Festivals, concerts, plays and more, there are lots of events in the area to keep your calendar booked.
‘Spamalot’ [Through Oct. 9]
Island ETC opens its 19th season with Monty Python’s “Spamalot.” Lovingly ripped off from the motion picture “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” “Spamalot” is an irreverent parody of the Arthurian legend. It features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight.
8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 9; Island ETC, 2317 Mechanic St., Galveston; 409.762.3556 or islandetc.org
Boo on the Boardwalk [Through Oct. 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.
‘The Rocky Horror Show’ [Oct. 1-3]
The Clear Creek Community Theatre kicks off its 57th season with this kitschy, campy, rock-n-roll, sci-fi, gothic musical – a great start to the Halloween season. Innocent sweethearts Brad and Janet, stuck with a flat tire during a storm, discover the eerie mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. As their innocence is lost, Brad and Janet encounter a castle full of wild characters, from the creepy butler to the tap-dancing house girl to the rocking biker and to Frank’s latest creation: a muscular man named Rocky.
8 p.m. Oct. 1-2, 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3; The Bayou Theater at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston; www.clearcreekcommunitytheatre.com
Galveston Art League Featured Artist: Joyce Buffalo [Oct. 1-24]
The Galveston Art League Gallery celebrates Joyce Buffalo, who paints landscapes, seascapes and portraits, as its new featured artist. Her paintings, plus varied works by other Art League members, are displayed in the new October exhibit. The nonprofit league also sells on its website.
Noon to 6 p.m. Fridays through Sundays from Oct. 1-24; Galveston Art League Gallery, 2117A Postoffice St., Galveston; www.GalvestonArtLeague.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Galveston County Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off [Oct. 2]
Sample all-you-can-eat barbecue from 30 teams competing head-to-head to win prizes and bragging rights. Festival highlights include bouncy houses, a petting zoo, face painting and fall activities.
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2; Walter Hall Park, 807 state Highway 3 N., League City; www.gcbbqcookoff.com
Craft Beer Fest [Oct. 2]
The Kemah Boardwalk and 24 breweries invite you to spend the day sampling more than 72 craft beers. Beer tents will be spaced out and located in the Main Event Plaza and Bradford Plaza. Plus, enjoy live music from Horizon and Midnight Release.
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 2; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Parade of Homes [Oct. 2-3]
The Daily News Parade of Homes event will be a unique one-of-a-kind opportunity for home enthusiasts to tour a variety of homes in Galveston County. Event-goers will meet local builders and real estate agents, see the latest in home construction and design, plus have one-on-one conversations with home-related experts.
Oct. 2-3; various locations throughout Galveston County; galvnews.com/paradeofhomes
Rob Landes – Comedy in Silent Films [Oct. 3]
Seated at the organ, Rob Landes will underscore two comedy short films from the 1920s as they are featured on the big screen. The first, “Habeas Corpus,” is a kooky tale complete with a mad scientist, cemetery raid and classic chase sequence. The second, “The Finishing Touch,” involves building a house, a feisty nurse from the hospital next door and a whole lot of chaos.
4 p.m. Oct. 3; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Taste of the Bay – Octoberfest [Oct. 7]
Presented by the League City Regional Chamber of Commerce, this event features bites from fine-dining restaurants in the area as well as wine and craft beer tastings.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 7; South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City; 281.338.7339 or www.leaguecitychamber.com
The Daily News 10th annual Press Run [Oct. 9]
Run, walk or jog in the 10th 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, vendor booths, music, food and more.
Oct. 9 – 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
Bay Area/Galveston County Walk to End Alzheimer’s [Oct. 9]
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. 9; Stewart Beach Pavilion, 201 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; www.alz.org/walk
Galveston Greek Festival [Oct. 9-10]
The 37th 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 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 10; Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1824 Ball St., Galveston; www.galvestongreekfestival.com
Celebration Seabrook [Oct. 9]
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. 9; Meador Park, 2400 Hammer St., Seabrook; www.celebrationseabrook.com
Bay Area Turning Point 30th anniversary gala [Oct. 9]
Bay Area Turning Point celebrates 30 years of service in the community with dinner, drinks and entertainment. Since 1991, Bay Area Turning Point has been committed to providing recovery services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 9; South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City; 281.338.7600 or www.bayareaturningpoint.org
ArtWalk [Oct. 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. Oct. 9; Galveston Arts Center, 2127 Strand, and other galleries, Galveston; www.contemporaryartgalveston.org
Fall Garden Tour [Oct. 16]
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. 16; 1501 Postoffice St., Galveston; www.eastendhistoricaldistrict.org
ARToberFEST [Oct. 16-17]
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 entertainment and a children’s creative zone. Again this year, ARToberFEST also will be offered in a virtual format Oct. 16-31.Virtually browse through the stores, galleries, boutiques and other Postoffice District merchants.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 16 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17; Postoffice Street between 21st and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.artoberfest.com
Bayou Fest [Oct. 16]
Enjoy music and family fun at Bayou Fest 2021. Presented by the city of La Marque and the Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce, this annual event features a children’s fishing tournament, arts and crafts, festival food, children’s activities, pumpkin patch and decorating contest, mutton bustin’, barbecue cook-off, live entertainment and a fireworks show.
