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Upcoming Events in GULF COAST

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

July 19-21

Rockport Harbor, 100 Sea Breeze Drive

Live music plays throughout the weekend while you peruse over 100 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks and food merchants. There’s seating in the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets. Come join the fun at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor.

facebook.com/rockportmarket

Clute

Great Texas Mosquito Festival

July 25-27

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

At this fun-filled family event, celebrating its 43rd year, festivalgoers can expect vendor booths with a variety of foods, arts and crafts, and other merchandise; a carnival; live entertainment each evening; and Willie-Man-Chew, the 26-foot-tall mosquito mascot that greets visitors.

mosquitofestival.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

Corpus Christi

Plumeria Sale

July 27

Jewish Community Center, 750 Everhart Road

Members of the Plumeria Society of South Texas offer propagate cuttings, rooted plants, and potted specimens from personal plants to sell at their annual Plumeria Sale. Admission is free, and proceeds benefit care and upkeep of the plumeria garden at the South Texas Botanical Gardens.

plumeriasocietyofsouthtexas.com

Rockport

Rockin’ Rockport Regatta

July 27-28

Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle

The Rockport Yacht Club hosts this annual Texas Sailing Association-sanctioned youth sailing event, where participants must be under 20 to compete. Potentially 90 boats may be entered in this event that brings families to the Rockport area for a summer weekend.

rockportyachtclub.org

Galveston

Esports Summit

July 27-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

Enjoy an opportunity to look, learn, and participate in this fast-growing entertainment industry. Daily panels focus on the influence esports has on STEM education, mental and physical health, and diversity in gaming. There are also appearances by voiceover and game celebrities and game developers, demonstrations, gaming areas, and tournaments for all ages.

galvestonesports.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

Trade Days Market

July 27

Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market St.

Visit this indoor/outdoor shopping event that offers over 100 vendor booths selling handmade crafts, art, clothing, and gifts. There are also local food trucks onsite.

baytowntradedays.com

South Padre Island

Texas International Fishing Tournament

July 31-Aug. 4

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Anglers compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. Dockside, thousands of spectators turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore.

sopadre.com/event/texas-international-fishing-tournament/1734

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

Tomball

Tomball Night

Aug. 2

Market Street, 100 Market St.

A family-friendly festival ends with a lighted parade and fireworks. Previous festivities have included live entertainment, kids’ activities, food, drinks, shopping, giveaways, vendors, and door prizes.

tomballchamber.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

South Padre Island

National Lifeguard Championships

Aug. 6-9

Isla Grand Beach Resort, 500 Padre Blvd.

Founded in 1964, the United States Lifesaving Association (USLA) is America’s nonprofit, professional association of beach lifeguards and open-water rescuers. The USLA works to reduce the incidence of death and injury in the aquatic environment through public education, national lifeguard standards, training programs, promotion of high levels of lifeguard readiness, and other means. Events include beach runs and sprints, swims, board rescues, and relays.

sopadre.com/event/u-s-national-lifeguard-championships/1735

Port Aransas

Texas Legends Billfish Fishing Tournament

Aug. 7-24

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

This tournament pioneered the concept of a video-release format with points awarded for blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish. It is unique in that once you are registered in the tournament, you may depart from any Texas port. The Port Aransas weigh-in and awards allows fisherman easy access to the natural offshore structure and deep-water rigs for which this area is famous. 

txlegends.com

South Padre Island

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

Aug. 9-11

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The first all-ladies tournament in Texas is divided into two divisions: bay and offshore fishing.

sopadre.com/event/ladies-kingfish-tournament/1736

Port Aransas

Majek Owners Tournament

Aug. 9-10

Robert’s Point Park Pavillion, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

The Majek Boats Owners’ Tournament was created to show Majek owners how much they are appreciated as well as bring Majek owners together to show off their boats, meet new friends, and win great prizes including a brand new Majek boat. The fishing tournament gives Majek owners the chance to win the title of the top Majek angler on the Gulf Coast.

majekownerstournament.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 takes inspiration from exploring the growth patterns and colors of gardens. Irmgard 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

Rockport-fulton

Market Days

Aug. 16-18

Rockport Harbor, 100 Sea Breeze Drive

Live music plays throughout the weekend while you peruse over 100 vendors and more than a dozen food trucks and food merchants. There’s seating in the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets. Come join the fun at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor.

facebook.com/rockportmarket

Port Aransas

Texas Women Anglers Tournament

Aug. 23-25

Fisherman’s Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

The Texas Women Anglers Tournament is a women-only, family-run fishing tournament held every summer in Port Aransas. It was founded in the 1980s with the mission to raise funds for the Women’s Shelter of South Texas, now named The Purple Door. In 1989, 18 boats registered for the tournament with over 50 women anglers. Today, an average of 70 boats and over 400 women anglers gather in Port Aransas to fish the tournament.

texaswomenanglers.org

Galveston

Galveston Island Wine Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 1

Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd

Sample more than 100 wines from 50-plus wineries, plus sip exclusive bourbons and try dishes from celebrity chefs in the Houston-Galveston area. Attendees can also see the many animals of Moody Gardens, including the opportunity to witness a penguin paint. This experience comes with a stay at Moody Gardens’ Four Diamond Hotel.

