September 2019 Events & Attractions
Heroes Cup

When: September 4-6
Join in as the community welcomes our Wounded Soldiers around 3pm on September 4, with a Patriotic wave of support as they travel through Rockport-Fulton to their hotel. Put out your American Flag and let them know we appreciate their service for what we all hold dear - OUR FREEDOM!  ! Warrior's Weekend is filled with a good ole South Texas Welcome by all the surrounding towns waving on the streets, shutting down highways, waving flags and showing them our community's hospitality by giving them a few days of relaxing rest and fun.
31st HummerBird Celebration

When: September 19-22
Join us for the 31st Annual Hummerbird Celebration September 19 - 22. This year we are back and better than ever, featuring over 75 vendors more than 12 speakers and a variety of nature inspired field trips on land and sea. The Celebration is fun, educational and inspiring. It is designed for those who enjoy bird watching as well as those who follow the migration patterns. If you enjoy nature, birds or some aspect of them, then this event is for you.
ZaZu Fishing and Fun

When: September 28
Come spend a day with family and friends, fishing on Copano Bay, followed by an evening enjoying great food, live music, and more! All event proceeds help underwrite the cost of camp for children and adults with special needs and chronic illnesses.
Don’t fish? No worries! You can buy tickets for only the evening festivities!
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, Boat Ramp, and West Side.

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

Aransas Pathways
Aransas Pathways, an organization that promotes, birding, history, kayaking and hike and bike trails, has put together an early event to intrigue Hummerbird Celebration attendees to find their best "poker hand" by encouraging them to visit birding sites around the community collecting cards. The winner will receive a pair of Eagle Optics Kingbird 6.5 x 32 Binocular s. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19 at the Aransas Pathways Pavilion, just off of Hwy 35 at the northern entrance to Walmart.Free and opento the public. FMI email: tourism@1rockport.org
Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. All Aransas Pathways sites are open and free to the public Visit:  www.aransaspathways.com  | 361-729-6445

Rockport-Fulton Market Days
September 20-22: Over 160 booths filled with great vendors, over a dozen food vendors, 3 days of live music, covered seating and as always, a pet friendly environment! EVERY 3RD FULL WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH. Open Friday with select vendors and early bird specials from 12-5, Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-4. Come join the fun and add your energy to our recovery!!! FMI, follow Rockport-Fulton Market Days on  Facebook  |  Website  | 361-463-0125.

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
PLEASE NOTE : The Fulton Mansion is currently closed for repairs due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. The Education and History Center will remain OPEN and FREE to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm and Sunday 1-4 pm. 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
September 11: Home-school Days, 10 AM to 12 PM (grades 1-4) and 1-3 PM (grades 5-8). The title is Seasons Change: A Sailor’s Calendar. The class will feature a lesson on how seasonal changes impact sailors, a craft, a snack, and a tour of the museum. Cost is $8 and registration can be completed at TMM website . For more information, contact Aaron Martin at 361-729-1271 or through email
September 21: Pirate Practice, 11 AM-2 PM. This exciting event offers an opportunity for children to live the life of a pirate, including walking the plank, making a hook hand, and following a treasure map. The cost is $5 in advance or $8 at the door. For more information, contact Aaron Martin at 361-729-1271 or through email
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit  texasmaritimemuseum.org

Rockport Center for the Arts 
September 6 - Rockport Center for the Arts opens its fall season of shows with an exhibit featuring new, sculptural works by Greg Reuter; who lives and works in Corpus Christi, Texas. In Fundamental Facets , Reuter returns to his roots in ceramics and coastal subject matter. Reuter’s work is an homage to every facet of living in South Texas. On display until October 12.
September 14 - 5 PM - Rockport Arts on Fire - Iron Pour. Event opens at 5pm. First Iron Pour is at 7pm - Iron is melted in a specially-designed furnace, called a cupola. Fuel, or coke, is added to begin the heating process. Once the furnace is up to temperature, pieces of iron and additional coke are gradually added through the top of the cupola. As iron melts, it collects around a tap at the bottom of the furnace. When enough iron is melted, the tap is opened and the hot iron flows down a channel into a ladle. A metal arts crew, consisting of five artists will pour the molten iron into scratch blocks, which participants will have had the opportunity to carve with their own designs. Once the blocks cool, the hardened designs will be released, and participants will have souvenirs ready to take home with them that same night. Scratch Book Sales begin at 5pm. Supply is limited.
September 7 - 10am - 4pm Rockport Art Loop. 10 art spaces have simultaneous openings in one night for an al fresco art experience.
Starting September 7 -10 AM to 4 PM every Saturday. 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  106 S. Austin  in Rockport.
Hours of operation Mon -Sat - 10 AM-4 PM | FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

The History Center for Aransas County
Now open from August 10-November 17: Key Allegro : A Vision of Growth. Programs are Sundays at 2 pm
September 8- Lifestyle on the island Nancy Melcher and Kay Stanley
September 22- Frandolig Family- Jude Frandolig and family
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
September 17: 12-1 pm, Brown Bag “ Fall Vegetable Gardening”
Learn a lot in just one hour at this free program hosted by the Aransas/San Patricio Master Gardeners and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Aransas County Office. It is not necessary to register, just come and enjoy. Feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch. The program is held at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Aransas County Office, 892 Airport Road, Rockport. Overflow parking is next door at the Transfer Station. For more information on the monthly brown bag series, call 361- 790-0103. 
A&M AgriLife Extension Office,  892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit  www.aransas.agrilife.org  for more information

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
September 6-22: Wait Until Dark, our mystery/thriller play. Fri/Sat at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
September 8-9: Auditions for The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (a comedy) are being held September 8 at 6 pm and Monday September 9 at 7 pm. Cold readings from the script.
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!
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.

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

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
Lifeguarding class and Junior Lifeguarding class
New water aerobic classes: NEW 5pm water aerobic medium intensity, Aqua Strength 9 AM, Aqua kickboxing 10 AM
August 9- Going back to school bash, 6-9pm, Door prizes, concession will be open. $4 for a student & $5 for adults to get in. To receive extra tickets for the prize drawing is $1 per ticket.
August 25- Night Swim, 6:30-9:30PM
Pool Hours: Monday-Closed | Tuesday & Friday 9-5 | Wed, Thur & Sat 9-6 | Sunday 12-5
The pool and park are now open at 9AM (Tues-Sat). 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

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 
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, picnic area, and West Bayfront are available for day use. There is no Bayfront camping at this time and the fishing pier and East Bayfront remain closed. Park operating hours are 8 AM-10 PM.
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 open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is closed Monday-Tuesday and open Wednesday-Sunday, 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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