Over the past few weeks, we have explored the different arts that are important to our South Texas community. The arts, including local theatres, performing arts centers, artists, and musicians have proved to educate the public on the culture of South Texas and what it means to have the opportunity of self expression. This week, I will focus on three local festivals that take place during April. Fiesta de la Flor, celebrating Selena Quintanilla, one of Corpus Christi’s most famous musicians, the Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival, exhibiting local boat artists and their work, and The Birdiest Festival in America, where bird watchers come to enjoy seeing new birds.

Fiesta de la Flor is a weekend music festival that celebrates the life and music of former Corpus Christi resident, Selena Quintanilla. Some of her famous hits were “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Como La Flor.” To continue her legacy, Fiesta de la Flor began in 2015 in Corpus Christi. Since then, Fiesta de la Flor has continued to be a cultural and community event in the Coastal Bend community.

Fiesta de la Flor 2019 will take place the weekend of April 12-13 at North Bayfront Park (Shoreline Blvd in downtown Corpus Christi), and will be an event, fun for the whole family! Along with great music, there will be El Mercado featuring over 80 artisans from South America and the United States, La Plaza, a place for festival goers to eat from various food truck vendors, and El Parque, a play zone for kids. For more information about tickets, directions, and the event itself, visit Fiesta de la Flor.

Fiesta de la Flor will not be the only festival in the South Texas community during the weekend of April twelfth. The 5th Annual Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival will take place April 12-14 and is a free event for the whole family! The Wooden Boat Festival celebrates the art of boat making. Visitors are encouraged to bring their projects to display, both unfinished and finished! There will be free rowing and paddling, presentations of local artists work, as well as workshops on boat building for kids and adults. For more information on how to register your boat, directions, or even pictures of previous festivals, go to Port Aransas Wooden Boat Festival, contact them by email, or check them out on Facebook!

Corpus Christi’s “The Birdiest Festival in America” will be held April 24-28, 2019 at the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center! Birders from as far away as the West Coast and Florida are registering for the fantastic festival to be held at a key Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail Site. Gather with friends and family and take a bird walk nature stroll! There are also other birding field trips to nearby birding hot-spots like King Ranch, Fennessey Ranch, Port Aransas, the Guadalupe Delta Wildlife Management Area and more. Experience the South Texas habitats unique to the birds, with local and regional birding experts providing their wisdom and insights for the trips! Further information about the Birdiest Festival in America can be found at Birdiest Festival in America.

If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. Please always feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or issues regarding a Texas state agency, or if you would like to contact my office regarding constituent services. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Nueces (Part) County. He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672.