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New Republic Brewing Co.
A local brewery operated by Aggies, New Republic Brewing Co. has a schedule full of live music and good brews every weekend. www.newrepublicbrewing.com
What’s the Buzz Coffee Co.
Buy roasted coffee beans from Africa, Latin America, or Indonesia, right from the comfort of College Station. Visit What’s the Buzz in College Station and learn about roasting coffee beans or try What’s the Buzz Coffee at The Village, Blue Baker, Village Foods, or HEB. www.whatsthebuzzcoffee.com
Messina Hof Winery & Resort
World-class wines and hospitality abound at the Bryan vineyard Messina Hof Winery. Tastings, tours, and events fill out the summer calendar for Messina Hof. www.messinahof.com
Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail
The Texas Bluebonnet Wine Trail consists of seven wineries in the beautiful Brazos countryside. Spend a day, weekend, or make it a summer goal to visit all seven and try the award-winning wines. www.texasbluebonnetwinetrail.com
Creating local craft beers, Blackwater Draw has two locations in the Brazos Valley. Blackwater Draw serves taproom brews as well as lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Check out www.blackwaterbrew.com for more information on beers, menus, and upcoming events.
Dive into Adamson Pool, a 50-meter Olympic-size swimming pool built in 1976, with a diving board and a wading pool. Adamson Lagoon also has two large water slides and a separate baby pool for younger children. The tropical atmosphere in this mini water park provides a fun and safe environment for the whole family. General admission is $6 and children who are two years or younger are free. Located in Bee Creek Park on 1900 Anderson Dr., College Station. www.cstx.gov
Bryan Aquatic Center
The Bryan Aquatic Center has a 175-foot water-slide, baby pool, diving boards, and plenty of space for the whole family to bask in the sun. The pool is open to the public throughout the year and available for rental after hours. Located on 3100 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan. www.bryantx.gov
Pack up the family to camp, boat, fish, swim, or jet ski at Lake Bryan. The Lakeside Icehouse and Grill on Lake Bryan opens every weekend for concerts, drinks, and food. www.lakebryan.com
Soak up the summer sun at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston, New Braunfels, Corpus Christi or South Padre Island. Save $5 on season passes through the end of May. www.schlitterbahn.com
Brazos Valley Roller Derby
Head to the roller derby to see the Brazos Valley Roller Derby girls in action. Home games are located at the VFW Post in Bryan. www.brazosvalleyrollerderby.com
Brazos Valley Bombers
Collegiate baseball season continues through the summer with the Brazos Valley Bombers. Playing at Cellucor Field, the Bombers season opens May 26. www.bvbombers.com
PARKS AND RECREATION
Enjoy various events this summer at Washington-on-the-Brazos. The farm is located within the Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Site off Highway 105 between Navasota and Brenham on FM 1155. www.wheretexasbecametexas.org
The first Friday of every month, Downtown Bryan teems with activity, live music, free movie screenings, and artist demonstrations. First Friday is a great night out for the entire family. www.downtownbryan.com
Starlight Music Festival
The Starlight Music Festival is a free concert series at Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater. Perfect for the entire family, bring a cooler and blanket and enjoy the music. Check the website for a full schedule of performers. www.cstx.gov/starlight
Movies in the Park
Bring blankets, chairs and coolers to Wolf Pen Creek Amphitheater for the Movies in the Park series. Watch family friendly features on the 32-foot inflatable high-definition screen. Admission is free. Check website for dates and features. www.cstx.gov/movies
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M University has a full schedule of events for the summer, including the Summer Film Series: Movies by the Pond. Enjoy family friendly films such as “Homeward Bound,” “Babe,” “Flicka,” and more. For a full schedule of events, visit www.bush41.org.
Hot Nights, Cool Tunes
Bring your lawn chairs and visit Downtown Brenham’s Courthouse Square for cool tunes in July. Free concerts will be held every Saturday night in July at 7pm. www.VisitBrenhamTexas.com
Brazos Valley Farmers Market
Take your family for a day of local, farm-fresh shopping every Saturday. Check out the Brazos Valley Farmers’ Market in Downtown Bryan located between Main Street and Bryan Street, a few blocks north of William J. Bryan Parkway. All produce is locally grown. Stock up on fresh eggs, jellies, jams, honey, herbs, and garden crafts. www.brazosvalleyfarmersmarket.com
Bellville Farmers Market
Get homegrown seasonal fruits and vegetables, grass-fed beef, seafood, herbs, baked goods, and more every first and third Saturday of the summer. Located in Bellville on the corner of Bell and Palm Street, one block off the Bellville Square. Opens at 9am. www.bellvillefarmersmarket.com
The Farm Patch
Purchase fruit, vegetables, food products, flowers, and other plants all in one place. Since opening in 1974, The Farm Patch has become widely known and recognized for its quality, freshness, and overall “Old Market” appeal. Check it out at 3519 South College Ave. in Bryan. www.thefarmpatch.com
Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten
A local food hub open daily, the Home Sweet Farm Market & Biergarten is a mecca of local produce, craft beer, wine, and entertainment. For daily hours, events, and more information, visit www.homesweetfarm.com.
