Port Aransas Art Center

Events & Exhibits

The Port Aransas Art Center hosts events for all ages, year-round. Please refer to the menu in the margin for the latest event and activity dates!

For art classes and workshops, click on Education

2024 Annual Exhibits

Art About

Art About is a self-guided tour around Port Aransas. The public is invited to visit local art galleries and the studios of area artists. The Port Aransas Art Center sponsors the advertising, maps and signs for Art About, and it welcomes the public to an Art About reception at the Art Center.


This two-day spring event features original fine art and crafts. It takes place in Jerry McDonald Field between Avenues C and A in Port Aransas, Texas. ArtFest is sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.

Artists may exhibit during the festival. Exhibit space consists of a ten by ten foot booth space for a fee of $150 that includes your set-up (but no electric). The following requirements apply:

• Included must be your original fine arts and crafts (any reproductions must be from your original work)

• A photo of your booth with merchandise and two photos representing your work must be submitted with your application (photos can be emailed)

• No resale items will be permitted

• Artists must be present.

First Friday

This popular monthly event is held on the first Friday of each month starting at 5:30 p.m. It is free to all and includes refreshments, live music, great art and artists! Guests are invited to enjoy the latest works of art on view, and they sometimes vote on artwork favorites.


Island Holiday Market

The Port Aransas Art Center celebrates the holiday season with the Island Holiday Market. The two-day indoor event is filled with the best of local vendors, artists and fine craftsmen. The market includes fine art, pottery, jewelry, casual wear, wood/metal art, unique gifts, accessories, and more. Vendors are invited to apply to be included in this pre-holiday season market, which is held at the Port Aransas Civic Center.

Rock Around the Arts Dance

This annual event takes place in February at the Port Aransas Civic Center. Food, drink, live music and a fabulous dance floor make this a popular event.

Featuring “The Port A Rockers”

February 11, 2022 6:30-10:00 Location: Port Aransas Civic Center 710 W. Avenue A Port Aransas, TX

Dinner, Beer and Wine
Tickets $35
Reserved Table of 8-$325
Door Prizes
Silent Auction

Tickets available at the Port Aransas Art Center & Desserted Island Ice Cream

Platinum Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

WB Liquors & Wine

Bronze Sponsors:

John & Kim Locus
Texas Red Golf Carts and More
Lone Star Taste

Student Art Exhibit

Thank you to our Sponsors: The De Leon Group

December Art Exhibit:  December 3-31,2021

Each year, students from Flour Bluff Independent School District, Port Aransas Independent School District, and Seashore Middle Academy are invited to exhibit their art and demonstrate what they have learned from their teachers.

Judges review student works of art and awards 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, Honorary Mention, and Best of Show. We are planning a host a reception to present awards for the winners this year on Sunday, December 5, 2:00-4:00. There are so many talented people in our area! We look forward to this year’s works of art!

Whine, Wine, & Design

Held monthly, normally on the third Sunday, guests paint in simple steps guided by a guest artist. The Port Aransas Art Center provides all materials: a 16 x 20 inch canvas, brushes, paint and wine glasses! “BYOB” and snacks, and we provide the rest. This stress free, fun and creative event involves a $40 donation to the Port Aransas Art Center Building Fund. This “event” is also a class, so it also appears on our event page.


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