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Due to concerns over the spread of coronavirus, some events have been postponed or canceled. Please make sure to check the event website, social media, or call ahead to confirm an event is still taking place if you are interested in attending.

Chappell Hill

Art Walk

May 25

Downtown Chappell Hill

Spend the day in Chappell Hill and meet artists as they create their artwork throughout town.

chappellhilltx.com

Bandera

Memorial Day Arts and Craft Show

May 26-27

Bandera County Courthouse Lawn, 500 Main St.

As part of the Memorial Day Weekend Stampede, Bandera hosts this arts and crafts show with vendors set up on the courthouse lawn.

banderatex.com

Austin

ATX Television Festival

May 30-June 3

Downtown Austin

As the first festival devoted to television’s history and future, the ATX Television Festival functions like a traditional film festival with showings of new series, current hits, and cult favorites. The festival also offers access to the industry’s leading professionals with cast and creator Q&As and panels focusing on innovation in both production and content delivery.

atxfestival.com

Fredericksburg

Hill Country Film Festival

May 30-June 2

Hoffman Haus, 608 E. Creek St.

A celebration of independent film, the Hill Country Film Festival (HCFF) screens over 85 independent films (short and feature length) from Texas and around the world. In addition to screenings, HCFF also hosts revealing Q&As, captivating filmmaker panel discussions, and nightly festival parties that give attendees a chance to rub elbows with filmmakers. Screenings take place at Hoffman Haus and the National Museum of the Pacific War Ballroom with social events happening at various local bars and restaurants.

hillcountryff.com

Austin

ATX TV Festival

May 30-June 2

The Driskill Hotel, 604 Brazos St.

The ATX TV Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival experience, bringing TV fans and industry together to celebrate their favorite moments in TV as one community. Heading into its 13th season, the festival showcases past, current, and upcoming series through reunions, screenings, intimate Q&As, panel discussions, and events. Join in for deep dives into the behind-the-scenes of your favorite new and old shows, cast and creative reunions, and to discover something new at “TV Camp for Grown Ups” in downtown Austin.

atxfestival.com

Kerrville

Shakespeare in the Park

May 31-June 1

Louise Hays Park, 202 Thompson Drive

Come see “A Comedy of Errors,” about the farcical misadventures of two sets of identical twins, with all the slapstick and mistaken identities you’d expect from a Shakespearean adventure. When the four twins come together, all is finally resolved, and, in one last twist, their parents reunite as well.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Mckinney

MillHouse MuralFest

June 1-2

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Five muralists are commissioned to paint original designs on the southeast walls of the historic Cotton Mill facility. New this year, artists also paint murals on a temporary wall as well as mobile murals, which are available for purchase via online auction. Muralists receive complimentary mentor sessions provided by MillHouse studio artist and muralist Alli Koch of Alli K Design. The outdoor, juried festival is open to the public, free of charge. Live music fills the air, and VIP tickets are available.

millhousefoundation.org/muralfest

Bastrop

“Modern Reflections of Historic Bastrop County”

June 1-29

Bastrop County History Museum, 904 Main St.

Step through time with photographs from Bob Parvin, an award-winning Texas photographer whose longtime interests in Texas history, architecture, culture, and natural heritage find means of expression through images. See striking images that juxtapose historical landmarks, architecture, and landscapes with their modern-day counterparts. Parvin’s lens skillfully captures the evolution of Bastrop, illustrating how the community has transformed while preserving the unique charm and character that define its identity.

bastropcountyhistoricalsociety.com

Bandera

Market Day

June 1

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

Waxahachie

Gingerbread Trail Home Tour

June 1-2

Various locations

This year, the Gingerbread Trail Home Tour theme is “Main Street.” Embark on an immersive journey through the city’s downtown, where each step uncovers the stories and architectural elements that define the community. With exclusive access to landmarks, private homes, and special exhibits, this year’s trail showcases the heart and soul of Main Street in every detail.

elliscountymuseum.org/gingerbread-trail-2024

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

June 1-29

Kendall County Historic Jail, 208 E. San Antonio Ave.

The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail have restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history. Tours are offered every Saturday.

thejail.org

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

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

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

ljhistory.org

Youth Fishing Event

June 1

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair and fishing gear for a couple of hours of catch-and-release fishing at Sea Center Texas’ marine fish hatchery and visitor education center.

tpwd.texas.gov/fishing/sea-center-texas

Alden B. Dow Office Tour

June 1-29

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. The museum is open on Saturdays.

ljhistory.org

Weatherford

Secret Gardens of Parker County Tour

June 1

Chandor Gardens, 711 W. Lee Ave.

