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2023 Festivals and Events in Rockport, Texas You Have to See!

Updated: Feb 7

Rockport Fulton Market Days
Rockport Fulton Market Days

Do you like exploring the vibrant culture of Texas? Do you like going to awesome Festivals and Events? Then look no further than a place called Rockport, Texas!

Located on the Texas Gulf Coast just a short drive from San Antonio, Houston, or Corpus Christi. There is no doubt that this charming coastal paradise can easily be your one-stop destination for a wonderful mix of festivals and events throughout the year. You will find everything from top art shows to seafood feasts, to world-class markets.

As you stroll through this quaint beachside city, you can expect to encounter great

music performances, amazing film screenings, and unforgettable festivals - all adding up to an exciting getaway experience that stays with you long after it's over!

Get ready to explore Rockport, TX, and join in on some of its biggest events! From festivals with live music to family-friendly market days - the Rockport Fulton area has something for everyone. Discover when you can experience all that this amazing Texas town has to offer and start planning your dream getaway today!

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Rockport Fulton Market Days

We can't really tell you about all of the great events and festivals that go on in the Rockport Fulton area without first starting off with one of the best markets in the state of Texas. Rockport Fulton Market Days is a monthly festival held every third weekend of every month in Rockport Texas at the Rockport Festival Grounds and has been going on for over 5 years now.

Rockport Fulton Market Days
Rockport Fulton Market Days

They feature over 100 great Art & Craft Vendors, Resale Vendors, Women’s Boutiques, Custom Jewelry, Awesome Food Trucks, Free Face Painting, and Live Music. I mean they have all kinds of stuff from handmade items to homemade treats. You will have no problems finding some really cool and unique items. It's really hands down one of the best markets in the state of Texas and we would put it up against any other market going on in the United States.

We will also mention that this is Pet-Friendly so literally everyone is welcome to attend! The monthly event is always free and is going to be starting Friday 9 am-4 pm, and again on Saturday and Sunday from 9 am-4 pm every third weekend of every month.

Throw in the fact that it is held on the Rockport Texas Waterfront within walking distance of Rockport Beach Park, Rockport Harbor, and Downtown Rockport. This monthly festival is a guaranteed great time with lots of options to continue your adventure while visiting the area.

Now we will break down the other main events going on throughout the year to help you

better plan your visit to the Rockport Fulton area.

See Rockport Market Days full schedule here:

Rockport Fulton Market Days


Lamardi Gras and Parade

Lamardi Gras Festival and Parade
Lamardi Gras Festival and Parade

The first big event of the year after of course Rockport Market Days mentioned above is the Lamardi Gras and Parade. Lamardi Gras is a celebration with a local flare to benefit the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department. This annual event occurs the second Friday of February at Lamar Volunteer Fire Department located at 302 Bois D'arc, Rockport, TX 78382.

This year's date and times are Feb 10, 5:00 PM – Feb 11, 11:00 PM

at the Lamar Volunteer Fire Station, 302 Bois D' Arc St, Rockport, TX 78382, USA

Lamar is a community located just nine miles north of Rockport on Highway 35 just over the bridge and is home to one of the most famous trees in the world "The Big Tree"

The Big Tree in Lamar Texas
The Big Tree in Lamar Texas

The celebration starts Friday evening at 5-11 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 11 pm. Activities include a parade, live music, cold beer, themed food, live auctions, casinos, and more.

All proceeds go toward Lamar fire department facilities, equipment, and training. The Lamar Fire Department is 100% volunteer and is one of three departments in the Aransas County fire fighting team.

Here is a Link to the main event website for more information


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The Fulton Oysterfest

Last year's event turned out to be one of the best of all times.

Fulton Oysterfest
Fulton Oysterfest

Originally created to celebrate the rich oyster harvest brought in by the local fleets, the Fulton Oysterfest has become one of Texas's biggest and best celebrations. It is a time for locals and visitors alike to enjoy fresh seafood and take part in fun activities to commemorate this great tradition.

This year the event will take place from Thursday, March 2nd, 2023 to Sunday, March 5th, 2023

and takes place at the Fulton Harbor Park

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From the iconic Oysterfest Parade to renowned local food vendors, Fulton Oysterfest is a celebration like no other. Enjoy music and entertainment while sampling the best seafood around. There are art and craft vendors to browse, a super carnival area, and activities to keep you entertained all day long. If you're looking for an experience that's as unique as it is fun, then look no further than the 44th annual Fulton Oysterfest!

