Celebrate Labor Day Weekend on Galveston Island

This Labor Day Weekend, make the most of the end of the summer season with these adventures, attractions, events, and more!

As we reach the end of summer with school, work, and life resuming, Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 2-5) offers a last gasp to embrace the carefree, long, warm days you can spend at the beach and beyond in Galveston.

Labor Day Weekend

Learn how to create spectacular sandcastles with lessons from professional sandcastle builders during Sandcastle Days on Saturday, Sept. 3 at 11AM, 1PM and 3PM at East Beach. Registration is not required for the lessons and equipment will be provided on a limited basis. Participants are encouraged to bring their own sand buckets and shovels.

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Labor Day Weekend

Join the Bucket Brigade in exploring the creatures and features that make Galveston beaches unique. Tours are educational and fun for ocean lovers of all ages. Hands-on activities investigate topics including Galveston’s turbid water, marine debris, seaweed, and more. The beach tours take place at East Beach and are offered on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 3 and 4 and last approximately 45 minutes.

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Labor Day Weekend

SUP Gulf Coast offers Yoga on the Beach every Saturday at Sunrise with friends from the Yoga Haven. Wake up with the sun surrounded by the sounds of the waves and birds. After Yoga, grab a paddleboard or surfboard and venture out to see the dolphins or enjoy the waves.

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Moody Gardens Attractions
Labor Day Weekend

Dive into the oceans of the world to visit one of the largest aquariums in the Southwest. This 1.5-million-gallon aquarium is teeming with creatures from tuxedo-clad penguins, to seals, sharks, an amazing Jellyfish Gallery and thousands of tropical fish and more with new and interactive opportunities all along the way. It's a fun and awe-inspiring experience and is wonderfully complemented with conservation messages that underscore the vital importance of the oceans.

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Labor Day Weekend

As you enter through a tree-top canopy entrance, you'll visit the rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas in a rare, up-close and interactive adventure with over 1,700 exotic plants and endangered animals that range from Giant Amazon River Otters to an ocelot, Komodo dragons and other reptiles. Saki monkeys, Cotton-top tamarins, and sloths roam freely while an array of birds fly between the trees as you walk the trails through the spacious enclosure!

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Labor Day Weekend

Climb aboard the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat at Moody Gardens! Enjoy beautiful views of Offats Bayou, plus a Texas BBQ dinner featuring:

  • Crisp Garden Salad with Sourdough Croutons & Choice of Dressings
  • Slow Smoked Brisket with Spicy BBQ Sauce
  • Smoky Rotisserie Chicken with Pan Drippings
  • Smoked Pork Loin with Honey Cider Glaze
  • Cream Corn
  • Garlic Roasted New Potatoes
  • Texas Pecan Tarts

The Labor Day Weekend Dinner Cruise boards at 6PM, and disembarks at 7PM.

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Labor Day Weekend

Moody Gardens is wrapping up a summer of fun with the last day to enjoy Palm beach being Monday, September 6th (Labor Day). Until then, guests can still enjoy the white sand beach on weekends from 9AM to 6PM. Hotel guests and Moody Gardens members receive discounted tickets to Palm Beach.

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Labor Day Weekend

Immerse yourself as this amazing giant-screen 4k 6-primary laser projection system, state-of-the-art surround sound and the largest screens in Texas provide one the best 3D viewing experiences in the world. The possibilities are endless at Moody Gardens!

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Labor Day Weekend

The heartbeat of the island can be found in its downtown. Home to official designations including the Strand Historic District, the Downtown Cultural Arts District and the Historic Strand Seaport area, here you’ll find historic architecture, family attractions, locally-owned restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, performance venues and more. Be sure to stroll along Postoffice Street home to The Grand 1894 Opera House and a collection of art galleries and antique shops. An active port lies nearby, just across Harborside Drive. Here, fishing boats make their way to sea at dawn to bring their fresh hauls to island restaurants.

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Labor Day Weekend

When: Sunday, September 4, 2022

Shop local and support your local farmers & markers! We are a year-round market located at 28th & Market (across from Red Light Coffee Roasters)

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Labor Day Weekend

Hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties and Visit Galveston, this FREE event invites families to enjoy a series of beloved movies under the stars. On September 3, catch the 1999 romantic comedy, "Blast from the Past," in the heart of Historic Downtown Galveston at Saengerfest Park.

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Learn about this inspirational history on Galveston Hurricane and Resiliency Tour- a unique journey through Galveston's past, present and future, where science and history meet.

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On September 13, 2008. Hurricane Ike covered most of Galveston Island in a tidal surge. The damage uprooted many of the city's trees and ultimately led to the demise of thousands. Where many saw dead trees and waste after the storm, artists saw an opportunity to showcase signs of rejuvenation.

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Commemorate the 122nd anniversary of The Great Storm with this special event. Join us in the lobby of The Tremont House on September 8, 2022, for a "Saltwater and Driftwood" book signing plus a Q&A with meteorologist Dr. Hal Needham.

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Pride Galveston Events

The purpose of Pride Galveston is to embrace diversity, instill pride, and celebrate unity, as well as recognize the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in the Galveston area.

Pride Galveston produces several events during the year to celebrate Pride and to fulfill its purpose. The main event, Pride Galveston Beach Bash is held on Saturday, September 3 at East Beach.

Friday, Sept. 2, 2022Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022Sunday, Sept. 4, 2022
Mister & Miss Pride Galveston Pageant at Robert’s Lafitte (25th and Q).Pride Beach Bash at East Beach (1923 Boddecker Dr)3rd annual Pool Party at Robert’s Lafitte (25th and Q)
Time: 9PM – 12AMTime: 10AM – 5PMTime: 12PM – 7PM

Galveston Island Pass

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