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Texas SandFest

Texas SandFest is October 15–17, 2021 Texas SandFest is one of the largest native-sand sculpture competitions in the USA. What began as a small local competition in 1997 has grown into an internationally recognized three-day family event that draws renowned sand sculptors and tens of thousands of…

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Port Aransas Taco & Margarita Trail

Trade in Sound Bites for Tasty Bites During Port A Live Music Fest 2021 Port A Live Music Fest is approaching quickly! There's only a bit more time before the festival begins to get your tickets for the kickoff Landshark concert and gear up for a weekend full of live music. Between all the…

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Port A Live Music Fest 2021 Lineup

Boogie with the Bands Whether you've already booked a trip for Port A Live Music Fest or are still in the planning stage, this band lineup and schedule will get you excited for the weekend! From Americana to jazz, country to the blues, this is a fest you won't want to miss. Curious what else is…

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Swing Your Way to Port A

Get into the "swing" of island living. “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing” -Duke Ellington By Duke Ellington’s standards, Port Aransas definitely means something, because it’s got that swing! The island is dotted with those playground fixtures of childlike wonder where maturity is…

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Port A Live Artist Features

What is your band's name? "Cruise Control Band." What genre of music do you play? "Rock, jazz, country, ska, soul, pop...pretty much everything." Where are you from? "Corpus Christi." How did you get started in music? "Ron McElroy, (the) band director at Cunningham Jr. High." How did you get to Port…

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Texas Legends in Port Aransas

The Tournament, the Tradition, and The Triple Crown. Nothing speaks to tradition like fishing tournaments in Port Aransas. From May to November, nearly every weekend in Port A is stacked with a fishing tournament, sometimes two. Fishing, and the evolution to big game fishing, are so deeply woven…

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How Do You Say port aran┬Ěsas (n.)

What’s in A Name? 4,500 years of history. There’s a reason Port Aransas often gets shortened to Port A, part of which is that Aransas can be somewhat puzzling to pronounce. Locals and frequent visitors have heard every pronunciation of Aransas under the hot Texas sun, but the correct phonetic…

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You're On Island Time

It’s Worth the Wait. You’ve been waiting for the moment you could step onto Mustang Island and take a deep breath of that sea salt air. Understandably, it can be frustrating when that moment gets delayed. However, the inner peace that descends when you feel the sand between your toes and hear the…

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Port Aransas Sandcastle Building Tips & Tricks

Build a Better Sandcastle With sand made of angular grains and containing high clay and silt content that locks in moisture, Port Aransas beaches are scientifically one of the best places in the world to build a movie-level sandcastle. After all, there's a reason one of the nation's largest…

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Rainy Day in Port A

“Rain, rain, go away” doesn’t have to be your mantra when the clouds show up and a storm is ‘a-brewing. Just because Port Aransas is known for its beaches–and for good reason–doesn’t mean a little rain shower has to ruin your vacation. Below are six ways, from morning to night, that you can make the…

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