Take a look around at Fulton Texas during the Oysterfest

There is something for everyone to enjoy at Fulton Oysterfest, from the fresh shucked oysters to the tasty bivalves of all kinds. Whether you’re a seafood enthusiast or just curious about the local culture, this event provides an opportunity to learn and connect with the people of Fulton Texas, and especially the Fulton Volunteer Fire Department which sponsors and runs the celebration. Spend your time exploring the art and music, taking part in the oyster eating contest, and more. It’s a truly unforgettable celebration that won’t be easily forgotten!

Carnival Area at the Fulton Oysterfest
Carnival Area at the Fulton Oysterfest

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Annual Rockport Crawfish Cook-Off and Tasting

Starting in the springtime right around spring break the city comes alive with its first huge event the Annual Rockport Crawfish Cook-Off and Tasting.

Annual Rockport Crawfish Cookoff and Tasting
Annual Rockport Crawfish Cookoff and Tasting

This fun-filled 2-day event is now the biggest crawfish festival in the whole coastal bend with over 10,000 attendees. Last year it served over 20,000 lbs of crawfish. It's where the best crawfish-cooking teams get together to compete for the grand prize of holding the yearly crown.

Annual Rockport Crawfish Cookoff and Tasting 2023 Poster
Annual Rockport Crawfish Cookoff and Tasting 2023

This Years celebration will be from Friday, Mar 17 2023 to Saturday March 18th, 2023

The festival features all-you-can-eat crawfish, famous live music acts like America Allen and Kevin Fowler, a large carnival area, and of course some ice-cold beer and beverages! Held on the waterfront property behind Downtown Rockport adjacent to the Rockport Pier

Check out the view from last year's Festival!

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This year you will be able to meet and hydrate with the world-famous cajun chef and social media celebrity known as Stale Cracker. It's an event like no other bringing in the springtime with a great time.

You can find out more about the event and a link to purchase tickets by visiting our events page:

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Rockport Yacht Club's 2023 Annual Nautical Flea Market

Get ready to take off on a nautical voyage at the Rockport Yacht Club's 2023 Annual Nautical Flea Market! Sailors and landlubbers alike can explore over 60 vendors featuring all sorts of amazing, sea-inspired items. There will be plenty to satisfy even seafarer bellies – food stands line the pier while an array of drinks awaits those who dock their vessels at the club porch. Cast away for this memorable maritime experience!

Rockport Yacht Club Nautical Flea Market
Rockport Yacht Club Nautical Flea Market

Nautical Items: Fishing, Sailing, Power Boating, Windsurfing, Scuba, New & Used Parts, Tools, Motors, Rods, Reels, Sails, Nautical Art, New & Used Boats, Dinghies, & Kayaks Buy, Sell, or Trade.

10-5 Saturday 10-4 Sunday

$5 entrance fee each day

Children under 12 are free!



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Annual Battle on the Bay BBQ Cookoff

Don't miss out on the opportunity to support a great cause this fall! On October 24th, come to join us for our 5th Annual Battle of the Bay BBQ Cook-off. We'll have plenty of amazing food cooked up by some extraordinary chefs competing in our cook-off as well as auctions and vendors to explore while enjoying live music all day! All proceeds will directly benefit The Boys & Girls Club's mission - providing young people with access to safe places where they can learn, grow, and discover their potential. So don’t hesitate – to come out and start your weekend off right at Aransas County’s biggest fundraiser event ever thrown!

Battle on the Bay BBQ Cookoff
Battle on the Bay BBQ Cookoff

Live Music, Auctions, Vendors, and Great BBQ!! Join The Fundraiser for The Boys and Girls Club of Aransas County, great food and great music while helping to raise money for the kids of Aransas County!

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Rockport Art Festival

Every year, the coastal town of Rockport comes alive with creativity and celebration at its renowned Art Festival! Hosted by the esteemed Rockport Center for Arts, this event is a showcase of incredible artwork from local and regional artists - featuring paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. Stroll through booths brimming with unique pieces to purchase or admire; listen to live music while sipping on cocktails; enjoy delicious food offerings all in good company – it’s an immersive experience that captures some of Texas' best talent as well community spirit!

Rockport Texas Art Festival during 4th of July Weekend
Rockport Art Festival during 4th of July Weekend

For over fifty years, Rockport Art Festival has been at the epicenter of summertime in Texas. Each year, more than 10 thousand art buyers gather on the coastal town's festival grounds to explore and purchase works from 120+ artists – essentially creating an extensive outdoor gallery for all to appreciate! Not only does this event provide a much-needed boost to local economies but it also serves as a fundraiser for Rockport Center For The Arts; proceeds are used towards sustaining their array of free or low-cost programs throughout the year.

