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Texas Gulf Coast Region Events
January - June 2004

Texas Gulf Coast Region

Please note that prices, dates, telephone numbers and hours are subject to change. Please call ahead before making plans. Last updated: March 2, 2005 .

 

 

 

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January

January 2005 - EXHIBIT - Houston: Individual Artist Fellowship Series. Space 125 is a nonprofit gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of Houston artists whose artistic accomplishments have been recognized by the Cultural Arts Council through its Individual Artist Fellowships Award program. Space 125 is located on the ground level of the Houston Center for the Arts, 3201 Allen Parkway (one block west of the intersection of Waugh and Allen). The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am-2pm. and by appointment. Funding for Space 125 is provided by the City of Houston through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County and by William J. Hill/Houston Oil Producing Enterprises. Time: 6pm-9pm. for openings. Cost: free. Location: Space 125 Gallery, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 713-527-9330 or visit www.cachh.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Exhibits run for 6 weeks.

January 8, 2005 - CONCERT - Beaumont: Texas Artist Guild - "Classical Music from the Triangle". This AIDS Benefit Concert will be at the Julie Rogers Theatre. Time: 7pm. Cost: $20 advance/ $30 at-door/ $50 VIP. Location: Julie Rogers Theatre, 765 Pearl, Beaumont, Texas 77701. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: 50,000 - 200,000. Tickets are available at www.TexasArtistGuild.com; Swicegood Music; and Triangle Aids Network. For more information, call 409-781-1130. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

January 13, 2005 - EXHIBIT - Houston: ISEP Exposed: What Public Artists do in Their Private Time. For those curious about what happens in the privacy of an artist's studio, the upcoming exhibition ISEP Exposed will showcase the studio work of 12 artists who have recently completed major public art commissions for the brand new, state-of-the-art, highly-trafficked International Services Expansion Program at George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Time: 10am-2pm. Cost: Free. Location: Space 125 Gallery, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77019. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 713-527-9330. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

January 17, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Freeport: Martin Luther King Parade. A parade celebrating the accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King. The parade goes through Freeport and features area bands, churches and community leaders. Time: TBA. Cost: Free. Location: West Second Street. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 409-238-4342. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually on the Martin Luther King holiday.

January 22-23, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Houston: Houston Spring Branch Lions Club "5th Week Trade Days". This is a Trade Days for vendors to sell antiques, hand made arts, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, bath lotions and soaps, woodwork, plants, paintings, pottery, baskets, folk art, yard art, and more. Time: 9am -6pm. Cost: Event free to public; $1 parking. Location: Houston Farm and Ranch Club, One Abercrombie Drive Houston, Texas 77084. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 713-464-4241 or visit www.lions2s2.org/HoustonSpringBranch.htm. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Event held in each month of year with 5 Saturdays.

January 28 - February 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston. A Salute To "Red, White & Blue". The largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas has more than 75 events including: an awesome entertainment district, colorful parades and processions, elaborate balls and parties, plus exciting exhibits and sporting events. This pre-Lenten celebration draws an estimated 500,000 revelers to beautiful Galveston Island each year. Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-425-4753 or call 409-797-5164, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com, or come by our Visitors Center at 2428 Seawall Boulevard. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

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February

(January 28) thru February 8, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston. A Salute To "Red, White & Blue". The largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas has more than 75 events including: an awesome entertainment district, colorful parades and processions, elaborate balls and parties, plus exciting exhibits and sporting events. This pre-Lenten celebration draws an estimated 500,000 revelers to beautiful Galveston Island each year. Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-425-4753 or call 409-797-5164, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com, or come by our Visitors Center at 2428 Seawall Boulevard. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

February 3-6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Port Arthur: Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas. This four-day event brings to Southeast Texas seven exciting parades, magnificent costumes, Mardi Gras floats, concerts, street entertainment, arts and crafts, ethnic and carnival food concessions, KidZone, fireworks, street dances, carnival rides and games, souvenirs, ongoing activities, Mardi Gras beauty pageant, treasure hunt and more. Advance discount tickets available prior to event at area businesses. Handicapped parking available. Time & cost details at www.portarthur.com/mardigras. Event Location: 600 block of Procter Street, Downtown Port Arthur, Texas. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Phone number for more information: 409-721-8717. Held annually.

