Rockport's Upcoming Events In April

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
For additional information on what is happening in our area, please call 800-242-0071, email tourism@1rockport.org or visit www.rockport-fulton.org

 Featured for April...
  
                                                    
2016 Tour of Homes
The annual Tour of Homes features the best in Texas Coastal Living, providing a self-guided tour through unique & memorable Rockport dwellings.
Take a delightful self-guided tour through enchanting coastal homes. Volunteer docents will guide you and reveal inside information about the architecture, design, and fine art that all contribute to the stories and visions of these homeowners.
2016 Kickoff Party, Friday, April 8 - Entrance to the Kickoff Party with a donation of $80 per person or more. For questions call the Art Center at 361.729.5519




And...
 

"Fun Fly"



April is National Kite Month. Celebrate with a  "Fun Fly" Coastal Bend Skypirates and Kite making for kids.  Kite-making will be at the Rockport Center for the Arts. Kite flying at the Navigation District Fairgrounds. Sponsored by American Kite Association Kite Trade International Association and the Coastal Bend Sky Pirates. FMI: nylondesigns@yahoo.com or 361-230-2918




Bay Education Center 
(Winner of Trip Advisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence)
Science on a Sphere Programs: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat 2pm
April 1,15,29 - Arctic and Extreme Weather
April 2,16.30 -  Mission-Aransas Estuary
April 5,19  - Jupiter - The Largest
April 6, 20 - Coral Reefs in Hot Water
April 7, 21 -  Frozen
April 8, 22 -  Ocean Flow & Climate
April 9, 23 -  Tracking a Tropical Storm
April 12, 26 - Cities through Time
April 13, 26 -  Effects of El Nino & La Nina on Phytoplankton and Fish
April 14, 28 -  Saving the Orphan Orca
Bay Talks: All Bay Talks are held on Fridays 12pm - 1pm
 The Bay Education Center is located at 121 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, TX.
All activities are free of charge. Regular Hours: Tues -Sat 1pm - 4pm. FMI call 361-749-3161 or visit Bay Education Center on Facebook.

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor
(Aquarium Education Center) 
Documentaries in the Education Center
Thursday - Monday 1:30pm & 2:30pm -Movies run Thursday thru Monday, with new documentaries starting on Thursday.Free admission 
Wednesday Lecture Series @ 7pm -Free Admission
April 6 - Fish Care at the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor -Brittiny Elman, Lead Aquarist 
April 20 -Red Tides on Texas Coasts -Tony Reisinger, Texas Sea Grant
Aransas Bird and Nature Club Meeting
April 21,
7-8:30pm - The Young Birding Teams - Martha Mcleod, Bron Rorwx and Steve Reisinger
Free & Open to the Public
Aquarium Hours of operation are Thurs.-Mon1pm-4pm. Admission is free to above events. FM

History Center of Aransas County
All Exhibits and Activities open to the public: 
Open Dates:
Fridays - 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Saturdays - 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
April Exhibit - 1845:  Annexation of Texas to the US 
April 1 - 1 -3pm - Special tour by Texas Map Society of exhibit: A Surveyor's Maps of Aransas County
April 2 Sat. 10 - 2 Herb Sale 
April 2 Sat. 10-12 Plant Exchange
April 7 Thurs. 11:30 New docent training - volunteers welcome
April 9 10am - Exhibit Opening: "1845:  Annexation of Texas to the US;10AM Welcome; Remarks from Dr. Harry Krenek; 11:00 AM Wildscape Dedication. 
April 9, 11am Dedication of the Wildscape
April 183pm Genealogical Society - special tour of exhibit
April 26, 4:30 pm  DRT meeting - special tour of exhibit 
History Center is located at 801 E. Cedar. Hours of operation:  Fridays and Saturdays, 10 am - 2 pm Free Admission. FMI:  www.aransashistorycenter.org or 361-727-9214 

Texas Maritime Museum
April 21, 7pm FREE Seafaring Saga Movie Night -The Last of the Buccaneers(1950)starring Paul Henreid. Popcorn or drinks are available for $1.  
Homeschool Days -
April 27 - Homeschool classes.  10AM-12PM class is for grades 1-4 and our 1PM-3PM class is for grades 5-8. There is a $6 class fee, but spaces are limited and reservations with the Education Director are required.
April 27: Hydraulics - Study how water can be used to fuel simple machines and make tasks easier.
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tues-Sat 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pm. For membership, information, and other activities: 361-729-1271 or www.texasmaritimemuseum.org

