Galveston Island is a dream destination for vacations with year-round fun. No matter when you visit, there’s sure to be an exciting event for you and your group to attend. These 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.
Summer 2020 Guests - COVID-19 restrictions and impacts have cancelled or rescheduled a large number of events. We are doing our best to keep this page updated with the current schedule, but advise you to check on the current status of you favorite Galveston event by contacting the venue or host organization directly. Event without special events there are plenty of great things to do here on Galveston Island!
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 upcoming events.
What is going on in Galveston?
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 even options for pet friendly fun, too!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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