Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
Exhibit Spotlights Paintings on Silk [Through July 28]
Several works by Galveston County painter Susan Douglass Moody will be exhibited in the Galveston Art League Gallery during July. Moody’s paintings on silk — many of them landscapes — have a soft, misty look that gives them a dreamlike quality.
Noon to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays through July 28; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; galvestonartleague.com or 409.938.1671
Tackle Time [Through July 7]
Hosted by the Texas City Jaycees, the 57th annual fishing tournament includes three divisions: offshore, inshore and youth. Tickets are available at Boyd’s One Stop and Lee’s Bait & Tackle.
Through July 7; Texas City Dike; 409.739.3849, email@example.com or www.tclmjaycees.com
Summer Pop Band Concerts [July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30]
The Galveston Island Beach Band, directed by Frank G. Incaprera, performs every Tuesday evening during the summer.
7:30 p.m. July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Avenue I, Galveston; www.galvestonbeachband.org
League City Fireworks Extravaganza [July 3]
This citywide fireworks display will feature food trucks, live music and entertainment, a play area for children, craft and artist booths. Families are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Coolers are welcome. The fireworks show will start at 9 p.m.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3; Chester L. Davis Sportsplex, 1251 W. League City Parkway; www.leaguecity.com
Texas City Independence Day Celebration [July 4]
The city of Texas City will celebrate Independence Day with a parade starting at 10 a.m. Line-up is at 9 a.m. at the Sanders/Vincent Community Center, 501 Fourth Ave. N. The parade will turn right and travel north on Sixth Street, make a right on Ninth Avenue, travel east down Ninth Avenue, then turn left on Bay Street and end at the corner of Bay Street and 14th Avenue. Evening festivities include live entertainment at the Bay Street Amphitheater from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with a fireworks display at dusk.
July 4; Texas City; 409.643.5990; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration [July 4]
The 124th annual Friendswood Fourth of July celebration kicks off at 10 a.m. with a Grand Parade on Friendswood Drive (FM 518) at Heritage Drive and concludes at Stevenson Park. In the park after the parade, there will be rides, games, food and live entertainment until about 3:30 p.m. Evening festivities begin at 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Park. A fireworks display, synchronized with patriotic music, will begin about 9:20 p.m.
July 4; Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, and Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood; www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/july4th
Fourth of July Celebration [July 4]
Enjoy live music and a patriotic fireworks show over Galveston Bay.
9:30 p.m. July 4; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Rock the Dock [July 4, 11, 18, 25]
The summer concert series returns to the Kemah Boardwalk with performances every Thursday night from May to August. Diamond Jack (July 4), Spazmatics (July 11), The Chee-Weez (July 18) and Escape (July 25) will perform.
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 4, 11, 18 and 25; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave.; Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
City of Galveston Independence Day Parade and Fireworks [July 4]
Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day with a parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:30 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard at 59th Street and proceeding east to 25th Street. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
Bands on the Sand [July 5-27]
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.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 26-27; Palm Beach, Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.moodygardens.com
Robert Earl Keen and Tyler Childers in concert [July 5]
Country legend Robert Earl Keen returns to The Grand along with his guitar for an evening of toe-tapping music. Performing with Keen, for the first time in Galveston, will be Tyler Childers.
8 p.m. July 5; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Firework Fridays [July 5, 12, 19, 26]
Enjoy a fireworks show over Galveston Bay every Friday through July 26.
9:30 p.m. July 5, 12, 19 and 26; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Independence Day Dinner & Dance [July 6]
The Jamaica Beach Volunteer Fire Department will host its 43rd annual Independence Day Dinner & Dance with food, firetrucks and family fun. There will be live music from Salty Dog, barbecue and drinks for purchase, kids activities and a silent auction. All of the money raised will benefit the fire department, which runs on 100 percent volunteer power.
6 p.m. to midnight July 6; Jamaica Beach City Park, 16721 Jolly Roger Road, Jamaica Beach; www.jamaicabeachfiredept.us
Movie Nite on The Strand [July 6]
Bring a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. June’s showing is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” (2017).
July 6; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
‘The Grunch’ [July 8-12]
Youngsters in the summer Fine Academy of the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse will perform this award-winning children’s musical from Beat By Beat. Teacher/director Whitney Wyatt will present her students ages 6 to 16 on stage as they perform this 60-minute musical by Denver Casado and Betina Hershey.
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 8 -12; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Friendswood Library space events [July 9, 11, 18, 23, 25]
The Friendswood Public Library has declared space as the theme for summer reading and has four special events with panels of NASA-related speakers, including “Wives of Apollo 11” (July 9), “Canadian and Langley Engineers” (July 11), “Space Suits” (July 18) and “Apollo Flight Control and Recovery” (July 25). The library also will show the documentary “Apollo 11” on July 23. All panel events and film showing are free and open to the public.
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 9, 11, 18 and 25, panels; 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 23, documentary; Friendswood Public Library, 416 S. Friendswood Drive;
‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ [July 11-28]
It’s 1922, and small-town girl Millie Dillmount has just arrived in New York City, ready to make her dreams come true. Millie’s plan is simple: find a job as a secretary for an eligible bachelor, and then marry him. It doesn’t take long, however, for Millie’s “thoroughly modern” plan to go awry.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 11-28; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
‘Menopause, The Musical’ [July 12-14]
The premise of the story involves four women who meet at a lingerie sale, with nothing in common except menopause. This musical parody — set to classic tunes from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s — pokes fun at hot flashes, mood swings and memory loss.
8 p.m. July 12; 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 13; and 3 p.m. July 14; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Disaster!’ [July 12 to Aug. 4]
Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and songs of the 1970s take center stage in this popular homage to classic disaster films. Director Christopher Lowe has gathered a large, talented cast to bring Seth Rudetsky’s musical to the Main Deck stage. Musical director Whitney Wyatt and choreographer Stephanie Hendrickson present more than 30 pop, rock and disco songs, all guaranteed to please theater patrons.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 12 to Aug. 4; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Harbour Playhouse Anniversary Gala [July 13]
This special fundraising evening event will celebrate 28 years of play production at the Bay Area Harbour Playhouse. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction followed by a production of “Disaster!”
6:30 p.m. July 13, Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Music Nite on The Strand [July 13]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month. Sarah Grace and the Soul will perform July 13.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 13; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
ArtWalk [July 13]
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. July 13; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Movie Nite on The Strand [July 20]
Don’t miss a special evening of Movie Nite on The Strand, honoring the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with the showing of “First Man” 2018. There will be a special message from the International Space Station, a short documentary from NASA and special patches honoring this anniversary.
8 p.m. July 20; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
Business Expo and Home & Garden Show [July 25]
The League City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents this free event featuring vendor booths, outdoor home and garden show, health and wellness area, silent auction and food trucks.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25; Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St.; www.leaguecitychamber.com
Friendswood Splashdown [July 27]
The city of Friendswood will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 with a Splashdown Celebration featuring children’s activities, including rocket launches; Classic Car Show, with cars through 1969 on display; and a performance by Fab 5, a Beatles tribute band.
July 27, 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. children’s activities, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. car show, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. concert; Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood
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