galvestonislandwinefestival.com

Corpus Christi

Parker McCollum in Concert

Aug. 31

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

Singer/songwriter Parker McCollum makes his return to American Bank Center on his “Burn it Down” tour with special guest Corey Kent.

ticketmaster.com/event/3A005F49D6ED28D6

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

South Padre Island

Labor Day Fireworks

Sept. 1

SPI Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

End summer with a bang. South Padre Island hosts this fireworks show to celebrate the three-day weekend.

sopadre.com/events

Freeport

Haunting Tales of the Texas Gulf Coast

Sept. 2-Oct. 31

Freeport Historical Museum, 311 E. Park Ave.

Spooky videos and creepy displays guide you through scary tales, such as the Lady in the Gray Taffeta Dress and the Fiddler of the San Bernard, to spook the Texas Gulf Coast.

freeportmuseum.com

Clute

Planetarium Show

Sept. 3, 10, 17, 24

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

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

Corpus Christi

MusicWalk Festival

Sept. 6-7

Chaparral Street

Celebrate the city’s designation as a “Music Friendly Texas Certified Community” with the second annual MusicWalk, which features more than 60 musicians across 22 outdoor stages and multiple venues.

South Padre Island

Wahoo Classic

Sept. 6-8

Jim’s Pier, 211 W. Swordfish

This fishing tournament awards cash prizes to the anglers who reel in the largest fish in the wahoo, dorado, and blackfin tuna categories.

sopadre.com/events

Galveston

Galveston Sand Crab Nighttime Beach 5K, 10K, and Kids Mile

Sept. 7

R. A. Apffel East Beach Park , 1923 Boddeker Drive

Bring a headlamp and an adventurous spirit for this run under the stars on Galveston Island’s East Beach. Choose from a 5K or 10K along the water’s edge. The Kids Mile starts in the evening. Finisher medals and race T-shirts are available for all.

runintexas.com/gcrab

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Sept. 7

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

Surfside Beach

Market in the Park

Sept. 7

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

The market offers handmade, homemade, and homegrown products, along with food trucks.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

Lake Jackson

Alden B. Dow Office Museum Tour

Sept. 7, 14, 21, 28

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.

ljhistory.org

Victoria

Viva Texas Film and Arts Festival

Sept. 13-15

Various locations, 101 N. Main St.

This event is a fusion of creativity, showcasing a blend of film, visual arts, music, and hands-on workshops. The film portion screens a variety of independent and studio films from different American and Latin American filmmakers. Special events take place throughout the weekend.

vivatexasfilmfestival.com

Clute

“The Odd Couple”

Sept. 13-15,20-22

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Brazosport Center Stages presents Neil Simon’s classic play about two single pals—a sloppy sportswriter and a fastidious news writer—who strain their friendship by becoming roommates.

brazosportcenter.org

Houston

“Wall Drawing: Ronny Quevedo”

Sept. 13-Sept. 1, 2025

Menil Drawing Institute, 1412 W. Main St.

Curated by Kelly Montana, assistant curator at the Menil Drawing Institute, this is the sixth installment in the Menil Collection’s Wall Drawing Series, which began in 2018 as part of the institute’s commitment to seeking new approaches to the form and language of drawing.

menil.org

Victoria

Victoria Symphony Concert: Diva Legends

Sept. 14

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

The Victoria Symphony presents Diva Legends channeling the charisma and charm of some of the greatest legends of disco, pop, and R&B. Relive the songs you know and love with chart-topping hits from Gloria Gaynor, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Tina Turner, Diana Ross, and Alicia Keys.

victoriasymphony.com

Galveston

Johnny Mathis in Concert

Sept. 14

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Celebrating almost 70 years as a recording artist, legendary singer Johnny Mathis is still performing and getting audiences on their feet. Look forward to an incredible evening of songs, from music composed for stage and film to contemporary pop hits.

thegrand.com

Houston

“Habitat”

Sept. 14, 2024-Sept. 13, 2026

Houston Botanic Garden, 1 Botanic Lane

To mark its fourth birthday, the Houston Botanic Garden presents “Habitat.” The exhibit—which incorporates installations created by local artists—explores the central idea of “protecting habitats protects life,” through the lens of the Gulf Coast environment. With thematic sections on topics such as fungi, dead wood, nests, and insects, “Habitat” explores the critical role that many organisms play in creating and sustaining habitats.

hbg.org

Port Aransas

Port A Days

Sept. 14-15

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

The coastal town of Port Aransas celebrates itself with a vendor market, “Anything That Floats” race, food, and a parade.

portaransasdays.org

Rosenberg

Ride to Rosenberg Car Show

Sept. 14

Downtown Rosenberg, 815 Third St.