February 12-13, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Frontier Days. Event includes CASI Chili cook-off competition. Free entertainment including Hoovers Rangers re-enactments of the Old West Cowboy days, a Native American campsite, Civil War soldiers in full uniform, Mountain men and more. Step back into the 1800's and celebrate our true Texas heritage. Crafters will be present to do things such as flint knapping, soap making, etc. It will be a fun day as well as an educational experience for the youngsters. In addition, the towns 150+ shops will also be open. Chili will be offered for sale, as well as a variety of soft drinks. Time: 10am-5pm Sat., noon-5pm Sun. Cost: none. Location: Preservation Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in mid February.

February 18-19, 2005 - FAIR - Deer Park: Another Man's Treasure. Come shop from over 75 booths at our city wide garage sale! Clothes, furniture, toys and much more. Time: 8am-5pm. Cost: free. Location: 610 E. San Augustine. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-478-2050. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, twice a year.

February 20-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Brownsville: Charro Days Fiesta. Celebrated with a four day Latin Festival each year since 1938, complete with elaborate costuming, carnivals, parades, dances. A program of events is held in both Brownsville and its sister city, Matamoros, Mexico, which demonstrates the relationship between both countries. This is a spectacular and colorful event with spectators and participants dressing up in traditional Mexican costume. Admission is Free. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For information call 956-542-4245. Held annually on the last Thursday in February.

February 25-27, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Port Aransas: Celebration of Whooping Cranes & Other Birds. Celebrating the endangered whooping crane, this festival features presentations by world renowned conservation and nature experts, guided birding tours, both by boat and bus, educational exhibits, workshops, nature related juried trade show, and an opportunity to see the last wild migrating flock of whooping cranes in North America. Cost: $20 registration. Location: Various places in Port Aransas. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-45-COAST (26278). Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, last weekend in February.

February 26, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Houston: 17th Annual ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run. The ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run leads the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Parade. Both the 10K and 5K races begin in downtown Houston and finish at Minute Maid Park. All race entry fees benefit the Rodeo's Educational Fund. The post-race party takes place inside the Park. Reduced airfare and hotel discounts provided. Time: 10:50am. Cost: $20-25 varied. Location: Texas and Smith Streets. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-293-5591 or visit www.conocorodeorun.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

February 26-27, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Weslaco: First Annual Spring Fest. Organized by the Valley Nature Center, Spring Fest will be held in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley. This general audience, Nature Themed Festival will offer Live Animal Exhibits, Nature Art Show, Children's Crafts/ Rides. Great food, music, and loads of fun for all ages. Nature Film Festival, Speaker Series, Field Trips and a 5K Race will accompany the main festival. Time: 10am to Sunset. Cost: Adult $3, Children $2. Location: 1020 18th Street (18th / Westgate), Harlon Block Sports Complex Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 956-664-2475. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

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March

March 1-20, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Houston: Annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Big city, big rodeo. World's largest stock show; live country music performances by the genre's biggest stars and top-notch PRCA rodeo action in comfort of the new Reliant stadium. Features seven PRCA and WPRA events: bareback bronc riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling and team roping. Parade, carnival, and barbecue cook-off, too. Tickets start at $14, and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at the Astrodome box office. Free shuttle available. Location: Reliant Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call (832)-667-1000, or go to http://www.hlsr.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 4-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Kingsville: South Texas Ranching Heritage Festival. The Ranching Heritage Festival celebrates the rich history of ranching in South Texas with a fabulous variety of activities, educational presentations, and entertainment. Join us at TAMUK and JK Northway Coliseum for rides and games, Ranch Craft Artist Demonstrations, Country Western Dance, commercial vendors, petting zoo & 4-H horse show; - Family Ranch Races, Dutch Oven Demo, Mounted Shooting Demo, Chuckwagon Cook-off, Honoree Presentations, Celebrity Team Penning, Mariachi Concert (Jones Auditorium), Working Ranch Horse Sanctioned Competition, Cowboy Poets/ Musicians/ Storytellers. For more information Region: Gulf Coast. For more information visit www.kingsvilletexas.com or contact: John E. Conner Museum, 361-593-2810. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

