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Local Events & Attractions

Local Markets

Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, Feb. 12, 9 am – 12 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, 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 rockportdowntownfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Rockport Downtown Makers Market, Feb. 12, 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 First Annual Art Car Market, Feb. 18-20, 9 am – 4 pm, find participant info here: https://www.acmtexas.com/art-car/ Feb. 20, awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd will be voted on by attendees of the market. Over 150 booths filled with art, crafts, resale vendors, food vendors, live music, a full-service bar, and as always, a pet-friendly environment! Every third weekend of the month. Come Join The Fun at 100 Seabreeze, Rockport, Texas! FMI, go to ACMTexas.com & follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rockportmarket | 361-463-0125. 

Texas Winter Market II, Feb. 12-13, Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm, Come shop with us at the 10th annual Texas Winter Market II coming to the Aransas Pass Civic Center (700 W. Wheeler, Aransas Pass, TX 78336) Our vendors will be bringing the best in clothing, gifts, jewelry, home décor, gourmet food, accessories, gifts for the guys, Texas handmade, Scentsy, photography, and so 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 and under are FREE. We also have hourly door prizes and free parking too. For more info call 888-225-3427.

Local Events & Attractions

Rockport Center for the Arts

  • Feb. 1-Mar. 1 (Tuesdays), 1 pm – 4 pm, Collage Study Assemblage
  • Feb. 4-5, Art Educator Day
  • Feb. 4-27, “The Lighthouse: Safe Passage in a Turbulent Sea,” New Work by William Tersteeg, www.rockportartcenter.com/tersteeg
  • Feb. 5, 5 pm – 7 pm, Opening Reception for “The Lighthouse: Safe Passage in a Turbulent Sea,” Ceramic sculptor William Tersteeg explores the lighthouse as a symbol of stability and a beacon of safe passage in our world’s turbulent times.
  • Feb. 5-6, Clay Expo Weekend, featuring talented clay artists, demonstrations, activities, silent auction, food, and more in various locations around Rockport, including The Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair (featured above), a list of exhibiting potters and other events featured during the Feb. 5-6, 2022, weekend is available via printed brochure or online at www.bountifulbowl.org.
  • Feb. 8-Mar. 1 (Tuesdays in February), 9:30 am -12:30 pm, Painting Small in Acrylic with Greta Watkins
  • Feb. 19 & Mar. 5, 10 am – 12 pm, Raku Pottery with Vivian Rood
  • Feb. 23, 5:30 pm – 9 pm, Stained Glass Boxes with Susan Fest
  • Feb. 23-25, 9 am – 3:30 pm, Layering the Light Pastel Workshop with Rita Kirkman

Visit Rockport Center for the Arts’ at 401 South Austin St in Rockport (1st Floor of Baker Law). Hours of operation, Tuesday -Thursday 10 am – 4 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. 361-729-5519 or visit rockportartcenter.com  

Bay Education Center

2022 Winter Programs, come explore the Science On a Sphere, engage in hands-on activities and crafts while enjoying coffee and great conversation. *Limited to the first 10 people* Programs are Thursdays at 11 am with a Science On a Sphere presentation and activity.

  • Feb. 3 – Weather: Easy to make rain gauges for your backyard or porch!
  • Feb. 10 – Plankton: Plankton sampling with microscope viewing.
  • Feb. 17 – Nurdles: Learn more about this pesky plastic.
  • Feb. 24 – Celebrating Birds: BINGO and Jeo-birdy!

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

https://www.facebook.com/BayEducationCenter/

Texas Maritime Museum & Education Center

Join us for TMM’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series (bring your own) or enjoy our refreshments for twelve weeks of interesting and educational presentations! This is our longest running and highly attended FREE adult program at TMM. Every Monday from 12 pm to 1 pm (doors open at 11:45 am) in the Education Center.

  • Feb. 5, 10 am – 1 pm, STEAM Valentine Day! Located in the TMM Education Center
  • Feb. 7, 12 pm – 1 pm, Brown Bag Lecture Series with Peter Rinslingbacher (Historical Marine Art)
  • Feb. 12, 10 am – 12 pm, TMM at the Aransas County Library Kid’s Valentine’s Day event
  • Feb. 14, 12 pm – 1 pm, Brown Bag Lecture Series with Robin Gallaso (Brazos Santiago: History/Archaeology)
  • Feb. 16, 10 am – 11 am, TINY TOT TUESDAY! Located in the TMM Education Center
  • Feb. 28, 12 pm – 1 pm, Brown Bag Lecture Series with Miguel Gutierrez (CSS Georgia)

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

The History Center for Aransas County

Feb. 6, 2 pm, “ A New Year’s Celebration- The Year of the Tiger” at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 1010 West Palmetto Ave. 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 Little Theatre

  • Feb. 4, 7 pm, Jukebox Memories, a tribute to the music of the 1950s and 60s with Johnathan Len, $15
  • Feb. 19, 7 pm, An Evening With Zac Maloy of the Nixons, tickets are $30.

For tickets or more information please call 361-230-2660. To purchase tickets or buy a brick as a fundraiser for the performing arts of Rockport Little Theatre: https://www.rockportlittletheatre.com

Aransas Repertory Theatre

Feb. 11, 7 pm – 9 pm, doors open at 6 pm, The Not So Newlywed Game, hosted by INSPIRATIONS, join Aransas Repertory Theatre & INSPIRATIONS for a fun night you’ll not soon forget! A perfect date night! Beer and fine wines will be available, 904 Palmetto Avenue, Rockport, TX 78382. $10 per couple, for tickets call 361-423-0152.

