You can find plenty of free fun in Galveston during most weekends beginning in the spring and continuing through the fall. Visitors and residents can enjoy free movies, concerts and outdoor markets. Movie Nite on The Strand, which is scheduled on first Saturdays, is hugely popular with residents and visitors. Movies are shown at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, just after dusk. Bring your chair or blanket and pick up dinner for this free movie under the stars.
Mitchell Historic Properties sponsors Movie Nite on The Strand held the first Saturday of the month from March through October.
This year’s movie schedule includes:
April 7 – The Sting starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman
May 5 – The Blind Side starring Julia Roberts
June 2 – Ghostbusters starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd
July 7 – Julie and Julia starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams
Aug. 4 – King Kong (1976) starring Jeff Bridges, Charles Grodin and Jessica Lange
Sept. 1 – The Pink Panther (1963) starring Peter Sellers
Oct. 6 – Rear Window starring Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly
If you prefer free live music then don’t miss out on Music Nite on The Strand which is scheduled on the second Saturday of the month. New this year is a dance floor and additional seating so you can watch the fun or rest your feet. Bands perform at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, from 6 to 9 p.m.
This year’s Music Nite schedule includes:
April 14 – CSMDP (gypsy/folk)
May 12 – Sam Navarro & the Lone Star Devils (country)
June 9 – Pee Wee Bowen (oldies)
July 14 – Ocean Roots (south coast soul)
Aug. 11 – Alligator Handshake (rock/country/blues)
Sept. 5 – Fab 5 (Beatles tribute band)
Oct. 13 – Zombie Dance Party with Flash the Robot (DJ)
The third Saturday of the month is Market on The Strand. Various vendors set up at Saengerfest Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to sell their hand-made items. Local artisans and handcrafters sell jewelry, photos and other unique gift items during this monthly event which continues through December.
You will also want to mark your calendar for ArtWalk
. During ArtWalk, galleries throughout downtown Galveston open their doors for an evening of fun and visual arts from 6 to 9 p.m. Upcoming dates are April 21, June 2, July 14, Aug. 25, and Oct. 6 and Nov. 24.