Keys to Our Community

July Events & Attractions

Rockport Art Festival and Art Auction Gala

July 2-3, 2022

Artists from across the nation showcase their masterpieces in a variety of styles and media at this juried fine arts event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 3 at the festival grounds located at the entrance to Rockport Beach .Showcasing high-quality artists, live music, a kid’s activity tent and more, the Rockport Arts Festival is the premier festival for artists looking for an enthusiastic audience.

Call 361-729-5519 or www.rockportartcenter.com

Patriotic Boat Parade

July 4, 2022

Line up at 11:45 a.m. in Little Bay

Key Allegro Marina Area

PARADE STARTS WHEN THE HORN BLOWS at NOON, Proceeds thru Little Bay to Leggett Chanel – it will repeat, and go back to the marina. All Boats are welcome to join. No size limitations. No registration needed, for more info: rockportyachtclub.org

Wendell Family Fireworks

July 4, 2022

Join us for the 57th Anniversary of the Wendell Family Fireworks. When the sun goes down ,you will be able to see fireworks from Little Bay and the surrounding area. If you are close to Little Bay or the beach, you will get to enjoy the fireworks, Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs. wendellfamilyfireworks.com

 

 

RFGeoTour Community Celebration Event

July 9, 2022

“Find Yourself” at the RFGeoTour Community Celebration Event!

Rockport – Fulton Chamber Visitor Center on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 9:30am to celebrate the One year anniversary of the RFGeotour and the launch of a brand new Rockport Culture Adventure Lab! (First 100 finishers get a 1st Anniversary Pathtag)

Local Markets and More…

Rockport Downtown Farmers Market, July 9th, 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, July 9th, 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, July 14-17, 9 am – 4 pm, COME JOIN THE FUN at Rockport-Fulton Market Days, the best market in SOUTH TEXAS! We offer over 150 amazing Vendors, awesome food trucks & alcohol, a 1600 square foot tent with LIVE MUSIC, seating, pet friendly environment & free face painting for the kids! Located on the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 100 Seabreeze, Rockport, Texas! Friday, Saturday, Sunday – 9 am – 4 pm, no fee – open to the public! Every third weekend of the month! FMI, go to ACMTexas.com & follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/rockportmarket | 361-463-0125. 

Find Yourself on the Rockport-Fulton Foodie Trail

Click on the link, view the videos and make your way to experience unique coastal cuisine in the Rockport-Fulton area. 

https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJKAYm5s-tgsVkOHuX7TDbyzZI8iTEQwB

Kids-In-Kayak’s summer program will start in June and continue through August. The program is totally FREE and open to everyone. Kayaking days are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the months. There are two sessions each day. One at 9am and one at 10am. Space is limited. Reserve your place by messaging on the Kids-In Kayak’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ Kids-In-Kayaks-940890076033406

Local Events & Attractions

Rockport Center for the Arts

July 2-3 Rockport Art Fest, (featured above)

July 11-15 and July 18-22 Monday-Friday Summer Youth Camp ArtSpace. Pick your week of camp then pick your time slot based on your Child’s 2022-2023 fall school year. Go online to register. Free for children who attend school in Aransas County and $100.00 per child for those who attend school out of the county. rockportartcenter.com/artspace

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  

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service

  • July 7th – Noon-1pm ” Brown Bag “Become a Master Gardener” Speaker: AG/NR Agent Ginger Easton-Smith
  • July 7th – 1:30 pm Registration Session / New Master Gardener Class in August.
  • July 19th – Noon-1pm “Brown Bag “Wildflowers – Plant Now for Spring” Speaker – Ernie Schertz, Master Gardener.

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

The History Center for Aransas County

  • July 10 – 2:00 pm Texas Women Naturalists (including Connie Hagar) by Jennifer Bristol at the History Center.
  • July 24 – 2:00 pm Thank you, Suffragettes! by DJ Chilcoat and Sharon Flood at the Fulton Mansion State Historic Site.

Sundays at the History Center

Unsung Heroines, exhibit featuring posters about women pioneers, Harriet Fulton, twentieth century ladies, women you served, leaders for the community, arts on the coast, fashion, women’s networks, and elected officials. 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, TX.  | A Pathways Venue | For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit http://www.hcfriends.net/ 

Rockport Country Club

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

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site

  • July 12, 7 pm, Join us on the Fulton Mansion lawn for FREE family event! Make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. This month featured entertainment is Steelwater Band.

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

Texas Maritime Museum & Education Center

TMM Administration Office (white bldg.., blue roof) – 361-729-1271

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

Bay Education Center

Free Summer Programs, 11 am – 12 pm, fun and creative activities for K-12 students, *limited to first 15 kids*

  • July 1 – Weather/Make Rain Gauges
  • July 5 – Seashells/Make a Wind Chime
  • July 19 – Bat Blitz
  • July 22 – Hermit Crab Talk/Hermit Crab Craft
  • July 29 – Exploring the Bay(Bay Walk)

Contact info: Sarah.Melendez@austin.utexas.edu

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/

Rockport Little Theatre

  • July 10 – 11 – 4pm-6pm Audition Notice Arsenic and Old Lace. All Roles Available.
  • July 22 -23 – 7pm Comedy & Hypnosis Show with Steve Espinoza and Joseph Roberts.

$20.00 online/Door https:/aransas-rep.com

For tickets, show dates, or more information please call 361-230-2660. Located at 99 N. Austin St. Rockport, TX 78382. To purchase tickets or buy a brick as a fundraiser for the performing arts of Rockport Little Theatre: https://www.rockportlittletheatre.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. Come enjoy the newly renovated Rockport Railroad Depot museum, open every Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. One of 51 Cultural Districts in Texas, the Rockport District is an arts and humanities organization that sponsors historic restoration, museum creation, public artwork, including sculptures and murals, musical and transportation history events, and literary publications about Regional Texas History, including book-signings, artists presentations, and Symposium. Discover more about the galleries, shops, restaurants, food trucks, and cultural institutions in the District at https://rockportculturalartsdistrict.com/

Passport to the Past

Rockport Cultural Arts District has a new program called Passport to Aransas County’s Rich and Vibrant History. Your adventure begins with 4 exciting venues to explore.

Visit The Fulton Mansion, Texas Maritime Museum, Rockport Railroad Depot, and the History Center for Aransas County. At each venue scan the QR Code and fill out your passport digitally and complete the challenge. Each of the participating venues offers a unique learning and exploring experience. After completing the challenge digitally at all 4 venue you earn a prize! It is fun and educational way to check out our community.  https://passport2thepast.com/aransas-county-passport/

Aransas Pathways

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 Schoolhouse Museum

Open every Saturday from 1 pm – 4 pm, with free tours! Come see what a one-room schoolhouse looked like! See a perfect replica of the Fulton Mansion and view interesting items that have been donated by Fulton residents. Located at 305 7th Street, Fulton, TX 78358.

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!

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.

Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Center is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 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)

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.

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

Pickleball

Rockport-Fulton High School tennis courts open to the public. No charge. Each court can have 4 players. *courts are available . First come – first serve basis. Just bring your own equipment. For more information contact Molly Jackson McConville 361- 463 -6328 or email: mollyjmcconville@gmail.com

Community Aquatic Park

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

Memorial Park

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.

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.

Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions

Group 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 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.


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