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Upcoming Events in Gulf Coast

Houston

Art on the Avenue

Dec. 1-3

Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St.

Art on the Avenue returns for its 25th anniversary with more than 500 original artworks from over 250 local artists. The event has grown to be the city's largest silent art auction, giving back to the thriving arts community of Houston while supporting the affordable housing and community revitalization efforts of local nonprofit organization Avenue. The Thursday night preview event offers art lovers a first look at this years' exhibition, along with curated art-inspired bites and cocktails. The party continues Saturday evening with the auction and party.

avenuecdc.org/art-culture/art-on-the-avenue

Victoria

Conspirare Christmas

Dec. 1

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Join the Victoria Bach Festival for Conspirare Christmas. This traditional holiday concert inspires with songs of hope, courage, and love.

victoriabachfestival.org

Freeport

Holiday on the Brazos

Dec. 1

Freeport Municipal Park

Enjoy holiday festivities on the banks of the Old Brazos River including a special appearance from Santa Claus and a lighted boat parade.

freeport.tx.us

Galveston

Dickens on The Strand

Dec. 2-4

Strand National Historic Landmark District, 2002 Strand St.

The Galveston Historical Foundation presents the 49th annual Dickens on the Strand, a holiday tradition based on 19th-century Victorian London. It features parades, nonstop entertainment on four stages, new additions like Tiny Tim’s Play Land, the Shopkeeper Skills Village, and roaming characters throughout the festival. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations, and gift items.

galvestonhistory.org/events/dickens-on-the-strand

Rosenberg

Hollydays Market

Dec. 2-4

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 SH 36

With more than 100 merchants to shop with, you're sure to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your crew and enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops at Hollydays Market.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/rosenberg-hollydays

Humble

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Dec. 2-3

Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway

With more than 100 merchants to shop with, you're sure to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place to have you ready for all your festive events. Grab your crew and enjoy the fun while shopping and supporting some of the cutest shops the area.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com/humble-hfth-1

South Padre Island

Christmas Parade

Dec. 2

Padre Boulevard, 4701 Padre Blvd.

Kick off the holiday season with the city of South Padre Island's 33rd annual Christmas Parade. Watch as festive groups and beautifully decorated floats pass by on Padre Boulevard.

sopadre.com/event/33rd-annual-christmas-parade/870

Port Aransas

Garden Club Farley Boat Decorating Contest and Scavenger Hunt

Dec. 2-31

Various locations

Scattered throughout town are numerous cement boat planters created by local businesses. Jump in the car and try to locate all of them pictured in the Farley Boat Scavenger Hunt worksheet. The worksheet can be printed or picked up at the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Parks and Recreation. Once you locate the planters, email your answers in and the winner is announced.

portaransasgardenclub.org/farley-boat-scavenger-hunt

Galveston

Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

Dec. 2-3

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

A powerful story of redemption, "A Christmas Carol" shares with audiences its simple message of holiday joy. Ebenezer Scrooge—the most unrepentant and miserly of fellows—is made to see the light as he is visited by the ghosts of his own life: Jacob Marley and the Christmas Spirits of Past, Present, and Future. Look forward to this new adaptation of Dickens' ever-popular classic filled with lush costumes, stunning sets, song, dance, a heavy dose of humor, and a timeless message.

thegrand.com

Victoria

Christmas on the Square

Dec. 2

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

Kick off the holiday season in historic downtown Victoria at Christmas on the Square. Festivities include a lighting ceremony for a 30-foot, animated Christmas tree, photos with Santa, cookies and hot cocoa, and kids' activities.

explorevictoriatexas.com

Portland

Christmas on the Coast

Dec. 3-Jan. 1

Portland Community Center, 1900 Billy G Webb Drive

Portland rings in the holiday season with events all month long including art, food, and entertainment for the whole family.

portlandtx.gov

Rockport

Tour of Historic Homes

Dec. 3-4

Various locations, 110 Pintail Lane

Step inside three homes in Rockport and Fulton that date from 1868, 1879, and 1945. Docents in period attire tell the history of the homes and their owners though the years.