March 5, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am - 4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday of each month.

March 7-11, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Houston: Space Center Houston Day Camps. Does your child want to become a space cadet? Space Center Houston offers EXCITING Day Camps for children ages 4-14 that are out of this world. Campers will learn in a fun and unique environment where they can explore the wonders of space through hands on activities and one-of-a kind space exhibits. Camp topics include Rockets, Space Suits, Robotics, Planets, Stars, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and much more. Time: 8:30am-3:30pm. Cost: $50 - $65/day. Location: 1601 NASA Parkway Houston, TX 77058. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 281-244-2148. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held every Spring Break, Summer and Holiday Break.

March 12-13, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Springfest-Wine, Art, and Food Festival - Texas Style. Just 20 miles north of Houston, a Hill Country Event without leaving town. Festival celebrates the Wines and Wineries of Texas, with up to 19 wineries having attended in the past, and 38 wines to taste. The festival is in its 6th year, and set to explode with expansion. Festival organizers are adding a Go Texan Food Vendor area where participants can taste, sample, and purchase food products made in the Great State of Texas. Local restaurants are invited to participate in a Taste of The Town food tasting, with restaurants located within the various wine stations located throughout the town. The Art Show and Sale is expanding and relocating to the center of town, in a festive area down the main street. In addition, a Student Art Show and Sale are being added. Since the event takes place on the streets of the town, the 150 shops, art galleries, museums, and restaurants are also available to festival attendees with a wide variety of products from around the world. Great tastes, great art, and great shopping, all to kick off Spring Break weekend. Time: Saturday 10-7 & Sunday noon - 6. Cost: TBA. Location: Streets of Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-OLD-TOWN. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 18-20, 2005 - EXHIBIT - Freeport: 15th Annual Joy Ride Rod Run. This is a two-day Classic Car Show & Rod Run. Fans have a chance to mingle with fellow auto lovers and cruise around the Brazosport Area. Time: TBA. Cost: $3 for Adults. Location: Freeport Municipal Park, 500 N. Brazosport Blvd. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 281-444-8680. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd weekend in March.

March 18-20, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park kicks off spring as Houston's premier outdoor fine art event. 300 national fine artists are juried and invited to show and sell their original art at this event. Nestled in prestigious Memorial Park, five miles from Downtown, two miles from the famous Galleria, Bayou City Art Festival is an art lovers delight. While strolling and shopping the festival it is difficult for both patrons and artists to remember they are in the heart of the fourth largest city in the United States. The Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park is consistently ranked in the top 50 Fine Art Festivals in the country by leading art publications. Time: 10am-6pm. Cost: $7 adult /children 12 & under free. Location: Memorial Park South Picnic Loop. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 713 521-0133. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in March.

March 31 - April 3, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Galveston: 3rd Annual Featherfest Nature Festival. A 4-day celebration of nature, art and history in the exciting and charming city of Galveston, Texas. Galveston Island has long been recognized as one of the top locations in the United States for birding. With a wide variety of species visible year-round, the Island is considered a central location for novice and expert birders alike. Agenda includes birding, butterfly, dragonfly van led field trips, seminars, workshops, socials, art and music. Time: See website or call for schedule. Cost: Small registration fee for field trips, seminars and workshops, other events are free. Location: Old Galveston Square, 2200 Strand. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 409-737-1990 or visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in April.

