Events Calendar

Events Calendar

Don’t miss out on the many Annual Island festivals and Events.

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Whip up a batch of your best chili recipe and bring it on down to the Galveston Historical Strand. Compete for the gold and Chili Champion bragging rights. Although every chili has its own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got!

Acts from across Texas and the nation will perform the best in Classic Rock, Top 40, Country and Blues throughout the weekend.  Rally goers will take in some of the most spectacular waterfront riding available along the Gulf, coupled with the picturesque architecture and bike-only accessibility of Historic Downtown Galveston!

At Mardi Gras! Galveston, the extravagance found in Texas’s largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than 3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston and that’s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style.

Our weekly outdoor markets provides a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods, including farms, ranches, bakeries, cheese-makers and specialty-foods producers.

Based on Island events from summer seasons past like the Pageant of Pulchritude and Splash Day, the Galveston Island Beach Revue resurrected these favorite Island pastimes into a contemporary two-day, family-friendly event in 2009. The Revue continues to grow each year through events, contestant participation, and attendance and is officially the City of Galveston’s “Kickoff to Summer” event.

Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival to be held  in September. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer.

The festival weekend hosts a multitude of spirited fun with events such as the crowd favorite Dickens Victorian Bed Races; Victorian Costume Contest; and daily parades through Galveston’s National Historic Landmark Strand District. In addition, new and expanded events are planned for all days of the event!

Pour into bliss this April and join in for a special springtime event with delectable wines and live musical entertainment; it is sure to be the event of the year.

The festival promises to be a culinary delight and shopper’s paradise, with two full days of Hellenic celebration featuring authentic food, wines, dancing, entertainment, gifts and tours of the Greek Orthodox Christian Church.

The festivities, which take place from 5-11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, include continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations, a Cake Wheel, fine arts, crafts and gifts, an auction, family and children’s activities and much more.

In addition to great music and dancing, there will be superb food and drink including smoked sausage, bratwurst, knockwurst, and “Wurstabendessen,” a sausage dinner comprised of German-style and Polish- style Wurst, with all the traditional German side dishes.

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Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will take their tools to Galveston’s East Beach in August for what is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsors this annual contest in which the public is invited to watch more than 80 teams compete for the best sandcastle design.

You’ll be coming home where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s festivities will include a variety of events, including festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments and concerts. The annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in front of the official Juneteenth monument will take place June 19 in Galveston to help commemorate June 19, 1865 – the date the last slaves were freed in the South.

Galveston is calling all backyard chefs, sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills at the annual Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off.  The event will feature a wild game cook-off, live entertainment, silent auction, “Run Wild 5K” and children’s activities. This event benefits the Yaga’s Children’s Fund.

The juried arts festival, sponsored by The Grand 1894 Opera House, features over 125 artists from throughout the United States. Many of the artists will display their works inside The Grand – everything from oil and watercolor paintings to handmade jewelry, and much it Galveston-made.

Rich in history and standing as a testament to survival, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will return f in May. The tour features numerous historical and architecturally significant homes located throughout the island’s vibrant historic neighborhoods. Organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, the event gives the public a chance to tour the insides of private residences and homes that are not open to the public during the year.

Texas Frog Festival is an annual event through which funds are raised to maintain the Lone Survivor Retreat and help offset the costs of conducting the retreats that are held there. Through the generosity of our volunteers and sponsors, the first annual Texas Frog Festival, held in March of 2014, was an event to remember. This two-day venue provided great musical entertainment, food and drinks, booths to learn more about the Lone Survivor Foundation and the Crystal Beach Facility and a family friendly atmosphere.

Saturdays June Through August

This free, family-friendly event series allows you to take sandcastle building lessons from the pros – and equipment is provided.

On the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade  procession on Seawall Boulevard starts at 41st Street and continuing to 14th Street. After the parade, the island will host 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico.

Enjoy this popular summer concert series with fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights. Featuring local and regional bands ranging from R&B, rock, country and blues, families can rock out as they float in the lazy river or hang out on the Island’s only white sand beach.

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