Galveston Events

Galveston Island offers year-round fun for visitors and locals alike. No matter when you visit, there are sure to be exciting events for you and your group to attend. These Galveston events are perfect for filling your vacation itinerary or being the excuse you need to make a trip down to the beach. Check out our calendar of events below.

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

 

Galveston Island 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.

 

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.


ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Thursdays at the Bryan


Enjoy wine, live music, shopping and docent led museum tours every Thursday at The Bryan Museum

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Ocean Star Museum - Family Days


An Offshore Holiday

Join Ocean Star Museum for this family friendly experiment!

More details can be found here.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Thursdays at the Bryan


Enjoy wine, live music, shopping and docent led museum tours every Thursday at The Bryan Museum

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Galveston Island Market


Location 23rd and Mechanic

Shop hand-crafted items created by local artists at this outdoor market

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

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.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

Thursdays at the Bryan


Enjoy wine, live music, shopping and docent led museum tours every Thursday at The Bryan Museum

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Polar Express Train Ride


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Join the Galveston Railroad Museum and take a ride on the Polar Express!

Find more information and purchase tickets online.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

Thursdays at the Bryan


Enjoy wine, live music, shopping and docent led museum tours every Thursday at The Bryan Museum

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

ICE LAND: Caribbean Christmas


Location Moody Gardens

The North Pole meets the Caribbean at Moody Gardens this year!

Enjoy an underwater journey and discovery hidden treasures around the way through the Festival of Lights, Artic Slide, Train Rides, Holiday Movies, and so much more!

Visit the website to learn more.

The Grand Presents: The Greatest Love of All - A Tribute to Whitney Houston


Location The Grand 1894 Opera House

Visit The Grand 1894 Opera House for this tribute concert to Whitney Houston!

More information and tickets can be found online.

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 Museum Day


Location Galveston Museums

Enjoy discounted and free entry at a variety of Galveston museums. Perfect for a day of family fun!

For list of participating museums, click here.

Galveston Museum Day


Location Galveston Museums

Enjoy discounted and free entry at a variety of Galveston museums. Perfect for a day of family fun!

For list of participating museums, click here.

Everybody's Essential 5K Fun Run Fest


Location Menard Park

This 5K Fun Run is brought to you by Ball High Tor Store, and includes family friendly activities such as live music, food vendors, yard games, a cornhole tournament and more!

Get more information and sign up for the Fun Run online today.

Galveston Steampunk Festival


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Check out this family friendly Steampunk Festival including entertainment, exhibits, vendors, presenters, games and more!

Learn more and purchase tickets online.

Galveston Steampunk Festival


Location The Galveston Railroad Museum

Check out this family friendly Steampunk Festival including entertainment, exhibits, vendors, presenters, games and more!

Learn more and purchase tickets online.

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.

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 Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Join the 3rd Annual Galveston Island Esports Summit, full of one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages including tournaments, virtual reality, board games, interactive pods and more.

Get more information and purchase tickets online today.

Galveston Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Join the 3rd Annual Galveston Island Esports Summit, full of one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages including tournaments, virtual reality, board games, interactive pods and more.

Get more information and purchase tickets online today.

Galveston Island Esports Summit


Location Galveston Island Convention Center

Join the 3rd Annual Galveston Island Esports Summit, full of one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages including tournaments, virtual reality, board games, interactive pods and more.

Get more information and purchase tickets online today.

Annual Events in Galveston

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

On Saturday nights throughout the year, the Galveston Art Center presents ArtWalk. Galleries, restaurants, and retail spaces extend their hours and often offer hors d'oeuvres or special exhibit, all in support of our vibrant local art scene. This is a longtime local favorite.

The Pleasure Pier, a year-round attraction, offers a variety of special Galveston event days. Extending from the seawall out over the Gulf, it is home to rides, restaurants, carnival-style concessions, and souvenir 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 one of the largest motorcycle rallies 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!

Lone Star Rally

Each November, Galveston hosts one of the largest motorcycle rallies 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 Island Historic Pleasure Pier Events

The Pleasure Pier, a year-round attraction, offers a variety of special Galveston event days. Extending from the seawall out over the Gulf, it is home to rides, restaurants, carnival-style concessions, and souvenir 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.


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 many family-friendly activities such as 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. 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 architects create enormous works of art from sand. This Galveston event is exciting for the entire 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 Your Next 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.