Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture


Pier 21 Theater 

Pier 21 Theater is a family friendly venue that offers three documentary films for history buffs and curious visitors alike.  The movies highlight the major events of Galveston Island including the 1900 storm that ravaged the island and chronicles of Galveston’s beloved pirate history.

Premier Cinema 11 

View Featured Films at Premier Cinema 11.

Moody Gardens Giant Screen 3D Theater

Enjoy a number of films  on the world’s first giant-screen 4K 6-Primary Laser Projection System in the MG 3D Theater. Already featuring the largest screen in Texas and top-of-the-line surround sound system, this state-of-the-art 3D viewing experience gives guests the best viewing experience in the world.

Performing Arts 

East End Theater Company 

Island ETC is Galveston County’s only professional repertory theater company and stages 5 to 6 productions a year.  Although many in our company were here during the infant stages of what was then called the Strand Street Theater in the 70’s, we have been operating as Island ETC (the east-end theater company) since 2002.

The Grand 1984 Opera House 

The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. As further recognition of its importance to the citizens of Texas, in 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand The Official Opera House of Texas.

Galveston Ballet 

Galveston Ballet is the official ballet company of Galveston and a 501(c)(3)non-profit organization. Our current programs include Classical Ballet Training, Grand 1894 Opera House Performances, Fine Arts Community Education, and Ballet Scholarships. Since 1986 Galveston Ballet has offered instruction in classical ballet. We produce both mixed repertory ballet performances and full classical story ballets at the Grand 1894 Opera House.

Galveston Symphony Orchestra 

The Galveston Symphony Orchestra provides quality classical music, inspiring audiences and musicians alike, with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. This ensemble of highly skilled amateur and professional musicians has been bringing the unforgettable experience of live performances to Galveston audiences since 1979 with a repertoire of compositions ranging from the baroque to the contemporary.


Galveston Shrimp Festival 

Three full days of shrimp, music, friends and fun begins on Friday, through Sunday, the last weekend in September! Event activities include a Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Gumbo Tasting, Free Outdoors Show, Official 5k marathon, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Vendors, Kids Area and a Strand Merchant Walk-About! There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

Galveston Oktoberfest 

This fun, family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two big stages, authentic German food and libations – including three themed Bier Gartens featuring a variety of both German and domestic brews and a variety of German-style wines from nearby Haak Vineyards; holiday shopping for fine arts, crafts and gifts in The Lyceum; Cake Wheel, an exciting auction, new car raffle, fun children’s activities and games and much more.

Lone Star Bike Rally 

With juried bike shows, truck, jeep & classic car shows and free concerts on two stages, The annual Lone Star Rally will be jam packed with entertainment for all ages, day and night, all weekend long, Thursday through Sunday the first weekend of November.

Bands will perform throughout the weekend at Saengerfest Park and at Beach Central Park.

Dickens On The Strand 

With a nod to the ghost of Dickens past and an eye towards the future, Galveston’s world famous Victorian holiday festival returns to Galveston Island during the first weekend of December. The annual holiday street festival, based on 19th-century Victorian London, features parades, non-stop entertainment on six stages, strolling carolers, roving musicians, bagpipers, jugglers and a host of other entertainers. Costumed vendors peddle their wares from street stalls and rolling carts laden with holiday food and drink, Victorian-inspired crafts, clothing, jewelry, holiday decorations and gift items.

Chili Quest 

Not to fear, the Chili & Beer is here, again! For the past eight years Yaga’s has brought a diverse crowd of Chili & Beer lovers from all over the nation to Galveston. This year’s festival returns January, and will consist of the ever so popular Chili & Beer tasting with a ton of added perks. Get ready for live music, a 5K Fun Run/Walk, a washer pitching tournament, a jackpot margarita contest, vendors and a historical strand merchant walk-about. As if that doesn’t fulfill all of your festival needs, returning this year is the expanded Beer Festival.

Galveston Restaurant Week     

January can be a quiet time on Galveston Island. That lull presents an opportunity for diners to head south and catch up with the latest developments in the island’s dining scene while getting a bit of a deal. More than 30 restaurants are participating in the annual Galveston Restaurant Week.

Mardi Gras 

If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2020,  grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The Island’s 106th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 14 – February 25, 2020, is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality.

Food & Wine Festival

Attend interactive cooking demonstrations, engaging tastings and seminars as well as exclusive parties – all out food and wine revelry overtakes the island April 2020.

The Galveston Island Food and Wine Festival returns to the Island with a full slate of new events that will whet your appetite and please your palate!

Galveston Historical Foundation Historic Homes Tour

Galveston Historical Foundation opens the doors to Galveston’s architectural history through public tours of privately owned homes and special events on May 2, 3 , 09 & 10, 2020. Enjoy a review of the 2016 houses below and make your plans now for the 43rd annual tour in 2017!

Beach Revue

“Each year in May, the Galveston Island Beach Revue showcases Galveston’s incredible Seawall history,” states Will Wright, co-owner of Islander By Choice, LLC. Guests can expect two days of great special events and live music, all leading up to the crowd favorite Bathing Beauties contest!


Many people think slavery ended on September 22, 1862 – the date Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In reality, many slaves weren’t freed until much later when news of the proclamation reached their towns. The last of those slaves lived in the South and were freed on June 19, 1865 after the Emancipation Proclamation was read on a harbor pier in Galveston, Texas. This date eventually became known as “Juneteenth.” While celebrations were long held in Galveston and various parts of the country in earlier years, Texas lead the way in making Juneteenth an official state holiday in 1980.Today, Juneteenth is celebrated in more than 40 states throughout the country.

Island Attractions- Arts & Culture


René Wiley Gallery
(409) 750-9077

René Wiley Gallery represents a collection of fine art from local artists in historic downtown Galveston Island, Texas. Artworks include the exclusive representation of René Wiley’s oil paintings, and a variety of original paintings, giclée prints, wood sculpture, textiles and glass work

Third Coast Gallery
(409) 974-4661

Third Coast Gallery was founded in Galveston, Texas in 1985, by Jack Morris, Artist. Third Coast Gallery was a participant in the first Galveston ArtWalk in the late 1980’s. There were only a handful of galleries in Galveston at that time, and Jack, along with the Galveston Arts Center, Two Friends Gallery and a couple of other venues embarked on a new venture that has now become a successful Galveston event.

The Heard Gallery
(903) 357-9073

The Heard Gallery in downtown Galveston offers colorful beach styled oil paintings and fine art giclee prints on canvas and archival papers, as well as custom framing.

G.Lee Gallery  
(409) 762-0700

Lee is published and produced playwright and has been inducted into the Texas Play writing Hall of Fame. He works in all media, but prefers watercolor and acrylic. His work includes portraits, landscapes, surrealism and non-objective pieces.  He has also created a unique series of “found art” pieces he calls “ceilings on the wall”. The collection features stamped metal ceiling panels, circa 1915, framed in century-old red pine that survived the 1900 storm. Most recently he’s been developing a series of “Fab Doors of the Fab Four”, replicating the lives and times of the Beatles in mixed media.

Galveston Art League Gallery 

The Galveston Art League was founded in June, 1914. Today, it enjoys the distinction of being the oldest art league in Texas. Throughout the years, the league has exhibited the work of local artists, sponsored art instruction by well known artists, provided student scholarships and introduced Galvestonians to the cultural world.

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