Ginger Grief Herter (left) and her mother, Seal Grief, proprietors of Strand Brass, welcome visitors to The Lyceum to shop their booth during last year’s Oktoberfest. This year’s 36th annual event is set for Oct. 27. All festivities take place on the grounds of and streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie streets in historic downtown Galveston. Admission is free.

Galveston’s premier fall festival — the 36th annual Island Oktoberfest — is 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 28. This fun family weekend will feature continuous live entertainment on two stages, authentic German food and libations; a cake wheel; fine arts, crafts and gifts; an exciting auction; expanded children’s activities and much more.

Oktoberfest will be held on the grounds of and along the streets adjacent to First Lutheran Church, 24th and Winnie streets, in historic downtown Galveston. Admission is free. German costumes encouraged.

The historic and beautifully renovated circa 1860 Lyceum will again be open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 28 with vendors showcasing exceptional hand-crafted arts, crafts and gift items for people eager to get a head start on holiday shopping. Because Oktoberfest continues to be one of the vendors’ most enjoyable and popular venues, regular attendees can look forward to shopping at their long-time favorite booths — each featuring Christmas and other special gift items.

Island Oktoberfest admission is free.

For more information, visit www.galvestonoktoberfest.com, call 409-762-8477 or follow the event on Facebook at Island Oktoberfest. All proceeds benefit programs and outreach of First Lutheran Church in Galveston.


Calling all ghosts, goblins, princesses and superheroes! Everyone is welcome as Moody Gardens hosts its annual Ghostly Gardens Halloween event. Enjoy free trick-or-treating, creepy crafts, face-painting and other fun activities 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. At 3 p.m., a children’s costume contest will be held for ages 12 and under. Registration is required to participate in the costume contest. Prizes will be awarded to the participant with the best costume in each of the different age groups.

All guests are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costume the day of the event. Families with at least one member in a Halloween costume will receive a special discounts. For more information, call 800-582-4673 or visit www.moodygardens.org.

Happy Birthdays to Diana Rasmussen, Genevieve Bacak McGarvey, JaRue Mansfield, Danny Tamez, Sharon Tipton, Kurt Barousse, John Thoma, Lisa Carnes, Ellie Peters.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to divascenes@aol.com or call 409-744-6540.

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