Horses riding in the ocean

South Padre
Island

Travel Region

Gulf Coast

Population

3,000

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.

Upcoming Events

Christmas Parade

Dec. 2

Padre Boulevard, 4701 Padre Blvd.

Kick off the holiday season with the city of South Padre Island's 33rd annual Christmas Parade. Watch as festive groups and beautifully decorated floats pass by on Padre Boulevard.

sopadre.com/event/33rd-annual-christmas-parade/870

Lighted Boat Parade

Dec. 3

South Padre Island Entertainment District, 211 W. Whiting St.

Watch as boats of all sizes cruise by, all decorated in their holiday best. Designated viewing areas throughout the route offer free public viewing, and the bay sparkles with the light of these beautifully decorated boats.

sopadre.com/event/lighted-boat-parade/868

SPI Market Days

Jan. 20-22

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

SPI Market Days has been bringing buyers and sellers together for over 25 years. The market, one of the largest indoor markets in South Texas, is a way to show winter Texans appreciation for their loyalty for returning to the Texas coast year after year. Shop for jewelry, fragrances, clothing, collectibles, arts and crafts, treats, and home decor.

sopadre.com/event/26th-annual-spi-market-days/867

SPI Kite Fest

Feb. 2-4

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Watch professional flyers showcase their skills in both outdoor and indoor performances. Food concessions are available.

sopadre.com/event/spi-kite-fest-2023/869

Surfin' Sunday Lessons

Feb. 21-Sept. 30

DJ Lerma Pavilion, Isla Blanca Park, 33174 State Park Road 100

Every Sunday in front of the DJ Lerma Pavilion, patrons can learn to surf for free.

facebook.com/surfvive.org

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