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Local Events & Attractions
January Events & Attractions
Texas Maritime Museum & Education Center
Jan., every Monday from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (doors open at 11:45 am), FREE Event Lecture Series in the Education Center. Join us for TMM’s annual Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series (bring your own lunch) or enjoy our refreshments for interesting and educational presentations by esteemed individuals in their career field. January schedule;
- Jan. 3, Wade Dillon: Freeport History and the reconstructing projects with the Texas Navy
- Jan. 10, Robert Gearhart: Recovery of the Civil War Gunboat USS Westfield, Galveston, Texas
- Jan. 17, Pam Stranahan: Archaeology of the Coastal Bend
- Jan. 24, Tom York: Texas and the Space Industry
- Jan. 31, Michael Bailey: Texas Navy or the Acadia blockade runner
Located at (1202 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX 78382. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit texasmaritimemuseum.org
Aransas Pathways invite you to help restore our natural gardens! Bring in the New Year by volunteering and come help us restore our Aransas County Pathways. Bring your gardening gloves, wear good shoes, and work clothes:
- Jan. 7, 8 am – 10 am, Ivy Lane – 499 Ivy Lane, Rockport, Texas 78382
- Jan. 8, 8 am – 10 am, Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary – 1401 S. Church Street, Rockport, Texas 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.
- Jan. 7-8, 8 pm, comedian William Lee “Cowboy Bill” returns for 2 nights! Ticket prices: $25-$37.50.
- Jan. 22, 7 pm, Comedy Night with comedian Steve Espinoza and hypnotist Joseph Roberts, ticket price: $20. Buy your tickets online today! Tickets on sale at Rialtotheater.org
- Tuesdays, 6:30 pm to 9 pm Open Mic Acoustic Jam, happy hour prices all night.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or rialtotheater.org
The History Center for Aransas County
January 22, An exhibit – “Vietnamese Culture on the Coastal Bend”.. Dat Nguyen, author of “Dat: Tackling Life and the NFL,” who grew up in Rockport will speak at 10:00 AM. View posters that relate geography, history, religions, resettlement, and successes. Light refreshments will be served, and the exhibit gallery will be open. A book, “Growing up with the Boat People: The Vietnamese on the Gulf Coast of Texas,” will be introduced. This story is about the escape and resettlement of cousins who arrive on the coastal bend from Vietnam in the 1970s.Enjoy video clips of interviews with community members who left Vietnam to settle in the United States, eventually landing in Aransas County. Monthly programs will complement the exhibit. 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/
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-island, https://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/, or call 361-729-2858.
Bay Education Center
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. https://www.facebook.com/BayEducationCenter/
Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
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
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/
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.
Rockport Little Theatre
To purchase tickets or buy a brick as a fundraiser for the performing arts of Rockport Little Theatre: http://www.rockportlittletheatre.com/tickets-Rockport-Little-Theatre.html
Rockport Center for the Arts
Visit Rockport Center for the Arts’ new location 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
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
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.
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)
Community Aquatic 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 also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. FMI: email@example.com | 361-727-9989 | www.cityofrockport.com
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Rockport Gospel Music Festival
January 7-8, 2022
Join us for this free annual event that is sponsored by Rockport’s Gospel Force that celebrates southern gospel music and togetherness.
Featured artists include, The McNeils, The Kinsmen, Crimson River, and more!
Winter Texan Appreciation Day
January 29, 2022
All Winter Texans are invited to the 4th annual Winter Texan Appreciation Day 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 29 at the Fulton Convention Center on Fulton Harbor in Downtown Fulton, Texas.
Winter Texan Day is a fun-filled day of live music, bunco, bingo, games, karaoke, food, information booths, presentations, raffles and so much more!
Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, Jan. 8, 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 email@example.com
Rockport Downtown Makers Market, Jan. 8, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. FMI: https://fb.me/e/1HfICaMp5
Rockport-Fulton Market Days, Jan. 14-16, 9 am – 4 pm, 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 I, Jan. 8-9, 9 am – 5 pm Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm Sunday, Come shop at the 11th annual Texas Winter Market I coming to the Aransas Pass Civic Center (700 W. Wheeler, Aransas Pass, TX) Our vendors will be bringing the best in clothing, jewelry, gifts, Scentsy, Texas handmade, home decor, accessories, gourmet food, photography, Texas wine sampling, candles, gifts for the guys 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. There will be free parking and hourly door prizes. For more info call 888-225-3427.
The Whooping Cranes are back!
The “Whoopers” are here from November to March, over 500 Whooping Cranes call Aransas National Wildlife Refuge their winter home!
From Seafood to Texas BBQ. from Mexican to Vietnamese, we have everything in between!
Many local restaurants will even cook your catch of the day!