Shrimp Festival Returns to Galveston

Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, but this September Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival to be held September 27-28. The event features some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer.

Event festivities begin on Friday, September 27 at 7:30 pm with the VIP Sponsor Party and Texas Size Shrimp Dinner in Saengerfest Park honoring the festival's sponsors and cook-off teams. VIP Sponsor Party tickets are available to the public and include a Texas Size Shrimp Dinner and Libations for $50.00.

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Saturday events begin with the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival Official 5K Fun Run/Walk, presented by Moody National Bank, at 28th & Seawall at 9:00 am. All fitness levels and ages are invited to join in this event. Costumes and teams are encouraged! Registration includes an event T-shirt, libations and a Gumbo Sampling Cup as entry into the Galveston Island Wild Texas Shrimp Festival.

The Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, free Ron Hoover RV & Marine's boat display, vendor exhibits, and live music will be held in the Historic Strand District on Saturday, September 28 beginning at 10:00 am. Visitors to the festival will be able to purchase a Gumbo Sampling Cup in advance for $12 plus tax for a limited time only. This cup will allow guests to sample gumbo from over 50 cook-off teams comprised of amateur and professional cookers from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm on Saturday, September 28. Other events on Saturday include the Lil' Shrimps Parade at 3:00 pm sponsored by the Galveston Shrimp Company with festive floats, marching bands and bead tossing, and the Strand Merchant Walkabout from 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm where contestants will visit participating Strand Merchants for a chance to win over $300.00 in gift cards.


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The Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be donating a portion of proceeds to the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County, “promoting the safety, well-being and best interest of victims of family violence, sexual assault, and child abuse; and to advocate for the prevention of such crimes.”; The Justin David Hughes Fund at University of Texas Medical Branch, to promote the mental and emotional wellness of UTMB students.

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