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South Padre Island Open Water Festival

South Padre Island Open Water Festival

Start: Nov 04, 2017 End: Nov 05, 2017
Open Water Planet returns to South Padre Island, the Sandcastle Capital of the World, the first weekend in November this fall.   Press pause on winter's arrival and join us in sunny warm South Texas.  One of the best kept secrets in Texas,  SPI offers a host of activity options including kiteboarding, surfing, jet skiing, paddle boarding, skydiving and the...
South Padre Marathon 2017

South Padre Marathon 2017

Start: Nov 10, 2017 End: Nov 12, 2017
WHERE YOU FINISH COUNTS The medal sits lightly as it sparkles in the suns brilliance, only matched in radiance by the smile that now adorns your face, your naked feet greet the soothing Gulf waters in reward for their valiant effort. You met the suns first rays as you crossed the still waters of the Laguna Madre, but that was...
Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre Island

Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre Island

Start: Nov 04, 2017 End: Nov 05, 2017
Come and ride like a true professional! The Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre Island is a real beautiful route full of incredible sites. We will cross the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway twice. The best part if that you will ride along with cycling legend, Raul Alcala. Finishing the Raul Alcala Challenge South Padre a big party will be waiting for...
HalloWings

HalloWings

Start: Oct 27, 2017 End: Oct 29, 2017
Buy Tickets Schedule of Events: Friday, October 27, 2017 Monarch Friday Night at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM Friday, October 27, 2017 Boo Bash Movie Night Free arts and crafts, 6:15 p.m. Movie showing at 7 p.m. South Padre Island Convention Centre • Join us for a spooktacular evening featuring Halloween crafts...
Boo Bash Movie Night

Boo Bash Movie Night

Oct 27, 2017
Escape to Texas’ only tropical island for a funfilled family getaway to celebrate Halloween and the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. South Padre Island is honored to partner with the SPI Birding and Nature Center for the inaugural HalloWings Across South Padre Island Festival on Oct. 27-29. HalloWings Festival activities will be held...
Breakfast With The Pirates of the Laguna Madre

Breakfast With The Pirates of the Laguna Madre

Oct 29, 2017
Escape to Texas’ only tropical island for a fun filled family getaway to celebrate Halloween and the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly from North America to Central Mexico. South Padre Island is honored to partner with the SPI Birding and Nature Center for the inaugural HalloWings Across South Padre Island Festival on Oct. 27-29. HalloWings Festival activities will be...
SPI Fishing Days

SPI Fishing Days

Start: Oct 20, 2017 End: Oct 22, 2017
South Padre Island Fishing Days is the Island’s official fishing & boat expo and is taking place for the first time in October 2017. On October 20 - 22 the South Padre Island Convention Center will be hosting five local boat dealers, all-things fishing and much more!
Veterans Day Celebration 2017

Veterans Day Celebration 2017

Nov 11, 2017
The City of South Padre Island invites you to the 7th annual Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the South Padre Island Convention Centre at 2 PM. Join South Padre Island Mayor, Barry Patel, as we recognize all veterans and celebrate the 6th anniversary of the Purple Heart Trail. Performance by Pelican West.

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Shuttle Service on the Bayside Drive

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Walks

Padremaniac VIP Card Event: March Madness

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Walks

Padremaniac VIP Card Event: ABC Party

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Walks

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Open Clay Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tours

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour

Bird Walks

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Open Paint Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

El Paseo Arts Presents: Exit the Body

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Open Clay Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Butterfly Park Planting

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Open Paint Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Habitat Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Open Mic Night at Aquarium Bar of Causeway Cafe SPI

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Open Clay Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Kevin Roldan in Concert

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Paint Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Habitat Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Easter Brunch Extravaganza at Beachside Bar & Grill

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Open Clay Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bird Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Bands on the Beach – Live Music & Fireworks

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Open Paint Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Habitat Tour at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Open Clay Classes

SPLASH South Padre

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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SPLASH South Padre

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bands on the Beach – Live Music & Fireworks

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Open Paint Classes

SPLASH South Padre

South Padre Sand Crab Beach Run

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South Padre Island Farmer’s Market

SPLASH South Padre

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Crab Races @ The Quarterdeck Lounge

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Open Clay Classes

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

Bands on the Beach – Live Music & Fireworks

Fireworks on the Hilton Beach Deck

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Open Paint Classes

Run the Jailbreak South Padre

Guided Nature Walks at the SPI Birding & Nature Center

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There’s something for everyone on South Padre Island. You’ll find that the island hosts an incredible diversity of family, sporting, and nature events all year round.

Springtime on South Padre Island brings celebrations both holy and wild. It’s wedding season, and there’s no better place to create an eternal partnership than on the serene beaches where the sea meets the land. Easter and Semana Santa (Holy Week) bring in many extended families and international tourists celebrating a sacred, spiritual time together with the beautiful beaches of South Padre Island as a backdrop. In contrast, spring break makes for many families and students a beachside getaway, and the LGBTQ community celebrates pride and unity with Splash, a weekend long event complete with parties, stage shows, and formal events. In April, fireworks on the beach begin and explode every Friday and Saturday night for months to come. And of course, all year round you can shop for local fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, juices, and more at the South Padre Island Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday from 11AM to 1PM. For those who’d like to burn calories and seek thrills by the sea, the annual Jailbreak Beach Escape offers a challenging 5k run over more than 20 sandy, wet, crazy obstacles followed by a Texas sized party at Clayton’s. Cyclists will enjoy Pedal to Padre, a bicycle tour beginning at the Brownsville Event Center and ending at the Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark on South Padre Island, where discounts are available to event participants. 

During the hot summer months, TIFT (Texas International Fishing Tournament) brings in waves of anglers hoping to catch a piece of prize money in the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico. Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament, TIFT attracts about 10,000 spectators, 1,500 anglers, and 500 boats during its two days of fishing and fun. While the big boats bring in blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish, bay anglers haul in delectable speckled trout, redfish and flounder; even youngsters can bait their hooks and walk away with a trophy just for participating. Independence Day is also a perfect time to bring the whole family for the summer long fireworks and Fourth of July festivities.

When summer turns to fall, South Padre Island’s famous Sandcastle Days bring out some of the world’s best seaside sculptors. When you’re not gazing awestruck at masterfully built sand sculptures, you’ll enjoy sandcastle building lessons for the whole family, treasure hunts, photo ops, amateur competitions, and more. An annual Walk for Women raises funds for breast cancer research and includes a casino night and fishing tournament, and the Glow Dash 5k encourages health and wellness through a race where participants light up the night in flashy, glowing neon costumes.  The Annual World Championship Shrimp cook off brings.