GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (April 2, 2015) -- Millions of visitors flock to Galveston’s 32 miles of beaches every summer, but there’s more to celebrate about this island than its sparkling Gulf waters.
As vacation season begins, a full slate of special events will showcase the best of Galveston – from its fascinating history to its delicious cuisine.
Corvettes Cruisin’ Galveston – NEW!
More than 1,000 Corvettes are expected to converge on Galveston Island for the first-ever Corvettes Cruisin’ Galveston event May 29-31. The weekend begins with a Grand Corvette Show in Historic Downtown Galveston. DJs will provide entertainment and local celebrities will judge the cars in many categories. A Strand Poker Run will take place during the show on Saturday and the day concludes with an awards gala for show participants. On Sunday, Corvette owners will cruise along the coast on a 40-mile drive from Galveston’s east end to Surfside. For details, visit www.corvesttescruisingalveston.com.
AIA Sandcastle Competition
For the 29th year, Houston area architects, designers, engineers, and contractors will take their tools to Galveston’s East Beach for what is considered one of the world’s largest amateur sandcastle competitions. The AIA Sandcastle Competition, sponsored by the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 30.The public is invited to watch more than 80 teams compete for the best sandcastle design. For details, visitwww.aiasandcastle.com.
150th Anniversary Juneteenth Celebration
When you head to Galveston June 13-21, you’ll be coming home where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic Texas beach town. This year’s festivities will include a variety of events, such as 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, visitwww.galveston.com/juneteenth.
Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival
Tequila lovers won’t want to miss the Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival, coming to Galveston’s Moody Gardens Hotel June 19-20. The two-day festival celebrating tequila and margaritas will feature a Friday Tour de Tequila tasting and sampling session during which local chefs will demonstrate a variety of food pairings. Saturday’s festivities include a margarita grand tasting and competition, plus an outdoor margarita festival featuring an oasis of margaritas, food, live music and a vendor village. A fajita cook-off pits teams against one another for prizes and bragging rights. For details, visit http://texasmargaritafestival.com.
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 kids’ 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, visitwww.moodygardens.org.
Independence Day Parade & Fireworks Display
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. On the evening of July 4, 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 near 37th Street and Seawall Boulevard. www.galveston.com/calendarofevents
5th Annual BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival
Labor Day weekend Galveston Island will host the largest craft beer festival in Texas with the BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival Sept. 4-6 at the Moody Gardens Hotel. More than 400 craft beers will be represented in this three-day celebration showcasing award-winning “brewmasters.” Events include a Friday night pub crawl, a brewery tasting tour, BrewLicious Brews & Food Pairing, BrewHaHa Grand Tasting, plus live music and fireworks at Beach, Brews and Bands. Attendees can hoist their mugs while enjoying beer and food pairing seminars, educational events about brewing and more. Visit www.brewmastersbeerfest.com for details.
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 Nite 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 and DJs at East Beach
Grab your beach gear and head to the island’s party beach for free music this summer. Enjoy DJ music from 2-6 p.m. Saturdays May 23- Sept. 5 and live concerts held from 3-6 p.m. Sundays May 24-Sept. 6. For more information about East Beach and the island’s other public beach parks, visit galvestonbeachinfo.com.
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. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is a non-profit government agency and the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island. For more information, visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.