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February Events & Attractions

Rockport Clay Expo-Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair

February 10 - 11, 2024


Rockport Clay Expo-Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair– February 10-11, 2024, Two-day pottery fair with over 20 potters, and clay demonstrations. Potters from the state of Texas will display their works. The Clay Expo will run Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm, at The Rockport Conference Center located at 106 S. Austin St.  For more information, contact Rockport Center for the Arts at 361-729-5519, or visit www.rockportartcenter.com. This event benefits Aransas County Council on Aging and the Meals on Wheels program.



LaMardi Gras

February 9-10, 2024


LaMardi Gras – February 9-10, 2024, Friday 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday 10 am – 11 pm, This festival features food, fun, entertainment, a parade, and more on Lamar Peninsula, benefitting the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. Freedom Raffle February 10 at 9 pm. For more information call 361-205-7037 or go to www.lamarvfd.com.

Parade: Saturday, 2/10/24, 11am, route is 1 mile starting from old fire station 224 Hagy Dr. to new station located at the corner of Bois d’ Arc & 12th Street. Entry is free. FMI text or call Eric Koenig at 512-729-4509, or Jeff Baergen at 361-557-0064.

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There's no better time to breathe in the salt air and take in the sunrise on the bay while enjoying some of the best fishing of the year in the state.

The Whooping Cranes are back!

From November to March over 500 Whooping Cranes call Aransas National Wildlife Refuge their home!

From Seafood to BBQ, from Mexican to Vietnamese, we have everything in between! Many local restaurants will even cook your catch of the day.

Around Town Community Events

Local Markets and More...



Rockport Downtown Farmers Market

Every 2nd Saturday of the month 9am – 5pm. Exhibits include locally grown produce, jams, jellies, and pickled items. There is often fresh baked bread, local honey, Hen fruit (fresh eggs), and freshly made goat soap. Buy fresh produce, cottage canned goods, and more at 105 S. Austin Street. For more information call

361-230-0414, or e-mail smiller467@gmail.com


Rockport Downtown Makers Market

Every 2nd Saturday of the month 9 am – 5 pm. Showcases a local outdoor market featuring handmade items from local artists and fun and unique home décor. Located at 302 S. Austin. If you are interested in selling homemade items at this event please contact rockportdailygrind@yahoo.com.


Rockport-Fulton Market Days

Rockport-Fulton Market Days – Every 3rd Friday-Sunday of the month 9 am – 4 pm. Live music is played throughout the weekend. Peruse over 100 vendors, over a dozen food trucks/food vendors, seating under the shade for 48 people and you can bring your pets! Come join the fun every third Saturday and Sunday of the month at the Festival grounds at Rockport Harbor, located at 100 Sea Breeze Drive. For more information, follow Rockport Fulton Market Days on Facebook or call 361-314-2226.


Austin Street Art Walk

Every second Saturday of each month, from 10 am – 7pm. Austin Street Art Walk is presented by Rockport Center for the Arts, in partnership with local galleries, restaurants, and businesses located along Austin St. (over 30 participating businesses) Art Walk is a free, alfresco, walkable experience featuring an ever-changing mix of participants representing various art mediums such as paintings, pottery, jewelry, photography, textiles, as well as live music, artist demonstrations, food and more. For more information follow us at

www.facebook.com/austinstreetartwalk


Second Saturday in the District

The Rockport District hosts Second Saturday every month with live music and special themes to enjoy along with Artwalk, Farmers Market, Makers Market. RCAD is an arts and humanities organization that sponsors historic restoration, museum creation, public artwork, including sculptures and murals, musical and transportation history events. FMI Jennifer Day, email - jdayrose@gmail.com or rockportculturalartsdistricts.com


Chocolate Crawl

Downtown Rockport - Get Chocolate WASTED in Downtown Rockport, on February 10, 2024"

Chocolate Treats @ Participating Downtown Merchants - Chocolate Craw Bingo for participants, specials from downtown merchants, door prizes and much more.




Local Events and Attractions


Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

Free Brown Bag Lecture:

February 20, 12pm -1pm - Learn how worms can transform your kitchen scraps into compost- Speaker: Frances Frizell, ASP Master Gardner, Compost Specialist.