Oct. 16; Mac McGaffey Highland Bayou Park, 1919 Getty Road, La Marque; 409.938.9255 or www.lamarquebayoufest.com
Witches Night Out [Oct. 16]
Dress, dance and shop like a witch at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Oct. 16; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Harvest Moon Regatta [Oct. 21]
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. 21; Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 25th Street and Seawall Boulevard; www.harvestmoonregatta.com
Galveston Island Oktoberfest [Oct. 22-24]
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.
5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 22, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 24; First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2415 Ave. G, Galveston; www.galvestonoktoberfest.com
Haunted Harbor Tours [Oct. 22-23, 29-30]
On this special 90-minute tour on board Galveston Historical Foundation’s Seagull II, guests will hear the haunted history of Galveston’s harborside.
4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 29-30; Galveston Historic Seaport, 2200 Harborside Drive, Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Galveston Ghost Stories [Oct. 22-23, 29-30]
Historic Galveston Island is no stranger to strange stories and occurrences. Tour Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House, and learn about some of the island’s most haunted history. Complimentary beer and wine will be served on the porch before the tour.
7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 22-23 and 29-30; 1838 Menard House, 1605 33rd St., Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Galveston Island Market [Oct. 23]
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. 23; Mechanic and 23rd streets, Galveston; www.galvestonislandmarket.com
Touch-A-Truck [Oct. 23]
Take the kids to see more than 40 trucks, from monster trucks to dump trucks, cranes to military vehicles, police and fire and more.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 23; Downtown Sixth Street, Texas City; www.texascitytx.gov
Chili Cook-off [Oct. 23]
The League City Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural Chili Cook-off honoring first responders. In addition to chili tastings, the event will feature a costume contest for adults and children, corn hole and entertainment.
Noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 23; Walding Station Event Venue, 100 Perkins Ave., League City; 281.338.7339 or www.leaguecitychamber.com
Halloween Costume Contest [Oct. 23, 30, 31]
Dress the kids in their spooky best for a chance to win prizes.
5 p.m. Oct. 23, 30 and 31; Main Plaza, Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
The Beach Boys at The Grand [Oct. 23]
The Beach Boys bring their “Good Vibrations” to The Grand stage. Experience love, youthful exuberance and surf culture as this legendary, world-renown group plays through nearly six decades of instantly recognizable classics, such as “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” “Fun, Fun, Fun” and “Wouldn’t It Be Nice.”
3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 23; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
Rotary Club of Galveston Chili Supper [Oct. 27]
For more than four decades, the Rotary Club of Galveston has hosted its annual Chili Supper fundraiser. In addition to homemade chili and rice, guests can purchase tamales to accompany their chili supper, as well as a variety of homemade and specialty desserts.
5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 27, Ball High School Cafeteria, 4115 Ave. O, Galveston; 409.939.1224 or email@example.com
Galveston Women’s Conference [Oct. 28]
Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will host the 14th annual Galveston Women’s Conference featuring Oscar-nominated actress, author and healthy-lifestyle advocate Mariel Hemingway as the keynote speaker, and Teresa Carlson, president and chief growth officer at Splunk Inc., as an honorary speaker.
7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 28; Moody Gardens Convention Center, 1 Hope Blvd., Galveston; www.galvestonchamber.com
Yawl Ketch the Spirit of Devereux [Oct. 28]
Join Devereux for a night under the stars featuring dancing and non-stop energy with interactive, dueling pianos to help raise vital funds for youth in need. Proceeds benefit Devereux Texas’ residential program, supporting and caring for adolescents ages 11-22 with emotional and cognitive differences.
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 28; Butler’s Courtyard, 122 N. Michigan Ave., League City; 281.316.5457 or www.devereuxspirit.org
Mariner’s Masquerade Party [Oct. 29]
The Elissa, the official tall ship of Texas, turns 144, and to celebrate, the Galveston Historical Foundation and Saint Arnold Brewing Company welcome guests to the Galveston Historic Seaport. This outdoor event will feature celebratory cake, food, complimentary beer, dockside music and more. Guests are asked to join in the Halloween fun and come dressed as their favorite historical mariner, Victorian sailor or anything associated with the Elissa’s storied history. Prizes will be given in special categories.
6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 29; Galveston Historic Seaport, Pier 22; www.galvestonhistory.org
Day of the Dead Celebration [Oct. 30]
Authentic Dia de los Muertos celebration with Selena tribute band, mariachi bands, sugar skull crafts and more at the Kemah Boardwalk.
Oct. 30; Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah; www.kemahboardwalk.com
Movie Night at Menard [Oct. 30]
Visit the spooktacular grounds of Galveston’s oldest residence, the 1838 Menard House, for a showing of a frightful feature movie. Guests are encouraged to bring their blankets and chairs for the evening. Craft beer, wine, and water will be available for purchase and a food truck will be on site for food options.
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 30; 1838 Menard House, 1605 33rd St., Galveston; www.galvestonhistory.org
Paula Poundstone at The Grand [Oct. 30]
With nothing but a microphone, a can of Diet Pepsi and her witty imagination, stand-up comedian Paula Poundstone makes her debut at The Grand. She’s appeared on multiple late-night talk shows, released two highly acclaimed books and has been named one of Comedy Central’s Top 100 Comics of All Time, among myriad other awards.
8 p.m. Oct. 30; The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.765.1894 or www.thegrand.com
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