Events in Matagorda County

Finding yourself in Matagorda County at any time of the year is a treat. Breathtaking nature, miles of pristine beaches, and delightful small towns await in this treasure chest of the Texas Gulf Coast. In addition to its year-round wonders, there are many annual events in Matagorda County you won’t want to miss. From the Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show to the Lighted Christmas Boat Parade, there’s no shortage of fun here. Discover what the county has to offer by checking out the following list of annual events in Bay City, Palacios, and Matagorda. 

February - March

Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show
Take part in a true Texas tradition at the long-running Matagorda County Fair and Livestock Show. Featuring Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association-sanctioned competitions like barrel racing, calf roping, and bull riding, plus a barbecue cook-off, rodeo queen pageant, and other events, the fair offers plenty of family-friendly fun.
4511 FM 2668
Bay City, TX 77414


Matagorda Seafood Festival
Live music and delicious fresh seafood are just a part of the fun at this annual festival in Matagorda. Take on the locals in games of corn hole, horseshoes, and washers, and watch (or compete in) the oyster eating competitions.
673 Market Street
Matagorda, TX 77457

March - December

Market Day on the Square
Shop for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts when more than 100 local vendors come to the historic Bay City downtown square. Browse collections of wood and metal art, plants, homemade foods, and home décor along with all the wares offered at the stores in the downtown area.
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414


Strawberry Moon Street Dance
Dance in the street, savor delicious strawberry-inspired refreshments, and snack on delicious food in this annual festival held in downtown Bay City. Try out your shaker in the Strawberry Infused Mixology Contest, if you're brave enough.
1700 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414

Full Moon Food Truck Festival
Tasty food truck fare, cold beer, and live music. What more could you ask for? Enjoy it all at the Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center in mid-June.
1025 TX-35
Bay City, TX 77414

Palacios Pirate Festival
Don your best pirate gear and relish all the seafaring fun at this two-day late-June festival. Enter the costume contest, get your fill of beer and food, and run in the 5K Pirate Fun Run. There are plenty of activities for young pirates as well, including a treasure hunt, storytelling, and a petting zoo.
771 South Bay Boulevard
Palacios, TX 77465


July Fourth Celebration in Palacios
Celebrate Independence Day at one of the Gulf Coast's most unique July Fourth festivals. Savory barbecue, an inflatable carnival, helicopter rides, and the famous La Salle Landing Reenactment precede a patriotic fireworks show.
326 East Bayshore Drive
Palacios, TX 77465

Texas Oilman’s Invitational Fishing Tournament
A fishing tournament for a good cause. What's not to love about the Texas Oilman's Invitational Fishing Tournament? Hundreds of anglers converge on Matagorda Harbor to compete for bragging rights in Inshore, Offshore, and Bluewater categories, while tent table sponsors, local celebrities, and guests add to the fun atmosphere.
189 County Road 213
Matagorda, TX 77457


Lighted Christmas Boat Parade & Gumbo Cookoff
Watch holiday-bedecked boats sail by in this festive Christmas parade in Matagorda Harbor. Sample the entries to the gumbo cook-off and take in the fireworks show at the end of the evening.
189 County Road 213
Matagorda, TX 77457


Christmas Market Day
Looking for that perfect Christmas present? Head to the Bay City Civic Center in mid-December for the Christmas Market Day, where you'll find a wide variety of unique handcrafted gifts and other festive treats.
201 7th Street
Bay City, TX 77414

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