Locals’ Favorite Grand Kids Festival Takes Place May 1st

The 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Grand Kids Festival will take center stage in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District on Saturday, May 1, from 10am- 5pm.

Produced by The Grand 1894 Opera House, the Festival will take place between 20th and 23rd streets.

Designed as an avenue to introduce children and their families to the arts, visitors can look forward to exciting entertainment, a variety of fun, family-friendly activities, and live performances – with new entertainment and activities to include Chalk It Up Island Style! – a street art competition; Roaring Entertainment RC Cars, a Mobile Dairy Classroom, and Take A Photo with Lightning McQueen and Mater From “Cars.”

And, that’s just the beginning of all there will be for families and their children to see, do, and enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Additional fun activities to look forward to throughout the 3-block Festival area include pony rides, a petting zoo, a variety of unique, hands-on activities, storytellers, very special professional entertainment, and student performances on stage.

Noted Festival Director, Sarah Piel, “We continue to work with the City of Galveston and Galveston County officials to ensure that our event complies with all current guidelines for hosting a public event.  We take the safety of our Festival patrons, volunteers, and staff very seriously, and will continue to monitor the pandemic and be flexible with any contingency plans.”   Last year’s Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Founding sponsors of the Festival include Mary Ainslie, The Gladys B. Foundation in honor of Robert Richard Thornton, Lawyer, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Bank of America, and Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.

Sponsors for the 2021 festival (to date) include Kathrine G. McGovern, Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston, The Kids Directory, Yaga’s Children’s Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts,  Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, Rotary Club of Galveston’s Rotary Foundation, Inc., Bush & Associates, Galv Park, UTMB Health, Kroger, CenterPoint Energy, Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees, Houston Family Magazine, Merri S. Edwards, Rudy & Paco Restaurant & Bar, Classic Auto Group Galveston, GoGo Squeez, and Whataburger, as well as many other friends of the Festival and in-kind donors.

The support of hundreds of volunteers including The Grand’s Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, Presidents Council, Education Committee, and The Grand Phantoms, as well as many organizations and student groups, ensure the success of the Festival each year.

For information concerning sponsorship opportunities, contact Sarah Piel, Festival Director, at 409.770.5066, or email   For more information about The Grand Kids Festival, visit Admission is free.

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