Galveston Events

Galveston Island is a dream destination for vacations with year-round fun. No matter when you visit, there are sure to be exciting Galveston, TX events for you and your group to attend. These Galveston events are perfect for filling your vacation itinerary or working as the excuse to make a trip down to the beach. Check out the calendar of Galveston events below.

Severe weather and other unforseen circumstances can cause events to be delayed, cancelled, or rescheduled without notice. Please contact the event host directly for the most current schedule & event protocol information. 

 

Galveston Calendar of Events

If you are hoping there’s more to Galveston than the beach, you’re in luck. There are sun-sational Galveston events to look forward to every month of the year. Check out our calendar for a month-by-month guide of Galveston, Texas, upcoming events.

 

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

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Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

East End Holiday Home Tours


Location Galveston East End Time Starts: 5:30 pm ‐ Ends: 9:00 pm

Tour the interior of five historic homes festively decorated for the holiday season, along with the exterior of 58 blocks of the East End Historical District.

For more information, click here.

Dickens on the Strand


Location The Strand

Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, The Strand is transformed into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens for the 48th annual Dickens on The Strand.

Live entertainment and special events for all ages.

Visit the website for more details.


Dickens on the Strand


Location The Strand

Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, The Strand is transformed into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens for the 48th annual Dickens on The Strand.

Live entertainment and special events for all ages.

Visit the website for more details.


Dickens on the Strand


Location The Strand

Presented by Galveston Historical Foundation, The Strand is transformed into the Victorian London of Charles Dickens for the 48th annual Dickens on The Strand.

Live entertainment and special events for all ages.

Visit the website for more details.


Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Holiday with the Cranes


Location Galveston Country Club & West End crane hotspots

Spend the weekend celebrating the return of the island's wintering cranes in this unique holiday experience.

Check the website for more details.

 

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Holiday Parade


The Galveston Holiday parade features floats from the community.

 For more information, click here.

Holiday with the Cranes


Location Galveston Country Club & West End crane hotspots

Spend the weekend celebrating the return of the island's wintering cranes in this unique holiday experience.

Check the website for more details.

 

Sand `N Sea Properties - Galveston Island's premier source for vacation rentals and real estate sales.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Santa Hustle


Location San Luis Resort Time Starts: 8:00 am

Participate in a 5K, Half Marathon, Kid's Dash or just come watch hundreds of Santa's run!

For more information, click here.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest


Location Saengerfest Park

Yaga's presents the 13th Annual ChiliQuest & BeerFest on January 14 and January 15.

Join the quest to find the best chili.  The festival includes a chili cookoff, chili tasting, beer fest and a 5k run!

For more information, click here.

Galveston Artwalk


Location Downtown Galveston

Starting in historic Downtown and now taking place throughout the Island, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called "other wall" - restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.

Yaga's Chili Quest & Beer Fest


Location Saengerfest Park

Yaga's presents the 13th Annual ChiliQuest & BeerFest on January 14 and January 15.

Join the quest to find the best chili.  The festival includes a chili cookoff, chili tasting, beer fest and a 5k run!

For more information, click here.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Galveston's Own Farmers Market


Location Online

GOFM has gone online! Order fresh produce for pick up or Island delivery! Place orders Tuesday - Friday for pick-up/delivery on Sundays.

Galveston's Own Farmers Market brings locally-grown produce, prepared foods and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas and provide a direct connection to vendors creating and growing fresh whole foods. We strive to foster a greater sense of community through supporting local Texas farmers and producers, and connect individuals with their local food economy

Mardi Gras! Galveston


Check back for more information or visit the website.

Galveston Artwalk


Location Downtown Galveston

Starting in historic Downtown and now taking place throughout the Island, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called "other wall" - restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.

Corvette/Chevy Expo


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

The 44th annual Corvette/Chevy Expo will showcase an incredible collection of Chevy cars, both classic and custom.

For more infomation, click here.

Corvette/Chevy Expo


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

The 44th annual Corvette/Chevy Expo will showcase an incredible collection of Chevy cars, both classic and custom.

