Don’t Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Are you and your family heading to South Padre Island for your vacation soon? If the answer is yes, then we must tell you all about the events that are happening on the island. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep your family close to the fun. Let’s look below at what some of the events are in the area.

32nd Annual Sandcastle Days

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Does your family love to build sandcastles when you go on vacation to the beach? You’re in luck because on October 4th to 6th will be the 32nd Annual Sandcastle Days. This event is a way to see many of the local residents put on a show for you with their sand sculptors. This event is free to attend, and you will be able to see some of the best sand sculpting around the State of Texas. Your family will also be able to enjoy live music, food, art vendors and more. Don’t miss this fun event as you enjoy South Padre Island!

SPI Fishing Days

For many families who vacation on South Padre Island, they like to take advantage of the great fishing conditions. Fishing off a pier or from a boat, they will get their fair share of fun in the sun. On October 19th & 20th bring the family out to the South Padre Island Convention Center for the Fishing Days Expo. Fishing a great sport to do here on the island it can be done year-round. Admission for the expo is $5 per person including kids 12 & under and the kids’ admission will come with a kids catch tank fishing pass. From seeing new fishing gear, demonstrations and boats, there is something for everyone. Spend the day at the expo as you explore the wonderful world of fishing on SPI!

Trick or Treat with the Sea Turtles

Don't Miss These Fun Events Happening on South Padre Island

Come and spend Halloween on South Padre Island as you explore the fun events going on. Head over to Sea Turtle Inc and spend some time with the sea turtles. Not only will you and your family get to trick or treat but they will also have the chance to win prizes and enjoy snacks. Admission is $5 for adults, Seniors & Military and $4 for kids (5-17). This is an event that many locals love to take their kids to because they also get to learn about the turtles. Don’t miss this one with the family while you are vacationing on South Padre Island!

While there are many other fun events happening around here locally, these are ones we wanted to share with you. If you are looking for a South Padre Island vacation rental, we still have availability. We hope to see you and the family as you enjoy these fun events while on vacation to SPI!

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

Are you and your family coming to South Padre Island this coming week to celebrate the 4th of July? If the answer is yes, then you are in for a treat this year. Staying in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals will keep you close to where the fun is at. There are many local events that are happening to help celebrate the festive holiday and you won’t want to miss any of them.

South Padre Islands 4th of July Parade

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

Don’t miss this year’s Annual 4th of July Beach Parade as we celebrate our country. Hosted by the City of South Padre Island Parks and Keep SPI Beautiful will present a beach parade like you’ve never experienced before. And our friends over at Schlitterbahn and the Friends of Animal Rescue will be the start of the parade. Bring everyone in the family including your pets as this is a family & pet-friendly event. At the end of the parade your family can enjoy watermelon, water and other fun goodies. The parade will begin at 10:00 am, so get there a little early to get yourself a great spot!

Fourth of July Celebration

Head over to Sea Turtle, Inc for a fun kid-friendly 4th of July party. This is a fun event begins at 10:00 am and has something for everyone in the family to take advantage of. From crafts to activities to special treats, your family will not be bored one bit. There will also be a special adoption for any hatchlings that you can pay $20 and you get to name that hatchling a patriotic name. What a fun event to join in on as you help celebrate the 4th of July. These activities are included with the purchase of general admission to Sea Turtle, Inc for the day. Don’t miss out on this fun event that will be perfect for the whole family!

Fireworks over the Bay

Celebrate July 4th on South Padre Island

To end a great day of celebrating our country, head over to Louie’s Backyard around 9:15 pm to grab a spot to view the fireworks. This year your family can watch the light show in the sky over the bay and it’s something you will never experience before. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner, then head over to several different restaurants where you can sit and eat while you view the fireworks. Make this a new tradition in coming to the beach and watching the fireworks with the family. Think of all the new memories that you will experience together while vacationing to South Padre Island this year.

If you still haven’t made your reservations to stay with us at Padre Getaways, we can help you book it today. We can’t wait to see you and your family this coming up week for your fun, family vacation to South Padre Island. Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July from all of us at Padre Getaways.

Don’t Miss South Padre Island’s Kite Fest this Year

Have you ever been to South Padre Island when the Kite Fest is going on? If not, then you are missing out on one of the biggest kite festivals in the country! What once started out as just a “fun fly” has now become one of best festivals you can attend especially if you love to fly kites. If you happen to be staying with us in one of our South Padre Island vacation rentals you will be close to where the action is happening for this festival. This is an event that you can’t miss this year with your family!

