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Galveston Island Esports Summit 

Calling all gamers! The Galveston Island Esports Summit will take place November 6 - 8, 2020, at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Boulevard, loaded with fun, games, and unique experiences.

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RR Museum OctoberGalveston Railroad Museum Announces October Family Fun Series

Open Air Concerts, Train Rides and Haunted Tours

The Galveston Railroad Museum will be hosting an October Family Fun Series the last 4 weekends of October. The idea is the brainchild of the Railroad Museum's new Executive Director, David Robertson.

"The museum has a large outdoor courtyard, combined with a 5 acre railyard. It's the perfect setting for outdoor entertainment. People miss live music and we can provide a large space, with controlled access, that people can spread out over. We're exited to bring live music to the museum's guests." said Robertson.

The event will run Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 - 8:30pm, the last four weekends of October. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 children and free for Railroad Musuem members. The Harborside Express will be running as well, and guests can take a train ride for an additional $5 each. Included in the admission is tours of the Anacapa, a "haunted" train car, but space is limited so reserve your tickets. More information can be found at https//

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ArtoberfestArtoberfest Galveston - Going Vividly Virtual in 2020

The Grand 1894 Opera House invites you to join them for the 23rd annual celebration of Galveston’s ARToberFEST from October 17 thru October 31, 2020 for a creative “vividly virtual” event. Participate from the comfort and safety of your home, office, cabin in the woods or from the beach. Discover original works of fine art in a fun, free and completely online atmosphere, where you can shop and engage in an interactive celebration of the arts.

All purchases - during your online visit - will be held in one convenient shopping cart, easily accessible for check out at your leisure. Look forward to browsing and shopping with all the artists, and as you purchase your special works of art and gifts, each will be added to your personal cart. When ready to check out, patrons will only process one payment for all selected items.

For additional information, visit as Festival organizers continue to enhance what is certain to become an integral part of every ARToberFEST in the future. For more information, including booth applications, please contact Sarah Piel, Festival Coordinator, at 409.770.5066 or via email at

ARToberFEST Kick-Off - Saturday, October 17 - 8am – Welcome! Tune in for video greetings from Event Coordinator Sarah Piel, and Maureen Patton, Executive Director of The Grand 1894 Opera House. Artist Demonstration Videos - Check in to one or more - presented throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, October 17-18. This is your chance to find the answer to “how did they create that?” Browsing and shopping! - Engage your inner shopper by visiting each artist’s booth, connect with them directly via zoom, and purchase that one-of-a-kind piece you’ve been searching for – all with a convenient shopping cart system with one check-out process. Shopping days are extended through October 31 just for you! Entertainment – Music performances by Wayne Holt, and Jim and Ellie Byrom are yours to enjoy throughout the first weekend – check out the schedule. Explore Postoffice Street Merchants – Visit with the Grand neighbors in Galveston’s Postoffice Street District, including one-of-a-kind galleries, boutiques and restaurants, many of which will have virtual shops to explore and chef or bartender demos.

Why ARToberFEST? The Grand 1894 Opera House has long been a presenter of major performances, and they were honored to be asked to adopt ARToberFEST in order to continue its vital history. The Grand presents the annual event each year to raise awareness, build friendships and to benefit their educational programming at the theatre. While their virtual event is free this year – they ask for your consideration of a donation in any amount, a portion of which will be dedicated to supporting a senior at Ball High School who will be pursuing an art discipline on the college level. Those interested in making a donation can visit


In response to the ongoing fight against Covid-19, the City of Galveston is now requiring all customers of public-serving Galveston businesses to wear masks. This order is in effect thru September 30, 2020. The order requires commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public to establish a health and safety policy requiring face coverings for customers aged ten or older. The face coverings should fully cover your nose and mouth. The order does not apply to nonprofits and other noncommercial operations that serve the public.

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