The Local's List 2023: Arts, Culture & Entertainment

The Local’s List 2023: Arts, Culture & Entertainment

The Local's List 2023 readers' choice poll winners for categories such as annual festival, family attraction, cover band, live music venue and much more.

The Local's List 2023 - The Bend Magazine - Arts, Culture & Entertainment

The Local’s List 2023 readers’ choice poll winners for Arts, Culture & Entertainment include categories such as annual festival, family attraction, cover band, live music venue and much more.

Annual Festival

Dia de los Muertos

Recognized as one of the top Dia de los Muertos festivals in the country.

Second Place: Buc Days

Runner Up: Texas Jazz Festival


Annual Fundraiser

Greek Festival

Grade-A Grecian goodies.

Second Place: Fiesta De Los Niños

Runner Up: Pregnancy Center of the Coastal Bend Banquet


Art Gallery/Center

Art Center of Corpus Christi

Putting local art on a pedestal since 1972.

Second Place: K Space Contemporary

Runner Up: Rockport Center for the Arts


Arts Theatre

Harbor Playhouse

The oldest continually operating community theatre in Texas.

Second Place: Aurora Arts Theatre

Runner Up: TAMU-CC Theatre

Photo provided by Triptonite

Band (Original Music)


A genre-bending jam band with a unique psychedelic sound.

Second Place: Ambrose Brown

Runner Up: Flatbroke


Boys’ Night Out

Nueces Brewing and Barbecuing

Brew and BBQ … the makings of a perfect boys’ night out.

Second Place: Executive Surf Club

Runner Up: House of Rock



Alex Chapa, Moonstone’d Pottery

This one-woman, small batch ceramics brand is kilnin’ it.

Second Place: Salty Vibes

Runner Up: Nathaniel Huffman


Photo by Rachel Benavides


Tina Garza (Tina La Cochina)

“Your favorite Local Loca.”

Second Place: Brittany Andrews

Runner Up: Javi Luna


Dance Studio

Munro Ballet Studio

Their performances will keep you on your toes.

Second Place: Tippi Toes

Runner Up: Alcorta’s Compania de Danza Folklorica


Date Night

Bellino Ristorante Italiano

A romantic setting, delicious food and great wine … that’s more.

Second Place: Water Street Oyster Bar

Runner Up: Dokyo Dauntaun


Digital Artist/Illustrator

Savannah Garza

Her playful designs welcome you to Corpus Christi. (Literally; check out her work at the airport!)

Second Place: Adam Skinner (Coastal Wrapz)

Runner Up: Gilbert Cantu


Photo by Jason Page

Family Attraction

Texas State Aquarium

A lineup of 17 engaging and exotic exhibits awaiting your discovery.

Second Place: Whataburger Field

Runner Up: South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center


Fine Arts Painter

Monica Marie Garcia

Bringing color to Corpus Christi one mural at a time.

Second Place: Gilbert Cantu

Runner Up: Jennifer Seymour



Clarissa Serna-Farias – @clarissaserna

Your quintessential Coastal Bend influence.

Second Place: Jay Vibez – @jayvibes45

Runner Up: Monica Garcia – @ccbucketlist


Live Music Venue

Brewster Street Icehouse

Two locations to boot-scoot and boogie.

Second Place: Concrete Street Amphitheater

Runner Up: House of Rock


Girls’ Night Out

TANNINS Wine Bar & Tapas Restaurant

On Wednesdays, the girls get half-priced bottles of wine and yummy tapas.

Second Place: The Post at Lamar Park

Runner Up: BUS



Art Museum of South Texas

Serving as THE fine arts institution in the Coastal Bend region for 50 years running.

Second Place: Corpus Christi Museum of Science & History

Runner Up: USS Lexington Museum


Photo provided by Monica Marie Garcia


“Seasons of the Sparkling City,” by Mayra Zamora and Monica Marie Garcia

Mural, mural on the wall, this K Space Summer Mural Arts piece is the finest of them all.

Second Place: “Bien Merite Flowers” – Daniel Dzulworks DeLeon

Runner Up: Art on Ayers – Jeremy Flores and Friends


Photo by Shoocha Photography

Nature/Landscape Photographer

Shoocha Photography

Award-winning photographs of Mother Nature’s true beauty.

Second Place: Maria Nesbit Gallery & Photography Studio

Runner Up: Jason Page Photography


Portrait Photographer

Sweetest Snaps Studio

The sweetest snaps, then down for naps.

Second Place: Taylor Mayfield Photography + Film

Runner Up: Mardi Peña Photography


Radio DJ/Personality

Jay Vibez, Planet 102.3

Professional vibe setter.

Second Place: Big Frank, K-99

Runner Up: Rex Gabriel, C101



Leading Ladies of Corpus Christi

If you give a leading lady a microphone … she’ll create an award-winning podcast.

Second Place: Bitches Who Brunch

Runner Up: Gino’s Table


Screen Printer

Stitch It Embroidery & Screen Printing

Stitching the community together for 17 years and counting.

Second Place: Elevated Screen Printing

Runner Up: T-Shirt Gallery – Andrea Valenti


Sculptor/3D Artist

Kent Ullberg

One of the world’s foremost wildlife sculptors, right here in our own backyard.

Second Place: Jess Cavazos

Runner Up: Millicent Alvarado


Photo by Lillian Reitz

Solo Musician

Clarissa Serna-Farias

With an electrifying voice and personality, Clarissa Serna hits all the right notes.

Second Place: Eric Graham

Runner Up: David Martinez


Tattoo Artist

Chris Lain, Pinnacle Tattoo

A permanent staple in the local tattoo community.

Second Place: Jess Cavazos – Black Latern

Runner Up: Matthew Rosas – Axis Tattoo


Tattoo Shop

Pinnacle Tattoo

Individual creativity and collaborative artistic efforts make for the pinnacle of tattoo experiences.

Second Place: Axis Tattoo

Runner Up: Black Lantern


Photo provided by Visit Corpus Christi

Sports Team

Corpus Christi Hooks

Every night with the CC Hooks is a home run. 

Second Place: TAMUCC Islander Basketball

Runner Up: Corpus Christi Ice Rays


TV/News Personality

Alan Holt, KIII 3 News

You might watch his weather segments, but are his tweets on your radar? (@AlanSHolt)

Second Place: Clarissa Serna-Faris, Coastal Living

Runner Up: Leslie Adami, KIII 3 News


Videographer (Non-Wedding)

Duck Tapes

Intriguing visuals that capture a feeling, not a moment.

Second Place: Dorian Green – DGreenFilmz

Runner Up: HunerdPercent Productions


Website Designer

Milk & Honey Digital

Working with these pros is smooth and sweet.

Second Place: YellowFun Digital

Runner Up: Persona Digital Marketing

Now that you’ve seen the Arts, Culture & Entertainment winners in The Local’s List 2023 readers’ choice poll, check out the Food & Drink categories.