Enjoy a self-guided journey through seven unique gardens in Parker County. Discover what lies behind the hedges, fences, and gates at the third annual tour, presented by the Friends of Chandor Gardens. This is a self-guided tour, so you can make your own itinerary and go at your own pace between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. See stunning views, landscaping ideas, fascinating plants, and garden art. Those purchasing tickets online receive an emailed brochure with information about each garden and a map closer to the tour date. Ticket holders are provided a printed copy of the brochure at the first garden gate visited the day of the event.

chandorgardensfoundation.org

Mesquite

Jazz Breaks

June 3, 17

Mesquite Arts Center Courtyard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

On the first and third Monday in June, Jazz Breaks brings local jazz bands to the courtyard for evening concerts.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Temple

“Yosemite People”

June 4-Aug. 17

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum, 315 W. Avenue B

Yosemite National Park sees more than 5 million annual visitors, all supported by thousands of local rangers, workers, and volunteers. “Yosemite People,” shows the complex relationships between people and Yosemite’s natural wonders. Photographs from award-winning artist Jonas Kulikauskas reveal crowds aiming for the perfect selfie with Half Dome, servers prepping for diners at the Ahwahnee Hotel, rangers patrolling the park, master basket weaver Julia Parker, and Yosemite Valley Stables (where horseback riding is no longer allowed). Oral histories supplement the images.

exhibitenvoy.org/exhibits/yosemite-people

Clute

Planetarium Show

June 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 28-29

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this planetarium show recreates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and gives viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Showdates vary throughout each month.

brazosportcenter.org

Goliad

Wayback Wednesdays

June 5-July 31

Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71

The history of Presidio La Bahia, Texas’ only fully restored Spanish presidio, is brought to life every Wednesday during the months of June and July. Visit with historians as they bring the past to life and explore little-known stories from the Presidio’s early days. Learn about the daily life of a presidial trooper stationed on the frontier of Spanish Texas. Explore the stone walls and battlements of the old presidio and duck inside for a look at the museum and collection of artifacts from the 1700 and 1800s.

presidiolabahia.org

Houston

The Houston Ballet: “Four Seasons”

June 6-16

Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Ave.

The Houston Ballet’s 2023-24 season, which celebrates Stanton Welch AM’s 20-year tenure as artistic director of the ballet company, comes to a close with “Four Seasons,” featuring works from four choreographers including Welch and Dwight Rhoden, founding artistic director and resident choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

houstonballet.org

Baytown

Pirate Party Nights

June 6-Aug. 29

Pirates Bay Waterpark, 5300 East Road

Every Thursday night throughout the summer, Pirates Bay Waterpark hosts these after-hours parties that include dive-in movies and other waterpark fun.

baytownpiratesbay.com

Mesquite

Courtyard Concert Series

June 6

Mesquite Arts Center Courtyard, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Mesquite Arts Center presents this family-friendly event. Bistro seating is limited, so bring your own chair as an option.

mesquiteartscenter.org

Hillsboro

Bond’s Alley Art Festival

June 7-8

Bond’s Alley, West Elm Street

Dating to 1964, the Bond’s Alley Art Festival is one of the premier art festivals in Central Texas. Bond’s Alley dates back to the first days of Hillsboro and is situated between what was once Texas’ oldest pharmacy, T.B. Bond Pharmacy, and Hillsboro’s oldest building, the Old Rock Saloon. Artists and artisans fill Bond’s Alley and downtown sidewalks, giving visitors a chance to shop for crafts and food.

hillsborotxarts.org

Bastrop

“Moon Over Buffalo”

June 7-16

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

Charlotte and George Hay are on tour in Buffalo in 1953 with a repertory consisting of “Cyrano de Bergerac” “Private Lives,” when they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee.

bastropoperahouse.org

Victoria

Joe Peña and Michelle Belto Exhibits

June 7-July 27

The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

Experience the art of Joe Peña and Michelle Belto. Peña’s work explores elements of ethnic identity, including aspects of cultural, familial, and social issues relating to his Mexican heritage. Time and memory are themes in Belto’s work. She is intrigued with how time shapes memories and how memories influence choices.

navemuseum.org

Mesquite

“Noises Off”

June 7-23

Mesquite Arts Black Box Theatre, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

Slapstick comedy abounds in this show about a dysfunctional touring theater troupe in Michael Frayn’s classic play-within-a-play.

mesquiteartstheatre.org/2024-season

Ingram

“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

June 7-22

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The ever-popular musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of Joseph, Jacob’s favorite son, and his 11 brothers. Joseph is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and ends up imprisoned by an Egyptian noble.

