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One of the best things about fall in Galveston is, obviously, the weather and the water. Islanders and visitors enjoy cooler temperatures and the Gulf of Mexico is definitely bluer. 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 1 movie is “Labyrinth” so pack your chairs and pick up dinner for the last free outdoor movie of the season. This October, visitors can enjoy two free concerts as part of Music Nite: The Michael Hix Band (pop, rock and soul) from 3 to 5 p.m. on Oct. 1 and Bon Ton Mickey and the Zydeco Hot Steppers (blues & country) from 6 to 9p.m. on Oct. 8. 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. 15 and 16. 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. 21 and 22. 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 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday. Plan on holiday shopping at their Arts and Crafts sale in the Lyceum.
4. Sunset. Before the time change on November 6, 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 west of 61st and Seawall Blvd.
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. Restaurants that come to mind include Ocean Grille, Nick’s Kitchen & Beach Bar, Sky Bar, Gumbo Bar, Taquilo's, Riondo’s Ristorante, Yaga’s Café, Fuddruckers, Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen, and Olympia The Grill at Pier 21. 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. Galveston Island Brewing is hosting its own Oktoberfest on Oct. 15 and will offer live music all day, food trucks and more. By the way, The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez & Spa both carry locally brewed GIB brews on tap.
10. Shows at The Grand. The Grand 1894 Opera House 2016-2017 Season continues with Chubby Checker & The Wild Cats (Oct. 15), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Oct. 29), Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen (Nov. 1 & 2), Elf the Musical (Nov. 13), Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Musical (Nov. 19), The Priests (Nov. 27). 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.”
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.