Corpus Christi Festivals and Events

Beyond the Beach, Music, Art, and Rodeos Beckon

Corpus Christi is best known for its beaches and first-class attractions like the USS Lexington and Texas State Aquarium. If you're planning a trip to the Texas Gulf Coast for some time on the beach catching rays and playing in the surf, relaxed hanging out, and great fresh seafood for dinner on a patio overlooking Corpus Christi Bay, you might like to plan your trip so it coincides with one of the special annual events in or near Corpus Christi. Check out this list of top events to see if one of them catches your eye.

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    Corpus Christi Skyline
    The Corpus Christi skyline. Getty Images/Jeremy Woodhouse

    An annual event in Corpus Christi since the 1930s, Buccaneer Days offers a variety of entertainment. Rodeos, musical performances, dance contests, a barbecue cook-off, carnival, and parades are all part of this long-standing event. It happens from May 3 to May 13, 2018.

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    At the Enchanted Forest Renaissance Faire in Ingleside, about 17 miles from Corpus Christi, you'll be immersed in a long-ago time, and you'll see kings, queens, and knights in performances and duels and hear music of the period at this interactive event. You can be part of the scene by dressing in a costume appropriate to the period. The Renaissance comes to life in Ingleside from Dec. 8 through Dec. 10, 2017, when the weather is likely good in South Texas and likely not that great where you live.

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    A three-day celebration of visual and performing arts, the Corpus Christi Festival of Arts has quickly become a favorite annual event for residents and visitors alike. Local and national artists show their work and offer it for sale, and there's live music and dance, along with film screenings. All this takes place against the waterfront backdrop of Corpus Christi Bay. The Festival of the Arts takes place every year on the last weekend of March unless that is Easter weekend.

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    Portland's annual Windfest, its main community festival, is a weekend bursting with fun events that happens every April. Past events include a kid fish pond, chili cook-off, horseshoe tournament, washer tournament, 5k and 10k runs, parade, clowns, hot dog eating contest, dog costume contest, and live entertainment.  Portland is about 8 miles from Corpus Christi.

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    If you want to venture a bit farther from Corpus Christi, check out the Rockport Seafair in Rockport, about 30 miles from Corpus Christi. It's on from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14, 2018, at the Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor. It features crab races, dancing, live entertainment, and plenty of seafood. Seafair also includes a water entertainment area, carnival, and fishing tournament.