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Upcoming Events in Gulf Coast

Rockport

Wine Festival

May 28

Texas Maritime Museum grounds, 1202 Navigation Circle

The Texas Maritime Museum celebrates Memorial Day weekend with the 26th annual Rockport Wine Festival. Enjoy a wide variety of vino, food demonstrations, and specialty food concessions. Live bands and entertainment make the event lively and fun on the grounds of the museum.

texasmaritimemuseum.org

Galveston

Juneteenth Celebrations

June 1-20

Various locations

The national holiday that celebrates the end of slavery originated in this historic beach town of Galveston. The many festivities put on by different organizations include fireworks, a banquet, scholarship gala, parade and picnic, poetry festival, freedom tours (visitors go to the sites of emancipation where Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger read the historic General Order No. 3), a business summit, reenactments, and a festival culminating with the Juneteenth Jubilee.

visitgalveston.com/events/annual-events/juneteenth

Houston

"Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"

June 3-5

The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.

This musical tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

thehobbycenter.org

Sugar Land

Food Truck Friday: DJ Series

June 3, 10, 17

Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd.

Come out for music, food and fun at Sugar Land Memorial Park. The event features music spun by a local DJ and there's a variety of food trucks onsite.

sugarlandtx.gov/1776/parks-event-series

Houston

Go Bananas!

June 4

Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane

The Houston Botanic Garden goes bananas this June, in celebration of the world's most popular tropical fruit. The festival, which features food and drink, educational programs, and entertainment, highlights the 11 types of banana plants in the Garden's global collection. Everyone knows the fruit, but many don't know how amazingly unique the banana plant itself is. Go Bananas! introduces visitors to new and unexpected culinary uses and benefits of bananas, while also exposing them to cultural, botanical, environmental, and community impacts of the plant and its fruit as well.

hbg.org

Victoria

Bach Festival

June 4-11

Various locations

Artistic director Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez leads this festival that celebrates the work of J.S. Bach and composers spanning the ages. Orchestral, choral, and chamber works are performed by local and national artists in venues around Victoria.

victoriabachfestival.org

Port Arthur

Lotus Festival

June 4-5

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple , 3401 Cultural Center Drive

Buu Mon Buddhist Temple's Lotus Festival is a family- and photo-friendly celebration of colorful blooms. Towering bamboo, lotus blossoms, and citrus plants are part of the landscape. Koi ponds and Buddha statues dot the grounds. Bring your camera to capture the beauty and get a tour of the temple. Look for monks in saffron robes and relax in the outdoors. Vendors and cultural programs are part of the festival.

visitportarthurtx.com

Sugar Land

"Cheer" Live

June 10

Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd.

See the hit Netflix show onstage. Top athletes from Navarro College and Trinity College come to Smart Financial Centre for the "Cheer" Live 2022 tour.

smartfinancialcentre.net

East Bernard

Czech Kolache Klobase Festival

June 11

Riverside Hall, 14643 Buls Road

Celebrate Texas' Czech culture with live polka music, dancing, arts and crafts, a raffle, and a cake walk. Plate lunches of barbecue chicken, sausage, sauerkraut, and trimmings are available in addition to hamburgers and plenty of kolaches. There is free parking.

kkfest.com

Sugar Land

Heritage Hike

June 11

Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St.

This monthly historic walking tour takes you back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries.

slheritage.org

Brit Floyd in Concert

June 12

Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd.

Brit Floyd, “The World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show,” returns to the stage to perform its brand new production and world tour. Show highlights include songs "The Wall," "The Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," "Animals," and "The Division Bell" and a show-stopping 23-minute note-for-note performance of the era-defining song "Echoes," written 50 years ago and from Pink Floyd's breakthrough 1971 album "Meddle."

smartfinancialcentre.net

Rockport

The Rockport-Fulton Art Colony Symposium

June 17-19

Rockport Cultural Arts District

Experience the longest-standing Texas art colony in Rockport-Fulton. Plein air painters capture the windswept trees, lighthouse, harbors with shrimp and oyster boats, bait stands, and historic buildings that have inspired artists since 1948. Bring your brushes and camera to join in the celebration of 74 years of creativity. Attend a free symposium with art historians, colony founders, and artists in conjunction with the release of a book chronicling the history of the colony. Keynote speakers are William and Linda Reaves, renowned Texas art historians and authors.

rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

Palacios

Happy Hub-more Golf Classic FUN-raiser

June 18

Palacios Golf Course, 289 R.B. Trull Blvd.

