Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of March 31 include Galveston Steampunk Festival, IronMan 70.3 Texas, & more!

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Our top things to do in Galveston this weekend of March 31 include Galveston Steampunk FestivalIronMan 70.3 TexasBreakfast with the Easter Bunny, and lots more!

The Galveston Calendar of Events 2023 is full of exciting activities, and this month is no different!

Also, remember to also check out our other Houston posts: Brazilian Food and Music Festival 2023, Walk With Me Houston 2023, Buffalo Bayou Night Light Houston, and Easter Brunch Houston 2023!

Deal Alert – Sand Castle Lesson in Galveston

Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of March 31 include Galveston Steampunk Festival, IronMan 70.3 Texas, & more!

Building sandcastles might seem like child’s play but there are several tips and tricks to creating grandiose sand sculptures. Grab your friends and family, head to the beach of your choice in Galveston, and meet with a sandcastle professional. Learn several methods of turning sand into works of art and enjoy a fun day on the beach.

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Best Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of March 31, 2023 – Friday

Fish Fry Fridays

What: Enjoy the beautiful views of Galveston while feasting on the Fish Fry Buffet dinner at the Moody Gardens Gold Course restaurant this weekend! The buffet will include fried fish, mac and cheese supreme, hush puppies, seasonal fruit salad, desserts, beverages, and so much more. You could also put in a reservation but walk-ins are also welcome.

When: Friday, March 31, 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: Moody Gardens Golf Course Restaurant, 1700 Sydnor Ln, Galveston, TX 77554
How much: Starts at $21.95

Sculpting Books for Adults

What: Learn all about the art of book sculpture and learn how to make your very own sculptures with Melissa Ramke. Tell a story not through words but as you carve, cut, fold, and shape pages from books to form your very own piece of unique art. After instructions are given, you’ll have an opportunity to try to make your own design with a teacher artist helping you bring it to life.

When: Friday, March 31 – April 28, 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm
Where: Galveston Arts Center, 2127 The Strand, Galveston, TX 77550
How much: $150

Moody Mansion Music: Daniel Hsu 

What: Enjoy a night of deep, soulful music with celebrated American pianist Daniel Hsu who can convey such deep and powerful emotions through his piano playing. Catch this talented pianist at the Moody Mansion this weekend and let your stress be carried away.

When: Friday, March 3, 2023, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550
How much: $35

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Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of March 31 include Galveston Steampunk Festival, IronMan 70.3 Texas, & more!

The island of Galveston, Texas sits right on the Gulf of Mexico, a body of water teeming with dolphins. Set sail from the harbor and spend time searching for these playful creatures with a tour guide. Board a covered vessel, perfect for keeping you cool under the Texan sun, and learn about the ecology of the area while you sail.

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Things to do in Galveston this weekend of March 31, 2023 – Events in Galveston on Saturday

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

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Put on your most adorable Easter outfit and head on over to Moody Gardens for breakfast with everyone’s favorite rabbit! Get to meet the Easter Bunny, take photos with him, and enjoy a fantastic breakfast. You can also enjoy train rides and an animal presentation. 

When: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 10 am
Where: Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa, and Convention Center, 7 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554
How Much: $42 for adults | $28 for kids aged 2 – 12

Galveston Steampunk Festival

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Step back in time into an era when mechanical innovations drove the trends! Put on your very best steampunk-inspired fits and enjoy the festival’s entertainment, exhibits, games, vendors, presenters, and so much more! 

When: Saturday, April 1 – 2, 2023, 
Where: Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550
How Much: $35 for adult 1-day pass | $15 for kids aged 7 – 12 1-day pass

Sunrise Yoga on the Beach

Sunrise Yoga on The Beach

What: Wake up your body with a great yoga flow surrounded by the peaceful sounds of the waves and birds this weekend. After your yoga session, you can grab a paddleboard or a surfboard and swim out and venture out to see the dolphins or simply to just enjoy the cool waves. 

