The best way to get to know the area you are vacationing in is by eating at the restaurants the locals dine in, shopping in the stores the locals shop, and by attending the events that residents look forward to every year. Offering fun, entertainment, and often a taste of the town, these events can elevate your vacation experience to the next level, and when you visit Port Aransas, can introduce you to new traditions that you may want to make your own. We at The Dunes understand the importance of enjoying a trip you will never forget, and this guide to the top events in Port Aransas in June will help you see even more reasons we can’t imagine living any place else on earth.

76th Annual Shrimporee Festival, June 14-16, Shrimporee Grounds in Aransas Pass

As many as 35,000 people have attended the Shrimporee Festival on the weekend over the years, making it one of the most popular in the area, and if your journey brings you to Port A the 14th through the 16th of June, your trip will not be complete unless you plan on attending as well! Celebrating everything shrimp and offering at least most of the versions Forrest Gump’s friend spent half the movie talking about, if nothing else, we can promise you won’t go home hungry! Texas shrimp is fresh, sweet, and versatile, appealing to almost every palate, and because this festival also offers live music, arts and crafts vendors, and carnival rides and games, every member of your family will want to come back every day of the Shrimporee! A ferry ride taken from Port Aransas to Aransas Pass takes about 20 minutes and promises to add to the excitement of your shrimping adventure.

Red Snapper and Kingfish Tournaments, June 1- September 6, Fisherman’s Wharf

These two tournaments run concurrently, with the Red Snapper Tournament ending on August 19th and the Kingfish Tournament continuing through September 6th, but both will be a wonderful adventure for your favorite angler. Everyone is invited to join, and because the entry fee is only $50 for each tournament, the costs fit into most vacation budgets. Because a big check is offered to the winning fisherperson, if luck is with you, you may even win enough to pay for your stay in our seasonal sanctuaries. Winning big, vacationing for free, and getting to fish every day of your stay? We can’t see anything wrong with that!

Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament, June 14 & 15, Fisherman’s Wharf

Although women are perfectly capable of fishing and holding their own with the gentlemen, sometimes it is just more fun to hang with your sisters, and the Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament allows guests to do just that. Sign up starts on Friday the 14th at 5 PM, followed by a Captain’s Meeting at 7 PM and the shenanigans begin bright and early on Saturday morning. Signup fees aren’t listed as of just yet, but they include a specially designed tee shirt for all participants, offering a fun souvenir in case you and your team don’t happen to win the big prize at the end of the tournament (moms this is the perfect opportunity to introduce your daughters to the joy of fishing!).

6th Annual South Texas Ford Trucks Mafia Beach Bash, June 1, Beach Access Road 2

Celebrating the stalwart beauty of the Ford truck, as well as a day of beach, sunshine, food, fishing, and music, this cool party may entice you to rent a Ford truck to get around in during your stay in Port A. This is a club event, but if you are visiting someone who is a South Texas Ford Truck Mafia member, you too are invited to check out the fun, with raffles, giveaways, and club merchandise being offered for sale, and because it is first come, first serve, we recommend arriving early (start time is 7AM) to secure your spot. (If you don’t know anyone yet, but love Ford trucks, maybe now would be a great time to make some new friends at the local hot spots!)

Pool Parties, Barbecues, and Movie Nights at Home with The Dunes

Not every event has to be officially sanctioned an event with entry fees and fancy titles. The casual vibe of a Texas beach town invites guests to create their own family events in Port Aransas, and we at The Dunes encourage you to participate in your special event on the properties we offer! Rent a home with a private pool and enjoy a family pool party every night of your stay or bring home your catch of the day to experience a family barbecue each evening. State of the art televisions in our summer sanctuaries encourage movie nights complete with popcorn, beer, and soft drinks, making your stay with us unforgettable. Reserve your favorite escape today!