The fourth annual "fun-raiser" for the Palacios Community Hub includes a golf tournament with fantastic prizes up for grabs.

palacioshub.org

Sugar Land

Town Square Tribute Featuring Texas Eagles

June 18

Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive

Since their formation in 2019, the Texas Eagles have quickly risen to become Houston’s premier Eagles tribute band. Performing the biggest hits by the best-selling American rock band of all time, the Texas Eagles, with their unmistakable vocal harmonies and expert musicianship, appeal to audiences of all ages as they perform the Eagles’ heartfelt ballads and rock anthems that everyone knows and loves.

sugarlandtownsquare.com

NOLA Nights Featuring New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band

June 24

Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive

Come out and let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition of live music with the New Orleans Hustlers Brass Band.

sugarlandtownsquare.com

Victoria

Historic Homes Tour

June 25-26

Various locations

Guides take you through historic homes that may include late Victorian, Queen Anne, and Craftsman-style bungalows. This is a rare opportunity to view the inside of some of the most elegant homes in Old Victoria.

victoriapreservation.com

"El Colibri"

June 25

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Grupo Folklorico of Victoria presents El Colibri. Experience the beauty of this traditional Mexican dance that emphasizes local folk culture.

explorevictoriatexas.com

Houston

Pride Celebration

June 25

Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St.

Houston's 44th annual Pride Celebration takes place downtown and is the premier event of the Pride season, with a parade and festival followed by an after-party.

pridehouston.org/celebration

Galveston

Pops: Vienna-Style Sommerfest Concert

June 26

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra plays fun, lively audience favorites, including Strauss waltzes, polkas, and nostalgic works performed in the style of Sommerfest (German summer festival) concerts. Music includes "The Star Spangled Banner" by John Stafford Smith, "Cat Waltz" and "Blue Tango" by Leroy Anderson, and "The Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa.

galvestonsymphony.org

Sugar Land

Raxx Vintage Market

June 26

Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive

Shop from over 50 vintage vendors in the Plaza, with merchandise including T-shirts, shoes, and other vintage finds.

sugarlandtownsquare.com

Houston

Disney's "Frozen"

June 30-July 17

The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.

"Frozen" features the songs you know and love from the original Oscar-winning film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers by the film’s songwriters, Oscar winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez and EGOT winner Robert Lopez. 

thehobbycenter.org

Sugar Land

Tribute to George Strait

July 1

Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive

Grab your two-steppin boots, pack up your lawn chairs, and head to the Plaza for live country music at this annual tribute to George Strait.

sugarlandtownsquare.com

Rockport

Art Festival

July 2-3

Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 1500 E. Laurel St.

A two-day, juried outdoor festival shines a light on fine art and master crafts. Over 120 artists from all over Texas and beyond sell their work to over 10,000 visitors. In addition to viewing and purchasing art, visitors to the festival can enjoy a tasty array of food truck options as well as an air-conditioned entertainment tent with live music throughout the weekend and a beer garden. The festival is family friendly, with a dedicated children's activity tent and live music just for the little ones.

rockportartcenter.com/artfest

Palacios

Fourth of July Celebration

July 4

East Bay Park, 300 E. Bay Blvd.

It's Independence Day in Palacios and festivities include a flag-raising ceremony, a children's parade, barbecue, food vendors, a carnival, helicopter rides, bingo, a LaSalle landing re-enactment, and fireworks.

facebook.com/palacios.lions

Tomball

July Fourth Celebration and Street Festival

July 4

Business 249 North of Four Corners, 28000 Tomball Pkwy.

