Local September Events in Galveston: Shrimp Festival, Bird Walk, and More!

Downtown Galveston

It’s September and fall is here! As you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking to yourself how fast 2022 has flown by. And we’re right there with you. The Autumn Equinox is fast upon us, and to make the most of the season, we’ve compiled a fun list of activities you can do in and around Galveston. 

Glow Ride

Who: Family-friendly 

What: Join Island Bicycle Company every third Thursday as they ride into the night “Glow Ride” style. Each month they’ll pick a different route.

Where: Island Bicycle Company, 1808 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77550

When: Recurring every Thursday starting Thursday, September 1 from 6:30 pm until 9:00 pm

Tickets: FREE. More information here

Sunrise Yoga on The Beach 

Who: Family-friendly 

What: SUP Gulf Coast offers Yoga on the Beach every Saturday at Sunrise with friends from the Yoga Haven. Wake up with the sun surrounded by the sounds of the waves and birds. After yoga, grab a paddleboard or surfboard and venture out to see the dolphins or enjoy the waves. Bring a mat or towel. 

Where: 29th Street & Seawall on the sand (near Lifeguard tower 27) Galveston, TX 77550

When: Recurring every Saturday in September from 7:00 am to 8:00 am 

Tickets: $15 per person. $10 extra for paddleboard or surfboard after. Book here

East Beach Bird Walk 

Who: Family-friendly 

What: Join American Bird Conservancy on this free guided walk with a local bird expert around the dune and shoreline habitat of East Beach’s conservation area. Observe and learn about the multiple species of birds nesting in the protected dune habitat, as well as the birds feeding and resting along the beach shoreline that loops around the South Jetty and Houston Ship Channel. Expect a 2-mile walk round-trip. 

Where: East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Dr., Galveston, TX 77550

When: Saturday, September 3, 2022 from 8:30 am to 10:30 am  

Tickets: FREE

Music Nite on the Strand – Beatles Tribute

Who: Family-friendly

What: Get a taste of Galveston’s thriving local music scene with this free live concert series at Saengerfest Park, hosted by Mitchell Historic Properties and Stuttgarden Tavern on the Strand.

Where: Saengerfest Park, 2302 Strand St., Galveston, TX 77550

When: Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Tickets: FREE

Movies on The Beach

Who: Family-friendly

What: Movies on the Beach is sponsored by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees. The films are as follows: The Princess and the Frog (9/10 at Stewart Beach), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (9/17 at Dellanera RV Park), and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (9/24 at East Beach). 

Where: Various locations. See above. 

When: Various dates. See above. Movies start at 8:30 pm and are slated to end around 11:00 pm. 

Tickets: $15 per car. Those parking at Seawolf Park will pay $6 for admission. 

Pirates in the Park 

Who: Family-friendly

What: This FREE concert will feature The Bilge Pumps, a pirate band with a bit of a bay area following from yearly appearances at Mardi Gras Galveston and Dickens on the Strand, as well as area shows at the Lone Star Pirate Festival and the Railean Distillery.

Where: Hendley Green, 2028 Strand Galveston, TX 77550 

When: Saturday, September 17, 2022 from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Tickets: FREE. Reserve tickets here

Women in Coastal Science Speaker Series 

Who: Family-friendly

What: Be inspired to make a difference. Meet the women who tackle the challenges our coastal environment faces. From rescuing marine mammals and sea turtles to studying the impacts of extreme conditions on our Gulf shores, these women in science will share their journeys in their fields of expertise. Light refreshments provided. Breakfast cocktails and small bites available for purchase.

Where: East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Rd., Galveston, TX 77550

When: Fourth Friday of the month from 9:00 am to 10:00 am at East Beach

Tickets: Register here

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival 

Who: Family-friendly 

What: Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but in September, Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. brings foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival. Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, the festival features a seafood cook-off, gumbo tasting, L’il Shrimps Parade, live music, a children’s area, and a Strand merchant walkabout.

Where: Downtown Galveston, 2314 Strand St., Galveston, TX 77550

When: Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24 from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm 

Tickets: Tickets starting at $13. Purchase tickets here.  

Shrimp Scamper 5k Fun Run 

Who: Family-friendly

What: Registration includes a festival t-shirt & participation medal (limited to the first 400 runners), FREE BEER, swag & more! All fitness levels and ages are invited to join in this non-competitive event. Costumes and teams are strongly encouraged! Scamper your way down Galveston’s beautiful Seawall & follow it up with a day of good eats & drinks!  A portion of proceeds goes to our wonderful beneficiary, The Justin Hughes Fund @ UTMB. The Justin Hughes Fund @ UTMB raises awareness and provides assistance to medical students experiencing depression.

Where: Beerfoot Brewery, 2816 Avenue R ½, Galveston, TX 77550

When: Saturday, September 24, 2022 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am 

Tickets: Shrimp Registration: 5k Only. Shrimpier Registration: 5k + Gumbo Stroll Combo. Shrimpiest Registration: 5K + Shrimp Dinner Plate Combo.  

Know of an event we didn’t include here? Comment below! 

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