Fall is nearly here, and with it come the fun community festivals for the whole family to enjoy. Find an event for you in the Corpus Christi area with this list.
What: Explore the huge corn maze and pick out the perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Enjoy the many attractions, such as slides, backyard games, farm animals, cow train, apple blaster, and much more! Don’t forget your camera, so you can capture all the fall photo ops around the farm. Hungry? Enjoy concessions around the farm that serve drinks and delicious foods like burgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, lemonade, ice-cold water, soda, and more.
When: Weekends Sept. 24 through Nov. 6; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays
Where: 5385 County Road 52, Robstown
Cost: TBD
Contact: 361-537-3308 | https://www.rockinkmaze.com/
What: The Rockport Little Theatre presents the classic black comedy, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” about the only thing more deadly than poison: family. Drama critic Mortimer Brewster’s engagement announcement is upended when he discovers a corpse in his elderly aunts’ window seat. Mortimer rushes to tell Abby and Martha before they stumble upon the body themselves, only to learn that the two old women aren’t just aware of the dead man in their parlor, they killed him.
When: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays; Sept. 9-25
Where: Rockport Little Theatre, 99 N. Austin St., Rockport
Cost: $20 general admission
Contact: 361-450-1465 | https://www.rockportlittletheatre.com/
What: Aurora Arts Theatre presents Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show.” This musical satire pays tribute to the era of B-movie horrors and science fiction. A flat tire in a storm strands the innocent and newly engaged Brad and Janet. They seek shelter in the eerie mansion of a transvestite scientist by the name of Dr. Frank-n-Furter. Through elaborate dancing and singing, he reveals his ultimate creation. Recommended for ages 17 and older.
When: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 7 p.m. Saturdays; Sept. 16 through Oct. 29. Special Halloween performance at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31.
Where: Aurora Arts Theatre, 5635 Everhart Road
Cost: $20 general admission
Contact: 361-851-9700 | https://www.auroraartstheatre.com/shows/rhs22
What: Port Aransas Community Theatres presents “I’ll Be Back Before Midnight,” a psychological thriller in the best tradition of Alfred Hitchcock. Jan has recently had a nervous breakdown, and her husband Greg has rented an old farmhouse in the country where she can recover. Soon Jan finds herself tormented by strange sounds in the night, and visions of a vengeful ghost. Is she having another breakdown? Is someone trying to drive her mad?
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays; Sept. 22 through Oct. 9
Where: Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 State Hwy. 361, Port Aransas
Cost: $22 general admission
Contact: 361-749-6036 | https://www.portaransascommunitytheatre.com/i-ll-be-back-before-midnight
What: The Downtown Management District presents the September ArtWalk block parties for all things local! You’ll find block parties on Lomax Street and Peoples Street, plus in La Retama Park, all alongside our downtown businesses.
When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2
Where: Downtown Corpus Christi, Lomax and Peoples Street and La Retama Park
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/godowntowncc
What: CaTS Market’s mission is to support small businesses and promote shopping local. This market is family and pet friendly, with a little something for everyone. Come spend the day in beautiful Heritage Park and meet some of the friendliest people in South Texas. Find that unique item you just can’t live without.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3
Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: Free admission, items available to purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/CaT.S.MarketUNA/
What: Corpus Christi Sokol presents its September Market Day. Shop food, music, arts and crafts, essential oils, clothing, jewelry, all kinds of goodies, and more at this indoor and outdoor market.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10
Where: Sokol Hall, 5502 Kostoryz Road
Cost: Free admission and parking
Contact: 361-854 8423 | https://www.facebook.com/SokolCC
What: The 34th annual HummerBird Celebration coincides with the spectacular fall migration of the ruby-throated hummingbird through the area and is held at various locations around Rockport-Fulton Sept. 15-19. A variety of activities are offered throughout the weekend, including events with keynote speaker and internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award winning author Richard Crossley. Go on field trips, boat trips, see the hummers stocking up at feeders as they prepare for their amazing trip to their winter home, learn about birds, butterflies, dragonflies, gardens that attract birds with our programs and workshops. Also, discover what’s new for the birding enthusiast at our “nature only” vendor booths in our Hummer Mall at the Rockport-Fulton High School on Friday and Saturday only.
When: Thursday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 18
Where: various locations in Rockport-Fulton
Cost: varies by event
Contact: 361-729-6445 | https://www.rockport-fulton.org/HB
What: The Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center will open its doors free of charge on Saturday, Sept. 17, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity.
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center, 1809 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: Free admission; must download free ticket (entry for 2 guests) at https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2022/texas-state-museum-of-asian-cultures-and-education/tickets/.
