FALL SEASON

2017

Oct. & Early November

 

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS

Oct. 1 - 21 - Dallas

www.bigtex.com

 

TEXAS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Every Weekend in Oct. - Plantersville

www.texrenfest.com

 

HOTEL GALVEZ GHOST TOUR & DINNER

Every Weekend in Oct. - Galveston

www.galveston.com/galvez

 

FRIGHTTOBER

Every Weekend in Oct. - Mt. Pleasant

www.mtpleasanttx.com

 

SANDCASTLE DAYS

South Padre Island

http://sandcastledays.com

 

ROCKPORT SEAFAIR

 Rockport

www.rockportseafair.com

 

SPI BIKEFEST

Oct. 11 - 14

www.spibikefest.com

 

AUSTIN CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL

Oct. 12-14 - Austin

www.aclfestival.com

 

WILD WILD WEST STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL

Oct. 13-14, Troup

www.fourwindsfaire.com

 

TYLER ROSE FESTIVAL

Oct. 18 - 21

www.texasrosefestival.net

 

SCARECROW FESTIVAL & AUTUMN FAIR

Oct. 16 - Nov. 10 - Orange

www.shangrilagardens.org

 

CALHOUN COUNTY FAIR

Oct. 16 - 20 - Port Lavaca

www.calcofair.org

 

BORDER ZONE INTERNATIONAL UFO FESTIVAL - Presidio

Oct. 19-20

www.cityofpresidio.com

 

MONARCH EXTRAVAGANZA

Oct. 19 - 20

www.riobravonaturecenter.org

 

MISSIONS TOUR GOLIAD BIKE RIDE

Oct. 20 - Goliad

www.goliadcc.org

 

PIRATE DAYS OF TEXAS FESTIVAL

Oct. 20 - 21

www.piratedays.org

 

CHUCK WAGON COOK-OFF & HERITAGE DAYS CELEBRATION

Oct. 19 - 21 - Llano

www.llanochuckwagonookoff.com

 

CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS JAZZ FESTIVAL

Oct. 19 - 21, Corpus Christi

www.texasjazz-fest.org

 

HARVEST MOON REGATTA SAILBOAT RACE - GALVESTON/PORT ARANSAS

OCT. 25 - 28

www.harvestmoonregatta.com

 

RED STEAGALL COWBOY GATHERING &

WESTERN SWING FESTIVAL

Oct. 26 - 28

www.redsteagallcowboygathering.com

 

OLD TOWN FESTIVAL

Oct. 27 - Port Aransas Museum

361-749-4158

 

WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIR SHOW

Oct. 27 - 28 - Houston

www.wingsoverhouston.com

 

TEXAS BOOK FESTIVAL

Oct. 27-28 - Austin

www.texasbookfestival.org

 

HALLOWEEN NIGHT TOURS OF FORT CONCHO

Oct. 29 -30 - San Angelo

www.fortconcho.com

 

HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL

Oct. 31, Bastrop

Historic Downtown Bastrop boasts one of the top Halloween Festivals in the country.

www.bastropdba.com/halloween.html

 

WURSTFEST

Nov. 2 - 11, New Braunfels

www.wurstfest.com

info@wurstfest.com

 

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SHRIMP COOKOFF

Nov. 3, Port Isabel

Now over 19 years of fine shrimp cook-off competition makes this one of the tastiest food festivals in the state.

portisabel.org/chamber/?page_id=53

 

24th ANNUAL HERITAGE SYRUP FESTIVAL

Nov. 10 - Henderson

www.visithendersontx.com

 

FEEDING THE FRONTIER

Nov. 17, Montgomery

Step back into the 1800's and enjoy the historical reenactments and cultural festivities of the birthplace of the Texas flag.

www.montgomerycountyfoodbank.com

 

EVENTS FROM 2011

 

November through March - Mission Shippers, Inc. - Texas Citrus Tours/Rio Grande Valley

Tours are given from November through March on Tuesdays and Thursdays

at 10:30 am lasting 45 min. to an hour. Tour guide discusses history,

packaging and shipping of Valley citrus.

Book tours in advance at 956-581-0076. (10 people max.)

 

Nov. 19 - King Ranch Cowboy Breakfast -

Local volunteers will be serving up heaping plates of eggs, refried beans, biscuit's 'n gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice.Team roping, horseshoeing, rawhide braiding, and old-time cow camp cooking demonstrations will be part of the morning's activities, along with cowboy poetry, storytelling, and musical entertainment. Come join us for a taste of the cowboy life.7 - 11 a.m. Tickets: ages 4 and up $6.00 – ages 3 and under FREE!

 

Nov. 21 - Jan. 1 - Holiday Village - Brownsville

Open until 10:00pm Week Nights-11:00pm Friday & Saturday

Come stroll through Dean Porter Park and view a village of adorable little cottages completely decorated inside and out for the holidays. Admission is FREE and the memories are priceless. True family holiday entertainment.