Bay City

HomeTown Christmas Celebration

Dec. 3-4

Bay City USO, 2105 Avenue M

Ring in the holiday season with two days of festive fun. On Friday, see the lighted Christmas parade, where trophies are awarded to groups in multiple categories. On Saturday, have fun ice skating and take photos with Santa and the Grinch. New this year is a giant gingerbread house slide. There's also crafts, games, and food trucks. The evening ends with a lighted hayride.

cityofbaycity.org/221/events

South Padre Island

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 3

South Padre Island Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Watch as boats of all sizes cruise by, all decorated in their holiday best. Designated viewing areas throughout the route offer free public viewing, and the bay sparkles with the light of these beautifully decorated boats.

sopadre.com/event/lighted-boat-parade/868

Victoria

Lighted Christmas Parade

Dec. 3

Downtown Victoria, 101 N. Main St.

Downtown Victoria comes alive with Christmas cheer as more than 100 parade floats and vehicles decked out in their holiday best cruise through historic downtown Victoria.

explorevictoriatexas.com

Rockport

Tropical Christmas

Dec. 3

The Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze Drive

The downtown harbor area hosts this day-long extravaganza that kicks off the holiday season with food, vendors, arts and crafts, entertainment, games, and Santa Claus. The evening festivities include an illuminated parade, lighting of the Christmas tree, and fireworks.

cityofrockport.com

Rosenberg

Troop 801 Scout Holiday Market Day

Dec. 3

KC Hall , 2007 Kay Cee Drive

Shop for one-of-a-kind holiday gifts, decor, handmade wooden crafts, candles, soaps, jewelry, leatherwork, T-shirts, homemade jams and jellies, pecans, and educational items. There is a drawing for a handmade quilt, plus other prizes and a silent auction. Admission and parking are free. All proceeds benefit Boy Scout Troop 801 summer camp and adventure programs.

brazostroop801.org

Baytown

Christmas on Texas Avenue Festival

Dec. 3-4

Baytown Town Square, 213 W. Texas Ave.

Celebrating 25 years, Christmas on Texas Avenue Festival offers door prizes every 25 minutes, Santa's playground for young and old fans, shopping, food trucks, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a car and bike show, and live music.

acedistrictbaytown.org

Houston

The Menil Collection Gala: Cirque Surréaliste

Dec. 3

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

The Menil Collection’s anniversary gala takes place once every five years, and is a special event that brings together supporters of the museum, the arts, and the city. All proceeds for the 35th-anniversary gala help ensure that access to the Menil’s art buildings, programs, and green spaces remain available to everyone, free of charge.

menil.org/gala

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Dec. 3, Jan. 7, Feb. 4

Abner Jackson Plantation Site, Farm-to-Market Road 2004 near State Highway 332, behind Target

Visit the historic archeological site of Maj. Abner Jackson, the namesake of the city of Lake Jackson. Once a prosperous sugar plantation, the site was destroyed by the same hurricane that devastated Galveston in 1900. Discover the sugar-making process of the 1840s and how convict labor replaced slave labor during the 1870s.

ljhistory.org

Christmas with the Fishes

Dec. 3

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

“Sandy Claws” dives with the Sea Center Texas fish to find out their Christmas wishes and to make sure the aquarium gets a good cleaning in preparation for Santa’s Christmas visit. Children can drop off their letters to Santa, and “Sandy Claws” makes sure they get delivered to the North Pole.

tpwd.state.tx.us/seacenter

Orange

"My Fair Lady"

Dec. 5

Lutcher Theater , 707 Main Ave.

From Lincoln Center Theater and director Bartlett Sher comes a sumptuous new production of "My Fair Lady." Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," "My Fair Lady" tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a proper lady. But who is really being transformed?

lutcher.org

Houston

"Mary Poppins"

Dec. 6-24

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

Spend a jolly holiday season with this wonder-filled production of the children's classic based on the Disney film and book by P.L. Travers. This brand-new production of the hit Cameron Mackintosh musical is created for the family by Theatre Under The Stars.

tuts.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

Dec. 6, 13, 20, 27

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that reproduces the night sky, along with a variety of other high-tech equipment to give visitors a close-up feel of comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.com

Orange

Christmas with Santa

Dec. 7-8

Heritage House Museum of Orange County, 905 W. Division Ave.

Get your photo with Santa inside the historic Heritage House Museum. Snacks, cookies, beverages, and entertainment are all part of the fun. Generations of families have traveled to Heritage House for their annual photo with Santa.

heritagehouseoforangecounty.com

Houston

Asiatown Evening Walking Tour

Dec. 7

DIHO Square, 9188 Bellaire Blvd.