In historic downtown Rosenberg, see 150 cars dating from the early 1900s to modern times. A DJ plays music all day, and a local band rocks the streets. Food trucks, trophies, door prizes, and local shops are part of the fun.

rosenbergartsalliance.com

Lake Jackson

Farmers Market

Sept. 14

Parking Place Pavilion, 110 S. Parking Place

Local vendors sell their homemade goods and farm-fresh items.

lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

Sept. 14, 21

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

Bird lovers can see hummers dart in and out of nectar-producing flowers and feeders and watch a bird bander take measurements of the tiny birds and clamp a thin, number-coded band on one of its legs. There are also activities for kids, nature-themed booths, and native plant sales.

gcbo.org

Rockport

Downtown Farmers Market

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , 105 S. Austin St.

At this market held every second Saturday of the month, you can find vendors selling locally grown produce, jams, jellies, pickled items, fresh baked bread, local honey, hen fruit, and homemade goat soap.

facebook.com/rockportdowntownfarmersmarket

Makers Market

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , 302 S. Austin St.

Find handmade items from local artists and fun, one-of-a-kind home décor at this monthly local outdoor market.

rockport-fulton.org

Austin Street Art Walk

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , Austin Street

Rockport Center for the Arts presents this art walk that offers an ever-changing mix of participants representing various art mediums such as painting, pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles, as well as live music, artist demonstrations, and food.

rockportartcenter.com/austin-street-art-walk

Second Saturday in the District

Sept. 14, Oct. 12, Nov. 9

Downtown , Austin Street

Every month, enjoy live music and special themes to go along with the Art Walk, Farmers Market, and Makers Market.

rockportculturalartsdistricts.com

South Padre Island

Summer Causeway Run and Fitness Walk

Sept. 14

Port Isabel Community Center, 213 N. Yturria St.

This year’s event follows a 6.2 mile (10K) course starting at the Port Isabel Community Center, continuing to the Queen Isabella Causeway and over the Laguna Madre Bay, and ending in front of Louie’s Backyard.

sopadre.com/events

Tacos and Tequila Festival

Sept. 14

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The best of Mexico’s contributions to the food and beverage industry are savored at this culinary event designed with foodies and tequila connoisseurs in mind. The also has live music.

sopadre.com/events

Beaumont

Viva Beaumont

Sept. 15

Main Library Outdoor Plaza, 701 Main St.

Celebrate the vibrant Hispanic culture of Southeast Texas. This free event brings the community together with live music, delicious food, and family-friendly activities.

beaumonteventstx.com/event/viva-beaumont-hispanic-festival

Rockport

HummerBird Celebration

Sept. 19-22

Aransas County Airport, 421 John D. Wendell Road

This 36th annual celebration offers speaker programs, shopping, birding trips, hummer home bus tours, and information about the hummingbird migration through Rockport and Fulton.

rockport-fulton.org

Rockport-Fulton Market Days

Sept. 20-22, Oct. 18-20, Nov. 15-17

Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 1500 E Laurel St.

Every third weekend of the month, come see live music, peruse the merchandise of over 150 vendors, and choose various eats from food trucks in a pet-friendly environment.

rockport-fulton.org

Houston

“Fragments of Memory”

Sept. 20-Jan. 26

Menil Drawing Institute, 1413 W. Main St.

This selection of works from the Menil’s permanent collection explores the ways in which the past imbues the present. In their drawings, the featured artists take up commonplace embodiments of personal and collective memory, such as scrapbooks, snapshots, notes, relics, and odes, to reimagine how we might access fraught memories and contested histories.

menil.org

“Out of Thin Air: Emerging Forms”

Sept. 20-Jan. 26

Menil Drawing Institute, 1413 W. Main St.

This show examines drawing as a meditative process that invites the gradual appearance of indeterminate images. Selected from the Menil’s permanent collection, the 29 drawings date from the late 1930s to the present and are united by a visual concept of forms still in the process of becoming.

menil.org

Edna

Fall Golf Tournament

Sept. 21

Edna Country Club, 1241 CR 301

Grab a partner and join in the fun of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Golf Tournament. Entry includes green fees, lunch, two mulligans per 18 holes, and three contests. Golf cart rentals are on a first come, first served basis.

jacksoncountytexas.com

Houston

Flea by Night

Sept. 21, Oct. 19

Discovery Green , 1500 McKinney St.

Treasure hunt for one-of-a-kind vintage, handmade, recycled, and local goods while enjoying musical entertainment and food trucks.

discoverygreen.com

Corpus Christi

Conquer the Coast

Sept. 21

Whataburger Field, 734 E. Port Ave.

Attracting cyclists from around the country, the annual bike ride challenges even the most seasoned riders with a 66-mile course that tests participants as they pedal up the 243-foot Harbor Bridge and face the “toughest 18 miles in Texas.” For a less strenuous ride, racers can choose the 21-mile intermediate route or the breezy 10-mile course that is ideal for families, leisure riders, and novice bikers.

unitedcorpuschristi.org/conquer-the-coast

Galveston

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Sept. 21-22

East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Drive

Houston-area architects head to Galveston’s East Beach for one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The sculptures remain for viewing on Sunday.

visitgalveston.com/events

Victoria

Czech Heritage Festival

Sept. 22

Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

This festival features live Czech music and dancing, traditional arts and crafts, Czech foods, a country store, and games.

victoriaczechs.org

Galveston

Shrimp Festival

Sept. 27-28

Historic Strand District, 2302 Strand St.

