Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Lobby Hero’ [Through Oct. 5]
A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 5; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
‘Rumors’ [Through Oct. 6]
In this farce written by Neil Simon, four couples arrive at a party celebrating the 10th wedding anniversary of New York’s deputy mayor and his wife, only to find the mayor wounded in bed and the wife missing.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 6; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Dinner with the Ghosts [Oct. 1-31]
Do you believe in ghosts? Celebrate the Halloween season with Dinner with the Ghosts at the Hotel Galvez & Spa. During the tour, the hotel’s concierge will guide participants through the ghostly past of the hotel followed by a three-course dinner in the Galvez Bar & Grill. The 1½-hour public ghost tour followed by dinner is only available as part of the ghost dinner package. The tour begins at 6 p.m. and guests should check in at the concierge desk beginning at 5:30 p.m. On Fridays, the ghost tour dinner is available only as part of an overnight package. Advance reservations are required.
Tuesdays through Fridays in October; Hotel Galvez, 2024 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; 409.515.2154
Chamber Golf Classic [Oct. 2-3]
The Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce’s largest fundraiser features more than 500 golfers, more than 30 hospitality tents and more than 100 volunteers and enables the chamber to continue its many programs.
Oct. 2-3; Bayou Golf Course, 2800 Ted Dudley Drive, Texas City; www.tclmchamber.com
Friends of the Rosenberg Library Used Book Sale [Oct. 3-5]
This sale, organized annually by the Friends of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston, highlights educational and entertaining selections such as children’s books, Texana, cookbooks, art, all things nautical, treasures, travel, media, sci-fi, textbooks and books on religion. All proceeds from the sale are donated to update and expand the library’s book collection, equipment and other related materials.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 3, members only; noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5, public sale; Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy St., Galveston; 409.763.8854, Ext. 129 or www.rosenberg-library.org/library-events/
Galveston Island Film Festival and Conference [Oct. 4-7]
The second annual film festival is a four-day event that will include panel discussions, screenings of feature and short films and networking opportunities with creative minds from all walks of life. The event will allow the public to explore fresh, innovative and creative content from filmmakers throughout the world.
Oct. 4-7; various locations in Galveston; www.galvestonislandfilmfestivalandconference.com
Boo on the Boardwalk [Oct. 4-31]
Face your fears in the terrifying Dungeon of Doom Haunted House or the kids can enjoy the Little Boo Haunted Fun House. Plus, enjoy pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and much more.
Million Dollar Quartet [Oct. 4]
Inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ’n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time, Million Dollar Quartet brings to life this musical moment when these four young musicians were gathered together at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee, on Dec. 4, 1956, for what would become “one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll jam sessions ever.”
8 p.m. Oct. 4; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Fall Plant Sale [Oct. 5]
Don’t miss the Fall Plant Sale at the San Jacinto Community Garden featuring several special basils, vining plants and scented geraniums. Proceeds support garden expenses.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5; San Jacinto Community Garden, 2005 Ave. N½, Galveston; 409.765.9093
Fall Garden Tour [Oct. 5]
The Galveston East End Historical District will host its annual Fall Garden Tour featuring some of the East End’s most beautiful gardens, plus an arts and crafts market and silent auction.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 5; 1501 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.eastendhistoricaldistrict.org
Jamaica Beach Fall Market [Oct. 5]
Make plans to attend the Jamaica Beach Market featuring homemade items from a variety of vendors, including arts, crafts, woodworking, gourmet foods, creative plants, jewelry, home décor, personal products and outdoor furniture. Lunch will be offered for donations from Seaside Baptist Church.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5; Jamaica Beach Park, 16721 Jolly Roger Road; firstname.lastname@example.org
Movie Nite on The Strand [Oct. 5]
Take a lawn chair to Saengerfest Park and watch a movie after dusk the first Saturday of each month. October’s showing is “Goosebumps” (2015).
Oct. 5; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston
Witches Night Out [Oct. 5]
Dress, dance and shop like a witch at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Oct. 5; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Harvest Moon Regatta [Oct. 10]
The 150-nautical mile race begins at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and follows the Texas coast to Port Aransas over the course of two days and two nights — when the night sky is dominated by the beautiful harvest moon.