 

Nov. 25 - Jan. 1 - Eisbahn - Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg’s Eisbahn (ice rink in German) has become a winter tradition for Fredericksburg families and thousands of visitors as well. Come enjoy outdoor ice skating on real ice in the Texas Hill Country! We use special refrigeration units to keep the ice frozen even when the weather is warm outside. So “Y’all come” and enjoy making memories at Eisbahn!

For Hours of operation: http://www.skateinfred.com/

 

Nov. 25 -26 & Dec. 2 - 3 - Dickens on Main - Boerne

The annual two weekend celebration is filled with food, festivities, stage & street performers, Santa Claus, late night shopping in our downtown Historic District, carriage rides, and fun for all ages.

 

Nov. 26 - Dec. 3,10,17 - Lamplight Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Johnson - Johnson City

In conjunction with the Johnson City Community`s celebration of "Lights Spectacular", the LBJ Boyhood Home will be open for lamplight tours each Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17. National park rangers will provide tours of this historic house and explain life in Johnson City before rural electrification

 

Nov. - Dec. & Holiday Events 2011

 

November through March - Mission Shippers, Inc. - Texas Citrus Tours/Rio Grande Valley

Tours are given from November through March on Tuesdays and Thursdays

at 10:30 am lasting 45 min. to an hour. Tour guide discusses history,

packaging and shipping of Valley citrus.

Book tours in advance at 956-581-0076. (10 people max.)

 

December through February - Brown Bag Lecture Series/Rockport

Texas Maritime Museum 361 729-1271 1202 Navigation Circle Rockport, Texas 78382

Brown Bag Lecture Series - Free to the Public Noon - 1 pm Jeff Noel: Stories from the Shrimp Boat

 

Nov. 19 - King Ranch Cowboy Breakfast -

Local volunteers will be serving up heaping plates of eggs, refried beans, biscuit's 'n gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and juice.Team roping, horseshoeing, rawhide braiding, and old-time cow camp cooking demonstrations will be part of the morning's activities, along with cowboy poetry, storytelling, and musical entertainment. Come join us for a taste of the cowboy life.7 - 11 a.m. Tickets: ages 4 and up $6.00 – ages 3 and under FREE!

 

Nov. 21 - Jan. 1 - Holiday Village - Brownsville

Open until 10:00pm Week Nights-11:00pm Friday & Saturday

Come stroll through Dean Porter Park and view a village of adorable little cottages completely decorated inside and out for the holidays. Admission is FREE and the memories are priceless. True family holiday entertainment.

 

Nov. 25 - Jan. 1 - Eisbahn - Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg’s Eisbahn (ice rink in German) has become a winter tradition for Fredericksburg families and thousands of visitors as well. Come enjoy outdoor ice skating on real ice in the Texas Hill Country! We use special refrigeration units to keep the ice frozen even when the weather is warm outside. So “Y’all come” and enjoy making memories at Eisbahn!

For Hours of operation: http://www.skateinfred.com/

 

Nov. 25 -26 & Dec. 2 - 3 - Dickens on Main - Boerne

The annual two weekend celebration is filled with food, festivities, stage & street performers, Santa Claus, late night shopping in our downtown Historic District, carriage rides, and fun for all ages.

 

Nov. 26 - Dec. 3,10,17 - Lamplight Tours of the Boyhood Home of President Johnson - Johnson City

In conjunction with the Johnson City Community`s celebration of "Lights Spectacular", the LBJ Boyhood Home will be open for lamplight tours each Saturday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on November 26, December 3, December 10, and December 17. National park rangers will provide tours of this historic house and explain life in Johnson City before rural electrification

 

Dec. 1 - Dec. 31 - Festival of Lights - Galveston

Enjoy more than 1 million lights within 100 sound-enhanced animated light displays and nightly live entertainment. In addition, you can skate around on the area’s only outdoor ice skating rink, take pictures with Santa or watch holiday films in the MG 3D, 4D Special FX or Ridefilm theaters.

 

Dec. 1 - Dec. 18 - Ford Holiday Boat Caroling - San Antonio River Walk

Joyous caroling fills the evening air along the San Antonio River Walk as more than 185 school, church, company, and civic choral groups ring in the holidays by singing traditional carols on cruising boats. The eclectic mix of participants includes bell choirs, folk groups, and Latino ensembles. Join visitors from around the world in impromptu sing-a-longs from the patios of River Walk restaurants. Takes place 630pm-930pm November 26th-December 18th. Viewing is free to the public.

 

Dec. 1 - Festival of Lights Nighttime Christmas Parade

www.portlavacatx.org

 

Dec. 1 - Jan. 1 - Texas Hill Country Regional Christmas Lighting Trail

Tour the beautiful Christmas lighted communities of Bandera, Blanco, Boerne, Burnet, Dripping Springs, Fredericksburg, Johnson City, Kerrville, Llano, Marble Falls, New Braunfels and Wimberly

For a map of the region: http://www.tex-fest.com/regional/index.htm

 

Dec. 1 - 4, 8 -11, 15-18, 22-24 & New Years - Rail of Lights Christmas Train - Jefferson

unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about the “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”. Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

 

Dec. 2 - 3 - Candlelight Posada - McAllen

Christmas entertainment both evenings, food booths, luminaries, twinkling lights, caroling, traditional Mexican Posada, parade and live nativity all in beautiful Archer Park.

