The Cultural Arts District in historic downtown Galveston will come alive with the sounds of children and their families who will be attending the 19th annual Grand Kids Festival, which will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on Postoffice Street between 20th and 23rd streets.

The annual event sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House and many generous donors will feature multiple outdoor performance areas, live performances on stage at The Grand and more than 40 booths and attractions showcasing a variety of hands-on activities and arts and crafts for children.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children and free for 4 and younger. So, make sure you take the entire family out for a great day of fun and the arts.

Also, make sure to check out the special presentation of the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Hansel and Gretel” that will feature several Galveston area students at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday on The Grand’s stage.

To purchase tickets, visit or call 409-765-1894 or 800-821-1894.

Free vocal arts concert

In preparation for their Ireland tour, the College of the Mainland Vocal Arts will present a free concert at 7 p.m. today at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 510 13th Ave. N., in Texas City.

The concert will feature the Mainland Singers and the Mainland Chorale.

The event also will include a silent auction, door prizes, refreshments and a raffle drawing for an all-expense paid trip to Paris. Proceeds from the raffle will help the COM Vocal Arts with their trip to Ireland.

To purchase raffle tickets or to make a donation, call 409-933-8348.

Isle festival’s blind wine tasting

Wine enthusiasts are invited to participate in a blind wine tasting from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bienville Social, 323 23rd St. Rear, in Galveston.

The event is a precursor to Yaga’s Entertainment’s fifth annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival set for April 24-27 in Galveston.

All participating wines will be blind sampled and judged to narrow down to the top three red and three white wines that will be featured at the festival, which included wines from 25 vineyards at last years event.

Tickets are $25 per person and are limited, so you better get yours quick.

For information on this, tickets and the festival, visit

Jamaican me crazy!

The Ja-Ga Reggae Festival is coming back to the isle as it celebrates the culture, history and music of everything Jamaican.

The festival will be from 10 a.m. to midnight April 12 and noon to 8 p.m. April 13 at Beach Central Park, 2102 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.

Attendees will get to enjoy live Reggae music from the likes of Etana, Alaine, Anthony Cruz, Ernie Smith and the Bare Essentials Band.

The event also will include various food and craft vendors, a jerk chicken cook-off, fashion show and a children’s area where you can take the kiddos.

Sponsored by the Jamaica Foundation of Houston, this is surely an event that you don’t want to miss.

Admission is $20 per person per day. Children 12 and younger are free.

To purchase tickets, visit

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Angela Taylor-Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News. Have an item for Hot Ticket? Email

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