The festival features the freshest Gulf shrimp, a gumbo cookoff, 5K run, a boat show, vendors, the Lil’ Shrimps Parade, and live music.

galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com

Victoria

Quilt Show

Sept. 27-28

Holy Family Catholic Church, 704 Mallette Drive

Presented by the Victoria Quilt Guild, this two-day show features a beautiful quilt display, vendors, demonstrations, and a scrap drive. Food is available for purchase.

quiltguildvictoria.org

Port Aransas

Port A Live Music Fest

Sept. 27-28

Various locations, 750 Channel View Drive

Port Aransas hosts two days of live music with a main concert on Saturday at Palmilla Beach Resort.

portalive.com

South Padre Island

SPIsland Games

Sept. 27-28

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

At this fitness competition, participants come together and celebrate life and fitness.

sopadre.com/events

Victoria

Victoria Ballet Theatre: “Fall for Dance”

Sept. 28

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

Victoria Ballet Theatre opens its 41st season with the annual autumn performance, “Fall for Dance.” The dance concert features a mixed repertory of classical and contemporary pieces highlighting the talent of the company.

victoriaballet.org

Houston

Take Me Outdoors Houston

Sept. 28

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Discover the wonders of nature starting with the animals and resources in Houston’s own backyard. Texas Parks and Wildlife invites you to get to know the great outdoors during its 12th annual free, family-oriented outdoors festival. Exhibitors provide hands-on activities, booths, and opportunities to engage audiences and inspire curiosity.  

discoverygreen.com

Port Aransas

Port A Surf Fest

Sept. 28

Horace Caldwell Pier, 230 N. On the Beach

The Port A Surf Fest is an annual surfing competition for all age groups. There’s also a dog surfing contest.

portaransasmuseum.org/event/port-a-surf-fest

Corpus Christi

Run The Runway

Sept. 28

Corpus Christi International Airport, 1000 International Drive

Take a scenic run or walk on one of the airport’s runways and explore the world of aviation, including up-close views of planes, trucks, and specialty vehicles. A 1K Kids Fun Run kicks off the race, followed by an out-and-back 5K walk or run. All proceeds benefit Wings of Texas, a local nonprofit making the Coastal Bend a more inclusive place to live, work, play, and learn.

v-f-productions.raceentry.com/run-the-runway-corpus-christi/race-information

Lake Jackson

Bull Red Run-a-Palooza Fun Run and Youth Fishing

Sept. 28

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

This 2K fun run takes runners around the rearing ponds. Pack your sunscreen, hat, lawn chair, and fishing gear for a couple of hours of catch-and-release fishing. Bring your own equipment and bait. Barbless hooks only.

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

South Padre Island

SPI Triahtlon

Sept. 29

Jim’s Pier, 209 Whiting St.

The triathlon offers Olympic and sprint distance courses and challenges all skill levels, from the seasoned veteran to the first-timer.

sopadre.com/events

Port Aransas

Beachtober

Oct. 1-31

Various locations, 710 W. Avenue A

Fall in Port Aransas means warm water, shorter wait times, and miles of wide-open beaches. October also means a bevy of autumnal events happening every weekend, a time the island likes to call “Beachtober.” These events range from a month-long dessert trail to the Taco and Margarita Trail and music and fun all month long.

portaransas.org/events/festivals-and-annual-events/beachtober

Clute

Planetarium Show

Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

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

South Padre Island

Sandcastle Days

Oct. 3-6

Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, 6900 Padre Blvd.

More than 30,000 come to see master sandcastle builders demonstrate their abilities. The event features game vendors, food and drinks, and art booths.

sopadre.com/events

Corpus Christi

Moonlight Luau in the Gardens

Oct. 4

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

Moonlight Luau in the Gardens blends the attraction’s unique tropical collections of plumeria, bromeliads, orchids, and hibiscus with a luau flavor at multiple food and beverage stations. There is live music, tiki torches, tropical parrots, iguanas, a butterfly release, silent auction, raffle, and garden strolls. Feel free to wear luau attire.

stxbot.org

Port Aransas

Hunt for Reds October Couples Fishing Tournament

Oct. 4-5

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

Compete in a couples fishing tournament on the shores of Port Aransas. Awards are given out for largest fish, fish with the most spots, and heaviest fish.

woodysfishingadventures.com/hunt-for-reds-october

Victoria

Tejas Fest

Oct. 4-5

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

This two-day fall festival is a celebration of all things Texas. Enjoy live Tejano and Texas country music, a car show, a kids’ area, food trucks, and a shopping market.

discovervictoriatexas.com

Rockport

Rockport-Fulton SeaFair

Oct. 4-6

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

Celebrating its 49th years, the event features gumbo, crab races, arts and crafts, a market, food vendors, a boat and outdoor car show, cardboard boat races, and live big-name and local entertainment.

rockport-fulton.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

Texas City

Model Train Exhibition

Oct. 5

Texas City Museum, 409 N. Sixth St.