 

Dec. 2 -  Mid-Valley Christmas Parade - Weslaco

 

Dec. 2 -  Dec. 24 - Heritage Holiday Starbright Village - Odessa

Enjoy the holiday season at Odessa's McKinney Park

 

Dec. 3 - 4 - Dickens on The Strand - Galveston

The 38th Annual Dickens on The Strand, a holiday festival, where bobbies, Beefeaters and the Queen herself will be on hand to recreate the Victorian London of Charles Dickens. Characters from Dickens novels walk the street. Food and entertainment fill the area with sights and smells that take you back to another era.

 

Dec. 3 - 30th Annual Harbor Lights Festival - Corpus Christi

The Harbor Lights Festival rings in the beginning of the holiday season by converting the beautiful bayfront marina area into a Fairy Tale Holiday. This fun filled event for residents and visitors of all ages is known as a "must attend" family event that begins with a Children’s parade and followed by stage entertainment and enjoyable family activities throughout the evening. The fun and festivity vineyard continues to grow each year and provides the setting for wonderful sights and variety of vendors, featuring great food and holiday items. The Lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with the Christmas parade to follow for a full schedule: http://www.harborlightsfestival.org/schedule.html

 

Dec. 3 - Caroler’s Afloat & Boat Lighting Parade/ Port Aransas

Mariners are encouraged to decorate their vessel and join the parade, while those without a seaworthy vessel are encouraged to jump aboard one of the boats provided by Queensline or Fisherman’s Wharf and cruise the marina while singing Christmas carols. The Parade is set to begin Dec. 3rd at 6:45 at the Port Aransas Marina.

 

Dec. 3 - Christmas at the Mission - Goliad

Experience the sights and sounds of the holiday season at Mission Espiritu Santo, Goliad State Park! Under the direction of Dr. James Lee, the Beeville Community Chorus will present a selection of sacred and secular Christmas music inside the old mission chapel. Flickering candlelight, phenomenal acoustics, and voices raised in song create a visual and auditory Christmas experience like no other.

 

Dec. 3 - Night of Lights/ Edinburg

www.edinburg.com

 

Dec. 3 - La Posada de Kingsville Parade of Lights / Kingsville

www.kingsvilletexas.com

 

Dec. 3 - Christmas Lighted Boat Parade/ Port Isabel

www.portisabel.org/boat-parade

 

Dec. 3 - Christmas in the Stockyards - Ft. Worth

www.stockyardsstation.com

 

Dec. 7 - Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service / Corpus Christi / USS Lexington

Come and honor the veterans of WWII aboard the magnificent USS Lexington.www.usslexington.com

 

Dec. 8 - Mid-Valley Christmas Parade/ Weslaco

6 p.m. on Texas Blvd. between 6th and Pike.

 

Dec. 9 - 10 - Candlelight at the Ranch - Lubbock

National Ranching Heritage Center brings in the holiday season Cowboy style. www.nhc.ttu.edu

 

Dec. 10 - Annual Christmas Boat Lane Parade/ Kemah

www.kemahboardwalk.com

 

Dec. 12 - 22 - Enchanted Holiday Forest/Port Aransas

The Enchanted Forest at the Civic Center, sponsored by The City of Port Aransas Parks & Recreation

Department will be open to the public from Monday, December 12th through Thursday, December 22nd.

 

Dec. 16 - Annual South Padre Island Christmas Parade

www.sopadre.com

 

New Year's Fireworks/South Padre Island

Bring in the new year with a beautiful bang on South Padre Island. Fireworks will light up the sky at midnight to ring in the New Year. Best viewing is Bayside between Marlin and Red Snapper Streets. Sponsored by the SPI convention and visitors bureau.

 

Oceanwaves New Year's Eve Square Dancing/Rockport

Paws & Taws Convention Center 361 729-2388 402 Fulton Beach Rd. Rockport, Texas 78382

Enjoy the festivities bringing in the New Year at this grand celebration! 8 p.m. to Midnight Advance Tickets $8 At the Door $10 Call: Lee McCormick 729-9390

 

New Years Eve in Luckenbach

Luckenbach New Years Eve Celebration with Randy Brown. Come join us for a fun night of dancing complete with Peach Champagne Toast, Breakfast Tacos and Black Eye Peas. Party Favors for everyone. New Years Eve tickets are limited so everyone gets a seat at a table. We will do our best to seat your entire party together.

 

Past 2010 & 2011 EVENTS

January 2010

 

Winter Community Health Fair/Mission

Sponsored by the Greater Mission Chamber of Commerce and the Mission Hospital at the Mission High School's Neuhaus Gym, this health fair is open to all local citizens and winter visitors. Over sixty health care providers will be available to provide free screening for cholesterol, diabetes, glucose, glaucoma, vision, blood pressure, scoliosis, and hearing, to offer immunizations for children, to give samples, and to offer information concerning podiatry, massage, oral hygiene, and the array of services that are available in various departments of the Mission Hospital.

