. March 2, Strand District
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade: 6:30 p.m. March 2,
25th Street and Seawall Boulevard to The Strand District
Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade:
Noon March 3, Strand District
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade: 1:30 p.m. March 3, Strand District
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade: 3 p.m. March 3, Strand District
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade: 6:30 p.m. March 5, Strand District
For a full schedule of Mardi Gras! Galveston activities, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
Texas Music Fest [March 2]
Downtown Friendswood is the place for fun, food and live music at the fourth annual Texas Music Fest in celebration of Texas Independence Day. The event features food, vendors, exhibits and live entertainment.
2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2; Stevenson Park. 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood; www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org
Outdoor Living & Home Show [March 2-3]
Learn tips of the trade and visit with local home and garden vendors.
March 2-3; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Movie Nite on The Strand [March 2]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month.
March 2; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Mardi Gras Ball for Special People [March 3]
Annually celebrated by thousands, this free event provides food, fun and live entertainment for people with special needs as well as their families during Mardi Gras weekend.
Noon to 4 p.m. March 3; Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 409.683.4108 or www.moodygardens.com
Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon [March 6]
The Friends of Moody Gardens will host the seventh annual Gulf Coast Herb Fair and Luncheon. Activities include lectures, vendors and herbs for sale. Concetta Maceo-Sims, of the Maceo Spice & Import Co., will be the guest speaker. There also will be a hands-on hypertufa workshop after the luncheon for an additional cost.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6; Moody Gardens Visitor Center, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.facebook.com/TheFriendsofMoodyGardens/
Seaside Spring Soirée [March 7]
Set sail at the Galveston ISD Educational Foundation’s annual Seaside Spring Soirée featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations, a silent auction and live entertainment. The event will raise funds to support the foundation and the Grants to Teachers and Schools program from which financial assistance is provided to purchase learning materials and implement innovative programming in Galveston Independent School District.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 7; 1880 Garten Verein, 2704 Ave. O, Galveston; www.galvestonedfoundation.org
‘The Rainmaker’ [March 8-31]
Plain Lizzie Curry finds herself falling, against her better judgment, for a traveler who promises to bring rain to her family’s ever-dry Texas town.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from March 8-31; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Corvette Chevy Expo [March 9-10]
The Corvette Chevy Expo is celebrating its 41st anniversary. The all-Chevrolet event features world-class show cars indoors plus an outdoor Show ’N Shine, major national vendors, cars for sale, craft show, miniature wheels show and food court. On Sunday, Swimsuit USA International will host a swimsuit contest.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 9 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 10; Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; www.corvettechevyexpo.com
ArtWalk [March 9]
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. March 9; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Music Nite on The Strand [March 9]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 9; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Movie at the Dike [March 9]
Bring blankets and chairs to the base of the Texas City Dike for an outdoor movie experience. Play on the playground and eat food from local food trucks before the fireworks show and movie.
March 9, 8:15 p.m. fireworks, 8:30 p.m. movie; Rainbow Park, Bay Street and Dike Road, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
‘Celtic Nights: Oceans of Hope’ [March 9]
Through music, song and dance, the audience will experience the struggles and dreams of a people fighting for liberty, freedom, dignity and, above all, family.
8 p.m. March 9; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston Art League Party [March 15]
Join the Galveston Art League as it celebrates the expansion of its gallery in downtown Galveston. The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and self-guided tours of gallery exhibits, which include dozens of diverse works by local artists.
4:30 p.m. March 15; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2119A Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.621.1008 or www.galvestonartleague.com
El Cubano Cigars Chili Cook-off [March 16]
Join El Cubano Cigars on Sixth Street in Texas City for the annual Chili Cook-off.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 16; El Cubano Cigars, 520 Sixth St. N., Texas City; 409.655.5920 or www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Jamaica Beach Market [March 16]
Make plans to attend the Jamaica Beach Market featuring homemade items from a variety of vendors.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16; Jamaica Beach Park, 16721 Jolly Roger Road; email@example.com
Galveston Island Market [March 16]
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. March 16; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [March 17]
Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians will perform The Great C Major Symphony featuring music by Copland, Mozart and Schubert.
4 p.m. March 17; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
Keels & Wheels Uncorked [March 21]
Guests are invited to mingle alongside Master of Ceremonies Sam Malone, longtime radio host, Keels & Wheels supporter and owner of 512 New Media, for an evening featuring fine wines, food presented by six of Houston’s finest restaurants and live and silent auctions benefiting Today’s Harbor for Children. The event raises awareness for Keels & Wheels Concours d’Elegance, which will take place this year on May 4-5 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. March 21; Lone Star Flight Museum, 11551 Aerospace Ave., Houston; 713.521.0105 or www.keels-wheels.com
The Rob Landes Trio revisits the music of WWII [March 24]
Relive the Big Band sounds that kept this nation’s spirit alive through one of the toughest wars in our history. This trip down memory lane is filled with stories and the subtle piano tunes of the day.
4 p.m. March 24; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Born Yesterday’ [March 28 to April 14]
A millionaire junk dealer with designs on Washington politics hires a sophisticated writer to educate his dumb-blonde girlfriend, Billie Dawn, who ends up falling for the writer and turning the tables on her boyfriend’s shady business deals.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from March 28 to April 14; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [March 29 to April 6]
Saddle up for the 81st 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.
March 29 to April 6; Jack Brooks Park, 5012 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock; www.galvestoncountyfair.com
Celtic Festival [March 30-31]
Don your kilt and celebrate Celtic culture with bagpipes, beer, dancing and art.
March 30-31; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com