GALVESTON, Texas (February 17, 2016) – 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 Despicable Me 2.  Movies begin just after dusk at Saengerfest Park located at 2302 Strand Street.  Moviegoers are encouraged to stop for a bite to eat at the wide variety of downtown restaurants before snuggling up with a blanket or setting up a 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 5: Despicable Me 2

April 2: The Fifth Element

May 7: Pitch Perfect

June 4: Dr. No (1962 James Bond)

July 2: A Christmas Story (1983)

August 6: Pan

September 3: The Hunger Games

October 1: Labyrinth

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 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 March and October.

This year’s Music Nite schedule includes:

March 5 *: The Gary Bites Band with Ocean Roots (Rock & Soul) *4-5 p.m.

March 12: Hamilton Loomis (Blues/ R&B)

April 9: Harbors Over Highways – (Country Rock)

May 14: Zach Person Band with Campfire Soul – (Rock, Soul)

June 11: The Blaggards (Irish Rock & Roll)

July 9: Ruckus (Rock)

August 13: Almost Endless Summer (Oldies)

September 10: The Fab 5 (Beatles Tribute Band)

October 1 *: The Michael Hix Band (Pop, Rock & Soul) *3-5 p.m.   

October 8: Bon Ton Mickey & Zydeco Hot Steppers (Blues & Country) 

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 Hotel & 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.