2 p.m. Oct. 10; Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 25th Street and Seawall Boulevard; www.harvestmoonregatta.com
National Juried Art Show and Competition [Oct. 11-13]
The National Society of Artists will host its 34th National Juried Art Show and Competition featuring original works in various mediums.
Bay Area/Galveston County Walk to End Alzheimer’s [Oct. 12]
Sign up for a 5K and dog-friendly walk on the beach to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care.
8 a.m. Oct. 12; Stewart Beach Pavilion, 201 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; www.alz.org/walk
Fall Plant Sale, Seminar and Craft Sale [Oct. 12]
Don’t miss the annual Fall Plant Sale, hosted by the Galveston County Master Gardeners, featuring fruit and citrus trees, bulbs, fall and winter vegetables, perennials and garden crafts. Choose from thousands of plants adapted to the Texas Gulf Coast area. Volunteer certified master gardeners will be present to answer questions. Customers are urged to bring their own wagons to cart around their chosen plants.
8 a.m. to 8:50 a.m. Oct. 12, information seminar about plants for sale; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., plant sale; Galveston County Fairgrounds covered rodeo arena at Jack Brooks Park, state Highway 6, Hitchcock; www.aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/index.html or 281.309.5065
Talk of Taco Cook-off [Oct. 12]
Take the idea of a traditional barbecue cook-off and make it all about tacos. Presented by and benefiting KHEA Radio and United Way Galveston County Mainland, this inaugural cook-off will feature four categories: beef, chicken, seafood and chef’s choice. The event also will include music, vendors, games and more.
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12; Abundant Life Christian Center, 601 Delany Road, La Marque; www.eventbrite.com
Celebration Seabrook [Oct. 12]
Celebration Seabrook takes over Meador Park for a day of music, food and art. Celebrating the best of coastal living, this family-friendly festival features a kids’ zone, gourmet food trucks and a full slate of live music.
11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12; Meador Park, 2400 Hammer St., Seabrook; www.celebrationseabrook.com
Barktoberfest [Oct. 12]
Save the date for a pet-friendly day at the park presented by the Clear Lake Shores Civic Club. Benefiting Bay Area Pet Adoptions, this event will feature a silent auction, dog shows, kids activities, pet competitions, local vendors, pet products, Oktoberfest food, drink and music.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12; Jarboe Bayou Park, 815 Birch Road, Clear Lake Shores; www.clscivicclub.com/Barktoberfest/
Greek Festival [Oct. 12-13]
The 36th annual Greek Festival promises to be a culinary delight with some of the best chefs in the area preparing the fare. Presented by Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, the event features authentic food, wines, dancing, entertainment, gifts and tours of the church.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 and noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 13; Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1824 Ball St., Galveston; www.galvestongreekfestival.com
Good Ole Days Festival [Oct. 12]
This family-friendly event will feature mutton bustin’, Old Smokey cook-off, Miss Good Ole Days pageant, kids’ area with games and a petting zoo, food trucks, haunted house and vendors.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 8300 state Highway 6, Hitchcock, www.hitchcockchamber.com
Wine Festival [Oct. 12]
Enjoy a property-wide spread of more than 70 wines to sample.
Haunted Sunset Cruises [Oct. 12, 19 and 26]
Departing from the Texas Seaport Museum, guests will enjoy a narrated exploration of Galveston’s historic bay aboard the Seagull II, the museum’s 50-foot twin-engine motor vessel built specifically for harbor sight-seeing excursions and education. These sunset cruises are BYOB and feature the haunted history of Galveston and the port.
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and 26; Texas Seaport Museum, 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Music Nite on The Strand [Oct. 12]
Don’t miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the second Saturday of the month. 30i will perform Oct. 12.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12; Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston
ArtWalk [Oct. 12]
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. Oct. 12; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
‘Give ’Em Hell Harry!’ [Oct. 12]
Clifton Truman Daniel, the eldest grandson of Harry S. Truman, will portray the 33rd president in this play written in 1975 by Samuel Gallu. The faithful and humorous play spans Truman’s childhood and presidency.