 

Whiting Street Polar Bear Club `New Year's Day Dip/South Padre Island

11 a.m. swimmers registration, 12 noon `Polar Bear Dip' at Boomerang Billy's Beach.First 100 swimmers receive official membership card,Black eyed peas and group photo at Boomerang Deck following swim!  Must swim to qualify for membership!!!

 

South Padre Island Market Days

Arts and crafts, jewelry, trade show items, and specialty foods.  SPI Convention Centre. Exhibitors call 956-761-6746 to reserve space.

 

Rockport's 10th Annual Gospel Music Festival/Rockport

 Jan. 7-9 Rockport's 10th Annual Gospel Music Festival will be held January 7 thru January 9. Watch this site for more information!

 

Winter Texan Golf Classic/South Padre Island

 Jan. 11 /9 AM at the SPI Convention Centre. Doors open at 8 AM Must be 55+ and a visiting Winter Texan. One member from each foursome MUST be present to register. Each registered foursome will play one of the two days(Jan. 18/19). $140 per foursome ($35 pp)1- 800-SOPADRE

 

CATS/Corpus Christi

 Jan. 13th Broadway musical touring company

 

21st Annual Longest Causeway Run & Wellness Walk/Port Isabel

Sat. Jan. 15 10K Causeway Run begins at 8:15 Am, Walk begins at 8:20 AM. For more info call Port Isabel COC 943-2262.

 

16th Annual Garden Club Home Tours/Port Aransas

 Jan. 15th Call 361-749-5324 or 361-749-3532 for more information.

 

Casino Night/Fish Fry/Port Aransas

Jan. 22 Call 361-749-2208 for more information.

 

2nd Annual Baseball Scholarship Golf Tournament/Monte Cristo Golf Club

January 22nd at the Monte Cristo Golf Course and Country Club. 3 man scramble; 8:30 Shotgun start. All proceeds go toward the UTPA Baseball Scholarship Fund. Guest appearance by former Bronc and current Astros Pitching Coach, Jim Hickey. For more information call Head Baseball Coach Willie Gawlik at 381-2235.

 

Isle-Ditter Dog/South Padre Island

Sat. Jan. 22nd Old fashioned dog race, Canine Costume Contest, Canine Cake Walk, Picture Corner, Silent Auction. Bring your 4 legged friend and join the fun! Free t-shirts while they last! Call Laguna Madre Humane Society. 943-3888

 

Taste of The Island and Trade Show/South Padre Island

Jan.23 SPI Convention Centre. Island restaurants provide "tastes" of their cuisine.

Tickets $10 at Chamber office or at the door. Call South Padre Island Chamber for more information

 956-761-4412

 

A Celebration of Whooping Cranes & Other Birds

 Feb. 25-27 Annual 3-day birding festival features renowned speakers, boating and bus tours, nature and scenic cruises, workshops, concessions, and nature related arts & crafts show. Visit 'More Info'. 1-800-45-COAST

 

Winter Texan 8 Ball Championship/South Padre Island

Jan. 26-27 Valley wide amateur competition for Seniors 55 + Men & Women compete for cash

& trophies. SPI Convention Centre, 1-800-SOPADRE

 

South Padre Island 9 Ball Championship/South Padre Island

Jan. 28-30 Players from all over the US compete in this amateur billiards competition.

call 800-SOPADRE for info and registration.

 

Texas Citrus Fiesta/Parade of Oranges & Fair/ Mission

With over 66 years of tradition, the Fiesta ushers in each new year with pomp and elegance, fun and frivolity to celebrate the importance of the citrus industry in the Valley economy.  The Parade of Oranges, with numerous floats, bands, city and Fiesta dignitaries, attract thousands of spectators.

February 2010

 

Winter Texan Fiesta/Mission

This annual affair to honor Winter Texans will be held at La Lomita Plaza, downtown Mission, across for HEB, from 12:00 to 2:00 P.M. Free tickets will be made available by participating merchants. Winter Texans with tickets will enjoy great free entertainment, refreshments, prizes, and coupons from Mission merchants.

 

"SPICE"/Chili Expo/South Padre Island

Annual chili cook off now located at Louies Backyard. Free admission to the public 11am-4pm Chamber of Commerce, 600 Padre Blvd.For more info call  956-761-4412

 

Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair/Rockport

Feb. 5th  Rockport-Fulton High School Commons Area 729-5352 1803 Omohundro St.

World class potters from around the world will display their works for sale to the public.

 

CC Symphony Orchestra: An American Salute /Corpus Christi

 February 5th Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra: An American Salute - A Multi-Media Extravaganza!

 

B& S Kites "Fun Fly"/South Padre Island

Feb. 5th-6th Sat.-Sun. Come fly a kite, spend the day with friends  or just enjoy the view! Kite enthusiasts from around the country will descend on South Padre Island to fly for the kid in you! The "Flats" north of the Convention Centre is the event location. Call B&S Kites for more information 761-1248

 

Winter Texan Snowbird Extravaganza/South Padre Island

Feb. 7-8  Senior Citizen Lifestyle Expo  Entertainment, exhibits, & seminars South Padre Convention Centre.1-800-SOPADRE

 

8th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre Museum/Port Isabel

Feb. 11th Anniversary Fundraiser: Fiesta de Los Luces "Festival of Lights". Food, music, new exhibits,silent

auction, theatrical performance and some surprises. $50 per person 6:30 p.m. Call 956-943-7602 for tickets.

