Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Galveston County Fair & Rodeo [Through 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.
Through April 6; Jack Brooks Park, 5012 Jack Brooks Road, Hitchcock; www.galvestoncountyfair.com
‘Born Yesterday’ [Through 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 through April 14; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
‘Three Billy Goats Gruff’ [April 4]
Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre returns to The Grand with “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” This Serious Fun Children’s Series performance is recommended for kindergarten through fifth grade.
10 a.m. April 4; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Leading Ladies’ [April 5-21]
Two English Shakespearean actors find themselves down on their luck in America. When they hear that an old lady in York, Pennsylvania, is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren’t nephews, but nieces.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 5-21; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
TCISD Youthfest & Duck Derby [April 6]
Watch as 5,000 rubber ducks are launched and swim to the finish line during the 12th 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 6; Texas City Sting Creek, 1700 Ninth Ave. N., Texas City; firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Kids Festival [April 6]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the 24th 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 6; Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.grandkidsfestival.com
Woofstock [April 6]
Bay Area Pet Adoptions will host its spring fundraiser Woofstock, featuring fun family and pet activities, silent auction, dog-training demonstrations and contests, parade of adoptable shelter dogs, vendors, live music, food and drink, pet photos with the Easter Bunny and more. The event will be held in the parking lot of joint sponsors Chelsea Wine Bar and Boondogles Pub.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6; 4106 E. NASA Parkway, El Lago; 281.339.2086 or www.bayareapetadoptions.org
Camaro Car Show [April 6]
The H-Town Camaro Club presents this show benefiting Kidz Harbor.
April 6; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Plankowners’ Sailabration [April 6]
Galveston Historical Foundation’s annual fundraising event will feature hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine during the silent auction, buffet dinner, live music and a live auction. Proceeds benefit the tall ship Elissa and the many educational and training programs of the Texas Seaport Museum.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 6; Texas Seaport Museum, 2100 Harborside Drive, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org/plankowners
Movie Nite on The Strand [April 6]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. April’s showing is “My Fair Lady” (1964).
April 6; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
FeatherFest [April 11-14]
There is something for everyone at the 17th 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 11-14; Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, Galveston and other locations; www.galvestonfeatherfest.com
Pink Martini [April 12]
Mixing original songs and classic hits, this 11-member orchestra revels in a hybrid, throwback style that mixes pop, jazz, classical and world music.
8 p.m. April 12; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Spring Market by the Bay [April 13]
Take a stroll down 6th Street in Texas City and enjoy shopping from a variety of local vendors from across Galveston County.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13; downtown 6th Street, Texas City; 409.457.9247 or www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Crawfish & Zydeco Festival [April 13-14]
Enjoy fresh-boiled crawfish, crawfish races and Zydeco music at the Kemah Boardwalk.
April 13-14; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Texas City Art Festival [April 13-17]
The 20th 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 13, opening-night reception; April 14-17, show open for public viewing; Charles T. Doyle Convention Center, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts [April 13]
Meet your neighbors and experience a “house concert” featuring a performance by Beth Wood. Clear Creek Harbour House Concerts is a neighborhood concert series for music lovers and live music supporters in League City and the surrounding area. Each concert features a potluck/social meet-and-greet followed by a live music performance. Address and food details are shared with committed attendees before each show.
April 13, 5:45 p.m. potluck dinner, 7 p.m. music; www.clearcreekharbourhouseconcerts.org
Music Nite on The Strand [April 13]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month with an additional performance in April. Dem Roots will perform April 13 and Fab Five will perform April 27.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 13 and 27; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Rotary Club Crawfish Boil [April 14]
The Rotary Club of Galveston’s ninth 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 14; white tent behind the Discovery Pyramid, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; 409.763.5326 or www.galvestonchamber.com
Keep Kids in School Golf Tournament [April 15]
The 10th 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 15, 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 15]
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.
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. April 15; Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston; 281.486.6698 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Walk on Downtown 6th Street [April 18]
Take a stroll down 6th 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 18; downtown 6th Street, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Kemah Boardwalk Easter Weekend [April 19-21]
Decorate Easter egg cookies, take pictures with the Easter bunny and take part in the Bunny Hop egg hunt (children 8 and younger).
April 19-21; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Kemah Crawfish Festival [April 19-21]
Celebrate crawfish season at the ninth annual Kemah Crawfish Festival.
Noon to 10 p.m. April 19, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. April 20 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21; Kemah City Parking Lot, 608 Bradford Ave., Kemah; www.gulfcoastfestivals.com
Galveston Island Market [April 20]
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 20; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
Jerry Jeff Walker [April 20]
One of the Lone Star State’s most popular musical ambassadors returns to The Grand for an evening filled with heart-tugging ballads, spirited melodies and down-home fun.
8 p.m. April 20; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Easter in the Gardens [April 21]
Kids ages 9 and younger are invited to this free event to explore the Oleander Bowl in pursuit of eggs and treats. 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 21; Moody Gardens Hotel, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.moodygardens.org
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [April 21]
Conducted by Trond Saeverud, this ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians will perform Symphonie Espagnole featuring music by Poulenc, Barber and Lalo.
4 p.m. April 21; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
‘The Odd Couple (Female Version)’ [April 26 to May 12]
The classic comedy of two mismatched roommates, but this time, they’re female.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from April 26 to May 12; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Lone Star Deluxe Hot Rod and Music Festival [April 27]
The seventh annual event will feature cool cars, great food, live music,
vendors and more.
9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 27; downtown 6th Street, Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Oleander Garden Festival and Grand Oleander Sale [April 27]
The International Oleander Society’s annual Oleander Garden Festival will take on a new look featuring a silent auction that will include hotel stays, restaurants, gift certificates and many other items. The “green” event also will include the Grand Oleander Sale, plus sustainable products, tropical plant vendors, yard art, free coloring books for children and the music of Black Drum Magic. All proceeds from the silent auction and oleander sales will go toward making the Betty Head Oleander Garden Park ADA accessible.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 27, Betty Head Oleander Garden Park, 2624 Sealy Ave., Galveston; www.oleander.org or email@example.com
The Art of Framing Workshop [April 27]
Kari Schmidt, a custom framer for 30-plus years, will teach the dos and don’ts of her specialty. She will show samples of framing materials (glass, mat boards, backing, frames) and discuss archival products. Participants may bring in art and receive Schmidt’s tips for framing it. Door prize for one attendee: a print of regional artist Suzanne Seiler’s “Friendship Bird.” Suggested contribution of $20 to the nonprofit Galveston Art League’s building fund.
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 27; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2119A Postoffice St., Galveston; galvestonartleague.com/workshops or 409.621.1008.
Evia Spring Market [April 27]
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 27; Sugar Bean lawn, 11 Evia Main, Galveston; www.eviagalveston.com
Spring Garden Tour [April 27-28]
Join the Heritage Gardeners for a spring tour “Through the Garden Gate” featuring a plant sale and market.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 27-28; Marie Workman Garden Center, 112 W. Spreading Oaks, Friendswood and various home gardens; www.heritagegardener.org
Craft Beer Festival [April 27]
Sample the best in craft beers at the Kemah Boardwalk.
‘Spamalot’ [April 27]
This Tony Award-winning Best Musical is lovingly ripped off from the film classic “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. April 27; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
ArtWalk [April 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. April 27; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Blessing of the Fleet [April 28]
Enjoy the sights of decorated boats cruising down the Clear Creek Channel into the bay.
April 28; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.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.