Relive yesteryear with fun in the sun at the 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue

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Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Society

Revel in the nostalgia of bygone eras with live music, hot rods, and beauty contests at the 11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Opening the tourist season on the Gulf shore, the Galveston Island Beach Revue gathers scores of summer lovers for a fun-filled day of vintage revelry along the historic Seawall Boulevard.

The 11th Annual celebration includes a full day of markets, car shows, and a flashback to the past with the Bathing Beauties contest, a revival of the 20s-era competition that helped kick off the island’s tourist season each year.

The Galveston Island Beach Revue also provides tunes that get your toes tapping with live performances from Swimwear Department, country five-piece The Broken Spokes, and Dandy Wellington with his jazz-infused throwback sounds.

Click here for more information on the Galveston Island Beach Revue.

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Bathing Beauties Contest | Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Society

On Tap at the Beach Revue 

Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Revue Prevue at Hotel Galvez (2024 Seawall Boulevard) | 6pm to 7:30pm – The historic hotel hosts the official kickoff to the weekend, featuring a night of music, craft beer and cocktails, and introductions of the 2019 Bathing Beauties contestants.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • Hot Rod & Classic Car Show | Noon to 5pm – Sleek vehicles, dazzling classic cars, and suped up hot rods from 1975 and beyond line Seawall Boulevard for a car show guaranteed to rev up excitement.
  • Vintage Vendor Market | Noon to 7pm – Throughout the day, visitors can enjoy food trucks, novelty options, and a hunt for their next vintage score at the Vintage Vendor Market.
  • Beach Revue Whisker Revue | 3pm to 3:30pm – The Austin Facial Hair Club gathers full-follicled men to compete for Best Handlebar, Best Natural Dapper ‘Stache, and Best Barbell ‘Stache.
  • Bathing Beauties Contest | 5:15 to 7pm – Resurrected in 2009, the Bathing Beauties Contest had been a major tourist draw on the island throughout the 1920s and early 30s. Thirty contestants decked out in vintage and vintage-inspired swimwear cap off the Galveston Island Beach Revue on Saturday night as they each hope to take home top honors and a prize of $750.

Click here for more information on the Galveston Island Beach Revue.

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Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Society

11th Annual Galveston Island Beach Revue

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Photo courtesy of Galveston Historical Society

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