by Sam Ferris
Go barefoot on the shores of Padre Island during the 7th annual Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival or catch a showing of the Broadway classic West Side Story.
Barefoot Mardi Gras
Padre Island gets a taste of Bourbon Street for the seventh straight year during this day-long festival benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Seashore Learning Center. Enjoy Cajun music, food, drinks, exhibits, art, and more along the beaches between Bob Hall Pier and Whitecap Blvd. A family parade with floats will kick off in the morning, and the adult-only King and Queens Ball is held at Schlitterbahn’s Veranda Restaurant & Bar at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Children 8 years old and younger get in free. Saturday, 11 a.m., Park Road 22, barefootmardigras.com.
From neck braces to classic nerd attire, it’s hard not to love The Spazmatics. Relive America’s greatest hair decade as this quirky cover band plays all of your favorite 80s classics. Plus, the music is always more enjoyable when you’re at Brewster Street Icehouse. Tickets start at 9 p.m. Friday, 9 p.m., 1724 N. Tancahua, 884-2739, brewsterstreet.net.
Go Red with Macy's
Heart disease is the number one killer of women, according to the CDC. To raise awareness, Macy’s at La Palmera Mall is hosting a five-day Go Red shopping event, where shoppers can either wear red or purchase the official 2016 Red Dress pin for $3. Purchasers receive a 25 percent discount on storewide purchases and 15 percent off fine and fashion jewelry. 100 percent of pin sales benefit Go Red For Women, an organization that raises awareness about women’s heart health. Friday through Sunday, 5488 S.P.I.D., 994-2238, macys.com/GoRed.
West Side Story
This legendary tale of blue collar romance and street gangs originally debuted on Broadway in 1957 and is showing no signs of slowing down. The play’s film adaptation was nominated for 11 Academy Awards in 1962, winning 10 of them. West Side Story opens for a six-week run at the Aurora Arts Theatre on Friday. $15 adult, $10 children. Friday & Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m., 5635 Everhart Rd., 851-9700, auroraartstheatre.com.
Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair
Bountiful Bowl has a host of activities on tap for its 14th annual Pottery Fair. See pieces from Texas’ finest potters at Rockport Fulton High School through 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visitors can then tour several art galleries in the Rockport Heritage District and view pottery demonstrations beginning at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $5. Saturday, 10 a.m., 1801 Ornohundro St., 729-5352, bountifulbowl.org.