Galveston’s popular Bathing Beauties have a new place to call home as Beach Central, located adjacent to the Hotel Galvez & Spa®, plays host to the annual Galveston Island Beach Revue. The Galveston Island Beach Revue, scheduled on May 16 and 17, is Galveston’s official kick-off to summer. Admission to the event is free to the public and offers a weekend of family-friendly events headlined by the Bathing Beauties Contest. Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand Hotel, is the title sponsor of the event.

The annual event, held the third weekend of May, benefits Galveston’s Family Service Center with a percentage of profits going towards the Island non-profit.

Schedule Overview:


Friday, May 16  

  • 6 p.m., Festival & craft beer booth opens
  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Live music by Brandon McDermott Band
  • 8:30 – 8:45 p.m., Introduction of 2014 Bathing Beauties
  • 8:45-10 p.m., Free outdoor showing of the 1965 movie “Girl Happy,” starring Elvis Presley

Saturday, May 17

  • 12 p.m., Festival, vendors and craft beer booth opens
  • 12 – 5 p.m., Family Service Center’s “Retro-Active” games
  • 12 – 3 p.m., Charcoal Championship Cookoff
  • 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Vendor demonstrations on main stage
  •  5 – 7 p.m., Bathing Beauties Contest
  • 7 – 8 p.m., Live music by The Octanes
  • 8:15 – 10 p.m., Live music by Grand Old Grizzly

About the Galveston Island Beach Revue

Dubbed the "Pageant of Pulchritude" by C.E. Barfield, Galveston's Bathing Beauties Contest began in the summer of 1920 and marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event, which had morphed into the "bathing girl revue" had become so popular, the Island's population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. These Island pageants were the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression and were resurrected in 2009 by Islander By Choice, LLC.

About Hotel Galvez & Spa®

Hotel Galvez & Spa®, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel and National Trust Historic Hotel of America, is the only historic beachfront hotel on the Texas Gulf Coast. This 224-room, century-old hotel offers 13,000 square feet of meeting space, a 9,763-square-foot spa, fitness center, full-service restaurant, lobby bar, pool with a swim-up bar and Hall of History. The hotel is rated four diamonds by AAA and is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. For reservations, call (800) WYNDHAM, or visit

About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, Texas’ premier cruise port and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. For more information on Galveston Island visit or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.

For more information on the Sixth Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue presented by Hotel Galvez & Spa®, please contact Adrienne Culpepper, Event Coordinator, at 409-770-7360 or or visit