Home - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Welcome to the 2019 Whooping Crane Festival!

Make plans to join us February 21-24, 2019

Online early registration is LIVE. Register early! 

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This festival is a one of a kind event, focused on the Whooping Crane-the rarest of cranes and one of the most endangered birds in the world. The festival is open to birders, photographers, families, and anyone who loves the outdoors and nature-related activities.

The Whooping Crane Festival celebrates the annual return of the cranes to their wintering habitat at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. The Texas Coastal Bend is the only place where you can see the world’s last naturally-occurring population of Whooping Cranes.

World renowned crane expert, Dr. George Archibald, Co-Founder of the International Crane Foundation, will be one of the featured speakers, along with representatives from Wood Buffalo National Park, the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, and more. Festival activities include boat tours to view the Whooping Cranes, interactive workshops and seminars, birding and nature boat and bus tours, a painting and wine tasting class, and a free nature-related trade show. You won’t want to miss this year’s festival!

Online early registration is LIVE. Register early! 

Group Registration

Your party is coming as a group but everyone wants to do their own thing? Not a problem, we can help with that.

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Festival Events

Day 1

Thursday, Feb 21
On-site Registration, Field Trips & Painting Class
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 2

Friday, Feb 22
Speakers, Field Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & King Ranch Field Trip
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 3

Saturday, Feb 23
Speakers, Field Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & Fennessey Ranch Field Trip
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 4

Sunday, Feb 24
King Ranch Field Trip, Field Trips & Trade Show
7:00 am to 5:00 pm