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April

(March 31) thru April 3, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Galveston: 3rd Annual Featherfest Nature Festival. A 4-day celebration of nature, art and history in the exciting and charming city of Galveston, Texas. Galveston Island has long been recognized as one of the top locations in the United States for birding. With a wide variety of species visible year-round, the Island is considered a central location for novice and expert birders alike. Agenda includes birding, butterfly, dragonfly van led field trips, seminars, workshops, socials, art and music. Time: See website or call for schedule. Cost: Small registration fee for field trips, seminars and workshops, other events are free. Location: Old Galveston Square, 2200 Strand. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000. For more information, call 409-737-1990 or visit www.galvestonfeatherfest.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend in April.

April 2, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Bonnie or Donnagayle (956) 423-9617. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

April 9, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Goliad: Goliad Market Days. Over 170 booths of arts, crafts, food, antiques, collectibles, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, soaps, potpourri, clothes, plants and much more to be found in 3 adjacent locations. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Goliad Downtown Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-848-8674. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held the 2nd Saturday each month March through December.

April 9, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Jambalaya. The Creole Heritage Zydeco & Crawfish Jambalaya will feature seven of the hottest Zydeco Bands in the Country including: Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers, Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Geno Delafose & French Rockin' Boogie, Keith Frank & Solieau Zydeco Band and Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws. Time: 10:00 am. Cost: $15 Adults, $5 Kids. Location: Jones Plaza -- Downtown Houston -- Texas @ Louisiana. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 50,000.

April 9-10, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Richmond: Runaway Scrape Reenactment. Mexican soldados and Texian settlers skirmish, recreating the dire days of the Runaway Scrape, as Texians fled in advance of Santa Anna's troops in 1836. Time: 9 to 5 with skirmish reenactments at 11am and 2pm. Cost: $9. Location: George Ranch Historical Park; 10215 FM 762; Richmond, TX. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-343-0218. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, usually the first weekend in April.

April 9-10, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Houston: Houston Spring Branch Lions Club "5th Week Trade Days". This is a Trade Days for vendors to sell antiques, hand made arts, crafts, collectibles, jewelry, bath lotions and soaps, woodwork, plants, paintings, pottery, baskets, folk art, yard art, and more. Time: 9am-6pm. Cost: free to public; $1 parking. Location: Houston Farm and Ranch Club One Abercrombie Drive Houston, Texas 77084. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 713-464-4241 or visit www.lions2s2.org/HoustonSpringBranch.htm. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Event held in each month of year with 5 Saturdays.

April 13-May 6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Corpus Christi: Buccaneer Days. Pirate Flags will again be hoisted over beautiful Corpus Christi Bay during the celebration of Buccaneer Days. Join in the fun and festivities of the PRCA Rodeo, fireworks on the bay, various water events, our Illuminated Night Parade, Junior Parade, Coronation pageant, senior and ethnic events, athletic tournaments and eleven days of thrilling carnival rides. Times and costs vary. Location: Corpus Christi Marina and Bay front. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 361-882-3242. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, April through early May.

