PADRE ISLAND NEWS & EVENTS

Current information about news and events on the Island of South Padre. Read our most recent news and events blog entries or checkout everything we post about to those Visiting South Padre Island keep informed.

HalloWings Across South Padre Island

2nd Annual HalloWings

SPI Birding & Nature Center | SPI Convention Centre

October 26, 2018 – October 28, 2018

 

Treat the family to a weekend of endless activities for all ages as we come together to celebrate the grand migration of the Monarch butterflies and fundraise for conservation and education efforts. The 2nd Annual HalloWings Event, starts Friday, October 26th and goes to Sunday, October 28th, 2018. The Boo Bash movie night and the Winged Gala start the event off Friday evening, with free crafts and a movie for the kids and beer and wine tasting for the adults with live entertainment. Purchase Gala tickets here. Activities continue throughout the day on Saturday, ranging from guided tours, art, film showings, hand feeding butterflies, good food and much more. This event will end Sunday with a splash, as you join pirates for breakfast and take a cruise on the Black Dragon Pirate Ship, Arrr!

 

Friday, October 26th

Boo Bash

South Padre Island Convention Centre

Free event open to the public

6:15 pm Halloween crafts for kids

7 pm Movie Feature, “Hocus Pocus”

Light refreshments will be provided

 Winged Gala

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

6:30-9:00 pm Live Entertainment, Wine & Beer Tasting

Tickets $65

 

Saturday, October 27th

HalloWings Festival

SPI Birding & Nature Center

Vendor set-up begins at 7:00 am | Vendor Registration Form

Open to the public 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Event Schedule

Breakfast with the Monarchs 9 am – 11 am

Leslie Blasing 10 am

Folklorico 11 am

Illusionist Richard Blake 11:30 am

Melvin Ellis 12 pm

Mariachi Sol Azteca 1 pm

Illusionist Richard Blake 3 pm

Guided Bird Walks 10 am, 11:30 am & 1 pm

Nature Film Showings 10 am, 12:30 pm & 2 pm

Monarch Talks 10:45 am & 1 pm

Butterfly Walks 11:30 am & 1:30 pm

Live Butterfly Tent 9 am – 3 pm

Food Trucks 11 am – 3 pm

Sandcastle Exhibit

Native Plant Center

Growing Butterfly Plants 10 am & 2 pm

Native Plant Garden Crawl ($) 2 pm & 3:30 pm

Happy Hour & Shrimp Boil ($) 5 pm – 10 pm

 

 Sunday, October 28th

Breakfast with Pirates 

Jim’s Pier

8:30 am Breakfast with Pirates ($10 per person)

12:00 pm Two Hour Pirate Cruise ($20 per person)

*Breakfast and Cruise Deal $25 per person*

Limited space, reserve your spot through Black Dragon Pirate Ship Cruises (956) 943-6283

 

HalloWings Festival - Feeding Butterfly

HalloWings Festival 2017 – Hand Feeding Butterfly

HalloWings

HalloWings Festival 2017 – Newly arrived Monarch Butterflies resting while enjoying a meal

 

 

Visit the official HalloWings event page, here, for more information or to purchase Winged Gala tickets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you looking for a comfortable place to stay with all the comforts of home while you visit South Padre Island? Padre Island Rentals has got you covered offering a variety of fantastic condos and island homes with one or more of the following features: breathtaking ocean views of the Gulf of Mexico, private direct ocean access to soft sandy beach, beachfront swimming pool(s) and spa, tennis courts, BBQ’s and stellar sunset views over the Laguna Madre Bay. We’re sure to have a unit that fits your family’s needs perfectly! Take a look at our available units here.

31st Annual Sandcastle Days

Sandcastle Days is Back!

Clayton’s | 6900 Padre Blvd

October 4, 2018 – October 7, 2018

Master Sand sculptors Walter McDonald, aka Amazin Walter, and Lucinda Wierenga, aka Sandy Feet, are South Padre Island residents and founders of Sandcastle Days 31 years ago.