Information: https://www.facebook.com/TexasStateAsianCulturesMuseumandEducationCenter/
What: CaTS Market’s mission is to support small businesses and promote shopping local. This market is family and pet friendly, with a little something for everyone so come on out to the island and enjoy a day filled with shopping with friends and family. There is a playground, basketball court, and volleyball area to keep the kids busy while you shop.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: Don & Sandy Billish Park, 15601 Gypsy St.
Cost: Free admission, items available to purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/CaT.S.MarketUNA/
What: Every year, Pawfest brings family, friends, and pet lovers from all over to enjoy two days of fun and giving back to the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Enjoy live stunt dog shows from All-Star Stunt Dogs, vendors, food trucks, wiener dog races, kid zone, and more!
When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sunday, Sept. 18
Where: Gulf Coast Humane Society, 3118 Cabaniss Parkway
Cost: $10 adults; $5 children under 13 years old; $5 beer tickets; $10 raffle tickets
Contact: 361-225-0845 | https://www.facebook.com/gulfcoasthumanesocietycc
What: Join the Friends of Padre for a fun-filled day on Padre Island. Visitors will find live music, kids’ activities, food, local breweries, and vendors. Other family activities include a petting zoo, pony rides, and face painting. Friends of Padre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and betterment of North Padre Island and the people and wildlife that call it home, and are the organizers behind the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup.
When: noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: Briscoe King Pavilion in Padre Balli Park, 15820 Park Road 22
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/Friends-of-Padre-459585877431404
What: Lay out your lederhosen and dust off your dirndls because Oktoberfest is back at Lorelai Brewing. Enjoy some mermazing brews and all-day entertainment for all ages, during this family-friendly event with a new brew release, live music, and local vendors.
When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: Lorelai Brewing Company, 520 NAS Drive
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/loreleibrewing
What: Corpus Christi’s first year-round Halloween store is proud to announce its grand opening event. What better way to celebrate than to have a spooky lot party/market?! Guests will enjoy live music, food vendors, Halloween/spooky-style vendor booths, fire breather and more. This is family-friendly, all-around fun for all Halloween lovers.
When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Where: Wild Wolf Halloween Store, 5417 S. Staples St. Ste. 101
Cost: Free admission
Contact: 361-480-9877 | https://www.facebook.com/Wildwolfhalloween
What: Oktoberfest 2022 is sure to be the best of all Oktoberfest! This year Nueces Brewing is planning polka bands all day, huge outdoor tent, commemorative steins, sausage, kraut, pretzels, beer cheese and Märzenbier! And don’t miss the keg Toss and masskrug (stein holding) contest!
When: noon Saturday, Sept. 24
Where: Nueces Brewing Co., 401 S. Water Street
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/nuecesbrewing/
What: Oktobluffest returns for its third year at Bluff’s Landing. Join a weekend packed full of great food and drinks, Oktoberfest-style games, competitions, live music, markets and more.
When: noon to 11 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2
Where: Bluff’s Landing Marina and Lodge, 4242 Laguna Shores Road
Cost: TBD
Contact: https://www.oktobluffest.com/
What: CaTS Market’s mission is to support small businesses and promote shopping local. This market is family and pet friendly, with a little something for everyone. Come spend the day in beautiful Heritage Park and meet some of the friendliest people in South Texas. Find that unique item you just can’t live without.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1
Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: Free admission, items available to purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/CaT.S.MarketUNA/
What: From delicious gumbo to the hilarious live crab races, this family-oriented event has become a favorite for all of South Texas. The arts and crafts and Seafair market vendors will host more than 120 vendors. Friday night headliner is the ever-popular Cory Morrow Band. Do you like adventure on the water? Sign up for the fun and crazy cardboard boat races. There is a competition for all ages. Not to be missed are the hilarious crab races on a wooden racetrack, join in on the fun or just be a spectator. The carnival is back and will have a special opening night on Thursday, Oct. 6. And don’t miss the food, with Gumbo Alley serving up 7,200 cups of gumbo, the Saturday gumbo cooking competition or the salsa and dessert competition on Sunday.
When: Oct. 7-9; 5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Festival Grounds at Rockport Harbor, 1500 E. Laurel St., Rockport
Cost: $10 admission adults, Free kids 12 and younger 6; $20 for 3-day weekend wristband; $40 VIP passes
Contact: https://www.rockport-fulton.org/Seafair-Home
What: The Downtown Management District presents the September ArtWalk block parties for all things local! You’ll find block parties on Lomax Street and Peoples Street, plus in La Retama Park, all alongside our downtown businesses.
