Galveston is the seat of Galveston County
, southeast of Houston
. It occupies virtually all of 32-mile Galveston Island, about two miles off the Texas mainland in the Gulf of Mexico, at the tip of I-45.
Galveston was surveyed by the Spanish in 1785. In 1836, the city site was purchased from the Republic of Texas by Michael B. Menard, who organized the Galveston City Company. A monstrous hurricane in 1900 killed about 6,000 people and left 8,000 homeless. In response, the city built a wall of steel, concrete and granite to guard against a recurrence.
Today Galveston draws its economic sustenance from the Port of Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and other health facilities, finance, shrimping, fishing and tourism. The city also is home to a Texas A&M University campus and Galveston College. The Texas Aviation Hall of Fame is one of many attractions. The community claims to hold the state's biggest Mardi Gras celebration.
Art Galveston Island Outdoor Musicals | Pelican Island |
History Ashton Villa | Texas Heroes Monument |
Oil Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig/Museum |
Parks Galveston Island State Park |
Sports and Sporting Events David Taylor Classic Car Museum |
Texas State Parks Galveston Island State Park |
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10/14 Coming to The area
Pearland Crawfish Festival Pearland TX April5-7 Great crawfish, food, music, and fun.
Great Texas Mosquito Festival Clute TX July25-27 Many booths with a variety of foods, along with arts and crafts and more. The carnival provides three days of fun for children and adults.
Houston Hot Sauce Festival Houston TX September21-22 The Houston Hot Sauce Festival, conducted in September, showcases everything from sauce, salsa and spices to jams, jellies and pickles. The festival also features cooking demonstrations and on stage entertainment.
Texas Rice Festival Winnie TX October2-6 Bar-B-Que Cook-off Weekend,
Horseshoe & Washer Pitching Tournaments,
Rice Run 5k & Kids Fun Run,
Queen’s Coronation & Street Dance
Houston Italian Festival Houston TX October10-13 Fiesta Italiana! Bringing Italian culture to life.
Texas Renaissance Festival Plantersville TX October12-December1 Men and women decked out in the latest in 16th century Renaissance garb, jousting, juggling, dancing and feasting at the King's banquet hall.