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

Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates Day of the Dead & Halloween!

Check out 2012 Day of the Dead photos on our Facebook page:

The Museums of Port Isabel will offer a full weekend of event during Halloween! From an Alfred Hitchcock “THE BIRDS” at the lighthouse (Tonight’s movie at the lighthouse has been rescheduled for Sunday at 8:30 pm due to the weather!), live music, vendors of all kinds, great food, hands on activities, theater and more! All open to the public, no admission charge.

on Sunday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m. Open to the public. Concessions. Family friendly.

THE BIRDS! The residents of Bodega Bay are suddenly confronted with a malicious, full-scale attack by birds of all shapes and sizes. Hitchcock’s purest expression of an arbitrary universe, The Birds constitutes a prodigious technical achievement. Under the guidance of bird trainer Ray Berwick, Hitchcock employed thousands of real birds and his own ingenuity to create the most terrifying aspect of The Birds, the undeniable reality of seemingly impossible events.

Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren
Universal Pictures; Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Not Rated; 119 minutes; 1963

Port Isabel Lighthouse, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

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

The Museums of Port Isabel,
in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del Muerto” on Saturday, October 28, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: (subject to change)
4pm-6pm – Altar Making “Laguna Madre Art League” & Sugar skull Candy Workshop “Omar Fonseca & Jessica Villescaz)
4pm-5pm – Folkloric Dancing
5pm-6pm – Las Tres (3) Lloronas “Gloria Bates”
7pm-11pm – Port Isabel Community Street Dance~ Live Music by LOS DOMINANTES (Brownsville, Texas)

Throughout the day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.

VENDOR INFO: If you are interested in vending opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602 or email:

Vendor Application & Map:

Altar Submission Application:
For more family fun, join us for our Annual City of Port Isabel Community Street Dance. From 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., enjoy live music by Los Dominantes of Brownsville. No admission charge. Lots of food and drink vendors. Halloween Costume Contest! Prizes awarded! Port Isabel Historic Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

Halloween Community Street Dance Sponsored by: City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Museums of Port Isabel

For information on any of the weekend’s events, contact Museum Director, Jeannie Marie Aby Flores at or call 956/943-7602.

Lighthouse Market Day 10/13 9-4p ~ Live Music & MORE!

On Saturday, October 13, 2012, the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Museums will be hosting their annual Lighthouse Market Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Lighthouse grounds.

Vendors on the Lighthouse Square will be offering a variety of food, antiques, arts & crafts, art and more. For vendor information, click here.

Special admission prices to museums and lighthouse! The Port Isabel Historical Museum and the Treasures of the Gulf Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will have a special admission price of $1.00 for each site. The Lighthouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. also with a special admission price of $1.00. Come join in the fun, enjoy historic Port Isabel during Lighthouse Market Day.

Vendor Space Map:
Vendor Form:

For more information contact the Museums at (956) 943-7602 or email Jeannie Marie A. Flores at
The Lighthouse Market Day is an extension of the Museums of Port Isabel’s mission to collect, preserve, and interpret the art, history, and culture of the Laguna Madre area through preservation, educational programs, tours, exhibits, and workshops. Held annually on the second Saturday of October, Lighthouse Market Day celebrates our historic roots, our community and the beauty of the Port Isabel Lighthouse.

Live music by MEZA! Originally started as a side project for the Woodsboro High School Band in 2008, MEZA is now a versatile trio playing a variety of music such as rock, oldies and even country music. David Meza Jr. is the lead guitar and vocals. Edward Meza plays bass and David Meza, Sr. (Dad) on drums. MEZA has played many venues in the Corpus Christi area, such as The House of Rock and Disc-Go-Round, and local clubs in Woodsboro. Additionally, MEZA has won second place in the Battle of The Bands in Corpus Christi in 2009. They also have played for local benefits such as Back to School Bash, Christmas on the Square and local Church Festivals.

Lighthouse Movie Survey Results!

Thanks to everybody who participated in the Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Movie survey! Join us this summer for FREE FAMILY FUN!

Season 8 STARTS on June 15, 2012! Six showings are scheduled for the summer. 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 summer movies start on Friday at 9:30 p.m. just after South Padre Island’s Fireworks display over the Laguna Madre Bay. COST: FREE! For more information call 956/943-7602.