New Center of the Arts Building

This year's event is made even more special as guests to the festival will be able to go see the New Rockport Center of the Arts building and event center. The Modern new Art complex features a beautiful complex that offers artistic exploration, creativity, and knowledge. It features a spacious 12,000 sq ft visual art area for education, an expansive 10k square feet convention hall ideal for performances as well as a tranquil 15 k sculptural gardens perfect to admire nature's beauty.

New Rockport Center for the Arts Building
New Rockport Center for the Arts Building

Transform your events and meetings into modern adventures with The ROCC! Located in the vibrant heart of Rockport, Texas Gulf Coast - just steps away from shopping, eateries, attractions, and nightlife - this dynamic new venue is the ideal spot to mix creativity and efficiency. For a complete immersion experience try visiting its adjacent neighbor on Aransas Bay: the brand-new Rockport Center for Arts where art galleries & classes await.

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4th of July Wendell Family Fireworks

Rockport, Texas is the perfect place to experience all that Independence Day has to offer. For over fifty years, the Wendell Family Fireworks show has been dazzling skies with vibrant colors and awe-inspiring displays - making it one of America's premier July 4th destinations!

Experience an Independence Day like no other this year at Rockport Fulton! We boast a stunning beach, top-notch fireworks extravaganza and so much more - all of which will take your breath away. Travel to Rockport, TX for the holiday weekend and soak up its atmosphere – you won't want it to end!

Firework Display over Little Bay Rockport Texas
Firework Display over Little Bay Rockport Texas

The Wendell Family started their fireworks display on July 4, 1965, entertaining family and friends. The following year, they expanded the show and moved to a public location in Rockport, attracting larger crowds. Jerry and later his sons Wayde and Shawn became certified pyrotechnicians and continued to increase the size and quality of the fireworks.

In the 1970s, with the support of local residents and businesses, the show evolved into an outstanding display. The tradition continues to be celebrated annually, now managed by the Wendell Family Fund, a non-profit organization. The show has grown tremendously over the years and is funded by private donations. It is a fully tax-deductible 501(c)(3) public charity.

If you want some more information about the 4th of July and all the things going on that weekend check out our blog post article July 4th in Rockport Texas and Rockport Beach (

If you’re looking for something that gets your adrenaline pumping then check out this tasty little video we made during that time.

We have been live broadcasting the event for the last couple of years via our Facebook Page

if you want to get in on the action then visit our Facebook page and push the like button to get notified when the show is about to start.

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Rockport-Fulton Seafair 2023

Rockport Fulton Seafair
Rockport Fulton Seafair

Experience the Gulf Coast's maritime heritage during Rockport Fulton Sea Fair, an annual event that brings locals and tourists together in celebration. For over 48 years people have come to enjoy live music, seafood booths, arts and crafts, plus an exciting parade! It’s an opportunity for everyone to immerse themselves in this unique coastal culture ‒ all while having fun with friends & family - so don't miss out on your chance of experiencing it firsthand.

Seafair Parade in Downtown Rockport
Seafair Parade in Downtown Rockport

Get ready for three days of seaside fun at the 48th Annual Rockport-Fulton Seafair! On October 6 - 8, 2023 join us as we celebrate all things marine with big-name live entertainment, 120+ vendors showcasing delicious Gumbo and Chili Cook-Offs, crab races and SO MUCH MORE. Whether you're looking to shop 'till you drop or just sip in the summer breeze while listening to great music there's something here for everyone so be sure not to miss it. "Celebrate the Sea" with us this year!

Carnival Area at the Rockport Fulton Seafair
Carnival Area at the Rockport Fulton Seafair

Rockport Fulton Seafair
Rockport Fulton Seafair

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Who we are

The website is a comprehensive guide to the towns of Rockport and Fulton, Texas. The website provides a wealth of information about the local area, including events, activities, and attractions.

Arial View of the Rockport Texas Waterfront
Rockport Texas USA

Visitors to the website can find information about local festivals, markets, and events, as well as details about local businesses, restaurants, and accommodations. The website also features a calendar of events, so visitors can easily plan their trip and make the most of their time in Rockport and Fulton.

In addition to providing information about the local area. is also a great resource for those who are interested in the history and culture of Rockport and Fulton. The website includes articles and photos that highlight the rich history of the towns and their unique character.

Overall, the website is an excellent resource for anyone planning a trip to Rockport and Fulton, or for those who simply want to learn more about these charming coastal towns.

The Town of Fulton Texas at sunset
The Town of Fulton Texas

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