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Are you in search of a fantastic beach destination to enjoy your 4th of July weekend? Then look no further than the seaside city of Port Aransas, Texas! Here you’ll find warm and inviting Gulf waters, beautiful sandy shores, and an inviting town atmosphere that will make you feel like you are in your home away from home. For the 4th of July holiday weekend especially, Port Aransas is filled with fun activities that are sure to keep you entertained all weekend long. From arts and crafts to live music and fireworks shows, the perfect 4th of July weekend awaits you in beautiful Port Aransas!

Independence Day Fireworks

The cornerstone of any successful 4th of July weekend has to be attending a fantastic fireworks show. Luckily, Port Aransas has you covered with their Independence Day Fireworks Display. Celebrate America’s birthday with a breathtaking 30-minute fireworks spectacular lighting up the skies. Located in Robert Joints Park, this event is free for all to attend. However, as this a must-see event in Port Aransas, plan to arrive early to get parking and a good view. The show begins promptly at 9:30pm. Enjoy the view from the shores or consider renting a boat and enjoying the show from the Gulf. Either way, you are sure to be wowed by the fireworks show here!

Rockport Art Fest

Although a fireworks show is the bread and butter of a 4th of July weekend, the fun and entertainment doesn’t stop there in Port Aransas. To enjoy the holiday weekend like a local, consider heading to nearby Rockport at attend the Rockport Art Fest. Founded in 1969 as a way to raise funds for the local arts, it has grown into a full-blown local institution in Texas, with over 120 artists participating to show their works to over 10,000 annual attendees. In addition to great art shown by local artist, you can also enjoy live music, great food, a live auction, and plenty of activities for kids. The event will be held on July 3rd from 10am to 6pm and July 4th from 10am to 5pm. Consider purchasing a VIP ticket for $15 that allows you entry to both days of the fest beginning at 9am. If you want less of a commitment, a one-day pass is only $10. Attend one of the most popular events in the Port Aransas area and support the local arts scene by spending some time at the Rockport Art Fest!

Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series

For country music lovers, there is no better event in Port Aransas than the Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series! This is the 8th annual event and is quickly becoming a must-do for locals and visitors alike for 4th of July weekend. Spend Saturday evening enjoying live country music, Texas style, in an intimate environment. The event will be held at the Palm Plaza, adjacent to the Black Marlin at Palmilla Beach Resort. Enjoy dinner at Black Marlin and then head to the lawn for great live music. General admission tickets are $30; you can also reserve a table for 8 for $500. Those who choose general admission are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. This year, the Rankin Twins performance begins at 7pm sharp to be followed by Sunny Sweeney at 9pm. If you love county music, then the Palmilla Beach Summer Concert Series is a can’t miss event during your 4th of July vacation in Port Aransas!

Live Music at The Back Porch

If you want to spend your 4th of July weekend in Port Aransas, then you definitely want to make time to head to local bar and venue The Back Porch. The atmosphere here is relaxed and a little rough around the edges but is definitely friendly and charming. Feel like you are sitting in your own back porch, if your home was on the beach, at this great outdoor venue. Enjoy live music here nearly every night of the week, and the weekend of 4th of July is no exception. This year, enjoy a show from local Texas country artist, Zach Walther. The Back Porch combines all of the things that make a vacation in Port Aransas great – a welcoming atmosphere, great Gulf views, drinks served cold, and awesome live music. What could be better?

4th of July is the perfect weekend to plan a getaway to somewhere new, and there are few places better to choose for your next vacation than Port Aransas, Texas. The beautiful beaches and sandy shores are waiting to welcome you! In addition to great year-round activities, there are plenty of fun things to do during the 4th of July weekend. Make the most of your summer holiday vacation by spending it in Port Aransas!

If you’re visiting for a weekend or maybe even a month in Port Aransas during the Fall, Winter and Spring season you are guaranteed ultimate relaxation! Most people avoid our beaches in these off-season months but some would rather avoid the crowds.  There are many things to do in Port Aransas during these times of year and we know some secrets that keep others coming! Depending on the weather, Port Aransas can be a cold beach town and seemingly desolate.

However, for those who do take the time to travel here during these seasons know how beautiful Port Aransas can be! If you’re looking for something to do during these “off-season” months here are the top 10 things to do in Port Aransas. Each destination has an attached URL for more information.

South Texas Birding

There are several places located around town that you can take your binoculars and cameras for a refreshing nature scene. The most popular is the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and Charlie’s Pasture. These two locations are remote from the town and offer nature at its quietest and best. Besides these two places, the jetty on the Port Aransas beach that faces the Corpus Christi Ship Channel offers views of not only birds but awesome ships! There are some places on HWY 361 that have entrances off to the bayside. Most of these places require a 4WD vehicle but there are some paved or caliche roads that are maintained by the state.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/leonabelle_turnbull_birding_center.cfm Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Website, including directions and other information.

http://www.cityofportaransas.org/nature_preserve.cfm Charlie’s Pasture Website, including directions and visitor information.

Fisherman’s Wharf Tours/Fishing Cruises

Enjoy a guided Whooping Crane Cruise or a chartered fishing tour aboard the Fisherman’s Wharf infamous Skat Cat and Wharf Cat vessels.

http://wharfcat.com/winter.htm This is the link for the scheduled events of this year’s 2016 season!

The Red Dragon Pirate Cruises


This cruise is not just for kids! Adults will love the Pirate show that is put on and will be entertained by the games the kids do play, plus drinks are served on board. Winter cruises are until January 29. Click the link above to see the schedule or call for more information!

Beach Combing

There’s not a website for this because it’s plain and simple! Port Aransas is known for the many shells that wash up on shore from the Gulf of Mexico. From Port Aransas to the Fish Pass Jetties and further south, shells are scattered all over. You can do this anytime of the day and see very interesting shells and animals! The Padre Island National Seashore is further south but always has starfish washed on shore and large shells. Take the time to walk the beaches even if you are wrapped up in sweaters and scarves!

Port Aransas Art Museum

The Art Museum offers many classes throughout the seasons to all levels of artists. If you’re here for a month check it out! You may find you have skills you didn’t even know about.

http://www.portaransasartcenter.org/classes-events/ Click here to the schedule of classes and the information for each one! Some do require supplies but down at the beach, your inner creativeness seems to awaken and your inspiration for art is thriving!

Port Aransas Community Theatre

The PACT is a group of local individuals with a love for the performing arts. Each play is very well practiced and performed, so well that you WILL enjoy it with your company!

http://www.portaransascommunitytheatre.com/ Click here to find show times and ticket information!

Whooping Crane Festival

The Whooping Crane Festival is put on by conservationists of Port Aransas and the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau. This event is Feb 25-28 of this year with only a $20 registration fee. If you’re a birder, you definitely want to come out and see our official “Snow Birds.”


Texas Sandfest

Each year people from all over the world venture to Port Aransas to see the impressive professional sand sculptures that are created on our beach! There are many contestants and extremely creative sculptures! You won’t believe these artists are only using sand and maybe a little glue to make these beautiful and detailed sand creations.

www.texassandfest.org This year’s dates are April 29-May 1st.

Fire it! Ceramics

Love painting and art? Fire it! Ceramics has pieces already formed where you can select your piece and paint it! You don’t get to work the clay at this place but let your inner creator break free as you design the pot, plate, or cup of your imagination!



Play a round of golf on a professional Arnold Palmer designed golf course! La Palmilla is just off of HWY 361 with gorgeous greens and fairways. The scenery lets you know that you’re still at the beach while you Tee off!

Fun and Exciting Things to Do in Port Aransas

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