March Events & Attractions
41st Annual Fulton Oysterfest

When: March 5-8
Each year the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department and the Town of Fulton sponsor Oysterfest, a salute to the tasty bi-valve found in our local waters. Oysterfest features carnival rides, games, food, and oyster eating contest, live music, unique vendor booths and most of all - FUN!
32nd Annual Whooping Crane Strut

When: March 7
We're headed back to the beach as the Whooping Crane Strut celebrates its 32nd anniversary at Rockport Beach Park. The event includes a 2-Mile walk, 5k run and 10k run, which will take place in the park and along the waterfront. There will be awards for the first three finishers in each age category, overall male/female top finishers and Master/Grand Master age brackets. Live music, refreshments and door prizes add to the excitement. Registration and packet pick up are at the Little Bay Pavilion starting at 6:15 am. The Strut will begin at 8 am.  For more details please visit  www.cityofrockport.com  or call 361-727-2158

$5 of every registration fee goes to the Friends of Aransas and Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuges “Water for Wildlife Fund”
Taste of Rockport-Fulton

When: March 26
Join us for a "Luau by the Bay🌺" for the 2020 Taste of Rockport-Fulton! This fundraiser is hosted by the members of the Rotary Club of Rockport, TX. This annual event is the major fundraising event for the scholarships that provide local students funding for their college plans!
Attractions
Fishing in the Bays are Plentiful

Open piers:
Breakwater (End of Market Street) pier, Rockport Beach North Pier, Leggett Channel, Rockport Harbor Seawall, Bulkhead at Fulton Harbor, Copano Kayak Site, Howard Murph Park, Copano Causeway Boat Launch.

State Park:
Goose Island pier is closed but fishing is available at Day Use Area and Boat Ramp.

Open marinas:
Cove Harbor Marina, Copano Causeway Ramp and Boat Launch, Rockport Beach Park, and Fulton Harbor and Cove Harbor Marina.
Birds are Flying High

Birding Migration:
From the Gulf of Mexico to beaches, bays and estuaries and inland woods, prairies and fields, one will find extraordinary birding throughout Aransas County. We have 10 birding sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail.

From November to March, the world's only wild flock of over 500 endangered Whooping Cranes calls the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge home.
Accolades
To see more of our accolades, visit our website at rockport-fulton.org/featured-news .
Around Town Community Events
Keller Williams Coastal Bend - Gumbo Gras
March 1- 1-5 pm, Keller Williams Coastal Bend Presents Gumbo Gras! Help support Veterans, Vote for your favorite Gumbo & Hurricane Drink, Have Fun, Live Music, Photo Booth! All Proceeds Benefit: Coastal Bend Troop Support, Rockport Warriors United and Rockport VFW Post 3904. $5 entry fee. For more Information: (361)790-9494 or visit this website link .

Rockport Cultural Arts District
March 8- Hispanic Contribution to the Military & Community, 2-4 pm at Veterans Memorial Park. More information here.
March 8- Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, 9 am-1 pm at 105 S. Austin St. in the Oh My! Parking lot
March 28- Tom Kimmel House Concert, 7:30 PM - Water Street House Concert. More information here.

Rockport Downtown Farmers Market
March 14- 9 am-1 pm, A great place to buy locally grown produce as well as jams, jellies, & pickled produce. There will often be fresh-baked bread, local honey, hen fruit, and freshly made goat soap. Buy fresh produce and cottage canned products, bread and more. Located in the parking lot at 105 S. Austin St. For more information visit the Facebook page : facebook.com/RockportDowntownFarmersMarket

Crawfish Cook-Off & Tasting
March 14- ROCKPORT’s Crawfish Cook-off and Taste. On the beach! Benefiting the RFHS Project Graduation class of 2020. Free beer sponsored by BudLight (while supplies last) Music and open mic. Crawfish, sausage, corn, and potatoes Also $1 hot dogs for the crawhaters! Visit their Facebook event page or call 361-205-7727 for more information.

Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners
March 14- 9 am-1 pm, Spring plant sale at Coastal Oaks Garden-892 Airport Rd, Rockport AgriLife Extension – Aransas County
March 17- 12-1 pm, Brown Bag-Free Event “Orchid Basics” Carol Krank, South Tx Botanic Garden and Nature Center. Pop-Up Plant Sale immediately following the Brown Bag.
Brown Bag Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, 892 Airport Rd, Rockport.
Presented by: Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners and AgriLife Extension – Aransas County | Contact phone: 361-790-0103

Rockport-Fulton Market Day
March 21- Over 100 booths filled with great vendors, food vendors, live music, covered seating and as always, a pet friendly environment! EVERY 3RD SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Open Saturday from 9-5. Come join the fun and add your energy to our recovery!!! FMI, follow Rockport-Fulton Market Days and get your shop on!!  Facebook  |  Website  | 361-463-0125. 

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
March 5- Moonlight on the Mansion, 5-8 pm, Every 1 st  Thursday the Fulton Mansion is open late until 8pm! Self-guided tours are available until 8. There will also be a special program from 6-7pm in our multipurpose room “Love and Courtship in Early Rockport.” Join us as we read and discuss George Fulton Jr’s Diary. Last Ticket Sold at 7:15pm Self-guided tours are available until 8. Last Ticket Sold at 7:15 pm.
March 21- Rocks of Rockport at the Fulton Mansion, 10 am-12 pm, Rocks of Rockport-Fulton (#RORF) is partnering with the Fulton Mansion to host a rock painting event for the community! This e vent is free, but seating is limited to 30 so we encourage you to make reservations. All materials will be provided! This is a free event, but seating is limited. Reservations are recommended. Please contact the Fulton Mansion for details at (361) 729 0386 x30 or by email:  christi.morgan@thc.texas.gov
The Fulton Mansion is open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and every first Thursday from 10am-8pm. Adult admission $7.00, Seniors $6.00, children $4.00, children under 5 are free. The Fulton Mansion is located 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
March 2- Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, 12-1 PM. We’ll have various speakers telling personal
and family stories about the history and development of the fishing, crabbing, and shrimping industries
among our Vietnamese population. Brown Bag lectures are free of charge. Guests are welcome to bring
their own lunch, but cookies will be provided.
March 9-13: Sailor’s Holiday Spring Break Camp, 9 AM-12 PM. The theme this year is Flags over
Texas. We’ll use crafts, activities, and games to explore Texas history, taking children through different
eras to discover the people and events that shaped the state. The camp is for children from Pre-K to 5th
grade and the cost is $75 per child. Registration forms can be found at the museum office and on the
website. Please contact Aaron Martin at 361-729-1271 or educator@texasmaritimemuseum.org for
more information.
March 10- Seafaring Saga Movie Night, 7 PM. The movie will be Crash Dive, a 1943 war drama.
Preparing for a transfer, Lt. Ward Stewart finds himself on a train with the enchanting Jean, whom he
winds up falling for. Little does he know that she’s also his commanding officer’s sweethearts, a secret
that could set the men fighting even as they prepare to go into combat.
March 16- Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, 12-1 PM. We’ll receive an update from PhD student
Shannan McAskill, who has been continuing her research on the effects of Hurricane Harvey on fish
populations. Brown Bag lectures are free of charge. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch, but
cookies will be provided.
March 23- Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, 12-1 PM. Dr. Wade Harrell and Laura Bonneau from
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge will come to present their annual whooping crane update. Brown Bag
lectures are free of charge. Guests are welcome to bring their own lunch, but cookies will be provided.
March 30- Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, 12-1 PM. We’ll have the Perry R. Bass Memorial
Sports Fishing Hall of Fame induction. Brown Bag lectures are free of charge. Guests are welcome to
bring their own lunch, but cookies will be provided.
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. Located at (1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit  texasmaritimemuseum.org