When: 6-10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7
Where: Downtown Corpus Christi, Lomax and Peoples Street and La Retama Park
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/godowntowncc
What: Celebrate healthy living and eating by way of plant-based lifestyles. Back for another year, this festival serves as a time to celebrate and promote plant-based foods, animal rights, and environmental sustainability. There will be lots of vendors. Lots of plant-based foods. And lots of fun! Enjoy music, speakers and cooking demonstrations.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase
Contact: 361-739-5573 | https://www.facebook.com/CorpusChristiVegFest
What: The 11th annual Thomas J. Henry Bark in the Park Costume Contest and Expo is back. This fun, festive event brings together pet owners, local pet businesses, pet rescue organizations, and no-kill pet shelters in an attempt to raise money and awareness for pet initiatives in the community, with family-friendly entertainment and activities including a kid’s zone, pet expo, adoption drive, and of course the main event — the Howl-o-Ween Pet Costume Contest for cash prizes. Local organization supported by the event are PeeWee’s Pet Adoption, Gulf Coast Humane Society, Mission Pawsible, and Shelteramutt.
When: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8
Where: Water’s Edge Park, 602 S. Shoreline Blvd.
Cost: Free to attend; registration fee required to participate in pet costume contest
Contact: barkinthepark@tjhlaw.com | http://bark.tjhlaw.com
What: The Texas Jazz Festival is the longest, largest, free running festival in the world! Come out to this free annual event and enjoy some of the BEST jazz musicians around, delicious food from vendors and pick up some fun and creative gifts from all the market vendors.
When: Friday, Oct. 14 through Sunday, Oct. 16
Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: Free admission
Contact: 361-688-1296 | https://www.texasjazz-fest.org/
What: CaTS Market’s mission is to support small businesses and promote shopping local. This market is family and pet friendly, with a little something for everyone so come on out to the island and enjoy a day filled with shopping with friends and family. There is a playground, basketball court, and volleyball area to keep the kids busy while you shop.
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15
Where: Don & Sandy Billish Park, 15601 Gypsy St.
Cost: Free admission, items available to purchase
Contact: https://www.facebook.com/CaT.S.MarketUNA/
What: South Texas Food Truck Festival is celebrating its largest event @ Whataburger Field with 50 food trucks serving up wonderful dishes and food creations for everyone to enjoy. Attendees will also enjoy live music, arts & craft alley, petting zoo, face painting and plenty of kid activities at the Kid’s Field Zone.
When: noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 22
Where: Whataburger Field, 734 E. Port Ave.
Cost: $5 parking; Free event admission, items available for purchase
Contact: 361-444-9566 | https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristifoodtruckfestival
What: Surftoberfest is upon us! Join the annual event on Saturday, Oct. 22, benefiting the Texas Surf Museum. This is an outdoor fall festival that features, food, live music, fun for all ages, and of course, lots and lots of beer. Activities will include a stein-holding contest, costume contests, arts and crafts activities for the kids, and so much more.
When: noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22
Where: Water Street Market, 309 N. Water Street
Cost: Free admission
Information: info@surftoberfestcc.com | https://www.facebook.com/surftoberfest
What: Aranza-BOO will be an opportunity for our families in our community to celebrate with some free, outdoor Halloween fun. Families will enjoy an afternoon full of crafts, trick-or-treating, self-guided walking tours of Camp Aranzazu and MORE.
When: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29
Where: Camp Aranzazu, 5420 Loop 1781, Rockport
Cost: Free
Contact: 361-727-0800 | https://www.facebook.com/camparanzazu
What: Come enjoy an authentic, hearty, cowboy breakfast cooked and served outdoors on the historic King Ranch. Local volunteers will be serving up heaping plates of eggs, refried beans, biscuits n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and orange juice. Team roping, historical exhibits and old-time cow camp cooking demonstrations will be part of the morning’s activities, along with cowboy poetry, storytelling and musical entertainment. Come get a taste of cowboy life.
When: 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19
Where: King Ranch, State Highway 141, Kingsville
Cost: $6 per person; Free kids age 3 and under
Contact: 361-592-6411 | https://king-ranch.com/visit/special-events
What: Join the annual Corpus Christi Wine Festival for 2022! Enjoy live music, food trucks, shopping, live art, over 100 varieties of wine, and all your favorite local breweries as well.
When: 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 19
Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.
Cost: $25 general admission; starter packs with tasting tickets start at $40
Contact: https://corpuschristiwinefestival.com/

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