There are no two better words to go along with summer than free and fun. All summer long, Galveston Island will offer plenty of events that fit both, including free fireworks shows, eco tours and sandcastle building lessons.
Beachfront Fireworks Shows
In Galveston, visitors don’t have to wait until the 4th of July to see fireworks. That’s because the island will host free fireworks shows every weekend this summer. The beachfront fireworks shows will take place at 9 p.m. on Sundays now through Sept. 2. Sponsored by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the fireworks displays will launch over the Gulf of Mexico near Seawall Boulevard and 37th Street. The fireworks shows provide an opportunity for visitors to extend their weekends and enjoy additional entertainment at the beach. Looking to stay in Galveston after the fireworks? You can save big on lodging when you stay mid-week. Rates in Galveston are significantly lower for those choosing to book their overnight stays Sunday through Thursday. For deep discounts on attractions, check out Galveston Island Pass!
Beach Family Challenge East Beach
The Galveston Park Board is hosting a series of Family Beach Challenges throughout the summer - June 17, July 22, August 19 and September 16. Families are invited to go head to head in a series of competitions including giant Jenga, sack races and more – all to win some fantastic prizes. These events are free to the public and structured for groups of four people. The family with the most points at the end of the day will receive a $500 gift card, plus tickets to island attractions.
Free Sandcastle Building Lessons at Stewart Beach
Beginning in June, visitors to Stewart Beach can participate in “Sandcastle Days” events to receive free sandcastle building lessons from a professional sandcastle builder. The events will take place Saturday, June 2 through August 18.
On July 14 and August 25, the Galveston Arts Center will host Artwalk in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district. During this free event, downtown Galveston’s many art galleries and art spaces open their doors for an evening of art-viewing, wine, hors d’oeuvres, music and more. Much of the festivities take place on Postoffice Street. For a list of participating locations, visit www.galveston.com/artwalk.
Bucket Brigade Tours
Throughout the summer, you can hit the beach to participate in a Bucket Brigade – an interactive beach tour that provides hands-on exploration of the creatures and features found in Galveston’s coastal and marine ecosystems. Beginning Memorial Day Weekend tours will be offered Wednesday-Sunday throughout the summer. The 45-minute tours are held at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tours are offered at Stewart Beach. Those wishing to participate can sign up for a tour near the lifeguard station at the tour location, where you will see the Bucket Brigade Tours sign.
Bands on the Sand
Be sure to come out for Bands on the Sand, June 8 – Aug. 11. Enjoy this summer music series Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. Each show features local and regional R&B, rock, country and blues bands. Admission is $15 and children age 3 and younger get in for free. Each performance ends with a fireworks display over Offats Bayou, overlooking the Moody Gardens pyramids.
Movie & Music Nites on The Strand:
Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows, and head downtown Galveston for a FREE family-friendly movie under the stars. Held the first Saturday of each month March thru October, films begin at dusk at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
Music Nite on The Strand takes place on the second Saturday of each month, March through October from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Travel Tip: If you're looking for a way to save on accommodations in Galveston this summer, consider staying mid-week. Rates in Galveston are significantly lower for those choosing to book their overnight stays Sunday through Thursday. For deep discounts on attractions, checkout Galveston Island Pass!
For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.