Explore one of Asiatown's oldest and most diverse shopping centers. Enjoy dinner, dessert, and shopping. End the evening with a luxurious foot massage.

asiatowntourhtx.com

Victoria

"The Nutcracker"

Dec. 8-11

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Performed since 1984, this Victoria Ballet Theatre production of Tchaikovsky's classic includes more than 150 cast members. Follow Clara as she journeys through a dream sequence of mystical scenery, enchanting music, and dance. This timeless holiday tradition is one of Tchaikovsky's most enduring scores for the ballet.

victoriaballet.org

Houston

"El Milagro Del Recuerdo"

Dec. 8-18

Cullen Theater , 559-575 Prairie St.

The Houston Grand Opera-commissioned mariachi opera "El Milagro del Recuerdo" (The Miracle of Remembering) transports audiences to Michoacan, Mexico, just in time for the holidays. A celebration of family and tradition, this timely story follows the lives of Laurentino, a laborer who returns from the United States to spend Christmastime with his family, and his wife Renata, who worries that his time away from home is changing him. The two face a life-changing decision: whether to stay with family in Mexico, or leave for the promise of a better life.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/el-milagro-del-recuerdo

Emerson String Quartet in Concert

Dec. 8

Rice University, Alice Pratt Brown Hall, Stude Concert Hall, 6100 S. Main St.

The perennial Chamber Music Houston favorites make a record-setting 35th appearance for a bittersweet but not-to-be-missed farewell tour. The legendary ensemble performs a program of quartets from Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.

chambermusichouston.org

Orange

"Hairspray"

Dec. 9

Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts, 707 Main Ave.

You can’t stop the beat of this Tony Award-winning musical comedy that inspired the blockbuster film and live television event. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

lutcher.org

Corpus Christi

One in the Chamber Clays Tournament

Dec. 9

Corpus Christi Gun Club, 2832 FM 763

Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Particularly when combined with a little fun and competition? If so, make plans to seize the day at the Portland Chamber of Commerce's One in the Chamber Clays Tournament. Participants compete against one another to see who can shoot the most clay targets with a shotgun.

business.portlandtx.org/events/details/3rd-annual-one-in-the-chamber-clays-tournament-presented-by-corpus-christi-medical-center-12036

Lake Jackson

Tiffany in Concert

Dec. 9

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The '80s pop star has released two No. 1 hit singles ("I Think We're Alone Now" and "Could’ve Been") and set a record as the youngest female artist to top the Billboard charts with her debut album. She has sold over 15 million albums to date.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Clute

Christmas in the Park

Dec. 9-10

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

Come out and celebrate the holiday season with two days of Christmas activities and fun featuring a lighted Christmas trail and seasonal photo opportunities.

clutetexas.gov

Baytown

Christmas Past and Present

Dec. 10

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

Festive decorations and unique surroundings of Christmas life past and present are depicted at the Baytown Historical Preservation Association's 13th annual Christmas Past and Present. Historic buildings are adorned in traditional and modern-day decorations with luminaries lighting up the pathways throughout the Living History Museum. Kids get to see Santa and tell him their wishes, cowboy poets recite poems, docents in period clothing show you what Christmas was like in the early 20th century, and kids can make Christmas crafts and get their faces painted.

baytownhistory.org

Corpus Christi

Christmas on the Diamond

Dec. 10

The Miracle League of Corpus Christi, 1354 Airport Road

The inaugural Christmas on the Diamond includes fun holiday displays, lights, music, and food trucks. All sales from this event benefit the residents of the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center.

corpusvsc.com

Home for the Holidays Concert

Dec. 10

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive #5723

As one of the best holiday events in Corpus Christi, the Home for the Holidays Concert includes your favorite Christmas carols, fresh new arrangements, three local choirs, a visitor from the North Pole, a singalong, and the talented Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

ccsymphony.org

Fulton

Caroling at the Mansion

Dec. 10

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site, 317 S. Fulton Beach Road

The Fulton Mansion comes alive with a candlelight singalong from carolers outside the mansion. Join in and sing some classic Christmas songs, then explore the mansion.

visitfultonmansion.com

Rockport

Christmas in the District

Dec. 10

Rockport Downtown, Austin Street

Shops in downtown Rockport get in the Christmas spirit with Santa, treasure hunts, live music, food, and specials.

rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 10

Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts a parade of decorated vessels that are judged in several classes including powerboats and sailboats. Watch the boats glide across the water and light up the harbor for the Christmas season.

rockportyachtclub.org

Brazoria

Christmas In Brazoria

Dec. 10

Brazoria Heritage Foundation Civic Center, 202 W. Smith St.

