Galveston Island Shrimp Festival: A Seafood Lover’s Paradise


Two full days of shrimp, music, friends, and fun begins on Friday, September 29th and runs through Saturday, September 30th. Event activities include a Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, Gumbo Tasting, Official 5k, Lil’ Shrimps Parade, Live Music, Vendors, Kids Area, and a Strand Merchant Walk-About. There is plenty for the whole family to enjoy!

Gumbo Stroll

Join in as Galveston’s Historic Downtown Strand District is transformed into a melting pot of flavors. With more than 80 teams from award winning cookers to backyard roux roughnecks you will want to get in early to try them all. Teams lining the Historical Strand District will dish out a sample to festival attendees who have purchased an official Gumbo-Tasting Cup. Walk around and try countless samples for the four hour span, enjoy the live music, and cold beer. Save $5 when you purchase early!

Cook Off

Whip up a batch of your best gumbo recipe and bring it on down to the Galveston Historical Strand. Compete for the gold and Shrimp Gumbo Champion bragging rights. Although every gumbo has it’s own unique taste, they can’t all be winners. Here is your chance to light up those judges’ taste buds and show ‘em what you got! There is a $1,000 cash prize. Sign up early and receive lots of perks!

Shrimp Scamper

In cooperation with the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival, this is your opportunity to scamper your way around Galveston and follow it up with a day of great eats and drinks! Use Promo Code: SCAMPER for 15% off registration! The 5K combo includes:

  • Gumbo Tasting Cup for entry into The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
  • 5K Registration with chip timing
  • Fun performance t-shirt
  • 1 free beer at early packet pickup/runner’s happy hour at Beerfoot Brewery and another free beer after the Run

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