hcaf.com/2024-theatre-season

Lubbock

First Friday Art Trail

June 7, July 5, Aug. 2

Lubbock Cultural District

First Friday Art Trail is a self-guided art tour held in the Lubbock Cultural District in partnership with a variety of art centers, museums, galleries, and businesses. Come out for live music, food trucks, and art from local, national, and international artists.

ffat.org

Rockport

Makers Market

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Showcasing local talent, this outdoor market features handmade items from artists in the community and fun, one-of-a-kind home décor items.

rockport-fulton.org

Austin Street Art Walk

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Downtown , Austin Street

Held on the second Saturday of the month, this art walk is an alfresco art experience featuring an ever-changing mix of participants and art mediums such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, and textiles, as well as live music, artists demonstrations, and food.

facebook.com/austinstreetartwalk

Second Saturday in the District

June 8, July 13, Aug. 10

Downtown

The Rockport Cultural Arts District hosts Second Saturday every month with live music and special themes to enjoy along with a self-guided art walk, farmers market, and makers market.

rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

Boerne

Kickoff to Summer

June 8

Carriage House Gallery, 110 Rosewood Ave.

Carriage House Gallery hosts this kickoff to summer event with art in the heart of Boerne. Enjoy light bites and wine while viewing art and conversing with the artists.

carriagehousegallerytx.com/events

Kuhlmann-King Museum Tour

June 8, 22; July 13, 27; Aug. 10, 24

Kuhlmann-King Historical Complex, 402 E. Blanco Road

The Kuhlmann-King house gives the public the opportunity to step back in time to see what a historic Boerne home looked like “way back when.” Monthly events and program themes vary.

bahpsboerne.org

Galveston

World Ocean Day Festival

June 8

East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Road

The Artist Boat’s World Ocean Day Festival brings the international celebration of the ocean to Galveston. With interactive exhibits, the Beautify the Bucket art contest, live music, and art workshops, the festival is fun and educational for ocean lovers of all ages.

artistboat.org

Grand Prairie

Franco Escamilla Live

June 8

Texas Trust CU Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Texas Trust Way

Franco Escamilla, comedian and standup preformer, returns with his new show “1995,” taking audiences through all funny, important, and impactful events that happened in 1995.

texastrustcutheatre.com

Amarillo

East Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 12

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Shamrock, stopping at all the iconic landmarks and hotspots that have shaped the history and culture of this legendary road. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Brenham

“The Star Spangled Girl”

June 13-30

Unity Theatre, 300 Church St.

It’s 1967 and Andy and Norman are two earnest young men using their apartment as a publishing office for a “protest” magazine in San Francisco. Sophie, an Olympic swimmer and all-American girl, moves into an apartment on the same floor, and her friendliness and charm leave Norman hopelessly smitten. And while she is convinced that they are editing a dangerously subversive magazine, Sophie soon finds that her real source of annoyance is that the wrong man is pressing his attentions on her.

unitybrenham.org

College Station

41@100: A Celebration of George H.W. Bush

June 13

George H.W. Bush Presidential Center, 1000 George Bush Drive West

The George & Barbara Bush Foundation invites visitors to join the Bush family in their celebration honoring the life and legacy of President George H.W. Bush on what would’ve been his 100th birthday. The community celebration includes the grand opening of the Marine One/4141 Locomotive Pavilion, a birthday cake and ice cream reception with special appearance by Sully the Service Dog; and a moderated conversation with President Bush’s grandchildren.

41at100.org/events

Amarillo

West Texas Route 66 Bus Tour

June 13

Discover Route 66’s rich history on this journey that takes riders from Amarillo to Glenrio, New Mexico, stopping at famous hotspots such as the historic Midpoint Cafe, Dot’s Mini Museum, and the renowned Cadillac Ranch. Buses depart from the Bivins House.

visitamarillo.com/events/route-66

Lubbock

Un(wine)d with the Arts

June 13, July 11, Aug. 8

LHUCA, 511 Ave. K

U(wine)d with the Arts is a monthly program at LHUCA that occurs the first Thursday after First Friday Art Trail. This event allows you to learn about the current work on display at a slower pace and gives you access to exclusive insight from the LHUCA Curator and staff. 

lhuca.org

Fort Stockton

Summer Off the Patio Concert Series

June 13, 27; July 11, 25

Annie Riggs Museum, 301 S. Main St.

This annual summer concert series features Texas talent off the patio of the Annie Riggs Museum on every other Thursday night in June and July. Food and drinks are served while visitors enjoy music under the star-filled skies of West Texas.

annieriggsmuseum.org

Kerrville

“The Charitable Sisterhood of the Second Trinity Victory Church”

June 14-30

Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St.