Santa Claus is coming to Brazoria. Bring the kids to get their picture taken with Santa, and browse through arts and crafts booths while taking advantage of free family entertainment. There are rides for kids and food vendors.

brazoriahf.org

Spring

Islamic Arts Festival

Dec. 10-11

Masjid Al-Salam, 16700 Old Louetta Road

This event showcases the art of emerging and student artists and in the past has offered interactive sessions including calligraphy, Ebru, painting, and henna, plus children’s art activities. The festival has gained recognition as the oldest continuously running festival of Islamic arts in America.

islamicartssociety.org

Freeport

Downtown Holiday Market

Dec. 10

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Enjoy holiday performances, festive activities, and craft and food vendors.

freeport.tx.us

Surfside Beach

Island of Nighttime Kites

Dec. 10

Surfside Beach Main Entrance

Watch the sky fill up with the lit-up kites of the Surfside Flyers Kite Club. The fourth annual event is fun for all ages.

surfsidetx.org

Houston

Johann Sebastian Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio"

Dec. 10

Brockman Hall for Opera, Rice University campus, 6100 Main St.

Bach Society Houston welcomes the Christmas season during its 40th-anniversary year with a choral and orchestral performance of Johann Sebastian Bach’s rarely performed "Christmas Oratorio." Under the direction of conductor Rick Erickson, the one-and-a-half hour performance is Bach’s glorious musical Nativity story. Richly scored, Bach used a wide variety of instruments including oboes, flutes, trumpets, drums, violin, and continuo. Rising tenor Kyle Stegall returns in the role of The Evangelist. Listeners are enveloped in sound featuring big choral moments juxtaposed with delicate and touching arias. Bach Society Houston performs the first three cantatas of the "Christmas Oratorio" which announce the birth of Christ, the appearance of the angels to the shepherds, and the shepherd’s journey to Bethlehem to see Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus. Bach composed the "Christmas Oratorio" in 1734 for the churches of St. Thomas and St. Nicholas in Leipzig, Germany. This story is shared through six cantatas each meant to be performed on a specific day of the Christmas season.

bachsocietyhouston.org

Fulton

Christmas in Fulton

Dec. 14-15

Fulton Harbor, North Casterline Drive

Bring the family to Fulton Harbor for hot chocolate, cookies, entertainment, Santa, and loads of fun.

fultontexas.org

Katy

Christmas Gift Market

Dec. 15

Willow Fork Country Club, 21055 Westheimer Parkway

Start your holiday shopping at this indoor and outdoor market where a wide selection of exhibitors bring clothing, decor, solid-wood furniture, art, Christmas decor, and foods such as dips, salsas, artisan chocolates, pastries, and canned vegetables. The market is made up from half handmade items and half manufactured items, but all exhibitors are small business owners based in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Arkansas. Admission and parking are free and strollers are welcome.

bigtop.show/katytxwillowfork

Port Aransas

Santa in the Park

Dec. 15

Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A

Family fun at the Civic Center includes hot chocolate, snacks, stories, and games. Bring your camera or phone and take Santa photos with the kids.

facebook.com/portaparksnrec

Wharton

Snow on the Square

Dec. 16

Wharton County Courthouse, 100 S. Fulton St.

The courthouse lawn is full of festive fun including real snow, food trucks, face painting, and music.

whartonchamber.com

Galveston

The Midtown Men Holiday Hits Concert

Dec. 17

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Stars from the original Broadway cast of the smash musical hit "Jersey Boys" bring comfort and joy to The Grand this holiday season. Look forward to reminiscing to the great sounds of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and their signature renditions of the iconic hits of the '60s.

thegrand.com

Port Arthur

A Very Marshy Christmas

Dec. 17

Sea Rim State Park , 19335 S. Gulfway Drive

Santa arrives by airboat to enjoy Sea Rim State Park with Mrs. Claus. Have fun with family activities and a great photo opportunity.

facebook.com/searimstatepark

West Columbia

Candlelight Christmas

Dec. 17

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Tour the plantation house to discover the many contributions of different cultures to Christmas in Texas. Relax outside and enjoy the beverage of the season (wassail), Christmas cookies and other foods, entertainment, children's activities, and a special visit from Santa. Santa's Market is also open for all the shoppers who attend.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Surfside Beach

Surfing Santas

Dec. 17

Surfside Beach Pedestrian Beach

Watch a group of Santas catch waves and hang 10 at this fifth annual holiday event.

