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Visiting Texas Gulf Coast

Galveston oh Galveston, and as the song goes you can still hear the sea waves crashing. Less than an hour southeast of Houston, Galveston and Galveston Island anchor the north end of the Texas Gulf Coast. Stretching over 350-miles along the Gulf of Mexico, the Texas Gulf region is filled with great beaches, wildlife and spectacular natural beauty. From Beaumont and small communities like Vidor, near the northern state line, south through Galveston, Port Lavaca and Corpus Christi seemingly endless festivals, events and fun draw visitors to the gulf. Celebrate Texas heritage and coastal industry at events up and down the gulf coast.

With a nod to its pirate heritage, the Gulf Coast city of Corpus Christi hosts the springtime Buc Days Festival. Organized by the Buccaneer Commission of Corpus Christi, Buc Days benefits students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Opening Night for the Buc Days 2013 festival is April 25th on Shoreline Blvd at Kinney Street on the Corpus bayfront.

The American Bank Center Arena is home to the Buc Days Miller Lite Pro PRCA Rodeo, April 18th through the 21st. See some of the world’s most talented cowboys compete in their events at the Buc Days Pro Rodeo. Feast at the Buc Days Coors Light BBQ Tail Gate Party outside the American Bank Center and be sure to sign the kids up for the mutton bustin’ and calf scramble.

Corpus Christi hosts America’s largest relay marathon on May 18th. The 2013 Beach to Bay Relay Marathon continues the Texas tradition begun in 1976. As they say at B2B, your best time may be at the after party – join the fun on a six-person team or cheer your favorites on. North Padre Island is the start of the relay with the finish at McCaughan Park on Shoreline Drive. Stick around after the relay and enjoy live music, free pizza and beverages, and vendors.

Celebrate Texas Gulf coast style at the 2013 Texas Crab Festival, Mother’s Day Weekend. Held on the Bolivar Peninsula across the bay from Galveston on Crystal Beach, festivities feature live music, art, and lots of crab and seafood. The 28th year for the event join the fun May 10th through 12th. Bring the family along and head to Galveston and Crystal Beach for 3-days of great entertainment.

Aransas Pass, across the water from Port Aransas, celebrates the local shrimping industry at the Annual Shrimporee Festival. The 2013 celebration is June 14th through 16th marking the 65th year for the festival. With live entertainment, dancing, carnival rides and culinary events, Shrimporee is a full weekend of family fun.

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Texas Gulf Coast Events

September 2016

September 2-4, 2016
7th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival

Late summer in Galveston means one thing: beer. Head for the Moody Gardens Amusement Park from September 2nd to 4th for the 7th Annual Brewmasters Craft Beer Festival. You’ll find a wide range of locally crafted beer, along with loads of fun and games.

September 30 - October 2, 2016
Realm’s Con

Plan for weekend of fun, games, cosplay contests, and more during your next visit to Corpus Christi. From September 30th to October 2nd, Realm’s Con comes to the American Bank Center, and yields fun-filled days. Now celebrating its 11th year, Realm’s Con is the premier multi-media events in the region. See panel discussions from horror authors, and try your hand at workshops. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. each day.

September 14, 2016
Victoria Symphony League Luncheon & Fashion Show

Late this summer, head for the Spring Creek Place Event Center in Victoria and join the Victoria Symphony League for their annual Luncheon and Fashion Show. On September 14th, starting at 10:30 a.m., you’ll enjoy a bake sale, silent auction, and plenty more activities. Tickets for the event are $50.

October 2016

October 8, 2016
Elton John – Live!

Few musicians alive today are as legendary and iconic as Sir Elton John. Plan your next visit to Corpus Christi for October 8th and head to the American Bank Center at 8 p.m. for a live performance from this piano pioneer. Tickets range from $39.50 to $149.50.

October 15-16, 2016
Galveston Island Greek Festival

Now celebrating its 33rd year, the Galveston Island Greek Festival will be held over the weekend of October 15th and 16th. Head to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Galveston for a celebration of culinary delights, music, games, and more. Three dollars per person to enter.

October 8, 2016
Manning All Stars 2nd Annual 5K/10K Color Run

This fall, make the most of your visit to Victoria and the TX Gulf Coast with a fun 5K or 10K Color Run. On October 8th, head to Riverside Park Special Events Area, near the Texas Zoo, and compete in this thrilling event. It’s the second year of the color run, and it kicks off at 8:30 a.m. – be there by 7:30 a.m. to register.

November 2016

November 18-20, 2016
Ranch Hand Festival

This fall, Kingsville invites you to experience one of its most unique and celebrated events: the Ranch Hand Festival. Over the weekend of November 18th, head for downtown Kingsville for three days of authentic cowboy decorations, a little holiday spirit, and some pre-Thanksgiving food and dance.

November 18, 2016
Corpus Christi IceRays vs. Lone Star Brahmas

Not always the first thing you think of when planning your stay along the Texas Gulf Coast, but a Corpus Christi IceRays hockey game will thrill all members of the family. Make your way to the American Bank Center on November 18th to see the IceRays take on the Lone Star Brahmas in this NAHL match up. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.

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