April 14-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Portland: Windfest. Family fun! Carnival, continuous live entertainment including Buddy Jewell, Nashville Star winner, fireworks display, professional bicycle stunt team, Gator the Clown, helicopter demonstration, tasty foods, 5 & 10 K Walk/Run, Sound Off, Cow Patty Bingo, arts and crafts & children's games. A lot of great fun to be had! Located across the causeway from Corpus Christi. Time: Th 6-10, Fri. 6-11, Sat. 11am-12pm, Sun. 12-8pm. Cost: Adults $2, Children $1. Location: 2000 Billy G. Webb Portland, Texas 78374. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (361) 643-2475. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 15-16, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Deer Park: Totally Texas. Festival includes a Parade, Live Musical Entertainment, Classic Car Cruise, Anvil and Skillet Throw, Hot Dog Eating Contest, Carnival, Indoor Booths, Outdoor and indoor eating, Kids Go Country Contest, Beauty Pageant, Dog Show, Wagon Rides, Petting Zoo and much more. Time: Friday 6-10PM Saturday 10am-10PM. Cost: Admission to event and parking free. Location: 500 W. 13th Street. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-478-2050. Register with Deer Park Parks and Recreation or E-mail us at www.ci.deer-park.tx.us. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 15-17, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Harlingen: RioFest. Fair Park will host RioFest's annual celebration of the arts. Voted the "Best Family Festival" in Cameron County five years in a row, RioFest is the premiere educational Arts and Cultural event of the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico. As part of its air of festivity, the festival will provide a rich variety of performing arts, cultural arts, family and children's activities. Time: Friday 5pm-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sunday 12pm-8pm. Admission prices are $6 for adults; Children under 12 free, in the accompaniment of an adult. Free Family Day is Sunday, weekend passes available. Location: Harlingen's 40 acre Fair Park. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 1-800-RIOFEST. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in April.

April 16-24, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - The Texas Coast: Great Texas Birding Classic. A competitive birdwatching tournament sponsored by Texas Parks & Wildlife and The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. Each April teams of birders spend three "big days" counting as many different species as they can find. The top teams at the end of the week earn the privilege of deciding which habitat conservation projects will be funded by the Conservation Cash Grand Prizes. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 1-866-GTBCLAS. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held every April.

April 21-24, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Hallettsville: Texas State Championship Fiddlers Frolics. The 4th weekend in April brings the best fiddlers in the world to Hallettsville to compete for the coveted title of Texas State Champion Fiddler. Arts & Crafts all weekend, carnival, several barbecue cook-offs, Cajun, bluegrass, country western artists. Camper hookups. Guaranteed good time. Cost: $7 per day. Location: Knights of Columbus Hall. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-798-2311. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 4th weekend in April.

April 23-25 & April 30-May 2, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Old Town Spring: Texas Crawfish Festival. A music festival for the entire family featuring 3 stages of continuous musical entertainment. Past events have boasted Hunter Hayes, Pat Green, Duck Soup, and Joe Ely to name a few. Large family area with children's entertainment during the day, animal rides, petting zoo, train rides, great midway, clowns, face painters & more. Arts and crafts vendors, as well as vendors of unique toys, jewelry and furniture. Terrific food including Crawfish, Blooming Onions, Funnel Cake, Shrimp on a Stick, and Roasted Corn as well as a variety of others. The festival is in the park, not in the streets of the town. Full security is provided on the grounds and parking lots for great family fun. There is something for everyone. Time: Fridays 6pm - midnight; Saturdays noon - midnight; Sundays noon-6pm. Cost: $6 Adult; Children 12 & under free when accompanied by an adult. Location: Preservation Park in Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, visit texascrawfishfestival.com, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN or email otspl@oldtownspringtx.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually.

April 28, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Houston: Fort Bend Wine & Food Affair. Activities include cooking demonstrations, gourmet dinners, vintner dinners, an afternoon food and wine stroll, a Riedel glass seminar, celebrity book signings, gourmet farmers market, formal grand tasting and bubbles and brunch. Time: Over 25 events at various times. Cost: Varies based on event. Location: Various locations in and around Fort Bend County. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-491-0216. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held Annually, last weekend in April.

April 30, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Alvin: Cinco de Mayo. A celebration geared toward family, featuring music, dancing, a variety of foods, children's carnival, pinatas, vendor booths, and NEW THIS YEAR - Motorcycle Rally. Proceeds go to support education scholarships for local students attending Alvin Community College. Time: 10am-7pm. Cost: free. Location: National Oak Park, Gordon Street (Bus. 35), Alvin, TX 77511. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (281) 331-2253 ext. 110. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, first weekend before May 5th.

