Annual Festivals


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Each year since 1996, the Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas has celebrated the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. In 2022, the festival is back and ready to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary! The four-day event will feature renowned speakers, birding trips, boating trips, nature tours, photography workshops, a trade show, and much more.
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Experience Port A’s live music scene at a whole new level when you attend the annual Port A Live Music Fest. All weekend long, you can enjoy bands that span genres and generations as they perform at one-of-a-kind venues throughout town. Bring your best dancing flip-flops and singing voices, because there is something for everyone at Port A Live Music Fest!

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What began as a small local competition in 1997 has grown into one of the largest master sand sculpting contests in the United States hits the beach in Port Aransas for this annual event. This three-day family event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of visitors from around the world each year to Port Aransas.
Texas Legends Billfish Tournament

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In 2006, the tournament was moved to Port Aransas, Texas and John and Bobby changed the name to the Texas Legends Billfish Tournament. They made this decision to not only honor Bob Byrd Sr., but to dedicate the tournament to all Texas Fishermen, past and present, who have made a difference in Big Game Fishing. The tournament not only pioneered the concept of video release, but also allowed tournament contestants to leave from any Texas port, something that no other tournaments allowed at that time. In addition, the tournament permitted boats to leave the dock anytime after 5 pm on Thursday

On-site Events


February 12, 2023 – Superbowl Party


May 29, 2023 – Memorial Day Picnic


July 4, 2023 – 4th of July Picnic


September 4, 2023 – Labor Day Picnic

On-Site Activities (November – Mid-March)


Quilting – 9 a.m. at the North Campus Event Center

Bingo – 7 p.m. at both the South Campus Event Center & North Campus Event Center


Aqua Aerobics by Selena Esensee – 8:30 a.m. at the North Campus Pool

Line Dancing Lessons by Selena Esensee – 11a.m.-noon at the South Campus Event Center


Ladies Luncheon & Margarita Meet Up – time and location TBD


Game Night – 7 p.m. at the North Campus Event Center


Ice Cream Social – 7 p.m. at the North Campus Event Center


Pancake Breakfast – Time and location TBD

The on-site activities listed above are recurring from mid-November – mid- March. Please call the front desk for any activity questions.

Tropic Island Resort
315 Cut Off Rd.
Port Aransas, Texas 78373


Main Phone: (361)749-6128
South Campus Phone: (361)749-5600


Email: [email protected]

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