The Rockport Cultural Arts District is delighted to welcome the Texas “T” Party to our community.  The 46th Annual Statewide Model “T” Party will be held October 18th through the 21st.  Approximately 100 Ford Model T’s and their owners will experience Rockport-Fulton’s coastal charm and share their unique heritage transportation experience from 100 years ago.

The four-day event will feature many road trips, photo ops, and parades.   Daily events will feature a trip to Port Aransas with a drive by Rockport Live Oak Learning Center on the way, photo ops at the Fulton Mansion, Model T games at the Aransas County Airport including a raffle for a ride in a biplane, lunch at the Presidio La Bahia in Goliad and mini parade at Goliad Elementary School, drives to the Big Tree on Goose Island, a parade through Fulton and Rockport ending at the Historic Rockport Railroad Depot.  There will be time for our Model T guests to shop, dine, enjoy the beach, and enjoy entertainment at local venues, including silent films at Rockport Little Theatre. The “T” Party will end Saturday evening October 21st with a banquet finale at a local venue.

The Rockport Parade is scheduled Saturday, October 21st, at 11am, starting at Hwy 35 and Austin Streets (at Hoopes House), down Austin to Market Street, then north on Magnolia Street to the Railroad Depot Museum.  Come Enjoy the Parade and Check out the Model T’s Saturday afternoon at the Railroad Depot!

RCAD acquired the historic Railroad Depot in May 2021, restored the badly damaged building, and in May 2022, opened the Rockport Railroad Museum.  The Railroad Museum is located in the center of the Cultural Arts and Heritage Districts, at 105 South Magnolia Street, and is surrounded by a new District Parking Lot, a vision RCAD proactively initiated.

The Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) was designated a Texas Cultural District by the Texas Commission on the Arts in 2016, is one of only 54 in the State and was the first in the Coastal Bend. RCAD is an arts and humanities organization that sponsors historic restoration, museum creation, public art, including sculptures and murals, musical and transportation history events, literary publications about Texas History, artists presentations, while focusing on economic development marketing and partnering with the many facets of tourism within the District.