23rd Annual Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser

2020 Museums of Port Isabel Fundraiser. Click for tickets.
The Museums of Port Isabel are proud to announce its 23rd Annual ‘TASTE of the LAGUNA MADRE’ Museum Fundraiser featuring fresh local fare & PELICAN WEST! Get your tickets

The Museums of Port Isabel will host this culinary event on Friday, February 7, 2020 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center. Dishes prepared by local restaurants will be top of the fare and includes side dishes, desserts and beverages. Live music by PELICAN WEST, door prizes, a silent auction and a Port Isabel Adventure Package raffle are all part of the $25 ticket price.

This IS the Museums of Port Isabel’s major fundraiser. Donations will be used to upgrade Museum’s exhibits and support programs. Info: 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com. Tickets can be purchased at the door, Port Isabel City Hall, Port Isabel Public Library, Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce or at the Museums of Port Isabel or online: https://2020-mopi-fundraiser.eventbrite.com


Silent Auction

“Tesori” – Sterling Silver Dragonfly Ring, Murano Elephant Earrings & Sterling Silver Butterfly Necklace

“Mel & Donna” – Homemade Wood Platter

“Carol Plumb” – 10 x 20 Oil Painting, Beach Scene, Blue Sky

“The Light House Lighting Center” – 52′ Ceiling Fan, Brushed Nickel. 3-Blade

“Mary Gorball” – Slow Cooker, Bathroom Set & Set of 7 Boiks by Mary Gorball

“Unique Jewelry Arts & Crafts” – Office Décor

“Bridgeview Flowers & Gifts” – Orchid Silk Ceramic Lavender Arrangement

“T. Leeman Co.” – Framed Print Lighthouse as it was, Original Painting

“Sea & Sun Hair Fashion” – Shampoo & Hair Cut Gift Certificate

“Beth’s Beauty Salon” – Shampoo Treatment, Blow-Dry & Style Gift Certificate

“Vida’s Barber Shop & Beauty Salon” – Haircut Gift Certificate

“Honeycomb Salon & Spa” – Women’s Haircut w/Tania Cruz

“Sea Ranch Restaurant & Bar” – $50 Gift Certificate

“Osprey Fishing Charter & Black Dragon Cruise” – Bay Fishing “Buccaneer” Certificate for 2 Adults, “Pirate Adventure Cruise” Certificate for 2 Adults & Dolphin Watch “Sea-Life Safari” Certificate for 2 Adults

“Biocapelli by Peninsula Island Resort & Spa” – Star of the Sea Spa Package Gift Certificate

“Anita Ramirez” – Haircut w/Anita Gift Certificate

“American Diving & the Original Dolphin Watch” – 2 Adults Dolphin Watch Show Special Gift Certificate

“Veronica’s Beauty & Barber Salon” – (2) – $30 Gift Certificate

“Tropical Smoothie Café” – $25 Gift Card

“Anna’s Hair Salon” – $30 Gift Certificate

“Pearl South Padre” – Two (2) Night Stay in a Deluxe Room

“Russo’s New York Pizzeria” – $25 Gift Card

“Real Time Fitness & Juice Bar” – Four (4) 1 Month Free Membership Gift Certificates

“Anonymous” – Teal Bead w/Gold Charms Bracelet

“Anonymous” – White Shell Earrings & Necklace Set

“Anglers Marine Center” – Okuma Steelez Premium Fishing Pole w/Bucket

“PI Nails” – $50 Gift Certificate for Manicure & Pedicure

“Dirty Al’s Family of Restaurants” – $50 Gift Certificate

“Thomas’ Gift Shop” – Ceramic Dolphin

“Mexiquito Restaurant” – $20 Gift Certificate

“Tropical Home Furnishing” – Glass Fish Wind Décor

“Pulsed Wellness Center” – Gold Package Gift Voucher which includes Hydrotable for entire body circulation …  Led-Facial, Pulsed Pad Blanket & Lymphatic System Drainage

