We’ve all enjoyed the timeless summer tradition of slurping on a snow cone on the seawall, or watching a sparkling fireworks show at a Friday night baseball game. Discover the undiscovered. Don’t sweat your entertainment schedule, The Bend has you covered... 41 times over.
1.Solve the murder mystery at Rancho Mucho Denaros.
Love! Scandal! Calamity! And of course, MURDER… Mary Moonshine wants to invite you to celebrate the anniversary of her Uncle Stinky who fell comatose after taste-testing his new moonshine recipe. At Corpus Christi Murder Mystery you’ll meet lots of kooky characters: Billy Clyde, Betty Jean, Betty Joe, Miss Cornpone and of course Granny as she tries to sell you her own recipe. 430 NAS Dr. Corpus Christi (361) 239-0266 CCMurderMystery.com
2. Spend an afternoon learning about Asian Culture at the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures & Educational Center
Admire the rich permanent treasures and rotating exhibits that this cultural museum has to offer, and take advantage of the interactive educational program! Contact the museum office to listen to Asian folktales, learn origami, or master the art of calligraphy with your class, club, or social group. - 1809 N. Chaparral Street, Corpus Christi, (361) 881-8827
3. Get your creative juices flowing at the Tipsy Canvas
Grab your girlfriends or significant other, and head over to the Tipsy Canvas for an evening of wine and watercolor. Pick a painting from the class calendar schedule online, and finally put that high school art class to good use. Don’t forget to BYOB! - 5878 Everhart Rd Suite B, Corpus Christi, (361) 434-0082
4. Test your pilot skills at the Virtual Battle Station at the USS Lexington
A visit to our favorite local aircraft carrier museum wouldn’t be complete without a test run of their new games! Step into the shoes of pilot or commander, and experience the combat for yourself with the museum's new interactive simulations in the Virtual Battle Station. - 2914 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi
5. Take a tour of the Centennial House
Learn more about our city’s earliest residents by visiting the oldest house in Corpus Christi still on its original site! The Centennial House is open the first Sunday of the month from 12-4 pm, or by appointment for parties of 10 or more. - 411 N Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, (361) 882-8691
6. Visit the Nature’s Brush Strokes art exhibit
Take a stroll through the South Texas Botanical Gardens, and admire the thirty pieces of original art depicting native plants and wildflowers. These larger-than-life depictions of South Texas flora may make it hard to concentrate on the landscape around you, but the vibrant nature surrounding the art makes for equally beautiful scenery. The exhibit runs only through September, so be sure to spend a breezy summer morning enjoying this garden artwork. - 8545 S Staples St, Corpus Christi
7. Catch a flick under the stars
Grab the popcorn, and check out Corpus’ ample outdoor film venues for an unforgettable viewing experience! Choose from the Ride-In Theater at the Water Gardens (showtimes vary by month), the Cole Park amphitheater (Friday nights at sunset), or the Dive-In Movies at Hurricane Alley Waterpark (Tuesday nights). - 1900 N. Chaparral St.; 1526 Ocean Dr.; 702 E Port Ave, Corpus Christi
8. Join your kids for storytime at the Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library
Bring your little ones to Teeter Totter (ages 0-2, Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 10:15 am) or Wiggle Worm (ages 3-5, Tuesdays/Wednesdays at 11 AM) storytime at the Anita & W.T. Neyland Public Library. Your wiggle worm will be too busy having fun to realize they’re learning a little something along the way! Summer Storytime runs from June 6 to July 16th. - 1230 Carmel Pkwy, Corpus Christi, (361) 826-7055
9. Spend your lunch hour in the company of the King
If you’re searching for a new favorite lunch spot, order a cup of spicy poblano soup and admire the Elvis artwork at Nuevo Cafe! The eclectic artwork of this local eatery serves as the perfect backdrop for lively conversation, but it may be hard to stop and get a word out once you start slurping their famous soup. - 1124 Ayers St, Corpus Christi, (361) 904-0425