surfsidetx.org

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Watch volunteers collect baseline data on bird populations at the sanctuary. The banding station is an excellent opportunity to see birds up close and to learn all the birds of the Brazosport area.

gcbo.org

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra

Dec. 18

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra presents "Christmas by the Fireside," a concert featuring heartwarming and uplifting holiday family favorites.

brazosportcenter.com

Pancakes and Pajamas

Dec. 24

Asiel's Restaurant on Mammoth Lake, 330 N. Dixie Drive

On Christmas Eve, stop by for a pajama breakfast complete with Christmas caroling, pictures with Santa, and pancakes.

asielstexas.com

Port Aransas

New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

Dec. 31

Roberts Point Park, 301 J C Barr Blvd.

The night sky lights up with brilliant colors as Port Aransas celebrates New Year's Eve with a big fireworks show. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

cityofportaransas.org/departments/parks-and-recreation

Angleton

Wild Wild West New Years

Dec. 31

The Dirty South, 116 N. Velasco

Ring in the new year in downtown Angleton with dinner, live music, and a balloon drop at midnight. Steampunk attire and costumes are encouraged.

thedirtysouthtx.com

Port Arthur

First Day Hike

Jan. 1

Sea Rim State Park , 19335 S. Gulfway Drive

Celebrate the new year with a view of the Gulf of Mexico. While hiking, learn about what lives in the waters along the Texas coast.

visitportarthurtx.com

Surfside Beach

Polar Plunge

Jan. 1

Surfside Beach Pedestrian Beach

Start the new year off right and on Jan. 1 join others as they take a cold and refreshing dip in the Gulf.

surfsidetx.org

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Jan. 6

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

Rockport

Gospel Music Festival

Jan. 6-7

First Baptist Church, 1515 N. Live Oak St.

Numerous gospel groups from around the state and nation perform, including the Crimson River Quartet, the McNeills, the DeLawders, and Rockport's Gospel Force.

gospelforce.org

Galveston

"The Greatest Love of All: A Tribute to Whitney Houston"

Jan. 13

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Whitney Houston's musical legacy comes to life in this critically acclaimed tribute production. Showcasing the breathtaking vocal performance of Belinda Davids, look forward to enjoying a heartfelt journey through many of Houston's greatest hits including "I Will Always Love You," "How Will I Know," and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody." The show is backed by a live band, vocalists, and choreographed dancers.

thegrand.com

Houston

"The Marriage of Figaro"

Jan. 13-28

Brown Theater , 501 Texas Ave.

Few operas have as much comedic energy as Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro." Full of bright colors and costumes evoking the Moroccan influence on Muslim Spain, the vibrant production synthesizes transcendent music and lively performances into an unforgettable evening at the opera. Its large cast is led by bass Nahuel Di Pierro as the titular Figaro, a working-class man set to marry the beautiful Susanna despite the meddling of their employer, a married count who would rather have the beauty for himself.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/the-marriage-of-figaro

Galveston

The Oak Ridge Boys in Concert

Jan. 14-15

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Whether you’re a fan of smooth, four-part gospel harmonies or upbeat country songs, the distinctive sound of the Oak Ridge Boys is legendary. Their string of hits includes the country-pop chart-topper “Elvira,” as well as “Bobbie Sue,” “Dream On,” and “Thank God for Kids.”  

thegrand.com

West Columbia

Market Day

Jan. 14

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historical Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Plus, there's free admission to the site during market hours.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Freeport

History Day

Jan. 14

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

At this event, see exhibits and hear firsthand accounts of significant events that took place in the city of Freeport's past.

freeport.tx.us

Houston

29th Annual MLK Grande Parade Midtown Houston

Jan. 16

Midtown Houston , 1200 Holman Street (San Jacinto Street and Elgin Street)

Consisting of 15 floats and 30 marching bands, the MLK Grande Parade in Midtown Houston is one of the largest single-day multicultural events in the U.S. that is held in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During the annual parade, 300,000 spectators are expected.

mlkgrandeparade.org

Corpus Christi

Winter Lecture Series

Jan. 18-Feb. 22

South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St.

