The eighth annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Historic Strand District, 23rd and Strand streets, in Galveston.

Featuring shrimp, a gumbo stroll, drinks, an official 5K Run (begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and will take place on the seawall), the Lil’ Shrimps Parade (begins at 3 p.m. Saturday), sponsored by Galveston Shrimp Co., with festive floats, a marching band and bead tossing, and The Strand Merchant Walkabout (noon to 4 p.m. Saturday), the annual event will take place — rain or shine.

Live music also will be performed by The Heights Funk Collective, a nine-piece band, who will be playing its style of classic funk, R&B, Latin and Jam Improv.

Admission is $12 per person ($2 of each ticket purchased will be donated to a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund).

For tickets and information, visit galvestonislandshrimpfestival.com.

Strike up the band

If you love marching bands — like I do — then make sure you attend Friendswood High School’s annual marching band competition Saturday at Henry Winston Stadium, 702 Greenbriar Ave., in Friendswood.

The competition will feature bands from Friendswood, Alvin, Clear Brook, Dobie, North Shore, Clear Falls, Pearland, Oak Ridge, Clements, Dawson, Manvel, Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes, Clear Creek, Little Cypress-Mauriceville, and Stephen F. Austin high schools.

Gates will open at 10:30 a.m. for the preliminary performance with the preliminary awards to be presented at 3:45 p.m. Gates will open at 5:45 p.m. for the exciting final competition with the Mighty Mustang Band performing an exhibition before the final award presentation at 9 p.m.

Admission is $15 for an all-day pass, $10 for a half-day pass, and ages 5 and younger will be admitted for free.

For tickets, information, including information on parking, visit http://smalltownbigsound.org.

Open mic at The Grand

Have you ever imagined performing on stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House? Well, here’s your chance!

The Grand, as well as several other local attractions/hotels, will be taking part in the special Galveston Cares weekend events with a special open mic event from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.

So, if you’d like to participate by singing, dancing, playing an instrument, quoting poetry or whatever floats your boat, you must preregister with your name, contact information, type of performance, etc., by emailing openmic@thegrand.com.

Each performer will have seven minutes to perform on stage.

For information on this and other shows at The Grand, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.

‘Dine Out to Donate’

Although not technically set for the weekend, the Clear Creek Education Foundation’s fourth annual “Dine Out to Donate” event will take place all day (during business hours) Monday at 60 participating restaurants across the county’s mainland area.

The community is invited to “dine out” for education at one of the participating restaurants where a portion of proceeds will be donated to the foundation for its various programs that help to support its students.

In addition to this event, the “Ride to Give,” sponsored by the Kemah Boardwalk, will take place Oct. 6 through Oct. 8, and it also will benefit the foundation. On these dates, patrons are invited to purchase discounted amusement ride wristbands to support the foundation.

For a list of participating restaurants (you must have a copy of the flier) and information on the “Ride to Give” event, visit www.clearcreekeducationfoundation.org or call Kelsey Richardson, 281-284-0031.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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