Things to do in Galveston this weekend of July 1 | Movie Nite at The Strand

Things to do in Galveston this weekend of July 1 | Movie Nite at The Strand | Image Credit: Visit Galveston

The Galveston Calendar of Events 2022 is full of exciting activities. And this month is no different!  

Here are our top things to do on a budget in Galveston this weekend (July 1 – July 3): Movie Nite on The Strand, Fireworks Fourth of July weekend, Summer Dinner Buffets, and lots more!

Top Pick – First-ever Fourth of July Drone Show Over The Gulf in Galveston Island

4th of July in Galveston Island

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New in 2022, Galveston Island is bringing you a one-of-a-kind drone show for the Fourth of July! Watch at 9:00 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. as hundreds of drones launch right from the beach at the 37th Street Groin (the same location where we have hosted the July 4th celebrations in years past.)

The show lasts approximately 12 minutes and include 12 custom formations including fireworks bursts, patriotic images, and island features such as birds, sea turtles and fish.

Because there is no concern regarding falling debris as found in traditional fireworks shows, the sections of beach on either side of the 37th Street Groin, will remain open during the show and viewers will be able to occupy those areas and get right up in the action!

When: July 4, 2022 |  9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Where: 37th & Seawall, Galveston, Texas 77550
Cost: Free

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Spend the day soaring over the Gulf on thrilling roller coasters and amusement-park rides, then dine at a Landry’s restaurant along the pier. 

Galveston Pleasure Pier offers one of the finest views of The Gulf of Mexico—right before its Iron Shark plunges you down a 100-foot, greater-than-vertical drop at 52 miles per hour. The coaster is just one of many amusement park rides dominating the Pier. For an extreme view, take a panoramic spin on the 230-foot-high Texas Star Flyer. Afterward, test your luck at the games on the Midway, then tuck into a bucket of shrimp or a sizzling steak at the Pier’s Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

  • The rides: There’s something for the whole family, from intense coasters to the Pirate’s Plunge log flume to the kid-friendly carousels and teacup rides.
  • The restaurants: You’ll find a Landry’s restaurant for every taste within minutes of the Pier. Out with the kids? Head to Rainforest Cafe. Date night? Try Saltgrass Steakhouse or Landry’s Seafood. Just need a break? Grab a drink and some casual seafood at Bubba Gump’s.
  • The shops: If you’re looking for a souvenir, prove you survived the Iron Shark with a tee at the Pelican’s Bag or grab a bag of nostalgic sweets from Lolli & Pop’s for the ride home.

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2 All-Day Ride Passes + $50 Landry’s eGift Card: $105.98 $85, 19% Off!!!

4 All-Day Ride Passes + $100 Landry’s eGift Card: $211.96 $165, 22% Off


Best Things to do in Galveston this Weekend – Friday, July 1, 2022

Patriot Pass

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

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What: To celebrate the 4th of July weekend, avail the Patriot Pass and gain free access to all rides at the Downtown Aquarium Houston, Kemah Boardwalk, and Pleasure Pier! This pass is valid at any of these three locations from July 1 – 4, 2022, so book your tickets now and celebrate America’s independence through fun rides and activities in these awesome theme parks!
When: 1-4 July 2022
Where: Downtown Aquarium Houston | Kemah Boardwalk | Pleasure Pier
How much: Starts at $49.99

Summer Dinner Buffets

Summer Dinner Buffets at Moody Gardens

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What: Enjoy a dinner buffet with a one-of-a-kind vista at one of the top 10 golf courses in the state! Fresh fruit, dinner rolls, and the chef’s selection of vegetables, starches, and desserts are all included in all buffets.
When: 1 July 2022 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Where: Moody Gardens Golf Course, 1700 Sydnor Ln, Galveston, TX 77554
How much: Starts at $20.95

Rosenberg Library: Out & About: Jamaica Beach City Park

What: This Friday, Rosenberg Library brings you the Out & About series! This time, meetup will be at Jamaica Beach City Park. Head out with your family and friends for some free, family fun.
When: 1 July 2022 | 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Where: 16721 Jolly Roger Rd, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554
How much: Free entry

Jazz Under The Palms

What: Enjoy a wonderful night of beautiful Jazz sounds with featuring Trio Du Jour at the Toujouse Lobby Bar of The Tremont House.
When: 1 July 2022 | 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: 2300 Ship Mechanic Row Galveston, Texas
How much: Free entry

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Things to do in Galveston this Weekend – Saturday, July 2, 2022

Fireworks Fourth of July weekend

Fireworks Fourth of July weekend at Moody Gardens

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What: Enjoy a free fireworks show over Offats Bayou to celebrate Independence Day weekend!
When: 2 July 2022 | 9:15 pm – 9:25 pm
Where: 1 Hope Blvd Galveston, Texas 77554
How much: Free

Movie Nite on The Strand

Movie Nite at The Strand

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What: This free event in Saengerfest Park is sponsored by Mitchell Historic Properties and Visit Galveston and welcomes families to watch a number of well-known films under the sky. This Saturday, the movie will be Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.
When: 2 July 2022 | 8:00 pm
Where: 2302 Strand St Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: Free

Bucket Brigade Interpretive Beach Tours

What: Explore the creatures and features of Galveston’s beaches which make the island’s seas and sand unique in these weekend tours! There is more to be found on the beach than sand and there is more to the ocean than waves and water. This guided tour is about participating in activities that investigate such gems of the island including Galveston’s turbid water, marine debris, Sargassum landings and so much more! Among the best things to do in Galveston this weekend! 
When: 2-3 July 2022 | 11 am, 12 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm – with a 45-minute duration for each schedule
Where: 1923 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550
How much: Free with a suggested donation of $10

Paint and Sip Canvas Night – Enchanted Moon

Paint and Sip Canvas Night at Clay Cup Studios

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What: Paint, Sip, Have Fun! It’s that simple. Plus, we have a variety of drinks you can choose from, including beer, wine, ciders, hard seltzers, and nonalcoholic beverages.
When: 2 July 2022 | 7 pm – 9 pm
Where: 2219 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX, 77550
How much: $35

Deal Alert – Save 50% at Kemah Boardwalk & Other Top Attractions around Houston

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Child passes are valid for ages 3–11; adult passes are valid for ages 12 and up. Definitely among the smartest things to do in Houston!

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Things to do in Galveston this Weekend – Sunday, July 3, 2022

Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

What: Galveston’s Own Farmers Market, founded in 2012, is dedicated to connecting our community to local foods year-round through weekly farmers markets, food access initiatives, school gardens, and health and food education opportunities.
When: 3 July 2022 | 9 am – 12 pm
Where: 2822 Market Galveston, Texas 77550
How much: Free entry

Party on the Patio with Britney Doyal

What: It’s a party on the Patio at The Albatross with Britney Doyal! Come hang in our side yard under the palms, listen to local musicians and live the good life at the Island’s BEST Dive Bar!
When: 3 July 2022 | 2 pm – 6 pm
Where: The Albatross, 815 21st St. Galveston, Texas
How much: Free entry

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