For more infomation, click here.

Trash Bash with Scenic Galveston


Location Galveston Bay Time Starts: 8:00 am ‐ Ends: 12:00 pm

Participate in the largest waterway cleanup in Texas.

More information can be found here.

Ironman 70.3 Texas


Features a 1.2 mile saltwater swim, 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run.

For more information, click here.

FeatherFest


Galveston has long been known as a birding hot spot, and FeatherFest draws bird enthusiasts together for birding classes, tours, celebrations and photo ops.

FeatherFest


Galveston has long been known as a birding hot spot, and FeatherFest draws bird enthusiasts together for birding classes, tours, celebrations and photo ops.

Galveston Artwalk


Location Downtown Galveston

Starting in historic Downtown and now taking place throughout the Island, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called "other wall" - restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.

FeatherFest


Galveston has long been known as a birding hot spot, and FeatherFest draws bird enthusiasts together for birding classes, tours, celebrations and photo ops.

FeatherFest


Galveston has long been known as a birding hot spot, and FeatherFest draws bird enthusiasts together for birding classes, tours, celebrations and photo ops.

The Grands Kids Festival


Location 2020 Postoffice Time Starts: 10:00 a.m. ‐ Ends: 5:00 p.m.

This one-day festival features over 50 activity booths, 3 performance stages, storytelling and demonstration arenas and more!

For more information, click here.

Galveston Historic Homes Tour


Location East End Historic District

Magnificent architecture, creative home décor and intriguing history stories await you through the doors of Galveston Island's oldest homes.

For more information, click here.

Galveston Historic Homes Tour


Location East End Historic District

Magnificent architecture, creative home décor and intriguing history stories await you through the doors of Galveston Island's oldest homes.

For more information, click here.

Galveston Historic Homes Tour


Location East End Historic District

Magnificent architecture, creative home décor and intriguing history stories await you through the doors of Galveston Island's oldest homes.

For more information, click here.

Galveston Historic Homes Tour


Location East End Historic District

Magnificent architecture, creative home décor and intriguing history stories await you through the doors of Galveston Island's oldest homes.

For more information, click here.

Galveston Artwalk


Location Downtown Galveston

Starting in historic Downtown and now taking place throughout the Island, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called "other wall" - restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.

Galveston Artwalk


Location Downtown Galveston

Starting in historic Downtown and now taking place throughout the Island, ArtWalk takes place in existing commercial galleries, non-profit arts spaces and what are called "other wall" - restaurants and retail stores. One of the Galveston Arts Center's largest programs, ArtWalk promotes visual art and supports our arts-based community, offering alternative places to see and learn about art.

Galveston Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Weekend activities include gaming tournaments, discussion panels, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, special guests and more! Check their website for full panel calendar, tickets and special guest announcements.


Galveston Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Weekend activities include gaming tournaments, discussion panels, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, special guests and more! Check their website for full panel calendar, tickets and special guest announcements.


Galveston Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Weekend activities include gaming tournaments, discussion panels, exhibits, demonstrations, workshops, special guests and more! Check their website for full panel calendar, tickets and special guest announcements.


Oktoberfest


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

The 40th Annual Oktoberfest!

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

Oktoberfest


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

The 40th Annual Oktoberfest!

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

You have to see it to believe it! Annual, four-day, island-wide event that attracts more than 400,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

You have to see it to believe it! Annual, four-day, island-wide event that attracts more than 400,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

You have to see it to believe it! Annual, four-day, island-wide event that attracts more than 400,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally


Location Historic Downtown Galveston

You have to see it to believe it! Annual, four-day, island-wide event that attracts more than 400,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts.

Check back for more information, or visit the website.

 

What is going on in Galveston?

Trying to find out what’s going on in Galveston this weekend? From ArtWalk to Mardi Gras, and everything in between, there’s always something fun to do in Galveston! Our most popular events provide fun for all ages, so feel free to bring the kiddos along. There are also options for pet friendly fun, too! Even the most last-minute planners can find great Galveston events this weekend!

