Galveston Historical Foundation
Galveston Island Beach Revue

Galveston Island Revue Weekend

JUNE 6-8, 2025
Galveston’s Vintage Celebration of Summer – Presented by Joe Tramonte Realty & I Love The Island!

2024 TOP 10 L to R: Brittany Meehan (finalist), Frida Ruiz-Berman (finalist), Heather Vaughn (finalist), Aimee McBride (finalist), Sunshine Garza (finalist), Katrina Ross (1st), Nell Lukosavich (4th), Meredith Rose (5th), Chanel Kimbal (Crowd Favorite), Peggy Bea Darling (3rd), and Micaela Rosales (2nd).

Based on Island events from summer seasons past like the Pageant of Pulchritude and Splash Day, the Galveston Island Revue Weekend was resurrected into a contemporary, family-friendly event in 2009. Beach Revue history continues to grow each year through events, contestant participation, and attendance, and is officially the City of Galveston’s “Kickoff to Summer” event.

Dubbed the “Pageant of Pulchritude” by C.E. Barfield, the Galveston beauty contest began in the summer of 1920 and, from then on, marked the kick-off for tourist season each year. By 1928, the event (which had morphed into the “bathing girl revue”) had become so popular the Island’s population was said to have tripled during the event weekend. These Island pageants are said to have been the beginning of what we know today as the Miss Universe Pageant. The famed Galveston Bathing Beauties pageants ended in 1932 due in part to the Great Depression.

Today’s Revue Weekend features events Friday through Sunday, the highlight being the Bathing Beauties Contest. The contest itself has become a must-see event as locals and tourists of all ages vie for a glimpse at the vintage swimsuits, parasols, and of course the “world-famous” Bathing Beauties themselves. Be part of Beach Revue history yourself and join for the family-friendly fun!


PLEASE NOTE: No outside food or drinks. This includes no coolers or outside beer or alcohol per Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) laws. Pop-up tents are not allowed but blankets and chairs are encouraged! 


Galveston’s summertime celebration of the island’s vintage past returns June 6-8, 2025! This year’s event highlights numerous GHF properties for a weekend of classes, parties, contests, and more. Based on past island events from summer seasons, like the Pageant of Pulchritude and Splash Day, the Galveston Island Revue Weekend was resurrected into a contemporary event in 2009. Each year, contestants from around the United States vie for prizes, sashes, and more while the assembled crowds enjoy a weekend of retro fun.

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