About The Festival

About The Festival

The Palacios Area Historical Association (PAHA) Pirate Festival and the Palacios Scouts Pack 1441 and Troop 1441 have joined forces to provide our community with an action-packed family-friendly Day on the Bay. This collaboration evolved in order to create a fun annual event utilizing the beautiful Palacios Coastal Pavilion and park for educational programs for young and old. What better way to tell of the rich multi-cultures that fought over Texas than to get folks out for a family day and make learning fun!

Where

Palacios Coastal Education Pavilion
693 S Bay Blvd, Palacios, Texas 77465, USA

When

Friday and Saturday
May 1st and 2nd, 2020

Activities

Here are some of our speakers, contests, exhibits, music and more!

La Salle Landing

La Petite Belle

Tacos

Cub Scout Pack 1441 and Boy Scout Troop 1441

Raingutter Regatta

Palacios Yacht Club

Rope Bridge

Palacios Yacht Club

Kids & Karankawas

Matagorda County Historical Commission

Dead Bob's Tavern

Beer and Wine Garden, Music and DJ

Storytelling

PAHA Storytelling Group

Contests & Awards

Flag Contest

Music

Jerry James

Focco Aluguel Dancers

Traditional Mexican Dance Group

Board La Petite Belle

Talk with the Sailors

Attractions for Kids

Bounce Houses

Good Food!

Shrimp Boil

Entertainment!

Local Talent Showcase

Music

Mariachi Ranchero

Music

Sara Hickman

Enjoy the Bay!

Grass and Beach Picnic Areas

J.S. Austin

a.k.a Boatswain Bones

Festival Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Here is the tentative lists of activities planned for Day on the Bay 2020.

Friday Evening, May 1st

Downstairs at the Palacios Coastal Pavilion

6-10pm

Festival Kickoff

More info here.

6-7pm

Shrimp Boil

$15

7-9pm

Local Talent Showcase

FREE show and contest.

9-10pm

DJ

More info coming soon.

6-10pm

Dead Bob's Shipwreck Tavern

Beer and wine served.

Saturday, All Day, May 2nd

Inside the Palacios Coastal Pavilion - Ongoing Activities and Exhibits

10am-6pm

Kids & Karankawa Exhibit

10am-6pm

Storytellers

Bringing Palacios, Matagorda and Texas history to life (hourly)

Outside, on the Palacios Coastal Pavilion Grounds

10am-6pm

Ongoing Activities

Vendors, food, beverages, exhibitions, rope bridge, live music, shipwreck tavern.

10am-12noon

Music and MC. Sara Hickman

11am

Mariachi Ranchero

Roaming the Pavilion Grounds

11am

LaSalle Landing

La Petite Belle ship lands at the home port

11:30am-5pm

Board La Petite Belle

... and talk with sailors

1pm

Awards

Little Mr. & Miss Cinco de Mayo crowned, My Palacios Coloring Book awards

2pm

Dancing, Flag Contest

Focco Aluguel Dancers, Flag contest parade and awards

4pm

Costume contest and awards

Palacios Coastal Education Pavilion

Festival venue location information and gallery

"The community of Palacios has enjoyed the recreational benefit of historic pavilions built over Tres Palacios Bay since 1904. The last of these on the City’s 4th Street pier was dismantled in 2011 after severe storm damage. A desire to build a coastal educational pavilion that honors the past and looks forward to the future has been the desire of many groups over the last decade and resulted in the development of the Palacios Beautification and Pavilion Committee."

Vendors

Here are some of the Vendors who are participating.

Tacos and Beverages

Cub Scout Pack 1441 and Boy Scout Troop 1441

Sponsors

F.A.Q

  • Saturday activities are FREE!
    Vendors will be selling food, drinks, crafts, etc.
    The Friday evening Shrimp Broil is $15/plate.
    All other Friday evening activities (DJ/Music, Talent Show) are FREE!

  • The proceeds of the festival are used to benifit the Palacios Cub Scouts Pack 1441 and Boy Scouts Troop 1441, La Petite Belle, City by the Sea Museum and the Palacios Area Historical Association (PAHA).

