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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Galveston to Bring in Fall Season with Outdoor Festivals, Historic Ghost Tours
GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 6, 2018) – The fall season brings what many consider to be the best weather of the year on Galveston Island, and with great weather comes outdoor events and festivals! For the next few months, the island’s calendar will be filled with activities to entertain and spook – from the annual Oktoberfest to historic ghost tours.
Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival
Date: Sept. 28-29, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Prices start at $12
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, this year’s festival features seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area and a Strand merchant walkabout.
“Ghostly Galveston” Festivities
Date: Oct. 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Prices vary
Description: The place of the deadliest storm in U.S. history, Galveston Island is a popular destination for “haunted” exploration. From a 107-year-old “haunted” hotel to Galveston’s storied harbor, cemeteries and Victorian mansions, there are numerous ghost tours to be explored throughout October. Both the historic Hotel Galvez and the Galveston Historical Foundation offer haunted history tours throughout the month. Enjoy spooks year-round with Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston and Texas’ only year-round haunted house, Haunted Mayfield Manor.
Galveston Island Film Festival
Date: Oct. 5-7, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Locations Vary
Admission:  Prices start at $10
The Galveston Island Film Festival makes its debut Oct. 5-7 with panel discussions, film screenings and networking opportunities. The event will allow the public to explore fresh, innovative, and creative content from filmmakers throughout the world and will
provide a venue for filmmakers to make connections with like-minded entertainment professionals.
Date: Oct. 20-21, 2018
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX
Admission: $5
Description: If you love art, then you don’t want to miss the 21st annual ARToberFEST to be held in downtown Galveston. This juried fine art festival will feature various artists, food and live music on Postoffice street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, art galleries and shops. Admission is $5 for adults with proceeds benefitting The Grand 1894 Opera House’s education and community outreach programs.
Island Oktoberfest
Date: Oct. 26-27, 2018
Time: Friday 5 – 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Where: First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Description: Island Oktoberfest will “oompah” back to Galveston for its 37th  year, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galveston and will feature an expanded menu of authentic German food. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes.
Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
Date: Nov. 1-4, 2018
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Free
Description: This November, visitors to Galveston have a chance to experience the largest four-day biker rally in the country as the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally makes its way to the island. More than 500,000 motorcyclists will gather among hundreds of vendors in a celebration of the finest machines known to man. The rally will include several bike shows, live concerts and a variety of celebrity appearances.
For a full list of events happening in Galveston this fall, 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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