The Fall offerings at Galveston Island have been announced, with the October calendar said to be “filled with activities to entertain and spook”, with offerings including the annual Island Oktoberfest to the island’s ghost tours.
Island Oktoberfest will return to Galveston for its 31st year, celebrating the location’s German heritage for a full weekend. The festival will take place on October 26 to 27 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The 15th annual ARToberFEST will be held on October 20 to 21 in downtown Galveston. This juried fine art festival will feature more than 125 artists, food and live music on Postoffice and 22nd streets. Proceeds from the event will benefit the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas and the Galveston Island Humane Society.
Since the place is the location of the deadliest storm in US history, Galveston has a variety of ghost tours offered by the Galveston Historical Foundation at Bishop’s Palace, Old City Cemetery and Galve ston Harbor. In addition, the 101-year-old Hotel Galvez will offer a ghost tour dinner on Wednesday and Thursday evenings throughout the month. Downtown Galveston will host its Mini Monster Bash on October 27, and Moody Gardens will have its annual Ghostly Gardens event on October 28. Both events for kids will include free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, and a costume contest.
Other events lined up include: the Beach Dash at Galveston’s East Beach on October 6; Bike Around the Bay on October 13 to 14, which includes a 180-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay; Galveston Island Greek Festival on October 13 at Galveston’s Greek Orthodox Church; and performances at The Grand 1894 Opera House.
The newest addition to Galveston’s Fall event lineup is the Texas Coast Boat & Outdoor Show, taking place at the Galveston Yacht Basin on October 12 to 14. This will feature outdoor events, including more than 100 boats in the water, and an onshore exhibition of watercraft, RVs and motor homes.
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island offers 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country.