What is ARToberFEST?
ARToberFEST is fine arts festival presented by The Grand 1894 Opera House which, in normal circumstances (pre-COVID-19), 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 2020 Virtual-only event will begin online HERE at 8 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020. Virtual event hours are extended through October 31, 2020.
When hosted outdoors as a live event, ARToberFEST brings more than 8,000 people through Galveston's 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. Our neighbors on Postoffice Street will be represented online at our virtual event - providing continued shopping opportunities.
When is the festival?
The 2020 Virtual-only event will begin online HERE at 8 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020. Virtual event hours are extended through October 31, 2020. You can shop anytime, from anywhere! Special videos, artist demonstrations and streamed entertainment will take place on the opening weekend, October 17-18.
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, and as you purchase items they will be added to your cart. When ready to check out, you'll only process one payment for all your items. Click HERE on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and start shopping for your one-of-a-kind artwork!
Who may attend?
Everyone, this event is open to the general public. When hosted in-person, ARToberFEST is a ticketed event. Our 2020 Virtual event is completely 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or inquiries.