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South Padre Island

South Padre Island is a hotbed of beach culture with lodging, dining, nightlife, and watersports. Northward, Padre Island National Seashore protects the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, along with the wildlife that depends on it.

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Upcoming Events

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo

Jan. 22-26

Each day of this expo features knowledgeable speakers offering different aspects of fishing, boating...

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo

Jan. 21-25

This five-day exposition is a family-friendly way to learn about the wildlife and environment of the...

Market Days

Jan. 24-26.

Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts,...

Winterfest

Jan. 29

A musical festival specifically with the Winter Texan in mind, featuring all-day music, raffles, and...

SPI Kite Fest

Jan. 30-Feb. 1

What started out as a mere "fun fly" is now one of the biggest kite festivals in the country....

South Padre Island Chili Expo

Feb. 8

SPICE is an annual fundraising event organized by the volunteers of Walk for Women, a nonprofit that...

Market Days

Feb. 21-23

Featuring handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, cosmetics and fragrances, rare arts and crafts,...

Heatwave: Spring Break Car Jam

March 7-8

This custom truck and car show began in 1989 and was founded by two custom truck clubs in Austin. Th...

SPI Sand Crab 5K and 10K Nighttime Beach Run

April 18

Attracting runners from across the Rio Grande Valley and beyond, the Sand Crab is an event that crea...

Splash South Padre

April 23-26

This four-day celebration is packed with special guests, concerts and events, exciting pool parties,...

Jailbreak

May 2

A South Padre Island tradition, the Jailbreak takes place every May, with thousands of runners conqu...

Shallow Sport Tournament

May 15-17

The tournament is the unofficial kickoff to summer and attracts participants in droves to South Pad...


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