Must-Attend Fall Festivals & Events in Galveston

The fall season brings what many consider the best weather of the year on Galveston Island, and many outdoor events and festivals come as an added perk.

From September to December, the island’s calendar will be filled with festivals and events that are sure to entertain!

Aerial shot of large group of attendees at the Lone Star Motorcycle festival in Galveston TX

pictured: Lone Star Rally

Upcoming Fall Events
September 23-24, 2022

The Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival kicks off the fun, festival season. Held downtown at Saengerfest Park, the event is a seafood lover’s paradise. Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. puts on this festival that will bring foodies a little taste of heaven.

Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, the fall festival also features a seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area and a Strand merchant walkabout.

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October 8, 2022

We invite all poker-playing, and pub-crawling enthusiasts to come and explore Downtown Galveston. Stroll through the historic districts, and visit our local shops, eateries, and bars while entering your chance to take home one of our fabulous door prizes!!

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October 15-16, 2022

Art lovers can be sated too when they attend ARToberFEST. This juried fine art festival features various artists, food, and live music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, art galleries, and shops.

If you can’t make it to the island to participate, you can enjoy the festival virtually too. ARToberFEST is presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House and proceeds from the festival benefit its education and community outreach programs.

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October 21-22, 2022

It's not October without an Oktoberfest! Island Oktoberfest will “oompah” back in Galveston, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, and drinks – expect to see a lot of beer steins -- live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place 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.

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November 3-6, 2022

With juried bike shows, truck, jeep & classic car shows and free concerts on two stages, this year’s Lone Star Rally will be jam-packed with entertainment for all ages, day and night, all weekend long.

This year’s rally will once again present more than 40 free musical performances in genres from classic rock and adult contemporary to rockin’ country on two sound stages – the main stage at Saengerfest Park downtown, and a second at Beach Central Park in front of the Hotel Galvez. Houston area day-trippers are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the free, non-stop entertainment.

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