Winter visitors and South Texans learn valuable and often unique lessons on South Texas horticulture and the environment from experts, while meeting new friends over a cup of coffee.

stxbot.org

Fulton

Winter Texan Appreciation Day

Jan. 19

Fulton Convention Center, 402 North Fulton Beach Road

This event welcomes winter Texans to the Rockport-Fulton area. The daylong event includes informational booths, presentations from local businesses and local attractions, music, games, and the opportunity to meet fellow winter Texans.

rockport-fulton.org

South Padre Island

SPI Market Days

Jan. 20-22

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

SPI Market Days has been bringing buyers and sellers together for over 25 years. The market, one of the largest indoor markets in South Texas, is a way to show winter Texans appreciation for their loyalty for returning to the Texas coast year after year. Shop for jewelry, fragrances, clothing, collectibles, arts and crafts, treats, and home decor.

sopadre.com/event/26th-annual-spi-market-days/867

Port Aransas

Restaurant Week

Jan. 20-29

Various locations

Get hooked on Port A by taking a culinary tour through its thriving food culture. Enjoy a prix-fixe lunch and/or a prix-fixe dinner at participating restaurants.

portaransas.org

Galveston

Pink Martini in Concert

Jan. 21

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Drink in the dulcet sounds of the international phenomenon Pink Martini. Incredibly eclectic, energetic, and truly unforgettable, this live music experience showcases a dozen musicians performing songs in 25 different languages. Hear an impressive blend of jazz, world music, cabaret, and lounge music, as well as sounds from the '40s and '50s.

thegrand.com

Portland

Portland Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

Jan. 21

Portland Community Center , 2000 Billy G Webb Drive

Compete in either a half marathon, 10K, or 5K through Portland. The races include a finisher's medal, shirt, and race bibs. Prizes and awards are given to top overall finishers of all three races. The races take place rain or shine.

business.portlandtx.org/events/details/2nd-annual-portland-half-13-1-10k-5k-presented-by-dawson-s-recycling-disposal-12457

Victoria

"Chicago Nights"

Jan. 21

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Join the Victoria Symphony Orchestra for "Chicago Nights", a tribute to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted band Chicago. Jason Scheff, a longtime lead vocalist of the band, makes an appearance.

victoriasymphony.com

Lake Jackson

Delfeayo Marsalis in Concert

Jan. 21

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

Acclaimed trombonist, composer, and producer Delfeayo Marsalis has also dedicated his career to music theater and education. Known for his “technical excellence, inventive mind and frequent touches of humor,” as per the "Los Angeles Times," the New Orleans native is the brother of renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Galveston

The Music of Sam Cooke

Jan. 27

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Enjoy songs written and sung by Sam Cooke, the pioneer of soul music, all brought to new life by the gifted musician, Bradd Marquis. This concert is filled with such soul-stirring musical hits as "You Send Me" and "(What A) Wonderful World." Look forward to being in the audience where you not only experience an outstanding musical performance, but history itself revisited.

thegrand.com

Houston

"Werther"

Jan. 27-Feb. 10

Brown Theater , 501 Texas Ave.

The lovesick yearnings of the tortured young poet Werther lead to his tragic fate in Jules Massenet's lush opera. After Werther escorts the lovely Charlotte to a ball, he falls hopelessly in love with her, but she is engaged to Albert, with no intention of breaking things off. Unable to conceive of life without her, Werther grows ever more despondent as he continues his attempts to woo the object of his affections, who doesn't love him back, or does she? Audiences won't want to miss this chance to see a cast of legends perform a rare psychological drama.

houstongrandopera.org/events-tickets/2022-23-season/werther

Lake Jackson

Lorrie Morgan in Concert

Jan. 27

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

The first woman in country music to begin her career with three-consecutive platinum albums is back in the studio with award-winning producer Richard Landis, working on a new album that will undoubtedly showcase the singer's range of emotions.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Garden Club Home Tour

Jan. 28

Various locations

The 33rd annual home tour has a gorgeous lineup of historical and architecturally interesting homes that showcase island living at its best. A home which was included in the original home tour in 1988, an artist's home and studio, new and older cottages, and new construction/renovation are sure to impress.

portaransasgardenclub.org

Houston

"Steve Tobin Intertwined: Exploring Nature's Networks"

Jan. 28-Aug. 31

Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane

Houston Botanic Garden presents monumental sculptures by American artist Steve Tobin, who is known worldwide for his works in glass, bronze, ceramic, and steel, including "Trinity Root," a memorial cast from a tree that protected a New York City cathedral on 9/11. The exhibition features pieces from several series, including stainless steel "Clouds," bronze and steel "Nests" with magical eggs, unearthed "Bronze Roots," and modernist "Steelroots," all of which dramatically capture the unseen power of the natural world while celebrating the importance of the systems that give life to the Garden.

