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South Padre Island, Texas
600 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
www.sopadre.com
South Padre Island, Texas

Events in South Padre Island 

As if there weren’t already 1,001 ways to enjoy a vacation on South Padre Island, the town hosts a myriad of entertaining annual events that make great use of the beach, the warm weather, and the ocean. There are too many to list them all; for example, in August there are no less than three large fishing tournaments, including the biggest saltwater tourney in Texas. The following are just a sampling of some of the best events in South Padre Island. For a complete calendar, visit the events page of the City of South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website.

January
Polar Bear Dip
Clayton’s Beach Bar hosts this New Year’s Day party with live music, costume contest, and a mad dash into the chilly gulf waters at noon.
6900 Padre Blvd
South Padre Island, Texas


February
SPI Kitefest
Held the first weekend in February, Kitefest brings all things kites to town, from indoor performances to outdoor exhibitions and a kite-themed banquet.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


March
Spring Break
Spring Breakers come from all over the country to soak up the sun in South Padre. Throughout the week, you’ll find special events like The Ultimate Beach Party, the Mega Beach Party at Clayton’s Bar, and the Beach Bash Concert Series that showcases some of today’s top hip-hop and pop artists.
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597


April
South Padre Island Open
Padre is a surfer’s haven throughout the year, but April is the time to catch area surfer dudes and dudettes compete for a spot at the annual Texas State Championships.
Isla Blanca
South Padre Island, TX 78597


May
Jailbreak Beach Escape
One of the most popular destination races in the state, the Jailbreak Beach Escape in South Padre is a tough 5K that makes runners scale walls, toss spears, drag concrete, and perform other challenging stunts, and rewards them with a beach party at Clayton’s afterward.
7010 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


June
Great Texas Catamaran Race
World-class “cat” racing teams descend on South Padre for the first leg of this annual, 300-mile competition. Be there to cheer them on or enter your own boat and try to take home the trophy. 
South Padre Island, TX 78597


July
Beachcombers Art Show
Over two days in July, artists from all over the South will display and sell their unique paintings and prints, folk art, jewelry, glassworks, wood sculptures, and more at the South Padre Island Convention Center. 
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


August
Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT)
Now in its eighth decade of existence, TIFT is Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament that draws upwards of 1,500 anglers and thousands of spectators to South Padre. Competitors spend two days trying to wrangle the largest marlin, speckled trout, redfish, and flounder that they can.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


September
Sandcastle Days
In addition to the titular sand sculpting competitions, this beloved and long-running festival includes live music, art booths, food, sculpture workshops, water slides, bull rides, and much more.
6900 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


October
Splash South Padre
This annual LGBT pride weekend consists of a pool party, party cruise, theme party, and a ball.
Various locations
South Padre Island, TX 78597


December
Lantern Fest
Lantern Fest is a unique event that brings together thousands of revelers for live music and stage performances, face painting, s'mores, balloon artists, and a coordinated lantern lighting in the evening.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597

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South Padre Island, Texas
600 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
www.sopadre.com
South Padre Island, Texas

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