Annual Events and Festivals in the RGV

Goodwill Cook Off
ON October 25, 2014 Goodwill will be hosting
the inaugural Goodwill Cook-Off
at Dixieland Park in Harlingen - 2501 S. Dixieland Rd. ... 9 am-5 pm
The International Barbeque Cookers Association sanctioned event is going to be a great family event with live music, vendors, sponsor activities and some of the best barbecue in South Texas . We are expecting barbecue cooking teams from the entire Rio Grande Valley and surrounding cities and are needing you to help judge the food and decide who are the winners! Bring your best barbecue cooks to compete and your friends and families to taste some great barbecue.
Sponsorships and Vendor space available.
Please contact Nick Posada (361) 884-4068 or for more info.
Rio Grande City, Texas Festivals and Events
Rio Grande City, Texas has many events that you will enjoy. Visit to learn more.
Hidalgo Festival of Lights
This event takes place during the entire Month of December—Drive the trail of 9 sites or take a train, trolley or horse drawn carriage ride from the City Hall Plaza through more than 3,000,000 lights and 900 displays. Individual Trolley, