The 12th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

The 12th Annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Coming soon to Pier 21, Galveston Island Shrimp Festival is launching the new CastAway Rods Guppy Cup Kidfish! In partnership with the Texas Game Warden Association, this free event will have little Anglers reeling in a friendly fishing tournament on September 25. The 12th annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be taking place September 24-25.

Beginning in Saengerfest Park Friday, September 24 at 7:30 pm, Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. will honor the festival’s sponsors and cook-off teams with a VIP Sponsor Party and Texas Sized Fried Shrimp Dinner. Complete with free-flowing beverages and live entertainment, there’s no better way to launch into the weekend’s festivities. VIP Sponsor party tickets are available to the public for purchase at $50 a ticket.

The fun begins at 9:00 am on Saturday morning with the official Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run/Walk, presented by Moody National Bank. We invite all fitness levels and ages to join us on 28th and Seawall to begin the race, and all participants will receive an event T-shirt, libations, plus the opportunity to upgrade their registration to include a Gumbo Sampling Cup as entry into the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival.

Check-in for Kidfish begins at 9:30 am on Saturday, with weigh-in times ranging from 10 am- noon. Kids must supply their own rods, tackle, and bait, and are exempt from Texas fishing licenses. Prizes will be given throughout the day, as well as awards for 1st-10th place per division. This event is presented by the Texas Game Warden Association.

The Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, vendor exhibits, and live music will be held in the Historic Strand District on Saturday, September 25th 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 25th. 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 Justin David Hughes Fund at University of Texas Medical Branch, to aid and raise awareness of the mental and emotional wellness of UTMB students.; 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.”
Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc.

Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc. was created to produce events that would be beneficial to the Strand Area and Downtown District of Galveston drawing traffic during historically slow off-season weekends. These events are produced by a coalition of hoteliers, restaurateurs, and retailers, along with coordinated community assets.


Henry Strother

Henry Strother started working for Business Journal in 2020.  Henry grew up in a small town in Western Florida, but moved to Tampa to attend college.  Before joining Business Journal, Henry worked as a freelance journalist for several radio stations.  He covers business, technology and lifestyle stories.