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South Padre

Travel Region

Gulf Coast



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

Memorial Day Fireworks

May 28

South Padre Island, 211 W. Whiting St.

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend on South Padre Island with a fireworks display over the bay. For the best viewing spots, check out the restaurants and bars in the Entertainment District.

Dargel Boat Owners Fishing Tournament

June 2-3

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

When summer is in full swing, South Padre Island celebrates the angler approach to island enjoyment by hosting the annual Dargel Boat Owners Tournament each June. For this tournament, the angler who catches the redfish with the most spots wins.

Beach Bash Skate Jam

June 21-22

John L. Tompkins Park, 6100 South Padre Blvd.

At South Padre Island's annual skate competition, there's live music, food, and cash prizes.

Beach Parade

July 4

Beach Access No. 21, Gulf Boulevard

Kick off the Fourth of July with a parade on the sand. If there is rain, the event will be moved to July 5th.

Fourth of July Fireworks

July 4

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

Celebrate the Fourth of July with a spectacular display of lights over the bay.

Ron Hoover Fishing Tournament

July 14-15

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Anglers compete in an exciting bay tournament, with a portion of proceeds going to Make-A-Wish of the Rio Grande Valley.

Texas International Fishing Tournament

Aug. 2-6

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament. Anglers compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon, and offshore. Dockside, thousands of spectators turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore.

Ladies Kingfish Tournament

Aug. 11-13

South Padre Island Convention Center, 7355 Padre Blvd.

The first all-ladies tournament in Texas is divided into two divisions: bay and offshore fishing.

The May 2023 cover of Texas Highways Magazine

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