Destination: Summer

This July and August, La Palmera guests enjoy live music, tax-free breaks, back-to-school deals and much more.

By: Sarona Winfrey

As the summer sun heats things up outside, guests stay cool inside at La Palmera. And with more than 100 retail and dining options, it remains the Coastal Bend destination for the hottest fashion trends and entertainment.

Shoppers will find a variety of seasonal styles at Buckle, H&M, francesca’s and White House | Black Market, as well as accessories and more from Charming Charlie. And when the shopping is done, guests often stay and enjoy a refreshing beverage or delicious meal at one of La Palmera’s full-service restaurants, including LongHorn Steakhouse, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Chili’s Grill and Bar, or one of the many quick-serve options in the cool and comfortable 600-seat food court.

In addition to great deals and meals, guests will also enjoy free entertainment throughout the summer, including the Sounds of Summer concert series. The popular series runs through July with Coastal Bend bands performing onstage in La Palmera’s food court. Scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. each evening on July 5, 19 and 26, the series features a variety of musical genres.

A local favorite, this five-piece band keeps crowds on their feet with the big sounds of the ‘80s, the ‘90s and today.

John Ramirez Band
Based out of South Texas, the group has been picking up steam on the local circuit with the release of the self-produced album, “Prayers to Saint Jude.” With all-original material, the group has an innovative and signature sound featuring a blend of classic blues and rock.

The OddFellas
They describe themselves as “Makers of Music. Creators of Sound. Fellas of Odd.” Drawing inspiration from musicians such as Bruno Mars, Jason Mraz, Stevie Wonder, Coldplay and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, this pop fusion group are regulars on the Corpus Christi music scene.

La Palmera will also kick off special open-mike events in August featuring more local musical talent on the food court stage. Events will be scheduled for each weekend in August beginning with Texas Tax-Free Weekend, Aug. 11 to 13.

Many residents and visitors alike wait for the annual Texas Sales Tax Holiday to stock up on clothing and other back-to-school necessities at La Palmera, including the latest clothes and shoes, school uniforms, athletic wear, backpacks and book bags, as well as haircuts, eyeglasses and dorm items.

Tax-free items once again include most basic school supplies, as well as backpacks, clothing, shoes and many accessories priced under $100 used by elementary and secondary students. Shoppers will also find special deals at many stores whose merchandise does not qualify for tax-free status. Select retailers at La Palmera will have extended hours for the three-day event, a list of which will be found online at

Officers from the Corpus Christi Police Department will be onsite Friday through Sunday at La Palmera to assist with traffic control, making it easier for customers to navigate their way in and out of parking areas. Valet parking is also available at the mall’s main entrance near P.F. Chang’s.

Go to, call 361-991-3755 or follow La Palmera on Facebook for more information and to discover the best deals.