As spring approaches, Galveston’s historic downtown district is gearing up for a variety of monthly weekend events. My favorite is Movie Nite on the Strand which resumes at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand, this Saturday on March 6 with “Back to the Future” at 7 p.m. Movie Nite is scheduled on the first Saturday of the month through October. Bring your own chairs and grab dinner to enjoy these free outdoor movies. If you come every month, you'll start to notice the regulars who arrive early to stack out their spot.
Upcoming movies include “Gone with the Wind” on April 3 at 7 p.m.; “National Treasure” on May 1 at 7:30 p.m.; “Goonies” on June 5 at 8 p.m.; “Top Gun” on July 3 at 8:30 p.m.; “Footloose” on Aug. 7 at 8:30 p.m.; “Rocky” on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m.; and “Vertigo” on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Movie Nite is sponsored by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mitchell Historic Properties and the Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership.
You can also enjoy live music during the monthly Music Nite on The Strand scheduled on the second Saturday of the month from 5 to 8 p.m. at Saengerfest Park. Upcoming groups include reggae group Irie Time on March 13; Cajun favorite String Benders on April 10; classic rockers The Convertibles on May 8; The Zydeco Dots on June 12; Irie Time on July 10; Electric Blues Crew on Aug. 14; contemporary country favorite Matt Rawls Band on Sept. 11; and The Convertibles on Oct. 9. If you're a fan of the group you should also consider bringing chairs since there are only a few benches at the park. Music Nite continues through October and is sponsored by the Galveston Island CVB and Mitchell Historic Properties.
The Historic Downtown Strand Seaport Partnership launched a new Market on The Strand in February. This outdoor market is scheduled on the third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Saengerfest Park. Also every Sunday, The Lunchbox Café, 213 23rd, hosts a Farm Box Market from noon to 3 p.m. featuring local farm fresh produce, yard eggs, pasture raised beef, goat cheese and freshly made bread and desserts. We bought some delicious Indian food from Nisha's last week. Make sure you take time to stop in.
Mitchell Historic Properties owns and maintains Saengerfest Park. Mitchell Historic Properties oversees properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family. For commercial and residential leasing information, visit www.mitchellhistoricproperties.com
or call (409) 763-5806.