Saengerfest Park, Galveston, TX, United States
Located in the heart of Downtown Galveston at 2310 Strand Street. Accepts applications annually for six regular park vendors.
Call (409) 761-4111 for details on utilizing the park for your next event!
Visit the historic Strand District of Galveston, Texas, and you’re likely to come across a quaint area known as Saengerfest Park. Just like its surrounding city blocks, the park exudes the sort of charm reserved for the locals and their best kept secrets. Here’s a quick look at why you should stop by the next time you are exploring the island’s remarkable attractions.
Owned by George and Cynthia Mitchell, the park is one of many Mitchell Historic Properties that came about as a way of revitalizing and preserving The Strand District. The park got its name from a 19th century singing contest by the same title, held by German immigrant choral societies throughout Texas.
In celebration of an 1879 win by Galveston choral group, “The Salamanders,” a torch lit parade was held to welcome 400 singers to the following Saengerfest which occurred in 1881. The present-day park was built in 1994 and, despite its damage from Hurricane Rita in 2005, stands strong today as a reminder of Galveston’s resilience and civic spirit.
The park is located on the corner of 23rd Street and The Strand (2302 Strand St. Galveston, TX 77550) and features a large decorative compass upon which to relax if you can’t find a spot on one of surrounding wooden benches. Saengerfest is most notable for its larger-than-life chess set, which is fully functional and perfect for photo opportunities. (Fun fact: The Mitchells brought the chess set over from Europe as a fun way to pass the time while in the park.) Drawing further upon European inspiration, the Mitchells also included old-fashioned phone booths as seen in London. Saengerfest Park features a stage for local vendors and events held throughout the year.
Downtown Galveston offers an array of specialty cuisine from delectable bakeries to restaurants of all backgrounds – Italian, German, American, and Mexican to name just a few. Don’t miss Stuttgarden Tavern right here in the Park for American and German food. If you fancy Italian cuisine, you have to try Riondo’s Ristorante at 2328 Strand. Should your party prefer seafood, the Strand boasts many steak and seafood restaurants like Willie G’s and Fisherman’s Wharf located at Pier 21. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the 2014 “Restaurant of the Year” winner – Olympia Grill at Pier 21. The chefs at Olympia Grill prepare fresh food daily and have family recipes that go back hundreds of years.
For the most current information on events, including start times, peruse the Saengerfest Park calendar or follow the park via Twitter. If you are interested in utilizing the park for your next event, please contact Mitchell Historic Properties today. The only thing you’ll regret about a trip to Saengerfest Park is not having more time to enjoy it all!
Property Type: Venues