 

Rotary Winter Texan Fish Fry/South Padre Island

Feb 12th Join Big Band Phil & Friends for dancing while enjoying a fish lunch at Schlitterbahn Beach Water Park

11:30-2:30 p.m. Sponsored by the SPI/Port Isabel Rotary Club and The Town of South Padre. Benefitting the

Laguna Madre Schlorship Fund. 1-800-SOPADRE

 

Ocelot Conservation Festival

Presented by the Friends of Laguna Atascosa Refuge, Valley Morning Star and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Saturday, February 12, 2005 Marine Military Academy Memorial Center in Harlingen

9 am to 5 pm ~ Free Admission Live Ocelots ~ Children’s Crafts & Games ~ Silent Auction

Program & Nature Activities for Adults & ChildrenNote to Businesses: If you would like to donate items for the live auction,Please contact Jody Mays or Linda Laack at 748-3607

 

Laguna Madre Art League 27th ANNUAL ART SHOW AND SALE Saturday, February 12, 10 am to 5 pm

Sunday, February 13, 10 am to 4 pm Port Isabel Community Center Free Admission – Refreshments – Raffle Tickets for a Painting Call 943-4342 or 943-2397 For More Information

 

 

Coastal Bend Quilt and Needlework 8th Bi Annual Quilt Show /Corpus Christi

February  13 &14th More than 300 entries of quilts, wearable arts and needlework. We will have demonstrations of various techniques during the show. There will also be vendors from around the country as well as a kids’ corner, free workshop for quilt blocks for charity quilts. Volunteers will also help the public share the experience of sewing quilt blocks for charity quilts. There will also be a silent auction.

For additional Information please call Toni Lambert @ (361) 776-3028 tonil1@cable1.net

 

The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas"/Corpus Christi

February  15th The story of Miss Mona and her girls is both naughty and heartwarming and this rollicking Bradway musicial is filled with lots of laughs, good ol' country singing, dancin' cowboys and good innocent fun!Contact Call for tickets: 1-800-714-5331

 

12th Annual Stage Door Canteen/Corpus Christi

February 18th on the USS LEXINGTON at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m.

The upcoming show will commemorate the 61st anniversary of the commissioning of the USS Lexington CV-16. Local artists will offer the big band sounds of World War II and vocalists will perform songs of the era.Call 361-888-4873, Ext 216, for reservations and additional information

 

Winter Texan Adopt-a-Beach Clean Up/South Padre Island

Feb. 18th Edward Atwood King Park, County Access 5 at 9 a.m./8-8:45 registration, bags and gloves supplied.

Call 1-800-SOPADRE for info.

 

Ozark Jubilee/South Padre Island

Feb. 23 Variety Show from Branson, MO, 2 shows at SPI Convention Centre, call 956-761-3003 for ticket info.

 

SPI Market Days/South Padre Island

Feb. 25th-26th arts and crafts, jewelry, trade show items, and specialty foods. SPI Convention Centre.

 

Spring Fest/Weslaco

The Valley Nature Center in Weslaco will be having its first ever Spring Fest on February 23-27

 

March 2010

 

Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight"/Corpus Christi

 March 3rd Hal Holbrook's one-man tour-de-force, MARK TWAIN TONIGHT! is the ultimate merger of man and material. It only takes a few moments before the familiar actor disappears from the stage and the audience is left completely under the spell of his alter ego, Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain.

 tickets: 1-800-714-5331

 

Spring Break Jam & Car Show/South Padre Island

March 5th & 6th....For the Truly young at heart! South Padre Island Convention Centre. 10 am - 6pm Live music,

bikini contests...cash prizes! Car audio competition, hydrolic contest, golf cart wheelie races, games and door

prizes. Adult admission $10, children 12 and under free. 800-982-6848 for more info.

 

Dinner Lecture/Rockport

 March 14th The Lighthouse Inn at Aransas Bay  361 729-1271

Special dinner lecture by Dr. Jim Bruseth - Director of Archeology for the Texas Historical Commission and Project Manager for the excavation of LaSalle's ship LA Belle. Call the Texas Maritime Museum at 361 729-1271 for further information and reservations.

 

Texas Week/South Padre Island

March 14-18....Bigger than Mardi Gras! Students from all over Texas descend on SPI for fun in the sun!

 

South Padre EASTER Island Easter Egg Scramble

March 26 Starts promptly at 10 AM-1 PM. For kids 10 and under. Bring your basket and fill it with candy and toy filled eggs. Back lawn of the Visitors Center.956-761-6433.

