Events in Port Isabel

Port Isabel is certainly one of Texas’ top Spring Break destinations, but if you only try to come during those few days in March you’ll miss a host of fun goings-on. In fact, there are numerous events throughout the year that can make your visit truly special. The following are a few of the best annual events in Port Isabel. For more information about recurring events like the Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market and the Museums of Port Isabel’s oral history program “Telling Our Stories,” visit Port Isabel’s website.


Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk
Join the 5K walk or compete for cash prizes in the 10K run across the historic Queen Isabella Causeway over the Laguna Madre in this annual race hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.
33261 State Park Road 100
South Padre Island, TX 78597



Port Isabel Museums Fundraiser
The annual fundraiser for Port Isabel’s three museums features live music, fresh seafood and delicious desserts, a silent auction, raffle, and door prizes at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center. 
309 East Railroad Avenue
Port Isabel, TX 78578


Queen Isabella Market Day
Welcome the arrival of spring on the grounds of the Port Isabel Lighthouse at this annual bazaar featuring food, antiques, arts and crafts, and many other gift items for sale.
421 East Queen Isabella Boulevard
Port Isabel, TX 78578

June - August

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema
Friday nights from June to August, the lighthouse temporarily becomes a movie screen for a projected film at this popular free Port Isabel event.
421 East Queen Isabella Boulevard
Port Isabel, TX 78578


Texas International Fishing Tournament
The Lone Star State’s largest saltwater fishing tournament, the Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT), brings upwards of 1,500 anglers of all ages to Port Isabel and South Padre Island to compete in the bay, tarpon, or offshore division.
Port Isabel, TX 78578


Pachanga in the Park
This fall fiesta in Port Isabel’s Washington Park is a true pachanga, so live music, games, contests, and more are all on the table.
156 West Madison Street
Port Isabel, TX 78578


Lighthouse Market Day
On the second Saturday in October, the City of Port Isabel and the Museums of Port Isabel host vendors of food, arts and crafts, and other items, with museum admissions discounted to a special low rate for the day.
214 East Queen Isabella Boulevard
Port Isabel, TX 78578


World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off
Held the first Sunday in November, Port Isabel’s annual shrimp-off sees amateur and pro chefs from around the Rio Grande Valley compete for bragging rights. Enjoy samples of their concoctions and live music while your youngsters partake in a range of kids’ activities, and other family entertainment.
1723 West Highway 100
Port Isabel, TX 78578


Christmas in Port Isabel
Start a new family tradition by making merry this holiday season in Port Isabel, where you can join residents in enjoying the lighted boat parade, community tree-lighting ceremony, and a decorating contest. 
Various locations
Port Isabel, TX 78578

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