Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘First Date’ [Through July 3]
“First Date” is comedic and takes place in a fashionable New York City bistro where Casey and Aaron meet for their blind date. Coming from different backgrounds and carrying radically different emotional baggage, the evening is a near-guaranteed disaster. Through a combination of inner characters and external events, the evening just might, possibly, turn out all right. Tom and Amber, both freshmen at Princeton University, connect in ways that seem innocent at first. As things progress, they find themselves in murky territory that has ramifications that could affect the rest of their lives. Masks are required inside the theater.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through July 3 and 2:30 p.m. June 27; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
Rock the Dock [July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29]
The free summer concert series continues at the Kemah Boardwalk with performances every Thursday night through Aug. 19. July’s lineup includes Bag of Donuts (July 1), Escape (July 8), Queen Legacy (July 15), Destroyer & Walk This Way (July 22) and Diamond Jack (July 29).
7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave.; Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Fireworks Extravaganza [July 3]
This family-friendly event is free and open to the public and includes a fireworks display, live-music, inflatables and food trucks. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy an evening with family and friends as part of your Independence Day celebration. Fireworks will begin at sundown.
4 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3; Chester L. Davis Sportsplex, 1251 League City Parkway, League City; www.leaguecity.com
Astronomy in the Park [July 3]
Daniel Roy leads this program that meets the first Saturday of the month through November. Attendees are encouraged to bring binoculars, if they have them.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 3; Rustic Oaks Park, 5101 Orange Blossom, League City; www.leaguecity.com
Summer Pop Band Concerts [July 3, 6, 13, 20, 27]
The Galveston Island Beach Band performs every Tuesday evening during the summer with a special Fourth of July performance on July 3. The free concerts feature a diverse mix of show tunes, big band numbers and jazz.
7:30 p.m. July 3, 13, 20 and 27; Sealy Gazebo, 24th Street and Avenue I, Galveston; www.galvestonbeachband.org
Texas City Independence Day Celebration [July 3-4]
The city of Texas City will celebrate Independence Day with a parade starting at 10 a.m. July 3 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 ends at the corner of Bay Street and 14th Avenue. July 4 festivities include live entertainment at 7 p.m. in Rainbow Park with a fireworks display at dusk.
July 3-4; Texas City; 409.643.5990
Citizen Appreciation Day [July 4]
This free event will feature family-friendly activities, including a petting zoo, live entertainment, face-painting and moonwalks. League City Council and Parks Board members, the mayor and city staff will serve complimentary hot dogs, watermelon, popcorn and cotton candy. The Hometown Heroes pool will be open.
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 4; Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City; www.leaguecity.com
Friendswood Fourth of July Celebration [July 4-5]
The 126th annual Friendswood Fourth of July celebration kicks off at 6:30 p.m. July 4 with food and entertainment by The Spazmatics in Centennial Park followed by a fireworks show at about 9:20 p.m. At 10 a.m. July 5, the Grand Parade will roll down Friendswood Drive (FM 518) at Heritage Drive and conclude at Stevenson Park, where there will be rides, games, food and live entertainment.
July 4-5; Centennial Park, 2200 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood and Stevenson Park, 1100 S. Friendswood Drive; www.friendswood.com; 281.996.3220
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 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard at 59th Street and proceeding east to 27th Street. After the parade, the island will host a fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at about 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
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
‘Urinetown’ [July 8-25]
In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he has had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays from July 8-25; College of the Mainland Community Theatre, 1200 Amburn Road, Texas City; 409.933.8345 or www.com.edu
Tejano Nights [June 11, 18, 25]
Enjoy the best in Tejano music every Sunday in July (excluding Fourth of July).
June 11, 18, 25; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
ArtWalk [July 17]
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 17; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Yakov Smirnoff at The Grand [July 17]
Making his debut on The Grand’s stage, Yakov Smirnoff will amaze and amuse you as he shares his story of escaping communist Soviet Russia in the 1970s with nothing but a dream, turning challenges into laughs.
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. July 17; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Business Expo and Home & Garden Show [July 22]
The League City Regional Chamber of Commerce presents this free event
featuring vendor booths, outdoor home and garden show and raffles.
4 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 22; Johnny Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St.; www.leaguecitychamber.com
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