The fall season brings what many consider to be the best weather of the year on Galveston Island, and with great weather comes outdoor events and festivals! For the next few months, the island’s calendar will be filled with activities to entertain and spook — from the annual Island Oktoberfest to historic ghost tours.

Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival

Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival to be held Sept. 24-25. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, this year’s festival features seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area and a Strand merchant walkabout.

Ghostly Galveston” Festivities

The place of the deadliest storm in U.S. history, Galveston Island is a popular destination for “haunted” exploration. From a 110-year-old “haunted” hotel to Galveston’s storied harbor, cemeteries and Victorian mansions, there are numerous ghost tours to be explored throughout October. Both the historic Grand Galvez and the Galveston Historical Foundation offer haunted history tours throughout the month. Enjoy spooks year-round with Dash Beardsley’s Ghost Tours of Galveston and Texas’ only year-round haunted house, Haunted Mayfield Manor.

Galveston Greek Festival

The Galveston Greek Festival, Oct. 9-10, celebrates Greek culture with food, wine, pastries, and dancing. Two full days of Opa! The event features authentic food prepared on site, Greek wines, live dancing and entertainment, gifts and tours of the Greek Orthodox Church.


If you love art, then you don’t want to miss the 24th annual ARToberFEST presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House. The hybrid event will be held in-person Oct. 16-17 in Galveston’s Postoffice District and virtually Oct. 16-31. This juried fine art festival will feature various artists, food and live music on Postoffice Street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, art galleries and shops. Admission is $5 for adults with proceeds benefiting The Grand’s education and community outreach programs.

Island Oktoberfest

Island Oktoberfest will “oompah” back to Galveston for its 39th year, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place Oct. 22-24 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galveston and will feature an expanded entertainment lineup. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes.

Lone Star Motorcycle Rally

This November, visitors to Galveston have a chance to experience the largest four-day biker rally in the country as the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally makes its way to the island Nov. 4-7. More than 500,000 motorcyclists will gather among hundreds of vendors in a celebration of the finest machines known to man. The rally will include several bike shows, live concerts and a variety of celebrity appearances.

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