In this new comedy by Bo Wilson, the ladies of The Charitable Sisterhood have gathered to organize a benefit for homeless Guatemalans, but they turn up a much more urgent problem right here at home. In the tradition of comedies like “Steel Magnolias” and “Crimes of the Heart,” the laughs are intermingled with some serious ideas to create a compelling evening of theater.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Bastrop

“Harriet Tubman: The Journey to Freedom”

June 15-Aug. 15

Kerr Community Center, 1308 Walnut St.

The Wofford Sculpture Studio presents its traveling 9-foot monument that celebrates Harriet Tubman’s heroic journey to rescue enslaved people in the 1800s. The sculpture has traveled the country since 2020, but this is the first time it is on display in Texas. See it at the Kerr Community Center, a gathering spot for the African American community of Bastrop during the time of racial segregation in the United States.

woffordsculpturestudio.com

Plano

Sip and Shop in Downtown Plano

June 20, July 18, Aug. 15

Downtown Plano Arts District, 1021 E. 15th St.

Start at any participating location to pick up a map of the stops. Enjoy wine samples and local art from Plano Art Association.

visitplano.com/events

Grand Prairie

“The Producers”

June 21-23, 28-30

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

See Mel Brooks’ hit and Tony Award-winning musical about fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock, who is desperate to get to the top of his profession again. He finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant Leo Bloom, who hypothesizes that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit.

uptowntheatergp.com

Freeport

Fort Velasco Day

June 22

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Fort Velasco Day commemorates the 191st anniversary of the Battle of Fort Velasco. This living history event attracts reenactors from across the state who give visitors a glimpse of what life and conflict was like at the mouth of the Brazos River in 1830s Texas.

facebook.com/freeportmuseum

Bandera

Frontier Times Fourth Sunday Jamboree

June 23

Frontier Times Museum, 510 13th St.

The Frontier Times Museum presents this jamboree on the fourth Sunday of each month. The event includes live music, storytelling, and fun for all ages.

frontiertimesmuseum.org

Corsicana

“Of Mice and Men”

June 25-30

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Warehouse Living Arts Center presents this production of “Of Mice and Men,” the stage adaptation of John Steinbeck’s timeless tale about two migrant field workers during the Great Depression.

thewlac.com

Austin

Asian American Film Festival

June 26-30

AFS Cinema, 6259 Middle Fiskville Road

Feature filmmakers’ unique voices are celebrated in a forum where viewers come together to experience the wide array of Asian American Pacific Islander perspectives. Narrative features and shorts and documentary features and shorts are showcased throughout the festival.

aaafilmfest.org

Amarillo

“Sesame Street Live! Say Hello Tour”

June 26

Amarillo Civic Center, 401 S. Buchanan

Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Cookie Monster, and their friends from Sesame Street come to the neighborhood to say hello. In “Sesame Street Live! Say Hello,” you can sing and dance with your favorite furry friends while enjoying fun surprises along the way.

amarillociviccenter.com

Grand Prairie

“Finding Nemo Jr.”

June 26-27

Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.

Students in Grand Prairie Arts Council’s Summer in the Arts program perform this musical based on the family-favorite movie, with a shorter runtime for young audiences.

artsgp.org

Tyler

“Come From Away”

June 27

UT Tyler Cowan Center, 3240 Old Glory Parkway

Winning Best Musical at the Tony Awards, this critically acclaimed musical takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. The musical was written by Tony nominees Irene Sanko and David Hein, and helmed by Tony-winning Best Director Christopher Ashley.

cowancenter.org

San Angelo

American Plains Artists Show

June 27-July 4

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

Fort Concho presents this special exhibit of Western art and sculpture created by dozens of artists across the nation.

fortconcho.com

Nacogdoches

“The Sound of Music”

June 27-July 7

Lamp-Lite Theatre, 4210 Lamplite Lane

In Austria, 1938, an exuberant young governess brings music and joy back to a broken family, only to face danger and intrigue as the Nazis gain power.

lamplitetheatre.com

Kilgore

Texas Shakespeare Festival

June 27-July 28

TSF Performance Venue, 1200 Henderson Blvd.

East Texas’ only professional theater company performs each summer in rep two Shakespeare plays, a non-Shakespearean classic, a musical, and a production for children. The main stage productions are produced in rotating repertory Thursday through Sunday, with an afternoon matinee and an evening performance each day. This summer’s list of plays are “Much Ado About Nothing,” “Peter and the Starcatcher,” “Julius Caesar,” “Sweeney Todd,” and the children’s play “Tinker Bell.”

texasshakespeare.com

New Braunfels

“Red, White, and Tuna”

June 28

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, 290 W. San Antonio St.

