Things to do in Corpus Christi this weekend

Allison Ehrlich
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Two people sit on the beach on North Padre Island on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Looking for fun things do in Corpus Christi? We have the top events in Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend, updated every week so you can find something to do. Some businesses may continue to limit seating and require masks as a precaution, check directly with organizations for more information.

The Latin Takeover featuring Frankie J & Baby Bash at Concrete Street

The Latin Takeover featuring Frankie J & Baby Bash with special guest DJ Kane begins at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 at Concrete Street Amphitheater, 700 Concrete St. Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost: General admission starts at $25, pit starts at $45, meet and greet upgrade available. Information: 361-884-8085 or https://concretestreet.net.

Harbor Playhouse presents ‘Nunsense A-Men!’

Harbor Playhouse presents “Nunsense A-Men!” at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 15 at 1802 N. Chaparral St. Take the original “Nunsense” show, but swap in male musical comedy performers for all of the characters and you have “Nunsense A-Men!” Done totally seriously, this show is, to quote a critic, "no drag." Cost: $20 adults, $15 seniors/military/students, $10 children. Information: 361-888-7469 or https://www.harborplayhouse.com/.

First Friday ArtWalk

The Downtown Management District presents a First Friday ArtWalk from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6. ArtWalk is back in full force with block parties on Lomax Street and Peoples Street alongside downtown businesses. Stop by KSpace Contemporary for the opening of two exhibits: "Creating Hope," a community art exhibition in partnership with Esperanza de Tejas and the joint exhibition "Postcards from your Neighbor" with Rockport Center for the Arts, both at 623 N. Chaparral St. Information: https://godowntowncc.com/artwalk-block-parties/.

First Friday Concert at First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church presents a First Friday Concert in conjunction with ArtWalk at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 at 900 S. Shoreline Blvd. The August concert is "God in the Margins: Seeking the Holy in the midst of the Blasphemous and the Profane." Featuring Samuel Barber’s Hermit Songs, this is a modern musical masterpiece birthed from medieval texts irreverently scribbled in the margins of ancient Celtic prayerbooks. With mezzo-soprano Deanna Ray Eberhart, narrator Dr. Jason Dykehouse, and pianist/host Paul Erickson. Cost: Free. Information: 361-884-0391.

Czech Heritage Society of South Texas presents South Texas Summer Polkafest

The 8th annual South Texas Summer Polkafest will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Moravian Hall, 5601 Kostoryz Road. The Czech Heritage Society of South Texas offers Czech fun, food, dancing, raffle, and kolaches. Music by Czechaholics and Majeks bands featuring polkas, waltzes, and country music. Cost: $12 admission, free for children 12 and under; food available for purchase. Information: 361-215-9163 or https://www.facebook.com/chssouthtexas/.

LEAD First Back-to-School Drive-Thru Fair

The 15th annual LEAD First Back-to-School Health, Education and Diabetes Drive-Thru Fair will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7 at Miller High School, 1 Battlin’ Buc Blvd. Aimed at improving all aspects of quality of life, this drive-thru event for the entire community will feature free shoe vouchers and backpacks with school supplies from Reliant Energy; immunizations and vaccinations from the Nueces County Health Dept.; along with food and drinks from Pepsi and the Coastal Bend Food Bank. Cost: Free. Information: 361-878-7380 or https://www.facebook.com/LEADFirstFoundation.

Kevin Farley at Comics Live Southside

Comedian Kevin Farley performs at 9:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug. 7 at Comics Live Southside, inside Sal’s Bronx Pizza, 5922 Yorktown Blvd., Suite 106. Over the past 3 decades, Farley has made audiences laugh, cry, smile and think as a stand-up comedian, actor, filmmaker and podcaster. He got his start at the famous Second City in Chicago, followed by appearances in films like “Black Sheep” (with his brother Chris) and “The Waterboy” (with Adam Sandler), and leading roles in “An American Carol” and “White Knight.” Cost: $20 general admission, $25 preferred seating. Information: 361-462-4667 or https://www.facebook.com/ComicsLive.

‘Success with Fall Veggies’ at South Texas botanical gardens

Staff horticulturist Carol Krank, and Nueces Master Gardener Deb Houlihan give you unbeatable gardening guidelines for specifics on what, when, where, and how to plant your vegetable choices, including proven maintenance, spacing, fertilization and insect prevention methods, with charts and instruction sheets available, in the “Success with Fall Veggies” seminar, at 9:15 am, Saturday, Aug. 7, at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples. Up to 30 may attend the seminar in-person, socially-distanced in Education Station classroom, face masks required INDOORS, regardless of vaccination status, complying with recent CDC statements. Others may attend by ZOOM. Class is free with general admission or membership, $5 others. For REQUIRED RESERVATIONS, or ZOOM connection, call 361-852-2100.

Corpus Christi Mystic Market Holistic Fair

The Corpus Christi Mystic Market Holistic Fair will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 8 at Emerald Beach Hotel, 1102 S. Shoreline Blvd. Find balance, clear your mind, lift your spirit and re-charge your body. Featuring metaphysical and holistic practitioners focused on wellness guidance and tools. Cost: Free admission and parking, items available for purchase. Information: 714-926-4131 or https://www.facebook.com/pg/Bestmysticmarket.

