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Rockport Art Festival This Weekend

07/02/2019 12:53PM ● By Michela May

By: Michela May Photo Provided By Rockport Center For The Arts

Rockport is celebrating big this weekend! For their half-century special, over 120 artists will be participating and showing off all they have to offer. Artists will be displaying a variety of mediums throughout the entire event! Anything from classical acrylic and oil paintings, and ceramic pieces to woodwork, and even handcrafted jewelry and glasswork - there will be a treasure for just about anyone who goes looking this weekend. Some artists have even created furniture and welded metal sculptures for the event! 

This festival has opened a lot of doors to artists of all backgrounds, and continues to keep up that tradition this year. Many state-wide award winning artists will be participating, including 25 new artists that have never been seen before. 

This festival has been going strong since 1969, and continues to be one of the Nation’s favorite artist events, all located right here in our very own backyard. There is something to be said in that, and the Rockport Center for the Arts really does hold up that image. Rockport has been an arts and culture hub here in the Coastal Bend for decades! Not even Hurricane Harvey could stop them from continuing a full calendar of events and programs, despite losing their operation of business.

So, to kick off this big birthday celebration, not only will there be a massive tent for live music and a wide array of food and drinks, but the annual Poster Artist, Angalee DeForest (who we just happened to feature in our A Point of View), is hosting an exhibit for her collection at the Estelle Stair Gallery. There will even be an activity tent for the kids to create their own work and show it off.

The festival will be located in a new place this year, at 106 S Austin St., Rockport. All ages are welcome, and will officially begin at 10 am - 6 pm on Saturday, and 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday (July 6th - 7th). Make sure to visit one of the largest events this summer that gathers some of the most creative people all in one spot!

You can even buy artwork Friday evening through an Art Auction Gala, taking place at the festival grounds at 5:30 pm. There will be an open bar and dinner. Just double-check to see if you have something nautical or patriotic to wear for the evening.

Get tickets for the event through their website,, or call them at (361) 729 - 5519