Seventeen operating model train layouts (scales G through Z) including a Lego layout are on display.

Beaumont

Oktoberfest

Oct. 5

Rogers Park, 6540 Gladys Ave.

Get ready to raise a stein and celebrate Bavarian culture at Beaumont’s Oktoberfest. Enjoy authentic German beers, live music, and delicious food. Admission is free, so gather your friends and family for a fun-filled day.

beaumonteventstx.com/event/beaumont-oktoberfest-2024

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Oct. 5

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 Museum Tour

Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26

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. 

ljhistory.org

West Columbia

Hoggtoberfest

Oct. 5

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

Celebrate the season, learn about harvest time on a 1800s plantation, and enjoy hayrides, crafts, sugar cane, storytelling, and other old-fashioned activities.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

South Padre Island

Ride for Rotary: Queen Isabella Causeway Cross

Oct. 6

Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Blvd.

A wide range of riders of varying experience levels participate in this tour, hosted by the Rotary Club of Historic Brownsville. It’s approximately 33 miles and includes crossing the Queen Isabella Casuseway for a spectacular view.

sopadre.com/events

Walk for Women

Oct. 6

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The walk, which honors breast cancer survivors, fighters, and thrivers, starts at the South Padre Island Convetnion Center and ends at Louie’s Backyard.

sopadre.com/events

Pride Festival

Oct. 10

Upper Deck, 120 E. Atol St.

After canceling last year’s event, SPI Pride returns with a four-day festival for the LGBTQ community and friends.

sopadre.com/events

Houston

“Tacita Dean: Blind Folly”

Oct. 11-April 19

The Menil Collection, 1533 Sul Ross St.

The first major museum survey in the United States of work by the British European visual artist Tacita Dean, the exhibition spotlights her career-defining approach to creating art through unmediated and chance-based drawing processes across a variety of mediums, from film to printmaking.

menil.org

Wharton

Monterey Square Wine and Arts Fair

Oct. 12

Downtown Wharton, 100 S. Fulton St.

On the Wharton courthouse square, shop from craft vendors and sip wine while listening to live music. Food trucks and a photo booth are available as well.

montereysquarewineartsfair.com

Katy

Rice Harvest Festival

Oct. 12-13

Historic Town Square, 901 Ave. C

This festival, occurring annually on the second weekend of October in downtown Katy, honors the city’s history as a rice farming community. Enjoy a carnival, craft vendors, live music, food trucks, a kids zone, craft beer, and art and rice cooking contests. There is a free shuttle that takes visitors to and from the parking area at the Merrell Center.

katyriceharvestfestival.com

Port Aransas

University of Texas Marine Science Institute Open House

Oct. 12

Patton Center for Marine Science, 750 Channel View Drive

Join in for a day of lectures, boat rides, games, and fun for the entire family.

utmsi.utexas.edu

Lake Jackson

Farmers Market

Oct. 12

Parking Place Pavilion, 110 S. Parking Place

Local vendors sell their homemade goods and farm-fresh items.

lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Oct. 12

The Clarion, 500 College Drive

The Brazosport Symphony Orchestra performs “Bohemian Rhapsody” to kick off its 2024-25 season.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Clute

Fall Astronomy Night

Oct. 12

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Each fall, BASF Planetarium hosts an astronomy night, with night sky viewing with local avocational astronomers and hands-on educational astronomy activities.

brazosportcenter.org

Victoria

Symphonic Spooktacular

Oct. 17

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

Bring the kids for a fun night of music and costumes presented by the Victoria Symphony.

victoriasymphony.com

Wharton

Party Under the Bridge

Oct. 17

Riverfront Park, 925-999 E. Elm St.

Underneath the bridge at Riverfront Park, find a celebration for all with train rides, face painting, music, and food. Admission is free.

whartonchamber.com/events

Corpus Christi

Texas Jazz Festival

Oct. 18-20

Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.

Texas Jazz Festival, taking place at Heritage Park, celebrates its 63rd year in 2024, making it one of the longest-running annual festivals of its kind. With three stages of live jazz music, plus food and a market full of vendors, the festival offers three days of great music and fun festivities.

texasjazz-fest.org

Victoria

“1824: A Victoria Origin Story”

Oct. 18-19

Riverside Park, 532 McCright Drive

Experience Victoria’s bicentennial through the lens of what life was like for the settlers and pioneers of 1824 at this historical reenactment.

discovervictoriatexas.com

South Padre Island

Chrome in the Sand Festival

Oct. 18-19

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Witness a display of chrome and horsepower as motorcycles and classic cars converge in a celebration of automotive excellence. Marvel at the gleaming machines, each one a testament to craftmanship and stlye.

sopadre.com/events

Victoria

Victoria Symphony Concert: Ana and Dmitri

Oct. 19

Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive

The Victoria Symphony presents Ana and Dimitri performing “Savannah River Holiday” by Ron Nelson, “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquín Rodrigo, and Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 by Dmitri Shostakovich.

victoriasymphony.com

Houston

Energy Day Houston

Oct. 19

Sam Houston Park , 1000 Bagby St.