Workshop:

February 24, - 9am - 12pm - Learn different techniques to propagate plants in this hands-on workshop. Limited to 20 participants. Must register in advance, fee $25.00 register and pay online at: https://aspmgstore.org/

AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, TX. Master Gardeners is a non-profit program of TX A&M Agrilife Extension Service. FMI https://txmg.org/aransas/, or call (361) 790-0103


The History Center for Aransas County

February 4, 2:00pm - Medicinal Herbs - Leslie Albrecht

February 18, 2:00pm - Health concerns during the Texas Republic - Joe Fox

Plant Exchange 2nd Saturday - 10am-12pm,

Hours of operation for the History Center: Monday and Friday 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday

1 pm - 4pm. 801 E. Cedar St. Rockport, TX.  | A Pathways Venue | For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit www.theachistorycenter.com


Rockport Center for the Arts

Upcoming Exhibitions:

January 9 - February 11, Ariana Heinzman - Stack, Loop, Shift

January 12 - March 10, Ansen Seale - Rising Tide, Shifting Sand: a chronicle of change in Texas

January 12 - March 17, Greg Reuter - Make the Dog Bark

Classes & Workshops:

February 1, Turn to Gelli with Susie Black

February 1, Paint the light, Not the Details! with Jean-Francois Amaud

February 2, Encaustic Hearts: An intro to Encaustic Collage with Kelly Schaub

February 7, Exploring Creativity with Sandy Fritz

February 9, Let's Paint a Pelican with Greta Watkins

February 17, The Art of Scrimshaw Workshop with Linda Karst Stone

February 23, Making Pots with Lids with Gene Mysorskui

February 24, Fundamentals of Acrylic Painting with Melissa Arthur

Culinary Arts:

February 18, Seafood Paella with Spanish Wine Pairing Featuring Luis Puron and Lucy Nye

Music at the ROCC

February 16, 7:30pm-9:00pm - Billy Ray Sheppard & The Heritage Big Band

Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) 204 South Austin Street. (361)729-5519

Rockport Conference Center (ROCC) 106 South Austin Street. (361)729-5519

https://www.rockportartcenter.com

Contact: Vanessa Ormsby at 361-729-5519 for more information


Rockport Country Club

Rockport Country Club is poised to offer its members a lifestyle not found anywhere in the Coastal Bend area. Member's offers include golf, dining, fitness, pool, and tennis. Private events are available for non-members. For membership questions, please call Chris DeLoach (361) 450-4393 or visit our website at www.rockportcc.com


Fulton Mansion State History

Second Saturdays Every Month at the Fulton Mansion - Games, Arts & Crafts. Fun for all ages!

February 20, 5:30pm-6:30pm - Parlor Chats - The Language of Victorian Courtship.

Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 4pm; Sunday 1pm - 4pm. Adult admission $7.00, Seniors $6.00, Military Veterans $6.00, children $4.00, children under 5 are free. The Fulton Mansion is located at 317 S. Fulton Beach Rd. Rockport, TX. Call ahead for the most up-to-date information: 361-729-0386 or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/visitfultonmansion


Texas Maritime Museum & Education Center

Lecture Series - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

February 5 - "1919 Hurricane" - Jim Moloney

February 12 - "Through New Guinea" - Wayne White

February 19 - "Shokaku by the Cavalla at the Battle of the Philippine Sea" - Mark Lardas

February 26 - "Taking the Tide" - John Jackson

Education Director -

February 1- 4pm - Odyssey Afterschool

February 6 - 4pm - Odyssey Afterschool

February 10 - Valentine's STEAM Day at TMM

February 23 - Home School Program: Edna Christian Academy

Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am - 4pm,

TMM Administration Office (white bldg., blue roof) - 361-729-1271

The Texas Maritime Museum is located at 1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit texasmaritimemuseum.org


Bay Education Center

Winter Texas Programs - 10:30am - 11:00am

February 2 - Nature Bookmarks

February 9 - Bay Walk w/TXMN

February 16 - Bird Feeders

February 23 - Bay Walk w/TXMN

Public Lecture Series - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

February 7 - Ocean Acidification

February 14 - Human-influenced stressors on Coral

February 21 - Shining Light on Harvest & Effort for the Recreational Flounder Gig fishery in Texas

Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am - 4 pm with “Science on a Sphere” presentations every day at 2 pm. 361-774-1785, 121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, TX 78382

https://www.facebook.com/BayEducationCenter/


Rockport Little Theatre

February 9-10, 16-18, 23-25, Friday and Saturday 7:00pm, Sunday Matinee 3:00pm - Calendar Girls

Acoustic Open Mic Night Thursdays at 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, Plug and Play, no Amp needed.