It’s been a few months since we left Bertha and Arles dancing at the end of “A Tuna Christmas.” Did the romance blossom? Has Didi Snavley received any “cosmic” communications from R.R.’s UFO? Did Stanley make his fortune in the Albuquerque taxidermy business? These and other burning questions are answered in this side-splitting spoof. Along with your favorite Tuna characters, some new Tuna denizens burst into the Tuna High School class reunion.

brauntex.org

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

June 29

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Clute

Planetarium Show

July 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 26-27, 30

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this planetarium show recreates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and gives viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Showdates vary throughout each month.

brazosportcenter.org

Rockdale

Sesquicentennial Celebration

July 4-15

Various locations

It’s Rockdale’s 150th Birthday and everyone is invited to enjoy 12 days of festivities that celebrate the city’s past and future. Events kick off with a July Fourth Drone Light Show at Fair Park. Other highlights include a community parade, car show, quilt exhibition, community art exhibition, a heritage celebration at The 1895, historic walking tours, live music, family activities, historical presentations, and vendors. The festival wraps up with a costumed Sesquicentennial Gala Dinner and Dance featuring Kenny Orts.

rockdale150.com

New Braunfels

“Legally Blonde”

July 5-28

The Circle Arts Theatre, 124 Elizabeth St.

Meet Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to win back her ex-boyfriend. As Elle starts to excel in the law program, she becomes a part of the defense team for exercise queen Brooke Wyndham’s murder trial. Though everyone else seems to doubt her, Elle manages to surprise them when she defies expectations while staying true to herself.

circleartstheatre.org

Alpine

“Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood”

July 5-28

Kokernot Outdoor Theatre, 1104 Loop Road

Theatre of the Big Bend presents a production of Ken Ludwig’s swashbuckling adventure. Packed with thrills, romance, laughter, and immortal characters like Little John, Friar Tuck, and Maid Marian, “Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood” tells the enduring story of a hero of the people who takes on the ruthless powers that be.

theatrebigbend.org

Kerrville

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

July 5-Aug. 3

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Three different art exhibits are on display Tuesday through Saturday: Robert and JoAnne Spencer’s “Watercolors;” a fiber arts exhibit; and “Hometown Crafts Teacher’s Show,” an exhibit featuring the work of local teachers, sponsored by Hometown Crafts and Gifts. An artist reception takes place in the afternoon on July 13.

kacckerrville.com

Rockport

Art Festival

July 6-7

Rockport Festival Grounds, 1500 E. Laurel St.

Founded in 1969 as a way to stimulate the arts economy in Rockport, an emerging art colony on the Texas Gulf Coast, the Rockport Art Festival has since become a staple of the summer season on the coast, with over 120 artists selling their work to over 10,000 art buyers.

rockportartcenter.com/artfest

Bandera

Market Day

July 6

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

July 6-27

Kendall County Historic Jail, 208 E. San Antonio Ave.

The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail have restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history. Tours are offered every Saturday.

thejail.org

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

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

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

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Tour

July 6-27

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. The museum is open on Saturdays.

ljhistory.org

New Braunfels

Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy

July 8

The Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre , 290 W. San Antonio St.

Janet’s Planet Astronaut Academy offers a thrilling journey through the cosmos. Students ages 8-12 explore the wonders of the universe, train like an astronaut, get hands-on experience with real space technology, and experience the excitement of STEM and space exploration.

brauntex.org

Mesquite

Art Exhibitions

July 8-Sept. 20

Mesquite Arts Center Main Gallery, 1527 N. Galloway Ave.

The Mesquite Arts Center presents two exhibitions featuring works by Dallas-based artists Marc Dominus, who uses found objects to “manipulate paints into layers of shape, color, and texture,” and Alec DeJesus, whose paintings and murals have been on display and seen around Big D since his move to Texas from Illinois in 2018.

mesquiteartscenter.org

San Angelo

In Conversation: Will Wilson Exhibit

July 11-Sept. 15

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 1 Love St.

The exhibit features the work of contemporary Navajo (Diné) photographer Will Wilson, together in a dialogue with the work of Edward Curtis, best known for his portfolios of romanticized photos published as “The North American Indian” (1907-1930).

samfa.org

Ingram

“Charlotte’s Web”

July 11, 13, 19, 21, 26

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The classic children’s story about friendship, courage, and self-sacrifice comes to life on the outdoor stage at the Hill Country Arts Foundation. The play runs on different nights from the other children’s production, “The Velveteen Rabbit.”

hcaf.com

Midland

Celebration of the Arts

July 12-14

Bush Convention Center, 105 N. Main St.

