Make the Most of Your June Trip to Galveston

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It’s June and summer is in full swing. Come make the most of your June trip to Galveston. While the beach is more than likely on your agenda, there are plenty of things to enjoy around the island. If you’re wondering what to add to your trip as part of your vacation rental planning, here are our suggestions:

Free Sand Building Lessons

If you’re planning family time on the beach, you might as well be a pro at building a sandcastle. You and your family can participate in “Sandcastle Days” for a free sandcastle building lesson every Saturday in June. A professional sandcastle builder offers lessons at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. at East Beach, straight down from the East Beach Pavilion. 

June 4 – ArtWalk

ArtWalk is one of Galveston’s most popular events held in Downtown Galveston. Art galleries, shops, and other businesses welcome visitors from 6 to 9 p.m. to browse art by local and regional artists. For locals, it’s like a community reunion.  

June 4  – Movie Nite on The Strand featuring Dora and the Lost City of Gold

If you’d prefer to enjoy a movie under the stars with family, pack chairs and pick up dinner for Movie Nite on The Strand at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” begins at 8 p.m. 

Movies on the Beach

The Galveston Park Board of Trustees sponsors Movies on the Beach throughout the summer. Movies are scheduled on Saturdays and begin at 8:30 p.m. Parking at Stewart Beach, and East Beach is $15 per car and admission at Seawolf Park is $6.

June movies are scheduled as follows: 

  • June 4 – Black Panther at Stewart Beach
  • June 11 – The Mosquito Coast at East Beach
  • June 16 – The Hunt for Red October at Seawolf Park

June 11 – Flamingo Fest Golf Cart Parade and Pub Crawl

Did you know there’s a National Pink Flamingo Day? The Historic Downtown Partnership hosts a Flamingo Fest Golf Cart Parade and Pub Crawl to celebrate. The partnership invites golf carts, scooters, and bicycles to join the parade. Register at Ha.Ba’s Clothing, 2213 Postoffice, at 10 a.m. The parade begins at noon. And, if you’re solely interested in the pub crawl, check in at Ha.Ba’s Clothing between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. 

June 11 – Music Nite on The Strand

If you’re in Galveston and looking for free, live music, here’s an option – Music Nite on The Strand is from 6 to 8 p.m. This month features Bubble Puppy playing psychedelic rock. Enjoy this free concert at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and Strand. 

June 11 – 12 & June 18 – 20 – Juneteenth Freedom Tours

Galveston is the birthplace of Juneteenth. In commemoration of Juneteenth, “memory keepers” or tour guides are leading Freedom Walk tours offering visitors an immersive experience at the site of emancipation where Major General Gordon Graner read the historic General Order No. 3. Tours begin at the Juneteenth Legacy Project Headquarters, 2217 Strand. Tours are limited to 15 people. Tickets are $20 per person. 

Tours are scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, June 11 & June 18 at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., and 1:30 p.m. 
  • Sunday, June 12 & June 19 at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. 
  • Monday, June 20 at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

June 18 – Annual Juneteenth Proclamation Reading

For more than 40 years, local organizers have hosted an annual Juneteenth proclamation event on the grounds of Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway. This year’s event begins at 10 a.m. 

June 18 – Juneteenth Parade and Picnic

Community leaders are hosting an annual parade celebrating the legacy of Juneteenth at 1 p.m. The parade begins at 26th and Avenue H and ends at 41st and Avenue H. The picnic is at Wright Cuney Park, 718 41st, immediately following the parade. 

June 18 – Juneteenth Festival

This family friendly festival offers food vendors, a Black Artist Exhibition, “Making Moves” Youth Baseball Tourname, and live music by Pee Wee & the Too Laid Back Band, the Galveston Heritage Chorale, DJ Michael Lewis and emcee Dunbeezy, comedienne and radio host of KTSU 90.9. Historian Sam Collins is scheduled to speak on the history of Juneteenth. Activities are planned from 12 to 8 p.m. at McGuire Dent Recreational Center, 2222 28th Street. 

June 20 – Juneteenth Jubilee

The Juneteenth Legacy Project and NIA Cultural Center are planning a Juneteenth Jubilee from 3 to 6 p.m. at 2100 Strand. You’re invited to celebrate the birthplace of Juneteenth with music, live performances, and historical reenactments on this national holiday. This event is free and open to the public.

June 26 – Galveston Symphony Orchestra Plays the Pops: Vienna Style Sommerfest

Calling all classic music lovers. Picture fun Strauss waltzes, polkas, and other favorites in the style of Sommerfest concerts. You’ll also hear a moving piece Galveston Survives, by Izola E. Colins in memory of the beloved Galveston African American composer, educator and author, in honor of Juneteenth. Galveston Symphony Orchestra is hosting their Sommerfest at the Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice. Purchase tickets through The Grand.  

Where to Shop and Where to Eat

Here are some suggestions of what should be on your list.

Katie’s Seafood Market, 1902 Wharf Road

There’s nothing better than fresh caught seafood during a stay in Galveston. If you’re not in the mood for fishing, pick up your favorites at Katie’s. It’s a popular spot so go early.   

Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, 28th and Market

Now that’s its summer, Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market hours are 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Sunday. In addition to fresh produce, coffee, pastries, and other food items, you’ll often find fresh flowers, handmade soaps, etc.

Cruz Cortez Clothiers, 2227 Postoffice

Since June 19 is Father’s Day, we thought we highlight this popular shop for men. Cruz Clothiers is known for its Hawaiin shirts, Guyaveras, jackets, hats and more. The owner Cruz Cortez is always on hand to help. 

Texas Haberdashery, 2125 Church, Suite B

Texas Haberdashery is focused on what they describe as the Lone Star Gentleman with clothing geared towards outdoorsmen who enjoy fishing, hunting and gold. Popular brands include Blue Quail Clothing, Duck Brand, Texas Standard, Howler Bros, and others.

We hope you enjoy these tips for your June trip to Galveston. Remember, Ryson Vacation Rentals is ready to help you make the most of your vacation rental. The island is ideal for a weekend stay, weekly rental, or month-long getaway.

Ryson Vacation Rentals offers more than 280 properties across the island that provide plenty of reasons to visit Galveston this year. If you need help planning your visit, Gulf Coast Concierge can assist.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Christine Hopkins is a proud BOI, meaning she was “Born on the Island.” She is the co-author of the newly released “100 Things to Do in Galveston Before You Die,” published by Reedy Press. Before the book, she wrote more than 300 blogs on Galveston offering travel tips on what to see and do. Over the years, she’s given hundreds of tours for visiting travel writers showcasing the sites on the island. Currently, she’s a Galveston guide for ToursByLocals.com.