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May

(April 13) thru May 6, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Corpus Christi: Buccaneer Days. Pirate Flags will again be hoisted over beautiful Corpus Christi Bay during the celebration of Buccaneer Days. Join in the fun and festivities of the PRCA Rodeo, fireworks on the bay, various water events, our Illuminated Night Parade, Junior Parade, Coronation pageant, senior and ethnic events, athletic tournaments and eleven days of thrilling carnival rides. Times and costs vary. Location: Corpus Christi Marina and Bay front. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 361-882-3242. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, April through early May.

(April 26) thru May 1, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Concan: 6th Annual Nature Quest. Join us for the best birding and nature festival in central Texas. Learn about birds, butterflies, mammals, wildflowers, and native plants. Visit big trees, witness the sunset spectacle of a bat flight, and see stars. Kick back on a hayride, hold an arrowhead, or wade through a river habitat. Relax at a river cabin, rustic retreat, guest home, motel, or B&B. Call for a free festival schedule. Cost: $6-$20 per event. Location: Headquartered at House Pasture Cattle Co., individual events explore scenic Uvalde County. Region: Texas Hill Country. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (800) 210-0380 or visit www.thcrr.com. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3rd week and weekend in April.

May 5, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Port Aransas: Redfish Cup Q Series. The Port Aransas portion of the Redfish Cup is an exciting three-day tournament consisting of 125 two-man teams competing for the championship which will take place in Florida in September. The second stop of the five venue tournament, this family oriented event features afternoon weigh-ins, Big Air Dog and All Around Sportsman Competitions, local food and craft vendors. Location: Robert's Point Park at the City Marina. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-45-COAST. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually in the Spring to early Summer.

May 7, 2005 - CONCERT - Harlingen: Blues on the Hill. Sponsored by Parks & Recreation Dept. The series will feature blues music performed by a headline act and local artist. Lawn chairs and beach towels are welcome. No outside beverages please. Food and Drinks will be available on site. Time: Evening event. Cost: Free. Location: McKelvey Park, 1325 S. 77 SunShine Strip. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Jeff (956) 427-8870. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3 times from May thru Aug.

May 7, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

May 7-8, 2005 - EXHIBIT - Seabrook: 9th Annual Wooden Keels and Classic Wheels. Enjoy the display of fine classic automobiles and vintage wooden yachts at the Lakewood Yacht Club. An average of 250 classic cars and 70 vintage boats will be on display. Food and beverages will be available. Time: Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 9am-4pm. Cost: $17 in advance, $20 at the gate. Free parking and shuttle bus to yacht club. Location: 2425 NASA Road 1 - Lakewood Yacht Club. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-474-2511. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 1st weekend in May.

May 14, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Goliad: Goliad Market Days. Over 170 booths of arts, crafts, food, antiques, collectibles, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, soaps, potpourri, clothes, plants and much more to be found in 3 adjacent locations. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Goliad Downtown Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-848-8674. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held the 2nd Saturday each month, March - December.

May 14, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Richmond: Farming and Ranching Heritage Festival. Enjoy antique tractors on display, calf roping and horse-training seminars and cattle-working demonstrations. Join us for our first annual celebration of Texas' 20th century agriculture, and a Saturday-night under the Texas stars. (There is a special fee for the evening's activities.). Time: 10am-5pm. Cost: $9 adults, $8 seniors (62+), $5 children (5 to 15). Location: 10215 FM 762. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 281-343-0218. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

May 20-22, 2004 - FESTIVAL - Pasadena: 32nd Annual Pasadena Strawberry Festival.Enjoy continuous live entertainment, strawberries, arts & crafts, children's games, carnival rides, enormous variety of foods, beauty pageants, specialty acts, commercial exhibits, barbecue cook off, demonstrations by various craftsmen, the State Mud Volleyball Championship Tournament, the "World's Largest Strawberry Shortcake", and MUCH, MUCH, MORE!! Proceeds from the festival funds scholarships to local students, books for college libraries, and community projects that preserve and promote the study of Texas history. Hours: Friday: 3pm-midnight; Saturday: 10am-midnight; Sunday: 10am-7pm. Prices: General Admission: $8; Senior Citizens (55+): $4, under 5 free. Half Price Friday night for Senior Citizens 55+. Location: Pasadena Fairgrounds -7603 Fairmont Pkwy @ Red Bluff Rd. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, visit the Pasadena Strawberry Festival Info Page or call 281-991-9500. Held annually, 3rd weekend in May.