Celebration of the Arts is organized by the Arts Council of Midland and is the cornerstone fine art and craft event in the Permian Basin. It’s the longest running downtown event in Midland, and hosts local entertainers, nonprofit organizations, family activities, and special events throughout the weekend.

acmidland.org

Austin

Zilker Summer Musical

July 12-Aug. 17

Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive

Pack a picnic and enjoy the free, annual musical at the Zilker Hillside Theater. The outdoor theatre troupe hosts live performances Thursdays through Sundays.

zilker.org

Ingram

“The Velveteen Rabbit”

July 12, 18, 20, 25, 27

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

Hill Country Arts Foundation presents the story of a stuffed rabbit who is given to a child at Christmas and told that if he is loved enough, he’ll become real. When the child falls ill, the toy is to be thrown away but is given a new life and a new view of reality. The play runs on different nights from the other children’s production, “Charlotte’s Web.”

hcaf.com

Summer ArtMart

July 12-Aug. 9

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

The Summer ArtMart is a handcrafted art show and sale that features the handiwork of crafters and artisans from around the state.

hcaf.com/2024-exhibits

Clute

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”

July 12-14, 19-21

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This stage production takes you on a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. The show was adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams and is based on the children’s motion picture starring Dick Van Dyke.

brazosportcenter.org

Laredo

International Sister Cities Festival

July 12-14

Sames Auto Arena, 6700 Arena Blvd.

Celebrating its 20th year, this festival transforms an arena into an indoor mercado featuring artisans from all over Mexico selling a variety of native products including leather goods, home décor, jewelry, clothing, food and candies.

visitlaredo.com

Waco

Independent Film Festival

July 18-21

Waco Hippodrome and Various Locations, 724 Austin Ave.

After 7 years as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival, the event has rebranded to become the Waco Independent Film Festival. The three-day festival showcases world-class independent films and discovers Texas talent to spotlight underserved voices.

wacoindie.com

Brenham

Puppy Pals

July 19

The Barnhill Center at Historic Simon Theatre, 111 W. Main St.

Puppy Pals is not your ordinary dog act. In fact, their unique and creative style earned them a top quarterfinal spot in “America’s Got Talent.” These canines are full of surprises and laugh-out-loud comedy, all while performing spectacular tricks.

thebarnhillcenter.com/events

Ennis

Ellis County Creative Quilters’ Quilt Show

July 19-20

Sokol Hall, 2622 SH 34 East

Stop in for quilted masterpieces, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, and a silent auction. This year’s theme is “In the Zen Garden.”

elliscountyquilters.com

Brenham

“Treasure Island”

July 25-28

Lu Hollander, 300 Church St.

This tale follows Jim Hawkins, an ordinary youth who is drawn into a dangerous race for buried treasure against the treacherous Long John Silver. Excitement runs high in this adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s thrilling story of pirates, treasure maps, and mutiny on the high seas.

unitybrenham.org

La Grange

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”

July 26-28

La Grange Independent School District Performing Arts Center, 656 E. Travis St.

Fayette County Community Theatre is proud to present this dramatization of C.S. Lewis’ classic work, recreating the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion, his struggle with the White Witch, and the adventures of four children who inadvertently wander from an old wardrobe into the exciting, never-to-be-forgotten Narnia. This story of love, faith, courage, and giving, with its triumph of good over evil, is a true celebration of life.

faycotheatre.com

Giddings

Summer Melodrama Theater

July 26-28

First Assembly of God Church, 1050 N. Orange St.

Cheer the hero and boo the villain in this live performance melodrama for the whole family. See great stories with dashing heroes, beautiful damsels in distress, and comically villainous villains. There’s always a happy ending as the hero rides off into the sunset. Performances are one act and last around an hour. Concessions are available. All performances are free and open to the public.

giddingstx.com/page-1676245

Waxahachie

“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.”

July 26-28

University Church, 221 Solon Road

Waxahachie Community Theatre presents “The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, Jr.,” their summer children’s musical. Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks.

waxahachiecommunitytheatre.com

Victoria

“Cinderella”

July 26-Aug. 4

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

Based on the classic musical, this modern take on the tale features Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s most beloved songs.

theatrevictoria.org

Baytown

“The Music Man”

July 26-Aug. 4

Lee College Performing Arts Center, 805 W. Texas Ave.

