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News Release
Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Spirit of Texas Will Be Strong at This Year’s Lone Star Rally on Galveston Island
The show will go on at the largest free four-day rally in the US with over 250,000 motorcycles anticipated to cross the causeway November 2nd through the 5th.

GALVESTON, Texas – The largest four-day motorcycle rally in North America is returning to Galveston for its 16th year in a row. The Lone Star Rally will begin on November 2nd and includes concerts, attractions, exhibits, and vendors throughout Galveston’s Downtown and Seawall Boulevard. This annual event brings more than $116 million dollars’ worth of economic impact to Galveston Island as visitors ride in from all over the United States.

Street Closures:

Lone Star Rally festivities will be concentrated in Galveston’s historic downtown and Seawall Boulevard. 

  • Seawall Boulevard will be subject to traffic closures from 19th Street to 25th Street, starting Wednesday, November 1st at 9 AM. Eastbound traffic will remain open during the Rally dates to both vehicles and motorcycles. Westbound traffic will be routed north down 19th Street to Avenue O, west to 25th Street, and south to Seawall Boulevard.
  • Downtown will have multiple event area road closures that will all begin the morning of Tuesday October 31st. Strand will be closed to east bound motorcycle traffic only from 18th Street to 25th Street. Mechanic will be closed for motorcycle parking from 25th Street to 18th Street. 24th Street, 23rd Street, 22nd Street, 21st Street, and 20th Street will be closed from Market to Harborside for vendors. All areas will reopen on the evening of Sunday, November 5th.

Economic Impact:

In 2016, Lone Star Rally contributed $115.6 million to Galveston’s economy, which includes creating and/or supporting 1,308 full-time job equivalents and provided $34.4 million in personal income. These impacts generated an additional $691,300 in local tax collections - $553,000 (80%) in Sales Tax revenues and $138,300 (20%) in Hotel & Occupancy Tax (HOT) revenues. You can view the economic impact study done by Angelou Economics here:

Impacts to City Services:

Beginning on Tuesday, October 31st, the Galveston Trolley will begin operating under a special event route designed specifically for the Lone Star Rally. The route will connect event goers from the downtown activities to the events and vendors on the Seawall with ease. Park once for the day and jump on a trolley to move about the Island. This is a great opportunity to secure that spot on the Gauntlet line without missing out on all the fun on the Seawall. Riders will be able to board the downtown trolley at each intersection along Postoffice between 25th Street and 21st Street. The downtown trolley will then take riders to the transfer station just before the heart of the event area on Ave O between 21st and 22nd Street. They can then transfer to the Seawall Trolley which will run from Stewart Beach to Moody Gardens along the Seawall Blvd. The trolley will run Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 10pm. Fares have been waived for the event so riding is free! You can view the map on

Also beginning Tuesday, Island Transit will move their operations to the outdoor terminal on 20th Street between Market and Postoffice. All other operations will remain the same for the fixed route services.

Both the Galveston Trolley and Island Transit will return to normal operations on Monday, November 6th.

Share the Road:

With over 250,000 motorcycles making their way to Galveston for rally, the Texas Department of Public Safety and all other agencies south of Beltway 8 with jurisdiction over Interstate 45 and State Highway 6 will be working together to ensure the safety of all motorist. Encouraging motorist to “Share the Road” with our visitors from all over the US, we’ve outlined a few tips below that will make the roads safer for everyone:

  • Always check your blind spots twice before merging or changing lanes.
  • Be extra cautious when passing and always use your signals.
  • Increase your following distance from motorcycles to allow yourself more time to react.
  • Increase your awareness at intersections and while passing busy driveways.
  • Use your cellular devices in hands-free mode only. Keep both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while your vehicle is in motion. Texting and driving is a citable offense in the State of Texas.

Unified Command Center:

Operated by the Galveston Police Department, the Unified Command Center will be located downtown to address public safety throughout the Lone Star Rally entertainment district. Illegal and unsafe conduct will not be tolerated. 

Overnight Camping and Parking:

Overnight camping is not permitted at any public beach except the Galveston Island State Park. The term "camping," as defined by the City's code and ordinances, includes any tent, lean-to, sleeping bag, blanket, vehicle, trailer, camper, or other means of shelter. Parking along Seawall Blvd. is also prohibited from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. every day. 

Seawall Paid Parking:

Visitors to the Seawall can use a mobile app, the internet, or a phone to pay for parking.  Cash payments are accepted at Island Bicycle (1808 Seawall Blvd), Ohana Surf and Skate (2814 Avenue R ½), and the 61st Street Fishing Pier (6101 Seawall Blvd). Parking transactions are transmitted real-time to reflect payment status to parking ambassadors. All parking payments are associated to a license plate and are non-transferable, eliminating the need to display a receipt on your vehicle’s dash, or to display a sticker or hangtag.

  • Fee:                                       $1 / hour, $8 / day, or $25 / annual pass
  • Operation:                          10:00AM – 6:00 PM, 7 days a week
  • Online Payment:     or download the app
  • Telephone:                         1-866-234-7275


Paid parking areas include the north and south sides of Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 69th Street and 81st to 103rd Street. The area between 69th and 81st Street is free of charge. Please note that parking is paid per license plate, not per parking space. Trailers require separate payment.

For More Information:

For more information on the Lone Star Rally, please visit their website at For questions not addressed online about motorcycle events, attractions, and activities, please call the Lone Star Rally office at (832) 437-2318.

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