Area K-12 students and their families join together with Houston’s leading energy companies for a day of interactive learning in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). More than 40 interactive exhibits and demonstrations from some of Houston’s top companies, universities, and organizations show students exciting career opportunities in energy and energy-related industries.

energydayfestival.org

Corpus Christi

Surftoberfest

Oct. 19

Executive Surf Club, 309 N. Water St.

Grab a stein and head to Corpus Christi to celebrate Oktoberfest with a coastal twist. Enjoy beer samples from local breweries, live entertainment, a stein holding contest, and classic German cuisine.

visitcorpuschristi.com/event/surftoberfest/4731

Galveston

Artoberfest

Oct. 19-20

Postoffice Street

This juried fine arts festival features works by artists using various mediums, plus food and live music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, galleries, and shops.

visitgalveston.com/events

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

Oct. 19

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

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

gcbo.org

Halloween Spooktacular

Oct. 20

Sea Center Texas, 302 Medical Drive

Dress up in your Halloween costume and enjoy crafts, games, and other special programs around the fish-filled, floor-to-ceilings aquariums.

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

Victoria

South Texas Farm and Ranch Show

Oct. 23-24

Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

Learn about the farming and ranching industries from educational programs, classes, speakers, and exhibitors. Programs are offered for adults and children.

southtexasfarmandranchshow.com

Clute

Harvest Fun Fest

Oct. 24

Clute Municipal Park, 100 Parkview Drive

Dress your kids up for the Halloween costume contest, trick-or treating, and other spooky activities. Admission is two canned goods to be donated to The Food Basket.

clutetexas.gov

Freeport

Frightfest

Oct. 24

Freeport Municipal Park, 410 S. Brazosport Blvd.

This haunted evening features a costume contest, goodie bags, and scary but family-oriented fun.

freeport.tx.us

Houston

Party in the Park

Oct. 24

Menil Park, 1423 Branard St.

The Menil Collection’s fall fundraiser supports the art museum’s operations, which include the parks and green spaces that make up its campus.

menil.org

Victoria

Cemetery Tour

Oct. 25-26

Evergreen Cemetery, 1868 N. Vine St.

Experience live theater in a historic cemetery setting. Visit with townspeople, portrayed by actors, at their gravesites and learn about their history. The information presented is historically accurate and entertaining.

victoriapreservation.com

Galveston

“Stomp”

Oct. 25-26

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Using everything but conventional percussion instruments (matchboxes, wooden poles, and garbage cans, for example), this eight member troupe creates beautiful music from the strangest places.

thegrand.com

Houston

Scream on the Green

Oct. 25

Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St.

Houston’s citywide Halloween celebration, Scream on the Green, returns with a costume contest, music, and a screening of a fun, family-friendly movie.

discoverygreen.com

Port Aransas

Wooden Boat Festival

Oct. 25-27

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Blvd.

An annual celebration of Port A’s boat-building heritage, the Wooden Boat Festival is a three-day, family-friendly event that features handcrafted kayaks, paddleboards, skiffs, and sailing boats as well as historic Farley boats. The family boat build is the main event, where three to four families build a boat in two and a half days, launching the boats after lunch on Sunday. There is also a nautical market featuring a variety of vendors.

woodenboatfestival.org

Galveston

Island Oktoberfest

Oct. 25-26

First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St.

Celebrate German heritage in Galeston with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games, and kids’ activities. Attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes.

visitgalveston.com/events

Corpus Christi

Dia De Los Muertos

Oct. 26

K Space Contemporary, 623 N. Chaparral St.

Join along in the streets of downtown Corpus Christi to celebrate the age-old tradition of remembering and honoring deceased loved ones through music, dance, “ofrendas,” art, food, and fun.

diadelosmuertoscc.com

Port Aransas

Flynn’s Beach Run

Oct. 26

Horace Caldwell Pier, 230 N. On The Beach Road

Race a 5K, 10K, or family walk/run on the beach.

portaransas.org/events/festivals-and-annual-events/beachtober/flynns-beach-run

Lake Jackson

Monster Dash 5K

Oct. 26

MacLean Park, 91 Lake Road

The 5K course takes runners through MacLean Park. There’s also a kids 1K race. Costumes are encouraged, and monster-themed decorations can be expected on the course.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Boo Bash

Oct. 26

Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332

Kids can enjoy this trunk-or-treat event that includes carnival games, costume contests, and other fun Halloween activities.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Fulton

Fall Festival

Oct. 26

Fun and games are available for the whole family including trunk or treat, a costume parade, games and prizes, food trucks, vendors and live music. A kids costume contest awards prizes for spookiest and most creative.

childrenscoalitionac.org

South Padre Island

HalloWings Across South Padre Island

Oct. 26

SPI Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary, 6801 Padre Blvd.

