Pachanga in the Park! September 28 ~ 6p – 12a

Pachanga in the Park

The 9th Annual PACHANGA in the PARK will be held in the Laguna Madre Park just off Port Road. September 28th, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Want to be a Vendor? Click here vendor-application and more info.


Booth 1 – “Museums of Port Isabel” … Nachos, Popcorn, Assortment of Sweet & Sour Candy, Assortment of Chocolate Candy, Pickles, Assortment of Peanuts/Cornuts, Cotton Candy, Frito Pies & Hot Cheetos & Cheese

Booth 2 – “Port Isabel Police Department” … Assortment of Candy Apples, Hotdogs & Corn in a Cup

Booth 3 – “Rodriguez Raspas” … Raspas, Funnel Cake & Spiral Potatoes

Booth 4 – “PI Volunteer Fire Department” … Fajita & Chicken Tacos

Booth 6 – “El Buen Pescador” … Churros, Tostadas w/Chicken, Lettuce, Tomato & Cheese & Fried Bananas

Booth 7 & 8 – “Veronica & Jorge Pineda” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 9 – “Tita’s Food Mobile” … Chicken Sopes, Chicken Empanadas & Chili Cheese Fries

Booth 10 & 11 – “Tacos Nava” … Tacos de Tropo & Bisket, Totas de Tropo & Bisket & Gingas de Tropo & Bisket

Booth 12 – “PIHS Band Booster Club” … Brisket Sandwiches w/potato chips

Booth 13 – “Kelly Hernandez” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 14 – “Antojitos Martha’s” … Tacos de Trompo, Garnachas de Chicken & Tamales de Verucruzanos

Booth 15 – Gloria Ramos” … Strawberries w/Crema & Chocolate, Candy Apples w/Gummies & Mangonadas

Booth 16 – “Moore’s Concession” … Turkey Legs, Funnel Cakes & BBQ Brisket w/Cheesy Fries

Booth 17 – “Moore’s Concession” … Basketball Game

Booth 18 – “Moore’s Concession” … Balloon Game

Booth 19 – “Junior Catholic Daughters of America” … Raspas, Sweet Desserts & Baked Goods & Fruit Cups

Booth 21 – “Scarlet’s Crepas” … Chicharron Preparado W/Ham or Pork Skins, Marranudus & Tostadas de Sibernias

Booth 22 – “Scarlet’s Crepas” … Corn on a Stick/Cup, Russa & Crepas

Booth 23 – “Tu Salud Si Cuenta” … Information Booth

Booth 27 – “Capable Kids Foundation Lower Valley” … Information Booth & Cotton Candy

Booth 29 – “Texas Kettle Corn” … Kettle Popcorn

Booth 30 – “Kelly Hernandez” … Light-Up Toys

Booth 31 – “Designs by Grace” … Chalk Paste Frames & Home Décor , Handmade Car Scents & Earrings

Booth 35 – “Department of Elections & Voters Registration” … Election Information, Census & Verbal Information

Booth 40 – “Port Isabel Friends of the Library” … Information Booth & Raffle

Museums: Taste of the Laguna Madre Fundraiser! 2/12 7-10p

Taste of the Laguna Madre Museums Fundraiser. Live music with Pelican West. Dancing, Silent Auction, Food & Fun! 1/12/16 7-10p

19th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre! This is THE Museums of Port Isabel FUNDRAISER! Scheduled for Friday, February 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, the fundraiser proudly presents live music with PELICAN WEST! Tickets are on sale now at the Port Isabel Visitors Center, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Port Isabel Public Library and online at

For more information call Jeannie Flores or the Museum Staff at 956/943-7602.

Thanks to our SPONSORS & DONORS!

SILENT AUCTION: Ben’s Liquor ~ Welcome Aboard ~ The Leeman Company ~ Carol Plumb ~ Sea & Sun Hair Fashion ~ Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Decor ~ Art Sea ~ Tesori ~ Island Cinema North ~ Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon ~ Dee-Dee Boutique ~ Pearl South Padre ~ Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar ~ Schlitterbahn Beach WaterPark ~ Holiday Inn Express ~ The Light House Lighting Center ~ Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker ~ The Inn @ South Padre ~ Salon Samuels ~ DeJa Vu Consignment Apparel ~ Anna’s Hair & Nail Salon

RESTAURANTS: Palm Street Pier ~ Mexiquito Restaurant ~ Mary Gorball


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos & Halloween in Port Isabel!


20141011_pi-median-119Halloween comes early to Port Isabel as the Highway 100 medians are decorated with delightfully playful skeletons…cycling, bar-b-queing, picnicking, fishing, or just hanging out. And Port Isabel has a full schedule of events starting with “Telling Our Stories” at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, Thursday at 7 p.m. Friday, on the grounds of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will host a showing of “Beetlejuice”. Free family fun, showtime – 8:30 p.m. Come in costume and get a free popcorn!

On Saturday, the Museums of Port Isabel will host their annual Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead Celebration) on the grounds of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center! Starting at 4 p.m., the even will feature hands on activities, booths, presentations, costume contest and a street dance with live music by La Farra. No admission charge. Food vendors. From 4 – 11 p.m.

