The second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey is less than one month away. The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, July 23, approved several street closures in downtown Rockport at the request of the Rockport Little Theatre and Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) in order to hold a “Harvey Encore Block Party.”

This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 24, and will run most of the day, until 10 p.m.

Last year’s inaugural Harvey Block Party attracted about 3,000 people during the four-hour gathering.

“We will probably rename it beginning next year,” said RCAD Executive Director Hannah Miller.

She said this year’s event is expanded, and will include a 5K fun run and 1.5-mile walk, vendors, food trucks, a children’s area, and more music.

The complete schedule has not been finalized.

The council approved closing Wharf Street, between Austin and Water streets, and the northbound lanes on Austin, between North and Main streets, from 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. This is required so a large stage can be set up Friday night at the intersection of Wharf and Austin streets.

Beginning at 7 a.m. the day of the event, through 11 p.m. that night, the northbound and southbound lanes of Austin St., between North and St. Mary’s streets, will be closed. Wharf and Main streets, between Austin and Water streets, will also be closed.

The council also approved giving the two organizations a letter granting them permission to serve beer at the event.

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