Whether you’re wanting to get a head start on holiday gift shopping or are looking for a festive social gathering, this is the event you’ve been looking for.

The Art Business Incubator South Padre Island (ABI SPI) is going to host its Second Saturday Art Fest this weekend.

The Art Fest will be held on Nov. 13 from noon to 5 p.m. on South Padre Island at 2500 Padre Blvd.

The festival is going to have an assortment of 40 to 50 local artists from across the Rio Grande Valley selling handmade goods.

“All vendors have handmade items just waiting for you to discover,” ABI SPI Program Director Deanna Powell said. “You’re not only going to get to find incredible treasures unlike anything else you could find in a big-box store, but you also may be able to tackle a lot of holiday shopping in one fun, big event that will benefit the community.”

The Art Fest will be an outdoor event and is free to the public. There will also be birthday cake in celebration of ABI SPI’s three-year anniversary.

Additionally, there will be live music by singer and musician Lane Flores, as well as by musician John Gattas.

With a $10 purchase at any vendor booth, visitors will receive a complimentary refreshment on behalf of ABI SPI. They can enjoy it, along with birthday treats, inside the non-profit’s art gallery.

“The weather is supposed to be absolutely stunning,” Powell said. “It will be the perfect day to enjoy the Island and what the local community has to offer while also celebrating our nonprofit, so you can enjoy all of the local vendors and everyone’s also invited inside the art gallery where we will offer refreshments, birthday cake and really play up the fun of our third birthday.”

ABI SPI was founded in 2019 as a way to stimulate the art economy on the Island. ABI SPI’s incubator program hosts about five to six artists each year and provides them with amenities, such as studio and gallery space for the artists to thrive as an art entrepreneur.

The nonprofit’s Art Fest is typically held on the second Saturday of each month.

ABI SPI officials said the Art Fest was created to showcase the abundance of talent and potential that the local art community possesses.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for ABI SPI. A portion of the proceeds from the festival go toward sustaining the nonprofit organization.

For more information about ABI SPI or to become a vendor of upcoming Art Festivals, visit www.abispi.com.