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What's Up October: A Coastal Bend Fall Festival Guide

10/03/2019 09:58PM ● By Jessie Monsivais
By: Jessie Monsivais  Photo by: Omar Arellano

October has arrived, the temperatures will hopefully soon drop, and festival season is officially upon us! From fall fun and live music to cultural festivals, keeping your calendar organized can suddenly feel like an overwhelming task. Thankfully, we’ve provided you with a Coastal Bend’s festival line up!

Kicking off the season is Surftoberfest at Water Street Market this Saturday, October 5, from 12 pm – 9 pm. The fifth annual outdoor fall festival offers fun for the whole family. Featuring food, live music, a stein-holding contest, a costume contest, a kids zone, and of course lots of beer! Visit the brand new Water Street Garden area during the festival for a pop-up tasting room featuring all four local breweries. Proceeds benefit the Texas Surf Museum. For more information, visit their Facebook page. 

Capping off the first weekend of the unofficial festival season is the Hispanic Heritage Festival presented by South Texas Ford on Sunday, October 6, from 1 pm – 8 pm at the Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds. The fun-filled festival is free to attend. Bring the whole family to enjoy live music, food vendors, and much more. For more information check out the website at

On Saturday, October 12, from 2 pm – 8 pm, join The Musing Morenas and Nueces Brewing Company for the first-ever Halloween market – Nightmare on Water Street. Come one, come all ghouls and spooky souls to celebrate the fall season, featuring local artisans, crafters, and creators! This free family event presents local vendors, food trucks, trick or treating, live music, costume contests for everyone, dogs too! Admission is free, for more information contact 

The 59th Annual Texas Jazz Festival makes its return Friday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21 at Heritage Park. The longest, most extensive, free-running festival features four stages of live jazz, incredible food, market vendors, and Salsa Jazz dancing hosted inside the Solomon Ortiz Center. Food and drink tickets are available for $ 1 per ticket at several-food and drink ticket stations located throughout the festival. Be sure to share your Texas Jazz Fest love on social media with #JazzFestCC for a chance to end up on the Jazz Wall. For hours and more information visit

There's no slowing down come November with plenty of fan favorite festivals!

From November 1 – November 3, you'll catch the 56th annual Greek Festival of Corpus Christi. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church serves up Greek dinner, pastries, beer, & wine alongside live Greek music and dancing performances. Take a tour of the beautiful church and shop at vendors booths. To find out more information contact: 361-883-9843 or visit

Celebrating rich cultural Mexican roots in South Texas at the 11th annual Día de Los Muertos Street Festival on Saturday, November 2, from 3 pm-midnight. Enjoy the Hecho A Mano arts and crafts expo featuring 90 regional artists selling the best selection of Dia de Los Muertos art, jewelry, crafts, food, and edibles. Experience the art exhibitions inside K Space Contemporary, and art demos by TAMU-CC Art Department. Walk the illuminated path to remember deceased loved ones at the Community Ofrenda by leaving photos and messages. A special event part of this year’s festival is Treat Street, a kid-sized street of haunted houses where they can trick or treat, developed by Del Mar Architecture & Drafting Students create a kid-sized street of haunted houses where they can Trick or Treat. For more information visit,

Indulge in Jewish cuisine from homemade brisket and cabbage rolls to delicious matzah ball soup, rugelach, and more. The 32nd Annual Jewish Food Festival takes place Saturday, November 10th, 5pm – 9pm and Sunday, November 11th, 11am – 2pm.

Live music Saturday. Brought to you by Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood, enjoy live Jewish music and Magicians on Saturday and balloon and face painting artists on Sunday. For more information visit,

Ringing in the holiday cheer is the 5th Annual Corpus Christi Hot Tamale Fest on November 23 from 12 pm – 10 pm. Located on the 400 block of Chaparral St, prepare to empty your wallets at the various vendors serving homemade tamales. Vote for your local favorite, enter the tamales eating contest, and stay to enjoy live music, arts and crafts, and more. Proceeds will benefit The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST) Youth Program Initiative, The Garcia Center. For more information visit,

Ending out the fall festival season is the 4th Annual Corpus Christi Wine Festival on November 23, from 12 pm – midnight in Heritage Park. The Wine Festival features over 75 varieties of wine from local craft breweries and Texas wineries alongside live music, shopping, and food trucks. For ticket information visit,