The Art Festival was founded in 1969 to stimulate the economy in Rockport, TX, an emerging art colony on the Texas Coast. Since then, it has become a staple of the Summer season on the coast – over 120+ artists sell their work to over 10,000 art collectors from all over the United States. Currently in its 56th edition, the prestige of the Rockport Art Festival has grown because artists’ work is juried for acceptance to the two-day show.

The Rockport Art Festival also serves as a key fundraiser for Rockport Center for the Arts programs. Proceeds of the Festival, sustain the many free to low-cost programs offered by the Rockport Center for the Arts, a membership based non-profit organization.

Since 1993, on the night before the Festival, the organization hosts the Art Auction Gala, an evening event for 600 patrons and supporters of the organization.

Both events happen on the Festival Grounds, a 4-acre plot between three bodies of water: Aransas Bay; Little Bay; and Rockport Harbor- in an air-conditioned tent with a 14,000 square feet footprint.

Rockport Art Festival Location
Rockport Festival Grounds
1500 E. Laurel, Rockport, TX

Festival Schedule
Saturday, July 6 | 10am - 6pm
Sunday, July 7 | 10am - 5pm



Event Details

Ticket Information

  • Cost: Free!

Presenter Details

  • Name: Rockport Center For The Arts
  • Rockport Center for the Arts hosts a wide variety of exhibits, special events, education workshops and classes for children and adults, performing arts, sculpture garden and much more. The Center is a hub for The Arts in the beautiful coastal Rockport Fulton area. After 48 years, The Center re-established operations at 106 S. Austin St. in the wake of devastation sustained to the original building from Hurricane Harvey. The new facility is  open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and admission is free. 

    Our Mission

    Rockport Center for the Arts' mission is to be the catalyst and epicenter for opportunities to explore the creative arts.

    Our Vision

    Rockport Center for the Arts continuing its legacy as one of the top ten coastal art colonies in the US, expanding during its next fifty years with an iconic, architecturally significant space and innovative cultural programs and initiatives that engage, teach and inspire students, artists, residents and visitors while spurring economic development and revitalization.

    Rockport Art Association, Inc. is a tax-exempt charitable organization as established by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Texas.

    The Association does business as the Rockport Center for the Arts whose goal it is to be the focal point for art related activities in the community. This commitment is accomplished through art exhibits, educational activities, theater and musical performances, literary endeavors, culinary classes, and lectures. The purpose is to promote cultural enrichment and art education in the community as a whole and especially cultural tourism, by establishing Rockport and Rockport Center for the Arts as a major art destination for visitors.

Venue Details

  • Address: 1500 E. Laurel
  • City: Rockport
  • State: TX
  • Zip: 78382