October Events in the Coastal Bend - The Bend Magazine

October Events in the Coastal Bend

October is full of festivals and family fun. From the 48th Annual Rockport-Fulton Seafair and Pride Parade to the Texas Jazz Festival, here's a look into what October has in store.

Surftoberfest in downtown Corpus Christi - October events in the Coastal Bend

Attend Surtoberfest celebrations in downtown Corpus Christi on Oct 21 | Photo provided by Debbie Noble

Mark your calendar for these events happening around the Coastal Bend this October.

October 6 – 8 

48th Annual Rockport-Fulton Seafair

From delicious food to the hilarious live crab races, this family-oriented event has become a favorite for all of South Texas. The Seafair also includes an expanded boat and outdoor show, market vendors, carnival rides and more. 

October 7

2023 Coastal Bend Heart Walk

Hosted by the American Heart Association, the annual walk promotes awareness, education and funding for heart health research. The 5k route kicks off at Whataburger field at 8:30 a.m. Registration is required to participate. 

October 8

Pride Parade and Block Party

Join PRIDE Corpus Christi for the annual Pride Parade and Block Party. A free community event, the parade kicks off at 11 a.m. from the Art Center of Corpus Christi and the block party will take place directly after with live music, vendors, food trucks TEDx speakers and more.

October 20 – 22

Texas Jazz Festival

A landmark event in Corpus Christi, Texas Jazz Festival boasts three days of live music across three stages, local cuisine, vendors and more. The festival will take place at Heritage Park and is free to attend. 

October 21

9th Annual Surftoberfest 

Surftoberfest is taking over Chaparral St. for an Oktoberfest party with a twist. Enjoy polka bands, plenty of beer, food vendors stein-holding competitions and costume contests. 

October 27

Moonlight in the Gardens

One of South Texas Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraisers, the evening includes food and drink options, live entertainment, a silent auction, garden and conservatory viewings, dancing and more. 

October 28

Dia de los Muertos Festival

As one of the most popular festivals in the area, Dia de los Muertos celebrates and honors rich culture and history. This year’s event includes live music across several stages in Downtown Corpus Christi, food trucks, art exhibitions, community ofrendas and more. 

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