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Dec 01, 2018

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Dec 01, 2018

  • Shop The Island

    Nov 24, 2018-Dec 20, 2018

      Shop at ANY business on the Island, spend $20 or more, and enter to win a $500 Island Shopping Spree.  Winner will received $500 in gift certificates from Island… Read More

  • Lights Over South Padre Island

    Nov 30, 2018-Dec 16, 2018

    The City of South Padre Island is once again preparing to welcome a garland of festive events this holiday season. Treat yourself to a South Padre Island holiday getaway where… Read More

  • SPI Holiday Art Show

    Dec 01, 2018 @ 10:00 am-6:00 pm
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    One event on Dec 02, 2018 at 10:00am


    SPI Holiday Art Show & Sale Saturday, Dec. 1 @ 10am-6pm & Sunday, Dec. 2 @ 10am–4pm | South Padre Island Convention Centre Lobby The Laguna Madre Art League’s SPI Holiday… Read More

  • Holiday Sand Castle Village

    Dec 01, 2018 @ 12:00 pm-9:00 pm
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    An event every day that begins at 12:00pm, repeating until Jan 02, 2019


    **NOW OPEN EVERYDAY THROUGH JAN. 2!!! ** LIGHTS OVER SOUTH PADRE ISLAND PRESENTS the inaugural Holiday Sand Castle Village! Come visit our Holiday Sand Castle Village filled with unique Holiday Sand… Read More

  • Children’s Wonderland

    Dec 01, 2018 @ 12:00 pm-10:00 pm
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    One event on Dec 01, 2018 at 12:00pm


    Come out and play as the lawn transforms into a giant playground! Kids can run, jump and climb their way to new heights in this area, free for all to… Read More

  • Pet Photos with Santa

    Dec 01, 2018 @ 1:00 pm-3:00 pm

    Join Friends of Animal Rescue and the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center for Pet Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the SPI Birding Center from 1 to… Read More

  • Lighted Boat Parade

    Dec 01, 2018 @ 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. Designated viewing areas throughout the route offer free public viewing, as… 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.