Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

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

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!

Date(s): September 22-23, 2023

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What To Expect
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Friday Kick-Off Party

Join us as we kick off the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival with a party to celebrate 13 years of Shrimp Fest - you don’t want to miss this "shrimptastic" kick-off party!

Presented by Galveston Shrimp Company

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run

Perks of the 5K Fun Run include performance t-shirts, participation medals, a costume contest, one free beer at runner’s happy hour and TWO free beers after the run! The 5k Combo tickets allow runners to enjoy the best of both worlds by including the downtown activities. Choose from the 5k + Gumbo Stroll, or 5k + Shrimp Dinner Plate to truly round out your experience.

Presented by Moody National Bank

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!

Get Involved
a team of seven women participating in the cook off during Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
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.