Fourth of July festivities, Movies Under the Moon: 8 events, things to do in the Lake Houston area in June, July

Local musician Andy Rodrigues hosts the annual July Fourth Fireworks Festival. (Courtesy Town Center Events)
Local musician Andy Rodrigues hosts the annual July Fourth Fireworks Festival. (Courtesy Town Center Events)

Local musician Andy Rodrigues hosts the annual July Fourth Fireworks Festival. (Courtesy Town Center Events)

June 25: Beyond Bees

Attendees are guided through the bee colonies of Mercer Botanic Gardens’ East Side Gardens and learn about the critical role carpenter and honeybees play in the environment. Attendees also learn about holistic gardening practices as well as ongoing conservation efforts by Mercer Botanic Gardens staff. Online registration closes 48 hours prior to the event. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Visitor Center at Mercer Botanic Gardens’ East Side Main Garden, 22306 Aldine Westfield Road, Humble. 713-274-4160. www.hcp4.net

June 26: Soil Science 1.0

Attendees can advance their gardening skills with a class taught by a specialized soil scientist. Learn about the best soils for different uses and why it is important to find the right one. 10 a.m. Free. Kingwood Garden Center, 1216 Stonehollow Drive, Kingwood. 281-358-1805. www.facebook.com/kingwoodgardencenter

July 2-3: Summer Lock-in


Drop children off for an overnight stay at a gymnastics center. Pizza, games, movies and an open gym are available for children ages 6-12. Children should bring their own pajamas, sleeping bags and pillow, and snacks. 7 p.m.-8 a.m. $60 (per registered student), $70 (per non-registered student). Rowland Ballard School, 19505 W. Lake Houston Parkway, Humble. 281-812-7835. www.facebook.com/rowlandballardacademy

July 3: Liberty on the Lawn

Catch an early fireworks showing with live music by Bri Bagwell, No Rehearsal and Jenna Lynn at Liberty on the Lawn. Child-friendly activities include face painting, a bounce house and caricature drawing. Bibo’s Bistro and Lupo Pizzeria serve dine-in and take-out for the events, and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets for the fireworks show. 5-9 p.m. Free (admission), $5 (game tickets). Redemption Square, 250 Assay St., Houston. 713-860-3000. www.redemptionsquare.com

July 4: July Fourth Fireworks Festival

Local musician Andy Rodrigues hosts the annual July Fourth Fireworks Festival, during which the Continental House Band and the Honky Tonk Revivalists perform live music. The event also features local vendors selling food and crafts. 3-9 p.m. Free. Kingwood Town Center Park, 8 N. Main St., Kingwood. 346-600-2366. www.towncenterevents.com

July 4: Valley Ranch Fourth Fest

Visit the Valley Ranch Fourth Fest, and feed animals at the petting zoo, or grab a drink at the beer garden. The event includes live music performed by the Eli Young Band and Wade Bowen. The event also features a classic car show and children’s zone complete with a rock wall and obstacle course. Nearly 15 different food vendors, such as Bahama Buck’s Shaved Ice and Mama’s Corny Cob, are on-site. 4-10 p.m. $25 (general admission), $50 (VIP admission), Free (age 12 and younger), $10 (parking). The Hill at Valley Ranch, 21562 Valley Ranch Parkway, New Caney. 713-452-1700. www.thehillvalleyranch.com

July 10: Dueling Pianos Concert

Watch Grammy-recognized pianist Brian Holland, drummer Danny Coots and Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame pianist Carl Sonny Leyland perform their album, “Old Fashioned.” 7 p.m. $20. Charles Bender Performing Arts Center, 611 Higgins St., Humble. 281-446-4140. www.humblepac.com

July 15: Movies Under the Moon: ‘Trolls World Tour’

View ‘Trolls World Tour’ on a 32-foot wide screen at Kings Harbor. No outside food or drinks are allowed, as restaurants at Kings Harbor are open for attendees to dine in or order food to-go. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and chairs to watch the movie. 8:30 p.m. Free. Kings Harbor, 4501 Magnolia Cove Drive, Kingwood. 713-629-5200. https://kings-harbor.com
By Brooke Ontiveros

North Houston Intern, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery & Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Brooke joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editorial intern for summer 2021. Brooke covers education, local government, business, real estate development and health. She goes to The University of Texas at Austin and has served as an editor and reporter for the University newspaper The Daily Texan.



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