Annual Events

Rice Festival

Our Bay City Lion's Club Rice Festival celebrates the agricultural accomplishments of rice farmers whose history stretches back to 1899 in Matagorda County. Since 1945, the Bay City Lion's Club has sponsored the four-day Rice Festival with carnival rides, a concert, rice dish competitions, a Rice Queen and Court and a Parade.

Matagorda County Rodeo

Each year we all get together at the Matagorda County Fairgrounds to enjoy the PRCA rodeo and everything from cook offs and calf scrambles to barrel racing and bull riding.

Seafood Festival

Life near the Gulf Coast is not complete without a seafood festival. In Matagorda, the annual Seafood Festival is a fundraising event that supports the school, the fire department and other local charities. The festival includes live music, vendors, contests, a live auction and, of course, a great seafood feast harvested from local waters.

Pedal Palacios

Just down the road in Palacios a community of bicyclists get together every fall to pedal scenic routes of 12, 26 or even 60 miles enjoying views of water, birds and great landscape. The Pedal Palacios event supports local biking and hiking trails and tourism education.

Texas Paddlers' Rally on the River

Every spring, Riverside Park in Bay City comes alive with boating enthusiasts from all over who grab their kayaks, canoes, rafts and row boats to join a float trip down the Colorado River. The Texas Paddlers' Rally on the River event also includes live music and kids events in the park.

Wild Game and Wine Camofest

Wild Game and Wine Camofest is held in January in Historic Downtown Bay City. The second annual Camofest is January 28,2017 from 1-5 pm Historic downtown Bay City with be filled with fun for the whole family. Live music, wine tastings, kids activities, beer and wine for sale and tasting of wild game, fish,fowl and wine dishes are all available. Don't miss out of the fun!


To keep up on all the area events, be sure to check out the following events calendars: