It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy in Corpus Christi. Seasonal events in this coastal town are only available for a few months, so take advantage of them while they’re here because spending time outdoors in Corpus Christi is a summertime pleasure.
ArtWalk Block Parties
Coast down to the first Friday of each month for an ArtWalk Block Party in Downtown Corpus Christi. Walk around Artesian Park and enjoy all things creative including local pop-up vendors, live music, and art galleries. Don’t forget to grab some delicious food from local food truck vendors and swing by the Visitor Information Center for themed festivities and giveaways. The event also will feature programming at some of downtown's most loved businesses, shops, and restaurants, including House of Rock, BUS, Executive Surf Club, and Rockit's. The block party runs from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm and is free of charge.
Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series
Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and head to Cole Park for some music and movies, free of charge. Every week, from June to August, the Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series offers a Thursday night concert and a Friday night movie. The concerts will feature a variety of genres including rock, country, and blues, and the films will be family-friendly and closed-captioned in genres of action, adventure, and comedy. While you’re in town, plan to attend one of these fantastic evening events and get to know Corpus Christi locals while relaxing on the great lawn.
Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle Release
Nothing demonstrates the beauty of mother nature more than watching dozens of baby sea turtles enter the surf of the Gulf of Mexico. The Padre Island National Seashore is home to approximately 60% of the Kemp’s Ridley nests found in the United States, with most hatchling releases taking place between May and August. The release dates vary as nesting dates are unpredictable, but if you’re visiting Corpus Christi in the summer months, the chances are high that you’ll be able to attend one of nature’s coolest, most unique Corpus Christi experiences.
Get the latest information on releases, locations, and times by calling (361) 949-7163. Loving the turtles and want more? Head to the Texas State Aquarium and watch the sea turtle species native to the Gulf of Mexico swim around in the lagoon-like habitat at Tortuga Cay. Learn about the importance of saving these endangered species and then walk over to the Wildlife Rescue Center and witness the treatment and rehabilitation of sea turtles and other wildlife. At the Texas Sealife Center, you can also catch a glimpse of the nature trail and see the sea turtle patients currently in care while learning their stories.
Safe Fun-Fit on the Bayfront
Grab your sunblock and water bottle, then head to Water’s Edge Park for three days of health and wellness at the 2023 Safe Fun-Fit Endurance Fest. From June 2-4, enjoy half-marathons with a view of the Corpus Christi Bay, a 5K Glow Run, scenic bike tours, live music, refreshments, awards, door prizes, and more. For the ultimate challenge, tackle the Enduro Trifecta by signing up for three events, one each day. If you’re not participating in the run or the bike ride, you can still join in on the fun with the FREE Safe Fun Fit Fitness Classes available June 2-3rd.
Missed the event? You can still join in on Safe Fun-Fit activities every Saturday from 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM, at Water’s Edge Park on 402 S. Shoreline Blvd. Participants can enjoy a 1.5-mile fitness lane available for biking, running, jogging, and walking along the Bayfront, including fitness classes with VFit Productions from 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM.
Participants are encouraged to bring their own sunblock and other items needed for their workout, but water and fruit will be provided. This program is for ages 8 and older, but participants between 8-15 years old must be accompanied by an adult. All skill levels are welcome.
Pre-registration is required for all events and classes. For more information, and to register online, visit https://www.visitcorpuschristi.com/event/safe-fun-fit-endurance-fest/2410/ and sign up for the VIP Experience for extra perks.
Corpus Christi Hooks Baseball
Summer is prime time for some baseball, and your weekend in Corpus Christi isn’t complete until you’ve seen the Hooks play at Whataburger Field. This Double-A Affiliate of the Houston Astros is Corpus Christi’s Minor League Baseball team, and definitely worth the watch. The Friday Fireworks, and incredible dining options like Whataburger, Nolan Ryan’s Seven-34 Smokehouse, Kona Ice, Live Oak Bar, and more make this a must-stop destination. Let the kids run free at the Kids Zone with rock climbing, a little league field, a basketball court, a playground, and a pool you can rent. Remember: bags should be clear plastic or vinyl and no larger than 16”x16” into the field.
Movie Night Sundays at Executive Surf Club
Bring your family, friends, and dogs to the Executive Surf Club this summer for an exclusive movie-watching event. Summer Surf Movie Sundays is a free event held every Sunday from June through the end of July. Starting at 7:30 PM, surf movies will be displayed on the Robert Earl Keen stage while guests enjoy cozy seating on the patio and free movie popcorn. Don’t miss out on this fun event and the chance to watch movies in the laid-back ambiance of an outdoor theater.
Corpus Christi FC Games
The bright sun and warm breeze are your signs to attend a Corpus Christi Football Club (Sharks) game at Cabaniss Field this summer. Show your support at one of the many home games they have scheduled for the season. Games are at 7:00 PM but get there early to secure a prime viewing spot and immerse yourself in the energy of our passionate fanbase and cheer alongside fellow soccer enthusiasts.
Life is short and summer is, too! Make the most of your vacation in Corpus Christi by experiencing one (or all) of these hidden gems of the summer season. For more information on special events this summer, stop by our Visitor Information Center.