May 12th to May 13th
The cook-off began in 1997 with the intention of creating a family oriented two-day event in the downtown district. Yaga’s Children’s Fund grew each year, and in 2002 twenty-three teams participated with an attendance of over 3,000 people across three city blocks and were able to raise $20,000 towards that year’s charities. That year Yaga’s Children’s Fund 501-(c)(3) non-profit was formed and was expand to its current location on Pier 21.
Throughout the 20 years of the event, and now entering its 21st year, the Yaga’s Children’s Fund has allocated an excess of $1,000,000 for Galveston County children’s charities. The current volunteer board works hard year-round to fund numerous charities with the assistance of generous sponsors and cook teams. The Wild Game BBQ Cook-off is now the premiere spring event in downtown Galveston!
Throughout its history, for every dollar in sponsorships the fund receives, it has paid to charity $1.20. Also, the fund continues to hold its expense ratio below 11%, which allows for an 89% payout! Visit www.ycgund.org.
May 6th to May 7th
Location: Downtown Historic District
Steeped in history, rich in style and standing as a testament to survival, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour returns May 6-7 and May 13-14 from 10am – 6pm.
As visitors tour the homes they will hear about Galveston’s unique and eclectic architecture styles and the influential and everyday citizens that built the houses that still stand today.
Tickets are available for purchase – Visit:
Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows, and head downtown Galveston for a FREE family-friendly movie under the stars. Held the first Saturday of each month, films begin at dusk at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
Don’t miss free live concerts from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. every 2nd & 4th Saturday during the summer in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park! Saengerfest Park is located at the corner of The Strand and 23rd Street.
Every Week Until May 31, 2015
The island encompasses more than 20,000 historic residential and commercial buildings. Please visit www.galvestonhistory.org for scheduled tours and events. We highly recommend the Tree Sculpture Tour, ELISSA, the official Tall Ship of Texas and The Gresham House (Bishop’s Palace).
Five movies you absolutely, positively must see this summer
It’s always a good day to visit Premiere Cinema in Galveston. But with the cold front ongoing, even a better reason to visit. Premiere Cinema is located at Seawall Blvd., across from Jimmy’s Fishing Pier. Visit www.pccmovies.com for times and any information you may need. You won’t regret seeing this one on the big screen. Remember all showings prior to 6:00 p.m. at Premiere are only 6.00 per person. W’ater you waiting for.
#1 GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Stars: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista
Director: James Gunn
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, Zac Efron, Priyanka Chopra
Director: Seth Gordon
#3 PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES
Stars: Johnny Depp, Brenton Thwaites, Kaya Scodelario
Directors: Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg
#4 WONDER WOMAN
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen
Director: Patty Jenkins
#5 THE MUMMY
Stars: Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Russell Crowe
Director: Alex Kurtzman
FeatherFest and Nature Photo Festival
April 6th through April 9th, 2017
Unique outdoor adventures amid some 200 species of birds are in store for all ages at Annual FeatherFest and Nature Photography Festival.
Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the nation, and this family-friendly festival is held during the avian spring migration – the best time to visit world-renowned birding hot spots like Bolivar Flats and High Island.
Choose from expert-led excursions by bus, boat or kayak and look for their highly successful photography track, for camera buffs at all levels, to be even bigger and better!
January 1, 2017 to March 25, 2017
Location: 2508 Postoffice
Galveston’s Own Farmers Market brings locally grown produce, prepared foods, and edible farm products to residents of Galveston and the surrounding areas every Sunday morning. They strive to foster a greater sense of community; all while supporting farmers + producers, and connecting individuals with their local food economy.
Schedule changes seasonally. Check their website for details.
2501 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston
Featuring waterfront fun and entertainment like no other Gulf Coast destination,the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier features family-oriented attractions including rides,midway games, a wide selection of food venues and retail shops. Please visit www.pleasurepier.com for all information.
Rated #1 of 41 Attractions in Galveston.
Please visit www.oceanstaroec.com for all museum events and information.
Family Days occur on the second Saturday of each month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Each Family Day focuses on a different theme that relates to the offshore industry. The information is presented at student’s level using a variety of activities such as word games, coloring, and crafts. We encourage parents to bring their children aboard and explore the various facets of the offshore industry. Our goal is to promote family learning and quality time at a reduced cost. Children 18 years of age and younger are admitted free of charge with a paying chaperone. This special discount is designed for individual ticket sales and cannot be combined with other discounts, group tours or other museum programs.