A number of events are taking place in the Bellaire, Meyerland, West University and surrounding areas in May, including a garden cocktail party to raise funds for a local nature center and the Art Bike Festival, a spinoff of Houston's Art Car Parade.

May 6: Raise money for a local nature center

The Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center hosts the 2022 Twilight Gala, the annual fundraising event located at the center’s gardens. The event includes a wine and whiskey pull, and attire is garden glam cocktail with grass-friendly shoes recommended. Funds raised benefit the center, which hosts programs that seek to foster a love and respect for nature among children. 6-10 p.m. $300. Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle St., Bellaire. 713-667-6550. www.naturediscoverycenter.org

May 6: Party at a Bellaire park

The city of Bellaire and Patrons For Bellaire Parks invite the public to enjoy a free outdoor concert. The band Nightbird Fleetwood Mac, a Stevie Nicks tribute band, will perform at the event. 7 p.m. Free. Great lawn at Bellaire Town Square, 7001 Fifth St., Bellaire. 713-661-7275. www.bellaireparks.org

May 7: Celebrate hope with a local orchestra

The Texas Medical Center Orchestra welcomes pianist Artem Kuznetsov as a featured soloist in a performance that includes works by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. 7 p.m. $15 (seniors age 65 and older), $20 (student), $25 (general admission). Hobby Center for Performing Arts, 800 Bagby St., Ste. 300, Houston. 713-315-2525. www.tmcorchestra.org

May 7: Walk to help end Lupus

The Lupus Foundation of America-Texas Gulf Coast Chapter hosts the Walk to End Lupus Now. Proceeds go to research, community outreach and education. 8-11 a.m. Free (donations encouraged). Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne St., Houston. 713-529-0126. www.lupus.org

May 7: Hear a spring concert at St. Andrew's Church

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church hosts the Treble Choir of Houston for a spring concert under artistic director Marianna Parnas-Simpson. The choir, composed of women in grades 6-12, will perform songs from their 2021-22 repertoire, including vocal and instrumental solos. 3 p.m. Free (donations accepted). St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 5308 Buffalo Speedway, Houston. 281-658-0938. www.treblechoir.com

May 14: Walk to support arthritis research

The Arthritis Foundation event is in person once again after two years of running virtually. Proceeds go to finding a cure, programming and resources. 7-11 a.m. Free (donations encouraged). Fish Plaza-Buffalo Bayou Trail, 501 Texas Ave., Houston. 713-557-2506. www.walktocurearthritis.org

May 19: Dance on the green

The University of Houston-Downtown will host a free concert featuring local artists of multiple genres. People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and picnics. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com

May 21: Take the kids to a Disney tribute

The Children’s Museum of Houston hosts Disney movie favorites, including Simba, Ariel and the Mad Hatter, for a party that includes dancing and singing to popular Disney tunes. 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free (children under age 1), $14 (seniors age 65 and older), $15 (general admission). Children’s Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz St., Houston. 713-522-1138. www.cmhouston.org

May 21: Decorate a bike for a parade

The first-ever Art Bike Festival allows attendees to bring their creative bikes for a group ride. Other programs, a schedule of which is to be announced, will focus on creativity, health and wellness. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. McGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Road, Houston. www.artbikehouston.com

May 28: Try new foods

The Houston Food Fest will feature food from over 70 different vendors. Food options will range from desserts to vegan options to classic Texas barbecue. Additionally, there will be live music, dancing and family-friendly activities. 2-10 p.m. $9. Midtown Park, 2811 Travis St., Houston. www.houstonfoodfest.com

Enjoy a free show at Miller Outdoor Theatre

Located at Hermann Park, Miller Outdoor Theatre offers a variety of free events for the public during a season that typically runs from April through November. Although performances are free, guests can secure tickets for covered seating one day prior to each performance.

May 2-3: “The Little Mermaid,” 11 a.m.

May 4: OKI: Music of the Ainu, 8:15 p.m.

May 6: Cinco de Mayo party, 8:15 p.m.

May 7: River to the Sea, 8:15 p.m.

May 13: Houston Ballet, 8 p.m.

May 20-21: “Romeo and Juliet” by Houston Grand Opera, 8 p.m.

May 26-28: Funky Good Time, 8:30 p.m.

Miller Outdoor Theatre, 6000 Hermann Park Drive, Houston

832-487-7102. www.milleroutdoortheatre.com