September 2018 Events & Attractions
Little Bay Labor Day Music Festival
When: August 31-September 2

Who's ready to rock the port? Labor Day Music weekend Festival! Join us for the first annual Little Bay Labor Day Music Festival in Rockport. Free Friday night kick off party sponsored by the City of Rockport. Saturday night Fiesta en La Playa tejano night. Sunday night Texas Country.
Heroes Cup
When: September 5-7

Please be ready to sit outside and stand in front of your businesses or along the highway frontage from Downtown Rockport to Sears in Fulton and on to Downtown Fulton. We will all be saluting the active military arriving to fish and enjoy our community. We are hoping everyone will stand with their patriotic flags.
Art Center Market
When: September 8th 10 am - 4 pm

Member Artists exhibit and sell their fine works. Live music and Food Truck.
FREE Admission FMI call 361-729-5519 or www.rockportartcenter.com
30th Annual HummerBird Celebration
When: September 13-16

The communities of Rockport and Fulton, Texas celebrate the arrival of the tiny winged ones with a reception, workshops, HummerBird Malls, bus and boat tours, exhibits, banding, and lectures presented by world-renowned experts. 361-729-6445. Go to www.rockporthummingbird.com for more information.
Rockport Fulton Market Days
When: September 14-16

Come join the fun at Market Days at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor. There is live music, 10 food trucks and over 100 vendors with lots of merchandise. It's going to be fun! FMI, follow Rockport Fulton Market Days on Facebook | rockportfultonmarketdays.com | 361-463-0125
Save The Date
2018 Rockport-Fulton Seafair
When: October 11-14

Grab your friends and neighbors, call your cousins and friends from a far and make plans to join us for the 44th annual Rockport-Fulton Seafair Celebration. This four day festival is sure to have something for everyone! Great music, delicious food and fun for the whole family.

Entertainment Lineup:
Elida Reyna Y Avante  - Thursday Night
Asleep at the Wheel  - Friday Night
The Spazmatics  - Saturday Night
Attractions
Fishing in the Bays are Plentiful

Open piers:
Breakwater pier, Rockport Beach North Pier, Leggett Channel, Rockport Harbor Seawall, Bulkhead at Fulton Harbor, Copano Kayak Site, Howard Murph Park, Copano Causeway Boat Launch, Goose Island State Park.

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 migrating flock of over 265 Whooping Cranes calls the Aransas Wildlife Refuge home. Nowhere else can you view these magnificent birds so closely.
Rockport Beach
Despite Hurricane Harvey Rockport Beach was selected by USA Today 10Best as the Best Beach in Texas. Rating #1 in the state!
 The weather, water, and sand are still beautiful! Texas first Blue wave beach was pounded by Hurricane Harvey, damaging both the Beach Pavilion (closed through May) and the Saltwater Pavilion (closed through July). Harvey also damaged many of the picnic areas and beach palapas. Debris is being removed in the waters of both Aransas Bay and Little Bay. Efforts are underway to replace both the iconic Band Shell and the Big Blue Crab. 
Around Town Community Events
Cultural Arts District
September 8th- Second Saturday, folks should Plan to Sip Shop and Save from 10 AM-6 PM with end of season sales at select stores then "Tune in to Downtown" at the Piano from 4 -6 PM and hear some amazing Music | FMI email beverly@rockportculturalartsdistrict.com

Keep Aransas County Beautiful
First Tuesday: Nature walk and plant talk 9-10 AM FREE
Where: Ivy Ln Birding and Wildlife Sanctuary (Pathways) at  495 Ivy Ln, Rockport TX
September 22nd- Texas' General Land office waterway Cleanup- TBD working with Navigation district to identify under-served areas.

