People and golf carts on the beach at Cinnamon Shores

Port Aransas

Travel Region

Gulf Coast

Population

4,000

The former sleepy fishing village that anchors the northern tip of Mustang Island has been through a lot. But Hurricane Harvey couldn’t keep this community down for long, and it shows in the bounty of attractions and restaurants ready to welcome new visitors.

Upcoming Events

Harvest Moon Regatta

Oct. 6-8

Port Aransas Marina, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

The Harvest Moon Regatta is a sailing race that has been hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club every year since 1987. The offshore race begins in Galveston and ends with a party in Port Aransas. Whether you are new to offshore sailing, a seasoned cruiser, or a serious racer, Harvest Moon has something for you.

harvestmoonregatta.com/home

Wooden Boat Festival

Oct. 21-23

Roberts Point Park, 301 JC Barr Blvd.

Bring your wooden boats to display. Boats don't need to be fancy, just made of wood. They can even be displayed unfinished. Guests can attend informative programs on boat building and even build their own boats.

portaransasmuseum.org/event/2021-wooden-boat-festival

Bassmaster Redfish Cup

Nov. 4-6

Port Aransas Fisherman's Wharf, 900 Tarpon St.

Ten teams compete for their share of a $100,000 purse. Teams are only allowed to weigh two fish in the 20- to 28-inch slot per day rather than the standard five-fish limit for B.A.S.S. events. The contest features a mix of championship-caliber professional redfish teams along with five all-star teams featuring Bassmaster pro anglers paired with redfish pros.

portaransas.org/event/bassmaster-redfish-cup/2462

Barrier Island Ultra

Nov. 5

Beach Lodge , 2016 On the Beach Drive

If you love all things ocean-centric, this is the race for you. The course is run entirely on sand along the Gulf of Mexico. You choose your challenge–hard-packed sand near the water or softer sand near the road. Enjoy the sun and the sound of waves as you persevere through the wind. After your race, hang on the beach, have an ice-cold drink and food from The Beach Lodge, or enjoy some shopping in town. Distances include 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, 50k, and 50 miles.

ultraexpeditions.com/barrier-island-ultra

Holiday Market

Nov. 26-27

Port Aransas Civic Center, 700 W. Ave. A

The Port Aransas Art Center presents its annual holiday market featuring fine art photography, ceramics, jewelry, gift items, and local vendors. Meet the artists while shopping for one-of- a-kind treasures and enjoy warm holiday comfort food and sweet treats by Deserted Island.

portaransasartcenter.org

Garden Club Farley Boat Decorating Contest and Scavenger Hunt

Dec. 2-31

Various locations

Scattered throughout town are numerous cement boat planters created by local businesses. Jump in the car and try to locate all of them pictured in the Farley Boat Scavenger Hunt worksheet. The worksheet can be printed or picked up at the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Port Aransas Parks and Recreation. Once you locate the planters, email your answers in and the winner is announced.

portaransasgardenclub.org/farley-boat-scavenger-hunt

Santa in the Park

Dec. 15

Civic Center, 710 W. Avenue A

Family fun at the Civic Center includes hot chocolate, snacks, stories, and games. Bring your camera or phone and take Santa photos with the kids.

facebook.com/portaparksnrec

New Year's Eve Fireworks Display

Dec. 31

Roberts Point Park, 301 J C Barr Blvd.

The night sky lights up with brilliant colors as Port Aransas celebrates New Year's Eve with a big fireworks show. The show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

cityofportaransas.org/departments/parks-and-recreation

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Jan. 6

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

Restaurant Week

Jan. 20-29

Various locations

Get hooked on Port A by taking a culinary tour through its thriving food culture. Enjoy a prix-fixe lunch and/or a prix-fixe dinner at participating restaurants.

portaransas.org

Port Aransas Garden Club Home Tour

Jan. 28

Various locations

The 33rd annual home tour has a gorgeous lineup of historical and architecturally interesting homes that showcase island living at its best. A home which was included in the original home tour in 1988, an artist's home and studio, new and older cottages, and new construction/renovation are sure to impress.

portaransasgardenclub.org

Port Aransas Art Center First Friday

Feb. 3

Port Aransas Art Center, 104 N. Alister St.

On the first Friday of each month, the Port Aransas Art Center hosts an exhibition of local artworks. Refreshments and live music are part of the fun, and visitors can meet the artists behind the pieces.

portaransasartcenter.org

Whooping Crane Festival

Feb. 23-26

Various locations

Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The event has renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, and a trade show.

portaransas.org/whooping-crane-festival

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