Shrimporee is a sprawling shrimp festival that delivers crustaceous creations and zany, shrimp-themed festivities to families seeking fun and flavor. At the HEB Culinary Tent, chefs from across the state hook audiences with seafood-cooking demonstrations. The annual Shrimporee parade is another popular attraction with its gaudy floats and conga lines of flamboyant shrimp, getting underway on Saturday, June 11 at 10 a.m. Throughout the three-day fiesta, Aransas Pass's streets swell with the country crooning of singer Kyle Park and the Tejano serenades of Jay Perez, and an Eagles tribute band resurrects classic songs using magical guitars. Ambitious shrimp munchers take the stage to lay waste to entire crustacean civilizations in the shrimp-eating contest, and men flaunt their gams in the Men's Sexy Legs competition. This Groupon does not cover the cost of food, arts-and-crafts activities, or carnival rides.
The home of "increasingly famous burgers," Wild Horse Saloon & Grill spreads out tasty pub fare in a building that previously served as a church and a community theater. After finding a seat, guests can grab a handful of free peanuts, fling the shells to the floor in slow motion, and check the menu for potential edibles. The Stampede burger's hand-pressed, one-pound patty of Angus beef is smothered in a slew of toppings including bacon, four slices of cheese, peppers, and chili and arrives with a heap of hand-cut french fries ($12.45). Diners can also blow their tongues' minds with a "somewhat famous" chicken sandwich ($7.45) or bite into the eatery's "completely obscure" fish entree, the grilled mahi mahi sandwich ($7.95). Thin-crust pizzas ($5.95–$17.95) can be ordered from a selection of signature styles, customized with an array of fresh ingredients, or quickly stacked into a pizza-cake in the event of an impromptu wedding.
The strong ocean breezes and calm, shallow waters of Port Aransas make it easy for beginners to try their hand at kiteboarding, standup paddleboarding, or even surfing. Instead of sending novices out on their own with an ironing board and a plastic grocery bag, Port A H20 leads proper kiteboarding camps and lessons helmed by 10-year kiteboarding vet Mike Wagner. With safety in mind, they make sure their surfing instructors are CPR certified and teach clients the basics before renting out standup paddleboards .
Dolphin Watch Nature Tours bestows guests with opportunities to gaze at the aquatic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico or to catch the aquatic splendor of the Gulf of Mexico and give it a new home in your stomach. On the dolphin-watching cruise, observe the marine mammals in their natural environment as they feed, play, and plot to start a baseball team. Pelicans, cormorants, and whooping cranes are common sights on the tour, in addition to dolphins. Those who opt for the fishing trip may haul in such maritime delicacies as sand trout, drum, and sheephead, and won't have to worry about buying expensive fishing dynamite, as rod, reel, bait, and tackle are included.
The instructors at BubblesNBrushes break down the myth that one needs to be born a creative person, graduate from a prestigious art school, or live in 16th-century Italy to be a painter, teaching anyone, regardless of their experience or skill level, how to create their very own masterpiece. During nightly classes, they provide students with a canvas, paints, and instruments before leading them through an easy, step-by-step process. Featuring subjects that range from multicolor sunsets to cute animal portraits, each session focuses on a different style of composition. Guests are encouraged to bring their own beverages, light snacks, and industry-grade muses.
The teachers at Pink Elephant Art Studio ignite creative sparks with their featured painting classes, which provide step-by-step instruction for novice and experienced artists from beginning to end. With their favorite snacks and drinks in tow, guests set to work with provided materials to transform blank canvases into stylized landscapes, delicate still lifes, or jazzed-up Rorschach tests. At the end of each BYOB session, private party, or kids’ class, students leave with their handiwork.