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Food, art, culture are all on the menu this fall in Galveston. Join us!
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!
pictured: Galveston Island Oktoberfest
It's not October without an Oktoberfest! Island Oktoberfest will “oompah” back to Galveston for its 39th year, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks – expect to see a lot of beer steins -- live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place Oct. 22-24 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.
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, November 4-7, 2021.
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.
The Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival kicks off the fun, festival season on Sept. 24 and 25. 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 festival also features a seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area and a Strand merchant walkabout.
Opa! The Galveston Greek Festival celebrates Greek culture with food, wine, pastries, and dancing. A smaller, more intimate festival than some of the larger ones on the island, the food fare is not to be missed.
Fill up on dolmas and moussaka (that’s fun to say!) and wash it down with Greek beer or wine. Sit outside on the patio and enjoy watching live dancing and entertainment. gifts and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church. Be sure to be here Oct. 9 and 10!
Not all of the fall festivals revolve around food. 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. The in-person event takes place Oct. 16-17 and the virtual component takes place Oct. 16-31. ARToberFEST is presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House and proceeds from the festival benefit its education and community outreach programs.
On October 16, 2021, we invite all poker playing, pub crawling enthusiasts to come and explore Downtown Galveston. Stroll through the historic districts, visit our local shops, eateries, and bars while entering your chance to take home one of our fabulous door prizes!!
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Visit Galveston
by Mary Beth Bassett