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The Grand is one of the few remaining theatres of its era in Texas and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 1993 the 73rd Texas Legislature proclaimed The Grand "The Official Opera House of Texas." more...

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Island ETC is Galveston's only professional repertory theatre company. Our beautifully restored 190 seat theater is home to 6 main stage productions each year in addition to film screenings. more...


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Galveston's visual and performing arts culture continues to thrive as visitors browse through art galleries during the day before heading out at night to catch their favorite musicals in the heart of Historic Galveston Island.

In fact, arts and entertainment are as much a part of the Island’s history as its port and Victorian architecture. From theater, music and dance, in historic and traditional settings, to reggae, rock, country and the oldies in the city’s nightspots, Galveston sparkles at night.

Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District is nestled in the famous Strand National Historic Landmark District, only three short blocks from The Strand. This district is home to quaint galleries that feature various types of art from local, national and internationally recognized artists.

Every six weeks, the art galleries welcome Island visitors and Galvestonians alike into their galleries for ArtWalk; an event that provides visitors with wine and cheese while leading them through the historic streets and into boutiques and galleries. Dining Diva Visits BLVD Seafood
We ventured into Blvd. Seafood on a summer Sunday evening. It is nice to have another locally owned restaurant choice on Seawall!

Fall Fun
September’s imminent arrival signals that it will soon be safe to venture outside without a beach towel just to handle the copious amounts of perspiration rolling down your face.

ELISSA Youth Crew Program to begin in September
Young sailors hoping to feel breezy Galveston Bay winds aboard Galveston’s 1877 iconic sailing ship ELISSA may have a chance to do just that as sail training programs begin at the Texas Seaport Museum on September 12.

Battle of the Badges Returns August 29th
When the bell rings at the 7th Annual Galveston “Battle of the Badges,” some boxers who happen to law enforcement officers are in for a Big Time Rumble.

The Grand 1894 Opera House presents a year-round performing arts schedule featuring international stars of stage and screen, Broadway musicals, dance, music and comedy productions. Called “one of the finest theaters in the world” by veteran actor Hal Holbrook, The Grand is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designated the “official opera house of the State of Texas” by the 73rd legislature. Past performers have included Bill Cosby, Gregory Peck, James Earl Jones, Bernadette Peters, and Willie Nelson. The Grand also presented the world premier production of Red, White and Tuna, as well as Tuna Does Vegas.

Island etc (east-end theater company) strives to present innovative and cutting-edge
productions by both known and new playwrights. The elegant 200-seat theatre is home to plays, musicals, concerts and film festivals year-round.

If it’s a just-released motion picture you would like to see, Premiere Cinema, a multi-screen theater, is conveniently located on Seawall Boulevard at 89th Street.

From Broadway to dance to visual arts, Galveston Island is a art-lover's paradise.

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