JUNE 15>>>9:30 p.m.
The new journey begins when Sean Anderson receives a coded distress signal from a mysterious island where no island should exist — a place of strange life forms, mountains of gold, deadly volcanoes, and more than one astonishing secret. The secret is rumored to involve Sean’s missing grandfather, Alexander Anderson. Unable to stop him from going, Sean’s new stepfather joins the quest. Together with a helicopter pilot and his beautiful, strong-willed daughter, they set out to find the island, rescue its lone inhabitant and escape before seismic shockwaves force the island under the sea and bury its treasures forever.
Dwayne Johnson, Josh Hutcherson, Vanessa Hudgens
New Line Cinema; Directed by Brad Peyton
Rated PG; 94 minutes; 2012

JUNE 29>>>9:30 p.m.
1873. Arizona Territory. A stranger with no memory of his past, stumbles into the hard desert town of Absolution. The only hint to his history is a mysterious shackle that encircles one wrist. What he discovers is that the people of Absolution don’t welcome strangers, and nobody makes a move on its streets unless ordered to do so by the iron-fisted Colonel Dolarhyde. It’s a town that lives in fear. But Absolution is about to experience fear it can scarcely comprehend as the desolate city is attacked by marauders from the sky. These monsters challenge everything the residents have ever known. Now, the stranger they rejected, is their only hope for salvation. As this gunslinger slowly starts to remember who he is and where he’s been…
Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Jon Favreau
Universal Pictures; Directed by Jon Favreau
Rated PG-13; 118 minutes; 2011

JULY 6>>>9:30 p.m.

KUNG FU PANDA 2– Po is now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, protecting the Valley of Peace alongside his friends and fellow kung fu masters, The Furious Five – Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey. But Po’s new life of awesomeness is threatened by the emergence of a formidable villain who plans to use a secret, unstoppable weapon to conquer China and destroy kung fu. Po must look to his past and uncover the secrets of his mysterious origins; only then will he be able to unlock the strength he needs to succeed.

Animated Feature
Voices by: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan
Paramount Pictures/DreamWorks Animation;
Directed by Jennifer Yu
Rated PG; 90 minutes; 2011

JULY 20>>>9:30 p.m.

PUSS IN BOOTS – Way before he ever met Shrek, the legendary Puss in Boots goes on a heroic journey, teaming up with mastermind Humpty Dumpty and the street-savvy Kitty Softpaws to steal the famed Goose that lays the Golden Eggs. It’s the adventure of nine lifetimes!
Animated Feature
Voices by: Antonio Banderas, Zach Galifianakis, Salma Hayek
Paramount Pictures; Directed by Chris Miller
Rated PG; 90 minutes; 2011

AUGUST 3>>>9:30 p.m.
Based on true events, this family film is about Winter, a young dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap, and Sawyer, the introverted 11-year-old boy who befriends her. Sawyer meets the rescued dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, a marine rehabilitation center where she lives. Sawyer rallies friends and family alike to save Winter by convincing a pioneering doctor to create a unique prosthetic appendage to restore the dolphin’s ability to swim.
Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick, Jr. Ashley Judd
Warner Bros.; Directed by Charles Martin Smith
Rated PG; 119 minutes; 2012

AUGUST 17>>>9:30 p.m.

CAPTAIN AMERICA – A brave, yet mild-mannered young soldier, Steve Rogers, volunteers to undergo a series of experiments for a US Army Super Soldier program. The military succeeds in transforming him into a human weapon, but quickly decides that their Super Soldier is far too expensive a creation to risk in combat. They want to use him as an Army celebrity but when a Nazi plot reveals itself, Rogers must rise up and become the First Avenger in order to save his country. Steve Rogers becomes Captain America and he earns his way into the hearts and souls of every American, bringing hope and justice to a war-weary nation.
Chris Evans, Stanley Tucci, Tommy Lee Jones
Paramount Pictures/Marvel Entertainment;
Directed by Joe Johnston
Rated PG-13; 124 minutes; 2011

Sponsored by: Museums of Port Isabel, City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Port Isabel Merchants Committee, Quik Stop.

(Schedule subject to change.)

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema Survey

The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will begin Season 8 on June 15, 2012! Six showings are scheduled for the summer and one during Halloween and Day of the Dead weekend. 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.

The 2012 Summer Schedule includes the following dates: June 15, June 29, July 6, July 20, August 3 and August 17. 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 June 1st.

No more applications accepted at this time. Please call 956/943-7602 for more information.

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 TEXAS PACK, Inc.!

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 (Sponsorship info> sponsor-pamplet.)