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

Caitlin Carnes
Public Reliations Manager
Office: (409) 797-5121
ccarnes@galvestoncvb.com

Clayton Kolavo
Social Media Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120
ckolavo@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Email: mbassett@galvestoncvb.com
Galveston to Bring in Fall Season with Outdoor Festivals, Historic Ghost Tours
  
GALVESTON, Texas (Aug. 1, 2019) – 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. 27-28, 2019
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 to be held September 27-29. 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’sarea and a Strand merchant walkabout.
 
“Ghostly Galveston” Festivities
Date: October 2019
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Prices vary
Info: http://www.galveston.com/ghosts
 
Description: The place of the deadliest storm in U.S. history, Galveston Island is a popular destination for “haunted” exploration. From a 105-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.
 
ARToberFEST
Date: Oct. 19-20, 2019
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Where: Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX
Admission: $5
Info: www.artoberfest.com.
 
Description: If you love art, then you don’t want to miss the 22nd annual ARToberFEST to be held October 19-20 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’s education and community outreach programs.
 
Island Oktoberfest
Date: Oct. 25-26, 2019
Time: Varies
Where: First Lutheran Church, 2415 Winnie St., Galveston, TX
Admission: Free
Info: www.islandoktoberfest.com
 
Description: Island Oktoberfest will “oompah” back to Galveston for its 38th year, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place Oct. 25-26 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galveston and will feature an expanded entertainment lineup. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes.
 
Lone Star Motorcycle Rally
Date: Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019
Time: Varies
Where: Locations vary
Admission: Free
Info: www.lonestarrally.com
 
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 Oct. 31 – Nov 3. 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.
 
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 www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.
 
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