Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Shrimp Cook-Off ~ Telling Our Stories & more…

Day of the Dead Celebration ~ Dia de los Muertos! Washington Park. 10/29 4 - 11 p.m.


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, present their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del  Muerto” on Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 4 to 11 p.m. in Washington Park (new location, 156 W. Madison St.) in Port Isabel.

The event includes hands-on activities including sugar skull decorating and altar making, vendors with a variety of food and wares, costume contests, dancing and music. No admission charge to the event.

The Port Isabel Lighthouse, Historical Museum and Treasures of the Gulf Museum (where the altars will be on display) will be open from 10am-4pm on Saturday, October 29th. Special event admission: $1 for each site.

Altar Display—

The Treasures of the Gulf Museum (308 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.) will be exhibiting altars made by the Laguna Madre area residents. A special admission fee of $1.00 applies from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 29. Altars will remain on display through November 15.

Museums of Port Isabel, Telling Our Stories! October 27th. 7 p.m. Treasures of the Gulf Museum.October’s Telling Our Stories features an original Play by Gloria Bates~ “Capt. Isley Bell & Los Ratones”.
Captain Bell is the Customs Administrator of the Custom Duty House on St. James Island off Point Isabel in 1857.
This exciting drama includes the Texas Rangers, the local town beauty, Queen Isabella (suffering memory loss due to amnesia), a princess stowaway (from Spain that lands on Brazos Island) and a dashing Capt. Bell, the hero.
Lots of wheeling and dealing and tricks! Justice prevails in the end! Honesty pays! And the truth triumphs!
The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2016 on Thursday, October 27th, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 308 Queen Isabella Blvd. at 7pm.
No admission charge. Open to the public. Refreshments. Call 956/943-7602 for more information.

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. 1st Sunday. 9a-4p. Beulah Lee Park.

Sunday, NOVEMBER 6 & 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

23rd Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! Sunday, November 6 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Live music by "The Agency", vendors & more...


World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off… Come see what’s cookin’!

Here what cooking until 6 p.m. at the World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off in Port Isabel! Perfect weather, perfect fun for all! Food, vendors, games & live music by The Agency… all day long!


Art Walk! Shrimp Cook-Off! Antique & Flea Market!

Come to Port Isabel for the weekend and eat shrimp, buy art, browse antiques and bargains!

Port Isabel Lighthouse Square Art Walk
Saturday, Nov. 6th, 3 pm – 7 pm
Join us for new and exciting works of art and music around the Square. Light refreshments, free booth space for artists. No rent or commissions will be charged to artists. For more information, contact: Kitty Ayers at Purple Parrot, 943-2004 or email

17th Annual World Championship Shrimp Cookoff
Sunday, Nov. 7th, 10 am to 6 pm
In the old Wal-Mart Parking lot (future site of Sutherlands). For event information visit: or contact the Chamber at 943-2262.

Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market
Sunday, Nov. 7th, 9 am to 4 pm.
Beulah Lee Park. For more information, contact Gloria Bates at 455-6798. Bargains and treasures!

Get Ready for the World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off! 11/7

cookoff-logo(800)Gates open at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, November 7th
for the 17th Annual World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off. Located in the the parking lot of the old Wal-Mart (site of Sutherland Express, LLC) on Highway 100, this culinary tradition is expected to be even bigger and better!

Dozens of professional and amateur will expertly prepare over one ton of fresh wild caught Gulf shrimp in a wide variety of ways from boiled to coconut to cocktails to fried and scampi. While munching on tasty shrimp you can shop for jewelry, collectibles, art and more from the vendors set up on the grounds. There will be a mini-carnival for the kids, balloon animals, face painting and games. See flyer here: picc-cookoff-fp-fc(20100906).

20091101_shrimpcookoff-82Another World Championship Shrimp Cook-Off tradition,
The Agency will be performing all day under the big tent!

For more information about this event contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2265. For sponsorship information, click here.

Sponsored by: City of Port Isabel ~ Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation ~ Sutherlands Express, LLC ~ Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance ~ Port Isabel South Padre Press & Parade ~ Coastal Current Weekly ~ H. E. B. ~ AEP Texas ~ L & F Distributors / Budweiser ~ Texas Department of Agriculture

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce 16th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off Scheduled for November 1st

When: 11/1/09 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: Old Wal-Mart parking lot on Highway 100 in Port Isabel

Admission: $4 ($2 under 10)

Dozens of contestants and thousands of attendees will be treated to world famous shrimp recipes and a wide variety of family entertainment at the 16th Annual World’s Championship Shrimp Cook-Off, scheduled to be held in Port Isabel, Sunday, November 1st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The annual festival is a favorite among area residents and visitors and tests the skills of amateurs and professional chefs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Contestants are judged on appearance, aroma and taste of their specialty dishes and samples are available to the general public at a modest fee.

In addition, attendees will enjoy live music by “The Agency”, games and activities for kids of all ages, and vendors offering everything from funnel cakes to original artwork, gifts and collectibles.

For more information on this must attend event, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-527-6102 or email:

Sponsored by: Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, The City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Tarantino Properties, Inc., Coleman Hall & Heinze Insurance, Port Isabel Press-South Padre Parade, Coastal Current / Island Breeze, L & F Distributors / Budweiser, IBC, Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport, AEP, H. E. B.