GALVESTON — Galveston Island is a seafood lover’s paradise all year round, and this September, Yaga’s Entertainment Inc. will bring foodies a little taste of heaven at the Galveston Island Shrimp Festival running Sept. 26-28.
Featuring some of the best shrimp gumbo the Gulf Coast has to offer, festivities begin at 5 p.m. Sept. 26 with the free Boat & RV Show along with various vendor exhibits and concludes with the VIP Sponsor Party and Texas Size Shrimp Dinner in Saengerfest Park, honoring the sponsors and cook-off teams, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
VIP Sponsor Party tickets are available to the public for $50 and include a Texas Size Shrimp Dinner and libations. Tickets can be purchased at www.yagaspresents.com/shrimpfestival/friday.
Sept. 27 events begin with the Shrimp Scamper 5K Fun Run down Seawall Boulevard at 9 a.m. All fitness levels and ages are invited to join in this noncompetitive event. Costumes and teams are encouraged.
Run entry fee includes event T-shirt, gumbo tasting cup and a festive Shrimp Scamper surprise.
The Shrimp Gumbo Cook-Off, free Boat & RV Show, vendor exhibits and live music will be in the Historic Stand District at 10 a.m. Sept. 27.
Visitors to the festival will be able to purchase a gumbo sampling cup in advance for $8 for a limited time only. This cup will allow guests to sample gumbo from more than 60 cook-off teams comprised of amateur and professional cookers from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 27.
Other events on Sept. 27 include the Lil’ Shrimps Parade at 3 p.m., sponsored by Galveston Shrimp Co., with festive floats, marching bands and bead tossing. The Lil’ Shrimps Kids Area will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
Festivities continue Sept. 28 with the free Boat & RV Show, Lil’ Shrimps Kids Area and Sunday Funday events in the Park.
Portion of event proceeds will benefit the University of Texas Medical Branch, Ronald McDonald House and Yaga’s Children’s Fund.
For tickets and information, visit www.galvestonshrimpfestival.com.
At a glance
WHAT: Galveston Island Shrimp Festival
WHEN: Sept. 26-28
WHERE: Saengerfest Park and The Strand