Experience an old-fashioned party for the red, white, and blue. There is a fireworks show at dark, plus live music from Mango Punch, vendors and food, and a salute to veterans and active duty military. There is free admission and parking.

tomballtx.gov

Rockport

July Fourth Activities

July 4

Little Bay and Downtown

Get in a patriotic mood as you view a patriotic boat parade at noon. The parade can be seen from downtown, but for the best views, head to Broadway adjacent to Little Bay. The Wendell Family Fireworks Show is held at dark.

rockportartcenter.com

Sugar Land

Red, White, and Boom

July 4

Crown Festival Park at Sugar Land, 18355 Southwest Freeway

Celebrate the Fourth of July at Crown Festival Park with patriotic family fun and activities for all ages. Each year there's a variety of great food, activities, vendor booths, live musical entertainment, and a dazzling firework display to conclude the celebration.

sugarlandtx.gov/905/red-white-and-boom

Palacios

Poker in Palacios

July 9

Palacios Recreation Center, 2401 Perryman Ave.

The Palacios Chamber of Commerce is having their annual Poker in Palacios Texas Hold'em Series fundraiser, plus a gun raffle and live auction.

palacioschamber.com

Galveston

Bill Engvall Farewell Tour

July 9

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Popular stand-up comedian Bill Engvall, a Galveston native, is making one last stop in the Oleander City at The Grand 1894 Opera House as part of his farewell tour. Fans of blue-collar comedy won't want to miss this show.

thegrand.com

Sugar Land

Heritage Hike

July 9

Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St.

This monthly historic walking tour takes you back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries.

slheritage.org

"The Masked Singer" National Tour

July 14

Get ready to unmask the craziness when the hit television show "The Masked Singer" comes to Smart Financial Centre.

smartfinancialcentre.net

Houston

Comicpalooza

July 15-17

George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida de las Americas

Texas’ largest pop-culture festival draws fans of art, celebrity, comics, films, gaming, and literature. Comicpalooza hosts panels, autograph and photograph sessions with celebrity guests, a literature conference, film festival, and cosplay competitions, and presents special attractions, entertainment, and gaming tournaments. Shoppers can browse art and handcrafted goods from local and visiting artists in the Artist Alley and stroll through the Dealer’s Room to peruse comic books, collectibles, toys, clothing, and other niche products. Young festival-goers can immerse themselves in interactive exhibits found throughout the hall and in the Innovation Lab, while adult attendees can learn about space advancements and test new consumer technologies.

comicpalooza.com

Port Arthur

Saltwater Anglers League of Texas Summer Classic

July 15-17

S.A.L.T. Club, T.B. Ellison Parkway

The Saltwater Anglers League of Texas' Sabine chapter is ready to focus on kid fishing. This is a family-oriented fishing tournament with more focus towards the kids every year.

facebook.com/saltclub.net

Rosenberg

Junk Hippy Rosenberg

July 16

Fort Bend County Fairgrounds, 4310 SH 36

Shop 150 vendors selling vintage and antique furniture, midcentury modern and retro finds, shabby-chic and rustic decor, and handmade goods. Food trucks are on site. Since 2012, Junk Hippy has welcomed well over 200,000 shoppers through its doors across Oklahoma and Texas.

facebook.com/events/460467472339105

Sugar Land

"RuPaul's Drag Race": Werq the World Tour

July 16

Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd.

The official "RuPaul’s Drag Race" World Tour returns with an all-new production for 2022. An experiment gone wrong has sent the audience spiraling through time with no way of returning to the present. Join Kameron Michaels, Rose, Vanessa Vanjie, Yvie Oddly, and all the finalists from the upcoming 14th season on a journey through iconic periods of history in hopes of finding your way back to 2022.

smartfinancialcentre.net

Brazoria

Santa Ana Ball

July 17

Brazoria Heritage Foundation Gymnasium, 208 W. Smith St.

This ball is a re-enactment of the Santa Ana Ball that was given in Brazoria at Jane Long's Tavern in 1832. The annual fundraiser for the Brazoria Heritage Foundation includes a gourmet dinner with wine and silent and live auctions.

brazoriahf.org/new

Victoria

"The Wizard of Oz"

July 22-31

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

Theatre Victoria presents their summer musical—the classic tale of a Kansas farm girl who travels over the rainbow to a land called Oz only to discover there is no place like home.

theatrevictoria.org

Stafford

"The SpongeBob Musical"

July 29-31; Aug. 5-7, 12-14

Inspiration Stage, 12794 Fountain Lake Circle

The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world.