10. Energize your afternoon coffee break with a treat from Z-Counter
Get your sticky fingers on a pastry from Z-Counter. Choose from s’more buns, counter donuts, Asian street donuts, or beignets - or try them all! For a caffeine jolt to follow the sugar rush, wash down these bite sized snacks with a Vietnamese iced coffee, a refreshing twist on your everyday cup of joe. - 1220 Airline Rd #155, Corpus Christi, (361) 991-1116
11. Attend a donation-based yoga night with BGB Yoga at the Texas Surf Museum
This Sunday, try stepping out of the studio and finding your zen in a new and unexpected environment! Whether you’re a newcomer to namaste or a seasoned yogi, don’t be shy. Yoga takes place at 3 pm on Sundays, and all levels are welcome. - 309 N Water St, Corpus Christi, (361) 882-2364
12. Taste the yummy beet fries at 8TE
… and don’t forget to ask for extra sauce! - 1220 Airline Rd #205, Corpus Christi, (361) 723-0261
13. Feed the ducks at Lakeview Park
Put those stale bread ends to good use at the Lakeview Park! Bring your kids and your camera to the lake to feed the ducks and admire the wildlife. - 7110 Rodd Field Rd, Corpus Christi
14. Learn the art of Latin dancing
Break in your dancing shoes at the Third Coast Dance studio! Let the rhythm move you in a lesson in salsa, bachata, merengue, mambo, or cha-cha. Check out the online schedule for class times, or schedule a private individual, partner, or group lesson for a little extra attention. - 4411 Gollihar Rd., Ballet Nacional, Corpus Christi, (361) 438-0114, www.thirdcoastdance.org/#!schedule/cnyl
15. Hunt down the Munchies Bus food truck
This food truck rotates locations, but you can find it parked Wednesday nights at Cassidy’s Irish Pub from 8 pm-2 am. If you’re feeling confident after Cassidy’s Wednesday trivia night, take a risk with the $8 “I Don’t Care,” which is a unique surprise sandwich of the chef’s choice! - 601 N Water St, Corpus Christi, www.munchiesbus.com
16. Sample a Mediterranean combo platter at the Ginger Cafe and Grill
Experience an authentic taste of the Mediterranean right here in Corpus Christi. There’s no need to book a flight overseas when the Ginger Cafe and Grill offers Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine right in our neighborhood! Share a combo platter with the family, or maybe two! The hummus is too good not to fight over. - 7009 S Staples St, Corpus Christi, (361) 946-9834
17. Catch a performance of “Avenue Q” at the Aurora Arts Theater
Watch a local performance of a Tony award-winning musical at our very own Aurora Arts Theater. This riotous show stars adorable puppets and adult humor, promising laughs for all. “Avenue Q” runs June 3rd through July 10th, but remember to leave the kids at home! - 5634 Everhart Rd, Corpus Christi, (361)-851-9700.
18. Ride a horse on the beach
Give your kids the adventure of a lifetime, or live out your very own fairytale fantasy! Feel the sea spray in your hair and the wind on your face on a coastal horse ride. Call Horses on the Beach on Padre Island to make reservations. - 16562 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, (361)-949-4994
19. Have a treasure hunt on Antique Row
Scour the selection of vintage items at Red Crow Antique Mall, Renaissance, and Betty’s Trash to Treasures for a diamond in the rough. You’ll be the only one in town with those costume earrings or that old fashioned camera! Plus, shopping second hand benefits the environment and your wallet. - 4333 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi
20. Drown your worries in caramel and powdered sugar with a fried pie from Bows Dessert Cafe
There's healthy eating, and then there’s fried pies from Bow’s Dessert Cafe. You don’t have to look for a reason to reward yourself with this one, just taste it and you’ll thank yourself later. - 345 N Alister St, Corpus Christi, (361)-445-0672
21. Take a book and leave a book at the little free libraries
Find one of the seven little free libraries in town and share the gift of reading. There’s a TARDIS shaped one hidden somewhere, but don’t get your hopes up. I don’t think you’ll be doing any time traveling in this one. For general information and a map of all seven locations, check out https://littlefreelibrary.org, and search for Corpus Christi in the “Our Map” state/province search function.
