Looking for fun things do in Corpus Christi? We have the top events in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend, updated every week so you can find something to do. Some businesses may continue to limit seating and require masks as a precaution, check directly with organizations for more information.
The Drive-In Laser Show at fairgrounds
Cabin Fever presents The Drive-In Laser Show Oct. 14-17 at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds, 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., Robstown. Shows are 7:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday and 7:30-8:30 p.m. and 9:30-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The family-friendly Laser Shows include some of your favorite musical from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s, plus current hits and classic rock. All shows feature choreographed with cutting-edge effects, high-powered lasers, and dual large screen paser projection. A dedicated “Tail-Gate” seating area with social distancing in front of every vehicle will be available, bring your own chairs, blankets and refreshments. No latecomers will be admitted once show starts and vehicles must stay for entire show. Cost: $29 per vehicle. Information: https://www.rmbfairgrounds.com/events/the-drive-in-laser-show-by-cabin-fever.
Texas Sandfest in Port Aransas
The Texas Sandfest is Oct. 15-17 between Sandcastle Drive and Access Road 1A on the beach in Port Aransas (shuttles available). Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. This 3-day family event draws sculptors and visitors from around the world. This year find amazing sand sculptures, food, live music, kids’ activities — and shopping for jewelry, arts & crafts, clothing, furniture, souvenirs and more in the vendor area. Cost: $15 adults, $5 kids ages 6-12 years old, free for 5 and younger. Tickets good for all three days (no one-day passes available). Information: https://texassandfest.org/.
Aurora Arts Theatre presents ‘The Rocky Horror Show’
Aurora Arts Theatre presents Richard O’Brien’s “The Rocky Horror Show” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. and 11 p.m. Saturdays Oct. 8 through Nov. 6 at 5635 Everhart Road. This musical satire pays tribute to the era of B-movie horrors and science fiction. A flat tire in a storm strands the innocent and newly engaged Brad and Janet. They seek shelter in the eerie mansion of a transvestite scientist by the name of Dr. Frank-n-Furter. Through elaborate dancing and singing, he reveals his ultimate creation. Cost: $20 general admission. Information: 361-851-9700 or https://www.auroraartstheatre.com/.
Fall-o-ween at Funtrackers
Funtrackers presents Fall-o-ween from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at 9605 S. Padre Island Drive. Guests will receive a $10 play card, a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch and a visit to the decoration station to personalize, admission to Dr. Tripenfall’s Crazy Laboratory where young guests and their parents get a tour of this engagingly fun laboratory, plus choice of one attraction, and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 play card and 1000 prize tickets. Cost: $16.99 per person (adults welcome). Information: https://corpuschristi.inthegame.net/event/fall-o-ween-fest/.
Downtown Lotería Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl
The Coastal Bend Pride Center presents a Downtown Lotería Scavenger Hunt Pub Crawl from 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at several downtown locations. Participating venues include House of Rock, BUS, MUSE, The Point, Mully’s, The Goldfish, and Cassidy’s Irish Pub. Get your playing card at Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, 2882 Holly Road before Oct. 15 or at their mobile clinic starting at 6 p.m. Oct. 15 outside BUS, 702 N. Chaparral St. This event in honor of National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day includes free, confidential HIV/STI testing. Prizes will also be given away throughout the evening. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/coastalbendpridecenter.
CC Movie Nights at Whataburger Field
CC Movie Nights presents “Frozen II” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15 at Whataburger Field, 734, E. Port Ave. Presented by Reliant, come watch a film on the big screen at Whataburger Field. Seating is open in the Whataburger Field outfield and seating bowl. Traditional ballpark food and beverages will be available for purchase. Gates open 6:30 p.m. Cost: Free admission, food and drinks available for purchase. Information: https://www.milb.com/corpus-christi/tickets/cc-movie-nights.
