05/13/2013 Christine Hopkins
Hotel Galvez & Spa is hosting a wedding vow renewal on Saturday, June 8. Interested couples should reserve their spot in advance.
01/25/2013 Christine Hopkins
Mardi Gras in Galveston was revived as a city-wide celebration in 1985 in conjunction with the grand opening of The Tremont House by George and Cynthia Mitchell. This was the first year for the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade and the first year of The Tremont House Ball which continues today. This grand party is open to the public and still offers the best spot in Galveston to watch the Momus Parade.
01/18/2013 Christine Hopkins
One of the more popular free events in Galveston is ArtWalk. ArtWalk is scheduled approximately every six to eight weeks and is an opening night for the work of local and regional artists. Art galleries and other venues host opening night receptions for a wide array of art ranging from jewelry to watercolors to sculptures. ArtWalk is always on a Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and is coordinated by the Galveston Arts Center.
Art enthusiasts can browse just a few galleries or try to make stops to all participating venues which can reach upwards of close to 30 stops during some events. The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, always hosts an exhibit in support of this free event as does The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice. You’ll also want to stop in at the Galveston Arts Center, 2501 Market. Most galleries are located on Postoffice Street but you will also find a few on Market. Pick up a map at one of the stops or visit the Galveston Arts Center website at www.contemporaryartgalveston.org.
Upcoming ArtWalk dates are January 19, March 9, April 20 and June 1, 2013.
During the January 19 ArtWalk, The Tremont House is hosting Robb Kendrick: The Cowboy Spirit to tie in with the western theme for The Tremont House “Waltz Across Texas” Ball on Saturday, February 9. Entertainment includes rockabilly favorite Jesse Dayton and Grammy Award Winner Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel. For tickets, visit www.Galveston.com/MardiGrasBall.
10/17/2012 Christine Hopkins
Galveston has become widely known for its ghosts. On any given night, you’ll see great crowds of people walking in a group behind a man dressed in a black overcoat named Dash Beardsley as he leads his ghost tour. While Dash offers his tour year-round, one of the great things about October is the availability of seasonal ghost tours. In recent years, Galveston has come to embrace its supernatural side and now there are ten different tours offered.
09/10/2012 Christine Hopkins
Galveston Island is a diverse community which lends itself to a great variety of restaurants often owned by local families.
08/27/2012 Christine Hopkins
Labor Day weekend is the last big holiday before Thanksgiving so plan ahead and get the most out of your visit.
08/23/2012 Christine Hopkins
One of the most popular free events in Galveston is ArtWalk and if you are planning a visit this weekend – you’ve lucked out because there is an ArtWalk scheduled on Saturday, Aug. 25. ArtWalk is an evening of visual arts when galleries and other businesses open their doors on a Saturday night from 6 to 9 p.m. for an opening night reception to show off the works of local and regional as well as national artists. It is held approximately every six weeks.
08/06/2012 Christine Hopkins
Galveston Island has an interesting history and is the site to more than fifty Texas’ firsts including first gas lights, medical school, private bank and more. Here's a quick roundup.
07/17/2012 Christine Hopkins
Visitors to Galveston have lots of options to beat the summer heat. Aside from Galveston’s popular beaches, there are water parks, boat excursions and, of course, air-conditioned attractions and museums.
06/13/2012 Christine Hopkins
Although Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Sept. 22, 1862, many slaves weren’t freed until the news reached their towns. The last slaves to be freed lived in the South and were freed on June 19, 1865 after the Emancipation Proclamation was read on a harbor pier in Galveston, Texas.
06/06/2012 Christine Hopkins
This Father’s Day think beyond the power tools and get Dad something he’d really like. Here are ten quick gift ideas for Father’s Day, most of which are available in historic downtown Galveston. Father’s Day is Sunday, June 17, 2012.
05/31/2012 Christine Hopkins
Galveston Island’s calendar is full of free activities, annual festivals and tours. This June is no different so mark your calendar for these “must do” events.
05/16/2012 Christine Hopkins
As you know, Memorial Weekend is one of the biggest holiday weekends of the year, especially in a coastal city. To make your trip a little easier here are some quick tips.
05/07/2012 Christine Hopkins
So have you bought your Mother her Mother’s Day gift? Don’t delay. Here are ten quick gift ideas for Mother’s Day most of which are available in downtown Galveston.
05/02/2012 Christine Hopkins
Galveston Island’s calendar stays pretty full with free events and annual festivals and tours. This May, mark your calendar for these “must do” events.
04/27/2012 Christine Hopkins
One of my favorite annual events in Galveston is the Galveston Historic Homes Tour coordinated by the Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF). It’s always scheduled on the first two weekends of May and it’s one of the rare opportunities to tour Galveston’s finest private homes.
04/12/2012 Christine Hopkins
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching on Sunday, May 13 so we thought we’d provide some gift ideas for Mother’s Day. There’s are always plenty of gift ideas available in the shops in historic downtown Galveston so skip the mall, get outside and stop in at one of the many locally owned retailers.
04/04/2012 Christine Hopkins
This April, there’s birding events, a kids fest, reggae festival and Galveston Island’s Third Annual Food and Wine Festival. Make your plans early.
03/27/2012 Christine Hopkins
You can find plenty of free fun in Galveston during most weekends beginning in the spring and continuing through the fall. Visitors and residents can enjoy free movies, concerts and outdoor markets.
03/15/2012 Christine Hopkins
You don’t have to go far to find a tour, unique museum or another interesting site while in historic downtown Galveston - plus you might learn something, too.
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