Pre & Post Events

Prior to the opening of the festival, enjoy an exclusive overnight photography excursion to La Copita Ranch with award winning photographer Larry Ditto. On Thursday he will teach you how to photograph wildlife in this South Texas brush country setting. Dinner and breakfast provided on this working and research ranch – there are only 8 spaces available on this trip!

When the festival winds down you can extend your fun by enjoying an overnight trip to La Copita Ranch. Sunday night learn about the beautiful Texas night sky with expert Geologist Eddie Hrncir, Jr. and his amazing telescope. See Jupiter, the four Gillilean moons, Saturn, the moon and much more under Eddie’s computer-guided telescope. On Monday, bird with expert guide Tom Langschied and David McKown, La Copita Ranch manager, who will enlighten you to the many birds on this unique A&M working ranch.

If you’re not up to an overnight at the Ranch, you can join the morning Birdwatching on Monday, February 24, from 8 to 11 a.m. as you make your way back home.


Pre-Festival Events

Date: Time: Event: Venue:
Feb 18-19
3:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Pre-Festival Overnight Photography Excursion
La Copita Ranch



Post-Festival Events

Date: Time: Event: Venue:
Feb 22-23
5:00 pm - 11:00 am
Overnight Stargazing & Birdwatching Trip
La Copita Ranch
Feb 23
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Birdwatching at La Copita Ranch
La Copita Ranch
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Port Aransas Art Center
Port Aransas Art Center

Festival Events

Day 1

Thursday, Feb 19
Registration, Boat Tours, & More
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 2

Friday, Feb 20
Speakers, Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 3

Saturday, Feb 21
Speakers, Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & More
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 4

Sunday, Feb 22
Trade Show, Trips & More
7:00 am to 5:00 pm

Pre & Post

Pre & Post Events
Photography, Birdwatching,
Stargazing & More

3:00 pm to 5:00 pm