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August 2011

AUG. 3 - 7 TIFT - South Padre Island

As many as 1500 anglers and 500 boats will converge in Port Isabel/South Padre Island, Texas to participate in the 72nd annual Texas International Fishing Tournament.Spectacular catches of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish will generate dockside excitement when the large offshore boats come in and speckled trout, redfish and flounder will be the prizes brought in by bay anglers. Last year's heaviest fish was a tournament record 670 pound blue marlin. www.tift.org

 

AUG. 5 - 7 /12 - 14 - Harvest Wine Trail - Fredericksburg

The harvest marks the end of the growing season and is the focus of seasonal celebrations. For the wineries it is the beginning of early mornings, long days and late nights…the busiest time of year. Come celebrate with us in the Texas Hill Country with the Harvest Wine Trail. You will find winemakers and owners in the fields, on tractors, in the winery, covered in purple juice as their labor of love has truly begun.

www.texaswinetrail.com

 

AUG. 1 - 13 Viva El Paso Outdoor Musical

 This annual musical celebrates El Paso's rich cultural history through dance, drama, narration and songs. The story begins with the early Indian settlement and takes through Spanish conquest, mestizo Mexican domination and the wild wild South-West (era domination by so-called cowboys, pioneers, or Anglos).www.viva-ep.org

 

AUG. 12 - 13

VPerseid Meteor Shower Party - Weslaco -

Catch a glimpse of the most prolific meteor shower of the year in the beautiful Bentsen - Rio Grande Valley State Park, reservations required. 956-584-9156

 

Now - Aug. 14

Texas Outdoor Musical Drama

Don't miss out on a classicTexas summer event. This high quality production tells the story of the greatest state in the union. The backdrop for the show is set in the beautiful Palo Duro Canyon. Definitely, a lifetime memory! www.texas-show.com

 

Aug. 20

Rio Grande Valley Sportsman's Expo - San Benito

The events consist of the Centennial Skeet Shoot-Out/Cook-Off/Alligator Gar Round-Up and Market Day at the San Benito Fairgrounds on FM 510. Pre registration for the event can be made by emailing zpadilla@cityofsanbenito.com or calling Zeke Padilla at 956-399-5321. On-site registration begins at 8 a.m. the day of the event. The first shot will be fired at 8:45 a.m. and no teams will be allowed after 10 a.m.

 

Now  - Sept. 30 Genghis Kahn Expedition

The Exhibition looks beyond the barbarian commonly pictured in the West and explores the brilliant adaptor and innovator who encouraged religious and artistic freedom within his empire. Assume the roles of Khan's family, join in on his conquests, enter tents and markets of a vanished world and watch Mongolian artisans perform traditional arts and crafts. View more than 200 artifacts including gold jewelry, silk robes, weaponry and mummies. The exhibition is set within images and recreations of the steppes, yurts, palaces and ancient cities from Genghis Khan's Mongolia

WWW.IRVINGARTSCENTER.COM

September 2011

 

Sept. 9 - 10 -  1st International SPI Fishing Tournament - South Padre Island

Inviting all fishermen to participate in this new Tournament Trail 2011! $50,000 in cash & prizes ($10,000 per Tournament, considering 50 boats) based at Sea Ranch Marina, South Padre Island.

2 tournaments left in Sept. and November. (See website for details). Fishermen are not required to participate in all events. Each event is prized individually. INFORMATION & REGISTRATION

US: Email: Info@sopadre.com, Attn: Lili/fishing ph.1-800-657-2373 Toll Free

Mexico: Email: pedro@apescar.net ph. 0180083119918 Toll Free

 

Sept. 15 - 18 - Hummer Bird Celebration - Rockport

Rockport-Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce, 361-729-6445 404 Broadway, Rockport, TX 78382

Visit their website for all the details! Informative, educational programming centering around the migrating hummingbirds and other birds. Held at ACISD School Complex.

 

Sept. 10 & 17 - Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza Open House - Lake Jackson

8:00 am to noon. Autumn is hummingbird season in Texas, as thousands of these tiny creatures move through the state on their southward migration to Mexico and Central America. Join us September 10th and 17th to see hummingbirds being banded, adopt a hummingbird, browse the Nature Store, walk the nature trails, or buy a plant to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.  Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

 

Sept. 16 - 25 - SPI Dive Week - South Padre Island

South Padre Island is celebrating the final mission of the Texas Clipper once again. Come join us September 16 thru 25th at the Sea Ranch Marina on South Padre Island for the 5th annual SPI DIVE WEEK. There will be contests, giveaways, FREE food and beer and of course lots and lots of great Diving.

 

Sept. 16 -18 - Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin

 In a city known for it's music this festival has become one of the major music festivals of the year, held annually in beautiful Zilker park. Bringing together some of the biggest names in music in all genres and introducing up and coming artists anxious to cut there teeth on the Austin music scene. Schedule: www.aclfestival.com

 

Sept. 17 - SPI Fiesta Triathlon - South Padre Island

500 meter bay swim/14 mile bike/5k run beginning at Louie's Backyard, SPI, Texas. For more event information click here.

 

Sept. 17 - First Panchanga in the Park - Port Isabel

Come and enjoy the fun while helping the community update it's parks. The fun includes; Best Tasting Chalupa Contest

Jalapeno Eating Contest, Grito Contest, Chalupa Games,Music Food Booths, Family Friendly,Free Admission! All proceeds benefit the upgrade of the Parks in Port Isabel.