For tickets, show dates, or more information please call 361-450-1465. Located at 99 N. Austin St. Rockport, TX 78382. To purchase tickets or buy a brick as a fundraiser for the performing arts of Rockport Little Theatre: https://www.rockportlittletheatre.com


Rialto Theater - Aransas Pass

Open Mic every Tuesday 6:30pm - 10pm

Fridays: Karaoke - 7pm-10pm

Every Sunday - Open Blues Jam and Steve & Lulu's food truck will be serving fried catfish, fries, hush puppies and crepes.

Rialto Market Days (indoors) 10am - 3pm, 4th Saturday of every month

rialtotheater.org


Rockport Cultural Arts District

RCAD's six murals are an Instagrammer’s dream, celebrating the community’s wildlife and heritage as an Art Colony since 1948. One of 52 Cultural Districts in Texas, the Rockport District is host Second Saturday every month through December with live music and special themes to enjoy along with Artwalk. Farmers Market, and Market. RCAD is an arts and humanities organization that sponsors historic restoration, museum creation, public artwork, including sculptures and murals, musical and transportation history events, and literary publications about Regional Texas History, including book-signings, artists.  https://rockportculturalartsdistrict.com/


Rockport Railroad Depot Museum

The Rockport Cultural Arts District has restored and repurposed the historic Rockport, San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad Depot to a unique Railroad Museum. Come and enjoy the newly renovated Railroad Depot and ride the Passenger Train. The Museum is open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1pm - 4pm. The Passenger Train is available every Second Saturday in the District. https://www.facebook.com/RockportRailroadDepot/


Passport to the Past

Rockport Cultural Arts District has a new program called Passport to Aransas County's Rich and Vibrant History. Your adventure begins with 4 exciting venues to explore.

Visit The Fulton Mansion, Texas Maritime Museum, Rockport Railroad Depot, and the History Center for Aransas County. At each venue scan the QR Code and fill out your passport digitally and complete the challenge. Each of the participating venues offers a unique learning and exploring experience. After completing the challenge digitally at all 4 venue, you earn a prize! It is a fun and educational way to check out our community. https://passport2thepast.com/aransas-county-passport/


Aransas Pathway

Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. Are you looking to get out in nature while lending a helping hand? Aransas Pathways has volunteer opportunities! If you want to give back to a good cause, call 361-790-9496 to sign up! FMI on Aransas Pathways, visit www.aransaspathways.com


Fulton Schoolhouse Museum

Open every Saturday from 1 pm - 4 pm, with free tours! Come see what a one-room schoolhouse looked like! See a perfect replica of the Fulton Mansion and view interesting items that have been donated by Fulton residents. Located at 305 7th Street, Fulton, TX 78358


Rockport Beach

Texas' first Blue Wave Beach! Located at 210 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, TX 78382. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6 am - 11 pm and Friday-Saturday, 6 am - 11 pm. Beach passes for Rockport Beach are $10/Daily and $40/Yearly. No charge for walk-ins.


Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Center is open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Come hike a trail, fish off the pier or from your kayak, or drive the 16-mile auto tour. FMI, call 361-349-1181 or visit www.facebook.com/AransasNWR or www.fws.gov/refuge/aransas/.(Voted the #1 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers' Choice)


Goose Island State Park

Open 7 days a week from 8AM-10PM. Park Headquarters is staffed 7 days a week from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. Tent and RV camping available; reservations recommended. There is a 1,620 ft. fishing pier, Bayfront campsites, boat ramp, birding areas, hiking trail, and picnic area. While at Goose Island, be sure to visit one of the most famous live oaks in the world, the "Big Tree," estimated to be centuries old - In 1969 it was named the State Champion Coast Live Oak. For private events at Goose Island contact sara.rock@tpwd.texas.gov. For more information, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-islandhttps://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/, or call 361-729-2858.


The Woman's Club of Aransas County

Open Monday and Friday 12:30 pm - 4 pm. No food or drinks. Play canasta, mah-jongg, and party bridge.

