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2013 Galveston Gay Beach Weekend

It's that time again! Grab your friends and head down to Galveston for the third annual Gay Beach Weekend. Join us for a fun-filled day at the beach with music, volleyball, horseshoes, drinking, sunning, swimming, mixing and mingling. We have expanded to Apffel Beach also know as East Beach. There is a pavilion at Apffel beach which has restrooms, showers, gift shop that sells ice and light snacks. BBQ pits are allowed. It will be MUCH easier to carry your things from the car to the beach as there will be ample parking on the beach! BYOB, but no glass containers please. So grab your umbrella/tent, lounge chair, towels, ice chest, food, kites, sunscreen, bathing suits and head down for some fun in the sun. Last year we had over 1,500 attend. How big will we grow this year?? Help us get the word out by inviting your Facebook and other friends, use the invite friends tab above here.

Directions: Take 1-45 south which turns into Broadway. Head to the end of Broadway at (McDonald's) turn left, continue down Seawall Blvd until it dead ends, you can't go any further. The name of this road is Boddeker Rd.- it is not marked but you cannot miss it. Turn right, continue on this road until you reach the entrance of Apffel Beach Park.. There is an $8 parking fee per car. The attendant at the booth will direct you to the location of the party. The location of the party will be directly in front of the pavilion.

Please support these gay owned and gay friendly businesses while in town.....3rd Coast Downtown, Krewe of Bacchus-texas, Miller's Landing, S.O.S. Staffing, Downtown Bloom, Windmiller Salon, Stars Beach Club, Pink Dolphin Bar, Robert's Lafittes, Galveston Stonewall Democrats, Soulshine Cleaning, Outsmart Magazine, Oasis Market and Juice Bar, Buck's West, Shy Katz, Galveston AIDS Foundation, Moore & Hunt attorney at law,, The Parrot, Krewe of Bacchus, ECT/ East End Theater.

LODGING: For Galveston Gay Beach Weekend. The demand for hotels is very high for this summer in Galveston. Instead of having one host hotel, please use to book your lodging.With each booking you receive a $500.00 in coupons to use while you are here. Please consider booking as soon as possible as demand will be very high and the sooner you book the better deals you will get. VERY IMPORTANT: WHEN BOOKING SELECT "GAY BEACH WEEKEND" FROM THE EVENT BOX WHEN COMPLETING YOUR RESERVATION!

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MUSIC: There will be music!

ACTIVITIES: We will have volley ball (free), horseshoes (free) and jet ski rentals (fee).

Look for MANY other activities planned for Gay Beach Weekend. Stay tuned right here for updates.

Saturday June 8th:

After the beach be sure and check out the fabulous duo Tara and Kara Dion at 3rd Coast Downtown 2416 Postoffice St. Show starts at 11pm. Come celebrate Tara and Kara Dion's birthday bash!!Look for roving drink specials throughout the night.

Music Night on the Strand: Ocean Roots

Location: Saengerfest Park, 2300 Strand, Galveston, TX
Don't miss free live concerts in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park! All bands perform from 6pm - 9pm. Saengerfest Park is located at the corner of The Strand and 23rd Street.

All bars will have shows and drink specials on Saturday night. Please check back as the performers are confirmed, they will be posted here.

Sunday June 9th:

Bay Walk: Before the ACCT Brunch head out to The Friends of Galveston Island State Park (GISP) they offer guided bay walks every Sunday at 10:00 am through November 24th.

On these walks, you discover the wetlands with a close-up look at the critters, grasses and birds that inhabit the marshland and bay. Tour activities include hands-on-seining, fiddler crab sightings and more under the guidance of volunteers from Galveston Bay Master Naturalists and Friends of GISP. Meet at the GISP Nature Center, 14901 FM 3005 (Bay side of the park) For more information" e-mail them at

60'S BOOB TUBE MANIA: a salute to the 60's

Join your friends for a champagne brunch at the beautiful San Luis Hotel on Galveston Island located at 5222 Seawall Blvd. This annual event benefits ACCT (AIDS Coalition of Coastal Texas) There will be a silent auction (with many fun and exciting items) and a show. For more information or to inquire about purchasing tickets please contact Pam Freshener at 409-763-2437. Tickets are $50.00 in advance and $60.00 at the door. Group and tables are available. This is a must attend event!


There are so many things to do in Galveston we could never list them all. Here are just a few.

*Pleasure Pier: Over the gulf amusement park...

*Schlitterbahn Galveston water park:

*Moody Gardens

*Take a tour of one of many historic homes are all over Galveston, some dating 175 years. Here you will find a partial list:

*see a full list of activities at down the WHAT TO DO tab.


Did you know that Galveston is the second gayest city in Texas? In an infographic compiled by the Austin-American Statesman. The map took data from the 2010 Census, which does not ask about sexual orientation explicitly but collects information on the relationships between the individuals residing in a household.
Although a more progressive blue dot in a red state like Austin might not surprise you as a haven for gays, it's Dallas that has the highest percentage of same-sex households in the state at 1.5 percent. Galveston has the second-highest percentage of same-sex households in the state at 1.47 percent, followed by Austin at No. 3 with 1.44 percent.

Talk with one of many Galveston Realtors that will have booths set up at the beach. Interest rates are at record lows and housing prices are at multi-year lows. Now is the time. There are still some great fix-me-up deals from Hurricane Ike 4 1/2 years ago. Become a full timer, weekender or rental/retirement property owner. We are on our way to becoming the Gayest city in Texas!!

Apffel Beach
go past last years beach weekend...where beach road ends.
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