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New Tequila & Margarita Festival Among Special Events To Attend In Galveston This Summer

GALVESTON, Texas (April 25, 2014) – You can always find thrills in Galveston, but this summer will be especially exciting as the island will be a hot spot for summer festivals and events, including one of the nation’s largest sandcastle building competitions, Texas’ largest craft beer festival and a new festival celebrating tequila and margaritas.

For details on these special events and more happening in Galveston for summer 2014, check out the following preview:

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 before to the Bathing Beauties Contest.  For details, visit

AIA Sandcastle Competition
For the 28th year, Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will take their tools to Galveston’s East Beach May 31 for one of the largest amateur sandcastle competitions in the United States. The Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) sponsors this annual contest in which the public is invited to watch teams compete for the best sandcastle design. For details, visit

National Juneteenth Celebration
When you head to Galveston June 7-24, you’ll be coming home where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to celebrate  Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s festivities will include a variety of events, including festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments and concerts. 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 were freed in the South. For more information, visit

Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival – NEW!
Tequila lovers won’t want to miss the Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival, a new event coming to Galveston’s Moody Gardens Hotel June 13-14. The two-day festival celebrating tequila and margaritas will feature a Friday margarita social at Moody Gardens Hotel’s poolside terrace, complete with specialty cocktails, live music and fireworks. Saturday’s festivities include a margarita grand tasting and competition, a Tour de Tequila dining and tasting experience, live entertainment and a fajita cook-off. For details, visit

Bands on the Sand at Moody Gardens
Moody Gardens may be known for its fascinating pyramids, but summer time at the popular adventure resort means Palm Beach – a kid’s water park and sand beach – is open! Moody Gardens will host its popular “Bands on the Sand” concert series at Palm Beach on weekends throughout the summer. Visitors can catch live beach concerts followed by a fireworks show on Friday and Saturday evenings June through August. For details, visit

175th City of Galveston Celebration Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
Nothing says “summer’ like a good July 4 celebration.  Sport your red, white and blue and join in Galveston’s patriotic fun at 7:30 p.m. for an Independence Day parade on Seawall Boulevard. After the parade, visitors can watch a 25-minute fireworks display.  The fireworks display will be the biggest in the city’s history to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Galveston’s establishment. The free fireworks show will take place at 9:15 p.m. over the Gulf of Mexico near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard.
BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival
Labor Day weekend Galveston Island will host the largest craft beer festival in Texas with the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival Aug. 29-31 at the Moody Gardens Hotel. More than 400 craft beers will be represented in this three-day celebration showcasing award-winning “brewmasters” at two signature events:  the BrewLicious Brews & Food Pairing and BrewHaHa Grand Tasting.  Attendees can hoist their mugs while enjoying live music, beer and food pairing seminars, educational events about brewing and more. Visit for details.

Summer Season at The Grand 1894 Opera House
The Grand 1894 Opera House will kick off Just for the fun of it… Summer at The Grand with concerts, comedy and conversations June through August. Highlights include The Blind Boys of Alabama June 28, The Texas Tenors July 6, Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two Woman Show Aug. 9, and Dr. John & The Nite Trippers & Aaron Neville Aug. 23.  For a full list of performances, visit

Free Events: Movie and Music Nights on The Strand
Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows, and head to downtown Galveston for a free family friendly movie or concert this summer. Movie Night on The Strand will take place at 7 p.m. every first Saturday of the month at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, visitors can catch free live concerts from 6-9 p.m. in Saengerfest Park. Both events are held March through October.

Live Concerts 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 & 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. Sundays May 25-Sept. 7. For more information about East Beach and the island’s other public beach parks, 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, including several National Historic Landmarks. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as, Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of museums and recreational activities from surfing to birding. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

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