22. Check out the Corpus Christi street art.
Corpus Christi is growing as is its art scene. With plenty of fresh new art scattered throughout the town showcasing the local culture, it's hard not to feel your city pride shine through. Look for “Loteria! Corpus Christi” and the installation of the “Endless Sunset: The Colors of Our City” mural on the side of the Caller-Times building. - 619 Chaparral St near Ellison Law Offices; 820 N. Lower Broadway, Corpus Christi
23. Take a digital photography class at the Art Center
We all strive for that perfect instagram photo, but never quite understand why we fall short. Now there’s hope! The Corpus Christi Art Center is offering open classes to the public for those looking to take their photography skills to the next level. No more blurred selfies or bland food pics, you’ll be a pro in no time! Classes are $65 for members and $70 for non-members on Saturdays July 23rd and August 20th from 10 am - 2 pm. Tickets for sale on https://app.etapestry.com/cart/ArtCenterofCorpusChristi/default/category.php?ref=364.0.11100181. - 100 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, (361)-884-6406
24. Watch the sunset from the concrete “sacks” on the water at Oleander Point and snag a selfie with the Wind Dancer
Let’s face it, we don’t all look like graceful fairies when we dance. So why not leave that to the Wind Dancer at Oleander Point. Built by Buddy Tatum (creator of the Bronze Selena statue) the dancer stands overlooking the water providing a compass to sailors at sea. Take a selfie or witness the sunset from its vantage point - either one will make for an unforgettable day in the Bend. - Cole Park, Corpus Christi, (361)-826-3460
25. Get your jump on and bring back the parachute pants at the Get Air trampoline center
Who said you were too old to have fun? Unleash your inner child and blast off at Get Air trampoline center. With trampolines spanning the entire floor, this loaded bounce house will give you a workout to remember and fun you won’t forget. Just don’t try to out bounce the kids, they always win. - 4701 S Staples, Corpus Christi, (361)-349-9227
26. Take an excursion and tickle your sweet tooth at Winton’s candy shop in Port Aransas
The words, “nationally recognized candy company” rarely need more to be said. Opened in 1995, The Winton’s Candy shop has pleased the masses with their homemade candy and southern hospitality. With a long list to choose from and rides offered in Winton’s own Model-T, this is a must-do for any candy loving person. - 600 S Alister St, Port Aransas, (361)-749-4773
27. Jack Sparrow who? You be the pirate and set sail with the Red Dragon Pirate cruise in Port Aransas
Who said you need peg leg and an eye patch to be a pirate? Jump into the action onboard the Red Dragon, and enjoy the life of a pirate as you sail across the beautiful Gulf coast waters. - 440 W. Cotter Ave, Port Aransas, (361)-749-2469.
28. Build a boat at Farley’s Boat Works and paddle out
You may not be the old man and the sea, but at least you can learn how to build a boat at Farley’s Boat Works, and perhaps even paddle out to one of the many kayaking/boating havens in the surrounding area. - 716 W Avenue C, Port Aransas, (361)-549-6328
29. Checkout the one of the biggest trees in Texas
Straight out of a fairytale, right in our own backyard! This tree stands at a whopping 44 feet tall. The Big Tree in Rockport is a must see! At first glance, its old sturdy body radiates wisdom and takes you to a magical place. One of the largest oaks alive today at an estimated 2000 years old, it's sure to have seen plenty of magic over the years. - 1622 12th St., Rockport
30. Camp under the stars on Mustang Island
Let’s face it, the nights here in South Texas are often hot and humid. But don’t let that keep you from witnessing the beauty of camping under the stars and bonfires on the beach. Make some memories and enjoy the South Texas moonlight on Mustang Island. - 17047 TX-361, Port Aransas, tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/mustang-island/fees-facilities/campsites
31. Learn how to build a master sandcastle
