Port Lavaca’s Depot Days feature local vendors and live music

Depot Days are on the third Saturday of every month, with new changes coming early next year to the event

PORT LAVACA, Texas –  Depot Days are held on the third Saturday of each month in Port Lavaca. Right off of Virginia and Railroad Street, you might hear live music and right behind the old train depot, you will find vendor booths. Depot Days invite the public to come shop from local vendors and buy local. Shaynna May is one of the vendors you can find at Depot Days specializing in homemade food products. From coffee, rice, and seasoning blends May says that buying local is the way to go, especially amid international shortages of various products.

“You know with those ships all stuck in the ocean right now and not getting unloaded, hey shop small, we don’t run out of product. We’ve always got you covered,” says May, adding that nothing beats the feeling of a satisfied customer.

“You put your heart out there and when people enjoy it gives you much more satisfaction than working for somebody else,” says May.

This month’s Depot Day also featured works of art with all locally sourced materials. Driftwood, seashells, sand, and even water from the bay all went into the crafting of the products available for purchase.

Tania French is the Events Manager in Port Lavaca and says the original train depot that sits right behind the vendors is being renovated to revitalize the area.

“Old salty came and it brought people from Victoria, Cuero, all sorts of places when they would come to town in the early 1900s, and they’d get off here and they’d walk down to the bay. And that’s the vision for this,” says French.

Depot Days is joining forces with Boujee on the Bay Farmers Market and Brunch, another Port Lavaca community event that French is hoping to draw even more locals in.

“We’re combining forces to actually grow this thing big and make it a destination like it once was,” says French. She noted that the changes can be expected early into the new year. But until then you can still come out to December’s Depot Days scheduled for Saturday, December 18.