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
April 2, Seminar - Registration Requested "Advanced Propagation" Aransas/San Patrcio Gardeners
April 19, noon-1:00 pm - "Water Wise Irrigation" Brown Bag by Richard Synder, Master Gardener Free and open to the public, registration not necessary.  
FMI:Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office, 892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX 361-790-0103 www.aransasagrilife.org

Paws and Taws Fulton Convention Center 
Special Event - Business Expo - Your Business Rocks
April, 28 5-7pm - Free Event - Find out about businesses in the Rockport-Fulton area. More than 50 local vendors will showcase their businesses. Come join in the fun with this "50's themed event. Food and drinks available. Chance to win and iPad plus other door prizes and more. FMI contact Shelly Stuart vicepresident@1rockport.org or 361-729-6445 or www.rockprt-fulton.org
For more special events and activities at Paws and Taws contact Harriet Layne at 729-2388



Rockport Center for the Arts


Exhibitions - until April 2 -  Rising Eyes of Texas IX
Free Family Saturdays at the Center. Open to All. 
902 Navigation Circle, Rockport. Hours of operation Tues-Sat - 10am-4pm and Sun 1-4pmFMI 361-729-5519 or www.rockportartcenter.com

Rialto Theater
April 1, 7;30pm Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks - Comedy about a formidable retired woman who hires a dance instructor to give her private dance lessons...
April 2,  5-7pm "Downtown ArtWalk" Rialto Theater.First Saturday Special Ukulele Jam
Mar.5 , 7:30pm  "Hot Attacks" $5 cover
Tapas Tuesday (Every Tuesday)  5pm Happy Hour,  6:30 - 9pm -Open mic night for musicians. Every week, talented musicians gather in a circle of song. This is not karaoke but singer/songwriters, and musicians of all shapes & sizes sharing their gifts. Admission Free. FMI: 361-758-0383 or art@rialtotheater.org or www.rialtotheater.org

Fulton Mansion - Now Open! 
Mansion hours are  Tue-Sat 10am - 4pm and Sun 1-4pm Visit the Education and History Center Tues-Sat 9:30-4:30pm. FMI and other activities please call 729-0386 x21 or www.visitfultonmansion.org

Rockport Market Days
Navigation Festival Grounds in Rockport For More information www.rockportmarketdays.com

Rockport Little Theatre
For inquiries on performances held at Historic Rockport School Auditorium 619 N. Live Oak Rockport. FMI 361-438-5896 or www.rockportlittlerheatre.com

Community Aquatic and Skate Park
Pool is open at 10am. The park houses an 8 Lane, 25 yard pool and diving area, a whale shaped zero depth entry children's pool with slides and sprays, a bathhouse and a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park. It also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. 

Rockport Fulton Visitors Center
Aransas County History Timeline, Map Room, Artifacts, Gifts, Members Room, Free admission. Hours of Operation 9am - 5pm Mon-Fri, 9am -2pm Sat. 319 Broadway, Rockport. For More Information www.rockport-fulton.org

Fulton Schoolhouse Museum
Free Tours
Open Saturday and Sunday 1pm - 4pm (or by appointment)
Original 1 room schoolhouse set up with original artifacts. 205 N 7th Street
For group tours 361-729-5533  FMI www.fultontexas.org
Fulton Trolley
Come on and take a Free Ride! Air-conditioned and fun for sightseeing or visiting the local businesses in the Town of Fulton.Free Track the Trolley app for your smartphone. Search for Fulton Trolley. FMI on schedule times or routes 361-729-5533 

Rockport Beach
Texas first Blue wave beach. Beautiful mile long beach,restroom facility with indoor and outdoor showers, picnic areas with cabanas, playground,walking track, birding sanctuary, water sports area, boat launch, saltwater swimming lagoon,meeting/event pavilions and fishing piers. FMI 361-729-6661 or visit Rockport Beach on Facebook.

Aransas Pathways
Birding, History, Kayaking and Hike and Bike Trails.Pathways Center and Bridge at Tule Creek - Open Air Pavilion with interpretive signage explaining all aspects. Located immediately north of Walmart.
www.aransaspathways.com
Goose Island State Park 
Every Saturday - Children's Hike - Meet at 8:30 at Warbler Way
Every Saturday - Geocaching 101 - Meet at 2:30 at the Day Use area.
Ask about the Bird walk program...For more information on park programs or visit: www.tpwd.texas.goc/state-parks/goose-island or 361-729-2818

Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions
Information on Dolphin and birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
(Voted the #5 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers Choice)
The refuge is open 7 days per week, 9am - 4pm Visitor Center is open Thurs - Sun, 9am - 4pmThe refuge trails, fishing pier, and auto tour are also open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. 
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