Lighthouse Movie Survey for 2016!

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will begin Season 12 on June 3, 2016! NINE movies are scheduled for FRIDAYs in JUNE & JULY, starting at 9:30 p.m. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics and friends and family for a memorable evening on the grounds of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.

All movies start on Friday at 9:30 p.m. just after the South Padre Island Fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay.

Please participate in our MOVIE SURVEY now through May 27.

For more information, contact the Museums of Port Isabel at 956/943-7602 or email Museum Administrator, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at NO ADMISSION CHARGE. Concessions available.

THANKS to the Museums of Port Isabel, the City of Port Isabel, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and our generous sponsors! If you would like to participate in a sponsorship, call the Museums of Port Isabel, Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email
Lighthouse Establishment Cinema (LHEC) at the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse! Fridays, June & July, 9:30 p.m. FREE to the public!

Taste of the Laguna Madre Fundraiser! 2/12 7-10p

Taste of the Laguna Madre Museums Fundraiser. Live music with Pelican West. Dancing, Silent Auction, Food & Fun! 1/12/16 7-10p

19th Annual Taste of the Laguna Madre! This is THE Museums of Port Isabel FUNDRAISER! Scheduled for Friday, February 12th, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, the fundraiser proudly presents live music with PELICAN WEST! Tickets are on sale now at the Port Isabel Visitors Center, Museums of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, Port Isabel Public Library and online at

For more information call Jeannie Flores or the Museum Staff at 956/943-7602.

Thanks to our SPONSORS & DONORS!

Silent Auction Donors

Ben’s Liquor ~ Welcome Aboard ~ The Leeman Company ~ Carol Plumb ~ Sea & Sun Hair Fashion ~ Rusty Pelican Nautical Gifts & Home Decor ~ Art Sea ~ Tesori ~ Island Cinema North ~ Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon ~ Dee-Dee Boutique ~ Pearl South Padre ~ Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar ~ Schlitterbahn Beach WaterPark ~ Holiday Inn Express ~ The Light House Lighting Center ~ Davey Jones Ice Cream Locker ~ The Inn @ South Padre ~ Salon Samuels ~ DeJa Vu Consignment Apparel ~ Anna’s Hair & Nail Salon ~ South Padre Island Adventures Park ~ Veronica’s Beauty Salon ~ SouthWind Inn ~ SPI Dolphin Docks Inc. ~ Coastal Winds ~ Laguna Madre Art League ~ Causey’s Liquors & Circle Drive In ~ Anglers’ Marine Center ~ Captain Murphy Charter Service ~ Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts ~ Bettie Lane Bragg (wine selection) ~ Gloria Bates ~ Rio Bravo Gallery ~ O’Reilly’s

Restaurant Donors

Palm Street Pier ~ Mexiquito Restaurant ~ Mary Gorball ~ El Buen Pescador ~ Rincon Veracruzano ~ El Papa’s Restaurant ~ Reyes Seafood Oysters ~ Subway Sandwiches & Salads ~ WhiteSands Restaurant ~ PadreRita Grill ~ Manuel’s Restaurant ~ Doubledays Sports Bar



Day of the Dead Celebration 2015 ~ Halloween Night 4-11p Cancelled

Due to predicted inclement weather, Saturday’s Day of the Dead Celebration has been cancelled.

2015 Day of the Dead Celebration will be held on the grounds of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center on Halloween evening from 4 – 11 p.m. Vendor booths, exhibits, hands-on activities, street dance, costume contest, ALL FREE family fun! For event & vendor information contact Jeannie Flores at 956/943-0755 or

Gallery Artist Reception: Friday, October 30, from 5 – 8 p.m. The Museums of Port Isabel & the Port Isabel Public Library will co-host a Gallery Artist Reception for participating artists, their family, friends and the public. Day of the Dead and Halloween refreshments will be offered. Come in costume!