Rockport Harvey Volunteer Reunion
September 15th, 2-6 PM, Rockport Harvey Volunteers and Donors are invited. If you volunteered or donated to the "Aransas County Harvey Donation Center" after Hurricane Harvey, you are invited to attend the "Rockport Harvey Volunteer Reunion" Social gathering, storytelling, info from FIT, awesome "one of a kind" door prizes, cash bar and gifts for the first 100. RSVP TODAY
Rockport Yacht Club 722 Navigation Cir, Rockport, TX 78382

VFW Post 3904 Spaghetti & Meatball Dinner
September 22, 11:00 AM til 5:00 PM, VFW Post 3904: Rebuild the Building
Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner, Live auction Chinese Raffle
Music by: Janelle Shetters & The Veterans Funk Rock Jazz Band
Fees/Admission: Dinner Plate $10 | Special Raffle $10
Legends 3720 TX-35 Fulton | Contact Information: 361-727-7243

The 19th Annual "Friends of the Animals" Gala
The Humane Society & Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton presensts:
Follow The White Rabbit to Wonderland, The 19th Annual "Friends of the Animals" Gala, Benefiting The Humane Society & Adoption Center of Rockport-Fulton
Follow the Cheshire Cat: Camp Aranzazu Event Center 5420 FM 1781
Date/Time Information: Friday, September 7th, 6-10 PM

Aransas Pathways
September 13 -7:30 AM-12 PM Come join the fun as we introduce you to the birding sites of Aransas Pathways. Meet at the Pathways Pavilion on Hwy 35 next to the bridge north of Walmart. You will visit 4 sites. At each site you will collect a special Pathways Playing card. A high-end set of binoculars will be awarded to the person with the best hand of cards at the end of the game! FMI -361-729-6445
Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. Visit:  www.aransaspathways.com | 361-729-6445

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
Join us for a brown bag lunch Lecture Series at Fulton Mansion State Historic Site in September, October, and November. Each of the three lectures will focus on world happenings during the time the Fulton Mansion was built. Dr. David Blanke kicks off the series with a talk about technological advances during the Gilded Age.
Mansion Lecture Series: September 13, 12PM-1PM, Dr. David Blanke, Professor of History, TAMUCC. This event is FREE of charge!
The Fulton Mansion and the Education and History Center is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM.
Admission is currently free while the Mansion undergoes repairs from Hurricane Harvey.
FMI call 361-729-0386 or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/visitfultonmansion

Texas Maritime Museum - Education Center 
September 12: Homeschool Days, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. The title is Nautical Natives: Texas Native Americans and the Sea, and it will feature a lesson, crafts, and games. Cost is $8 and advanced registration can be completed at https://www.texasmaritimemuseum.org/homeschool-programs . Contact Aaron Martin at 361-729-1271 for more information.
September 22: Pirate Practice, 12:00-3:00 PM. Children will go through swashbuckling stations like pirate speak, crafting a hook hand, and knot tying to earn pirate garb. Cost is $5 in advance and $8 at the door. Contact Aaron Martin at 361-729-1271 for more information.
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 
Opening Reception September 8 | Reflections: Texas, Virginia, Colorado
Reception 5 PM-6:30 PM | Gallery Talk 4:30 PM
September 8-October 13- Reflections Exhibition by Kitty Dudics
There is something for everyone at the Art Center... 
Children can enjoy free, high caliber art instruction year-round, including summer camp- ArtSpace and Free Family Saturdays during the school year. The City of 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 new location at 106 S. Austin in Rockport.
Hours of operation Tues-Sat - 10 AM-4 PM | FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

Rockport Country Club
Rockport Country Club recently reopened the golf course and is accepting new members during reconstruction. Pay discounted initiation fees with no monthly dues until the club house rebuild is complete. Pay as you go for all golf and food & beverage. RCC is improving and reinvesting in all aspects of the club; golf course, clubhouse and fitness center. Come check out what we are recreating as a Member for a Day! Contact 361-729-4393 for membership and 361-729-4182 for the golf desk. FMI visit our website www. rockportcc.com

