What is ARToberFEST?

ARToberFEST is an outdoor fine arts festival located on Galveston Island in the historic downtown cultural arts district. The two-day festival showcases the works of over 120 of the finest artists in the United States. The outdoor event brings more than 8,000 people through the beautiful 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.


When is the festival?

10am - 6pm, Saturday, October 17, 2020

11am – 5pm Sunday, October 18, 2020


Where is the festival located?

The Festival is located on Galveston Island in the downtown cultural arts district on Postoffice Street from 23rd to 20th street and 22nd street Church to market.


Who may attend?

Everyone, this event is open to the general public. ARToberFEST is a ticketed event.


What is the price of Admission?

Tickets may be purchased online HERE prior to the event.

Admission is $5 per ticket per day. Children 12 and under are free. Proceeds benefit the children’s programs at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Can I purchase a 2 day band?
Currently we only have single day bands and they are avialble to purchase at  The Grand 1894 Opera House Box office.


How do I get to the festival and where can I park?

There is plenty of parking near the festival: street level, privately owned surface lots, parking garages surrounding the venue.  Click here for Map/Directions


Are there places to eat?  

Yes, within the festival venue there are 6 restaurants and 9 additional restaurants surround the perimeter of the festival. There will be a wine bar located on 22nd  and Market as well as Galveston Farmers Market vendors selling a variety of products on both days of the festival.

Are there activities for children? 

More information to come for 2019.


What can I use my credit or debit card to purchase at the festival?

Credit or debit cards may be used to purchase festival admission tickets at the main gates at 21st Street and 23rd Street on Postoffice Street. You may also use a credit or debit card to purchase items from Artists. (Credit card acceptance determined by individual artists.)


Where can I find more information about the festival activities and entertainment?

Click here for Entertainment + Extras


What is allowed on site?

You may bring blankets, sunscreen, mosquito spray, hats, sunglasses and shades.


Are there restrooms available?

Yes, portable facilities are located in the alley on 22nd and Market and at The Grand 1894 Opera House. We also have portable wheelchair accessible restrooms, and accessible facilities at The Grand.


What should I wear to the festival?

Please wear weather appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes.


Can I bring strollers, wagons or wheelchairs?

Yes, all areas of the festival are accessible for strollers, wagon and wheelchairs.


Where is First Aid located at the festival?

First Aid is provided by UTMB School of Nursing and is centrally located at the information desk at 22nd and Postoffice Street.


How can I contact the festival’s organizers?

Please contact us at 409-770-5066 or with questions or inquiries.


May I bring a Pet?

Dogs are welcome to our event but must be leashed and crowd friendly. We will have a dog water station at the information booth. If you bring your pet please make sure you clean up after your pet.


What is prohibited on site?

No unauthorized vending, sales, solicitations or promotions. No weapons. Please see additional prohibited items list below.




In order for everyone to have a fun and worry-free day, please refrain from bringing these prohibited items into the festival.

  • Alcohol and other beverages including bottled water

  • Skateboards, hoverboards, bikes, scooters and rollerblades 

  • Laser pointers

  • Boom Boxes

  • Pocket knives

  • Drones or any flying toys or flying cameras or smart phones


Please note the following festival policies:

  • No Smoking

  • Please be respectful of the individual artists and their artworks, and ask before filming or photographing them or their works.

  • ARToberFEST reserves the right to video and photograph patrons at the festival and use for promotional purposes.

© 2020 ARToberFEST by The Grand