Longtime Galveston residents know that there’s almost always a party of some sort happening in Saengerfest Park. Whether it’s big events like Mardi Gras or smaller – but no less fun – ones like Music Night or Movie Night, entertainment is never far away. Why is the park a popular event hotspot? Here are four great reasons.
Fun and Games
As the name implies, Saengerfest Park is a park, which is intended to be a place for people to come, relax and have some fun. But this park is a little different than those you might find in other towns. While New York’s Central Park has tables for people to play chess, Saengerfest has one very large chess set for people to play on. Brought over from Europe by the founders of Mitchell Historic Properties, it’s definitely one amenity you don’t find every day.
Galveston wedding planners have not been shy about using Saengerfest Park as the picturesque spot for couples to say their “I do’s” and it’s hard to argue with them. Close to places like Riondo’s Ristorante and Willie G’s for the reception afterwards, and with a stage ready-made for the focal point of any ceremony, it’s little wonder Saengerfest is one of the best choices for a wedding venue in Galveston.
The name Saengerfest goes back to choral competitions held by German immigrants to Texas during the 19th century. When Galveston singers The Salamanders won the competition in 1879, they also won hosting duties for the next one, and the original park was formed as part of that competition. While The Salamanders may not have hosted after that, the park remains as a connection to Galveston’s past.
Made for Music
Since the park was originally built for musical performances, it seems only proper that it stay open for those sorts of performances. Sure, anybody can grab a six-string and jam, but there’s a world of difference between jamming with your friends on a lazy afternoon and playing a large crowd up on the stage with full support. When it comes to Galveston event venues, the park is probably the easiest place in town to set up a gig.
Whether you’re looking for something to see, a place to kick back and relax, a quiet place to celebrate your love or a venue to kick off a regional concert tour, Saengerfest Park is the place to be.