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Make the most of your stay on Galveston Island with our insiders guide to exploring the area. Our monthly Staff Picks highlight all of the historic places, interactive tours, and family-friendly attractions that make our beachfront city so special. Read more to learn about our favorite places to drink, dine, shop, and explore.

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01 Oct

Best of the Fall Fests

Galveston Island Greek Festival | October 12–13

Come out for a variety of delicious Greek food, traditional music and live performances, authentic artwork, and more.

ARToberFEST | October 19–20

Sponsored by the 1894 Opera House, ARToberFEST is a juried fine arts celebration that features over 125 artists and their work in a variety of media. Enjoy live performances, food, drink, and a creative kid’s area.

Island Oktoberfest | October 25–26

Don your lederhosen and join the fun at the 36th annual Oktoberfest. This family-friendly festival will offer the best of traditional German food and drink, continuous live entertainment, arts, crafts, kid’s activities, and more.

Mini Monster Bash | October 26

Bring your little monsters to the park for a pre-Halloween celebration. Hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties, this free event will include balloon artists, face painting, games, costume contests, and trick-or-treating at local businesses.

Lone Star Rally | October 31–November 3

Cruise on over for a weekend of epic entertainment, featuring car, jeep, and truck shows, juried bike shows, vendors, and free concerts from over 40 performers, including Lou Gramm of Foreigner, the Charlie Daniels Band, and many others.

When choosing accommodations, we suggest Hotel Galvez & Spa for a luxurious beachfront experience, The Tremont House in the historic Strand district for a deluxe downtown treat, and the Harbor House Hotel & Marina for gorgeous harbor views and convenient proximity to Pier 21.