Your guide to Aransas Pass Shrimporee, Texas’ largest shrimp festival


Whether you like shrimp or just need an excuse to scratch your social itch, the 73rd annual Shrimporee has got you covered

After being cancelled last year to avoid the spread of COVID-19, “largest shrimp festival in Texas” will kick off June 11 at 6 p.m. in Aransas Pass. 

Come on down and try every kind of shrimp including fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, Gumbo, coconut shrimp and much more. 

Alongside the shrimp, the festival is filled with talented musical acts such as Kevin Fowler and La Mafia. 

Here is everything you should look out for at this year’s event:

The 70th annual Shrimporee parade in Aransas Pass on Saturday, June 9, 2018.

Shrimporee Parade and Carnival

Does it get any better than shrimp, a parade and a carnival?

The Shrimporee parade and carnival are back and better than ever. 

The annual parade is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on June 12. The parade route will start at the intersection of East Maddox Avenue and Commercial Street and will end DeBerry Avenue.

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As for the carnival, bring your family and friends down to catch all the thrills and excitement that always surrounds carnival rides. 

Even if you’re not a fan of shrimp, you can enjoy delicious treats such as Italian ice, fried Oreos and ice cream at the carnival. 

Aransas Pass Shrimporee live performances

It wouldn’t be Shrimporee without the many entertaining performances that come with it. 

This year, Shrimporee will set up two entertainment stages, a main stage and family stage, all weekend. 

Here is what to expect throughout the weekend: 

Main Stage:

Friday

  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Johnny Kiser Band
  • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., David Adan Byrnes
  • 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Pacific Islanders
  • 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., Kevin Fowler
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Shrimps are placed on a skewer as they are prepared to be grilled for customers during Shrimporee on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Aransas Pass.

Saturday

  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Chicas Rock
  • 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., John Cortez Band
  • 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., The Rockoholics
  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Electric Cowboys
  • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., La Tropa F
  • 9:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., Pacific Islanders
  • 10 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., La Mafia 

Sunday

  • 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Comedy Hypnotist “Rob Zeke”
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Shrimp Eating Contest
  • 2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m., OTB Band 
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hip Hop Hooray

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Family Stage

Friday

  • 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Pacific Islanders
  • 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Rich Lockhart Band
  • 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., The Meza Band

Saturday

  • 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., Purple Dino Show
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., Merry Mouse Girl
  • 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tickle Monster
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Men’s & Women’s Sexy Legs Contest
  • 3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., The Jam Band
  • 4:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., Pacific Islanders
  • 5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Mariachi Aguila 
  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Jason Suthern Band 
  • 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Lyrical Bynge
GABE HERNANDEZ/CALLER-TIMES Peter Grish prepares shrimp skewers for customers during Shrimporee on Saturday, June 11, 2016, in Aransas Pass.

Sunday

  • 12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m., Merry Mouse Boy
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m., Purple Dino Show
  • 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Tickle Monster
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Merry Mouse Girl
  • 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m., Pacific Islanders
  • 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mariachis 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sonny Escamilla
  • 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Riptide

Aransas Pass Shrimporee parking

The free shuttle and park system will also be returning to Shrimporee. 

Guests can park and take the free shuttle at the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce, 130 W. Goodnight Ave.; Compton Hall, 704 W. Yoakum at Harrison; Care Regional Hospital, 1711 W Wheeler Ave.

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COVID guidelines for Aransas Pass Shrimporee 2021

The 2021 Aransas Pass Shrimporee is taking safety procedures for all guests to help conquer the spread of COVID-19.

Attendees will not be required to wear a mask, but Shrimporee officials are strongly encouraging attendees to wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

The event will have central health and safety courtesy booth that will offer hand sanitizer and free masks to guests. 

IF YOU GO

WHAT: 73rd annual Shrimporee

WHEN: 6 p.m. to midnight, June 11; 12 p.m. to midnight, June 12 and noon to 6 p.m., June 13. 



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