Pleasure Pier and beach on Galveston Island

Galveston

Travel Region

Gulf Coast

Population

50,000

The resilient “playground of the South” offers travelers a wealth of activities, so many that you’ll have to remind yourself to save time to kick back on the beach.

Upcoming Events

Bill Engvall Farewell Tour

July 9

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Popular stand-up comedian Bill Engvall, a Galveston native, is making one last stop in the Oleander City at The Grand 1894 Opera House as part of his farewell tour. Fans of blue-collar comedy won't want to miss this show.

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Johnny Mathis in Concert

July 30

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Johnny Mathis, the "Voice of Romance," is celebrating his 66th year as a recording artist icon. Look forward to an evening filled with his music composed for stage and film, golden-era jazz standards, and contemporary pop hits.

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Bandella in Concert

Aug. 6

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Get ready for a performance that is truly "out of this world." This unique musical group, comprised of three musicians and former NASA astronauts, team up with a keyboardist and a vocalist. Bandella blends acoustic guitar, flute, stand-up bass, and airy vocals for a folksy sound.

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AIA Sandcastle Contest and Viewing

Aug. 20-21

East Beach , 1923 Boddeker Drive

Now in its 35th year, the Sandcastle Contest pits more than 80 teams of architects against each other to sculpt the best creations. On Sunday, the castles remain for public viewing without the crowds.

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Esports Summit

Aug. 26-28

Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd.

Look, learn, and participate in the fastest-growing entertainment industry in the world. Participants can see new technology and games and meet game celebrities.

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Three Dog Night in Concert

Sept. 17

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Legendary music icons and Grammy-nominated band Three Dog Night are celebrating nearly five decades of popular music. You won't want to miss reminiscing to such hits as "Joy to the World," "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)," and "Shambala." This ever-popular group opens The Grand 1894 Opera House's 2022-2023 season.

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Jose Feliciano in Concert

Sept. 23

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Jose Feliciano is not only a name synonymous with music, but one who has positively influenced popular music for over two generations. Feliciano has been acclaimed by critics worldwide as "the greatest living guitarist."

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Shrimp Festival

Sept. 23-24

Saengerfest Park , 2302 Strand St.

Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, the festival includes a seafood cookoff, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area, and a Strand merchant walkabout.

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"Neil Berg's 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 3"

Oct. 1

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

With a cast of stars from Broadway's greatest rock musicals and amazing rock 'n' roll singers, Neil Berg tells the exciting 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever.

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ArtOberFest

Oct. 15-16

Postoffice Street, Between 20th and 23rd streets

This juried fine art festival features various artists, food, and live music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, art galleries, and shops. Admission proceeds benefit The 1894 Grand Opera House's education and community outreach programs.

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Island Oktoberfest

Oct. 21-22

First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St.

Island Oktoberfest brings the “oompah” back to Galveston for its 40th year. At the city's premier fall festival, visitors can revel in German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games, and special activities. Guests are encouraged to wear German costumes.

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Aretha Franklin Tribute Concert

Oct. 23

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Experience the ultimate tribute to the legendary Queen of Soul-Aretha Franklin. Look forward to an intimate musical odyssey guaranteed to get you up and out of your seat and dancing. Indeed, this is an evening filled with an incredible live band, supreme vocalists, and a night full of music by one of the greatest artists of all time.

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"Pride and Prejudice"

Oct. 28

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Published in 1813, Jane Austen's ultimate romantic comedy, "Pride and Prejudice," has stood the test of time. And now, the Aquila Theatre brings this classic to life with its signature passion, energy, and visual flair.

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Silent Movie: "The Phantom of the Opera"

Oct. 29

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

A longstanding and very popular annual Halloween tradition at The Grand 1894 Opera House, Rob Landes reprises his specially created and totally improvised musical score for the showing of Lon Chaney's 1925 silent film masterpiece "The Phantom of the Opera." Come in costume, if you dare.

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Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

Nov. 3-6

Downtown and along Seawall

Visitors have a chance to experience one of the largest biker rallies in the country as the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally makes its way to the island, with bike shows, a tattoo contest, live entertainment, and hundreds of vendors.

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"A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Nov. 19

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

Charles M. Schulz's award-winning story has been a long-standing tradition, warming the hearts of millions of fans since first airing on television over 50 years ago. This live stage adaptation is filled with the unforgettable sounds of the classic Vince Guaraldi musical score. Look forward to celebrating this timeless classic as you and your family join with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the rest of the Peanuts' characters in their journey to uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

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The Gatlin Brothers in Concert

Nov. 26

The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St.

For more than 65 years, the Grammy Award-winning Gatlin Brothers have dazzled audiences and accrued a lifetime of noteworthy achievements in their storybook career. Don't miss this opportunity to hear award-winning hits such as "Broken Lady" and "All the Gold in California."

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