Altar Exhibit Submission: Altars must be completed by October 20, 2015. Set up will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Spaces are limited. First come, first served. Altars and artwork* will be on display through November 14, 2015. (*Pumpkin Carving Contest entries will be on display through October 31). Guidelines for Altar Exhibit:  Altars should not exceed 6 feet wide by 3 feet deep, and 8 feet tall.  Altars can be traditional, abstract, artistic, satiric, personal, or historic. It is the responsibility of person creating altar to bring their own table, furniture, decorations, etc. Candles may be used, but not lit. Perishable food items will not be allowed. Valuable and sentimental items should not be used, i.e., we suggest copying old photos. Fresh flowers maybe used, but must be maintained or replaced as needed. Registration: dod-altar-registration

The Port Isabel Public Library will be offering a full slate of activities leading up to the Gallery Artist Reception. Participants will have their creations displayed during all the Day of the Dead activities. Contact the Port Isabel Public Library (213 N. Yturria St.) at 956/943-1822 for more information or email See library schedule below.

  • October 13 (4:30pm – 6pm) – Day of the Dead Art Project
  • October 17 (10am – 11:30pm) – Movie Day – Strange Magic
  • October 20 (4:30pm – 6pm) – Paper flowers
  • October 27 (5pm) – Pumpkin Decorating Contest (bring your decorated pumpkins to the gazebo by the library.)
  • October 30 (5pm – 8pm) – Gallery Reception for artists and friends at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum

End of Summer & New Lighthouse Hours

The 11th Season of the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema came to a close on Friday, July 31st. Thousands attended the movies at the lighthouse during the nine scheduled shows in June & July. A big THANKS to our sponsors for making this possible! Quik Stop, Texas Pack, Inc., City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation & Museums of Port Isabel.

This a FREE, family friendly event. Proceeds of the concession sales by the Museums of Port Isabel go to offset the cost of the event.


The Port Isabel Visitor Center (in the Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage) is now open.  Phone: 956/943-0755. Tickets for the lighthouse and museums can be purchased on site or at the Visitors Center.

NEW Port Isabel Lighthouse & Visitor Center Hours

• VISITOR CENTER Monday – Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• LIGHTHOUSE: 7 Days a Week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“ANNIE” movie on Friday! Thursday Fireworks! & TIFT!


ANNIE at the Lighthouse!

The last show of Season 11 at the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema is this Friday, July 31th at 9:30 p.m., with “ANNIE” ( Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and make a summertime memory with DSC_4409your family at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! For more information call the Port Isabel Visitors Center at 956/943-0755. 2015 schedule, EVERY Friday in June & July at 9:30 p.m.

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema is sponsored by: Quik Stop, Texas Pack, Inc., City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation & Museums of Port Isabel.

This a FREE, family friendly event. Concessions available.

Thursday Night Fireworks Over The Bay!

Thursdays through September 3rd at 9:15 p.m. Lots of viewing areas in Port Isabel! Port Isabel Historic Lighthouse Park, the longest lighted pier in Texas at Pirate’s Landing Fishing Pier, the Black Dragon CruisesPelican Station!Sponsored in part by Black Dragon Cruises.


Texas International Fishing Tournament


76th Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) starts July 29th and runs through August 2nd. Register and fish from a pier or a beach or a jetski or a boat, just grab a pole and join the fun! For more information visit

Proudly sponsored in part by the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation.

Sunday, August 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market. Beulah Lee Park on Highway 100. Dozens of dealers & thousands of deals! March – October: 1st Sunday of the Month. 1st & 3rd* Sunday 9a-4p November – February. FREE ADMISSION! For more information: Gloria Bates 956/455-6798.

10524698_10152607947564752_8335479101529776853_n76th TIFT Celebrates the Fishing Tradition of the Laguna Madre Area

The Texas International Fishing Tournament dates back to 1934 and introduced anglers across the nation to the outstanding sportfishing opportunities in both bay and offshore waters! It is one of the largest and oldest saltwater tournaments on the Texas Gulf coast and ranked in the world’s top 10 billfish tournaments. Here’s a look at kids at play in TIFT…54 years ago in 1961!

Visit the Port Isabel Historical Museum to learn more about the history of TIFT! Also on display is the collection of TIFT perpetual trophies including an original trophy from 1934.

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