Celebrates the monarch migration with a day of fun activities for the young and young at heart. Learn about the migration through butterfly gardening presentations, nature walks, nature crafts, live music, and games.

sopadre.com/events

Galveston

Silent Film with Rob Landes: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

Oct. 27

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

An annual Halloween tradition, violinist Rob Landes reprises his specially created, totally improvised musical score for the showing of Victor Hugo’s 1920 silent film classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

thegrand.com

West Columbia

Ghosts Along the Brazos

Oct. 28

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

Take a spooky nighttime stroll through the woods to the plantation’s 1840s-era Patton family cemetery, and learn about mortality on the plantation during the 1800s and the dangers of the early Texas wilderness.

visitvarnerhoggplantation.com

Galveston

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

Oct. 31-Nov. 3

Various locations

Visit the largest four-day biker rally in the country and see more than 500,000 mortorcyclists gather among hundreds of vendors. The rally includes bike shows, concerts, and celebrity appearances.

visitgalveston.com/events

Houston

Día de los Muertos

Nov. 1

Discovery Green , 1500 McKinney St.

Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday where families and friends gather to celebrate and remember loved ones and prepare special foods in their honor. Families enjoy hands-on art activities, artist demonstrations, vendors, live performances, and music. Houston-based artist Angel Quesada builds a community “ofrenda” (altar) to help visitors remember their loved ones.

discoverygreen.com

Clute

“Lobby Hero”

Nov. 1-3, 8-10

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Brazosport Center Stages presents Kenneth Lonergan’s play about four New Yorkers (a security guard, his stern boss, a young police officer, and her unpredictable partner) involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex.

brazosportcenter.org

Rockport

Film Festival

Nov. 1-3

Rockport Conference Center, 106 Austin St.

The festival showcases the best of independent cinema on the Texas Coast with shorts, features, documentaries, animation and student films. It highlights talent from across the world with an emphasis on Texas storytellers.

rockportartcenter.com

Lake Jackson

Abner Jackson Plantation Site Tour

Nov. 2

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 Museum Tour

Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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. 

ljhistory.org

Surfside Beach

Treasures by the Sea

Nov. 2

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

Start your holiday shopping early with dozens of vendors at this annual event which offers hot homemade soups and baked goods for purchase.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

West Columbia

Meet Your Ancestors

Nov. 2

Columbia Cemetery, Corner of 16th and Jackson streets

Learn about former West Columbia residents (and possibly your ancestors) at one of the most historic cemetaries in Texas. Guides lead guests to graves of notable occupants.

columbiahistoricalmuseum.org

Rockport

Lamar Market Days

Nov. 2-3

Lamar Fire Department, 302 Bois D’arc St.

At this fundraiser for the Lamar Fire Department, visitors can expect a community-wide garage sale, scavenger hunt, car show, barbecue, and other festivities.

South Padre Island

Muzicians Run

Nov. 2

Beach Waterpark, 33261 State Park Road 100

Choose between a 5K and 10K course, this fun run/walk fuses live entertainment and running. Mariachis perform along the course about every half mile and participants are rewarded with tacos, beer, and margaritas.

sopadre.com/events

Clute

Planetarium Show

Nov. 5, 12, 19

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

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

Lake Jackson

Mums and Mistletoe Market

Nov. 7-8

St. Michael’s Event Center, 100 Oak Drive

This holiday market attracts shoppers for its variety of vendors and the cheese soup at its café.

Corpus Christi

Hollydays Market

Nov. 8-10

American Bank Center, 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

With more than 130 merchants on-site, you’re sure to find lots of new and one-of-a-kind gifts for all your gift-giving needs.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Houston

Good Brick Tour

Nov. 9-10

Various locations

Take a guided tour of five privately-owned historic homes dating from the Victorian era through the early 20th century. Each tour location has received Preservation Houston’s Good Brick Award for excellence in historic preservation.

preservationhouston.org

Alvin

Novemberfest

Nov. 9

National Oak Park , 118 S. Magnolia St.

The 20th annual Alvin Rotary Car and Bike Novemberfest show includes arts, crafts, antique tractors and farm equipment on display, and the car and bike show. There is entertainment, a raffle, a veteran tribute, food courts, and kids’ games. Proceeds support scholarships and other charitable activities in the area.

alvinrotary.org/novemberfest

Galveston

The Righteous Brothers in Concert

Nov. 9

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Look forward to a soul-stirring, nostalgic concert experience, as this show promises to be a captivating musical odyssey spanning the early days of rock ‘n’ roll, as far-reaching as the movie “Dirty Dancing.” Hear favorites “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” and “I’ve Had The Time of My Life.”

thegrand.com

Victoria

Red Dirt Barbecue and Music Festival

Nov. 9

De Leon Plaza, 101 N. Main St.

