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This weekend in Bryan-College Station

The Starlight Music Series opens Saturday, May 3, with Del Castillo.
The Starlight Music Series opens Saturday, May 3, with Del Castillo.
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Springtime brings an upswing in outdoor events, and the weather in Bryan and College Station, Texas, looks great for outdoor or indoor events this weekend.

Downtown Bryan, Texas, will hold First Friday this weekend
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Community Theater – Two regional community theater groups have performances scheduled this weekend. On weekends May 1-18, Navasota Theatre Alliance in Navasota, Texas, performs And Then There Were None, the classic whodunit by Agatha Christie. Closing out its run of A Little Night Music, The Theatre Company in Bryan, Texas, offers performances through May 4.

First Friday in Downtown Bryan – Every first Friday evening of the month, the Downtown Bryan Association and Downtown Bryan merchants host special events. First Friday this month is chock full of activities, including Viz-A-Go-Go, an annual screening of work by students from the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University. An outdoor screening of the movie Frozen! is scheduled at Sale Park, and ArtHunt gives shoppers a chance to locate works of art by local artists. Grand Stafford Theater supports First Friday with a free concert by The Tontons, and street corner musicians are always out in force.

Relay for Life – From Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. to Saturday morning at 7:00 a.m., the American Cancer Society Relay for Life takes place at Coulter Airfield in Bryan, Texas. You can donate online at the Relay for Life Brazos County website.

Book signing – On Saturday from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m., well-known local author Linda Warren will hold a book signing at Lemon Wedge restaurant in Downtown Bryan. Her book, One Night in Texas, is part of the Harlequin American Romance series.

Derby Day – Saturday afternoon brings the annual Kentucky Derby, and local BCS folks celebrate at their 11th Annual Derby Day. Food, hats, mint juleps, the works. The Brazos Valley Symphony Dance Band is joined by the Party Machine, a high-energy dance band, to provide the music. Of course, the Kentucky Derby will be broadcast as it happens. It all starts at 4:00 p.m.

Contra dancing – On Saturday evening, experienced contra dancers or first-timers can dance to music by ContraDictions and calling by Joe Barziza at the monthly BCS Monthly Contra Dance. The dance starts at 7:00 p.m., and the minimal $5 admission is waived for visitors.

Outdoor music on the lakeshore – On Friday night, Lakeside Icehouse on Lake Bryan hosts Sam Riggs on its outdoor deck. On Sunday, Jerod Justice of The Docs takes the Lakeside stage.

Starlight Music Series – On Saturday evening, the City of College Station kicks off its Starlight Music Series with Del Castillo at Wolf Pen Creek Park. The beautiful spring weather should make the park’s outdoor amphitheater a fantastic setting for a family outing. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Choral music – On Sunday at 3:00 p.m., Brazos Valley Chorale closes out the weekend with “I Hear America Singing,” a salute to American composers. The concert will feature works by American composers and American poets such as Leonard Bernstein, Michael Hennagin, and John David Earnest as well as folk songs and American spirituals.

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