The people of Corpus Christi and Rockport/Fulton area know how to have a good time, and the variety of fun-filled events held throughout the year insures that there’s something for everyone. Experience the joys of being close to the ocean with the Rockport/Fulton Seafair, Aransas Pass’s Shrimporee, or Port Aransas’s Texas Sand Sculpture Festival. In Corpus Christi, enjoy live music and more at Buc Days and the Annual Jazz Festival. And for a bit of culture, stop by Rockport for the Rockport Food and Wine Festival and the Rockport Film Festival. Whether you’re looking for great food, live entertainment, or fun family-friendly activities, you’re sure to find it in this part of the Texas Coastal Bend. Here are a few of the larger annual events.
The Rockport-Fulton Seafair offers more than just great seafood and artisan booths. With star musicians, water sport demonstrations, a gumbo cook-off, a parade, and more, you’re guaranteed to have fun, Rockport style. The Seafair has been held every year for nearly forty years, and grows every year – so don’t miss out on the fun! The 2014 Seafair is set for October 10-12. For more information, visit the official website of the Rockport/Fulton Seafair.
BUC DAYS FESTIVAL
Every year, Corpus Christi holds a two to three week extravaganza at the end of April known as the Buc Days Festival. This pirate-themed celebration has live music, carnival rides, rodeo events, an illuminated night-time parade, clay pigeon shooting, Las Donas de la Corte’s Coronation Pageant, and more. Click here for more information.
ANNUAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
For more than fifty years, Corpus Christi has held a completely free jazz festival in October, making it the oldest free event of its kind in Texas. Held in October, The Annual Jazz Festival boasts fifty bands and more than forty booths with a variety of art and food. And since they also offer free parking and a shuttle service, there’s no excuse to miss the music! For more information, click here.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS STREET FESTIVAL
Corpus Christi embraces its Mexican heritage with a street festival celebrating La Dia de Los Muertos, complete with three stages of live music, a variety of vendors, crafts and games for kids, and a community altar open to anyone who wishes to add remembrances of loved ones lost. For more information, click here.
TEXAS SAND SCULPTURE FESTIVAL
Whether you’re an amateur sand sculptural or simply an admirer of this particular art form, the Texas Sand Sculpture Festival is a feast for the eyes. There are usually around eighteen master sculptures present each April, producing breathtaking sand sculptures on the beaches of Port Aransas and Mustang Island. Also, you can expect fun for the entire family, as the festival includes live music, food, and activities for kids. Click here for more information.
ROCKPORT FESTIVAL OF WINE AND FOOD
Every Memorial Day Weekend, the Rockport Festival of Wine and Food offers over 100 varieties of wine for you to taste, food vendors, live music, and fun demonstrations on pairing wine with food. All proceeds from this festival go to support the Texas Maritime Museum. Visit the festival’s website here.
ROCKPORT FILM FESTIVAL
In late October and early November, Rockport holds an annual independent film festival that showcases features, documentaries, animated films, short films, and student films. For more information, visit the Rockport Film Festival’s website.
The Shrimporee celebrates Aransas Pass’s tradition in the shrimping industry, is the largest shrimp festival in Texas. Held for three days over a weekend in June each year, the festival includes live entertainment and dancing, carnival rides, and the Miss Shrimporee Pagaent. Visit the Shrimporee’s website for more information.