January Events in the Coastal Bend

January Events in the Coastal Bend

From the annual Polar Bear Plunge to local festivals and fairs, here are some events to look forward to this January.

The annual Polar Bear Plunge is one of many January events in the Coastal Bend to look forward to.

Photo by Steve Hambley

January 1 

Corpus Christi Polar Bear Plunge 2024 

Start your new year with a splash into Corpus Christi Bay! A local take on the global tradition, the CC Polar Bear Plunge will take place at the Emerald Beach hotel and include a warm-up run with Corpus Christi Roadrunners at 11:15 a.m., a post-plunge hot tub, snacks and more. polarbearplunge.cc

January 5

January ArtWalk 

Held the first Friday of every month, downtown Corpus Christi comes alive with pop-up vendors, special event programming, food trucks, live music and more. Wander through the streets of downtown and visit the galleries, businesses and restaurants. godowntowncc.com

January 6 

40th Annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival 

A traditional end to the Coastal Bend holiday season, this festival celebrates the story of Christmas through music, dance and 180-costumed characters in the setting of a medieval English manor home. Held at the First Christian Church, showtimes are 3, 5 and 7 p.m. fcc-cc.org

January 7 

Wedding Fair Coastal Bend 

From noon to 5 p.m. at the American Bank Center, this wedding fair helps Coastal Bend brides and grooms plan their dream weddings. Premier wedding vendors will showcase their talents and offer specials. Weddingfairevents.com

January 12

Rising Tide, Shifting Sand Exhibition 

On display from Jan. 12 through Mar. 10, Rockport Center for the Arts’ newest exhibition showcases landscape and seascape images from photographer and artist Ansen Seale. Rockportartcenter.com

January 19 

2024 Barefoot Mardi Gras Kickoff Party | January 19

Kick off the Barefoot Mardi Gras 2024 season with a party at the Waterline Bar at Doc’s Seafood and Steaks. From 6-10 p.m, the event will include a costume contest, a delicious Cajun dinner, live music, a silent auction and more. barefootmardigras.com

January 25 

Shoreline Food Truck Festival 

The Shoreline Food Truck Festival pops up in the United Methodist Church parking the last Saturday of every month. Showcasing a wide variety of local cuisine, more than a dozen food trucks will be set up from 3-10 p.m. 

January 27 


Join Hot Z95, Rock 92/7, 1140 KEYS and Turtle Guard Tournaments for FIT FEST 2024. Celebrating all things health and fitness, the expo will feature a wide variety of wellness vendors, fitness experts, sports tournaments and more. hotz95.com 

January 27

2024 Boots & Bling Ball

Save the date for New Life Refuge Ministries’ annual fundraising event Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. Hosted at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel, the evening will include silent and live auctions, live music, special guests and more. newliferefugeministries.org 

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