Grace UMC Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat
Grace United Methodist Church presents its annual fall festival and kid’s trunk or treat from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at 14521 Northwest Blvd. There will be local vendors with holiday gifts and pumpkin carving stations. Kids can enjoy the Trunk or Treat with games and prizes, festive music, face painting, bounce house and costume contest. The pumpkin patch will be open as well. Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase. Information: 361-933-0109 or https://www.ccgrace.org/.
Author signing with Andy Purvis
Corpus Christi author and sports enthusiast Andy Purvis will sign his new book “Legends of Greatness” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at Brewster Street Southside, 5550 Holly Road. Purchase the new book, or his previous seven titles, plus meet several local former professional athletes. Cost: Free; books available for purchase. Information: 361-549-1619 or https://www.purvisbooks.com/.
2nd Annual South Texas Food Truck Festival 2021
The South Texas Food Truck Festival is from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 at Whataburger Field, 734 E. Port Ave. Featuring 30 food trucks serving up wonderful dishes and food creations for everyone to enjoy. Enjoy live music, arts and crafts, face painting, petting zoo and kids’ field zone. Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase. Information: https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristifoodtruckfestival.
Music & Movie Night at the Pumpkin Patch at Portland FUMC
Join Portland First United Methodist Church for a Music and Movie Night from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4545 Wildcat Drive, Portland. Portland original band, The East & The Crow, is landing in the Portland Pumpkin Patch followed by two presentations of “It’s The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.” There will also be food trucks available all day. Music starts at 5 p.m. and movie showings at 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., bring a blanket or chairs. Cost: Free admission, pumpkins available to purchase. Information: https://www.facebook.com/portlandtxpumpkins.
Brahm’s Requiem with Corpus Christi Chorale
The Corpus Christi Chorale and Camerata Isla present Brahm’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Performing Arts Center, 6300 Ocean Drive. Come experience the majesty of Brahms with the Corpus Christi Chorale and Camerata Isla. The Requiem is one of Brahms’ longest compositions, ranging from 65 to 80 minutes. View the performance in-person or online. Cost: $10. Information: https://www.corpuschristichorale.org/attend.
Distinguished Lecture Series at Museum of Science and History
The Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History presents the 2021 Distinguished Lecture Series from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 1900 N. Chaparral St. Guest speaker will be Allison Ehrlich with the Corpus Christi Caller-Times talking about the most popular topics from her award-winning local history column, Throwback Thursday. Doors open at 6:30, lecture at 7 p.m., Q&A session at 7:30 p.m. Complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Cost: Free admission, donations welcome. Information: https://www.ccmuseum.com/events/.
La Palmera presents Dia de los Muertos Fiesta
La Palmera presents Dia de los Muertos Fiesta from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21 at La Palmera Cafés, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive. Guests can enjoy live music by Los Mariachis, beer samples from L&F Distributors (21 years and up, while supplies last), Corpus Christi Loteria, and a Grito Contest. Loteria game cards will be available on a first come, first served basis at the registration table in the La Palmera Cafés. Games begin at 6 p.m. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/lapalmeracc.
Rockin’ K Farms
Rockin’ K Farms opens for the 2021 season on Sept. 25 through Oct. 31 at 5385 County Road 52, Robstown. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting. Always check before arriving, as rain can close the farm due to muddy conditions. Explore the huge corn maze and pick out the perfect pumpkin from the patch. Enjoy attractions like slides, backyard games, farm animals, cow train, apple blaster, and much more. Concessions around the farm include burgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, lemonade, ice-cold water, soda, and more. Cost: general admission $13.95 online, $18.09 at the gate; super pass (includes 2 tokens for use at apple blaster and/or paintball $21.95 online, $26.63 at gate. Information: 361-537-3308 or https://www.rockinkmaze.com/.
Texas Talks Art
Learn more about Texas artists from around the state with Texas Talks Art virtual seminars at noon Tuesdays at https://texastalksart.org/. Taking the form of virtual 30-minute lunchtime talks, the series features 50 Texas artists and artist collectives in conversation with 50 Texas curators and will feature an intergenerational roster of artists working across mediums and at differing points in their careers. Location institutions involved include the Art Museum of South Texas and Rockport Center for the Arts. Cost: Free. Information: https://texastalksart.org/.
