Making the Most of Your May Trip to Galveston

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Don’t you think May is practically summer? Well, not quite, but it’s pretty close. This time of year is always a great time to plan your May trip to Galveston and have a beach house getaway to Galveston Island. If you’re wondering what to do and where to go on Galveston Island while you enjoy your vacation rental, here are our suggestions:

May Events to Add to Your Calendar

May 7 & 8, 14 & 15- Galveston Historic Homes Tour

Here’s a fun fact for you: Galveston has one of the largest, well-preserved, and historically significant concentrations of Victorian architecture in the United States. So if you love historic architecture, design, or just peeking inside someone’s windows as you drive by, add this tour to your list.  

May 13 & 14 – Yaga’s Wild Game and BBQ Cookoff 

Calling all BBQ lovers! Do not miss the Yaga’s Wild Game and BBQ Cookoff. Cooking teams from all over the region compete for the best fajitas, seafood, chicken, ribs, brisket, and wild game. The cookoff takes place at Pier 21 and benefits Galveston County children’s charities. Enjoy live music, a silent auction, and, of course, the barbecue.  

March 27 – July 3 – The Billy Gibbons Texas History Experience at The Bryan Museum

If you love ZZ Top and Billy Gibbons, then make sure you plan a stop at The Bryan Museum, 1315 21st Street, for this special exhibition. The Bryan Museum is working with Billy Gibbons to display some of his personal equipment, and you’ll also learn how some of the most famous lyrics from his music relate to Texas history. How cool is that?  

May 21 – 14th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue

Did you know Galveston’s Pageant of Pulchritude from the 1920s led to the future Miss Universe Pageant? The Galveston Island Beach Revue returns this year to Beach Central, 2102 Seawall  Blvd., for a little vintage-inspired fun. Enjoy vintage cars and hot rods, live music, vintage vendors, food, and more, all leading to the highlight event the Bathing Beauty Contest. Vintage wear is encouraged.   

Where to Shop and Where to Eat

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

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

Every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., you’ll find a variety of vendors set up at Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market. In addition to fresh produce, coffee, pastries, and other food items, you’ll often find fresh flowers, handmade soaps, and more. In June, the hours shift from 9 a.m. to noon. 

Jennika’s – A Bazaar Place, 2628 Market

Since you’re shopping on what’s known as West Market at the Farmer’s Market, you should also check out Jennika’s. This shop offers fashion, art, unique gifts, and home decor, including some great candles. Plus, the owner creates some of the items sold in the shop too.  

EatCetera, 408 25th Street

This gem of a restaurant offers salads, soups, sandwiches, paninis, and gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. You’ll also love their desserts. They are open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays. 

Texas Tail Distillery, 2416 Postoffice Street

Another fun stop in this area of town is the Texas Tail Distillery. Try out their Texas Tail Vodka and Coastline Whiskey featured in their specialty drinks. In addition, Texas Tail offers tours every Saturday at 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. They also have a food truck and seating outside, along with lawn games.

We hope you enjoy these tips for your May 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 250 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.