ArtWalk

On eight Saturday nights throughout the year, the Galveston Art Center presents ArtWalk. Galleries, restaurants, and retail spaces exhibit artwork in a show of support for local artists. This event begins in January and runs until July.

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Events

The Pleasure Pier, a year-round premier attraction, is the place to go for Galveston events. It is  home to rides, restaurants, carnival-style concessions, and shopping. In January and February, the Historic Pleasure Pier welcomes adults to be a “Kid for a Day.” Everyone pays children’s admission prices for all day passes. Visit their website for a full schedule of events. 

Lone Star Rally

Each November, Galveston hosts the largest motorcycle rally in the U.S. Thousands of bikers from across the country roar onto the Island for a four-day celebration. The event features  concerts, an Old Time Motorcycle Rodeo, car & truck shows, and more! 

 

Galveston Upcoming Events

No time to browse the calendar? Take a quick look at some of the most anticipated annual events in Galveston.

Galveston Restaurant Week

For two weeks each January, Sysco Houston presents Galveston Restaurant Week. Galveston  Island is home to some of the freshest seafood in Texas and, thanks to Restaurant Week, visitors can sample local menu options for a fraction of the price. No tickets are required — foodies can simply visit participating restaurants and take advantage of featured prix-fixe menus. 

Mardi Gras! Galveston

Let the good times roll! This two-week festival is the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas. Enjoy elaborate parades, balcony parties and live entertainment. You can bring the kids along for some fun family time, too — the schedule includes children’s parades and coloring contests for the little ones. If you prefer to let your hair down and have some grown-up fun, you're in luck;  you can purchase tickets for the New Orleans-style balcony parties on Strand Street. Get yours early!

Grand Kids Festival

The Grand 1894 Opera House puts on the Grand Kids Festival each April. This one-day exhibit of musical performances and art for kids of all ages takes place on Post Office Street, in Galveston’s Cultural Arts District in Historic Downtown. Admission, rides, and fun are free to the public. Your kids will love this fun-filled day created just for them.

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks

Nobody in Texas celebrates the 4th of July like Galveston! The city has hosted a vibrant Independence Day celebration for nearly 200 years. The festivities begin with a parade of performers, exciting floats, and military vehicles. Before the night is over, a professional display of fireworks erupts over the Gulf of Mexico. Fun for all, this event is one you don’t want to miss.

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Galvestonians and Island visitors look forward to August every year, when the AIA Houston hosts its annual sandcastle building competition. Teams of artists create enormous works of art from sand. This Galveston event is exciting for the whole family. Pack a picnic, bring your umbrellas and chairs (or rent them), and get ready for a day filled with fun and imagination.

ARToberFEST

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents another great annual event. ARToberFEST, held every October, is a weekend-long fine arts festival. Typically, more than 100 artists feature and sell their artwork. This local favorite includes live music performances, food, drinks, a local farmers market, and an interactive play zone for kids. It’s a good time for all ages.

Holiday in the Gardens

Moody Gardens’ holiday celebration is one of the most anticipated events of the year. This popular destination brings magic to life for eight weeks each winter season. It runs from November to January. Read below for information on some of the top attractions. 

Festival of Lights

Running along a mile-long trail through Moody Gardens, visitors enjoy animated displays created with over one million lights. There is also live entertainment, the only outdoor skating rink in the area, and yummy hot cocoa.

Iceland

If you’re up for a chilly yet awe-inspiring experience, head into this nine-degree exhibit. Master carvers use two million pounds of ice to hand-carve everything in Iceland. This polar playhouse showcases a different theme each year. Kids love the Giant Ice Slide and adults love the courtesy jackets that keep you warm. Restaurants and outdoor concessions offer full meals and tasty treats for sale.

Plan a Trip & Enjoy Galveston TX Events

Come spend a few days enjoying our action-packed Island! Book a stay at one of Sand `N Sea’s gorgeous vacation homes and join us for a getaway to remember. Questions? Call us at (409) 797-5500