May 28, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Rockport: 9th Annual Rockport Festival of Wines. The Texas Maritime Museum, located adjacent to Rockport Harbor, will showcase Premium and Ultra-premium wines of Texas, California and Australia. Festivities throughout the event will include live entertainment, cooking and wine seminars, gourmet specialties, and wine and beer tasting. Proceeds from the Festival benefit the Texas Maritime Museum. Time: 4pm-10pm. Cost: $15 includes 4 wine tastes and a commemorative wine glass. Location: 1202 Navigation Circle. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 361-729-1271. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, weekend before Memorial Day.

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June 3-5, 2005 - FESTIVAL - Aransas Pass: 57th Annual Shrimporee. There will be about 15 musical acts, entertainment from trick rope artists to clowns - from Frisbee dogs to hypnotists, from cooking competition to international beer sampling and carnival rides to arts & crafts vendors. It is truly a family weekend and we're excited about having you and your family join us. Location: City of Aransas Pass Community Park, 200 E. Johnson at Commercial St. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For additional information, call (800)633-3028 or (361)758-2750 or e-mail: info@aransaspass.org. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 4, 2005 - FAIR - Harlingen: Jackson Street Market Days. An old fashioned open-air street fair with antiques, crafts, sidewalk sales, produce cart, and food vendors. Part of Jackson Street is blocked off for this event. Sponsored by the Harlingen Downtown Merchants Association. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: Free. Location: Jackson Street in downtown Harlingen. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call (956) 423-4933. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held monthly, 1st Saturday.

June 11, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Goliad: Goliad Market Days. Over 170 booths of arts, crafts, food, antiques, collectibles, metalwork, woodwork, jewelry, pottery, soaps, potpourri, clothes, plants and much more to be found in 3 adjacent locations. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: free. Location: Goliad Downtown Courthouse Square. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 800-848-8674. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Recurring: Held the 2nd Saturday each month, March - December.

June 18, 2005 - CONCERT - Harlingen: Blues on the Hill. The series will feature blues music performed by a headline act and local artist. Lawn chairs and beach towels are welcome. No outside beverages please. Food and Drinks will be available on site. Sponsored by Parks & Recreation Dept. Time: Evening event. Cost: Free. Location: McKelvey Park, 1325 S. 77 SunShine Strip. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call Jeff (956) 427-8870. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually, 3 times from May thru Aug.

June 25, 2005 - OTHER EVENT - Old Town Spring: Summertime Nights in Old Town Spring. Artwalk and shopping in the cool of the evening on the streets of Old Town Spring. Shops serve treats to customers. Shop 'til you drop. Time: 5pm-8pm. Cost: none. Location: Streets of Old Town Spring. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Average attendance: under 250,000. For more information, call 1-800-OLD-TOWN. Please mention this listing when inquiring.

June 29 - July 3, 2005 - SPORTING EVENT - Freeport: Annual Fishing Fiesta. Fisherman are drawn to this fishing tournament each year in the hopes of catching the biggest snapper, amberjack, or any other offshore or inshore fish. The Fishing Fiesta is sponsored by the Freeport Jaycees and offers carnival rides, food, live entertainment, dances and arts & crafts. The fishing tournament is one of the largest on the Gulf and the prizes include cash and a fishing boat. Time: TBA. Cost: Varies depending on age and entertainment. Tournament fee TBA. Location: Freeport Municipal Park, Brazosport Blvd. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. For more information, call 979-233-3306. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held every year during the July 4th week.

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