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02 Mar

Five Things to Know About the Galveston Island Beach Revue

The Galveston Island Beach Revue on May 15 & 16 offers a weekend of vintage-inspired fun with big band music, bathing beauties, and classic hot rod cars. Here’s a list of five things to know when planning your weekend.

  1. 1. Galveston’s Bathing Beauties Contest began as the “Pageant of Pulchritude” in the summer of 1920 and continued through 1932. This vintage-inspired pageant was resurrected in 2009 by Islanders By Choice and now is coordinated by the Galveston Historical Foundation.
  2. 2. The Galveston Island Beach Revue, presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa, begins Friday, May 15 with a new Sweet Summer Soiree at the 1880 Garten Verein and continues Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Beach Central, 2101 Seawall (across from Hotel Galvez & Spa). 
  3. 3. Don your favorite vintage attire for this year’s Sweet Summer Soiree on Friday at Garten Verein, 2704 Avenue O. The event will feature live performances, a curated dessert bar, craft drinks, and a special introduction of the 2020 Bathing Beauty contestants. The fun begins at 8 p.m. This is a ticketed event.
  4. 4. Browse the Hot Rod and Classic Car Show Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and enjoy live music throughout the day.
  5. 5. The highlight of the Galveston Island Beach Revue is the Bathing Beauties Contest beginning at 5:15 p.m. See 30 contestants show off their vintage swimwear and compete for top honors.

For a detailed schedule, visit the Galveston Beach Revue

Where to Stay
If you are looking for a hotel away from the hubbub of the beachfront, try The Tremont House or Harbor House Hotel & Marina. Want to liven up the weekend with vintage-inspired fun? Book your room at Hotel Galvez & Spa.