Spring is a great season in Rockport and the events schedule is a busy one for 2020. The spring season often brings great weather and the locals love getting outside for festivals and gatherings. The weekly calendars are also filled with recurring events, leaving plenty of opportunity to make connections in local business or to volunteer and contribute time in the area.
The weekly calendar is busy throughout the entire year in Rockport. The Coastal Bend Troop support group meets weekly to assemble and mail out care packages for troops stationed around the world. The non-profit group is entirely volunteer supported so lend a hand and meet the fun group of folks gathering each week to make these packages.
The Women’s Club of Aransas County has their regular meetings. The club is open to the public and they frequently play bridge and canasta. Get in on the action and have a ball with this fun group. The Rialto Theatre also has open mic night each week for those looking to discover a new event while enjoying the fabulous theatre.
Network Wednesday is an important gathering for the local business community. Jump in the mix and make new contacts while staying in Rockport. The welcoming group is run by the Chamber of Commerce and it can open the door to opportunities in the area.
This spring, the American Legion is running a regularly scheduled fish fry with coleslaw and hush puppies. If you’re hungry and want to enjoy a true Texas coast fish fry, head on over and meet the gang. They are also hosting several oyster events throughout the spring. Check the calendar for specific dates and show up early because they serve fresh oysters until they are gone and they can disappear in a hurry.
These are the primary weekly events running in Late February, March and April. Other events may jump on the calendar at the last minute. Stay in contact with your favorite local groups and businesses to ensure nothing is missed this spring season.
It’s Festival Time!
LaMardi Gras has just passed but is a recurring event that you should definitely put on your calendar for next year! The event takes place at the Lamar fire department location and it’s an absolute blast. Plan on live music, cold beers, great food and plenty of entertainment. They have a parade, casino, games and plenty to keep you busy. It might be the most underrated party of the year and benefits the volunteer fire department.
Oysterfest is the big spring event and it’s scheduled March 5-8 in 2020. This is the 41st annual event, making Oysterfest a longstanding tradition that attracts a large number of people. The town of Fulton and the Fulton Fire department sponsor the event and it’s loaded with activities and events. Games, carnival rides, tons of food, live music, vendors selling local goods and of course – Oysters. There is actually an oyster eating contest that will challenge the biggest appetites. The events kick-off at 5 pm each day and extend into the night with the first several days running nearly to midnight. The final day wraps up a bit earlier at 6 pm but also begins at 10 am. Saturday is the longest running day with events beginning at 10 am and lasting until midnight. If you can only choose one event for the spring, this is the biggest opportunity and one of the premier gatherings for the entire year.
Other Notable Events
Burgers at the American Legion is another one-off worth attending this spring. Notice a theme here? The folks at the American Legion put on great food events and they sure do know how to cook. This one takes place on Wednesday, February 19.
The Food management certification course takes place on April 2 for locals working in the food industry. There is also a Hospitality Training and Certification program on February 19. These certification courses are a great way to add a notch on your resume or improve specific skill sets relating to your existing job role. Some employers might even send you to the courses for advanced training.
The Downtown Rockport Farmers Market is another one you don’t want to miss. Load up on fresh produce and shop crafts and local goods at this wonderful gathering.
The Charmers Tour is open to Charmers who have volunteered more than two times in a month. The Charmers are taken sightseeing in the Rockport area.
Lastly, the Winter Slate Workshop occurs on February 22 and it uses a piece of slate from the Fulton Mansions last restoration. Attendees learn to paint, stencil and design on the slate.