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Celebrate History in Galveston This May
Annual Historic Homes Tour and Vintage Beach Revue among Special Events Next Month
GALVESTON, Texas (April 1, 2014) Visitors to Galveston will be able to celebrate history this May with the return of two major special events: the 40th annual Galveston Historic Homes Tour and the Galveston Island Beach Revue.
These events are just the beginning of next month’s jam-packed calendar as the island prepares to kickoff summer.
40th Annual Historic Homes Tour
Rich in history and standing as a testament to survival, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour will return for its 40th year the first two weekends in May. The tour will feature homes located throughout the island’s vibrant historic neighborhoods. This special event, organized by the Galveston Historical Foundation, gives the public a chance to tour the inside of private residences and homes that have been recently restored. The tour will take place May 3-4 and May 10-11. For ticket information, visit
Galveston Island Beach Revue
Retro swimwear is chic and vintage is king at the Galveston Island Beach Revue, which will take place for its sixth year May 16-17. Contestants from across the country will compete in the event’s new location at Beach Central, right on Galveston’s historic Seawall, modeling vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear that echoes the “good ole days” of Galveston's summertime history. Contestants will compete for cash prizes and top honors. This year, you won’t want to miss the Friday night kick-off featuring a retro movie on the big screen plus vendors and craft beer tastings on Saturday leading up to the Bathing Beauties Contest.  For details, visit
Live Music at East Beach
Grab your beach gear and head to the island’s party beach for a free, live concert this summer. Join 94.5 The Buzz and Rod Ryan from 2-6 p.m. May 17 at the East Beach entertainment stage for Bands on the Beach presented by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and Bud Light. The event will feature local bands, food vendors, contests and prizes. Then enjoy regular concerts held from 3-6 p.m. every Sunday throughout the summer beginning May 25. Next month’s lineup includes Indiginis May 25. For more information about East Beach and the island’s other public beach parks, visit
Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off
Galveston is calling all backyard chefs, sportsmen and women, and outdoor enthusiasts to show off their culinary skills May 9-10 at the Yaga’s Wild Game BBQ Cook-off.  The event will take place at Pier 21, featuring 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. For details, visit
Movies and Music on the Strand
Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows, and head downtown Galveston for a free family friendly movie or concert this May. Movie Night on the Strand will take place at 7 p.m. May 3, showing the film “Hairspray” at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday, visitors can catch free live concerts from 6-9 p.m. in Saengerfest Park. May 10 the park will feature the band Sam Navarro and the Lone Star Devils. On May 24, it will feature the band Journey Agents.
Island Market
On May 17, visitors can take home a piece of the island at the monthly Island Market. Held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Saengerfest Park, this market is an outdoor event where local artisans and crafters showcase their creations, including handmade jewelry, photography, artwork, candles, spices and more. Saengerfest Park is located at 23rd and Strand streets in downtown Galveston.
Kemp’s Ridley Shell-e-bration
Bring the family out for a day of learning and celebration at Stewart Beach for the Kemp’s Ridley Shell-e-bration, a new event highlighting the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, Texas’ official sea turtle. The event— to be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10—will include  a turtle costume contest, turtle sand sculpture contest, turtle relay races for kids and other family friendly activities. Local nature organizations will also host booths with activities and information about opportunities for families to get outdoors. For details, visit
For photos of May special events in Galveston, CLICK HERE.
For a full list of events happening in Galveston this May, 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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