October Events & Attractions

Fishing and Birding
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

HummerBird Celebration goes virtual!
Thank you to more than 400 people who received zoom links followed by a YouTube video of the program or activity. Wow. Great special people contributed and purchased items in the online auction.

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.
To see more of our accolades, visit our website at rockport-fulton.org/featured-news.
Around Town Community Events
Downtown Farmers Market
October 10- Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, 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 at 105 S. Austin St. in the Oh My! Parking lot. More information here. The contact email for anyone interested in being a vendor is rockportdowntownfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Makers Market, October 10 - 9 AM-5 PM, Downtown Rockport Maker's Market is a local outdoor market featuring handmade items from local artists and fun and unique home décor. If you are interested in selling your homemade items at this event please contact, Michell Mock-McMahon by emailing her at rockportdailygrind@yahoo.com.

Rockport-Fulton Market Days
October 17-18 9am-5pm Saturday & Sunday.Over 100 booths filled with great vendors, food vendors, live music, covered seating and as always, a pet friendly environment! Every third weekend of the month. Come Join The Fun! FMI, follow Rockport-Fulton Market Days and get your shop on!! Facebook | 361-463-0125. 

Fulton Fall Festival, October 24 - 12 PM-5 PM, Put on by the Town of Fulton and the Rockport-Fulton Business Builders Council, this fun event will feature vendor booths, kids parade and costume contest, food trucks, face painting, trunk or treat, wagon decorating contest and more.. FMI finance@1rockport.org or contact April 361-729-6445

Halloween in the District - October 31- Starting at 10 am, an all day event! Lots of things are happening during the Halloween in the District! Costumes are encouraged! Candy will be flowing! Food vendors! Shopping! Games! Fun! Start your day at 10 am at Texas Maritime Museum for a Halloween Haunt! Then head down through the Cultural Arts District for an afternoon of trick-or-treating at the local shops, snap a photo in at one of the Halloween Photo Pods, visit with the Little Bay Sea Queens, head over to First Learning Tree to decorate your pumpkin and wrap up a spooky day with the Haunted House at Rockport Little Theatre! Visit the District early and check out the many "Bootiful" places to shop, see amazing Art, enjoy a bite to eat at one of our many food vendors, or stay for dinner, have a glass of wine! Take a selfie at one of our amazing murals and be sure to post to #RockportCulture #VisitRockportFulton #FindYourselfinRockportFulton.
Shop, stroll, and dine! The mission and objectives of the District are to strengthen and preserve Rockport’s unique reputation as a significant artistic community and be a resource for residents and visitors. The District’s goals are focused on continued economic development through marketing the many facets of tourism within the District. Visit our website or facebook for more information: rockportculturalartsdistrict.com | facebook.com/RockportCAD

Texas Maritime Museum - Education Center
October 9 --10am-12pm Home School Day for 1-3rd grade. Topic: Sink or Float: An Introduction to Buoyancy and Density.
October 23 -10am to 12pm- Home School Day for for 4-6th grade. Topic: Waves and Tides: How do they form?
October 31 - All Day event - Harbor Haunt Bring your ghouls and goblins to the Texas Maritime Museum for tricks and treats and treasure hunts!
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-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

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
The Fulton Mansion is now open for limited tours and retail to go. Hours: Thursday-Sunday, 10 am-4 pm with tours on the hour by reservation only. Call 361-729-0386 x 30 to reserve a spot.. 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

Rockport Center for the Arts 
October 1-October 17: “Sacred Americanx” exhibition at Rockport Center for the Arts featuring work by Amorette Garza and Alejandro Macias at Rockport Center for the Arts, 406 S. Austin street.
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.
October 23 - November 21 exhibition “The Fragile” featuring prints and multi-media pieces by 2020 Artist in Residence, Evelyn Contreras. 
October 24, 4 - 6pm  Opening reception for "The Fragile" Reception has max occupancy of 70 and masks are required.
Visit Rockport Center for the Arts location at 406 South Austin St. (at Estelle Stair Gallery) 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
Hours of Operation for the History Center: Monday and Friday 10 AM -2 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1 PM-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/ 

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.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit www.aransas.agrilife.org for more information
Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners - 361-790-0103

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

Rialto Theater
October 2-11: Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 PM, Sundays 2 PM, You Make My Frame Shake!
Twelve romances come to life at the Metropolitan Museum of Art! A fast-paced series of eight comedic love plays and four comedic monologues that includes over fifty exhibits at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Statues, paintings, and fertility gods emerge from their molds and frames. Mix in some famous artists, guards, curators, and one love-seeking tour guide on one special night and you have this comedic hit. In fact, even the artwork speaks to the audience!  
The Rialto Bar offers a wide selection of beer and wine plus setups for BYOB. Located at 327 South Commercial Street, Aransas PassVisit us on Facebook. FMI: 361-758-0383 or  art@rialtotheater.org  or rialtotheater.org

Rockport Country Club
Rockport Country Club located at 101 Champions Dr. has 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
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

Goose Island State Park
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-4 PM. Limited tent camping, RV camping, and day use are available by online reservation only. For more information, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-islandhttps://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/ , or call 361-729-2858. The boat ramp, fish cleaning station, nature trail, and picnic area are available for day use. The island bayfront area, including the fishing pier, is closed for construction for the foreseeable future. Please obey all barriers, construction markings, and social distancing guidelines 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.

Community Aquatic and Skate Park
Admission is $5. 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 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 National Wildlife Refuge
Refuge is open from half an hour before sunrise until half an hour after sunset. Entrance fee is currently waived, and Visitor Contact Station is closed. Auto tour, trails, fishing pier, and observation decks are open; please practice social distancing. 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 
(Voted the #1 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers' Choice)

The Women's club is open 12:30pm Monday and Friday. No Food or Drinks. Masks are required. Tables 6ft apart. Temperatures will be taken before entering and hand sanitizer used. 50% occupancy rules apply. Every Monday and Friday, 12:30-4 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

Aransas County is known for eco-tourism, so social distancing doesn't have to be a problem. The fishing is phenomenal. The area has been known for its Speckled Trout and Redfish among anglers “in the know”. Complete facilities from professional fishing guides to public piers and marinas are available. Another activity that is popular in the area is Kayak fishing. With an array of kayak sites, everyone from fishermen to birders are enjoying the use of the sites. With miles of seascape, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty and a bit of meditation. Birding is also phenomenal in our area. Over 400 different species have been spotted in the marshes, wooded inland areas and along the sandy beaches. 

As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to be at a higher than normal rate in the State of Texas, guidelines and restrictions for our tourism industry are continuously changing.

While we enjoy our visitors, if you are planning travel to our area, we ask that you do so responsibly and practice safety guidelines. Please reference the guidelines for Texas here.

Visitors are advised to call their hotels, local attractions and business establishments before making plans. There is always a possibility of modified hours of operation or new guidelines.
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