Let the Fun Begin

Beginning on January 31st at 6:30 pm, you and your family can head over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre for the kick off of the festival. They will be doing some indoor kite performances that will host an array of internationally known kite fliers. One of the people that you will be able to meet is John Barresi who holds more than 30 national championship titles and was the 2018 Open Individual Unlimited Ballet champion. The indoor fliers dedicated their choreographed routines with one passion in mind, “creating peace through kiting worldwide.” If you have never been to an indoor kite performance before you are in for a treat! Tickets for the Indoor Kite Performance is $6 per person and can be purchased in advance only as they will not be available at the door. You can call B & S Kites today to reserve your tickets for this event at 956-761-1248. 

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

The kite festival doesn’t end on Thursday night, instead you get a few more days to enjoy it. On Friday and Saturday, the festival will move outdoors from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the flats just north of the Convention Centre. Here you will be able to see many kite fliers from all over the United States bring their beautiful ‘show kites’ that will be on display throughout the day. And of course, no kite festival is complete without seeing the mesmerizing performances of individuals and team performances. Some of the best kite fliers have come to South Padre Island for you and your family to watch their beautiful performances with their beautiful kites. Admission to the event on Friday and Saturday is free for you to enjoy.

What to Bring

Many families who come and enjoy the kite festival like to be prepared to stay all day. We suggest that you bring a cooler, beach chairs, sunscreen, drinks and snacks. There will be food and concession stand there at the festival so if you do not want to bring snacks you will be able to grab some. South Padre Island is the prefect destination for your families next family vacation!

Don't Miss South Padre Island's Kite Fest this Year

This festival is a show like no other that you may have attended, and we recommend you heading there next weekend with your family. If you are still searching for the perfect place to stay in South Padre Island, then check our inventory out today or give us a call at 855-412-4805. We can’t wait to see you and your family on your next vacation with us and enjoy the South Padre Island 2019 Kite Fest!

2018 South Padre Island December Events

Are you and your family looking for a few fun things to do while you vacation on South Padre Island in December? If the answer is yes, then we can help you find the perfect Beachside vacation rental. Staying in one of our vacation rentals in December can help you be near where the fun is happening. Instead of worrying about cleaning your home, come on vacation, sit back and relax. Many families love to come to South Padre Island during the holiday season because they want to make new memories to share. Let’s look at why you shouldn’t miss these fun events happening on the island.

Annual Christmas Parade

2018 South Padre Island December Events

When you think of the holidays, you think of a Christmas Parade. Who starts the holiday season without one? So even though this event happens on November 30th it’s one you can’t miss! Beginning at 5:00 pm head over to the South Padre Island City Hall where you and your family can watch the annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree. It’s always such an honor to be a part of seeing that happen and who loves Christmas lights? After the tree lighting will be the Annual Christmas Parade of South Padre Island. Beginning at 6:00 pm you and your family will be able to see all of the beautiful holiday decorated floats just floating in front of you. What a wonderful fun event that you can make a part of your traditions when you come to the island for your family vacation.

It’s a Winter Wonderland

Just when you thought the fun lasted at the Christmas parade, there’s more. If the parade isn’t something that your family would enjoy, then head over to The Green’s at Jim’s Pier at 6:00 pm. Beginning on November 30th at 6:00 pm the kids can enjoy a Wonderland just for them! There will be plenty of things for them to do from bounce houses to obstacle courses to a trackless train. And if you’d like to come back for another round, then come on Saturday, December 1st from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm for more fun. What a fun way to enjoy your vacation!

Holiday Sandcastle Village

2018 South Padre Island December Events

For those families who love looking at sandcastles, have we got a treat for you! Head on over to the South Padre Island Convention Centre where you and your family can see some holiday-themed sand sculptures along with a lighted musical performance. This event is happening from now until December 16th from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please note that the Holiday Sand Castle Village will be open to the public every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. What a fun event this can be for the whole family!

PadreRitaGrill Christmas Buffet

Don’t feel like cooking on Christmas day while you are staying in one of our Beachside vacation rentals? Have no fear because you and your family can head over to PadreRitaGrill and enjoy a Christmas feast. Reservations are recommended so that you and your family can enjoy the amazing food that will be served there. From Michael’s Mitchie Tavern Stewed Tomatoes to a Prime Rib, Ham & Turkey carving station there is something for everyone including the kids.  Reserve your plate today, call 956-761-7482. What a fun and exciting Christmas this will be to remember!

