Can you believe the first day of fall is Sept. 22? One of the best things about fall in Galveston is, obviously, the weather. We love this time of year so we've updated our Ten Reasons to Visit Galveston in Fall - one of our most popular blogs.
Consider these ten reasons to visit Galveston in the fall.
1. Last month of free movies and concerts downtown. October is the last month for the Movie Nite and Music Nite on The Strand series. The October 6 movie is "Hocus Pocus" so pack your chairs and pick up dinner for the last free outdoor movie of the season. This October, visitors can enjoy Bon Ton Mickey & the Zydeco Hot Steppers on (Zydeco) on Oct. 13. Music Nite and Movie Nite take place in the evenings at Saengerfest Park, 23rd & Strand. Dance floor and tables and chairs are provided.
2. ARToberfest on Oct. 20 and 21. A portion of Galveston's Cultural Arts District is closed off for this juried fine art festival featuring more than 100 artists. ARToberfest is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday and it benefits The Grand 1894 Opera House.
3. Island Oktoberfest on Oct. 26 and 27. Yes, Galveston has its own Oktoberfest hosted by First Lutheran Church at 24th & Winnie. Think food, German beer and music. The festival is free and from 5 p.m. to 11 a.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Plan on holiday shopping at their Arts and Crafts sale in the Lyceum.
4. Sunset. Before the time change on November 4, take advantage of the catching the sunset during a reasonable hour. Restaurants at Pier 21 offer a nice vantage point to watch the sunset and The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House is always a good option.
5. Walks on the beach. This is an ideal time of year to enjoy a quiet walk on the beach. Venture to spots off the beaten path, like the beach area in Beach Town and the newly expanded beaches along the Seawall.
6. Cooler Weather and Smaller Crowds. In contrast to summer, the average high temperature in October and November is 80 and 70 degrees, respectively, while July and August average a high of 89 degrees. So, you actually might need a sweater or light jacket when visiting. Plus, summer is always the busiest time of year in Galveston so the fall offers a chance to explore with smaller crowds and shorter lines and waiting times at area attractions and popular restaurants.
7. Dinner on the patio. Outdoor seating is available throughout the island including establishments on the Seawall, Strand, Postoffice Street and Pier 21. Downtown restaurants that come to mind include Taquilo's Tex-Mex Cantina, Little Daddy's Gumbo Bar, Shark Shack Beach Bar & Grill, Hearsay on The Strand, Riondo's Ristorante, Yaga's Café, and Stuttgarden Tavern on The Strand. At Pier 21, you'll find Olympia The Grill at Pier 21, Willie G's and Fisherman's Wharf and look for the new Katie's Seafood House at Pier 19. And, of course, there are many others.
8. Drinks on The Rooftop. Named the "Most Romantic Bar" by Houstonia Magazine, The Rooftop Bar at The Tremont House is a "must do" during any visit to Galveston.
9. Pub Crawls for Pumpkin Beer. Pumpkin flavors return with the fall. Local craft brewery, Galveston Island Brewing (GIB), will be offering their Oktoberfest this season. Plus, you can also find your fall favorites at other popular bars like Beerfoot Beach Bar, Brews Brothers Brew Pub, Stuttgarden Tavern, Molly's Irish Pub and Old Cellar Bar. You should also stop by Devil and the Deep Brewery. By the way, The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez & Spa both carry locally brewed GIB brews on tap.
10. Shows at The Grand resume. The Grand 1894 Opera House resumes its 2018-2019 Season with Wynonna & The Big Noise on Sept. 29. October shows include The Choir of Man (Oct. 6), Aida Cuevas - Totalmente Juan Gabriel (Oct. 13), Phantom of the Opera - Silent Film with Rob Landes at the organ (Oct. 26) and The Doo Wop Project (Oct. 28). Read "Seven Reasons to See a Show at The Grand" Blog and get your tickets soon.
Well, that's our ten reasons to visit Galveston in the fall so pick a few days or a weekend and enjoy some "Island Time."
Where to Stay:
If you want to stay in the heart of The Historic Strand District, book your stay at The Tremont House.
If you want to enjoy of view of the harbor and be walkable The Strand and Postoffice Street, consider Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21.
If you want a beachfront hotel, stay at Hotel Galvez & Spa. The hotel provides a courtesy shuttle to transport hotel guests downtown.