Fashion shows, craft beer, oysters: 16 things to do in the Bay Area in March, April

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MARCH


21: GET COLORFUL AT HOLI IN BELLAIRE

Celebrate the arrival of spring with entertainment, music, dancing, vendors, photo booths and Indian food for purchase. Tickets include color packets to use for the traditional throwing of colors. All ages welcome. 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $5-$15. Bellaire-Zindler Park, 7008 Fifth Street, Bellaire. www.facebook.com/bellaireholi

21-22: CELEBRATE PALESTINIAN CULTURE

Houston’s Palestinian American Cultural Center will host the 10th annual Palestinian Festival, the largest in North America, including Middle Eastern food, dance and musical performances, and a showcase of a traditional Palestinian wedding. There will also be a grand bazaar with authentic Palestinian goods from embroidery and art to clothing and henna tattoos. All ages welcome. 1-10 p.m. (Sat.), 1-9 p.m. (Sun.). $5-$10. The Water Works in Buffalo Bayou Park, 105 Sabine St., Houston. www.pacchouston.org/festivals/hpf2020

22: WATCH A FASHION SHOW AT CLEAR CREEK ISD


Clear Creek ISD juniors will model clothing at the 14th annual I Love CCISD Fashion Show. Proceeds will support projects in CCISD classrooms. 4:30-7 p.m. $50. Mercedes Benz of Clear Lake, 500 S. Gulf Freeway, League City. 281-284-0174. www.clearcreekeducationfoundation.org/fashion-show

26: CONNECT WITH HEALTH, WELLNESS EXPERTS

League City Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Health & Wellness EXPO to connect area residents with various local health and wellness vendors. All ages welcome. 4-7 p.m. Johnnie Arolfo Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St, League City. 281-338-7339. www.leaguecitychamber.com/events/calendar

26: ENJOY CRAFT BEER IN LEAGUE CITY

League City Rotary will host Brews ‘N More IV to support its outreach projects, which include mobile food pantry distribution and flu immunization clinics. The event will include craft beer tastings from eight breweries, a cash bar for wine and spirits, food and live music. All ages are welcome. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $45. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. 281-334-1000. www.leaguecityrotary.com/event/brews-n--more-iv

28: EAT MACARONI AND CHEESE

Houston Mac Attack will take place in Midtown Park and feature a variety of gourmet twists on classic macaroni and cheese. Tickets include a commemorative spork, unlimited samplings and an open bar. Attendees must be over age 21. Noon-8 p.m. $54-$69. Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St., Houston. www.facebook.com/events/548686659028561

28: GO TO A COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE

The city of League City will host a garage sale in Hometown Heroes Park, where community members can get to know each other while doing spring cleaning. Rent a booth and part with items from your garage, attic or closet, or come and see what others have to offer. 10 a.m.-noon. Free (park admission), $25 (booth fee for residents), $36 (booth fee for nonresidents). Hometown Heroes Park, 1001 E. League City Parkway, League City. 281-554-1180. www.leaguecity.com/2036/parks-cultural-services

29: CELEBRATE THE BLESSING OF THE FLEET IN SEABROOK

Lakewood Yacht Club will host its 65th annual Blessing of the Fleet, marking the official opening of the club’s boating season, with a brunch, ceremony and post-blessing parties on participating boats. Traditional Irish bagpipers, as well as the Clear Brook High School Marching Band, will be present to help observe the occasion. Each Blessing participant will be introduced, have information about their boat shared with the crowd, and then receive a Lakewood Burgee, commemorative plaque and a bottle of champagne to bathe the bow. The event is for members and guests only. All ages welcome. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Lakewood Yacht Club, 2322 Lakewood Yacht Club Drive, Seabrook. 281-474-2511. www.lakewoodyachtclub.com

30: PARTICIPATE IN A GOLF TOURNAMENT

The 31st annual Spring Fever Golf Classic is open to teams and individuals and will be played as a four-person Florida scramble. The entry fee includes lunch and dinner, beverages on the course, cart and green fees, and a goodie bag. All ages are welcome. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $25 (nonplaying guests), $175 (individual players), $650 (team). Bay Oaks Country Club, 14545 Bay Oaks Blvd., Houston. 281-488-7676. www.clearlakearea.com/events/annual-events/spring-fever-golf-classic

31: TURN AN OLD BOOK INTO ART

League City will host a book folding event at Helen Hall Library, where participants can recycle an old book into a piece of art. Space is limited to 15 people. Ages 18 and up. Free. 6:30-8 p.m. Helen Hall Library - Susan Mathews Theater, 100 W. Walker St., League City. 281-554-1102. www.leaguecity.com/1280/events

APRIL


01: ADOPT A PET AT A FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON

Bay Area Turning Point will host the fifth annual Dogs and Divas fashion show and luncheon, which will include a silent auction and a wine pull drawing as well as adoptable pets. Bay Area Turning Point provides a full range of programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. All ages are welcome. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $75 (general admission), $600 (reserved table for eight). South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. 281-338-7600. www.events.idonate.com/dogsanddivas2020

03: SUPPORT THE WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT AT A FOUR-COURSE DINNER

League City will host Salute to Heroes V benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project and presented by UTMB Health. The event includes a four-course dinner, an open bar, and live music from Gary Puckett and the Union Gap. Attendees must be over age 21. 7-11 p.m. $275. South Shore Harbour Resort & Conference Center, 2500 South Shore Blvd., League City. 281-334-1000. www.facebook.com/events/522997411655193

04: EAT CRAWFISH FOR A CAUSE

BCBF Inc. will host the sixth annual BigAss Crawfish Bash, which includes all-you-can-eat crawfish, a crawfish cook-off competition with more than 80 teams, vendor booths, a children’s area, live music, a veteran VIP tent and food from various restaurants. Proceeds go to PTSD Foundation of America Camp Hope, Texas Special Olympics and Local Area Texas Education Foundations. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 1-6 p.m. (crawfish). $23 (presale), $35 (day of at gate). Gulf Greyhound Park, 1000 FM 2004, La Marque. www.bigasscrawfishbash.com

04: GO FOR A WALK TO SUPPORT SENIOR CITIZENS

The annual Walk for Wellness 1K/5K Walk/Run returns, hosted by League City and the Friends of League City Seniors Foundation. The event is designed to increase awareness of the needs of seniors and encourage citizens of all ages to develop healthy lifestyles. All ages welcome. Starts at 7:30 a.m. $25-$30. Walter Hall Park, 807 Hwy. 3 N., League City. 281-554-1180. www.raceentry.com/races/walk-for-wellness/2020/register

POSTPONED: SLURP UP SOME OYSTERS

This event has been postponed until spring 2021, according to Galveston Bay Foundation officials.

The inaugural Houston Oyster Festival will feature cooked oyster bites and signature seafood dishes from several Houston restaurants; beer, wine and vodka bars; live music; cooking demos; a raw bar; educational exhibits and more. All ages welcome. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $35-$150. Silver Street Studios at Sawyer Yards, 2000 Edwards St., Houston. 281-332-3381. www.houstonoysterfestival.org

Editor's note: This post was updated at 2:30 p.m. on March 12 to reflect changes in event details, including the cancellation of 2020 Lucky Trail events in Seabrook from March 13-15.
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.

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