The Theatre Company presents “Passion/Assassins” June 16 – June 25. For tickets and show times, visit www.theatrecompany.com/tickets.
The Theatre Company presents “Hello, Dolly!” August 4 – August 20. For tickets and show times, visit www.theatrecompany.com/tickets.
Enjoy this comedy of two young actors in search of a fortune who get themselves mixed up.
The Main Stage presents “Leading Ladies” at Unity Theatre in Brenham, June 1 – June 18.
For tickets and show times, visit www.unitybrenham.org/MainStage-LeadingLadies.
A sleeping princess, a spellbound prince, and more fairies than you can shake a stick at are all part of this quirky adaptation of the popular tale. Enjoy
this classic with a twist presented by the Children’s Musical at Unity Theatre in Brenham, June 1 – June 18. For tickets and show times, visit www.unitybrenham.org/SpecialEvents-SleepingBeauty.
The Dixie Swim Club
Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships, catch up, laugh, and meddle in each other’s lives. Enjoy this fun comedy presented by StageCenter Community Theatre June 8 – June 24. For more information, visit www.stagecenter.net.
For Her Che-ild’s Sake
The pure but persecuted heroine, the rascally villain, the manly hero who arrives in the nick of time – they’re all here. You will cheer, boo, hiss, and throw popcorn as you watch this presentation by StageCenter Community Theatre August 10 – August 26. For more information, visit www.stagecenter.net.
This is Water Theatre presents the regional premiere of “Coping,” playing from July 19 – August 5. For more information, visit www.thisiswatertheatre.com.
SING AND DANCE
P.O.E.T.S. Billiards and Sports Bar
Grab a mic at P.O.E.T.S. in College Station for karaoke every Friday night. www.poetsbilliardsbcs.com
Salsa Lessons at The Village
Put on your dancing shoes and head to The Village in Downtown Bryan. Salsa lessons are just $8 every Wednesday night from 9pm to 10:30pm, or skip the lesson and dance for $5 from 10:30pm to 12am. Drink specials available. www.thevillagedowntown.com
FOURTH OF JULY
Fireworks on the Brazos
The Annual Fireworks on the Brazos will feature a free music concert from 7pm to 9pm in Washington-on-the-Brazos’ amphitheater, featuring Texas country artist Cody Bryan Band. The firework extravaganza starts at 9:30pm. HEB will host face painting, bubble stations, and other fun activities for kids. Food vendors will offer a variety of festival food choices. Visitors can bring picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, and flashlights. www.birthplaceoftexas.org
Kurten Fireworks Show
Celebrate Fourth of July at the Annual Kurten Fireworks Show and Fundraiser. This event offers residents the opportunity to meet and support firefighters and first responders who volunteer their time and efforts to the community, while enjoying a family-focused celebration. The event features barbecue, children’s games, and activities, raffles, and fireworks show. www.district2vfd.org
Fourth of July Parade in Chappell Hill
Come celebrate July 4th in Chappell Hill at the Annual Biggest Small Town Parade in Texas! Featuring the World Famous Marching Kazoo Band, the parade starts at 10am. The Chappell Hill Historical Society will once again host the Summer Cowboy Event. The Rocking T Chuck wagon, Cowboy Bob, pony rides, petting zoo, oxen demonstrations, and a food and beverage vendor will be featured this year. All activities and exhibits are free. For entry forms visit www.chappellhilltx.com
Fourth of July Parade in Round Top
Round Top’s 167th Fourth of July Parade will kick off at 10:30am in Downtown Round Top with the roar of the Civil War-era cannon. Fun for the whole family, great food, good music, and a parade will be among the festivities of the longest running annual Fourth of July celebration west of the Mississippi River. www.roundtoprifle.com
I Love America Fourth of July
The 57th Annual I Love America Fourth of July celebration will be presented by the College Station Noon Lions Club at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum at Texas A&M. Activities begin at 9:30am on July 4 with free games, rides, and live entertainment with free museum entry until 8pm. A patriotic symphony performance by the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will celebrate our nation’s birthday in style and will be topped off with a fireworks display. It’s the perfect event for visiting family and friends celebrating the holiday together. Fireworks begin at dark and end at 10:15pm. www.csnoonlions.org