Spring is all around, and what better way to enjoy the time than with some of these spring and Easter-related events around Corpus Christi. Want to include your event? Send the information to [email protected].
Photos with the Easter Bunny at La Palmera
Visit with the Easter Bunny and take photos from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, now through Saturday, April 8, in the center court of La Palmera mall, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive. Make a reservation to cut down on your wait time, but walk-ins are always welcome. Cost: Photo packages start at $24.99. Information: 361-991-3755 or https://www.lapalmera.com/happenings/easter-bunny-2023/.
Pet Night with the Easter Bunny at La Palmera
La Palmera mall presents Pet Night with the Easter Bunny from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, in the mall center court, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive. Pet lovers can bring their favorite dog or cat for photos and support local animal organizations. Dogs and cats only, and pets must remain on leash or in a carrier. Cost: Easter Bunny photo packages start at $24.99. Information: 361-991-3755 or https://www.lapalmera.com/happenings/easter-bunny-2023/.
Easter Bunny Cares at La Palmera
La Palmera mall presents Easter Bunny Cares from 9-11 a.m. Sunday, March 12, in the mall center court, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive. Designed for special needs children and their families to enjoy a visit with the Easter Bunny in a sensory-friendly environment before the mall opens with extra time for those who may have developmental or physical challenges. Reservations required. Cost: Photo packages start at $24.99. Information: 361-991-3755 or https://www.lapalmera.com/happenings/easter-bunny-2023/.
Food Truck Festival Spring 2023
Lazy Beach Brewery presents the Food Truck Festival Spring 2023 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at 7522 Bichon Drive, Ste. 100. Grab your foodie friends and come out for an all-day food truck experience on the Lazy Beach patio. From tacos to burgers to desserts and everything in between, there will be a truck for everyone at this family friendly festival. Leashed pets welcome, too! Cost: Free admission, food available for purchase. Information: https://www.facebook.com/LazyBeachBrew.
Annual Spring Eggstravaganza
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute presents its annual Spring Eggstravaganza from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at 2000 S. Padre Island Drive. Join STVT for an egg hunt, arts and crafts, bounce house, food and drinks, games and more. Cost: Free admission. Information: https://www.facebook.com/STVTInstitute/events.
Bingo with Bunny at La Palmera
La Palmera mall presents Bingo with Bunny from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 and April 4, in the La Palmera Cafes food court, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive. In addition to a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself, guests can join four rounds of traditional Bingo with the winner receiving a $25 La Palmera gift card for each of the first three rounds, with the winner of the final blackout round taking home a $50 La Palmera gift card. There will also be live music by Think Dexter and beer samples from L&F Distributors (21 and older only). Presented by Prime Real Estate. Cost: Free. Information: 361-991-3755 or https://www.lapalmera.com/happenings/easter-bunny-2023/.
2023 Windfest in Portland
Portland’s 48th annual Windfest will be March 30-April 2, at Daniel P. Moore Community Complex, 1900 Billy G. Webb Drive, Portland. Hours are 5-10 p.m. Thursday (carnival and parade only), 3-11:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Family fun featuring carnival rides, live entertainment, petting zoo, car show, Dachshund Dash, delicious food and much more. Cost: $15 weekend pass, Friday or Sunday only, $10 Saturday only. Information: http://www.windfest.org/.
Big Bloom Community Day and Plant Sale at South Texas Botanical Gardens
The South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center’s Big Bloom Mega Plant Sale and Garden Festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at 8545 S. Staples St. This spring fundraiser, presented by Corpus Christi Medical Center, coincides with the $2 Community Day entrance fee. Shop hundreds of plant varieties — orchids, plumeria, natives, Xeriscape, tropicals, butterfly attractors along with specialty vendors, plus see butterfly and ladybug releases, Animal Ambassadors, kids’ zone, food trucks and Nature’s Boutique. Members enter free and may begin shopping at 9 a.m. Bring your plant cart. Free parking. Information: 361-852-2100, https://stxbot.org/.
The Hoppening: an Egg-cellent Adventure
La Retama Central Library presents The Hoppening: an Egg-cellent Adventure at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 1, at 805 Comanche St. Bring the family and hunt for eggs, make crafts and have fun. Egg hunts for different age groups will take place at different times during the afternoon. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/librariescc.
Easter Egg Hunt at Bell Whittington Public Library
Bell Whittington Public Library presents its annual Easter Egg Hunt for kids at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at 2400 Memorial Pkwy., Portland. Kids of all ages can start lining up at 9:45 a.m. to hunt for eggs. Bring your own basket! Information: https://www.facebook.com/PortlandTexasPublicLibrary.
Padre Island Market’s Easter Market
Padre Island Market Days presents Easter Market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at Island Presbyterian Church, 14030 Fortuna Bay Drive. Come enjoy the outdoor market before Easter and shop, eat, and play. Shop fresh produce, meat, handmade products and other goods including a variety of artisans as well as food trucks. Fun for the whole family. Information: https://www.facebook.com/padreislandmarket.
Spring Egg-stravaganza at Garcia library
Garcia Public Library presents Spring Egg-stravaganza at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, at 5930 Brockhampton St. Join a Texas-sized egg hunt along with games and crafts. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/garcialibrary.
Spring Family Fest at Most Precious Blood Church
Most Precious Blood Catholic Church presents its annual Spring Family Fest from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at 3502 Saratoga Blvd. Enjoy some great music and delicious food, shop with the vendors, browse the silent auction and bring the kids to enjoy the kid zone. Cost: Information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1398283684273295.
Earth Day-Bay Day festival at Heritage Park
The Coastal Bend Bays Foundation presents the 23rd annual Earth Day-Bay Day festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 22, in Heritage Park, 1581 N. Chaparral St. Come interact with a raptor, participate in tons of interactive exhibits/games from a variety of local, regional, and state organizations, enjoy great food, tons of freebies, and more. Cost: Free. Information: 361-882-3439 or http://www.baysfoundation.org/edbd/.
Allison Ehrlich writes about things to do in South Texas and has a weekly Throwback Thursday column on local history.