Start your summer off right and put Galveston on your calendar this month with a month filled with Juneteenth tributes and celebrations, seaside fun, live music, cultural celebrations, and more in June 2023—and don’t forget to start planning now for your 4th of July holiday.
And of course, with big beaches, deep history, charming shopping, great dining, the big outdoors and more, there’s always plenty do on Galveston every day of the year—even if there’s not a special event that catches your fancy. Explore the 10 reasons to visit Galveston in 2023.
The Top 11 Events & Things to Do on Galveston Island in June 2023
- Juneteenth Celebrations, Tributes & Events Around Galveston: The Birthplace of Juneteenth | Daily – While the biggest events happen the weekend of Juneteenth itself—Monday, June 19, 2023—the month of June is filled with special Juneteenth events and activities, not to mention many permanent tributes and installations on the island. Dates and times vary.
- Galveston Island’s Beaches, Museums, Shopping, Destinations & Attractions | Daily – When the thermostat starts climbing, there are plenty of opportunities to get in the water, or step inside great shops and museums and beat the heat.
- Galveston ArtWalk in Downtown Galveston | Saturday, June 3 | FREE – Take to the charming streets of Downtown Galveston as galleries, artist studios, and local businesses keep their doors open late, many with entertainment or activities to activate these art spaces. 6pm to 9pm.
- Summer Concert Series at Menard Park | Weekly Starting Thursday, June 8 | FREE – Kick off your weekend with a free evening concert through the end of July. Organized by La Izquierda Surf and Music Fest creators, the weekly series will feature local favorites headlining each week in June—including Galvezton on June 8, Christopher Seymore and the Western Cosplay on June 15, Joe King Carrasco on June 22, and Kevin Anthony and Gtown on June 28. 6pm to 9pm weekly.
- Sandcastles with Dad at Galveston Arts Center | Friday, June 9 – Kids of all ages are invited to get their hands dirty at this beginner-friendly sandcastle-building workshop. $50. 5pm.
- Vow Renewal at the Grand Galvez | Saturday, June 10 | FREE with RSVP – Couples are invited to reaffirm their love and commitment on the lawn of the legendary historic hotel, nestled amidst the stunning natural beauty of Galveston, in a half hour event. Free but advance reservations are required to participate. 10am.
- World Oceans Day Festival at East Beach | Saturday, June 10 | FREE – Held in conjunction with the United Nations-recognized day of ocean celebration and action, the family-friendly beach festival offers performances by Young Audiences of Houston, booths and activities from local organizations, kids workshops and educational beach tours, and more. 11am to 4pm.
- GCVA Beach Volleyball Tournament at East Beach | Sunday, June 11 & Saturday, June 17 | FREE to Watch – Gulf Coast Volleyball Association hosts two installments of summer V-ball tourneys in June, offering the chance to watch lively games at all skill levels throughout the day. 9am to 5pm both dates.
- World Sea Turtle Day Beach Cleanup at Menard Park | Friday, June 16 | FREE – Turtle Island Restoration Network leads an island-wide beach cleanup to both celebrate and assist the other island tourists who arrive by sea. 8:30am to 10:30am.
- Beats on the Beach & Fireworks at Palm Beach | Weekly Starting on Saturday, June 17 – The eight-week live music and fireworks event kicks off at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach, complete with sunset and twilight DJ music, dancing, drinks, food, and more. Moody Gardens admission varies by date; fireworks can be seen for free from around the island. 6pm to 10pm; fireworks at 9:15pm.
- Summer Wine Share at Galveston Arts Center | Thursday, June 22 – Grab your favorite bottle, or bottles, of vino and head to Galveston Arts Center for an evening of shared libation, along with music from DJ Xyla and light bites. $10; $5 for members. 5pm to 6:30pm.
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