For more information call 956/943-7602 or email Facebook events: Telling Our Stories, Lighthouse Establishment Movie, Day of the Dead Celebration

Queen Isabella Market Day at the Lighthouse 4/16

The Museums of Port Isabel and the City of Port Isabel invite you to enjoy a day filled with live entertainment, vendors, food, family fun on the grounds of the Historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Queen Isabella Market Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 16th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no admission charge to the event. Vendors offering collectibles, antiques, local art, jewelry and more will be lining the sidewalks around the lighthouse. A tent with tables and chairs near the live entertainment will offer the opportunity to sit down and relax while enjoying some tasty tamales, baked goods or other dishes local vendors and restaurants will be offering. Or just roll down the grassy hill of the lighthouse! Relax and let us entertain you during a family fun day in Port Isabel!

The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission just $1.00 during Market Day. And plan to visit the Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, just a short walk across Highway 100 where admission is also just $1.00 to each site.

If you are interested in a vendor booth, please call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email For more information, click here:

Day of the Dead Celebration, Movie at the Lighthouse & Street Dance!

Lighthouse info updated, see below.

Port Isabel has big plans for the Halloween and Day of the Dead Weekend!

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 29th, the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will be hosting the last show of the season featuring \”Coraline\”. Free, family fun at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! Concessions are available.

On Saturday, October 30th, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Port Isabel celebrates Day of the Dead! There will be special exhibits in the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, hands-on activities, sugar skull making classes, special presentations, live entertainment, over two dozen vendors offering food and day of the dead crafts and more! For a preview watch Rick Diaz Con MI Gente on Thursday morning at 5:30 a.m. and again at 6:20 p.m. on KRGV Channel 5. For a complete schedule of day events, click here:

Then join us for the City of Port Isabel HALLOWEEN STREET DANCE! Beginning at 8:00 p.m., Risueno will provide live music until 11:00 p.m. Vendors will offer all kinds of great food, there will be Door Prizes and a Costume Contest!

LOCATION: Museums of Port Isabel, 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602. Free admission to the Museums throughout the day. Museums hours will be extended until 6:00 p.m. The Lighthouse will be closed until further notice as repairs are made to some of the steps.

RISUENO: About the band…

risueño, -ña adj.

1 Que muestra un gesto de risa en el semblante: entró risueño y le preguntamos por qué estaba tan contento.

2 Que se ríe con facilidad.

3 Que tiene un aspecto agradable.

4 Que es favorable o prometedor: parecía que el porvenir sería muy risueño.

Translation: happy

Risueño started 12 yrs ago in Brownsville tx. Some of the music performed by Risueño is original lyrics together with plenty of cover songs by other major artists but with a risueño style.

The Style of music Risueño performs is targeted towards a family atmosphere. Lots of rapid, move your hips Cumbia’s, and Huapango’s which in most part intended to have the crowd forget; unwind and loosen up on what comes with a hard days worth of work and stress.

Risueño’s band members consist of Dad (Sabas Lopez Sr) who plays the squeeze box Accordion and (Sabas Lopez Jr) who is the lead singer and stums the 12 string Guitar together with the runt son of the family in the drums (Daryl Lopez) together with fill in precussions.

Risueño has recorded 5 music cd’s and has given out 1000’s of cds in concerts and private events over the past 12 yrs.

Port Isabel Museums Day of the Dead Celebration 10/30 1-7p

The Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates their Annual Los Colores del Muerto!

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del Muerto” on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel.

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican custom of celebrating all souls and all saints day in a festive atmosphere. Because the Mexican culture find joy in remembering loved ones who have passed away, they spend a night and a day at the burial sight of the deceased family members, honoring the memories of their lives. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was a three day and three night festival that mixed Spanish Catholicism with Mesoamerican Indian roots. The ancient custom has now been transformed to fit the Mexican-American households of today. The Mexican culture believes that deceased children return to visit Earth on the last day of October, and the faithful dead return on November 2nd. At this time every year, families gather at cemeteries to clean and adorn the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Museum celebrates the heritage and artistic expression of this custom with traditional and non-traditional altars and festivities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Throughout the day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Live Music with Laura Cerda

2:00 p.m.: Skull candy workshop with Jessica Villescaz & Omar Fonseca & Altar making in a cigar box workshop with the Laguna Madre Art League

3:00 p.m.: Special Day of the Dead Play by Gloria Bates

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Ken Trevino featuring Short Stories, Poetry & Music

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: TBA

DAY OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS: A limited number of Day of the Dead t-shirts will be available! Based on the poster design, the artwork features a stylized skull using motifs important to Port Isabel history, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a shrimp boat and Gulf shrimp. They will be available for sale at the Museums Gift Shop.

VENDOR INFO: If you are interested in vending opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie Aby at 956/943-7602 or email:

NEW!!! -From 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – A PORT ISABEL COMMUNITY STREET DANCE will be held on Railroad Ave. in front of the historic Champion Building! The public is invited to attend this free event. Live music, vendors and lots of family friendly fun!