Sailboat racing, craft beer festival: 16 Bay Area events to attend in August and September

August 9

Hear live music at T-Bone Tom's

Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef will play live music at T-Bone Tom’s. The Texas beach music band includes inspiration from country, calypso, pop and rock and covers Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys and more. 7-11 p.m. Free. T-Bone Tom’s, 707 Hwy. 146, Kemah. 281-334-2133.

August 10

Attend a volunteer bazaar

This event will connect local nonprofits with residents interested in volunteering. Organizations will share their needs with the community, and potential volunteers can learn how to help give back to the community. Over 20 area nonprofits—including Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters, Galveston County Food Bank and more—will participate and offer several causes and projects residents can help with. The Helen Hall Library-hosted event also includes refreshments and prizes. All ages welcome. Noon-3 p.m. Free. League City Civic Center Ballroom, 400 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1111.

August 12

Enjoy a family day at Kemah Boardwalk
Aug. 12 is the last Kid Krazy Monday of the summer at the Kemah Boardwalk. The event gives coupons to children who go to the boardwalk with at least one adult. Children who go receive a discounted meal and half off an all-day ride pass with the purchase of a full-price pass. All ages welcome. 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. $34.50 (one full-price adult all-day ride pass and one discounted children’s pass). Kemah Boardwalk, 215 Kipp Ave., Kemah. 877-285-3624.

August 13

Share input on League City's budget
League City residents can attend the first public hearing on the city’s proposed fiscal year 2019-20 budget. The preliminary budget calls for $141.37 million for operations and $110.85 million for capital projects, including drainage and traffic projects voters approved in May. A tax rate of $0.55 per $100 valuation has been proposed. 6 p.m. Free. League City City Council Chambers, 200 W. Walker St., League City.

August 14

Learn more about 3D printing
Local business re:3D will share 3D-printing tips and tricks during a class. Attendees can learn how to improve 3D-printing workflow and more successfully print first layers, small features and more. The course is open to all but geared more toward those with basic or intermediate 3D-printing experience. Advanced registration required. Age 8 and up. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. re:3D, 1100 Hercules Ave., Houston. 512-730-0033.

August 14 through 28

Hone your writing skills
The Helen Hall Library hosts a writers club the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Attendees can pen stories based on writing prompts and share their writings and ideas in a welcoming environment. All ages welcome. 6-7 p.m. Free. Helen Hall Library, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1111.

August 15

Check out a dark metal band
Hardcore metal band Dead Girls Academy will play live music at Scout Bar. The band is the result of frontman Michael Orlando, who disbanded his previous group Vampires Everywhere! to start Dead Girls Academy, which features a dark and broody aesthetic. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. $11 (advance), $14 (at door), $40 (VIP table for four, does not include general admission). Scout Bar, 18307 Egret Bay Blvd., Houston. 281-335-0002.

August 16

Watch 'The Martian' at the space center
Space Center Houston will host a screening of the 2015 science fiction film “The Martian,” featuring Matt Damon, who plays an astronaut stranded on Mars as NASA fights to rescue him. See a movie about Mars exploration next door to the Johnson Space Center as NASA readies to return to the moon and eventually the red planet for the first time. All ages welcome. 7 p.m. $8 (public), $5 (members). Space Center Houston, 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Houston. 281-244-2100.

August 21

Watch sailboat races
On Wednesdays, residents gather at Villa Capri on Clear Lake to watch sailboat races pass by. The restaurant and banquet facility is a waterfront property with views of Clear Lake. Sailboat-watching events are also available Aug. 28 and Sept. 4. All ages welcome. 6-8 p.m. Free. 713 NASA Parkway, Seabrook. 281-326-2373.

August 22

Learn about the Quran

Women interested in the Islamic faith can attend Quran for Beginners for Sisters. This class, taught every Thursday, introduces women who are just learning how to read the Quran, the Muslim holy book. No babysitting is provided. 6-7 p.m. Free. Clear Lake Islamic Center, 17511 El Camino Real, Houston. 281-480-3325.

August 22

Enjoy a wine dinner
South Shore Harbour Resort hosts bimonthly festive dinners that showcase both local and exotic wines. Residents can kick off a relaxing weekend early with a wine dinner. Age 21 and up. 7-10 p.m. $89. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. 281-334-1000.

August 24

Meet a football star
Former professional football running back Emmitt Smith will be at a meet and greet at the Baybrook Mall. Smith played for the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals and became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher during his 15-year career in the 1990s and 2000s. All ages welcome. 2-3:30 p.m. $150-$225. Fiterman Sports Group, 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Friendswood. 832-775-4504.

August 24

Pasadena Trade Days at Pasadena Fairgrounds
Residents can shop dozens of vendors selling handcrafted and artisan goods at specialty shops and rummage sales. All ages welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Pasadena Fairgrounds Open Air BBQ Pavilion, 7601 Red Bluff Road, Pasadena. 936-463-8049.

August 29

Learn about baby care
Kelsey-Seybold will host an event preparing soon-to-be parents for caring for newborn babies. The clinic will include information on labor and delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum support and more. The event includes dinner and discussions with doctors. Attendees will receive a gift bag and be entered into a door prize drawing. 6 p.m. $10 (individual), $15 (couple), free (Kelsey-Seybold patients). Kelsey-Seybold Clear Lake Clinic, 1010 S. Ponds Drive, Webster. 713-442-4300.

August 30 through September 1

Go to a craft beer fest at Moody Gardens Hotel
Beer aficionados can attend the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. Sample world beers, meet industry experts and more. Ages vary by event. 7-10 p.m. (Fri.), 2-6:30 p.m. (Sat.), 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Sun.). $25-$85 depending on event. Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd., Galveston.

September 4

Sip some complimentary wine
The first Wednesday of each month, The Boldthouse in Seabrook hosts a complimentary wine-tasting event. It will include snacks and live music on the patio from jazz band Diminished Capacity. The business will hold happy hour specials all day. Age 21 and up. 6-9 p.m. Free. The Boldthouse, 2234 E. NASA Parkway, Seabrook. 281-942-9776.

By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.