There are many other events happening on the island for the month of December, but we thought these might help make your decision a little easier. The weather is perfect on South Padre Island during the month of December and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun. We hope to see you and your family as you travel to spend your Christmas vacation with us at Padre Getaways!

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

Before the last days of summer slip away you might want to think about heading to South Padre Island for a weekend. Labor Day weekend will be here sooner than you think so now is the time to plan your trip. With endless activities to do in the area and when staying in one of our Padre Island beach rentals there is something for everyone. Look below at what is happening this Labor Day weekend in the area. 

Fireworks on the Beach

If you are on the hunt for fireworks this Labor Day weekend then you won’t want to miss this display. Located at 6900 Padre Blvd is where you and your family can head for some nighttime fireworks. On August 31st at 9:15-9:30 pm see the fireworks while enjoying some quality time on the beach. This is at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Event Venue so while you are there grab you a drink and enjoy your time. 

Attend Surf Day Camp

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

If you have ever wanted to learn to surf, now is time! Fun for all ages, attending the South Padre Surf Co. Surf School, is where you can learn to surf. From 9 am – 12 pm on August 31st & Sept. 1st, you and your family can get in the groove of surfing for fun. Make this an activity that will have you enjoying the surf and waves in no time. Also, if you’d like to have your picture taken the whole day it’s an additional $10 but we think that’s worth it for the memories. The cost of the camp is $90 per person but for a lifetime event that will make you feel happy we think it’s worth it. Don’t miss out on the fun for the whole family to do.  You must reserve your spot so check out their website today and book it!

Art is Fun for Everyone

If you like to paint or you’d consider yourself artistic, then maybe heading over to Art Space on September 1st from 10 am to 2 pm is what you need. From painting, knitting, weaving or whatever art you’d like to do you are welcome. Please not that you must bring your own supplies for this but you can have fun with everyone in your family. There is a $10 per person charge to do for 2 hours but if it happens to be raining what a great opportunity to take advantage of this. Located at 1817 Padre Boulevard, Suite 1, South Padre Island, TX 78597

Labor Day Bayside Fireworks

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

And if you are wanting to help close out the weekend with some more fireworks this display is for you. Located at 2305 Laguna Blvd, South Padre Island, TX you will get to enjoy some fireworks over the bay. If you want to be a little more adventurous then you should see the fireworks from a kayak or a Stand-Up Paddle board. What a better way to end a great weekend then to do this. Be sure to book your kayaks or paddle boards early as they book up quickly for the weekends. 

Hit the Beach

And before heading home on Monday, September 3rd head to the beach for some quality time with the family. Sit on the beach with a chair, book and a cold drink in your hand just to soak up those rays. Enjoy the kids playing in the water or building sandcastles for the day. Be sure though to pack plenty of sunscreen as it is still hot in the Texas sun. Looking for a quick stroll on the beach or collecting seashells with the kids, is just what every family is looking to do. Don’t let this vacation end without going to the beach!

Labor Day Weekend in South Padre Island this Year

With so many other activities happening on Padre Island, this is what every family wants. They just want some fun quality time before the kids head back to school. Let this Labor Day weekend be just as memorable as every family summer vacation. If you are still looking for somewhere to stay, we at Padre Getaways can help you. We can’t wait to see you this summer! 

23rd Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off

Don’t miss the 23rd Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 in Port Isabel, TX. Come out and treat yourself to a vast assortment of world famous shrimp dishes and family entertainment at this always-popular event.

The annual shrimp cook-off is a favorite event among local residents and visitors alike. It tests the skills of amateur and professional chefs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley.

Contestants will be judged on food appearance, aroma, and the taste of their specialty shrimp dishes. Best off all — samples are available to attendees for a small fee!

In addition to the delicious food, the festival will have live music by “The Agency” so wear your dancing shoes. Activities will also be available for kids of all ages. A large assortment of vendors will be present offering original artwork, gifts and plenty of collectibles for sale.

Admission to the event is $5.00 each for adults and $2.00 for those 10 & under. (Admission does not include food & drink.)

The following sponsors make this event possible: Sutherlands, Port Isabel EDC, City of Port Isabel, Cameron County Insurance Center, HEB, Port Isabel/South Padre Island Press, South Padre Parade, L&F Distributors, First National Bank SPI, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, Hilton Garden Inn, Rio Grande LNG.

For more information, or if you have questions, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-527-6102.


