The Disney Cruise Line is about to make it's first voyage from Texas on September 22
I love taking road trips to Galveston. I’m glad my boss knows Houston so well because he told me how to get around the traffic of Houston to head straight to Galveston Island. If you are on a budget, I would definitely say that Galveston is a great investment in end of summer fun for the family. With Labor Day around the corner, I say take a trip to Galveston.
AAA Texas predicts that 2.4 million Texans will leave home for the Labor Day holiday. An increase in travel by 4.3% compared to Labor Day a year ago.
September may mark the end of summer, but it doesn’t mark the end of fun on Galveston Island. The upcoming month is jam-packed with special events and festivities to draw you to the island, from the arrival of the new Disney Magic cruise ship to the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.
If you’re in the mood to taste – and experience – the best of Galveston this September, be sure to check out the following upcoming events:
Labor Day Weekend Festivities
Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival
Don’t miss the largest craft beer festival in Texas as Galveston Island hosts the Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at Moody Gardens. The event will include more than 400 represented craft beers with a celebration showcasing award-winning “brewmasters” at three signature events. Attendees can hoist their mugs while enjoying live music, beer and food pairing seminars. For details, visit www.brewmastersbeerfest.com.
New Galveston Book Art Tour
On Galveston’s new Book Art Tour you’ll see literature like you’ve never seen it before! Aug. 25 through Sept. 7 art lovers will have the opportunity to see and bid on unique pieces of art made from repurposed old, obsolete books. The Book Art Tour, presented by Art Bound, will take place at various shops and art galleries located throughout historic downtown Galveston. To view the full press release, click here.
Disney Cruise Ship Arrival
Mickey and Minnie Mouse are coming to Texas, and they’re bringing a big boat with them! On September 22, Galveston will welcome the Disney Magic cruise ship to its port for its first sail from Texas. The Disney Magic, a 2,400-passenger ship, will offer seven-night western Caribbean cruises. Ports of call will include: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands; Costa Maya, Mexico; and Cozumel, Mexico. For information, visit http://disneycruise.disney.go.
Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
Galveston Island is a se afood 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 September 21-23. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, this year’s festival features an expanded area in Galveston’s historic downtown with a free boat & RV show, two-day seafood cook-Off, a 5K run, children’s activities and more. For details, visit www.galvestonshrimpfestival.
USS Fort Worth Commissioning
On Sept. 22, visitors to Galveston will be able to witness the USS Fort Worth l ittoral combat ship (LCS-3) sail into the Port of Galveston. Commanders, crew, dignitaries and the community are planning to make this event the most memorable commissioning the Navy has ever seen. For details, visit www.ussfortworth.org.
Galveston Revival Race
Galveston’s beautiful scenery has made it a hotspot for outdoor races! The first race of the month will take place Sept. 15 when the Galveston Historical Foundation hosts the 4th annual Galveston Revival Race. The event – held in Galveston’s East End Historical District – features 5K, 10K and children’s 1K races followed by a family friendly celebration in Saengerfest Park. Visit www.galvestonhistory.org for details.
Ironman 5150 in Galveston
The second race to take place in Galveston this September is a race for champions. September 22-23, the island will host the Ironman 5150. Part of the new Ironman 5150 Triathlon Series, competitors at this event will swim 1.5 kilometers in Offatts Bayou and bike 40 kilometers through Galveston’s west end before making a 10K run through scenic Moody Gardens. Visit www.5150galveston.com for details.
Live Theater Performances
Galveston will offer a variety of exciting shows for the lover of performing arts. On Sept. 4, The Grand 1894 Opera House will conclude its summer performance series with the return of Grammy Award-winner Lyle Lovett. Later in the month, The Grand will open its 2012-2013 season with screen actor, singer and dancer J oel Grey. This talented winner of Oscar, Golden Globe and Tony awards adds pizzazz to any show. Visitwww.thegrand.com for details. Finally, Island ETC Theatre will present “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” Sept. 14 through Oct. 6. For details, visit www.islandetc.org.
Movies, Music and Market on the Strand
If you are looking for free activities this September, Galveston has plenty. On Sept. 1, the island will host Movie Nite on The Strand presenting a free outdoor showing of the movie “The Pink Panther” in Saengerfest Park beginning at 8 p.m. On Sept. 8, don’t forget to catch Music Nite on the Strand with a free concert downtown from 6 to 9 p.m. As a special treat, be sure to catch Market on the Strand from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 15 in Saengerfest Park for the best from local artisans, handcrafters and growers.
About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The i sland is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.