Arrr’ you ready for the Buc Days festivities? Because we want you to have an unforgettable experience, we’ve put together this handy guide with all the details you need from parking information and ticket purchasing to the must-see attractions and where to grab a bite to eat after the festival. So read on, plan your schedule, and buckle up because you’re in for a wild ride.
We love a conveniently located festival and everything you need from the carnival rides to indoor shopping and the rodeo are all conveniently located in and around the American Bank Center. There are two gates from which to enter the grounds:
- Gate 1 – Located at Shoreline Blvd. & Fitzgerald St.
- Gate 2 – Located in the Harbor Playhouse Parking Lot off Chaparral St & Hirsch St.
The month of May in Corpus Christi brings pleasantly warm and breezy weather. Temperatures range from mid-70s to mid-80s, which is perfect weather for outdoor activities.
Don’t get caught empty-handed – make sure to grab tickets that best suit the experience you’re looking for. There’s something for everyone, so choose from single-day gate entry or all-you-can-ride wristbands and browse all the add-on ticket purchases to customize your experience.
SINGLE DAY GATE ENTRY, $5
Gain access to the Stripes Carnival, Treasure Island, Buckin’ Marlin Stage, Wings Over South Texas, BBQ on the Bay, and other non-Arena attractions. Purchase General Admission tickets at the Box Offices outside of the festival grounds. Note: Rodeo CC tickets, Professional Bull Riding (PBR) tickets, Wings Over South Texas reserved seating tickets and pre-sale Carnival wristbands do not require Single Day Entry tickets on day of said Arena event. Children under 36″ tall get in FREE.
ALL-YOU-CAN-RIDE WRISTBANDS, $30
Get more for your money with the All-You-Can-Ride Wristband pre-sale! Purchase a wristband at H-E-B Business Centers or O’Reilly Autoparts before May 4, 2023, and skip the line. Go straight to the gate and once you’re on the grounds, head to the Carnival Kiosk and pick up your wristband for non-stop fun. You can still purchase this wristband at the festival, but first, you’ll need to purchase the $5 Single Day Gate Entry ticket at the Box Office and then purchase the All-You-Can-Ride Wristband at the Carnival Kiosk inside the gate.
Keep in mind that other events require additional tickets. Stop by the American Bank Center Box office or purchase online for the following:
Rodeo Concert Series: Enjoy performances by national recording artists like Steve Trevino, Michael Salgado, Carly Pearce, and Tracy Lawrence at the American Bank Center.
Wings Over South Texas: Featuring the world-famous Blue Angels, the Wings Over South Texas Air Show is a heart-pounding aerial show that takes place over Corpus Christi Bay! Choose from VIP, Corporate, Reserved, or General Admission tickets.
PBR Velocity Tour Finals: Catch some saddle bronc riding, mutton bustin’, barrel racing, and more. Watch man vs. bull in the national PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour, where some of the world’s best riders go head-to-head with bulls born to buck, in a live action, adrenaline-fueled fight for the big prize!
It’s important to know what you can or can’t bring with you to Buc Days before heading out. We’ve got all the details for a smooth entrance into the event areas.
AMERICAN BANK CENTER BAG POLICY
Any bags larger than a clutch bag will need to be clear. Bags no larger than 12″x12″x6″ will be permitted inside American Bank Center. We do allow each member of the party to bring in a large clear Ziploc bag, including children, of their belongings. Guests who have bags larger than this size will be asked to return them to their vehicles. All bags will also be searched for prohibited items at entry before walking through the metal detectors.
STRIPES CARNIVAL BAG POLICY
Bag checks will be conducted at all public gates during public operating hours. Bags, briefcases, strollers & backpacks are subject to search and seizure.
SERVICE ANIMALS POLICY
Service animals are defined as dogs (or miniature horses when reasonable) that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for persons with disabilities. Such animals are welcome in areas where the public is normally allowed to go.
Under the ADA, service animals must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control through voice, signal, or other effective controls.
Parking and Shuttle
Available at multiple parking lots labeled near the American Bank Center.
WHATABURGER FIELD SHUTTLES
Pay $10 for parking at Whataburger Field and then hop on one of the FREE CCRTA shuttles to get dropped off at the gate.
CCRTA Shuttle Schedule
- Thursday 5/4 – Friday 5/5 | 5pm – Midnight
- Saturday 5/6 – Sunday 5/7 | Noon – Midnight
- Wednesday 5/10 – Friday 5/12 | 5pm – Midnight
- Saturday 5/13 – Sunday 5/14 | Noon – Midnight
Avoid parking altogether by utilizing the Ride Share lot near Gate 2!
Parade Tips and Finding the Best Spot
One of the most exciting parts of viewing the parade is finding the perfect spot. Viewers often arrive early at various locations along the parade route to secure a prime viewing spot. You might find spots decorated in chalk with the reserved name along with folding chairs or blankets to sit on. Getting this spot ready is an important part of the parade experience for many spectators, so please be respectful of these spots. If it’s marked, it’s taken!
Don’t worry – you can always find another prime viewing spot, or you have the option of purchasing a ticket for the VIP Parade Party presented by IBC Bank. This option upgrades your parade viewing experience by giving you access to a prime spot for the sights, sounds, and energy of the Rally Night Buc Days Parade.
Purchase a seat or an entire reserved table for 10 complete with food and drinks. Party starts at 6:00pm. Parade starts at 8:00pm. Adult tickets are $75 and Child’s ticket is $50.
Remember: Obey all NO PARKING signs around the parade route. Violators will be towed at the owners’ expense. Let’s celebrate the people and organizations that make Corpus Christi shine. During the Rally Night Parade at Buc Days, you’ll see marching bands, spirited dancing, dazzling floats, and our Official Wrecker Service, Apollo Towing, clear the route for all the fun.
Visitor Information Center
The Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center is your destination for all things Corpus Christi. Open daily at 309 N. Water St. next to Water Street Oyster Bar, this is the information hub for locals and visitors in search of creating memorable experiences in the Gulf Coast Capital. While you’re there, meet our friendly Gulf Coasters, shop for locally made goods and souvenirs, and enjoy some vibrant and colorful Instagrammable moments in the shop. Don’t forget to pick up pamphlets with information, coupons, and discounts to enjoy everything Corpus Christi has to offer.