 

Sept. 17 - 18 - West Fest and Cabrito Cookoff - Marathon

If you've never tried goat this would be the place to try it, come enjoy the Texas delicacy as cooks vie for top prize with cabrito (goat) specialties. Activities include washer pitching, team roping, softball, dance with live music.

 

Sept. 15 - 18 - 25th Anniversary of Grapefest - Grapevine

Festival goers will enjoy award-winning wines perfectly paired with culinary treats at the largest wine festival in the Southwest. This year, a special focus on Australian wines and culture livens up the action, while the festival’s trademark activities continue: People’s Choice Wine Tasting Classic – the largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation, Culinary Pavilion, GrapeFest Golf Classic, KidZone presented by Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine, GrapeStomp presented by Chrysler, six stages of live entertainment and much more! Check out their events schedule at

www.grapevinetexasusa.com/grapefest

 

Sept. 23 - 25 - Salute to Galveston Island Seafood Weekend - Galveston

special 3-day tribute to a Galveston Island culinary mainstay: Gulf Coast Seafood. Serving up a sneak peek with the Galveston Restaurant Association’s Epicurean Evening September 22nd, the “Salute to Galveston Island Seafood” weekend will continue Friday thru Sunday, September 23rd thru 25th, at participating restaurants throughout Galveston.

During this inaugural event, guests will enjoy special seafood dishes created specially for this weekend. More Info.

 

Sept. 23 - 24 - Celebration of Flight Festival - Port Aransas

This birding festival is held during the peak of raptor migration. Volunteers will be on hand to show and identify the migrating hawks. Hazel Bazemore County Park. www.visitcorpuschristitx.org 361/881-1888

 

Sept. 24 - Kemah Boardwalk Wine Festival - Kemah

This years event brings together vinters from California's Napa and Sonoma valleys and Texas vineyards to celebrate the  wine season. From great food events, wine cruises, and a grape stomp and even a sushi rolling class, it's the perfect spot to enjoy the Texas Coast and some great wine. Event calendar

 

 Sept. 24 - 25 Annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Cleanup - Statewide

Sponsored by the Texas General Land Office and The Shell Oil Company this series of organized Beach Cleanups take place all along the Texas Coast Line. Many local organizations and communities add local activities to the beach cleanup event each year. It's a great way to enjoy the beautiful Texas coastline, help the environment and keep our beaches clean for many generations to come. Go to texasadoptabeach.org for more information.

 

Sept. 24 - 25 - Old Pecan Street Festival - Austin

While the name of the festival is misleading this huge block party has been roaring every year since the late 80's, situated on the premiere party street in Austins downtown, bar and theatre district, 6th street. www.oldpecanstreetfestival.com

 

Sept. 26 - El Paseo Concert - South Padre Island

Featuring piano & flute virtuosos as Showcase Season opener. South Padre Island Convention Centre

7:30 pm $25 per person/$20 members For detals and tickets go to www.elpaseosouthpadre.com

Sponsored by the El Paseo Arts Foundation

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 23 - 125th Annual Texas State Fair - Dallas

The 277-acre Fair Grounds in Dallas come alive beginning Sept. 29 when the Texas State Fair kicks off for 24 straight days carrying on the tradition that first started in 1886. There are a lot of great fairs across the nation but there's only one Texas State Fair, one of our Top Pick attractions and a must-do event for the fall season.

www.bigtex.com

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 - Fredericksburg Oktoberfest- Fredericksburg

Just one of many Oktoberfest festivals set to take place in October throughout the Lone Star State. However, Fredericksburg is the Polka Captial of Texas and you could hardly find a more historically rich German community than this exquisite burg! Entrench yourself in the food and customs of Texas German fun! Check out the schedule of events at

www.OktoberfestInFbg.com

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 - Come and Take It! Festival - Gonzales

Join fellow Texas History Buffs and Gonzales locals who are proud of their Texas roots in celebrating the firing of the first shot of the Texas revolution on Oct. 2, 1835, which took place near Gonzales. This year we will celebrate the 175th anniversary of Texas independence! From parades, to historical tours and battle re-enactments there's something for everyone to enjoy during this three day festival. Click here for their events schedule.

 

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 - Walk for Women - South Padre Island

3 days of events supporting Breast Cancer Awareness! FRIDAY Louies Backyard /Live Auction with appetizers & live music 8-11pm FRIDAY Registration for Sammy Carasco Classic Bay Fishing Tournament 7-9pm

SATURDAY Sammy Carrasco Bay Fishing Tournament SUNDAY Walk For Women 8:30am Registration at Louies Backyard where walkers will board buses to South Padre Island Convention Centre for a 10am start. THEN you walk back to Louies! Call Mary Jo with questions 956-761-1124 For details on Fishing Tournament call Christi at 956-459-7079 or go to www.spiwalkforwomen.org

October 2011

Oct. 1 - 23 - State Fair of StateTexas - CityplaceDallas

This is a placeStateTexas tradition for over 100 years, one of the finest state fairs in the nation, with big name concert acts, the largest fair midway of any state fair and some of the best agricultural and fair displays in the nation. Bigtex.com