Game Night - First -3rd-4th and 5th Wednesday at 6pm - 9pm. 1104 E. Concho, Rockport, (Across from the Chamber of Commerce near the Rockport Harbor) Members $4 | Non-members $5. FMI: 361-557-1150 or visit https://www.wcofaransas.org


Pickleball

Rockport-Fulton High School tennis courts open to the public. No charge. Each court can have 4 players. *courts are available . First come - first serve basis. Just bring your own equipment. For more information contact Molly Jackson McConville 361- 463 -6328 or email: mollyjmcconville@gmail.com


Rockport - Fulton Community Pool

February 17 - Doggie Dunk- Bring your furry pals for a splash party at the Rockport Fulton Community Pool. Small Dog Splash Party: 10am - 11:30am, Large Dog Splash Party: 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Admission: $5 per dog / $1 per person without a dog.

February 14, "Will you BE My Swimming-time? Bring your Valentine of special friend to the pool and show us your Hand Heart at the admission window to enjoy a Valentine Bogo admission!

Pool Hours: Open Swim - Splash Pool, 8am - 7pm, Tuesday - Saturday.

Open Swim - Competition Pool, 11am - 7pm, Tuesday - Saturday

Classes include Water Aerobics, Water Walking, and Lap Swim. Located at 2001 Stadium Dr. The park houses an 8 lane, 25-yard pool (heated to 86 degrees) and diving area, a bathhouse, towel warmer, and swimsuit dryer. The park also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. FMI:  pool2@cityofrockport.com  | 361-727-9989 |  www.cityofrockport.com


Rockport Yacht Club

Located at Rockport Yacht Club, 722 Navigation Circle, Rockport, Texas 78382. FMI: (361)729-3115 or http://www.rockportyachtclub.org/Home_Page.php


Memorial Park

February 17 - Doggie Dunk- Bring your furry pals for a splash party at the Rockport Fulton Community Pool. Small Dog Splash Party: 10am - 11:30am, Large Dog Splash Party: 11:30am - 1:00pm.

Admission: $5 per dog / $1 per person without a dog.

Check out the Disc golf course intertwining among the oak trees. Memorial Park is located at 1601 FM 2165 (Pearl St.) in Rockport. The park includes a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park. Consisting of more than 100 acres, the Park includes 1.65 miles of Hike and Bike trails and a 3/4-mile nature trail with interpretive signs, and rest benches. Soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball/softball fields, off-leash dog parks, playscapes and fitness stations, birding sites, and picnic facilities serve a wide variety of interests throughout the year. FMI: parks3@cityofrockport.com or www.cityofrockport.com,  361-727-2158.


Lighted Night Kayaking

Trips leave at 8 pm and 10 pm. More info can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445.


Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions

Group boat tours are available. Information on Dolphins and birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445.


Aransas Pass Aquatic Center

In neighboring Aransas Pass: 3 pools, 3 slides. Free Parking. Happy Hour every day (except closed day - Tuesday) is only $2 - 4:30 to close. Monday family night 7 pm - 9 pm - $3. FMI: 361-758-777-0400 E Johnson Ave, Aransas Pass TX.


Fulton Convention Center

February 8th, Odyssey- Purse Bingo

February 19th, ACMSI Public Health Fair

February 24th, Sportsman's Gun Bingo







Looking for more fun? Check out our list of 100 Things to Do!

Accolades

For six years, Rockport has been named in the top 5 for Best Small Coastal Town by USA Today 10 Best Readers'
Rockport Beach was selected by USA Today 10 Best Reader's Choice Award as the Best Beach in Texas, rating #1 in the state!
Rockport-Fulton ranks among the top of the charts at #6 with Texas Top 40 Travel Destinations.

Join The Outdoor Fun In Rockport-Fulton, Texas!

Aransas County is known for its eco-tourism. The fishing is phenomenal. This area is known among anglers for its hearty speckled trout and redfish, among the wide variety of saltwater catches waiting in the waters.
Fishing guides, public piers, and marinas are readily available. With an array of kayak sites, everyone can enjoy and take part. With miles of seascape, there is ample opportunity to enjoy our beautiful coast!
Our phenomenal birding environment boasts over 400 different species that can be spotted in local marshes, wooded inland areas, and along the sandy beaches. 
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