Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023 - The Best Vacation Idea for the Greater Houston area! (2)

Visit Galveston for Labor Day 2023 

Labor Day weekend is just around the corner and if you are thinking about ways to escape this San Antonio heat, you are not alone! A beach vacation sounds like a great idea, but you know that last-minute air fares to most beaches outside of Texas are going to insanely expensive. 

When was the last time you gave consideration to a vacation in Galveston? If it has been a while, now is a great time! For starters, Galveston is just over 3.5 hours from the Alamo City. That means you don’t have to take time off to travel (last time, we did this on a Long Weekend, we started around 6 pm and were there a little after 10 pm with one stop on the way). 

Apart from a reasonable driving distance, there are plenty of reasons to visit Galveston for people in Greater San Antonio! You can expect to treat yourself and your family to the beautiful sandy beaches, explore local history, and savor delicious treats! More importantly, you can make this Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023 unforgettable by partaking in all the events and activities Galveston has to offer.

This Labor Day Weekend there are so many things to do from exploring wines at the Galveston Island Wine Festival to building sandcastles with the pros and learning about local marine life on the Bucket Brigade Interpretive Beach Tours! There’s something for everyone on the island!

Here are just a few ways to experience Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023!

Labor Day Weekend 2023 Events in Galveston

Galveston Island Wine Festival

Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023 - Galveston Island Wine Festival

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There’s no better way to enjoy Galveston TX Labor Day weekend than going to the Galveston Island Wine Festival. This three-day event is set to feature more than 50 different wineries from around the world, all in Galveston to celebrate a weekend of wine, food, and fun!

Seven on Seven Seafood Extravaganza

Seven seasoned chefs, including Chef Christine Ha, are set to create sensational dishes paired with their wine of choice from seven of the world’s finest wine regions. Seafood lovers and wine enthusiasts will get to sample some of the best dishes in the country paired with delicious wine during one of the many things to do in Galveston, Labor Day Weekend.

Penguins and Pinot

This one-of-a-kind event is the perfect way to spend Galveston Labor Day Weekend. Get to know the adorable penguins and marine animals that splash and swim around the island while savoring the unlimited wine samples at Penguins and Pinot!

Freedom Stories Bourbon Tasting

The Freedom Stories Bourbon Tasting pays tribute to the men and women who have served our country. Learn about the history of bourbon and the experiences guest veterans have lived through during their years of service and sacrifice.

Don’t miss out on wine tastings, live music, activities, food from the best restaurants in Galveston, and other vendors at Moody Gardens. Mark your calendars, the festival’s for everyone!

Labor Day Weekend 2023 in Galveston

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When: Friday, September 1 –  Sunday, September 3, 2023

Where: 1 Hope Blvd, Galveston, TX 77554

FREE Sandcastle Building Lessons from a Pro

Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023

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Calling all sandcastle lovers! If you want to make the most out of the Galveston Beach Labor Day Weekend activities, learn how to build amazing sandcastles from a pro! This fun and free way to spend your Saturday afternoons will be spent honing your sandcastle-building skills at East Beach.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned castle architect, you’ll learn new tips and tricks that will help you craft your masterpiece. What better way to experience Labor Day Weekend in Galveston Texas than this? Don’t forget to bring your own bucket and shovel down from the pavilion!

When: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, August 12 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, August 19 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, August 26 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Saturday, September 2

Where: 1923 Boddeker Rd, Galveston, TX 77550

Bucket Brigade Interpretive Beach Tours

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Curious minds looking for answers about the ecosystem of Galveston beaches are in for a treat. Learn all about what Sargassum is and why it’s vital for the marine environment every weekend!

The Bucket Brigade Interpretive Beach Tours are free tours led by experienced naturalists that will give you all the facts about the different animals, plants, and marine life that call Galveston beaches their home. These tours are just a few of the educational activities you can do this Labor Day Weekend in Galveston. 

Each tour is about 45 minutes and you deep-dive into the importance of protecting the Galveston ecosystem while you’re on the East Beach! Don’t forget: these tours are free, for all ages, and about the different creatures and amazing features of the island’s beaches.

When: Saturday – Sunday 11:00 am – 3:45 pm

Where: Unnamed Road, Moissy-Cramayel, Galveston, TX 77650

Family Beach Challenge at East Beach

Galveston Family Beach Challenge

Galveston Family Beach Challenge

The Galveston Beach Family Challenge features 14 engaging stations where families and friends can either compete individually or pit families against one another. While each family can engage with a station up to five times, they have a total of 4.5 hours to experience the fun.

More information can be found in each station, and they are all designed to have anyone over the age of 8 participate and play.

This event is absolutely FREE to join, and there’s a chance to bag prizes worth up to $2,000!

When: Sunday, September 3, 2023, 10 am

Where: East Beach, 1923 Boddeker Dr., Galveston, Texas 77550

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend 2023 in Galveston with the Galveston Island Pass

There are so many reasons to visit the island, but are you looking for the ultimate way to experience Galveston events Labor Day Weekend’s got lined up? The Galveston Island Pass has got you covered! As an all-inclusive pass, you get to explore more than 10 different attractions including the 61st Street Fishing Pier, Galveston Naval Museum, and Galveston Water Adventures – Dolphin Tour.

With the Galveston Island Pass, you can spend your days exploring the different beaches on the island and nights dining at the Labor Day Weekend Dinner Cruise. No matter what you’re interested in, Galveston has a tour, restaurant, shop, or attraction for you.

How It Works

  • The Galveston Island Pass is sold exclusively at
  • Choose 4 or more participating attractions to save 40% off the Galveston Island Pass’ retail price
  • The Galveston Island Pass is valid for 30 days after purchase

Can’t wait to celebrate Labor Day Weekend on Galveston Island? These are just a few ways to have fun this Galveston Labor Day Weekend 2023. Learn more about what the island has to offer here

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