When: Saturday, April 1, 2023, 7 am – 8 am
Where: 29th Street and Seawall on the sand (near Lifeguard 27), Galveston, TX 77550
How much: $15 | +$10 to paddle or surf after

Get the lowest price on Historic Galveston Ghost Tour!

Things to do in Galveston This Weekend of March 31 include Galveston Steampunk Festival, IronMan 70.3 Texas, & more!

Discover the darker side of Galveston on a ghost tour. Pass by mansions and other historical sights where spooky and mysterious things are said to have happened, and hear about the island’s secrets, paranormal events, and haunted history that dates back 150 years. This tour is a fun way to learn a bit about Galveston’s history.

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Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of March 31, 2023 – Sunday

IronMan 70.3 Texas

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What: Challenge yourself and see where your limit is at or simply watch others do that in the iconic Ironman Race! This year’s course will blend together PR chasers dream course and the beachside bliss atmosphere. 

Participating athletes will start the course with a saltwater swim in the Bay at Moody Gardens. Then, they’ll hop on a bike course along the Texas Gulf Coast and cap it all with a spectator-filled run. Cheer the participants or get to enjoy some of Galveston’s most famous beaches while watching the race.

When: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Where: Various locations

Battleship Texas Dry Dock Tours

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What: Get to see Battleship Texas up close and out of the water! Every Sunday until April 30th, there will be limited tours on the dry dock at Gulf Copper. It will be around an hour-long walk and space will be limited. Also, there is a strict dress code. You have to wear full-length pants and close-toed shoes with good traction. Hard hats and eye protection will be provided on-site. The tour is also for those only 16 years old and above. And you have to sign up online since no tickets will be sold at the gate. 

When: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Where: Gulf Copper Dry Dock and Dig Repair, 2920 Todd Rd, Galveston, TX 77554
How much: $150

Kids Club at UTMB’s Kids Corner at GOFM

What: Let the kids run free and explore their imagination with a hands-on craft activity made just for them at the UTMB Kids Club this weekend! This April’s theme is April Showers. And the kids will be making a water sensory toy with little treasures that your kids can fill, shake, and enjoy.

When: Sunday, April 2, 2023
Where: Galveston’s Own Farmer’s Market, 3304 Market St, Galveston, TX 77550

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Things to do in Galveston this Weekend of March 31, 2023

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Less than an hour from Houston, Galveston is a popular vacation spot all year round for Texans and visitors due to its stunning beaches and historic downtown.

What’s going on in Galveston this weekend, you ask? Galveston provides a multitude of other activities, from sightseeing on the Galveston Trolley, bird watching, fishing, and water sports, to exploring museums and delighting in fine dining, even though many visitors, especially in the summer, come primarily to laze on the beaches.

See our list of the top attractions and things to do in Galveston Texas for more suggestions on how to fill your free time.

Events and Activities in Galveston – Museums

Galveston is beautiful coastal town with rich history and some of the top museums in the country.
Galveston is one of the most well-known historic communities on the Gulf Coast thanks to its resilience and heart for preservation. Numerous museums on the Island have preserved the tenacity, innovation, and advancement of Galvestonians in the wake of The Great 1900 Storm.

Galveston Arts Center

Galveston Arts Center Building

Discover the Galveston Arts Center, a nonprofit organization and autonomous museum on Galveston’s Strand that presents contemporary modern art in a historic structure. Through exhibitions and educational activities, the Galveston Arts Center seeks to support and promote modern visual art.

Location: 2127 Strand St, Galveston, TX 77550

Gavleston Naval Museum

Galveston Naval Museum

See and experience these real-life, historical treasures — the USS Cavalla, a WWII submarine, and the USS Stewart, a WWII destroyer escort. The goal of the museum is to protect the ships’ originality and historical integrity. to commemorate and celebrate the sacrifices made to attain freedom, to teach all generations about this part of the great American history, and share about the creativity and tradition of the Navy, as well as the bravery of the military heroes and their families.

