Fundraising Events

The Texas Maritime Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to preserving and educating visitors about the rich maritime history of Texas. We receive no state or federal funding and rely on the generosity of our patrons and visitors as well as three annual fundraisers.

Mah Jongg January

The Annual Texas Maritime Museum Mah Jongg Tournament is held the last weekend in January.  The Rockport Country Club hosts the event which included over 150 players in 2016.

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Rockport Festival of Wine & Food  Memorial Day weekend


The Rockport Festival of Wine and Food was established in 1996 as an annual fundraiser for the Museum, and is the largest fundraiser for the year.  The festival helps raise the needed operational funds for the Museum, but also provides a venue for entertainment and fun.  Over 2,500 visitors from 26 plus states are welcomed on the grounds of the Museum to experience wine, VIP wine tasting, lectures, food vendors, live bands, shopping vendors and beer booths.  Wine may be purchased by the taste, glass, bottle or case and this is the only festival of its kind that allows you to try expensive vintage wines by the glass. Over 300 local volunteers are recruited for the 2 day event to insure the continuity of activities.  Visit the events website at

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Belle Ball December

The first Friday in December, the Texas Maritime Museum kicks off the holiday season with a Black Tie Event, the Belle Ball.  Originally established to raise funds for the Museum’s LaBelle Odyssey Exhibit, it has since become a major source of operating income for the Museum.  2015’s theme was “An Evening at the Musee” and honored Ball founder, Suzan Mclallen.

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