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Events on South Padre Island

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Dec 02, 2017

  • PJ Party Laguna Madre Area

    Nov 25, 2017-Dec 03, 2017
  • Lights Over South Padre Island

    Dec 01, 2017-Dec 03, 2017

    Treat yourself to a South Padre Island holiday getaway where twinkling lights reflect on warm, tropical waters and delicious culinary delights and abundant shopping options help make for a festive… Read More

  • Elite Redfish Championship Series Tournament

    Dec 01, 2017-Dec 03, 2017

    Join us at Jim’s Pier for our inaugural event – the culmination of the most lucrative and prestigious professional redfish tournament series in the country! Fans and spectators will be able to… Read More

  • Wildlife Photography Workshop

    Dec 02, 2017 @ 9:30 am-4:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 9:30am, repeating until Dec 03, 2017

    Enjoy a weekend of wildlife photography at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center with renowned wildlife photographer-author-speaker-writer, Jim Foster on December 2nd and 3rd. The late fall season… Read More

  • Open Paint Classes

    Dec 02, 2017 @ 10:00 am-2:00 pm
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    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Saturday, repeating indefinitely

    This is your Art Space! You’re invited to come by Art Space on Saturdays for Open Paint from 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (You may paint, weave, knit, scrapbook or whatever art you want to… Read More

  • Children’s Wonderland

    Dec 02, 2017 @ 10:00 am-3:00 pm

    Come out and play on the Greens at Jim’s Pier as the lawn transforms into a giant playground! Kids can run, jump and climb their way to new heights in this… Read More

  • Lighted Boat Parade

    Dec 02, 2017 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Enjoy a cool winter breeze and watch as boats of all sizes cruise by decorated in their holiday finest. Starting at 6 p.m. from South Point Marina, the bay sparkles with… Read More

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.