8 p.m. Oct. 12; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Galveston Symphony Orchestra [Oct. 13]
The Galveston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Trond Saeverud, will perform its Masterworks Concert: Beethoven’s Seventh featuring a rarely performed work by English composer and suffragette Ethel Smyth, the Wreckers Overture. Plus, award-winning pianist Evelyn Chen will perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2.
4 p.m. Oct. 13; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.galvestonsymphony.org
Bayou Fest [Oct. 18-19]
Presented by the city of La Marque and the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, this family-oriented festival features a variety of activities, entertainment, food and fun. The action heats up Oct. 18 with a barbecue cook-off featuring 100 teams competing for $10,000. It’s all about free family fun on Oct. 19 with a children’s fishing tournament, mutton bustin’, pumpkin patch and carving, bounce houses and arts, crafts and food vendors. Be sure to check out the free concerts featuring performances by Shinyribs, Kevin Fowler and headliner Clay Walker. The festival ends with a bang as AMOCO Federal Credit Union presents a fireworks show.
Oct. 18-19; Highland Bayou Park, 1991 Getty Road, La Marque; www.lamarquebayoufest.com or 409.935.1408
‘Sherlock Holmes and the Adventures of The Suicide Club’ [Oct. 18-3]
In the heart of London, behind the impassive facade of a windowless house, some of Europe’s most powerful men gather to play a game. The game is murder, and this is The Suicide Club. But the club has a new member, Sherlock Holmes: brilliant, brooding, the greatest detective in the world. Why does Holmes wish to die? Can his friend Dr. Watson save him? Or doesn’t Holmes want to be saved?
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 18 to Nov. 3; Clear Creek Community Theatre, 18091 Upper Bay Road, Nassau Bay; 281.335.5228 or clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
Scarecrow Festival [Oct. 19]
Take the family to shop for homemade treasures at the Scarecrow Festival, featuring home and garden décor, seasonal items, jewelry, fashions, gourmet food, metal works, holiday gifts and more.
Galveston Island Market [Oct. 19]
The Galveston Island Market offers a festive outdoor event where local artisans, handcrafters and growers can showcase their creations.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 19; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
ARToberFEST [Oct. 19-20]
Presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House, ARToberFEST is a juried fine arts festival representing 14 different forms of artistic media. The event also features live music, farmers market and art projects for children.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20; Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.artoberfest.com
Zombie Night Party [Oct. 19]
Dress, walk and dance like a zombie at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Oct. 19; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Halloween Costume Contest [Oct. 19, 26]
Dress the kids in their spooky best for a chance to win prizes.
5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 26; Main plaza, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Out to Eat for Education [Oct. 23]
The Galveston Independent School District Educational Foundation’s fourth annual Out to Eat for Education fundraiser coincides with the Ball High School homecoming parade. Funds will be raised by restaurants contributing a percentage of their food sales generated on Oct. 23 and will support the foundation and its Grants to Teachers and Schools program, which provides resources directly to educators to implement innovative learning strategies in Galveston school district classrooms. The community can support the event by dining out at a participating restaurant on Oct. 23. A list of restaurants will be provided on the foundation’s website.
Oct. 23; various locations in Galveston; www.galvestonedfoundation.org
Lanternlight Tours of Bishop’s Palace [Oct. 24-26]
With lantern in hand, explore the nooks and crannies of Bishop’s Palace, a National Historic Landmark. Learn about the history of the Gresham family and the house itself with a rare guided tour of the 1892 masterpiece.
7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24-26; Bishop’s Palace, 1402 Broadway, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Ghost Tour at Ashton Villa [Oct. 24-26, 31]
Join your guide for an unprecedented tour of the 1859 Ashton Villa as you hear about the early days of Galveston’s formation and exceptional life, and possible after-life, of the home’s Miss Bettie Brown.