hbg.org

Bay City

Wild Game and CamoFest

Jan. 28-29

Downtown Bay City, Sixth Street and Avenue G

Taste wild game, wine, and craft beer. There is free live entertainment, vendors, downtown shopping, and free activities for kids.

baycitycamofest.net

Pasadena

Junk Hippy

Jan. 28

Campbell Hall at Pasadena Convention Center, 7601 Red Bluff Road

Shop 150 vendors at one of "Flea Market Style" and "Country Living" magazines' top vintage events. Vintage and antique furniture, retro and midcentury finds, shabby chic and rustic décor, and handmade goods are all available.

junkhippy.com

Surfside Beach

Surfside Food and Art Festival

Jan. 28

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

The fifth annual Surfside Food and Art Festival offers live music, a chili cookoff, art and food vendors, a community art project, and fun activities for kids.

surfsidetx.org

Mathis

Kid Fish 2023

Jan. 28

Lake Corpus Christi , 23194 Park Road 25

Kid Fish is an annual event hosted by Lake Corpus Christi State Park. The purpose of this single-day event is to expose local youth to the sport and enjoyment of fishing and provide them with the tools and knowledge for a future of responsible recreation and environmental stewardship.

tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-corpus-christi

Orange

"The Simon and Garfunkel Story"

Feb. 2

Lutcher Theater, 707 Main Ave.

After a sold-out world tour, "The Simon and Garfunkel Story" returns to the stage, making a stop in Orange. A nostalgic multimedia experience captivates audiences, and a full live band performs all the hits including "Mrs. Robinson," "Cecilia," and "Homeward Bound."

lutcher.org

South Padre Island

SPI Kite Fest

Feb. 2-4

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Watch professional flyers showcase their skills in both outdoor and indoor performances. Food concessions are available.

sopadre.com/event/spi-kite-fest-2023/869

Port Aransas

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Feb. 3

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

Galveston

The Romeros in Concert

Feb. 4

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Known as "the royal family of the guitar," the Romeros have performed at iconic venues throughout the world, including Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, the White House, and the Vatican. It's been 60 years since they walked on the world stage as the first classical guitar quartet, so this concert marks that 60th anniversary. The Romeros continue to win rave reviews worldwide.

thegrand.com

Corpus Christi

An Interplanetary Experience Concert

Feb. 4

Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive #5723

Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Saturn, and more: This iconic suite by British composer Gustav Holst is enhanced by a multimedia presentation, which includes spectacular photos and images from the different planets of our solar system shown on the massive screen at the Performing Arts Center. In addition, the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra celebrates Black History Month with the music of one America's greatest jazz composers, Duke Ellington.

ccsymphony.org

Rockport

Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair

Feb. 4

Rockport Center for the Arts, 401 S. Austin St.

Potters from around the world display their works for sale. There's a fair, reception, and an art loop of galleries.

bountifulbowl.org

Clay Expo

Feb. 4-5

Rockport Center for the Arts, 106 S. Austin St.

Downtown Rockport hosts a gallery art walk, solo exhibits, pottery demonstrations, and the opening reception for the Clay Expo on Saturday.

rockportartcenter.com

Lake Jackson

Vision Duo in Concert

Feb. 6

The Clarion at Brazosport College, 500 College Drive

Violinist Ariel Horowitz and percussionist Britton-René Collins (aka Vision Duo) perform classical works with a contemporary twist. Through an exploration of musical genres and sonic possibilities for violin and percussion, Vision Duo seeks to contribute to the ongoing redefinition of classical music programming and structures.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Houston

"Chicago"

Feb. 7-19

Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St.

After 25 years, "Chicago" is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another. The musical has received six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and thousands of standing ovations.

tuts.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This show features a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector that reproduces the night sky, along with a variety of other high-tech equipment to give visitors a close-up feel of comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

brazosportcenter.org

Victoria

"Always ... Patsy Cline"

Feb. 10-19

Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts, 214 N. Main St.

