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Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Office: (409)797-5121

Clayton Kolavo
Digital Content Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120

Caitlin Carnes
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Office: (409) 797-5121

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
Summer Events on Galveston Island Bring Sand Castles, Corvettes and More

GALVESTON, Texas (March 24, 2016) – Millions of visitors flock to Galveston’s 32-mile-coast every summer, but there’s more to the island than its sparkling Gulf waters. This summer, Galveston will be a hot spot for fun festivals and special events, including one of the nation’s largest sandcastle building competitions and Texas’ largest craft beer festival.

AIA Sandcastle Competition
June 4, 2016
For the 30th year, Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will take their tools to Galveston’s East Beach for one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsors this annual contest in which the public is invited to watch more than 80 teams compete for the best sandcastle design.

Corvettes Cruisin’ Galveston
June 3-5, 2016
More than 1,000 Corvettes are expected to converge on Galveston Island for the second annual Corvettes Cruisin’ Galveston event. The weekend begins with a car show and special events for participants, plus a fundraiser that will benefit area charities. The event concludes with an 80-mile, round-trip drive from Galveston’s east end to Surfside.

Galveston Juneteenth Celebration
June 5-19, 2016
Galveston hosts several days of festivities for Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s festivities will include a crawfish festival, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments, concerts and more. 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 in the United States were freed.

Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Display
July 4, 2016
If you’re looking for a change of scenery to celebrate Independence Day, Galveston Island is just the place to make your holiday a true getaway. From fireworks over the beach to a traditional hometown parade, Galveston will offer plenty of excitement for the 4th of July. In the evening, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. After the parade, the island will host a 20-minute fireworks show over the Gulf of Mexico.

Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
September 2-4, 2016
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.

For a full list of events happening in Galveston this summer, 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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