Port Isabel’s Fall Season is packed with events that are light on the pocket book and heavy on the fun. Beginning on October 1 and running through November 15th, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum will feature Day of the Dead altars. Created by organizations or local artists and creative individuals, these altars can range in subject matter from a lost loved one or beloved pet to homage to an artist or event. For more information about the Day of the Dead holiday and this tradition visit http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/day-dead/. Admission to museum required. Or visit during October 25th Telling Our Stories evening at 7 p.m. “Telling Our Zombie Stories!”
For the second year, a Ghost Tour is offered. This guided walking tour starts at the Port Isabel Historical Museum and continues a trail of ghostly sightings and stories around to the city cemetery and back to the starting point. Tours scheduled for 7 p.m. beginning October 6, 13, 20 and the 27th. For more information call 956/943-7602. Admission.
Saturday, October 13th is the 15th Annual Lighthouse Market Day. This event celebrates the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse and features a reduced Lighthouse and Museums admission at just $1.00 for each site. Food vendors serve up local freshly prepared specialties and booths also offer collectibles, antiques and other temptations. Live music by Meza, a band from Woodsboro, Texas, will top the entertainment. Bike parking is designated for SPI BikeFest riders.
No admission fee. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. http://tinyurl.com/98qa3qj
From October 22 – 26th, the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 2nd Annual Window Decorating Contest. Merchants are encouraged to participate in creating a festive fall atmosphere. Cash prizes are awarded. For more information call 956/943-2262.
The Port Isabel Public Library offers a variety of Halloween themed activities. Bring your carved pumpkin, judging for the Children’s Pumpkin Carving Contest is October 22, 6 p.m. at the gazebo in Beulah Lee Park, behind the Public Library. On October 23rd, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. the Library hosts a Children’s Coloring Contest. Or learn how to make a Pinata, October 24 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and October 25th a Zombie Party from 5 to 6:30 p.m. For more information call 956/943-1822. No admission fee. Pumpkin Decorating Contest Entry Form, Pumpkin Decorating Contest – POSTER.
The final movie of the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema’s 8th Season will be on Friday, October 26. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic, “The Birds” will grace the white tower. Concessions are offered. For more information call 956/943-7602. 8:30 p.m. No admission fee.
Dia de los Muertos, Port Isabel’s Day of the Dead Celebration will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 4 to 11 p.m.
Held at the intersection of Tarnava Street and Railroad Avenue, this event will feature lots of food vendors, Day of the Dead themed vendors and collectibles, hands on activities, folkloric dancing, a theatrical performance, kiddie rides and games and a street dance with live music by Brownsville’s Los Dominantes. No admission fee. Street Dance starts at 7 p.m. For more information call 956/943-7602. http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/day-dead/.
Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st, visit downtown Port Isabel for Halloween treats from participating merchants on the Trick or Treat Trail. Winners of the 2nd Annual Halloween Window Decorating Contest will be announced by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce.
As you drive through Port Isabel along Highway 100, notice the many ghostly visitors on the grassy medians. Teams of City of Port Isabel Public Works are competing for the best decorated median. Bicycles ridden by skeletons, ghost brides and grooms, cemeteries, goblins and witches all keeping a watchful eye on the passing traffic. Help us celebrate the season, post your photos to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/portisabeltx!
Contact information for these events:
Ghost Tours–Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Flores. 956/943-7602
Day of the Dead, Lighthouse Market Day, Lighthouse Establishment Cinema, Telling Our Stories–Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Flores. 956/943-7602
Median Decorating Project–City of Port Isabel. 956/943-2682.
Halloween Window Decorating Contest–Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Betty P. Wells. 956/943-7602
Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Coloring Contest, Pinata Making Class, Zombie Party–Port Isabel Public Library, Kristen Kline. 956/943-1822