Rialto Theater
Every Tuesday: Music Jam from 6-9 PM. Happy Hour until 7 PM. $1 Admission.
Every Friday: Happy Hour in the Bar from 5-7 PM. Live music. $3 domestic beer and select wine. Free admission. 
"Deathtrap" opens September 7th for 3 weekends. Fri/Sat at 7:30PM; Sun @ 2PM. One of the great popular successes of recent Broadway history, this ingeniously constructed play offers a rare and skillful blending of two priceless theatrical ingredients: gasp-inducing thrills and spontaneous laughter. Suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with such an abundance of thrills and laughter, that audiences will be held enthralled until the final, startling moments of the play. Suitable for children. Ticket #15/$20 online. 
Visit us on Facebook. FMI: 361-758-0383 or art@rialtotheater.org or rialtotheater.org

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

The History Center for Aransas County 
Free admission to all events.
Sept. 1, 10 AM-12PM -  Plant Exchange  in Partnership with KACB
Sept. 1, 10 AM – 4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County.
Sept. 2, 1- 4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County.
Sept. 8, 10 AM – 4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County.
Sept. 9, 1-4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County.
Sept. 15,  8-10 PM - Hummerbird Breakfast. Tickets available at Rockport-Fulton.org
Sept. 15, 10 AM– 4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County
Sept. 16, 1-4 PM;  Exhibit:  Connie Hagar, First Lady of Texas Birding; & Stewards of Nature; Foodways: Culinary Tradition of Aransas County.
Sept. 22, 10 AM-4 PM;  Exhibit Opening - Archeology: Early Peoples.   Guided Tours with Pam Stranahan at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM
Sept. 23,  1-4 PM, Guided Tour with Pam Stranahan at 2:00 PM.
Sept. 29, 10AM-4PM; Exhibit: Archeology: Early Peoples
Sept. 30, 1-4 PM; Exhibit: Archeology: Early Peoples
The History Center is open Saturdays 10 AM- 4 PM and Sundays 1-4 PM.
801 E. Cedar St. Rockport | A Pathways Venue
For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: FMI: call 361-727-9214 or visit www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.or g

Aquarium at Rockport Harbor
The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor was completely destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. At this time, they are applying for grants and hoping to rebuild in the future. On a positive note, most of the fish were saved! The Education building withstood the storm, though it will require major repair work. It now is being used for other community functions. To help rebuild the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor, you can view the destruction or donate through Pay Pal by visiting:  http://www.rockportaquarium.com/
Contact information: 361-727-0016 or visit our website

Bay Education Center 
The Bay Education Center in Rockport and UTMSI suffered damage due to Hurricane Harvey and are both currently closed. They want to thank everyone for the support and understanding. Updates can be found by following Bay Education Center on Facebook. Bay Education Center Facebook

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
Sept 8th, 9 AM -1 PM- Fall Plant Sale Give your garden a fresh start with a fantastic selection of native plants – annuals, perennials, herbs, shrubs, trees, cactus and succulents that will flourish in our part of Texas. Master Gardeners are on hard to answer all your questions and help you shop. Rain or shine, credit Cards accepted. Location: Coastal Oaks Gardens Location: Coastal Oaks Gardens  892 Airport Rd. Rockport, TX
Sept.18th, 12-1 PM Brown Bag – “Nectar and Host Plants for Butterflies” Neli Spurrell, Aransas County Master Gardener. Join Aransas County Master Gardener, Neli Spurrell and find out more about nectar and host plants for Butterflies.Speaker: Neli Spurrell, Aransas County Master Gardener, Free Program - No registration required. Location: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Aransas County, 892 Airport Road, Rockport, TX.
A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit  www.aransas.agrilife.org for more information

Community Aquatic and Skate Park
The pool and park have been cleaned up from the storm, and 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. See also a replica of the Fulton Mansion for viewing. Items available for purchase, such as note cards, bookmarkers and all donations are accepted, as well. For more information or to schedule future group tours call 361-729-5533 or visit  www.fultontexas.org

Rockport Little Theatre
The Rockport Little Theatre was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey. At this time, they are hoping to rebuild in the future. | FMI:  www.rockportlittletheatre.com | President@RockportLittleTheatre.com

Goose Island State Park 
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 to 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 currently 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, visit www.facebook.com/AransasNWR , www.fws.gov/refuge/aransas/ or call 361-349-1181.
(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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