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Festival Coordinator

Rod Foster

Location of Services

Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort
5600 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77551

First Service

7:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16


Total hotel tax 15%, state sales tax 8.25% and 6.75% local sales tax

The United Church of God will once again make use of Galveston Island to observe the Feast of Tabernacles. With 32 miles of beaches, abundant leisure activities for all ages, excellent restaurants, and Feast-favorable housing accommodations, every Feastgoer will enjoy Galveston and the family atmosphere it has to offer.

Daily services will be held in the beautiful Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort. Centrally positioned, the center combines unparalleled views of the Gulf of Mexico and first-class meeting facilities.

The island offers more than 32 family-friendly attractions. Recreational opportunities include the Pleasure Pier (an amusement park opened in 2012), Schlitterbahn Waterpark, Moody Gardens (part theme park, part educational and rehabilitative facility housing a 10-story rainforest, one of the world’s largest aquariums and an educational Discovery Museum) and the first 3D IMAX Theater in the country. Docked at Moody Gardens is the Colonel, a 650-passenger, 19th-century-style, triple deck sternwheeler that offers a unique view of the gardens and an enjoyable cruise.

Museums abound with the art deco Railroad Museum, the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig and Museum, the Lone Star Flight Museum and the Texas Seaport Museum, which features the 1877 tall ship Elissa on Pier 21. Galveston is also home to the 1894 Grand Opera House (the official opera house of Texas).

Everyone will want to stroll the Historic Strand Shopping District with shops, art galleries, and restaurants. The Great Storm, a multimedia presentation at the Pier 21 Theater, gives visitors a glimpse of the devastating 1900 storm through a multi-image documentary experience. The 27-minute story gives actual accounts from diaries and letters of survivors during and after the storm.

One of the most popular attractions is the Galveston Island Ferry, which is free.

Hotel and motel prices range from $30 and up, with many kitchen units and condominiums available. All are a short drive or walking distance to church services. There are also single/multi-family beach and bay house rentals available only slightly farther from the convention center where services will be held.

For those flying to the Feast, two major airports in the Houston area are conveniently located for an easy drive down to Galveston.

Temperatures should range from 68 to 80 degrees.

Location of Services: Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, 5600 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX 77551.

As information about the Feast Site is updated it will be posted here.

You can also sign up for Festival email updates!

Sabbath Services October 15, 2016

Sabbath services will be held at the Galveston Convention Center beginning at 2:00 PM on October 15. The meeting will be held in the Galleon Room on Level 1.

~~Greetings and welcome to the 2016 Feast of Tabernacles in Galveston Texas!

This year we will have Family Day held on 2 consecutive days.  We were able to get a 2-day pass to Moody Gardens for the price of 1, which is a GREAT deal!  To get discounted prices we are going to purchase tickets in advance. 

The details for the Moody Gardens Family Day activity are as follows:

Dates:          October 19th (Wednesday)  
                    October 20th (Thursday)

Times:          1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Costs:           $46.00 per person (Ages 3 and under free)

•        Rainforest Pyramid:  Rainforests of Asia, Africa and the Americas.
•        Discovery Pyramid:   Dinosaurs in Motion
•        3D Theatre Movies:   Secret Ocean, Tiny Giants, Wild Africa
•        4D Theatre Movie:    Ice Age
•        Nickelodeon SpongeBob Subpants Adventure
•        Colonel Paddleboat

Note:  The Aquarium Pyramid will not be open as it is still under renovation.
The website to the park is included so that you can check it out yourself.

Please note that the Ropes Course and Zip Line are not part of the 2-day package, but you do get a discount on those tickets with your 2-day pass should you want to go.   Due to seasonal schedules, the ropes course and zip line will only be open on weekends.

If you are interested in individual attractions only, and not the 2-day pass, please plan to make those purchases personally, as we are only pre-ordering the 2-day passes.

Deadline for ordering discounted tickets for Moody Gardens is September 30th, 2016.  

You can pay for & pick your tickets up:

Location:       Information Table

When:          Tuesday, October 18th (30 minutes before and after services)
                    Wednesday, October 19th (30 minutes before services)

Payment:      Cash only.  No credit cards, traveler’s checks, or personal checks please

Please respond to this email, , with your ticket reservations for the Moody Gardens 2-day pass. 

Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.


On Friday, Oct. 21st and Sunday from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, the Pleasure Pier Theme Park will be available at the group discount rate of $19.99 per person. $19.99 purchases a one day pass only. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Parking is free and you can bring in your own food and beverages if you like. Please, no alcoholic beverages or glass containers.

You may stop by the Information Table to pick up a flyer which you can present at the Pleasure Pier box office to get the $19.99 pricing,

Baymont Inn & Suites

(409) 744-3000

(409) 477-3021 fax

2826 63st Street

Galveston, TX 77551

$59        2-4 people

Features: h ,sf, l, hr, kq, ac, e, fw, cb, all rooms have microwave, refrigerator and balcony, 1 mile from site, 25 units available, rates available 3 nights before and after Feast


Beachcomer Inn

(409) 744-7133

(800) 733-1354 toll free

(409) 744-2049 fax


2825 61st Street

Galveston, TX 77551

$397.90        2-4 people, 2 beds or king,
            price for 8 nights includes tax

Features: h, r, sf, l, hr, op, kq, ac, fw, cb, 12 mile from site, mention “Church of God” when reserving, 8-night stay minimum, 23 units available


Casa del Mar Beachfront Suites

(409) 740-2431

(800) 392-1205 toll free

6102 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

$89            2 people, apartment

$5            extra person

Features: h, a, r, sf, l, wf, w, op heated, queen beds only, kq, ac, e, fw, cb, U18F, 0.4 miles from site, group code for reservations is 2571, all rooms have sleeper sofa, 40 units available, rates available 2 nights before and after Feast, maid service once during stay


Gaido’s Seaside Inn

(409) 762-9625

(409) 765-9285 fax

2825 61st Street

Galveston, TX, 77550

$49            Courtyard, 1-4 people

Features: h, r, sf, hr, op, kq, ac, fw, cb. Use code “Church of God” when making reservations. Must stay 8 nights to get rate, 50 rooms have been reserved. Hotel is located 1.3 miles from the Feast site. 


Hilton Galveston Island Resort

(877) 425-4753 toll free

5400 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

$119    2 people

Features: h, r, sf, l, hr, wf, w, op, kq, ac, e, fw, adjacent to site, fitness room, 10 units available


Holiday Inn Resort

(800) 465-4329 toll free

5002 Seawall Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

$109        2 people

Features: h, r, sf, l, hr, wf, w, op, kq, ac, e, fw, 0.4 miles from site, fitness center, tennis court, kids island, rainforest river ride, 10 units available


Islander East Resort

(409) 765-9301

(866) 900-9301 toll free

(409) 765-9716

415 East Beach Dr.

Galveston, TX 77550

$100    2 people, efficiency

$110    4 people, efficiency

$115    4 people, studio

$140    1 br, 1-4 people, condo

$160    2br, 1bath, 2-6 people, condo

$175        2br, 2bath, 2-6 people, apartment

$220    3br, 3bath, 2-8 people, condo

Features: a, l, wf, op, kq, ac, e, fw, or, n, 5.5 miles from site, 2 tennis courts, ocean-front on beach, some units have WiFi, WiFi in lobby, rates available 2 nights before and after Feast, 25 units available


Motel 6 (formally America’s Best Inn & Suites)

(409) 740-9000

(409) 740-9001 fax

6311 Central City Blvd

Galveston, TX 77551

$40-50        2-4 people

Features: h, r, sf, kq, ac, fw, U18F, most rooms have microwave and refrigerator, maid service only twice during stay, 20 units available, rates available 3 nights before and after Feast, 1 mile from site


Ryson Vacation Rentals

(409) 740-1600

2115 61st, Suite 101

Galveston, TX 77551

rates vary by house or condo

Features: h, a, sf, l, wf, kq, ac, fw, or, n, cb, 100 condos and homes in Galveston, group reservation code is “UCG” for 10 percent discount, cleaning fee included, ask about traveler’s insurance, rates available 2 nights before and after Feast, resercation fee is waived