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These are the 2022 fall festivals around Corpus Christi

The Corpus Christi Caller Times 11/10/2022 Allison Ehrlich, Corpus Christi Caller Times
Pumpkins sit for sale at the Rockin' K Farms in Robstown on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. © John Oliva/Caller-Times Pumpkins sit for sale at the Rockin' K Farms in Robstown on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.

Fall is nearly here, and with it come the fun community festivals for the whole family to enjoy. Find an event for you in the Corpus Christi area with this list.

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2022 Rockport Film Festival

What: The Rockport Film Festival is always the second weekend in November, when Texas days are still warm but Texas nights are cool. It all kicks off with a red carpet event Thursday, Nov. 10 with the opening night film, Deep in the Heart (2022). This is a stunning celebration of Texas wildlife and landscape, narrated by Matthew McConaughey and directed by Ben Masters. The festival continues Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with film screenings at The ROCC. Seven of the films will be full-length features; there will also be five short film blocks, each around 90 minutes in length, consisting of six to eight short films. All films are independently produced outside of the Hollywood studio system, meaning they are privately financed projects that tend to be smaller in scale and budget. This year’s categories are documentary feature, fiction feature, documentary short, fiction short, animated short, and student film. 

When: Nov. 10-13; 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 red carpet event; film screenings start at 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday

Where: Rockport Conference Center (The ROCC), 106 S. Austin St.

Cost: $10 single-day ticket; $150 VIP ticket pass

Contact: https://www.rockportfilmfestival.com/

Santa’s Winter Welcome at La Palmera

What: Join La Palmera for Santa’s Winter Welcome, presented by Apollo Towing. Experience the magic of Christmas with the arrival of Santa Claus, followed by a night of free entertainment throughout the mall including jugglers, stilt walkers, music by DJ Johnny Hotcakes, face painting, a balloon twister, live performances from area dance and theater groups and more. And don’t forget your photos with Santa!

When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11

Where: La Palmera mall, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive

Cost: Free festivities; Santa photo packages start at $34.95

Contact: 361-991-3755 | https://www.lapalmera.com/holiday-happenings-2022/

St. Patrick’s Church annual Christmas Bazaar

What: Join St. Patrick’s Church for their annual Christmas Bazaar. Featuring vendors, crafts and collectibles, door prizes, a silent auction, raffle and baked goods.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12

Where: St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, 3350 S. Alameda St.

Cost: Free admission, items available for purchase

Contact: 361-855-7391

37th annual Jewish Food Festival

What: The popular festival is back! Enjoy the best of the Jewish Deli like brisket with kugel, cabbage rolls, split pea soup, matzah ball soup, corned beef sandwiches, Israeli tabbouleh, sour pickles, along with traditional Jewish pastries like strudel and rugelach. Bid on the silent auction items, enter the raffle, enjoy live music and entertainment and take a tour of the Congregation Beth Israel sanctuary.

When: 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13

Where: Congregation Beth Israel, 4402 Saratoga Blvd.

Cost: Free admission, food and items available for purchase

Contact: 361-857-8181| https://www.facebook.com/JewishFoodFestival/

2022 Islander Lights & Holiday Craft Market

What: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presents its annual Islander Lights Celebration for the campus and community. Enjoy the Holiday Bash with Santa, live music, refreshments, games, and activities. Take pictures with live animals such as reindeer and llamas. Shop for unique gifts at the Arts & Crafts Market. Then head outside to witness the ceremonial campus lighting and wrap up your evening with the festive “Sounds of the Season” holiday concert. 

When: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18

Where: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, 6300 Ocean Drive

Cost: Free

Contact: 361-825-2231 | https://islanderlights.tamucc.edu/

31st annual Ranch Hand Breakfast at King Ranch

What: Come enjoy an authentic, hearty, cowboy breakfast cooked and served outdoors on the historic King Ranch. Local volunteers will be serving up heaping plates of eggs, refried beans, biscuits n’ gravy, sausage, tortillas, coffee and orange juice. Team roping, historical exhibits and old-time cow camp cooking demonstrations will be part of the morning’s activities, along with cowboy poetry, storytelling and musical entertainment. Come get a taste of cowboy life.

When: 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: King Ranch, State Highway 141, Kingsville

Cost: $6 per person; Free kids age 3 and under

Contact: 361-592-6411 | https://king-ranch.com/visit/special-events

Corpus Christi Wine Festival

What: Join the annual Corpus Christi Wine Festival for 2022! Enjoy live music, food trucks, shopping, live art, over 100 varieties of wine, and all your favorite local breweries as well.

When: 3 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Nov. 19

Where: Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St.

Cost: $25 general admission; starter packs with tasting tickets start at $40

Contact: https://corpuschristiwinefestival.com/

79th annual Joe Salem Thanksgiving Dinner

What: The family of the late Mr. Joe Salem sends a special invitation to anyone who would like to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Everyone is welcome to the 2022 drive-through distribution, whether as a guest or a volunteer. Guests may line up in their vehicles in the Sokol parking lot beginning at 11 a.m. Serving will begin after the invocation at approximately noon and continue until all the food is gone. Guests are asked to remain in their vehicles and volunteers will load their cars with their meals.

When: noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 24

Where: Sokol Corpus Christi Gym, 5502 Kostoryz Road

Cost: Free

Contact: 361-946-3395 for event information | 361-331-2006 to volunteer

This article originally appeared on Corpus Christi Caller Times: These are the 2022 fall festivals around Corpus Christi

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