You finally got into boating and now you’re probably wondering how many times you will actually get out on the water. Don’t limit your outings to a few hours here and there skiing with friends or family; find other activities where you can take your boat, dock it and have fun at the same time!
Here are a few places to visit and some activities coming up in Houston:
Movie and Music Nights on the Strand – Grab your chairs, blankets and pillows and head to downtown Galveston for a free, family-friendly movie or concert this October. Movie Nite on the Strand will take place at dusk Oct. 5 with a showing of the film Beetlejuice at Saengerfest Park. On the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, visitors can catch free, live concerts from 6-9 p.m. in Saengerfest Park at Music Night on the Strand. On Oct. 12 the park will feature the band Indiginis. On Oct. 26, it will feature the band Come See My Dead Person.
Performances at The Grand – While many folks will enjoy Galveston’s outdoor festivities next month, The Grand 1894 Opera House will bring just as much excitement indoors as it kicks off the season with plenty of “Good Vibrations” with performances by The Beach Boys on October 5-6. Other October performances will include four-time Grammy winner Randy Newman on Oct. 19 and The Buddy Holly Story, a high-energy musical featuring Buddy Holly’s greatest hits, Oct. 25-26. Visitwww.thegrand.com for details.
Bike around the Bay – For those looking for a rider’s getaway, you don’t want to miss this year’s Bike Around the Bay taking place Oct. 12-13. This two-day event includes a 180-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay, showcasing the natural beauty and scenic routes of the Galveston Bay Area. Riders will begin in Mont Belvieu, Texas before spending the night in Galveston. For details, visit www.bikearoundthebay.org.
ARToberFEST – If you love art, then you don’t want to miss the 16th annual ARToberFEST to be held Oct. 19-20 in downtown Galveston. This juried fine art festival will feature various artists, food and live music on Postoffice street amid Galveston’s Victorian architecture, art galleries and shops. Admission is $5 for adults with proceeds benefitting the AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas and the Galveston Island Humane Society. For details, visit www.artoberfest.com.
Market and Music on the Pier – Galveston’s Pier 21 will come to life on Oct. 19 for two special events. First, Market on the Pier will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., serving as the island’s best stop for unique finds from local artisans, handcrafters and growers. That evening, Party on the Pier will be held from 6- 9 p.m. with live music from the rock band Vallejo. Pier 21 is located at the intersection of 21stStreet and Harborside Drive. For details, visit www.Pier21Galveston.com.
Texas Boatoberfest Coming to Clear Lake Texas Oct 24-27th 2013 With Gourmet Food Trucks, Craft Beer Garden, Chili Cook Off and Lots of Boats! Log onto http://texasboatoberfest.com for further information.
Haunted History! Galveston Ghost Tours – The place of the deadliest storm in U.S. history, Galveston is filled with opportunities to be spooked! New this year, the Galveston Historical Foundation will offer ghost hunts at the 1838 Menard House from Oct. 26-30 as well as a séance aboard the 1877 Tall Ship ELISSA on Oct. 26. The foundation will also offer a “Spirits Along Broadway” Cemetery Tour Oct. 18-19 and 25-26 as well as a Haunted Harbor Tour Oct. 25-26 and 31. For details on the historical foundation’s tours, click here. In addition, the 102-year-old Hotel Galvez will offer a ghost tour dinner on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in October with an overnight package. For details on Hotel Galvez tours, click here.
Island Oktoberfest – Island Oktoberfest will celebrate its 32nd year, celebrating German heritage with a full weekend of food, drinks, live performances, games and special activities. The festival will take place Oct. 25-26 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Galveston and will feature an expanded entertainment lineup. Admission to Oktoberfest is free and attendees are encouraged to dress in traditional German costumes. For details, visit www.galvestonoktoberfest.com.
Lone Star Motorcycle Rally – This October, visitors to Galveston have a chance to experience the largest four-day biker rally in the country as the Lone Star Motorcycle Rally makes its way to the island Oct. 31–Nov. 3. More than 500,000 motorcyclists will gather among hundreds of vendors in a celebration of the finest machines known to man. The rally will include several bike shows, live concerts and a variety of celebrity appearances, including Tommy Flanagan (“Chibs”), Mark Boone (“Bobby”) and Kim Coates (“Tig”) from the hit TV show Sons of Anarchy. For details, visit www.lonestarrally.com.
Haunted Happenings – Have a ghostly good time in Galveston this October with a variety of haunted happenings for kids. Downtown Galveston will host its Mini Monster Bash from 1-4 p.m. Oct. 25 and Moody Gardens will join the fun with its annual Ghostly Gardens event from 2-4 p.m. Oct. 27. Both events will include free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, a costume contest and games. On Oct.31, the Pleasure Pier will host a Halloween party from 3-9 p.m. by offering unlimited ride access for $13.99 plus free trick-or-treating and live music. For details, visit www.pleasurepier.com.