WHOOPING CRANE FESTIVAL
Get your binoculars and checklists ready! The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the last naturally occurring population of endangered Whooping Cranes can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber
of Commerce celebrates this natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand birds. In addition, an awesome array of wintering migratory birds flock into the wetlands and onto the Texas shorelines of Mustang Island. A series of birding tours by
land and sea are highlights during the festival, along with speakers, photography workshops and more. Make your plans to attend the next Whooping Crane Festival, February 23-26, 2017. 2017
Texas SandFest is a greatly anticipated annual sand sculpture competition and festival. Each year more than 100,000 people attend this family-friendly event. Organized by local volunteers since 1997, master sculptors from around
the country and abroad, as well as children and amateurs, gather on the Port Aransas beach to create artistic, imaginative and skillful sand sculptures. The 3-day festival includes live music, food, jewelry, crafts, sand sculpting lessons and more. The event
is held on the beach near mile marker 11, between Sandcastle Drive and Access Road 1A in Port Aransas.
HARVEST MOON REGATTA
The Harvest Moon Regatta is the largest point-to-point sailboat race in the United States. The race begins in Galveston and ends in Port Aransas under the light of October’s magnificent full moon. Folks in Port Aransas can watch
the race fleet make their harbor finish from such great vantage points as the rock jetties at the South Jetty, Roberts Point Park and the Port Aransas beach.
ART FIESTA WEEKEND
A weekend of music and fun kicks off Friday evening with the annual Fiesta de Mayo dinner and fundraising auction at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Saturday and Sunday the annual ArtFest at Roberts Point park along the ship channel
offers a superb showcase of local paintings and creations to peruse or purchase.
Photo Courtesy: Hershall Spradley
OLDTOWN/PLYWOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL
Farley Boat Works,and Duckworks Boat Builder’s Supply team up every mid-October in Port ‘A’ to put on this grand event. This is your chance to see a selection of hand-built boats and to talk to the builders and designers. Try
your hand at rowing a variety of skiffs, enjoy boat building presentations, and build a boat yourself during the Family Boatbuilding event.
If you have a wooden boat, you might consider exhibiting it, and share your experience with others.
Photo Courtesy: Farley Boat Works / PAHPA
DEEP SEA ROUNDUP
The granddaddy of fishing tournaments, the Deep Sea Roundup began in 1932 as the Tarpon Roundup and has grown from a handful of Port Aransas fishing and hunting guides pitting their skills against one another, to the largest family
fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast. The Roundup attracts all ages and skill levels, with contestants competing annually in Offshore, Bay, Surf, Fly Fishing and Junior divisions, plus the treasured ‘Piggy Perch’ contest for the little guys and gals.
Photo Courtesy: Deep Sea Roundup