Don’t Miss the July 4th Beach Parade

When you want to celebrate a holiday like Independence Day there’s no better place to do it than right here on South Padre Island TX. We can throw a party like no other you’ve been to and won’t soon forget. Bring the whole family dressed in the spirit of the holiday and be a part of the fun! This holiday comes around just once a year so come out to walk, stroll or roll through this new shorter parade route and show your patriotism. You’ll be glad you did!
The July 4th Beach Parade in SPI starts at 9:30 a.m. (lineup at 9 a.m.) at Beach Access #20 (Gay Dawn) and proceeds to Beach Access #17 (Starlight Circle). This free event includes prizes for the best costume, and best group, bike, wagon or stroller. Enjoy free watermelon, beads and flags while they last. The kids will enjoy the new SPLASH Water Fun provided by the SPI Fire Dept.

If you want to be a part of this exciting event, volunteers are needed to help with the 4th of July Beach Parade. People are needed to help set up and work the event between the hours of 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. (or anytime in between). Come work a couple hours or stay all day or evening! If you’re available, call Debbie Huffman, chair of the Park & Rec Committee, at 817-925-4068.

This year’s parade and subsequent events are sponsored by the South Padre Island Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee.

Halloween Events Happening Around South Padre Island

It seems like autumn has barely just arrived and here we are facing another Halloween – which much as it pains us to say, marks the end of October already! But when you live (or vacation to!) somewhere this warm, you don’t find yourself dreading what’s coming after the fall months. Halloween does arrive on schedule on South Padre Island and there are plenty of local Halloween events going on. Here’s the rundown on holiday specific activities:
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Bands on the Beach

Dress up in your best costume and come dance and listen to live music, eat some great food and enjoy fireworks on the beach, all starting at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Halloween Dance Party at Quarterdeck Night Club

Get dressed in your favorite costume and come dance the night away in the Quarterdeck nightclub on Halloween night. Starting at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 and lasting until 1:30 a.m. this will be an exciting party! Drink specials, costume contest, cash and prizes. Don’t forget to dance and vote for best costume while grooving to the live music of Sweet Trouble.
Halloween Events Around South Padre Island
Port Isabel Day of the Dead Celebration at Port Isabel Historical Museum

From 4-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 31 come celebrate Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) with the community at the Port Isabel Historical Museum. This free family event features a street dance with live music, Halloween Costume Contest with cash prizes, and vendors, activities, presentations, exhibits and more.

Local Events for July 4th Holiday

If you’re lucky enough to be vacationing on South Padre Island over the Fourth of July you’re going to want to read this posting! There are plenty of local events taking place in celebration of the Independence Day holiday. Come on out and have a great time celebrating with the locals. All of the following events are being held and are open to the public!

Local Events for July 4th Holiday
4th of July Beach Parade
The public is invited to join in as residents and visitors alike walk a short distance to celebrate our nation’s birthday! Decorate your wagons, your pets, and dress in red, white and blue. Bring flags, musical instruments, drums, and banners! Free mini flags and beads will be given out at race start and watermelon for everyone at the end! Prizes will be awarded for the best Group, Costume and Wagon (or wheeled entry)! Parade line-up at 9:30 a.m. at Fantasy Circle Beach Access #22. The parade starts at 10 a.m.

Local Events for July 4th Holiday

Bands on the Beach
On Friday, July 3, Stars & Stripes on the Beach will have a live performance by Costello with special guests from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. On Saturday, July 4, Whiskey D. will perform live music from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Come enjoy the music, great food, and fireworks on the beach. Fireworks begin both nights at 9:15 p.m.

Local Events for July 4th Holiday

Fireworks on the Beach
7010 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island
The Hilton Garden Inn will have a fireworks show on the beach on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 beginning at 9 p.m. The show is best viewable from the Hilton Garden Inn and La Quinta Inn & Suites.

Local Events for July 4th Holiday

Fireworks Over the Bay
Louie’s Backyard, 2305 Laguna Boulevard, South Padre Island
ZZ Not will be performing on a newly built bayside stage at Louie’s Backyard on July 4th at 11 p.m. General admission tickets are $17.50 and available here. Join enjoy live music, cocktails and the largest fireworks display on the island. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

If you’re still not sure where you’re staying give us a call at Padre Getaways (956-761-8888). We can set you up in comfortable accommodations that you’re going to just love! Have a safe and happy Independence Day 2015 from all of us at Padre Getaways!