  • You can participate in many interactive events on the grounds, at the dock and inside the pavilion. You can become a storyteller and share just how Texas connects all the colorful characters and adventures into a never-ending story of our beautiful city.

    You are invited to storyteller workshops the 4th Wrdnesday of Feb, Mar, Apr at the museum (5:30-7:00) to gather facts for your presentation at the event. stay tuned for Flag painting and costume contest entry.

    Sponsorship and Vendor invitations are available now. Please email museumpalacios@gmail.com to get involved and stay updated with preparations. 361-972-1148.

  • Sponsors will receive personalized advertisements published in the festival newspaper and included in outdoor advertising. The newspaper will be distributed throughout the area, and The Palacios Beacon will distribute inserts in their paper. The publication will detail the history of past events, explain the interactive displays and exhibitions, and list the festival schedule.

  • You can download a vendor application and instructions here.

  • Email the Museum or use the contact form on this page.

  • Yes! Email the Museum or use the contact form on this page.

  • Create and submit a flag! Artists may choose any theme pertaining to Fishing, Birds, Boating, Farming & Ranching, Spanish, Mexican or French Explorers, Pirates or Karankawa natives and vacationing, for example.

    • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place CASH prizes.
    • March 1 thru April 1 - To enter, pick up blank flags and entry form at the City by the Sea Museum or the Main Street Bookstore in Palacios.
      • Ages groups: 4-6, 7-11, 12-17 -- Fee: $4.00
      • Adult or Corporate -- Fee: $10.00
    • Deadline to submit flag: April 25th, 2pm.
    • Flags on Display at the Festival from 10am to 2pm.
    • Winners announced 2pm, May 2nd at the Festival.
    • Hosted by Palacios Area Historical Association, a 501c3 non profit.
    • Proceeds benefit: City by the Sea Museum and Palacios Boy Scouts Troop 1441
  • E-mail the museum for the form to enter the talent show. Deadline: April 25th at 2 p.m.

  • YES! We are rebranding the festival as part of partnering between the Scouts' Cinco de May, La Petite Belle and PAHA's Pirate Festival. In doing this, we are expanding the celebration to include the explorers and other historical figures who make up the facinating history of Matagorda Bay. In bringing these two fun family events together, we have agreed on "Day on the Bay, first week in May" as an expression of our love for our wonderful bays.

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Sponsorship Levels

Help us keep Day at the Bay free and support our local Scouts, City by the Sea Musuem and La Petite Belle.

Individual
$100

  • Listing in Festival Newspaper
  • Listing on Festival Website
  • PAHA Individual Membership

Family
$250

  • Listing in Festival Newspaper
  • Listing on Festival Website
  • Business Card Ad in Festival Newspaper
  • Social Media Sponsor Mention and Thank You
  • PAHA Family Membership

Organization
$500

  • Listing in Festival Newspaper
  • Listing on Festival Website
  • Quarter Page Ad in Festival Newspaper
  • Social Media Sponsor Mention and Thank You
  • PAHA Organizational Membership
  • Organizational Award

Lifetime
$1000

  • Quarter Page Ad in Festival Newspaper
  • Sponsor logo on Festival Website
  • Pre-Festival Banners
  • Special Thank You at Festival Kick-off
  • PAHA Corporate Membership or Lifetime Membership

Business
$2500

  • Half Page Ad in Festival Newspaper
  • Sponsor logo on Festival Website
  • Pre-Festival Banners
  • Special Mention at Festival Kick-off
  • PAHA Lifetime Membership
  • Special Banner at Museum
  • Sunset Dinner and Sail for Two on La Petite Belle

Corporate
$5000

  • Full Page Ad in Festival Newspaper
  • Sponsor logo on Festival Website
  • Pre-Festival Banners
  • Special Presentation and Thank You and Mention at Festival Kick-off
  • PAHA Corporate Membership or Lifetime Membership
  • Special Banner on Sponsor Wall at the Museum
  • Special Plank at Museum La Belle Display
  • Sunset Dinner and Sail for Two on La Petite Belle

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Contact Us

Visit the City by the Sea Musuem. Pick up flags, contest forms and sign up for volunteer posts.

Address

401 Commerce Street, Palacios, Texas 77465, USA

Phone Number

361-972-1148