As the weather warms up, Galveston Island becomes home to a number of amazing, free events.  Visitors and residents are invited to enjoy free movies and live concerts throughout the historic downtown.

This March, Movie Nite on The Strand starts the season off with the showing of Captain Ron.  Movies begin just after dusk at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand.  Moviegoers are encouraged to stop for a bite to eat at the wide variety of downtown restaurants before setting up a blanket or chair for a free movie under the stars. Movie Nite takes place the first Saturday of each month March through October.

Upcoming movies are:

March 7: Captain Ron (1992) starring Kurt Russell and Martin Short

April 4: Singin’ in the Rain (1952) starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds

May 2: The Goonies (1985) starring Sean Astin and Corey Feldman

June 6: Jaws (1975) starring Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw

July 4: Elf (2003) starring Will Ferrell and Zoey Deschanel

August 1: The Outsiders (1983) starring Tom Cruise and Matt Dillon

September 5: Maleficent (2014) starring Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning  

October 3: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001) starring Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson

Beginning in March, music enthusiasts looking for a great live music scene, will enjoy Music Nite on The Strand.  A dance floor and limited seating are provided so crowds can dance to the beat and rest between songs.  Bands perform at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand, from 6 to 9 p.m.  Visitors are encouraged to bring their own seating. Music Nite takes place the second Saturday of each month March through October, with additional dates in April, May and October.

This year’s Music Nite schedule includes:

March 14: Almost Endless Summer (Oldies)

April 11:   Alter Ego (Contemporary Classics)

April 25: Card-Castle Deluxe  (Rock, Soul)

May 9: Gary-Michael Dahl (R&B, Jazz)

May 23: dem W/ Robert Kuhn (Roots)

June 13: The Last Dragons (80’s Radio Classics)

July 11: Mike Stinson (Country)

August 8: Cassette Tape (Reggae)

September 12: The Fab 5 (Beatles Tribute Band)

October 10: The Journey Agents (FUNK)

October 31: HYPERSOUL (Classic Rock)  

Movie Nite and Music Nite are sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.  For more information on both Movie and Music Nite on the Strand and weekly event updates, please visit

About Mitchell Historic Properties

Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family, including three hotels, The Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, and Harbor House & Marina, as well as commercial and residential properties located downtown and at Pier 21® along Galveston’s historic harbor.  The Mitchell’s ongoing preservation of Galveston’s historic downtown helped spark the resurrection of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21® as a tourist destination. “The Mitchell family shares a deep appreciation for Galveston’s heritage,” said Grant Mitchell, President of MHP, “and we remain inspired by the vision of my parents. The buildings they saved speak to us as much as they did to them. My family is firmly dedicated to preserving my parents’ legacy.”  For leasing information, visit or call (409) 761-4110.