Downtown Galveston offers a calendar packed with exciting events and family-friendly fun. There’s always something going on in the Strand National Historic Landmark District. Throughout the year, locals and visitors alike come together in the heart of Galveston to enjoy food, community, culture, and more. You can always find something new to experience, as well as the following annual events that have become Galveston tradition on The Strand:
For two full weeks, take a flavorful tour of Galveston’s vibrant dining scene during Galveston Restaurant Week. Enjoy specially-priced menus at participating restaurants, with donations from the event dedicated to a different local charity each year.
This foodie-friendly event features a 5K Fun Run/Walk, live music, a washer pitching tournament, a margarita contest, the ever popular Downtown Walkabout among the downtown merchants, and craft beer, but the real highlight of the weekend is the chili cook-off competition, where numerous teams will earn serious bragging rights with the best chili in town.
Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.
Hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties and the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, this free Saengerfest Park event invites families to enjoy a series of beloved movies under the stars. Check out the upcoming lineup for Movie Nite 2022!
|2022 MOVIE NITE LINE UP|
|2-Apr||Funny Girl (1968)|
|7-May||Torn Curtain (A. Hitchcock) (1966)|
|1-Jun||Dora & The Lost City of Gold (2019)|
|2-Jul||Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)|
|6-Aug||The Golden Compass (2007)|
|3-Sep||Blast from the Past (1999)|
|1-Oct||Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2018)|
Get a taste of Galveston’s thriving local music scene with this free live concert series at Saengerfest Park, hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties and Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. Review the details for this upcoming event! Music Nite 2022 lineup is as follows!
|2022 MUSIC LINE UP|
|9-Apr||Fab 5 (Beatles Tribute)|
|14-May||Sonic Seduction (Radio Hits)|
|11-Jun||Bubble Puppy (Psychedelic, Rock)|
|9-Jul||Hard Luck Revival (Country, Americana)|
|13-Aug||The Octanes (Rockabilly)|
|10-Sep||Fab 5 (Beatles Tribute)|
|1-Oct||The CRUE Tribute Houston (Motley Crue Cover)|
Every year, hundreds of unique bird species pass through Galveston on their migration along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Featherfest is a celebration of the city’s feathered friends, offering visitors a chance to experience nature adventures, photography field trips, a photo contest, exciting presentations, and more.
Wine-lovers unite for this annual celebration of the best in Galveston, featuring more than 25 vineyards and a number of fine restaurants and artisan vendors. The weekend includes unique dining experiences, tasting events, and a Champagne 5K Fun Run. No dates have been announced for 2022.
The Galveston Island Beach Revue began in 1920 to kick off the summer season each year. As a nod to the golden years of Galveston, this event is held at Beach Central on the Seawall features contestants from across the country modeling vintage swimwear. The event also features live music and a vintage car show.
Experience the history and beauty of Galveston’s historic downtown lofts as a handful of locals open their private homes to the tour, offering a glimpse at the restored grandeur of the town’s most famous buildings. Proceeds from the event benefit local programs and advocacy efforts. Dates to be announced.
Browse unique fares and artisanal creations from talented Galveston locals in a friendly, laidback market in Downtown Galveston. Hand-crafted items for purchase include jewelry, artwork, food, home goods, and more.
Revel in one of Galveston’s most famous staples at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival, a celebration of the island’s seafood of choice. Enjoy sampling the best gumbo during the Gumbo Stroll, with cook-offs that include both professional chefs and talented at-home cooks. The entire family can take part in the event, including the Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Merchant Walkabout, and 5K Fun Run.
Cruise down for the Lone Star Rally and experience the largest motorcycle rally in North America. The weekend includes custom bike, trike, and slingshot contests, live music, a sound-off competition, and a unique motorcycle rodeo featuring exciting trick riding and impressive shows of skill.
Founded in 1979, the Galveston Symphony Orchestra performs quality classical music with a strong commitment to artistic excellence and community involvement. Dedicated musicians from all parts of Galveston County bring unforgettable live concert experiences to The Grand 1894 Opera House. With a repertoire of compositions ranging from the baroque to the contemporary, most concerts include internationally famous soloists.
All aboard! Galveston will welcome the POLAR EXPRESS ™️ Train Ride to its lineup of holiday attractions in 2022. Set to the soundtrack of the motion picture, The Polar Express will be theatrically recreated to immerse passengers in the sights, sounds and intrigue of this classic children’s tale while they are whisked away for a magical one-hour trip to meet Santa. The POLAR EXPRESS ™️ Train Ride in Galveston consists of six separate cars pulled by vintage locomotives from the Galveston Railroad Museum’s collection. 2022 November 11 – December 23, 2022. Tickets go on sale August 22, 2022.
Moody Gardens Holiday in the Gardens takes place Nov. 20 through Jan. 2. Here, visitors can stroll through Festival of Lights, a mile-long trail of illuminated holiday displays, music, festive food and more. Other attractions include an Arctic Ice Slide, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D experience, Holiday 3D films, train rides and pictures with Santa.
Holiday shopping in Galveston’s Historic Downtown District will be especially festive this year. From November through January, the area will be illuminated by an extensive lighting and décor overhaul that will encompass the main corridors of the charming historic downtown district from Strand to Postoffice Streets, making it the perfect backdrop for a holiday shopping spree.
Dickens on The Strand celebrates downtown Galveston's Victorian architecture with family-friendly events and entertainers. Step back in time to the 19th century as you enjoy parades, musicians, jugglers, costumed vendors, and more!
For a unique holiday experience, spend a wonderful, winter weekend in Galveston celebrating the return of the island’s wintering Sandhill Cranes at Holiday with the Cranes. The weekend will be chock-full of indoor and outdoor nature activities combined with the ambiance of historic Galveston Island!
A Railroad Christmas will take place on weekends from Nov. 27 through Dec. 23 at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Visitors will have the opportunity to get a socially distanced photo with Santa as Mr. Claus will stand on a train while families can pose below. On Fridays and Saturdays, guests can enjoy Movies at the Museum in the courtyard. Treats will be available at the Whistlestop Café. Details can be found at www.galvestonrrmuseum.org.