Home - Annual Whooping Crane Festival in Port Aransas, Texas

Thank you for participation!
Mark your calendar for February 25, 2021
in Port Aransas, Texas!


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 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!

2020 WCF Registration

Registration for the 2020 Whooping Crane Festival is now closed. We hope that all those that have already registered enjoy your time in Port Aransas.

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Festival Events

Day 1

Thursday, Feb 20
On-site Registration & Field Trips
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 2

Friday, Feb 21
Speakers, Field Trips, Workshops, Trade Show & King Ranch Field Trip
6:00 am to 4:30 pm

Day 3

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

Day 4

Sunday, Feb 23
King Ranch Field Trip, Field Trips & Trade Show
7:00 am to 5:00 pm