Aransas Pathways

Volunteer while you visit! Aransas Pathways Gardens Volunteers needed! Come help us restore our Aransas County Pathways and have fun while doing it! Bring garden gloves, wear good shoes and work clothes! Free Cupid Cappuccino for all volunteers, courtesy of Quirky Birds Coffee!

  • Feb. 11, 8 am – 10 am, Ivy Lane, 499 Ivy Lane, Rockport, TX 78382
  • Feb. 12, 8 am – 10 am, Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary, 1401 S. Church St. Rockport, TX 78382

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 210-639-2340 to sign up! FMI on Aransas Pathways, visit www.aransaspathways.com | 361-729-6445.

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

  • Feb. 12, 11 am – 1 pm, Fulton Mansion at the Aransas County Library Kid’s Valentine’s Day event

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

Community Aquatic Park

  • Feb. 19, Doggie Dunk! Bring your furry pals for a splash party!
  • Small Dog Splash Party: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Large Dog Splash Party: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Admission is $5 per dog, $1 per person without dog.

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

Miss Oysterfest 2022 Scholarship Pageant

Feb. 26, the 11th Annual Miss Oysterfest Scholarship Pageant is open for girls ages 0-19 from all over Texas. The following age groups with the following costs will apply. You do not have to live in Rockport to join the pageant. The winner of the Miss Oysterfest in the 15-19 age group will receive a Scholarship of $1000.00 that she will receive when she starts her first year of college. For more information call 361-463-1268 or visit http://missoysterfest.com/

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. A safe and fun way to remember Rockport! One of 48 Cultural Districts in Texas, the Rockport District is restoring the historic San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad Depot. Discover more about the galleries, shops, restaurants, food trucks, and cultural institutions at https://rockportculturalartsdistrict.com/

Goose Island State Park

  • Shorebird Walk: Wednesdays & Saturdays 8:30 am – 11:00 am.
  • Woodland Bird Walk: Thursdays 8:30 am – 11:00 am.
  • Big Tree Natural Area Bird Walk: Fridays 8:30 am – 11:00 am.

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. Hurricane Harvey repairs are complete and all areas of the park are open, including the 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. For more information, visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-islandhttps://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/, or call 361-729-2858.

Fulton Music in the Park

Every Friday 7 pm – 10 pm (weather permitting) at The Pavilion at Fulton Harbor Park. Free and open to the public to enjoy!

The Woman’s Club of Aransas County

Open Monday and Friday 12:30 pm – 4 pm. No food or drinks. Masks are required. Tables 6ft apart. Temperatures will be taken before entering and hand sanitizer used. 50% occupancy rules apply. Play canasta, mah-jongg, and party bridge. |  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

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Road, Rockport. Master Gardeners is a non-profit program of TX A&M Agrilife Extension Service. FMI https://txmg.org/aransas/ or call (361) 790-0103

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.

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.

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 at 361-729-6445.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is currently closed. 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)

Memorial Park

The City of Rockport now has its skate park relocated on the Memorial Park grounds. 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.

Rockport Country Club

Located at 101 Champions Dr. 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

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.

February Events & Attractions

Sea-A-Bration Showdown  – February 5, 2022

It’s a Sea-A-Bration Show Down! Step back into the Wild West where the saloon was the place to be. Dress in your favorite cowboy/old saloon attire and enjoy a fun-filled night of celebrating with the Chamber and it’s members…and anyone else that wants to be part of the night! Live Music by Tumble Dry Low! Great Food! Live and Silent auction plus a Bling Board!

Come celebrate a high rolling time at our Sea-A-Bration Showdown! A casino night with games, old time photo booth, dancing and much more!

http://members.rockport-fulton.org/events/details/sea-a-bration-showdown-feb-5-51164

 

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Bountiful Bowl Pottery Fair

February 5-6, 2022

Shop over 20 clay artists & bid on the silent auction! Located at the Rockport Fulton High School Commons, 1801 Omohundro, Rockport, TX 78382 from 10 am – 4 pm, $5 entrance donation. This event benefits the Aransas County Council On Aging Meals on Wheels Program.

https://bountifulbowl.org/

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LaMardiGras

February 11-12, 2022

Get ready for a float full of fun with two fun filled days and a parade, along with an auction, casinos, themed food, cold beer, live music, vendors, and more! This annual event takes place at the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department, 302 Bois D’arc, Rockport, TX 78382. All proceeds benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department.

https://www.lamardigras.com/

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Join the Outdoor Fun in Rockport-Fulton

Printable Information – Let_s Take it Outdoors For Immediate Release

Aransas County is known for eco-tourism, so social distancing is not a problem. The fishing is phenomenal. This area is known among anglers for its hearty speckled trout and redfish.

Professional fishing guides, public piers, and marinas are readily available. An activity that is popular in the area is Kayak fishing. With an array of kayak sites, everyone from fishermen to birders can enjoy and take part in the use of these. With miles of seascape, there is ample opportunity to enjoy the beauty along with a bit of meditation.

Our phenomenal birding environment boasts over 400 different species that can be spotted in the marshes, wooded inland areas, and along the sandy beaches. 

 

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