Baytown Little Theater presents a production of “The Music Man” with various showtimes spanning six days. Come and watch Harold Hill as he transforms a small town with his passion for music and love.

baytownlittletheater.org

San Angelo

National Cowboy Day

July 27

Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, 630 South Oakes

For National Cowboy Day, Fort Concho National Historic Landmark hosts this special program on the American Plains Artists Show and a skit by the Concho Cowboy Company.

fortconcho.com

Edinburg

FridaFest

July 27

Promenade Park Amphitheater and Water Gardens, 202 N. 10th Ave.

This festival that honors renowned Mexican artist Frida Kahlo as well as the spirit of perseverance and empowerment. FridaFest features live art demonstrations and performances, Frida’s zoo and animal exhibit, and a number of children’s activities. The festival also includes the Frida Look-A-Like Contest which takes place in the Edinburg Municipal Auditorium. The evening is capped off by a concert that will have the whole family dancing.

edinburgarts.com

Bandera

National Day of the American Cowboy

July 27

Bandera County Courthouse and Mansfield Park , 500 Main St. and 2886 SH 16 North

Celebrate National Day of the American Cowboy in the Cowboy Capital of the World. Festivities taking place on the courthouse lawn include a Frontier Times Museum’s celebration, gunfighter shows, live music, and special Old West guests. In the evening, Ridin the River Cowboy Fellowship hosts its Bulls, Barrels, and Breakaway contest, a rodeo event at Mansfield Park.

banderabusiness.com

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

July 27

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Saturday History Lecture Series: National Cowboy Day

July 27

Enjoy learning about National Cowboy Day with a guest lecturer while also having an opportunity to explore the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza.

baytownhistory.org

Houston

Shakespeare Festival

Aug. 1-10

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive

Debuting in 1975, the Houston Shakespeare Festival, a collaboration between the city and the University of Houston’s School of Theatre, offers free public performances of the Bard’s works each summer at Hermann Park’s Miller Outdoor Theatre. There is seating on the hill and in the covered audience area.

milleroutdoortheatre.com

Kerrville

“Shrek The Musical Jr.”

Aug. 2-4

Cailloux Theater, 910 Main St

P2K Youth Theater presents this musical. It’s a “big, bright beautiful world” as everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek, leads a cast of fairytale misfits on an adventure to rescue a princess and find true acceptance.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Bandera

Market Day

Aug. 3

On the first Saturday of the month, arts and crafts vendors set up their pop-up shops along Main Street. Artists and craftspeople present original works while farmers sell produce, canned goods, and baked items.

banderabusiness.com

Boerne

Old Jail Museum Tours

Aug. 3-31

Kendall County Historic Jail, 208 E. San Antonio Ave.

The Kendall County Historic Jail was constructed in 1887 and served for a century as the county jail. In recent years, the Friends of the Kendall County Historic Jail have restored the space, bringing it back to life as a one-of-a-kind museum of Kendall County history. Tours are offered every Saturday.

thejail.org

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

June 1, July 6, Aug. 3

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

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

ljhistory.org

Alden B. Dow Office Tour

Aug. 3-31

Alden B. Dow Office Museum, 101 S. Parking Place

Take a self-guided tour of the restored midcentury architectural beauty of Alden B. Dow’s 1943 downtown office. Learn about the city’s beginnings and the indelible mark that Dow left as the principal architect of Lake Jackson. The museum is open on Saturdays.

ljhistory.org

Clute

Planetarium Show

Aug. 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23-24, 27, 31

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Featuring high-tech equipment including a 30-foot dome equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector, this planetarium show recreates the night sky as it appears to the naked eye and gives viewers a close-up look at comets, exploding stars, and black holes. Showdates vary throughout each month.

brazosportcenter.org

Dallas

“Jet Fuel”

Aug. 8-26

Bishop Arts Theatre, 215 S. Tyler St.

“Jet Fuel” is an original play about sex, gender, and the construct of fairness in elite sports, inspired by the story of Olympic sprinter Caster Semenya.

ci.ovationtix.com/36177/production/1172837

Kerrville

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center Art Exhibits

Aug. 8-Sept. 7

Kerr Arts and Cultural Center, 228 Earl Garrett St.

Three different art exhibits are on display Tuesday through Saturday: “Art” by Zena Howe; “Images,” a judged membership show; and “PhotoQuest,” the Hill Country Camera Club’s annual members-only photo contest. An artists reception takes place on Aug. 17.

kacckerrville.com

Bastrop

“Treasure Island”

Aug. 9-25

Bastrop Opera House, 711 Spring St.

