However, there are a number of great things to do on the Island during the cooling weather of October. And, they are found away from the shoreline, within the Arts District of Postoffice Street and the Historic Downtown area. Strolling along their sidewalks marked by colorful shop windows and grand architecture, Galveston’s Art and Historic districts offer both locals and visitors the chance to get outside when Texas weather is at its best.
During the last two weekends of October, the fests abound – the relaxed environs of ARToberfest, followed by the raucous fun of a traditional Island Oktoberfest.
ARToberfest is a juried fine arts festival situated on Postoffice Street. Now in its 16th year, the festival is one of Texas’s must-see art events. Featuring artists from all over the state, as well as from New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Missouri, ARToberfest is, by all measures, a different sort of arts scene. In one booth you come across traditional oil works, while in the next might be a bookbinder. Texas Hill Country jewelry may very well be followed by a digital artist, followed by a modern watercolorist, followed by a potter with a wheel so the kidos can throw their own pieces.
The year’s ARToberfest is on October 19 and 20, and more info can be found on their website, www.artoberfest.com.
If it’s a little less art and little more beer you’re after, Galveston’s own world famous Island Oktoberfest is certainly the destination for you. Now in its 32nd year, Galveston’s Oktoberfest is, simply put, a great gathering of gregarious gastronomes and the like, all intent on downing sausages and funnel cakes with a wünnerful
assortment of libations. The beer (or bier, as they say) menu is filled with both traditional German style brews (Paulaner, Beck’s, ZiegenBock, etc.), and selections from Texas craft breweries (Karbach, Pedernales, Saint Arnold’s, etc.).
In addition to the music, dancing, craft shows, and auctions, there are also a bunch of children’s activities. But, with a crowd of old guys walking around in heavily embroidered German lederhosen shorts and felt hats topped great wispy plumes, I must say it’s sometimes hard to tell the kids from the “grownups”.
The two-day Galveston Island Oktoberfest event is held on the grounds and streets surrounding the First Lutheran Church, October 25 and 26. For more information, check out their website,
Galveston Island is always a great destination location; never more so than in the month of October. Come visit the Island. If you’re in Texas you’re close by, and there are plenty of bed and breakfasts at which to stay!
Art and beer, Texas style.
It doesn’t get any better than this.