TO-DO LIST: 9 events in late April and May throughout Tomball, Magnolia

Tomball's crawfish festival returns in early May. (Courtesy city of Tomball)
Tomball's crawfish festival returns in early May. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

Tomball's crawfish festival returns in early May. (Courtesy city of Tomball)

April 28-May 1

Watch a 1960s classic

The National Youth Theater is performing its adaptation of the 1968 film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” at Lone Star College-Tomball, according to a news release. Students from Houston-area school districts, including Cypress, Tomball and Magnolia ISDs, will perform. 7 p.m. (April 28-29); 2 p.m., 6 p.m. (April 30-May 1). $12-$20. LSC-Tomball Performing Arts Center, 30555 Hwy. 249, Tomball. 832-510-7794. www.nationalyouththeater.org

April 29-30

Magnolia brings back barbecue season


The annual Magnolia Showdown BBQ Cookoff returns to Unity Park. Hosted by the Magnolia Festival Committee and sanctioned by the Lone Star Barbecue Society, the cook-off features categories for brisket, spare ribs, chicken and beans as well as contests for margaritas, open protein and dessert. Registration for contestants closed April 15, but the event is free and open to the public to attend. 8 a.m.-TBD (April 29), TBD (April 30). Free. 19450 Unity Park Drive, Magnolia. www.cityofmagnolia.com

April 30

Enjoy a spring festival

Boys and Girls Country of Houston is hosting its Spring Festival 2022 at its Hockley location. The event will feature armadillo races, food, crafts and a basket sale. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission, parking); $5 (activity passes for children age 4 and younger); $20 (activity passes for age 5 and older); $1 (food, activity tickets). Boys and Girls Country, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley. 281-290-1288. www.boysandgirlscountry.org

April 30

Enjoy pancakes in Magnolia

The Magnolia Lions Club will host its annual Pancake Supper at Magnolia Junior High School with all-you-can-eat pancakes and a silent auction. Funds go to the Lions Club for community initiatives, such as student scholarships, eye exams and holiday support to area families in need, according to event information. 5-8 p.m. $5-$6 (children), $10-$12 (adults). 31138 Nichols Sawmill Road, Magnolia. 979-709-7601. www.facebook.com/magnoliatxlionsclub

May 1

Visit an annual bazaar

Saint Matthias Catholic Church’s Annual Bazaar in Magnolia will feature a barbecue dinner as well as a raffle, live music, inflatables, midway games and bingo. Proceeds will go toward Saint Matthias’ new church building fund. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free (admission), $15 (all-day wristband passes for midway games). 302 S. Magnolia Blvd., Magnolia. 281-356-2000. www.st.matthias.net

May 2

Take a swing

The Greater Magnolia Parkway Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Golf Classic tournament at the High Meadow Ranch Golf Club in Magnolia. In addition to the tournament, the event will feature breakfast and lunch as well as a golf ball drop raffle. 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. $175 (individual), $475 (team of four). 37300 Golf Club Trail, Magnolia. 281-356-1488. www.greatermagnoliaparkwaycc.org

May 7

Check out vintage cars in Tomball

The First Presbyterian Church of Tomball will host the Vintage Car Festival. The event will feature live Cajun music, barbecue and craft vendors. Prizes will be awarded to four categories of stock or modified cars. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free (admission). First Presbyterian Church, 30410 Hwy. 249, Tomball. Contact Paul Hurst at [email protected] www.fpctomball.org

May 7

Enjoy Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival

The 10th annual Rails and Tails Mudbug Festival will return to Tomball’s historic downtown Depot. The event will feature live music from Kelly McGuire, The Gary Michael Dahl Band and The Posse as well as a crawfish boil. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free (admission, parking). 201 S. Elm St., Tomball. 281-290-1035. www.tomballtx.gov

May 18

Learn about an active-adult community in Magnolia

Alders Magnolia hosts Taste of Alders Magnolia, an event guests can register for to learn about luxury living for ages 55 and older. Guests can register for a 30-minute appointment to have questions answered and enjoy sweet treats. RSVP required. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (registration required). 33118 Magnolia Circle, Magnolia. 832-345-9098
By Jishnu Nair

Reporter, North Houston Metro

Jishnu joined Community Impact Newspaper as a metro reporter in July 2021. Previously, he worked as a digital producer for a television station in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and studied at Syracuse University's Newhouse School. Originally from New Jersey, Jishnu covers the North Houston metro area, including Tomball, Magnolia, Conroe and Montgomery, as well as the Woodlands and Lake Houston areas.