Galveston Island

Galveston Island to Host Fireworks, Beachfront Parade for July 4th Weekend

Let Galveston’s sparkling Gulf waters and mellow beach town vibe be the backdrop for your Independence Day getaway. With a full lineup of special events and festivities surrounding the momentous occasion, vacationers need not look further than Galveston Island to celebrate this patriotic tradition. On the evening of July 4, Galveston Island will celebrate its annual Independence Day parade featuring a procession of floats, decorated military vehicles and performers. The parade will kick off at […]

The Ten Best Reasons to Visit Galveston Island This Summer

You don’t need a real reason to head to the coast during the Texas summer – the cool breezes and sparkling Gulf waters are usually enticement enough. But, in case you’re looking for a little extra motivation, here’s 10 excuses to head to Galveston Island this vacation season. #1 Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark to Reopen in May Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark is scheduled to reopen May 22 after closing last year due to the pandemic. The reopening […]

Galveston to Launch Newest Beach Nourishment Projects

This year, Galveston Island’s most significant natural asset, the beaches, are getting a refresh. The City of Galveston, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are partnering on several renourishment projects in an ongoing effort to maintain and protect Galveston’s beaches. And at no additional cost to residents. The first project is a beach nourishment project for Babe’s Beach, which begins west of 61st […]

Galveston Hosting its First-Ever Christmas Tree and Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contests

A Christmas tree lights up Galveston (photo courtesy Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau)

By George Slaughter GALVESTON—More than local 40 boutiques, businesses, galleries, and shops are participating in the inaugural Galveston Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The contest, which began December 1 and runs through January 4, enables shoppers to admire the creatively decorated trees and vote on their favorite entries. The trees also make great backgrounds for holiday photo opportunities. Meanwhile, as many know, Galveston is home to the third-largest Mardi Gras in the country. Mardi Gras, typically […]

Mardi Gras and More this Holiday Season in Historic Downtown Galveston

New events on tap to enhance the holiday spirit Take Victorian charm, shopping opportunities galore and throw in some bon temps and you have the makings for a fun and festive holiday season on Galveston Island. Two new events give visitors the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, plus an Insta-worthy returning favorite are sure to add to the holiday spirit. New! Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contest: Galveston is home to the third largest Mardi Gras in […]