Rescheduled: Pachanga in the Park! 4th Annual, 10/4 5-11pm ~ Washington Park

2014-09-03_1222From shrimp cockails to flan to gorditas to chalupas to tamales, tortas and tacos, you can join a few thousand friends and neighbors and immerse yourself in the culinary, musical and family culture that is Port Isabel!

4th Annual Pachanga in the Park
Saturday, October 5, 2014

5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Washington Park (156 W. Madison St.)
Port Isabel, Texas

Now in its fourth year, the Pachanga in the Park was originally conceived by the Mayor and City Commission as a way to celebrate the Port Isabel park system. It does that and more. The idea of a park in that area of Port Isabel is visible as early as 1875 when the area was designated “Public Square” on a map filed with Cameron County. The park has been important to the community for well over a century. Washington Park (156 W. Madison St.) is in the heart of a residential section of Port Isabel and though located some three blocks south of Highway it would seem that Pachanga in the Park is one part location and two parts food and fun.

Food for foodies and if you’re just plain hungry.

Vendor coordinator, Jeannie Flores (Port Isabel Museum Director), is tasked with culling out the duplicate food offerings. Got tamales? What makes them different? What type of banana leaf are they served in? Each food vendor is challenged to serve a distinctive dish. A quick survey reflects that many of the recipes made their way to Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area generations ago and the most prominent state represented is Durango.

And of course, festival favorites like spiral potatoes and kettle corn and funnel cakes are right at home at the Pachanga in the Park. There will also be rides for the kiddies.

2014-09-03_1224Contests include food vendors competing for the best chalupa and booth decorations and then there are the contests for the attendees including a Mexican costume contest, a grito contest, jalapeno contest and dance contest.

Music for the soul that moves the feet.

Live music will be provided by La Farra, a local Brownsville favorite, steeped in tradition with a sound suitable to serve as both center stage and backdrop for the Pachanga in the Park. Find them on Facebook: And award winning local legend, Mariachi Plata from the P.I.I.S.D. will kick off the live music presentations.


Pachanga means party and Port Isabel’s Pachanga in the Park is all about a culinary and cultural and musical celebration. It is an expression of the heart of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area in the tradition of friends, family, food and fun. In true ‘pachanga’ form, booth set up begins late in the afternoon with festivities kicking off at 5 p.m.

Our park is your park!
Our pachanga is your pachanga!
Our home is your home!

For more information:
Facebook event:
Port Isabel on Facebook:
Instagram (@portisabeltexas) & Twitter (@portisabeltexas): #pachangainthepark

For more information:
Event Coordinator: Robert Salinas (PIEDC Administrator) 956/943-0705
Vendor Coordinator: Jeannie Flores (PI Museum Director) 956/943-7602
See vendor list here:

Schedule of Events:
5:30 pm Booth Decorating Contest
6:45 pm Mariachi Plata
7:00 – 11:00 pm Live Music with LA FARRA
7:00 – 7:30 pm Chalupa Contest Pick Up
7:30 – 7:45 pm Boys and Girls Club La Danza De Los Viejitos & El Raton Vaquero
7:45 – 8:15 pm Jalapeno Eating Contest
8:15 – 8:45 pm Mexican Costume Contest
8:45 – 9:15 pm Dance Contest
9:15 pm Grito Contest
Awards to be presented after each contest. Schedule is subject to change.

Sponsored by:

Washington Park (156 W. Madison St., Port Isabel)

2014 Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Movie! Friday 7/25 AVENGERS 9:30p

This Friday’s (July 25) movie at 9:30 p.m.! AVENGERS!


Port Isabel’s Lighthouse Establishment Cinema celebrates 10 years!

A decade the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema was created to offer families, both local and those visiting, an opportunity to enjoy a unique and memorable experience at the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.  The event is free and open to the family. Concessions are sponsored by the Museums of Port Isabel and those wanting to bring snacks and drinks can do so.


The 2014 season begins June 6th at 9:30 p.m. Showtimes are every Friday during June & July beginning at 9:30 p.m.

2014 Schedule

June 6: MonstersUniversity
June 13: Despicable Me 2
June 20: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
June 27: Rocky
July 4: Iron Man 3
July 11: Frozen
July 18: Free Birds
July 25: Avengers

See full story…

Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration 7/4 10a-2p


Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration!

Friday, July 4, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Parade (Start Garriga Elementary. To: South Shore Drive. End: WashingtonPark)
Food (Free Hotdogs)
Music (DJ Epifanio Valdez)
(Costume Contest, Sack Race, Best Float, Hotdog Eating Contest,
Watermelon Seed Spitting Contest)

Sponsored by:
City of Port Isabel
Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation
Museums of Port Isabel

Parade Entry contact: Robert Salinas (956)943-0705
Vendor contact: Jeannie Flores (956)943-0789

Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade

Mayor Joe E. Vega and the Port Isabel City Commissioners invite the public to attend the Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration and Parade. The parade will begin at 10am at GarrigaElementary School and follows a route to South Shore Drive continuing down Musina Street, and finishing at WashingtonPark. There will be a celebration at WashingtonPark immediately following the parade.

The City of Port Isabel is excited and proud to celebrate this special day with the community. Music and games including a watermelon seed spitting contest, sack race, best costume and hotdog eating contest will be featured. Food vendors will be set up in WashingtonPark and free hotdogs will be given courtesy of Blue Marlin and HEB.

The Port Isabel Patriotic Spirit Celebration is sponsored by the City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation and the Museums of Port Isabel. For more information about the event contact Robert Salinas at (956) 943-0705. For vendor information contact Jeannie Flores at (956) 943-7602.

Art Exhibit Reception 5/8 4-8p MARIA GUTHRIE

An invitation to:


Opening reception on May 8, 2014 from 4 – 8 p.m. at the

Treasures of the Gulf Museum
317 E. Railroad Avenue
Port Isabel, Texas 78578

Local Artist Maria Guthrie shares her love of nature, botanicals and still life.

For more information call Jeannie Flores, Museum Director 2 956/943-7602 or email


Gabriel Trevino to Exhibit “Defining a Culture” during March & April (Reception 3/5 5-8p)

201403-04_trevino-exhibitDefining a Culture

Mexican-American painter Gabriel Trevino will open a one man show at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Trevino will present a collection of paintings for a show he titled “Defining a Culture”. ” Defining a Culture” consist of his most recent artwork produced by combining pre-Columbian style imagery with a contemporary method approach.

Reception: There will be a reception for Gabriel Trevino on Wednesday, March 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Treasures of the Gulf Museum (317 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.). The public is invited to attend and meet the artist. Refreshments will be served.

Artist Bio

  • 1976 – Born in Brownsville Texas
  • 1997 – Fine Arts Program – University of Texas at Brownsville,
  •  Richardson Art Gallery First Solo Exhibit
  • 2006 -”Emerging Artists” : Gabriel Trevino, Mauricio Saenz, Jesus de la Rosa, Luis Valderas – Richardson Art Gallery (University of Texas at Brownsville)
  • 2007 -Invitational  “As Of Now” South Texas Artists – Ben Bailey Art Gallery – Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Texas
  • 2009 – “Tres” – Art Exhibition: Gabriel Trevino, Carlos G. Gomez, Antonio Antinori at Historic Brownsville Museum (Brownsville, Texas).
  • 2012 – “LIBERTY AND HOPE” Solo art exhibit – Rusteberg Art Gallery – University of Texas at Brownsville


NewsTaco – Austin Texas 2011

Beyond Arts Magazine  Aug. 2012

Voices of Mexico  UNAM  no.95

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