Theatre Victoria presents this true story of an unlikely friendship between Patsy Cline and a fan from Houston who befriended her in a Texas honky tonk. The show features classic Patsy Cline hits.

theatrevictoria.org

Rockport

La Mardi Gras

Feb. 10-11

Lamar Volunteer Fire Dept and Downtown Lamar Peninsula, 302 Bois D'Arc

This festival features food, entertainment, a parade, and other festivities on Lamar Peninsula to benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department.

lamarvfd.com

Clute

Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express"

February 10-12, 17-18

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Witness beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this classic murder mystery.

brazosportcenter.org

Galveston

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Feb. 10-21

Galveston Historic Downtown and Seawall

The third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country includes masked balls, balcony parties, parades, concerts, and lots of beads.

mardigrasgalveston.com

Surfside Beach

Market at the Park

Feb. 12

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

At this market, find vendors selling fresh food, homemade goods, and handmade items.

surfsidetx.org

Beaumont

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas

Feb. 16-19

Great Lawn of the Event Center, 700 Crockett St.

Enjoy four days of family-friendly fun in downtown Beaumont, with parades, concerts, kids' activities, arts and crafts, and food vendors.

mardigrastx.com

Houston

"Art of the Cameroon Grassfields, a Living Heritage in Houston"

Feb. 17-July 9

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

This exhibition, celebrating the enduring artistic traditions of Cameroon and its global diaspora, features headdresses, masks, prestige hats, royal stools and figural sculptures, palace architectural elements from the Grassfields kingdoms, and two recent works by Douala-based artist Hervé Youmbi.

menil.org

Palacios

African American Heritage Day

Feb. 18

City by the Sea Museum, 401 Commerce St.

The Palacios Community Coalition presents local speakers to show contributions made and being made by the African American community of Palacios. Local speakers talk about their contributions, and tours may be provided upon request.

palacioschamber.com

Pasadena

Greater Houston Train Show

Feb. 18

Pasadena Convention Center, 7902 Fairmont Parkway

The San Jacinto Model Railroad Club presents The Greater Houston Train Show, attracting rail fans from across Texas and Louisiana. See operating layouts, take classes on railroads and modeling subjects, participate in National Model Railroad Association contests, and shops from an array of vendors from across the Southwest.

sanjacmodeltrains.org

West Columbia

Market Day

Feb. 18

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site, 1702 N. 13th. St.

Load up the kids, grab your canvas bags and head to Varner-Hogg State Historic Site for a day of shopping and supporting local small business owners. Plus, there's free admission to the site during market hours.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Surfside Beach

Marathon

Feb. 18

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

The Surfside Beach Marathon includes a marathon, half marathon, 5K, and kids' 1K. At the post-run party, runners can enjoy Texas barbecue, drinks, and games. Races start as the sun rises over the water and follow the public beach to San Luis Pass, then return. The entire course is on the firm, smooth sand.

surfsidebeachmarathon.com

Freeport

Mardis Gras Festival

Feb. 18

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Festivities for Mardi Gras include a parade, gumbo cookoff, King Cake-eating contest, and live entertainment.

freeport.tx.us

South Padre Island

Surfin' Sunday Lessons

Feb. 21-Sept. 30

DJ Lerma Pavilion, Isla Blanca Park, 33174 State Park Road 100

Every Sunday in front of the DJ Lerma Pavilion, patrons can learn to surf for free.

facebook.com/surfvive.org

Port Aransas

Whooping Crane Festival

Feb. 23-26

Various locations

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The event has renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, and a trade show.

portaransas.org/whooping-crane-festival

Galveston

The Kingdom Choir in Concert

Feb. 24

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

London's The Kingdom Choir first attracted worldwide attention in 2018 when they performed their show-stopping rendition of "Stand By Me" in front of a television audience during the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Since then, The Kingdom Choir has shared their infectious joy and spirit along with their special gospel style with audiences around the world. Look forward to a grand evening of soulful renditions of both traditional gospel classics and popular contemporary music.

thegrand.com

Victoria

Beethoven's Fifth

Feb. 25

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Who doesn’t know the iconic opening of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony? Come hear this ubiquitous masterpiece along with a musical parody of the equally famous "Barber of Seville" with a devilish musical twist. Plus, there is the bonus of Croatian guitarist Ana Vidovic playing Rodrigo’s famous "Fantasia" for guitar and orchestra.

victoriasymphony.com

South Padre Island

SPI Triathlon

March 25

Parrot Eyes, 5801 Padre Blvd.

The South Padre Island Triathlon offers a course for the seasoned veteran or the first-timer, with both Olympic and sprint distance courses. The race features an open-water swim and a bike course up the South Padre Island strip. After the scenic bike course, participants head south on the strip for the run portion that loops back to Parrot Eyes. The transition area location is accessible for friends and family to cheer on their favorite triathletes and loved ones.

sopadre.com/event-calendar

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