They started Sand Castle Days to demonstrate the magical sculpting qualities of South Padre Island sand and the critical importance of protecting our beautiful coastal shores. Over the years this event has grown from a local celebration to qualifying event for the World Championships of Sand Sculpting where 30,000+ fans come to watch the sand come to life. Admission is Free, a great family-friendly event, with live music, games, vendors, great food and drinks! Click the following link for more event details and updates visit the Sandcastle Days Website.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to create your own sand sculptures? If you answered Yes, You will not want to miss out on the Free Sand Sculpture Workshops offered on Sunday, October 8th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, all you need to do is show up! Here’s a link to more information on the free workshops.

Sandcastle

Are you looking for a comfortable place to stay with all the comforts of home while you visit South Padre Island? Padre Island Rentals has got you covered offering a variety of fantastic condos and island homes with one or more of the following features: breathtaking ocean views of the Gulf of Mexico, private direct ocean access to soft sandy beach, beachfront swimming pool(s) and spa, tennis courts, BBQ’s and stellar sunset views over the Laguna Madre Bay. We’re sure to have a unit that fits your family’s needs perfectly! Take a look at our available units here.

South Padre Island Triathlon

South Padre Island Triathlon

September 30, 2018

Parrot Eyes Restaurant | 5801 Padre Blvd.

South Padre Island, TX | 7:30am – 5:00pm

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or first timer to the triathlon world, South Padre Island has a fantastic course you won’t want to miss out on! Offering both Olympic and Sprint distance courses, there is something for everyone!

Participants will start with a refreshing open water swim, afterward, athletes will head into transition, graciously hosted by Parrot Eyes and head north for the bike course up the South Padre Island strip. After the scenic bike course, participants will head south on the strip to run a loop and end back at Parrot Eyes.

Transition location is accessible without difficulty for family and friends, making it easy for number one fans to cheer on their favorite triathletes and loved ones!

Registration for this event ends September 28th. Click the following link for more information and/or to register: https://www.trisignup.com/Race/TX/SouthPadreIsland/SouthPadreIslandTriathlon

SPI Triathlon

UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab: Winter Seminar Series

 

UTRGV is hosting a Winter Seminar Series every Saturday until February 27th. Admission is free with an impressive schedule full of exciting presentations on a variety of current research topics by UTRGV College of Sciences faculty and graduate students. The seminars will take place at the Coastal Studies Lab. See below information for the address. The seminars are open to the public with limited space. Registration by email is required to attend. Email: coastal@utrgv.edu to register. Please include your first and last name, phone number, and the date of the seminar you would like to attend. Put Seminar in the subject line.

Admission is FREE and refreshments will be served!

 Schedule: 
 Sat, Jan 23: 10 am to 11:30 am
“Cryptic tails: the hunt for the endangered black-spotted newt.”
Evan Bare, UTRGV graduate research assistant
“Trash talk: NOAA Clean Valley – Clean Gulf marine debris education program.”
Stephanie DuBois, UTRGV graduate research assistant
Sat, Feb 6: 10 am to 11:00 am
“Vibrio cholerae: human pathogen AND bacterial predator?”
Daniele Provenzano, Ph.D., Microbiologist
Sat, Feb 13: 9 am to 10 am
“The good and the bad side of algae.”
Hudson DeYoe, Ph.D., CSL Director/Marine ecologist
Sat, Feb 20: 10 am to 11:30 am
“Exploring the twilight zone: A look into mesophotic coral reefs and their fish communities.”
Linda Jordan, UTRGV graduate research assistant
“Coastal squeeze: plants and animals surviving between development and encroaching seas.”
Shelby Bessette, UTRGV graduate research assistant
Sat, Feb 27: 9 am to 10:30 am
“A novel method for detecting red tide blooms with satellite Landsat 8 images.”
Aslan, UTRGV research associate
“Seeing the unseen: Using sonar to study seagrasses of the Laguna Madre.”
Austin Greene, UTRGV graduate research assistant
UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab
located in Isla Blanca Park
100 Marine Lab Dr South Padre Island 78597
(956) 761-2644