“Treasure Island” is a stunning yarn of piracy on the tropical seas. At the center of it all are Jim Hawkins, a 14-year-old boy who longs for adventure, and the infamous Long John Silver, who is a complex study of good and evil, perhaps the most famous hero-villain of all time.

bastropoperahouse.org

Kerrville

“The Book of Will”

Aug. 9-11, 16-18, 23-25

Playhouse 2000 VK Garage Theater, 305 Washington St.

“The Book of Will” uses actual history mixed with theatrical magic to tell the tale behind the publication of “The First Folio,” the very first collection of the plays of William Shakespeare.

caillouxperformingarts.com

Plano

Quilt Plano

Aug. 9-10

Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway

The Quilters Guild of Plano presents this annual quilt show that features hundreds of judged quilts, vendors, and skill sessions. This year’s event highlights over 300 judged quilts and 45-plus vendors from across Texas showcasing fabrics, sewing machines, notions, and other quilt-related items for purchase. Attendees can enjoy a variety of special exhibits, skill demonstrations, hourly door prizes, and mini quilt auctions. The guild’s charity raffle quilt, “Timeless Starburst,” is also on display.

visitplano.com/event/quilt-plano-2024

Corsicana

“Red” by John Logan

Aug. 14-17

Warehouse Living Arts Center, 119 W. Sixth Ave.

Immerse yourself in the intense hues of “Red,” an exhibition by John Logan featuring the artist’s compelling exploration of art, passion, and the human experience.

thewlac.com

Victoria

Carol Koutnik and Irmgard Geul Exhibits

Aug. 16-Oct. 5

The Nave Museum, 306 W. Commercial St.

Carol Koutnik’s work is about experiencing a world of diverse places and cultures. She pulls inspiration from exploring the growth patterns and colors of gardens. Irmagard Geul creates stories and adventures with “embroidery paintings,” a self-explored technique where she applies embroidery and stitching over acrylic paintings on paper, to create depth and a visual perspective.

navemuseum.org

Ingram

“Promises, Promises”

Aug. 16-18, 23-25, 30-31; Sept. 1

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

“Promises, Promises” is a musical with music by Burt Bacharach, lyrics by Hal David, and a book by Neil Simon. It is based on the 1960 film “The Apartment” written by Billy Wilder and I. A. L. Diamond about a junior executive at an insurance company who seeks to climb the corporate ladder by allowing his apartment to be used by his married superiors for trysts.

hcaf.com

Austin

“Freedom to Write, Freedom to Read: The Story of PEN”

Aug. 17-Feb. 28

Harry Ransom Center, 300 W. 21st St.

The Harry Ransom Center presents an exhibition exploring the history of PEN, the renowned international association dedicated to protecting free expression. The exhibition draws upon the Center’s PEN Records collection in order to trace the history of the organization from its founding as a dinner club in 1921, through the darkest days of war and repression, to supporting contemporary writers and readers today. The exhibition allows visitors to engage with key moments from the story of PEN, showing how writers need freedom of expression in order to produce inspiring work, and how, in turn, readers need to be free to choose what they read.

hrc.utexas.edu

Ingram

“Fertile Ground” Art Exhibit

Aug. 23-Sept. 20

Hill Country Arts Foundation, 120 Point Theatre Road

See Hill Country Arts Foundation’s annual juried exhibit that features a range of works by talented artists. This year’s theme is “Landscapes of the Mind.”

hcaf.com

Mckinney

MillHouse Summer ArtFest

Aug. 24-25

McKinney Cotton Mill, 610 Elm St.

Beat the summer heat at an indoor art festival. Explore juried art by local artisans showcased against the grandeur of century-old architecture. Food by Flaming Grill Barbecue and drinks by Amazing Bartending Services are available. White Box Roastery is open with coffee, tea, pastries, and snacks.

millhousefoundation.org/artfest

Fredericksburg

Redbud Artisan Market

Aug. 31

Market Square, 100 block of West Main Street

More than 40 Texan artisans display their original art. Find pottery, woodworking, jewelry, glass art, metal art, paintings, and stained glass.

facebook.com/redbud-artisan-market-376852969327182

Baytown

Historic Building Tours

Aug. 31

Republic of Texas Plaza, 5117 N. Main St.

On the last Saturday of the month, the historic 1894 one-room Wooster School and 1910 Brown-McKay Farmhouse, located at The Republic of Texas Plaza, are open to the public for tours. Learn about the past at the city’s living history museum.

baytownhistory.org

Galveston

Malevo Live

Oct. 5

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Direct from Argentina, this all-male group elevates malambo dance traditions with urban percussion and dance. Demonstrating strength, dexterity, and agility with elements of flamenco, tango, and Irish step dance, the group performs a dynamic visual and sensory theatrical experience.

thegrand.com

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