As the weather warms up, Galveston Island fills up with 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 right for locals and visitors. Movies begin just after dusk at Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand. Moviegoers are encouraged to stop for a bite to eat at a wide variety of downtown restaurants before setting up a blanket or chair for a free movie under the stars.
Upcoming movies are:
March 2 – Arthur (1981) starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minnelli
April 6 – The Help starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer
May 4 – Dirty Dancing starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze
June 1 – Jaws starring Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider and Robert Shaw
July 6 – Chicago starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones
August 3 – The Muppets starring Jason Segel, Amy Adams and Chris Cooper
September 7 – Superman: The Movie (1978) starring Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman
October 5 – Beetlejuice starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis
Music enthusiasts looking for a great live music scene will enjoy Music Nite on The Strand which is scheduled on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. 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.
This year’s Music Nite schedule includes:
March 9 – Hypersoul (classic rock)
March 23 – Dead Rabbits (Irish folk rock)
April 13 – The Fab 5 (Beatles tribute band)
April 27 – Alligator Handshake (rockabilly country)
May 11 – Gary Helms & Texas Black Gold (country)
May 25 – Journey Agents (funk)
June 8 – Ocean Roots (South Coast Soul)
June 22 – Dolly Rockers/ Lone Star Deluxe (rockabilly)
July 13 – Sam Navarro and the Lone Star Devils (country)
July 27 – Citizen Change (funk)
August 10 – The Clasixx (oldies)
August 24 – The Antiques/Ocean Roots (oldies/south coast soul)
September 14 – The Fab 5 (Beatles tribute band)
September 28 – Hypersoul (oldies)
October 12 – Idiginis (reggae)
October 26 – Come See My Dead Person (Gypsy rock)
Mitchell Historic Properties is proud to unite with Pier 21 restaurants and attractions to present Party on the Pier. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month, Pier 21 will quake with live music and free, family friendly entertainment for visitors and restaurant guests. Galveston’s newest live music will include performances by some of Austin’s hottest bands from March through October.
This year’s Party on the Pier schedule includes:
March 16 – The Clasixx (oldies)
April 20 – Kevin Anthony & G Town (zydeco country)
May 18 – Whiskey Sisters (rock)
June 15 – Carolyn Wonderland (Texas blues)
July 20 – Del Castillo (Latin rock)
August 17 – Silverado Band (country)
September 21 – Pee Wee Bowen Band (classic rock)
October 19 – Vallejo (rock)
Movie Nite and Music Nite are sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. Party on the Pier is sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and the restaurants and attractions at Pier 21 including Willie G’s Seafood and Steaks, Nonno Tony’s World Kitchen, Olympia Grill at Pier 21, Texas Seaport Museum, Tall Ship Elissa, Ocean Star Off Shore Energy Center, Pier 21 Theater, Sun Time Watersports, Baywatch Dolphin Tours, Harbor Tours aboard Seagull II, and Cool Tours.
Mitchell Historic Properties oversees Galveston properties owned by George Mitchell and the Mitchell family, including three hotels, The Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House, and Harbor House, 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 helps spark the resurrection of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Pier 21 as a tourist destination. For leasing information, visit www.MitchellHistoricProperties.com or call (409) 763-5806.