I don’t know about you, but when i’m not busy watching Game of Thrones, i’m building my own empire. Well maybe not exactly, but sand castling is close enough. Take a family sandcastle sculpting lesson and build your own empire with Mark Landrum, the Sandcastle Guy, at Cinnamon Shore. Be careful though, winter is coming! For more information, contact Cinnamon Shore. - (361)-749-0422
32. Cool off with with a summer cocktail at the Black Marlin Bar and Grill
It may be too hot to go for a jog, but it’s never too hot for an evening drink! Enjoy a sunset cocktail at the Black Marlin Bar and Grill while listening to the tune of live music during their Saturday summer concert series. - 258 Snapdragon, Port Aransas, (361)-749-4653
33. Eat the lobster egg rolls at Irie’s Island Food
Larry the Lobster was a good guy, but… Who doesn’t like seafood! Ready your bibs and butter for the lobster egg rolls at Irie’s Island Food. Located in Port Aransas, you’re sure to get a lunch with a world class view.. - 503 N Alister St, Port Aransas, (361)-749-2310
34. Go birding at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
Hey, birds have a tough life, so why not admire them. Go birding at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center and enjoy a beautiful sunset, but watch out for alligators. You’re not crocodile dundee! - South end of Ross Avenue, Port Aransas, (361)-749-4158
35. Pay homage to the Victorian architecture at the Fulton Mansion
Take a tour of one of the oldest houses in the surrounding area and pay homage to Victorian architecture at the Fulton Mansion in Rockport. Check out their website for events, and to download a self-guided audio tour on your mobile device. There is sure to be something for the whole family to enjoy! -317 Fulton Beach Rd, Lockport, http:www.thc.state.tx.us/historic-sites/fulton-mansion-state-historic-site, 361)-729-0386
36. Marvel the wonders of sculpting at the Rockport Center for the Arts
Get artsy and unleash your inner Picasso at the sculpture garden located in the Rockport Center for the Arts. The Spirit Columns were the first piece of public art to be installed in Rockport! - 902 Navigation Circle, Lockport, www.rockportartcenter.com/main/index.php
37. Have a stiff at The Post or head to a soiree at Omni’s social hour
Smoke and mirrors, and all that jazz. Ask for an Old Fashioned at the Post to have a drink worthy of the Rat Pack. Or if you’re feeling conversational, head to Omni’s social hour at the Republic of Texas. - The Post: 411 Doddridge St #102, Corpus Christi, (361) 452-0907; Omni: 900 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, (361) 887-1600
38. Have a fresh fruity juice from Eleanor’s or tea it up at Shoreline Sandwich Co.
Summer is here, and for Texans that means bad hair and sweaty clothes. Cool off with a variety of fresh pressed juices from Eleanor’s Coffee Bar + Market, or grab one of the many homemade teas from Shoreline Sandwiches. - Eleanor's Coffee Bar + Market: 4231 S. Alameda St., Corpus Christi, (361) 452-1018; Shoreline Sandwich: 500 N. Shoreline Blvd., Corpus Christi, (361) 651-1345
39. Be the bell of the ball and head to the 7 Most Beautiful Women Inside & out charity event.
With so much happening in the Coastal Bend, don’t let yourself fall out of the loop! Be sure to grab a ticket to the 7 Most Beautiful Women charity event, held at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. A night of celebrating and honoring women in our community, along with raising money for seven great charities. Don't miss it! October 6th - 900 N Shoreline Blvd, Corpus Christi, (361) 792-3606
40. Gather your pocket change and cool off with a 99 cent margarita at Mole'
Few things in life pair perfectly, wine with cheese, meat and potatoes, Ebony and Ivory - there's even a song proving that one. But of all the pairings, one thing is certain: margaritas and mariachi on a Friday night couldn’t be better! And for just 99 cents, who could resist! - 6042 S. Padre Island Dr., Corpus Christi, (361) 334-6081
41. Find clues, solve puzzles, escape... if you can!
Your ship has been taken captive and you end up locked in the brig! Your pirate captors will let you become part of the crew... if you prove yourself and solve your way out. Try to cheat or don't make it out in time and you'll walk the plank, matey. 4455 S Padre Island Dr. #105, Corpus Christi, (361) 429-2424