7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Oct. 24-26 and 31; Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Galveston Island Oktoberfest [Oct. 25-27]
This fun, family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations; shopping for fine arts, crafts and gifts in The Lyceum; a cake wheel; auction; and children’s activities. New this year, there will be a special Sunday morning German Polka Church service held outside under the big tent.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 26 and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 27; First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave. G, Galveston; www.galvestonoktoberfest.com
Costumes and Cocktails [Oct. 25-26]
The Tremont House invites you to stop by the Toujouse Bar for Costumes and Cocktails. Wear your best Halloween garb and enjoy live jazz by Trio du Jour and complimentary treats.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 25-26; The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, Galveston; 409.763.0300
‘Jekyll & Hyde’ silent film with Rob Landes [Oct. 25]
To commemorate Halloween, The Grand will showcase John Barrymore’s 1920 silent film classic “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” accompanied by a specially created, improvised music score by Rob Landes on the organ.
8 p.m. Oct. 25; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
‘Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike’ [Oct. 25 to Nov. 10]
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia live a comfortable, if less than satisfied, life in their childhood home, owned by their movie star older sister Masha. A surprise visit from Masha and her 20-something boy toy, Spike, throws the normally quiet household into utter upheaval as Masha casually informs them she’s decided to sell their house.
8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10; Bay Area Harbour Playhouse, 3803 state Highway 3, Dickinson; 281.337.7469 or www.harbourtheater.com
Daily News Press Run [Oct. 26]
Run, walk or jog in the eighth annual Daily News Press run to support the Newspapers in Education program. The event features certified Galveston Causeway 5K and 10K courses, a kids’ 1K, a book character costume contest, dozens of vendor booths, music, food and more.
Oct. 26 – 5:30 a.m., registration begins; 7:30 a.m., kids 1K; 8 a.m., 5K and 10K ; The Galveston County Daily News, 8522 Teichman Road, Galveston; www.galvnews.com/pressrun
Touch-A-Truck and Model Train Festival [Oct. 26]
Take the kids to see more than 45 trucks from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, police and fire and more. There also will be face painting, balloon artists and giant corn box. This event is held in partnership with the Texas City Model Train Festival, featuring model layouts, exhibits, videos, trackless train rides and moonwalk.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26; Downtown Sixth Street and Texas City Museum, 409 Sixth St. N., Texas City; www.texascitycommunitycalendar.com
Mini Monster Bash [Oct. 26]
The ninth annual Mini Monster Bash in Saengerfest Park will feature games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, costume contests and trick-or-treat stops at local businesses throughout downtown Galveston.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 26; Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, Galveston; 409.761.4111 or email@example.com
Galveston Art League Gala [Oct. 26]
Join the members of the 105-year-old art league for a night of libations, dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle and live music. The event will honor three conservation programs and their parent organizations: FeatherFest/PhotoFest/FledglingFest (Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council), Turtles About Town (Turtle Island Restoration Network) and Seawall Interpretive Trail (Artist Boat). Funds raised will advance the nonprofit league’s mission of promoting visual arts through its gallery, low-cost art classes and juried contests.
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 26; San Luis Hotel Grand Ballroom, 5222 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; www.galvestonartleague.com or 409.938.1671
Sir James Galway 80th Birthday Celebration Tour [Oct. 26]
Called “The Man with the Golden Flute,” Sir James Galway will share the stage for selected pieces with flautist Lady Jeanne Galway.
8 p.m. Oct. 26; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Witches’ Ball [Oct. 26]
Hosted by The Witchery, this Halloween masquerade party features costume contests, complimentary bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres and entertainment. This year’s event is open to muggles and will benefit the Artist Boat and Galveston Island Humane Society.
8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Oct. 26; Galveston Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2128 Church St., Galveston; www.witcheryonline.com
Day of the Dead Celebration [Oct. 27]
Authentic Dia de los Muertos celebration with fire dancers, mariachi bands, sugar skulls, crafts and more at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Oct. 27; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Menard House Trick or Treating [Oct. 31]
Galveston’s oldest residence opens its gates for one night of ghostly fun.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 31; 1605 33rd St., Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Lone Star Rally [Oct. 31 to Nov. 3]
The streets of Galveston will be rumbling with the sound of tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts as they ride into town for a four-day festival filled with free concerts on two stages and hundreds of vendors and manufacturers showcasing all things Harley-Davidson.
Oct. 31 to Nov. 3; Downtown Galveston and Beach Central Park, 2102 Seawall Blvd.; www.lonestarrally.com
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