“Anonymous” – Lantern Décor

“Anonymous”  – Green Cast Iron Door Knocker

“Anonymous” – Glass Lamp

“Anonymous” – Cast Iron Bird Arch

“Duane Rasmussen” – Ceramic Frog Water Planter

“Beach Park @ Isla Blanca” – Shrimp Haus Restaurant $25 Gift Certificate & 2-All Day Admission Pass

“Island Cinema” – 10- $5 Gift Certificates

“Coral Reef Lounge” – Coral Reef Cap & T-Shirt

“Welcome Aboard” – Port Isabel, Texas T-Shirt & SPI Beach Bag

“O’Reiley Auto Parts” – Power Torque – 40 Total Pieces Tools

“La Frida Nail Salon” – $25 Gift Certificate

“The Inn @ South Padre Inn Hotel” – Two (2) Night Stay in a Standard Room (4 guests) Gift Certificate



Texas International Fishing Tournament


Russo’s New York Pizzeria

Tropical Smoothie Café

Pirate’s Landing Restaurant

Whitesands Restaurant

The Museums of Port Isabel is a complex consisting of three diverse facilities, the Port Isabel Historic Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, and the Point Isabel Lighthouse. All three are within walking distance of each other and are open year around to the public.


Constructed in 1852, the Point Isabel Lighthouse was built to protect and guide ships through Brazos Santiago Pass and the barrier islands. In 1952, the Lighthouse was opened as a State Park and remains the only lighthouse on the Texas Gulf coast open to the public. The Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage which is on the grounds of the Lighthouse, is open to the public and houses the Chamber of Commerce and the Port Isabel Visitors Center. There is no admission charge to the Keepers Cottage. Lighthouse tickets can be purchased at the Keepers Cottage or at the Lighthouse. A combination ticket is available. Last ticket sold at 4:30 p.m. or 1/2 hour before closing.


Port Isabel Historical Museum is a state-of-the-art facility located in the Champion Building. Built in 1899 as a dry goods store and residence, it now houses two exhibit levels, a theater, gift shop and one of the largest collections of Mexican artifacts from the U.S.-Mexican War. The facade features the famous ‘fish mural’ painted in 1906 by a local fisherman. The fish mural was restored in the fall of 2017. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.


Treasures of the Gulf Museum spotlights three 1554 Spanish shipwrecks. Meeting their fate just 30 miles north of Port Isabel, they are brought to life with murals, artifacts and hands-on activities. Also featured is a Children’s Discovery Lab, Ship Theatre and Nautical Gift Shop. Last ticket sold at 3:30 p.m. 317 E. Railroad Ave., Port Isabel. 956/943-7602.

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 jrivera@copitx.com.

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 librarydirector@copitx.com. 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

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: https://www.facebook.com/GrupoLaFarraHermanosLozano. And award winning local legend, Mariachi Plata from the P.I.I.S.D. will kick off the live music presentations. http://pointisabelisd.tx.schoolwebpages.com/education/staff/staff.php?sectiondetailid=17994&


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: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/pachanga-park-4th-annual-913-511pm-washington-park/
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/942812389077614/
Port Isabel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/portisabeltx
Instagram (@portisabeltexas) & Twitter (@portisabeltexas): #pachangainthepark

For more information:
Event Coordinator: Robert Salinas (PIEDC Administrator) 956/943-0705 edcadministrator@copitx.com
Vendor Coordinator: Jeannie Flores (PI Museum Director) 956/943-7602 museumdirector@copitx.com
See vendor list here: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/pachanga-park-4th-annual-913-511pm-washington-park/

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)

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 museumdirector@copitx.com or call 956/943-7602.

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: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/lighthouse-market-day-2nd-sat-oct/
Vendor Space Map: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/lighthouse-market-day-2nd-sat-oct/lhmd-vendor-map/
Poster: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/lighthouse-market-day-2nd-sat-oct/lhmd-poster/
Vendor Form: http://portisabelmuseums.com/mopi/programs/lighthouse-market-day-2nd-sat-oct/vendor-form/

For more information contact the Museums at (956) 943-7602 or email Jeannie Marie A. Flores at museumdirector@copitx.com. 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.