 

Oct. 7 - 9 Tex-Mex Festival on the Bay- Corpus Christi

This three day event will feature in-water and onshore entertainment right on the placePlaceNameCorpus Christi PlaceTypeBay front. Visitors will be able to watch exciting in-water events up-close like tri-hull powerboat racing off the seawall, paddleboard racing - the latest Corpus Christi craze, and the “Battle of the Badges”, an event which pits “hometown heroes” from the Corpus Christi Police, Fire and Coast Guard against each other in a series of fun-filled in-water competitions. Onshore a variety of South Texas Country and Tejano bands will perform on stage, beer booths, food booths and children's entertainment plus a BBQ and Chili Cook-Off, a classic and exotic car display, Baja racing trucks and shopping booths and vendors will keep families entertained for hours.

 

Oct. 12 - 16 - Latin Jazz Festival - placeCityBrownsville

This festival is recognized as the premier Latin Jazz Festival in StateTexas and one of the best of its kind in the placecountry-regionUSA. This five day event, includes concerts, clinics for up and coming talent, a street dance and theatre and concert events. Check their concert schedule: http://brolatinjazz.org/festival.html

 

Oct. 13 - 16 Roar by the Shore 2011 Bike Fest - PlaceNameplaceSouth PlaceNamePadre Island PlaceTypeConvention Center

This three day event brings music, bikes, beer, and bikers from all across the country-regionU.S. to the sunny shores of placeSouth Padre Island. A favorite of islanders is the annual bike parade. For detailed festival events check out their website: http://spibikefest.com/

 

Oct. 14 - 16 Sailing, Surfing & Painting in Port Aransas

The 25th annual Harvest Moon Regatta is set to sail into Port Aransas during none other than the “harvest moon!” The regatta sets sails from placeCityGalveston on Thursday, October 13 with more than 200 boats expected to arrive in Port Aransas beginning in the early dawn hours on Friday, October 14. Also during the Regatta the 4th annual Port Aransas Coastal Paint Out will find artists spotted all over town. The Port Aransas Old Town Festival will be held on Saturday, October 15 with the initial activity a longboard surfing contest at the beach. The 5th annual „Port A? Art About will take place on Saturday, October, 15 galleries and artists will open their studios to the public. To check for more details: www.portaransas.org

 

Oct. 15 - 16 - King of the Causeway 2 day Bike Race - placeSouth Padre Island

This new event for SPI Bike fest doesn't test horsepower but muscle power. This two day triathlon

and cycling event is sure to challenge the most capable athlete.

 

Oct. 18 - 23 -PlaceNameSand PlaceTypeCastle Days 2011- placeSouth Padre Island - Hilton Garden Inn

Now in its 24th year Sandcastle Days is one of South Padre Islands signature events, the event is filled with professional and amateur sand sculpting competitions and includes and evening event with music and sandcastles under the stars. The event has a new home this year on the pristine beachfront property of the Hilton Garden Inn, La Quinta Inn and Suites and Claytons Beach Resort Bar & Grill. Check out their full schedule of events: www.sandcastledays.com

 

Oct. 18 - 23 - Cowboy Mounted Shooting Assoc. World Finals - placeCityAmarillo

Now how fun would it be to watch these Cowboys get their cowboy on, a rare breed of shooters spar for the title of World Champion. www.cowboymountedshooting.com

 

Oct. 20 - 22 - placeBig Bend Star Party - Big Bend

The absolute best place on the planet to observe the night sky, and the best time of the year in placeBig Bend, it's a magical place you will never look at the night sky the same way again after this experience. davedarksky@mac.com

 

Oct. 20 - 22 - Island Oktoberfest - placeCityGalveston

placePlaceNameGalveston PlaceTypeIsland's premier fall event attracting over 15,000 "friends and neighbors" for this fun two day event. Featuring live and lively entertainment, great German-style food and libations, fun children's activities (including train rides!), a variety of booths featuring handcrafted gifts, arts & crafts, a live auction, Cake Wheel, and tempting treats from the Sweets booths.

http://www.galvestonoktoberfest.com/

 

Oct. 22 - placeCityFredericksburg Food & Wine Fest

The Fredericksburg Food and Wine Fest will be in its 21st year in 2011. Held in downtown placeCityFredericksburg, StateTexas, on Marktplatz (the 100 block of addressStreetWest Main Street). It is a full-course celebration of StateplaceTexas food, wine, music, specialty booths, food court, and fun for all.

http://www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com/

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! STAY SAFE! HAVE FUN!

 

Fredericksburg Food & Wine Festival

 Oct. 20- 22

Fredericksburg MarketPlatz

It is a full-course celebration of Texas food, wine, beer, music, specialty booths, food court and fun for all!

www.fbgfoodandwinefest.com

 

 

Places in the Heart: Texas Cinescapes

San Marcos/Texas State University

Exhibitions of filmmaking in Texas.

Now through July 3

thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu.

 

Dec. 1 - March 30th

Civil War Ranger Walks

History buff s enjoy these history walks in the Rio Grande Valley. Discover the history of the Valley and enjoy the warm outdoors!

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