What is ARToberFEST?

ARToberFEST is a fine arts festival presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House. It is an outdoor event located on Galveston Island in the Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District. The festival showcases the works of the finest artists in the United States. The 2021 festival is both in-person and virtual.
Our outdoor live event brings more than 8,000 people through Galveston's Historic Downtown Cultural Arts District, offering visitors the opportunity to meet with exhibiting artists, enjoy artist demonstrations and enjoy food and entertainment in a historic setting. Our neighbors on Postoffice Street will be represented online at our virtual event - providing continued shopping opportunities.



When is the festival?

The in-person event will be held Saturday, October 16 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Sunday, October 17 from 11 AM to 5 PM. Our virtual event will begin online HERE at 8 AM on Saturday, October 16. Virtual event hours are extended through October 31, 2021.


You can shop anytime from anywhere! Special videos, artist demonstrations and streamed entertainment will take place on the opening weekend – October 16-17.


How do I purchase artwork from artists at ARToberFEST -

Galveston's Virtual Event?

ARToberFEST Galveston will have a shopping cart available for you. Browse and shop through all the artists. As you purchase items they will be added to your cart. When ready to checkout, you'll only process one payment for all of your items. Click HERE on Saturday, October 16, 2021 and start shopping for your one-of-a-kind artwork! When you find an artist you love at our in-person event, you will be able to find them online at our virtual event. You can browse and purchase online.



Who may attend?

Everyone! This event is open to the general public. When hosted in-person, ARToberFEST is a ticketed event. The cost for the in-person ticket is $5 per person. All proceeds go to support The Grand’s Education outreach programs. 


Our 2021 Virtual online event is FREE to all, but donations are greatly appreciated. Funds raised through this event are used to support educational programming at The Grand 1894 Opera House.


All artwork is purchased through the individual artist in our convenient shopping cart. Art is available at prices to fit every budget.



Where can I find more information about the festival activities

and entertainment?

More information on our artists, virtual entertainment for the event, and video artist demonstrations will be coming soon!



How can I contact the festival’s organizers?

Please contact event coordinator Sarah Piel at 409-770-5066 or with questions or inquiries.