Port Isabel to host 10th annual Pachanga in the Park

New date, same location

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After an unfortunate downpour of rain experienced early this month, a popular event has been rescheduled and is ready to give the Laguna Madre area a night of fun.  

The City of Port Isabel is hosting its 10th Pachanga in the Park on Saturday, Oct. 23.

The annual event will be held on the grounds of the Laguna Madre Park, located off Highway 100 on Port Road.  

City of Port Isabel Marketing Director Valerie Bates said it’s exciting to see the event enter its 10th year.

“It started in 2011 in Washington Park in Port Isabel, which made it a very community-driven event, but we also got a lot of tourists and out of the area traffic to that event so we outgrew it and here we are all of these years later in Laguna Madre Park,” Bates added.

From live music, rides and games to a variety of tasty treats, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy while visiting Pachanga in the Park.

Booths will be open to the public from 6 to 11 p.m. on Saturday.

In addition to food, there will be arts and crafts vendors and information booths.

Live music will be performed by Ruben Vela Jr. y Los Muchachos and Juan Garza y Los Ultimo 4.

“While people are there, we do everything we can to make them feel comfortable so they’ll feel like they can stay and enjoy the food and the music,” Bates said. “We get people who drive all the way down from San Antonio or Austin for this event — people with roots to the area or the food and the music so it has a wider attraction than just the Laguna Madre area and the Rio Grande Valley.”

The event will have free admission and there will be free parking in the park.

“No outside food or drinks are allowed in because we want to support our vendors, but you’re welcome to bring a lawn chair to make yourself comfortable,” Bates said about the event. “Come at 6 p.m., stay till the gates close and have a great time.”