The Circus is Coming to Town! 2/14 6 & 8:30p

A morning under the Big Top! A day of learning, laughter, and fun. Come out and experience the 2011 edition of the Kelly Miller Circus as we fill your day with an exciting learning adventure.

The journey begins as we pull onto the Circus grounds at 7:30 a.m. and begin the transformation into an educational wonderland. As the hustle and bustle of Circus life envelopes the grounds, you become lost in the unloading of equipment and animals. The giant elephants help raise the Circus Big Top and free guided tours are given to let everyone take part in the excitement. The huge creatures are so fascinating to watch. Many people have spent the entire day enjoying their playful antics. You can observe the elephants as they play together in their “elephant pen” unchained! The silly games they play will delight and amaze you.

The elephants are awesome but don’t forget the rest of our Circus family. Our horses, camels, llamas, ponies, and miniature Sicilian donkeys are equally enjoyable. They perform for you, along with the other amazing acrobats and aerialists from around the world, in the two main Big Top Circus performances.

The friendly personnel in the Animal Department will be glad to answer any questions you may have about the Circus animals on display. What better way to learn about the animals than by having a live example in front of you to observe and to ask questions about?

If you have ever wondered what a camel’s foot looks like, or how much an elephant eats, come out and see for yourself. The fun will be there for everyone, and what you learn you can take home for free.

Tickets are on sale now, $10.00 when purchased in advance from the Museums of Port Isabel, City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce. We hope to see you at the Circus!

Halloween Community Street Dance 10/30 8-11p

HALLOWEEN COMMUNITY STREET DANCE brought to you by the City of Port Isabel and the Museums of Port Isabel. FREE admission! Family Friendly! Costume Contest! Door Prizes! Food & Concessions! Live Music by Risueno! 8:00 – 11:00 pm.

In front of the historic Champion Building, Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad. Ave. in Port Isabel. For more information, contact or call 956/943-7602.

Day of the Dead~ Los Colores del Muerto Celebration 10/30 1-7p

Day of the Dead wrap up:
The Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates their Annual Los Colores del Muerto!

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 30, 2010 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel. The Port Isabel Lighthouse will be closed, until further notice as steps on the interior are restored.

Dia de los Muerto, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican custom of celebrating all souls and all saints day in a festive atmosphere.  Because the Mexican culture  find joy in remembering loved ones who have passed away, they spend a night and a day at the burial sight of the deceased family members, honoring the memories of their lives. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was a three day and three night festival that mixed Spanish Catholicism with Mesoamerican Indian roots. The ancient custom has now been transformed to fit the Mexican-American households of today. The Mexican culture believes that deceased children return to visit Earth on the last day of October, and the faithful dead return on November 2nd. At this time every year, families gather at cemeteries to clean and adorn the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Museum celebrates the heritage and artistic expression of this custom with traditional and non-traditional altars and festivities. See more… >

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Throughout the  day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.:
Live Entertainment with Musical group “Ensamble La Misión – Laura Foncerrada”
2:00 p.m.:
Skull candy workshop with Jessica Villescaz & Omar Fonseca & Altar Making in a cigar box workshop with the Laguna Madre Art League
3:00 p.m.:
Inside the Treasures of the Gulf Museum (Special Day of the Dead Play by Gloria Bates)
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Outdoor event featuring Ken Trevino and students from the Port Isabel with Short Stories, Poetry, & Music
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.:
Presentation with Manuel Hinojosa on “The History of Day of the Dead”
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
– Encore presentation of “Day of the Dead” play by Gloria Bates


1- Amber Erica (Jewelry)
2- Susie Alcocer (Jewelry)
3- Ed & Jesse (Antiques)
4- Museums of Port Isabel (T-Shirts)
5- Carmen (Jewelry, Toys & Hair Fashions)
6- Alma (Vinatge Jewelry & Mexican Lottery T-Shirts)
7- Angel (Corn in the Cup)
8- Isaura (Hot Dogs, Nachos, Frito Pies, Hot Cheetos & Chesse, Cotton Candy, Chocolate Candy Bars & Cornuts
9- Sylvia (Tamales & Fruit Cups)
10- Ana (Chicken Enchiladas & Tostadas, Frijos a la Charra & Chicharones
11- Aby (Soft Drinks & Popcorn)
12- Pi Fire Dept (Fajiata, Chicken & Sausage Tacos)
13- Lynette (Information: Green Mountain)
14- Denise (Aqua Frescas & Pan de Muerto)
15- City of Port Isabel Finance Dept (Candy Apples, Cupcakes & Kiddie Stuff)
16- Laguna Madre Humane Society (Pets for Adoption)
17- Laguna Madre Humane Society (Pets for Adoption)
18- Monica (Baked Goods: Brownies, Pies, Cookies & Cakes)
19- Tom (Hands on Hondures: Jewelry)
20- Pete (Funnel Cakes & Caramel Corn)
21- Patricia (Face Painting)

HALLOWEEN COMMUNITY STREET DANCE! We are encouraging children and adults to dress in costumes in the Halloween spirit and dance the night away!!! 8:00 – 11:00pm – Halloween Community Street Dance brought to you by the City of Port Isabel and the Museums of Port Isabel. Live Music by Risueno!

DAY OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS: A limited number of Day of the Dead t-shirts will be available! Based on the poster design, the artwork features a stylized skull using motifs important to Port Isabel’s history, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a shrimp boat and Gulf shrimp. They will be available for sale at the Museums Gift Shop.

VENDOR or ALTAR SUBMISSION INFO: If you are interested in vending  or altar submission opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie A. Flores at 956/943-7602, email: or fill out online forms for Altar Submission or Vendor Application.

Lighthouse Market Day~ Sat. 10/15 Live Music & More!

On Saturday, October 15, 2011, 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.

Event Info:
Vendor Space Map:
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For more information contact the Museums at (956) 943-7602 or email Jeannie Marie A. Flores at About—
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., a 17 year old and a junior at Woodsboro High School is the lead guitar and vocals. Edward Meza, 15, a freshman at Woodsboro High School 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.

Movies at the Lighthouse this Friday! OLD DOGS 9:30pm~ FREE!

Come join us for the last movie of the summer at the Port Isabel Lighthouse! The Lighthouse Establishment Cinema will present … OLD DOGS.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets or pillows and your family and make yourself at home for this family friendly FREE event! Concessions available. Leashed pets allowed, but you must clean up after them. Parking around the lighthouse and on Railroad Ave. across the street from the Port Isabel Historical Museum. Starts at 9:30 p.m. after South Padre Island’s Fireworks over the Laguna Madre.

AUGUST 27>>>
Two friends and business partners find their lives turned upside down when strange circumstances lead to them being placed in the care of 7-year-old twins. Rated: PG. 88 minutes (2009)
An adventurous girl finds another world that is a strangely idealized version of her frustrating home, but it has sinister secrets. Rated: PG. Running Time: 100 minutes (2009)

Sponsored by: SOUTH PADRE BANK, N.A. (understudy), Pirates Landing Restaurant, Museums of Port Isabel, City of Port Isabel, Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, Port Isabel Merchants Committee.