2018 Old Town Festival

We regret that several events have been either cancelled or postponed due forecast of wind and rain tomorrow, but we’re still having a party, so come join us!  Details below.

Port Aransas Museum & Community Center

Visit our award-winning little museum and learn about the history of Port Aransas.  Then step next door to the Community Center where you can sign up to be a museum member, purchase bricks and pavers to honor someone, and meet our local non-profits to find out more about their organizations and how to get involved.  The Community Center is also location for lunch and the Storytelling event.

Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m
408 N Alister

Tour the 8 Wonders of Port Aransas

CANCELLED

Golf Cart Tour of Farley Boat Planters

CANCELLED

Expression Session Surfing Contest

Celebrate the history of surfing in Port Aransas during the 8th annual old school, longboard competition.  Check out the museum’s “Surfing Through the 60s & 70s in Port Aransas” exhibit between 1-5 p.m. before heading across the street to The BoardHouse for a free surf movie Friday evening.  Then hit the beach early Saturday and enjoy a contest where style reigns; costumes are encouraged!

To Register call or go by The BoardHouse Surf and Skate.
$20 Entry fee. Registration is limited. Four divisions this year: Women’s, Men’s, Old Town Legends (seniors) and a Fun Soft top division that is open for anyone!

Surf Movie Friday 7 p.m.
The BoardHouse Surf and Skate, 509 N Alister

Contest Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Horace Caldwell Pier

Pawesome Doggie Surf Contest

CALLING ALL DOGS!  K-9 Surf Contest with prizes in 5 categories: Ankle Biters, Shark Bait, Shredders, Tandem  and Castaway Crew, $25 per entry.  Doggie surFURing longboard and life jackets provided.  Costume contest following surf competition.

More info on Event Facebook Page

Starts at 10 a.m., VW Bus at Horace Caldwell Pier

Native Tree Giveaway

Help make Port A greener with a free tree from the Texas Forestry Service.  They are handing out, as part of the Arbor Day Foundation Tree Giveaway, 1000 native saplings during the Old Town Festival

Plant species and quantity of each are:

  • Live Oaks-100
  • Shumard Red Oaks-100
  • Southern Wax Myrtles-350
  • Texas Persimmons-25 (4-gal)
  • Mexican Plum-150
  • Texas Sabal Palms-275 (1-gal)

Partners in this event are the City of Port Aransas Parks & Recreation Dept., Mission Aransas National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Texas Forestry Service.

9 am to noon
Parking lot off Oakes St across from the Community Ctr (site of former Computer Center)

Sand Pumpkin Patch

POSTPONED – Will be held Saturday, Oct 27th

Carve your own pumpkin face in our sandy patch of pumpkin vines and pumpkin heads.  Award-winning sand sculptor Mark Landrum will lead the event, creating sand vines and pumpkin heads on Friday, Oct. 19. The ‘patch’ will be lit all night, waiting for the carvers to arrive from on Saturday morning.

The event, a partnership with Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Dept, is free but donations will be accepted to help fund other activities. We’re also gathering canned and dry goods for the Port Aransas Helping Hands Food Pantry.

For more info contact Community Program Coordinator Pam Greene
361-749-4158
361-443-4683 (text please)
pamg@cityofportaransas.org

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
On the beach south of Ave G

Old Town Parade

CANCELLED

Lunch

This year we’re having a fish fry put on by The Island Café’s own Pete Arzola.  The meal includes three nice pieces of fish, potato salad, coleslaw and tea, all for just $8.

11:45 a.m. until we run out
Community Center
408 N. Alister

Storytelling

This year’s Storytelling event centers on “Wild Sea Stories”.  From fishing to hurricanes, come hear island locals relate interesting, humorous, maybe even scary experiences on the waters around Port Aransas.

Contact Cliff Strain if you’ve got a tale to tell
cliffstrain@hotmail.com

1:30 p.m.
Community Center
408 N. Alister

 

Barn Dance at the Farley Boat Works

Head over to Farley Boat Works Saturday evening for some socializing, good food and great music.  We’re fixing linguine with your choice of clam or vegetable sauce; you provide a side dish or desert to share.  BYOB and chair.

Don’t forget your dancing shoes because there will be great live music by our island’s own Denny Larkin and friends.  Contact Denny at portadenny@gmail.com if you want to bring an instrument and play.

In between music sets we’ll have a brief membership meeting to elect Board Members and Officers for the Port Aransas Preservation & Historical Association.

6:30 p.m. until ?
Farley Boat Works

716 W Ave C

September 18th, 2018|Festivals & Fundraisers|