Events in Corpus Christi

Although Corpus Christi is best known as a top destination for beach lovers, there’s much more going on here that doesn’t involve surfboards and sunscreen. Throughout the year, you’ll find a wide variety of annual music and cultural events that afford plenty of fun for travelers of all ages. Continue reading to find out more about some of top annual events in Corpus Christi.


Whooping Crane Festival
Every winter, a flock of majestic whooping cranes migrate to the warm coastal waters near Port Aransas. Their arrival is celebrated by the Whooping Crane Festival, a four-day event that features guided birding field trips, photography workshops, trade shows and boat tours. Registration and details about each day’s events and locations are available on the event’s website.
Port Aransas, TX 78373


Lunar New Year Festival
Celebrate Lunar New Year, and Asian culture, at this annual event, which includes a martial arts demonstration, music and dance performances, children’s activities, a Chinese buffet and a silent auction. Tickets are available at the Museum of Asian Cultures.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Fiesta de la Flor Music Festival
Celebrate the life and legacy of Selena Quintanilla Perez, the world-famous Tejano singer who once called Corpus Christi home, at this two-day music festival. A full lineup of top performers like Ruben Ramos, La Mafia, and Chris Perez take to the stage during the event. Tickets are available on the event’s website.
1513 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401


Rodeo Corpus Christi
World-class cowboys vie for the top prize in this Corpus Christi rodeo that is sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. The mid-April rodeo takes place at the American Bank Center. Tickets for the event are available on-site or online through Ticketmaster.
1901 North Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Buc Days Illuminated Night Parade
For one night in late April, the streets of Corpus Christi are lit up as festive floats and blaring bands sashay to the Buc Days Festival & Stripes Carnival.
Corpus Christi TX 78401

Buc Days Festival & Stripes Carnival
Live music, carnival games and rides, and pirates … what else do you need? These things are all part of annual late-April event, which started in 1938 and is the longest-running pirate festival in Corpus Christi.
Buc Days Park
Corpus Christi TX 78401


Beach to Bay Relay Marathon
Beach to Bay is one of the largest relay marathons in the United States, attracting runners from all over the country and the world. More than 2,000 teams compete in this six-leg running event that covers 26.2 miles with plenty of beautiful coastal views along the way. Each leg is about 4.4 miles each, but you can take on the entire marathon alone if you’re feeling mighty. The fun starts on the sands of North Padre Island and ends at McCaughan Park along Corpus Christi’s scenic Shoreline Drive.
Corpus Christi TX 78401


Texas Jazz Festival
More than 50 jazz bands head to Corpus Christi’s Heritage Park for a full weekend of remarkable concerts during the long-running Texas Jazz Festival. Performances are held on three stages during the event, typically held in mid-October.
1581 North Chaparral Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

Dia de los Muertos Street Festival
Come into costume to this colorful event celebrating the Day of the Dead. Includes three music stages, art demos and exhibitions, more than 100 vendors, activities for kids and plenty of food, drink and dancing.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401


Greek Festival
Immerse yourself in Greek culture during this more than 50-year-old annual event. Sample delicious Greek food and listen to cultural music throughout this three-day event located at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.
502 South Chaparral Street
Corpus Christi, TX 78401


Harbor Lights Festival & Illuminated Boat Parade
Get the holiday season off to a festive start at this annual family-friendly event. Festivities begin with a children’s parade and continue with a full day of face painting and other activities, live entertainment from church groups and carolers, and a tree lighting ceremony. The party ends with a parade of boats covered with colorful lights and other holiday decorations; a fitting way to celebrate the season in a city like Corpus Christi.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401

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