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Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Office: (409)797-5152
lcast@galvestoncvb.com

Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Office: (409)797-5124
iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com

Mary Beth Bassett
Public Affairs Manager
Office: (409)797-5121
mbassett@galvestoncvb.com

Sarah Kinsler
Social Media Manager
Office: (409)797-5120
skinsler@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office(409)797-5124
Email: iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com

            Galveston Summer Events to Celebrate Beaches, History & Cuisine 

GALVESTON, Texas (April 12, 2018) – Millions of visitors flock to Galveston’s 32 miles of beaches every summer, but there’s more to celebrate about this island than its sparkling Gulf waters.  As vacation season begins, a full slate of special events will showcase the best of Galveston – from its fascinating history to its delicious cuisine. Here’s a look at special events taking place in Galveston this summer:
 
44th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Date: May 5-6 & 12-13 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Prices vary
Info: www.galvestonhistory.org
 
Description: Rich in history and standing as a testament to survival, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will return for its 44th year the first two weekends in May. The tour features numerous historical and architecturally significant homes located throughout the island’s vibrant historic neighborhoods. Organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, the event gives the public a chance to tour the insides of private residences and homes that are not open to the public during the year.
 
Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cook-off
Date: May 11-12, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Pier 21, Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.ycfund.org
 
Description: Galveston is calling all backyard chefs, sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills May 11-12 at the 22nd annual Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off.  The event will feature a wild game cook-off, live entertainment, silent auction, “Run Wild 5K” and children’s activities. This event benefits the Yaga’s Children’s Fund.
 
Stay and Play Sundays
Date: June 3 – Sept. 2, 2018
Time: 9 p.m.
Where: 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
 
In Galveston, visitors don’t have to wait until the 4th of July to see fireworks. That’s because the island will host free fireworks shows every weekend this summer. The beachfront fireworks shows will take place at 9 p.m. on Sundays June 3 through Sept. 2. Sponsored by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the fireworks displays will launch over the Gulf of Mexico near Seawall Boulevard and 37th Street. The fireworks shows provide an opportunity for visitors to extend their weekends and enjoy additional entertainment at the beach. For more information about Galveston tourism, visit www.galveston.com.

Galveston Juneteenth Celebration
Date: June 5 – 19, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Prices vary
Info: www.galveston.com/africanamericanguidebook
 
Description: When you head to Galveston June 5-19, you’ll be coming home where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s festivities will include a variety of events, including festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments and concerts. The annual reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in front of the official Juneteenth monument will take place June 19 in Galveston to help commemorate June 19, 1865 – the date the last slaves were freed in the South.
 
World Oceans Day Festival
Date: June 8, 2018
Time: 4-8 p.m.
Where: Stewart Beach, 201 Seawall Blvd.
Admission: Free (There is a beach parking fee)
Info: www.artistboat.org
 
Description: Ocean lovers of all ages will play, create and sing as they learn about the marine world at the Artist Boat World Oceans Day Festival, 4-8 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Stewart Beach. The festival is part of an international celebration of the ocean. Here, local, regional, and state organizations will come together to provide engaging activities to help visitors understand the human connection to the ocean and the 2018 focus “Plastic Pollution Prevention.”
 
Galveston Cajun Festival
Date: June 15-17, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd.
Admission: $6 for adults (Kids are free)
Info: www.galvestoncajunfestival.com
 
Bring the family for a weekend of sun, fun, food and live music at the third annual Galveston Cajun Festival. Special events include a crawfish eating contest and crawfish races. A kids’ zone will feature games and rides.
 
Galveston Lofts Tour
Date: June 16, 2018
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Check-in begins at 9 a.m.
Where: Edna’s Room, 2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX
Admission: $25 pre-sale; $30 at the door
Info: www.downtowngalveston.org
 
Description: On June 16, visitors will be able to get an inside look into Downtown Galveston’s luxurious lofts. Guests can enjoy a peek into the loft lifestyle and marvel at the architectural and interior design that blends historic flair with modern features.
 
Independence Day Parade and Fireworks Display
Date: July 4, 2018
Time: 7:45 p.m. parade followed by 9:15 p.m. fireworks display
Where: 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.galveston.com/calendarofevents
 
Description: On the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at 7:45 p.m. with a procession on Seawall Boulevard starting at 41st Street and continuing to 14th Street. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:15 p.m. near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. The fireworks show is sponsored by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.
 
AIA Sandcastle Competition
Date: Aug. 25, 2018
Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Dr., Galveston, TX
Admission: Free (There is a beach parking fee.)
Info: www.aiasandcastle.com
 
Description: For the 32nd year, Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will take their tools to Galveston’s East Beach Aug. 25 for what is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects sponsors this annual contest in which the public is invited to watch more than 80 teams compete for the best sandcastle design.
 
Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
Date: Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Moody Gardens Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd. Galveston, TX
Admission: Prices vary
Info: www.brewmastersbeerfest.com
 
Description: Don’t miss one of the largest craft beer festivals in Texas as Galveston’s Moody Gardens hosts the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival over Labor Day weekend. The event will feature more than 400 craft beers with a celebration showcasing award-winning “brewmasters” at two signature events: the BrewLicious Beer & Food Pairing and the BrewHaHa Grand Tasting. Attendees can hoist their mugs while enjoying live music, beer and food pairing seminars, educational events about brewing and more.
 
Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival
Date: Sept. 28-29, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Prices vary
Info: www.galvestonshrimpfestival.com   
 
Description: Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, the festival features a seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, parade, live music and more.
 
                                                                        Recurring Monthly Events

Galveston Family Beach Challenge
Date: June 17, July 22, Aug. 19, Sept. 16
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Where: Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.galvestonbeachinfo.com/events.asp
 
Description: Families are invited to go head to head in a series of competitions including giant Jenga, sack races and more – all to win some fantastic prizes. These events are free to the public and structured for groups of four people. The family with the most points at the end of the day will receive a $500 gift card, plus tickets to island attractions.
 
Movie Nite on the Strand
Date: March through October
Time: 7:45 p.m.
Where: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.galveston.com/saengerfestpark
 
Description: The first Saturday of the month, grab your chairs, blankets and pillows and head to downtown Galveston for a free, family-friendly movie under the stars at sundown.
 
Music Nite on the Strand
Date: March through October
Time: 6-9 p.m.
Where: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.galveston.com/saengerfestpark
 
Description: The second Saturday of the month, kick back and enjoy free, live concerts in the heart of downtown Galveston March through October.  The event is presented by Mitchell Historic Properties and The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
 
Sandcastle Days at Stewart Beach
Date: Saturdays, June through August
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Where: Stewart Beach Park, 201 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.galvestonbeachinfo.com/events.asp
 
Description: This free, family-friendly event series allows you to take sandcastle building lessons from the pros – and equipment is provided.
 
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.
 

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