Galveston Island Beach Revue

Annual event based on Island events from summer seasons past.

The Galveston Island Beach Revue continues to grow each year through events, contestant participation, and attendance and is officially the City of Galveston’s “Kickoff to Summer” event.

Galveston Island Beach Revue
Beach Revue History

Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, the Galveston beauty contest began in the summer of 1920 and from then on marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event (which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue”) had become so popular, the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. These Island pageants are said to have been the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression.

Galveston Island Beach Revue
Bathing Beauties Contest

Always a crowd favorite, the weekend’s main event is the Bathing Beauties Contest beginning. Retro swimwear is chic and vintage is king as contestants from across the country catwalk across Galveston’s historic shoreline modeling vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear and accessories that echo the “good ole days” of Galveston’s summertime history.

Galveston Island Beach Revue
Classic Car Show

Hot rods, rat rods, vintage trailers and more are lining up to take part in the Galveston Island Beach Revue Car Show! It's an afternoon of can’t-miss vintage-inspired fun.

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