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South Padre Island, Texas
610 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
info@sopadre.com
1-800-SOPADRE
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

SPI Market Days
Shop for gifts and treasures, including handcrafted jewelry, fashionable clothing, rare arts and crafts, and home décor items from around the world during South Padre Island’s Market Days.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597

Longest Causeway Run
Kick off your year with one of the most amazing runs in Texas. Take in a spectacular view of the stunning Laguna Madre Bay as you run the 6.2-mile (10K) course over the Queen Isabella Causeway en route to South Padre Island. Cross the finish line and you’ll be rewarded with lunch at Louie’s Backyard.
2305 Laguna Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597

Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo (W.O.W.E.)
Discover the many natural wonders of the Rio Grande Valley and the South Texas coast during this family friendly five-day festival. Each day features demonstrations from naturalists and other experts that follow a different theme, offering a fantastic way to get to know local flora and fauna.
100 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


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: Texas Week
Spring Breakers come from all over the country to soak up the sun in South Padre. Throughout the week, you’ll find special events and concerts featuring some of today’s top hip-hop and pop artists.
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597


April

SPLASH South Padre
Join thousands of LGBT family, friends, and supporters on South Padre Island for PRIDE Island, featuring a weekend of entertainment and some of the best parties around. 
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597

Sand Crab Run
Work up a sweat during The Sand Crab Run, a 5K or 10K run entirely on South Padre Island’s sandy shoreline. The event includes a kid’s run along with the standard race, with all the benefits going to Sea Turtle Inc.
310 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


May

Shallow Sport Tournament
Compete for the largest red drum, trout, or flounder or kick back and watch the fish come in during this annual fishing competition on South Padre Island. Watch as more than 250 Shallow Sports Boats race off at the firing of the Island’s oldest and biggest cannon. Whether you’re fishing or spectating, relax at Louie’s dock with live music, cold drinks, and great food.
2305 Laguna Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


June

Dargel Boat Owners Tournament
Open to owners of Dargel boats, winners of this fishing tournament are determined by the number of spots on “slot” redfish, or fish between 18- and 27-inches long. The event also has several surprise tournaments and divisions for kids and juniors, making it fun for the whole family.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597

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


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

Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT)
Cast your line in the very first all ladies fishing tournaments in Texas. Angle for bragging rights in either the bay or offshore division; each offering trophies for different kinds of fish. Redfish, trout, and flounder are the fish of choice in the bay division, while the offshore competition includes king, bonito, black fin tuna, and dolphin. Awards are given for the first four places in each category, so grab your fishing rod and try your luck on South Padre Island.
7355 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


September

SPI Wahoo Classic
Vie for $15,000 in cash prizes at this fishing tournament held at Jim’s Pier. Cash prizes are given out to the top three competitors in three categories: wahoo, black fin tuna, and dorado/Mahi Mahi.
2111 West Swordfish Street
South Padre Island, TX 78597

 Shallow Stalker Boats Owners Fishing Tournament
Own a Shallow Stalker boat? Enter this annual fishing tournament and compete for the heaviest red drum, trout, flounder, and more.
2305 Laguna Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597


October

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

HalloWings Across South Padre Island
Experience the fall migration of the Monarch butterfly during this three-day, city-wide event. With numerous children’s activities, live entertainment, guided tours, and more, this event is fun for the whole family.
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597


November

FAM FEST
Immerse yourself in the art of filmmaking throughout South Padre Island FAM FEST. Watch films and documentaries from around the world, attend panels with award-winning filmmakers, and check out artists demonstrations and live music. Art activities just for children are all part of the festival’s family friendly fun.
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597


December

Lights Over South Padre Island
Celebrate the holiday season on South Padre Island with a tree-lighting ceremony, a lighted boat parade, a Christmas parade, and breakfast with Santa. A festive children’s wonderland with all sorts of activities for young revelers is available throughout the three-day event.
Various
South Padre Island, TX 78597

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South Padre Island, Texas
610 Padre Boulevard
South Padre Island, TX 78597
1-800-SOPADRE
www.sopadre.com
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