Rockport Center for the Arts | Art Gala & Festival Weekend


* Gala tickets have SOLD OUT *

48th Annual Rockport Art Festival
Saturday, July 1 & Sunday, July 2, 2017
Fairgrounds adjacent to Rockport Center for the Arts and Rockport Harbor
902 Navigation Circle
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: $8 adults; Sunday: $7 adults; Children (12 and under) $1 for both days
2-Day VIP Tickets - $10 (go to the front of line/no waiting can be purchased in advance or on Saturday at the gate)

For information, call (361) 729-5519 or visit
Since its inception in 1969, the Rockport Art Festival has been the best place to be on or near the July 4th holiday weekend. The event, hosted by the Rockport Center for the Arts, is located on Aransas Bay where more than 120 exhibiting juried artists from Texas and all around the United States have been selected to showcase their work. The quality of artists creating painting, ceramics, jewelry, woodwork, glasswork, metal sculptures, furniture, and more has become synonymous with the high-quality festival, one of the most prestigious and entertaining art shows in the U.S. This year, numerous regional, state-wide, nationally-renowned and award-winning artists will be participating once again. Items of all types and prices are available for sale. In 2016, more than 10,000 attended the annual event of summer fun on the Texas Coast.

In addition to a wide variety of foo and drink, entertainment will be provided by a variety of artists inside a giant air-conditioned tent. A children’s activity tent offer youngsters the opportunity to create some of their own art work. Numerous art galleries in Rockport will be open during the holiday weekend, including the galleries at Rockport Center for the Arts.

Across from the Art Festival grounds, admission to Rockport Center for the Arts is free. The main gallery features a solo exhibit featuring artist Barb Robinson who created the 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival collectible poster, an acrylic painting entitled Breezing By. Robinson's solo exhibition at the Art Center opens Saturday, June 17th and continues through Saturday, July 29, 2017. Robinson uses acrylic on panel to create animated, impressionistic images of exquisite Texas coastal landscapes, and her work is well known to art collectors in Rockport as well as Art Festival visitors. Robinson is represented by Estelle Stair Gallery on South Austin Street.

Sponsors for the 48th Annual Rockport Art Festival include:
  • Benefactors – 1st Community Bank; IBC Bank; KIII-TV 3; South Texas Money Management
  • Patrons – Eling Corporation Coastal Real Estate; Frost Bank – Banking Investments Insurance
  • Friends - American Bank; GSM Insurors; H-E-B; NavyArmy Community Credit Union; Prosperity Bank; Wells Fargo
  • Gala Underwriters – Terry & Rob Baiamonte; Roxann Kemper & Randy Day; Joy & Richard Dias; Julia & Steve Dutton – Bay Window; Lisa Baer & John Paul Frederick/Estelle Stair Gallery; Sally R. Huff; Jean & Charles Giesey; Patsy & Guy Griggs; Edward Jones – Libby Gonzales; Family of Pat Moore; Sara & Hugh Morrison; Mary Lynn & Russel Painton; Jamie & Alan Shaw/Carabin Shaw Law Firm; Penny Shephard; Ann & Stan Smith; Full Stringer; Joey & Bret Westlake; D’Ann & Mark Williams; Mr. & Mrs. JD Williamson, Jr.; Alice York

For more information or to purchase festival VIP passes, visit or call (361) 729-5519.

About the Rockport Center for the Arts …

A non-profit organization, the Rockport Center for the Arts is dedicated to providing an environment that nurtures the expressing and appreciation of art for residents and tourists alike. For more information, call (361) 729-5519 or visit The city of Rockport, famous for its art colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as one of “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America: Discover Creative Communities” by John Villani and listed as one of the “Top 10 Artist Colonies” by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living. Always free and open to the public.

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