Pick an event and make your plans to visit Chambers County for fun and adventure! Actual dates and times will be updated as they become available so stay tuned…

2015 Events:

 August 15 – November 15, 2015:  Smith Point Hawk Watch

Smith Point, Texas provides an opportunity to observe fall bird migration and understand the resources the birds needs to complete their journey twice yearly.  The unique geography of the point of land jutting out from the eastern shore of Galveston Bay causes a funneling effect on thousands of migrating birds that brings them to the point and a prime location to observe.

December 3, 2015:  Anahuac Christmas Parade

December 5, 2015:  Christmas On the Bay 

December 4-5, 2015:  Winnie Christmas in the Park & Dance

December 7, 2015:  Christmas on the Hill, Mont Belvieu


2016 Events:

December  – January:  Christmas Bird Counts, Upper Texas Coast

The Christmas Bird Count is organized by the National Audubon Society and is scheduled annually for December to January. Find a “count” scheduled for the Chambers County birding destinations in the upper Texas Coast, join in the fun and help in the research. Counts are open to birders of all skill levels. Novices are placed in groups with more experienced birders.  There is NO FEE to participate in Christmas Bird Counts!

January – February: Raptor Rodeo – GCBO

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory holds an annual raptor counting that supports funding for the Smith Point Hawk Watch (held each year at Candy Abshier WMA, Smith Point). Hawk Watch for a day – in any community where you live or play. Put a team together – all ages, all levels can enter! All proceeds go to the Hawk Watch.

February:  Annual Abandoned Crab Trap Removal, GBF

Each year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) closes crabbing in all Texas waters for a 10-day period in February, so abandoned traps may be removed.  “Crab Trap Removal” day at Fort Anahuac Park, Anahuac TX is held to remove abandoned traps hazardous to wildlife and problematic for fishers and boaters, and can even smother seagrasses.  Make plans to get involved in the annual event to enjoy the outdoors and help save wildlife!

February: Annual Jail Break Run 1/2 Marathon & 5K

Annual Walk/Run through the Baytown area  – benefiting the Baytown Municipal Police Officers Association and the Marcus Lee Zaruba Criminal Justice Foundation Scholarship.

March:  WCCCC Eagle Open Golf Tournament

April:  Bird Migration Workshop

Friends of Anahuac Refuge – Bird Migration Workshop

April: Featherfest

Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the nation, and FeatherFest is held during early spring migration – a great time to visit world-renowned birding hot spots like Bolivar Flats and High Island.

April:  Lone Star Guardians Cook-Off

Whites Park in Wallisville TX – Live Music, Horseshoe & Washers Tournaments, BBQ and a great time for everyone! Come on out.

April: Targa Cares 5K Run/Walk

Targa hosts the event at the City of Mont Belvieu with proceeds benefiting Bridgehaven Children’s Advocacy Center.

April: Gator Classic Golf Tournament

Hosting the event is the Anahuac Area Chamber of Commerce.  7:30am Registration & Breakfast, then Lunch after the Tournament.  Enter now for a day of Cash Prizes, Door Prizes, food and fun. Sponsorship & Registration Forms

April: Winnie-Stowell Chapter Ducks Unlimited Annual Dinner & Auction

The event location is Winnie-Stowell Community Building in Winnie Park and includes a catered dinner, raffles and door prizes, a live auction, and a silent auction. See Details

April: Open Day for Roy E. Larsen Sandyland Sanctuary

Silsbee, Texas – The Nature Conservancy’s Sandyland Sanctuary’s Open Day is open for hiking, picnics, photography, nature study and birding from sunrise to sunset.  There is no entry fee for visiting the preserve. The public entrance, parking lot, pavilion and trailhead are accessible to the public year round.

April:  Gulf Coast Bird Observatory Spring Fling Auction

Spring Fling auction closes at 3:00pm on Thursday, April 30th.  Great one of a kind items – trips to remote and wonderful places in Texas that are ONLY available through this auction.  100% of proceeds benefit GCBO’s conservation actions. Online Auction

April – May:  Great Texas Birding Classic

Touted as the “The world’s biggest, longest and wildest bird watching tournament” by the creator -Texas Parks & Wildlife.  Proceeds from the tournament go to habitat & bird migration preservation and to the communities in forms of grants available for various “Trails” programs.

April – May:  Chambers County 59th Annual Youth Project Show

The CCYPS Livestock Committee exists to assist the Board of Directors of the Chambers County Youth Project Show (CCYPS) in providing an opportunity for the youth of this county to meet together in the spirit of friendly competition to exhibit and potentially auction livestock projects for which they are responsible. The Show is held at White’s Park Arena. Schedule of Events.

May: 1st Annual Salt Grass Shootout Scholarship Clay Shoot

The tournament competition is a scholarship fundraiser supporting High School students at East Chambers, Hamshire-Fannett, Anahuac, and High Island.

May: Cypress Wonderland Canoe/Kayak Outing

Experience a scenic paddling destination deep in the heart of the largest cypress forest on the Texas coast, located 30 miles east of Houston.  Paddle the maze of lakes and shaded, winding bayous for a fabulous day outdoors. Paddling time: 4-5 hours with breaks for lunch and sightseeing.  To register, contact Tom Douglas at or (713) 869-6026.

May: Chambers County Red Cross Crawfish Event

White’s Park in Hankamer, Texas will be the site of the “Anything That Rolls Car Show & Crawfish Cook-Off”, benefiting the American Red Cross.  Fun for the entire family with live performances by three different bands.

June:  Family Fishing Day at Anahuac NWR

Sponsored by Friends of the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.  The State of Texas encourages people to go outdoors and fish in Texas by designating the first Saturday of June every year as the only day in Texas where you can fish without a license.  The event is FREE and open to the public.  NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED THIS DAY ONLY!

July 4:  Double Bayou Bash

ChaRT, ChambersWild and area partners bring you an Independence Day festival for everyone to celebrate the “Wild Side” of our beautiful county – the scenery, the food, music, the market place, the culture and of course – nature at it’s best.  This Festival is FREE and open to all! 

September:  Texas Gatorfest Cookoff & Pageants

Texas Gatorfest Kickoff Weekend holds a competition Cookoff on BBQ, Rice, Oysters, Rice, Brisket, Gator, Ribs, Chicken, Desserts and Margaritas.

The Texas Gatorfest Pageant is held annually on Kickoff Weekend, prior to Gatorfest, with competition categories: Sr. Queen, Jr. Queen, Princess, Little Queen, Little King, Miss Gator Tot and Mr. Gator Tot.

September:  Texas GATORFEST

The annual celebration of the alligator and its wetlands habitat is a family oriented festival with something for everyone, adult and kiddie carnival rides, a variety of food booths, arts and crafts vendors, and live gators (under the supervision of Texas Parks and Wildlife officials.)

September:  Open Horse Show, Texas Rice Festival

September:  BBQ Weekend at The Rice Festival

September-October:  Texas Rice Festival

October:  Bike Around The Bay

October:  Old River-Winfree Founders Day Events

October:  Barbers Hill Fall Fest

October:  “Grape Stomp Fest” 

November:  Veterans Day Parade

Logo-jpeg_goose(2)If you are interested in having your Chambers County outdoor event or – an event promoting the great outdoors in Chambers County – send an email with details to : chambersnature@gmail and we will be happy to visit with you about the listing!