Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Two full days of shrimp, music, friends, and fun held annually in September.

Event activities include a Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Gumbo Tasting, Official 5K, Lil’ Shrimps parade, live music, vendors, kids area, and a Strand Merchant Walk-About. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Friday Night V.I.P. Party

Join us as we kick off the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival with a party to honor our teams and sponsors! You don’t want to miss this "shrimptastic" party featuring a fried shrimp dinner, open bar and live music! Must be 21 or older to attend.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Gumbo Stroll

Join us as Galveston’s Historic Strand District is transformed into a melting pot of flavors! Sample gumbo from talented cook teams, award-winning cookers & backyard roux roughneck. Be sure to come early to try them all! Register for the Gumbo Stroll here.

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run

Perks of the 5K Fun Run include free libations, performance t-shirt, pre-run snacks, placing medals, costume contest, downtown activities after the run and more. The 5K Combo ticket includes: Gumbo Tasting Cup for entry into Galveston Island Shrimp Festival, 5K registration with chip timing, fun performance t-shirt, and one free beer at early packet pickup/runner’s happy hour at Beerfoot Brewery and another free beer after the Run

Get Involved
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Participate in the Cook Off

Whip up a batch of your best gumbo recipe and bring it on down to the Galveston Historical Strand. Compete in the Amateur or Professional divisions for the gold and Shrimp Gumbo Champion bragging rights. Although every gumbo has its own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got! There is a $1,000 cash prize. Sign up early and receive lots of perks.