January Events & Attractions

Rockport Gospel Music Festival
January 7-8, 2023

Join us for this free annual event that is sponsored by Rockport's Gospel Force that celebrates southern gospel music and togetherness.

Featured artists include, The Nelons, The Kinsmen, The McNeils, Crimson River and more. FMI www.gospelforce.org/festival or Gary Howard at (361)205-2789, email grhoward@76@gmail.com

Winter Texan Appreciation Day
January 19, 2023

All Winter Texan are invited to the 5th Annual Winter Texan Appreciation Day, 10am to 2pm, Thursday, January 19 at the Fulton Convention Center on Fulton Harbor in Downtown Fulton, Texas. 402 N Fulton Beach Road.

Winter Texan Day is a fun-filled day of live music, bingo, games, karaoke, food, information booths, presentations and so much more!
visit www.rockport-fulton.org or call (361)729-6445

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

From November to March over 500 Whooping Cranes
call Aransas National Wildlife Refuge their
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, January 14, 9am -5pm, A great place to buy locally grown produce as well as jams, jellies, & pickled produce. There will often be fresh-baked bread, local honey, eggs, and locally raised beef. Located in the parking lot at 105 S. Austin St., Rockport, Texas every 2nd Saturday of the month. The contact email for anyone interested in being a vendor is smiier467@gmail.com

Rockport Downtown Makers Market, January 14, 9 am - 5 pm, A local outdoor market featuring locally made items such as art, pottery, photography, handcrafted items, and more! Located in the Daily Grind Courtyard at 302 S. Austin St., Rockport, Texas. If you are interested in selling at this event please contact, Michell Mock-McMahon by emailing her at rockportdailygrind@yahoo.com. FMI:https://fb.me/e/1HfICaMp5  

Rockport-Fulton Market Days, January 20 -22, 9 am - 4 pm, COME JOIN THE FUN at Rockport-Fulton Market Days, the best market in SOUTH TEXAS! We offer over 150 amazing Vendors, awesome food trucks & alcohol, a 1600 square foot tent with LIVE MUSIC, seating, pet friendly environment & free face painting for the kids! Located on the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze, Rockport, Texas! Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 9 am - 4 pm, no fee - open to the public! Every third weekend of the month! FMI, go to ACMTexas.com & follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rockportmarket | 361-463-0125. 

Texas Winter Market 1, January 14-15, 9am - 5pm Saturday , 10am- 4pm Sunday, Come shop at the 12th annual Texas Winter Market 1 coming to the Aransas Pass Civic Center Civic Center (700 w wheeler, Aransas Pass Tx) Our vendor will bring the best in clothing, jewelry, gifts, home décor, accessories, gourmet food and much more! Admission is $5.00 or $4.00 with your non-perishable food donation to the food pantry. admission is good for both days and kids 12 under are FREE. For more information call 888-228-3427.

Find Yourself on the Rockport-Fulton Foodie Trail
Click on the link, view the videos and make your way to experience unique coastal cuisine in the Rockport-Fulton area. 

Local Events and Attractions

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service
Brown Bags are held monthly, the 3rd Tuesday of each month(except December)
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
January 14, 2023, at 10am. Opens at the History Center "Quilting in the New Normal" The Piecemakers-by-the-Bay and the Friends of the History Center will present a show. Coffee and pastries will be served at the opening. Mimi Braniff will present a traditional Bed Turning program where Quilts will be shown with patterns and stitching described. The main galleries at the History will be filled with needlework from guild members and Fourth Graders from Sacred Heart School.
January 29th, after 2pm, International Fabric in today's Quilts by Mimi Braniff.
Hours of operation for the History Center: Monday and Friday 10 am - 2 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1 pm 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
Music Series at the ROCC
January 13, 2023 - 7:30pm. Official Texas State Musician Sara Hickman has been recording, performing and touring since 1988. Sara and her band #5 Machine will perform at the ROCC. VIP $50.00, GA $25.00
Culinary Classes at the ROCC
January 22, 2023 - 6pm to 8pm, 3 Mother Sauces Demo with Tony Legner
Tony will demonstrate how to make a Bachamel/Veloute (white sauce), A Epagonole (Brown Sauce), and Hollandaise sauce, From these three we will expand into other combination. $70 for members, $90 for non-members.
New operating hours for galleries and gift shop: Tuesday - Saturday from 10am - 5pm, Sunday from 12pm - 4pm. Admission is free.
.Rockport Conference Center (ROCC) 106 South Austin Street. (361)729-2780, https://www.rockportartcenter.com/silver-meltdown
Contact : Brooke Bruni at 361-450-8022 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
Hours of operation for Fulton Mansion: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm. 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
Join us for TMM's Annual Lecture Series every Monday from 12pm to 1:00pm. Featuring fourteen weeks of exciting and educational presentations by esteemed individuals in their career fields. This is our longest-running and highly attended FREE program at the TEXAS Maritime Museum.
January 9th, at 12pm - Pam Stranahan: Forgotten Ports of Copano Bay
January 16th, at 12pm - Bruce Blalock: A trip through the Katy railroad's heritage in Central Texas
January 23rd, at 12pm - Wade Dillon : Velasco at the time of the Revolution
January 30th, at 12pm - Wayne White: Three Winter at the South Pole(with book signing)J
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
Rockport Bay Talks 2023
January 4 - TBD
January 11 - 2pm to 3pm, Whooping Cranes
January 18 - 2pm to 3pm, Coastal Resiliency
January 25 - 2pm-3pm, Oyster Restoration & Carbon Sequestration
Free Winter Texan Programs/*Limited to the first 12 Adults*
January 6 - 10:30am - 11:15am, Bay Walk
January 12 - 10:30am - 11:15am, Fish Printing
January 20 - 10:30am - 11:15am, Bay Walk
January 27 - 10:30am - 11:15am, Plankton
The Estuary Exhibit Hall is now open 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

Rockport Little Theatre
January 6th, at 7pm - Helen Russell & Company, "Little Bit Country.. A Little Bit Rock & Roll"
Award winning live music show featuring audience participation * Impersonation Comedy *Veterans Tribute * and More!! Tickets $20.00 at the door or at rockportlittletheater.com
January - 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 361-230-2660. 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
Open Mic every Tuesday 6:30pm - 10pm
Every Wednesday - Starting January 4th, Happy Hour 5-7pm then open Mic Jam 7-10 pm
Every Sunday - Starting January 8th, Open Blues Jam and Steve & LuLu's food truck will be serving fried catfish, fries, hush puppies and crepes.
January 28th - 7pm-8pm Minnesota Al will be performing
January 28th - Rialto Market Days (indoors) 10am - 3pm, 4th Saturday of every month

Rockport Cultural Arts District
RCAD's four murals are an Instagrammer’s dream, celebrating the community’s wildlife and heritage as an Art Colony since 1948. Come enjoy the newly renovated Rockport Railroad Depot museum, open every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. One of 51 Cultural Districts in Texas, the Rockport District 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 presentations, and Symposium. Discover more about the galleries, shops, restaurants, food trucks, and cultural institutions in the District at https://rockportculturalartsdistrict.com/

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 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
All programs are free with park entrance ($5/person, children 12 & under are free) or with a Texas State Park Annual Pass. Events are posted to the park website: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island/park_events and to our Facebook page.
Open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM. 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 - Frist -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

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
Pool Hours: New Winter Hours - Sunday & Monday Closed, Tuesday & Thursday 8am - 7pm, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 8am - 5:30pm.
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
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 Dolphin 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: 361-758-7770400 E Johnson Ave, Aransas Pass TX.

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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.
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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