inspirationstage.com

Sugar Land

NOLA Nights Featuring the Zydeco Dots

July 29

Sugar Land Town Square, 2711 Plaza Drive

Come out and let authentic New Orleans music take you on a historical journey through the Crescent City tradition of live music from the Zydeco Dots, a fun-loving, hard-working Houston-based group that plays a dancin', rockin', bluesiana blend of zydeco rhythm and blues.

sugarlandtownsquare.com

Pasadena

Junk Hippy Pasadena

July 30

Campbell Hall at Pasadena Convention Center, 7601 Red Bluff Road

Shop 150 vendors at one of "Flea Market Style and Country Living Magazine"'s top vintage events. Vintage and antique furniture, retro and midcentury finds, shabby chic and rustic decor and handmade goods are all readily available. Food trucks are on site.

facebook.com/events/288887869646560

Galveston

Johnny Mathis in Concert

July 30

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Johnny Mathis, the "Voice of Romance," is celebrating his 66th year as a recording artist icon. Look forward to an evening filled with his music composed for stage and film, golden-era jazz standards, and contemporary pop hits.

thegrand.com

Sugar Land

A.R. Rahman in Concert

July 31

Smart Financial Centre, 18111 Lexington Blvd.

Grammy Award-winning Indian composer A.R. Rahman visits Smart Financial Centre.

smartfinancialcentre.net

Rockport

TSA Rockin' Rockport Youth Sailing Regatta

Aug. 5-7

Rockport Yacht Club, Bays of Rockport and Fulton

Rockport Yacht Club hosts the seventh annual Texas Sailing Association-sanctioned Youth Sailing Regatta. Potentially 90 boats participate, bringing sailing fans and families to the Rockport area for a weekend of nautical fun. 

rockportyachtclub.org

Tomball

Tomball Night

Aug. 6

Downtown Tomball, 100 Market St.

For about 50 years, Tomball Night has been bringing folks together for festive fun in downtown Tomball. The event brings in around 10,000 visitors for live music, a nighttime parade, and fireworks.

tomballchamber.org

Galveston

Bandella in Concert

Aug. 6

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Get ready for a performance that is truly "out of this world." This unique musical group, comprised of three musicians and former NASA astronauts, team up with a keyboardist and a vocalist. Bandella blends acoustic guitar, flute, stand-up bass, and airy vocals for a folksy sound.

thegrand.com

Palacios

FishFest

Aug. 12-13

East Bay Pavillion, 300 E. Bay Blvd.

Catch some fish and have fun at FishFest. The captain's reception shrimp boil is Friday, and fishing begins Saturday with categories of Stringer, Big Fish, Texas Slam, Spot Spot, and Youth Division.

palacioschamber.com

Sugar Land

Heritage Hike

Aug. 13

Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center, 198 Kempner St.

This monthly historic walking tour takes you back to the time when Sugar Land was a company town, with virtually all enterprises managed by the Imperial Sugar Company or its affiliate, Sugarland Industries.

slheritage.org

Houston

"Mean Girls"

Aug. 16-21

The Hobby Center, 800 Bagby St.

See the musical based on the hit movie. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on the Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. 

thehobbycenter.org

Galveston

AIA Sandcastle Contest and Viewing

Aug. 20-21

East Beach , 1923 Boddeker Drive

Now in its 35th year, the Sandcastle Contest pits more than 80 teams of architects against each other to sculpt the best creations. On Sunday, the castles remain for public viewing without the crowds.

visitgalveston.com

Esports Summit

Aug. 26-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

Look, learn, and participate in the fastest-growing entertainment industry in the world. Participants can see new technology and games and meet game celebrities.

galvestonesports.com

Kingwood

In A Pickle Festival

Sept. 10

Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St.

Created in 2019 to bring some fun and liveliness back to Kingwood after Hurricane Harvey, this festival, which also brings awareness to Hunter Syndrome, attracts up to 10,000 people each year. The event features an average of 75 unique crafters plus food trucks and vendors that carry at least one pickle-related item, such as pickle pizza, pickle ice cream, pickle desserts, fried pickles, pickle beer, and pickle lemonade. Activities include pickle-eating and juice-drinking competitions for kids and adults, a pickle home-canning contest for the public, free entertainment for kids, local live bands, and a mechanical bull.

facebook.com/getyourselfinapickle

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

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