The Best of Murphy Givens on KEDT-FM
KEDT presents “The Best of Murphy Givens” at 7:45 a.m. and 5:44 p.m. Fridays on KEDT-FM 90.3 in Corpus Christi and KVRT-FM 90.7 in Victoria. KEDT will air repeats of favorites of Murphy Givens’ local history radio columns every Friday during NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR’s All Things Considered. Segments will also be available online at https://www.kedt.org/. Information: https://www.kedt.org/murphy-givens.
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 1900 N. Chaparral St. Visit this 90,000 square-foot facility that is the repository for hundreds of thousands of artifacts and historically significant items while learning about science and history through exhibits and programming to inspire curiosity, understanding and an enduring thirst for knowledge. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Tickets and information: 361-826-4667 or https://www.ccmuseum.com/.
Texas State Aquarium
The Texas State Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. Visitors of all ages and can get up close and interact with many different kinds of animals, enjoy educational and entertaining exhibits featuring more than 300 species, learn about conservation and how our actions impact the other inhabitants of both the ocean and land, and thrill at exciting presentations featuring bottlenose dolphins, raptors and other kinds of birds, and an assortment of fascinating mammals. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Information and tickets: https://www.texasstateaquarium.org/.
USS Lexington Museum on the Bay
The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. Tour the longest serving Essex Class aircraft carrier of World War II. The 16-deck “Blue Ghost” displays military artifacts and more than 20 aircraft, take one of five tour routes, visit the 3D Mega Theater, flight simulator and more. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Tickets and information: https://usslexington.com/.
South Texas Botanical Gardens
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 8545 S. Staples St. Tour the 182-acre showcase on Oso Creek or stop by one of the specialty gardens or the screened Butterfly House, Anderson Bromeliad or Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory. And don’t forget to visit the resident reptiles and parrots. Masks are required indoors (including vaccinated individuals). Cost: $9 for adults (13-59 years old); $7 adults 60 and older, active military and college students; $5 children (3-12 years old); and free for members and children under 3 years. Information: 361-852-2100 or http://www.stxbot.org/.
Art Museum of South Texas
The Art Museum of South Texas is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. See multiple exhibitions during your visit, including never before seen works from the permanent collection. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors (60+), $4 students, free for members, A&M-CC students and children 12 and younger. Information: 361-825-3500 or https://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/.
Corpus Christi Parks and Rec Splash Pads
Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Dept. offers splash pads from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at Lindale Park, 3133 Swantner Drive; Salinas Park, 1354 Airport Road; and Bill Witt Park, 6869 Yorktown Blvd. Each facility offers different interactive water features and is free to the public. Open through Oct. 31. Splash pads are closed Mondays for maintenance. Families are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing while using the splash pads. Information: https://www.cctexas.com/corpus-christi-splash-pads.
Collier Pool, Natatorium open for lap and general swim
Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department’s Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive and Corpus Christi Natatorium, 3202 Cabanis Pkwy., are open for lap and general swim for the fall/winter 2021 season. Collier general swim hours are 4:30-7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lap swim hours are 5–7:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Natatorium re-opens Saturday, Aug. 14. Natatorium general swim hours are 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Lap swim hours are 5-6:30 a.m. and 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.cctexas.com/swim-programs-pools.
Southside Farmers’ Market
The Southside Farmers’ Market is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at The Market on Everhart shopping center, 5800 Everhart Road. Rain or shine, come shop local produce, honey, eggs, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, herbs and spices, snacks, baked goods, body products plus arts, jewelry, crafts and more. COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing are in place and masks and gloves are encouraged. Information: 361-774-4129 or https://www.facebook.com/CCFarmersMarket/.
Downtown Farmers Market at Art Center
The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays in the courtyard of the Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Blvd. Vendors will offer fresh produce, locally raised meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, fresh-cut flowers, artisan goods and more. COVID-19 precautions will be in place and social distancing and masks are encouraged. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/GrowLocalFarmersMarket/.