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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121

Spring in Galveston to Bring Outdoor Festivals Galore

GALVESTON, Texas (February 12, 2016)
– This spring, pleasant weather on Galveston Island will usher in a plethora of outdoor festivals. Foodies, families and fans of feathered friends will certainly find a reason to head to the island for some fun.

The Grand Kids Festival
April 2, 2016
Galveston can always rekindle the kid in you, but no event will be more exciting for kids of all ages than The Grand Kids Festival hosted by The Grand 1894 Opera House. Designed to introduce children and families to the arts, the event features three blocks of activities, entertainment areas and vendor booths. Attendees will be able to enjoy live performances, storytellers, arts and crafts, face painting and more.

Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3
April 10, 2016
Galveston will host some of the nation’s finest athletes as they compete in the annual Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas triathlon. The race will begin with a 1.2-mile saltwater swim in Offats Bayou followed by a 56-mile bike course along the Gulf Coast and a 13.1-mile run that will lead athletes to the finish line at the Moody Gardens Discovery Pyramid. The Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas is also a regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race.

FeatherFest & Nature Photo Festival
April 14-17, 2016
FeatherFest is one of the largest birding festivals in Texas, and the only one with a dedicated nature photography track. The event features unique outdoor field trips, workshops and social events for nature enthusiasts of all skill levels. FeatherFest is held during the spring bird migration – the best time to visit world-renowned Galveston area birding hot spots, such as Bolivar Flats and High Island.

Galveston Food & Wine Festival
April 14-17, 2016
Historic downtown Galveston will be transformed into a wine lover’s paradise for the seventh annual Galveston Island Food & Wine Festival. New in 2016, acclaimed chef, restaurateur and Food Network superstar Chef Robert Irvine will command the stage at The Grand Tasting with an exclusive live cooking demonstration. The event will feature wines from around the world paired with delicious local food, live entertainment and culinary events.

42nd Annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour
April 29, 30, May 1 and May 6-8, 2016
Rich in history and standing as a testament to survival, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will return for its 42nd 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 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.

Red Cat Jazz Festival
May 5-8, 2016
The Red Cat Jazz Festival will feature four days of performances from some of the biggest names in jazz including Michael Philips, Kermit Ruffins, Jonathan Butler and many more. The event will be held at Moody Gardens and in venues throughout Galveston. The festival honors jazz legends, and provides scholarships for up and coming student musicians. Other events during the weekend include a celebrity golf tournament and a women’s conference.

Yaga’s Wild Game & BBQ Cook-off
May 13-14, 2016
Galveston is calling all backyard chefs, sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills at the 20th 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.

Galveston Island Beach Revue
May 20-21, 2016
Retro swimwear is chic and vintage is king at the Galveston Island Beach Revue, which will take place for its eighth year. Contestants from across the country will catwalk across Galveston’s historic Seawall shoreline modeling vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear that echoes the “good ole days” of Galveston's summertime history.

Spring Performances at The Grand
Various Dates
Music, laughs and acrobatics are highlights this spring at The Grand 1894 Opera House. On March 5 enjoy the vocal styling of a capella group Vocalosity. The Capitol Steps return on March 6 with their blend of musical and political satire. Be sure to catch Cirque Mechanics – Pedal Punk, a dazzling whirl of acrobats, cyclists, and floating trapeze artists on April 3. There are three opportunities to see Mamma Mia, the hit Broadway show based on the music of Abba, May 13 and 14.

For a full list of events happening in Galveston this spring, visit

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. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.


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