2021 Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series

The Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Department presents the 2021 Bay Jammin’ Concert and Cinema Series June through August at the Cole Park Amphitheater, 1526 Ocean Drive. Take a seat under the stars and enjoy outdoor concerts and movies in Cole Park for free. Concerts are at 7:30-10 p.m. every Thursday, June 3 through Aug. 12; Movies start after dark every Friday, June 4 through Aug. 13. Bring your lawn chairs, pack some snacks and enjoy the summer evening with music and movies. The complete schedule of bands and movies are available online. Cost: Free. Information: 361-826-7529 or https://www.facebook.com/BayJamminConcertandCinemaSeries.

Texas Talks Art

Learn more about Texas artists from around the state with Texas Talks Art virtual seminars at noon Tuesdays at https://texastalksart.org/. Taking the form of virtual 30-minute lunchtime talks, the series features 50 Texas artists and artist collectives in conversation with 50 Texas curators and will feature an intergenerational roster of artists working across mediums and at differing points in their careers. Location institutions involved include the Art Museum of South Texas and Rockport Center for the Arts. Cost: Free. Information: https://texastalksart.org/.

The Best of Murphy Givens on KEDT-FM

KEDT presents “The Best of Murphy Givens” at 7:45 a.m. and 5:44 p.m. Fridays on KEDT-FM 90.3 in Corpus Christi and KVRT-FM 90.7 in Victoria. KEDT will air repeats of favorites of Murphy Givens’ local history radio columns every Friday during NPR’s Morning Edition and NPR’s All Things Considered. Segments will also be available online at https://www.kedt.org/. Information: https://www.kedt.org/murphy-givens.

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History

Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays at 1900 N. Chaparral St. Visit this 90,000 square-foot facility that is the repository for hundreds of thousands of artifacts and historically significant items while learning about science and history through exhibits and programming to inspire curiosity, understanding and an enduring thirst for knowledge. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Tickets and information: 361-826-4667 or https://www.ccmuseum.com/.

Texas State Aquarium

The Texas State Aquarium is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. Visitors of all ages and can get up close and interact with many different kinds of animals, enjoy educational and entertaining exhibits featuring more than 300 species, learn about conservation and how our actions impact the other inhabitants of both the ocean and land, and thrill at exciting presentations featuring bottlenose dolphins, raptors and other kinds of birds, and an assortment of fascinating mammals. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Information and tickets: https://www.texasstateaquarium.org/.

USS Lexington Museum on the Bay 

The USS Lexington Museum on the Bay is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 2914 N. Shoreline Blvd. Tour the longest serving Essex Class aircraft carrier of World War II. The 16-deck "Blue Ghost" displays military artifacts and more than 20 aircraft, take one of five tour routes, visit the 3D Mega Theater, flight simulator and more. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for visitors who are unvaccinated. Tickets and information: https://usslexington.com/.

South Texas Botanical Gardens

The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at 8545 S. Staples St. Tour the 182-acre showcase on Oso Creek or stop by one of the specialty gardens or the screened Butterfly House, Anderson Bromeliad or Samuel Jones Orchid Conservatory. And don't forget to visit the resident reptiles and parrots. Masks and social distancing are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals. Cost: $9 for adults (13-59 years old); $7 adults 60 and older, active military and college students; $5 children (3-12 years old); and free for members and children under 3 years. Information: 361-852-2100 or http://www.stxbot.org/.

Art Museum of South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1-5 p.m. Sundays at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. See multiple exhibitions during your visit, including never before seen works from the permanent collection. Social distancing and masks are encouraged. Cost: $8 adults, $6 seniors (60+), $4 students, free for members, A&M-CC students and children 12 and younger. Information: 361-825-3500 or https://www.artmuseumofsouthtexas.org/.

Corpus Christi Parks and Rec Splash Pads

Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation Dept. offers splash pads from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays at Lindale Park, 3133 Swantner Drive; Salinas Park, 1354 Airport Road; and Bill Witt Park, 6869 Yorktown Blvd. Each facility offers different interactive water features and is free to the public. Splash pads are closed Mondays for maintenance. Families are encouraged to wear masks and practice social distancing while using the splash pads. Information: https://www.cctexas.com/corpus-christi-splash-pads.

City pools open for summer swim season

Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department presents the 2021 summer swim season at six city pools. General swim hours are 2-7:30 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday at West Guth Pool, 9705 Up River Road and Greenwood Pool, 4305 Greenwood Drive; 2-7:30 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Friday-Sunday at HEB Pool, 1520 Shely St. and Oso Pool, 1109 Bernice Drive; 4:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday at Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive; and noon to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday (closed Wednesdays) and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Natatorium, 3202 Cabaniss Pkwy. Cost: Free. Information: 361-826-1749 or https://www.cctexas.com/detail/recreational-swim-and-lap-swim-summer-schedule.

Southside Farmers’ Market

The Southside Farmers’ Market is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at The Market on Everhart shopping center, 5800 Everhart Road. Rain or shine, come shop local produce, honey, eggs, jams and jellies, pickles and preserves, herbs and spices, snacks, baked goods, body products plus arts, jewelry, crafts and more. COVID-19 precautions such as social distancing are in place and masks and gloves are encouraged. Information: 361-774-4129 or https://www.facebook.com/CCFarmersMarket/.

Downtown Farmers Market at Art Center

The Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market is from 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays in the courtyard of the Art Center of Corpus Christi, 100 N. Shoreline Blvd. Vendors will offer fresh produce, locally raised meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles, fresh-cut flowers, artisan goods and more. COVID-19 precautions will be in place and social distancing and masks are encouraged. Cost: Free. Information: https://www.facebook.com/GrowLocalFarmersMarket/.

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