Art comes to LIFE in Corpus Christi! The Arts Alive Festival is back for its fourth year. The festival is a celebration of creativity and artistic voice. Enjoy this hands-on, immersive and unique art festival happening at the Art Center of Corpus Christi. Arts Alive brings visitors and artists together to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Art is more than just paint on canvas! Experience the range of art from a steamroller making prints to face painting; watch a beautiful bouquet bloom from vegetables; learn expert sand castle making tips; talk to artists; see a wood lathe in action, and make something yourself at one of the Family Art Time stations! This festival has a little something for everyone to enjoy.

When? August 31-September 1, 2019

  • Saturday, Noon-10:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

How much?

  • Adults $5
  • Children 12 and Under $1

9 Ways to Experience Forms of Art at Arts Alive:


The Art of the .5K Run

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Join in on the 1/2K by the Bay Beer Run! You heard it right, this is a .5K race you run (or walk) while holding a pint of beer! The main goal is to finish as quickly as possible while keeping the beer above the line on the official running cup. All participants will receive an official running cup, their choice of local craft beers (1 running and 1 reward), a bottle opener participation medal AND two Saturday admission wristbands into Arts Alive. This fun event will kick off Arts Alive on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. To find out more in this event and to register, go here!

The Art of Dance


Enjoy a sneak peak of original dance choreography for the Bailando festival performed by the Island Dance Company.  This up close and personal experience of dancers right before your eyes takes place in the main gallery. The only way to get closer is to be on stage.

The Art of Steamrollers

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Ever heard of a steamroller making art?  Watch this massive machine create beautiful artwork. Seven masters of woodblock carving from around the country will demonstrate carving. Then a brave artist drives the steamroller onto the blocks of delicately carved wood.  Meet the printmakers indoors before their artwork goes under the steamroller!

The Art of Craft Beer

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The Beer Garden at Arts Alive features a broad selection of local and Texas crafted beer. A perfect time to sample brews from the different breweries side by side. The lineup includes newcomer Nueces Brewery and established local brewers Lorelei, Lazy Beach, B&J’s Brew House and Rebel Toad. The Beer Garden setting under big trees in the park is the perfect place to say ADIOS to the dog days of summer!

The Art of Music

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What's a festival without great music? Kick back in the Beer Garden and enjoy great local live music throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday.Come for the opening act, Magnus and stay for Soul Fire, Roams with Lions, Zack Munoz Trio and close out the evening with 5 Card Draw! Sunday highlights include Oddfellas, Yosh & Yimmy and last year’s favorite, the Michael Burtts Band. Catch the last summer vibes anytime both days in the park.

The Art of Food

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Food has become more and more of a creative experience. It is not only a substance to sustain you, but an artistic experience to take pictures of, talk about and enjoy. The food truck culture here in Corpus Christi does not shy away from creating the best product. Arts Alive has selected some of the best food trucks from around the Coastal Bend. Food Trucks at Arts Alive: Taco Bar Street, Papa's Lumpia Hut, Jaycob's Delicious Fishes, Lala's Crepes, Rainbow Snoball and Fulton Kettle Corn. So you can indulge in art not only for your eyes, but for your mouth.

BONUS: There will also be craft beers from these local breweries: Lorelei Brewery, Lazy Beach Brewing, Rebel Toad and B&J's!

The Art of Family


Get your hands dirty with art projects! Family Art Time takes over the courtyard and will offer endless amounts of projects throughout the day. Get creative with different art activities like rock & shell painting, fiber key fobs, tapestry ornaments, mini paintings, gelli printing art, floral necklace, mermaid art, yarn art, sugar skull masks and so much more! Check it all out in the beautiful outside Courtyard at the Art Center!

The Art of Veggies 

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Don’t eat those veggies – use them for a bouquet!  Watch Julia Prokhorova create a gorgeous bouquet using fruit, vegetables and yes even herbs! You’ll never look at vegetables the same way again. Julia reveals how to assemble these incredibly unique arrangements. Walk away from the floral department, and head straight to the produce aisle with Julia’s secrets to making your own at home. Check the schedule for demo time.

The Art of ART!


Get those shopping bags ready! You can check out dozens of art vendors from all over the country and state selling some of their finest products. Expect to find paintings, printmaking, jewelry, glass art and much more!  Find a little of everything and become fully immersed in the art!