Rockport Center for the Arts 
March 7- Opening Reception for Rising Eyes of Texas 2020. Annual juried collegiate exhibition showcasing the brilliance of emerging art stars from across Texas. Event pages: https://www.rockportartcenter.com/exhibitions/2020/reot2020 and https://www.facebook.com/events/883089182161760/
Free Family Saturdays during the school year. Stop by the Art Center any Saturday during the school year and make an original work of art with your children. Each Saturday will feature a different project. Most projects take approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour each. You may drop in anytime between 10 and 4. All are welcome! An adult must accompany all children.
Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America" by John Villani and "Top 10 Artist Colonies" by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.
Visit Rockport Center for the Arts location at  406 Austin  (at Estelle Stair Gallary) in Rockport.
Hours of operation Monday-Saturday: 10 AM-4 PM | FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

The History Center for Aransas County
2nd Saturday of the month – Plant Exchange, 10 am to 12 pm
March 8-, 2pm, Hispanic Contribution to Military and Community (This event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Park downtown)
March 22- 2pm, Local Families
Hours: Monday and Friday 10 AM -2 PM; Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM
801 E. Cedar St. Rockport  | A Pathways Venue
For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit  http://www.hcfriends.net/ g

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
March 14- Spring Plant Sale at Coastal Oaks Garden, 9 AM to 1 PM
March 17- Brown Bag by Master Gardeners, 12-1 pm- "Orchid Basics" Carol Krank, South TX Botanic Garden. Pop-up plant sale immediately following the brown bag.
A&M AgriLife Extension Office,  892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit  www.aransas.agrilife.org  for more information

Aransas Pathways
Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. Visit:  www.aransaspathways.com  | 361-729-6445

Disc Golf at Memorial Park
On November 23, 2019, the City of Rockport opened a free, nine-hole, disc golf course at Memorial Park. Disc golf is played much like golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, though, players use a flying disc or Frisbee®. The sport was formalized in the 1970s and shares with golf the object of completing each hole in the fewest strokes (or, in the case of disc golf, fewest throws). FMI visit https://www.cityofrockport.com/723/Disc-Golf-at-Memorial-Park

Rockport Little Theatre
Our new location is La Palma is located at  2955 Hwy 35, Rockport , TX. FMI:  www.rockportlittletheatre.com  |  President@RockportLittleTheatre.com

Rialto Theater
Every Tuesday night we have Open Acoustic Jam! 6-9 pm. Happy Hour 6-7 pm $3 beer/wine. Come play, sing along, or just enjoy!
March 1- Silent movies at the Rialto showing the Big Parade at 4 pm, doors open at 3:30 pm. $10 all seat general admission.
March 13-29: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 pm, Sundays 2 pm- Murder on the Orient Express: The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails! With a locomotive full of suspects and alibis for each one, it's the perfect mystery for infamous detective Haroule Polrot, necstce pas? Wax your mustache and hold onto your passport! Adapted from Agatha Christie's iconic classic, Ken Ludwig will take you on a suspenseful, thrilling ride aboard the legendary Orient Express. Adult Reserved $20, Group rates available for 10+
The Rialto Bar offers a wide selection of beer and wine plus setups for BYOB. Located at  327 South Commercial Street, Aransas Pass . Visit us on Facebook. FMI: 361-758-0383 or  art@rialtotheater.org  or rialtotheater.org

Rockport Country Club
Rockport Country Club has reopened to an overwhelmingly positive response from members. With a new bar concept, redesigned dining area and lounge with all new furnishings, Rockport Country Club is poised to offer its members a lifestyle not found anywhere in the Coastal Bend area. For membership or to be a "Member for a Day" contact Stan Reeder at 361-450-4393. FMI visit our website  www.rockportcc.com

Rockport Beach
Texas' first Blue Wave Beach! Located at 210 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, TX 78382. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6am-11pm and Friday-Saturday, 6am-11pm. Parking costs for the Rockport Beach are $5/Daily and $20/Yearly.

Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions
Boat Tours are available. Information on Dolphin and birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071

Community Aquatic and Skate Park
Pool Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 9-5pm | Sunday 12pm-5pm
Water aerobic classes: Aqua Strength 9 AM, Aqua kickboxing 10 AM
The pool and park are now open at 9AM (Tuesday-Saturday). Admission is $5. Classes include: Water Aerobics, Water Walking and Lap Swim. 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 includes a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park (open) It also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. FMI:  pool2@cityofrockport.com  | 361-727-9989 |  www.cityofrockport.com

Aransas Pass Aquatic Center
March 7-14: 12-5 pm, Spring Break $5 entry, picnic parties available
March 9-13: Lifeguard and WSI prerequisites, 1-3 pm, Come ready to swim and practice! You don't have to be perfect but be determined to learn new things! Free practice event!
29,000 sq. ft. facility with 3 pools, 3 slides, a high dive & low dive, lilly pads, and a rope net for everyone to play on. All hours are weather permitting. Please call us or visit our Facebook page for daily weather updates and modified hours. We are closed on Tuesdays! Visit aransaspasstx.gov/220/Aquatic-Center or our Facebook Page for more information. 400 E Johnson Ave, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336 | (361) 758-7770

Fulton Schoolhouse Museum
The Schoolhouse Museum is the original one-room schoolhouse of Fulton, TX that was rebuilt in the 1940's after being damaged by a hurricane. Visitors to the museum will experience a sense of what education was like from a bygone era. Expect to see the schoolhouse as it was originally set up along with numerous original artifacts of that era. Free tours but items are available for purchase, such as note cards, bookmarkers and all donations are accepted, as well. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1–4 PM, and for groups of four or more any time (or by appointment, call 361-729-5533). Come see what a one-room schoolhouse looked like, a huge model of the Fulton Mansion, and lots of photos and memorabilia of old time Fulton. For more information or to schedule future group tours call 361-729-5533 or visit  www.fultontexas.org | 205 N 7th Street, Fulton, TX 78358

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor - Education Center
The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center offers a multitude of events throughout the year. All events are free at this time but donations are always welcome to help support the Aquarium. Open Daily 1pm - 4pm ~ Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Visit our website for more information.
Aquarium Education Center is located at 706 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX.

Goose Island State Park
Woodland Bird Walk: Wednesdays 8:30-11 am. Big Tree Natural Area Bird Walk: Thursdays & Saturdays 8:30-11 am. Shorebird Walk: Fridays 8:30-11 am.
Goose Island State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM. Park Headquarters is staffed 7 days a week from 8 AM-5 PM. For more information, visit  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island https://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/ , or call 361-729-2858. The wooded area of Goose Island State Park is open for overnight RV and tent camping. The boat ramp, fish cleaning station, nature trail, and picnic area are available for day use. Large portions of the island bayfront area will be closed for construction for the foreseeable future. Please obey all barriers and construction markings when visiting the park. 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. Goose Island State Park offers a variety of programs for all ages. For more information on scheduled openings or park programs, visit  www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island or 361-729-2858

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is offering Guided Bird Tours Fridays and Saturdays, 10 AM - 2 PM. No experience is necessary and binoculars are available for loan. Come see whooping cranes and other birds, and maybe even our nesting pair of bald eagles! 
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is open daily, 9 AM-4 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)
 
Bingo
Come enjoy a fun time playing Bingo! Bingo can be played on Wednesday and Friday at 7 PM at the Rockport American GI Forum-  1911 Hardee St. Rockport . FMI: 361-729-7144

Cards
Every Monday and Friday, 12-4 PM - Play Canasta or Party Bridge at the Woman's Club of Aransas County |  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 our  website
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