Location: 100 Seawolf Park Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Take a leisurely, self-guided tour through the retired Ocean Star jack-up rig which now serves as a museum and educational facility. From geological exploration to drilling, to oil and gas production, you will see offshore drilling equipment, exhibits, and videos on three levels of this refurbished offshore drilling rig.

Location: 2002 Wharf Rd, Galveston, TX 77550

For additional museums in Galveston check out our article on Galveston Museum Day

Events and Activities in Galveston – Beaches & Parks

Seawall Urban Park

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This Galveston Seawall beach is close to various beachfront restaurants and tourist attractions, including Pleasure Pier. It has more than 10 miles of coastline and is the nation’s longest continuous promenade. With the water serving as the ideal backdrop, this is a well-liked location for bicycling and running. Parking is available between 6th and 69th Streets, 81st to 103rd Streets, and other nearby streets.

Location: 801 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Stewart Beach Park

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One of the most well-liked destinations for tourists in Galveston is Stewart Beach. It also features volleyball courts, a playground, concessions, an umbrella, and chair rentals in addition to lovely beaches. Showers and locker rooms are also available.

Located At: 201 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston State Island Park

Galveston Island State Park

For those who enjoy the outdoors, Galveston Island State Park is the ideal location. This beautiful and peaceful area offers a variety of family-friendly activities for every kind of nature enthusiast at Galveston Island State Park, including swimming, fishing, bird watching, hiking, paddling, and more.

Located At: 14901 FM3005, Galveston, TX 77554

Looking for more Galveston Beaches? Check out our article on 10 Best Beaches in Galveston

Events and Activities in Galveston – Theaters and Performing Arts

Galveston Island’s natural beauty is enhanced by the vibrant arts community, which presents both visual and performing arts. There are many opportunities for entertainment and inspiration, including theatrical performances, historical movies, and art exhibits.

NIA Cultural Center

Nia Cultural Center

On the outside of the building at the Juneteenth Legacy Project Headquarters art gallery, you can see the magnificent, 5,000-square-foot artwork symbolizing the independence of Black people in Galveston. Visitors are taken on a journey through African American history from the 1800s to the present day inside the gallery. The gallery features sculptures and paintings by local Black artists as well as a space for introspection. The Juneteenth Legacy Headquarters are at 22nd and Strand Street.

Location: 2211 Strand St Galveston, Texas 77550

Grand Opera House

The Grand 1894 Opera House

Tour the official opera house of Texas, which is one of the few remaining theaters of its era and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: 2020 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550

East End Theater Company

Island ETC (the east-end theatre company)

Island ETC is Galveston County’s only professional repertory theatre company and stages 5 to 6 productions a year. What once was called the Strand Street Theatre, is now operating as Island ETC — the East End Theatre Company. Through the generosity of local patrons, the theatre reopened in July 2009 after being devasted by Hurricane Ike. The re-opening stage was the production of Cabaret, and this performance skyrocketed the theatre company into becoming a household name in Galveston.

Location: 2317 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX 77550

Events and Activities in Galveston – Theme Parks

Visiting theme parks is always a welcoming idea for everybody. The rides, sights, and the many IG-worthy areas will surely make anybody want to visit one when possible. Luckily, Galveston has plenty of big and fun theme parks for locals and tourists to enjoy.

Moody Gardens

Moody Gardens Pyramids

Since its founding in 1983 and the approval of an eight-phase master plan in 1985, Moody Gardens® has showcased several inventive and creative programs through its diverse attractions, making it a favorite go-to place for both locals and visitors alike. This theme park is best known for its three pyramids: Discovery Pyramid, which focuses on science-related exhibits and activities; Rainforest Pyramid, which houses tropical plants and different species of forest animals; and Aquarium Pyramid, which is one of the largest in the area and holds many species of fish and other marine animals.

Location: One Hope Boulevard, Galveston, Texas 77554


Schlitterbahn Galveston Family

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Three distinct park sections join for a mile of fun at Schlitterbahn Galveston. Using swift slides like Rohr! The waterpark is an adrenaline junkie’s paradise with attractions including MASSIV, Screaming Serpents, and more! Each sector has pools, water coasters, raft rides, wonderful picnic areas, and small water playgrounds for kids of all ages.