Red dirt music, barbecue samples from over 15 of Texas’ best barbecue joints, food trucks, and a vendor market are on the lineup for this festival.

reddirtbbqvictoria.com

Lake Jackson

Farmers Market

Nov. 9

Parking Place Pavilion, 110 S. Parking Place

Local vendors sell their homemade goods and farm-fresh items.

lakejacksonfarmersmarket.com

Surfside Beach

Kites and Castles

Nov. 9

Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway

Surfside Flyers Kite Club members display their kites and host featured guest Sandcastle Emerson, who is expected to demonstrate how to build sandcastle masterpieces. At night, there are more kites to see.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

Clute

Fall Astronomy Day

Nov. 9

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

Along with viewing the sun through a telescope set up for daylight hours, the star party features “ViewSpace,” an exhibit from the Space Telescope Science Institute, home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

brazosportcenter.org

South Padre Island

Half Marathon Weekend

Nov. 9-10

Isla Blanca Park, 33174 State Park Road 100

Participate in an exciting run on the beach with a half marathon, half marathon relay, and 5K.

sopadre.com/events

Lake Jackson

Brazosport Symphony Orchestra in Concert

Nov. 10

The Clarion, 500 College Drive

Experience a performance by the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra of “Wild Symphony” by Dan Brown.

brazosport.edu/clarion

Galveston

Straight No Chaser in Concert

Nov. 15

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

These talented singers have emerged as a phenomenon with a massive fanbase and a long list of accomplishments including over 1.5 million concert tickets sold, over 1 billion streams on Pandora, and over 2 million albums sold throughout the world. Look forward to nine voices coming together to make extraordinary music—and with a sense of humor.

thegrand.com

Houston

Winter Art Installation

Nov. 15

Discovery Green , 1500 McKinney St.

Discovery Green has commissioned internationally renowned, Brooklyn-based artist/engineer Jen Lewin for its 2024-2025 winter art installation. The large-scale, interactive installation is on view daily during park hours.

discoverygreen.com

South Padre Island

Craft Beer and Wing Festival

Nov. 15-16

SPI Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd

Indulge your taste buds at this festival offering flavorful bites, refreshing brews, and live music and entertainment in a vibrant atmosphere.

sopadre.com/events

Richmond

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Book Festival

Nov. 16

George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview Drive

Fort Bend County Libraries’ annual Book Festival celebrates books, authors, and the importance of literature to the imagination. Keynote speakers, workshops, children’s programs, and author meet-and-greets are scheduled.

fortbend.lib.tx.us

Lake Jackson

Bird Banding

Nov. 16

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 SH 332 West

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

gcbo.org

Katy

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Nov. 22-24

Leonard E. Merrell Center, 6301 S. Stadium Lane

Shop with 130 merchants to find lots of new and unique gifts all in one place for all of your festive events.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Humble

Home for the Holidays Gift Market

Nov. 22-24

Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Pkwy.

Shop with 130 merchants to find lots of new, unique, and one-of-a-kind gifts all in one place.

homefortheholidaysgiftmarket.com

Tomball

Holiday Parade

Nov. 23

Main Street, 100 W. Main St.

Get in the holiday spirit with a parade featuring over 175 floats and entries and over 40,000 people in attendance.

tomballchamber.org

Lake Jackson

Festival of Lights

Nov. 23

Lake Jackson Civic Center, 333 SH 332

Lake Jackson brings the Yuletide cheer with this kick-off to the holiday season. Festivities include a carnival, games, and a parade.

lakejackson-tx.gov

Wharton

Christmas Holiday Parade

Nov. 26

Outside Courthouse, 100 S. Fulton St.

Ring in the festive season with the Christmas Holiday Parade, which heads west on Milam Street and around the courthouse square, where you’ll find food and craft vendors.

whartonchamber.com/events

Lake Jackson

Turkey Trot

Nov. 28

Lake Jackson Intermediate School, 100 Oyster Creek Drive

The 5K run/walk and 10K run is held on Thanksgiving Day and benefits the students of the Lake Jackson Intermediate Band Program.

lakejacksonturkeytrot.com

Corpus Christi

Merry Days by the Bay

Nov. 29-Dec. 31

Downtown Corpus Christi, Chaparral Street

From coastal Santas to holiday markets and larger-than-life decorations, the Gulf Coast Capital offers unique holiday experiences all season long to put a jingle in your step.

visitcorpuschristi.com/merrydays

Clute

Elizabethan Madrigal Feast

Nov. 29-Dec.1, 6-8

Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Blvd.

This holiday feast offers majesty and pageantry befitting the court of Queen Elizabeth I. Join the Earl of Warwick and his royal guests in the main hall of his castle for an exquisite meal with entertainment provided by the court’s troupe of players, dancers, and singers.

brazosportcenter.org

Surfside Beach

Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 30

Surfside Beach Main Entrance, Intersection of State Highway 332 and Bluewater Highway

Kick off the holiday season with caroling and the lighting of the community tree.

visitsurfsidebeachtx.org

Galveston

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Feb. 21-March 4

Historic Strand District, 2302 Strand St.

Texas’ largest Mardi Gras is back and it’s bigger than ever. The 114th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston features more than 20 parades and concerts, and over 3 million beads. Witness the Guinness World Record-breaking Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, run in the Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K, and dance to jaw-dropping headliner performances. Featuring special days, Family Gras, Fiesta Gras, and First Responders Day, Mardi Gras! Galveston has a party for all.

mardigrasgalveston.com

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