Galveston Island Beach Revue

The Galveston Island Beach Revue continues to grow each year and is officially the “Kickoff to Summer” event in Galveston, TX.

Celebrate the end of spring and the start of summer in Galveston, TX, at the annual vintage-inspired Galveston Island Beach Revue, featuring the Bathing Beauties pageant and classic car show.

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About Galveston Island Beach Revue

Galveston’s vintage past meets present-day fun for the Fourteenth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. Presented by TGRE – and held at Beach Central, 2102 Seawall Blvd. The annual revue showcases vintage-inspired fun, headlined by the Bathing Beauties contest, next to Galveston’s historic shoreline. Saturday’s events occur from noon to 7 p.m., and standing-room-only tickets are $5. Reserved admission is $20 for a reserved pod for two or $40 for a reserved pod of four. Admission includes access to the classic car show, food and vintage vendors, concessions, and more located throughout Beach Central.

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Galveston Island Beach Revue contestants stand in vintage bathing suits with pageant sashes while holding a large check.
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 and were resurrected in 2009. The event’s location is footsteps away from its original location in the early 1920s.

Beach Revue is a fun way to welcome the summer and celebrate a historical event from a century ago. This one-of-a-kind event brings a colorful story to life along Galveston’s famous seawall... Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director