Location: 2109 Gene Lucas Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier

An attraction that is absolutely unique is Pleasure Pier, an amusement park that is located over water. It offers a variety of fun and recreational activities within its wide-ranging restrictions with the goal of providing enjoyment for the entire family.

This amusement park is also significant historically. Despite being extremely popular during their heyday, pleasure piers are a thing of the past. Galveston’s own is one of the few locations that continue to honor this vintage style over a century later.

Location: 2501 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550

Things to do in Galveston at Night

In Galveston, the fun does not end when the sun sets! Once the tab for dinner has been paid, there remains plenty of things to do in Galveston at night, as the island provides a wide variety of nighttime activities. There are a lot of undiscovered attractions along this section of the barrier island that will keep you and your group amused all night long, frequently taking advantage of the breathtaking coastal views and comfortable weather that south Texas is so fortunate to have.
Are you prepared to unwind with drink in your hand while enjoying live music from renowned bands? Or do you feel like putting on your dance shoes and hitting the clubs? How about doing something adventurous and extraordinary? The island’s flourishing, energetic nightlife is ready and waiting for you to find it.

You and your friends can head to the Galveston Seawall and grab a few drinks from the many resto-bars in the area. The sea breeze, the night sky, and the cityscape’s night lights will make this a beautiful and memorable night.

If thrill is what you want, then you can also try the various tours that offer paranormal and ghost tours.

Free Things to do in Galveston

In Galveston, there is an almost endless list of enjoyable, cost-free, and inexpensive things to do. Galveston has something for everyone, whether you’re a college student, a family, or a couple seeking a brief getaway.

For starters, plenty of the museums in Galveston have cheap admission rates and offer discounts for children and seniors. Plus, they also offer FREE admissions on certain days or events.

You can also shop and explore the many restaurants and stores on the island. Lots of these places offer not just great food and products, but also have aesthetically pleasing designs that you can enjoy touring.

Do you like fishing? Then Galveston is the perfect place for you to visit, considering that this haven is located right on the Gulf of Mexico. Visit the 61st Street Pier or the Galveston Fishing Pier if you want to try fishing on the island. Of course, you can also ask for professional help by booking a fishing guide that can help you.

Plus, if you get a Galveston Island Pass, then you can get even more discounts and freebies when you visit the island and enjoy the many things you can do in this beautiful island county.

Things to do with Kids in Galveston

Galveston Children’s Museum at Moody Mansion

Children's Museum in Galveston

The Galveston Children’s Museum offers engaging hands-on activities and interactive displays for children ages 2 to 10. Children’s Clinic, Building Zone, Tinker Workshop, and many other exhibits are available. The museum can also cater to personal events like birthday celebrations.

Location: 2618 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

Galveston Railroad Museum

Galveston Railroad Museum

You really must see the Galveston Railroad Museum on your next visit to Galveston! Explore 5 acres of trains and railroad history, including the restored 1932 art deco Depot. Located at the start of the historic Strand District. Experience history firsthand by exploring the museum’s permanent displays, which include locomotives, a gallery, model train layouts, and more. There is always something fresh to see at the museum because it also hosts a variety of temporary exhibits throughout the year. The museum is committed to the preservation, study, and reuse of its vintage furnishings and apparatus.

Location: 2602 Santa Fe Pl, Galveston, TX 77550

Bryan Museum

Bryan Museum in Galveston

Come see the state’s longest continuously operating public library. On the second level, the historic Grand Hallway features special displays on early Galveston and Galveston artists. Due to renovations, the 4th-floor gallery is closed.

Location: 1315 21St St Galveston, Texas 77550
Galveston Museum Day 2022 Offer: Free Admission (Closed on Sunday)

What are some other things to do in Galveston this weekend? Leave a comment and let us know.

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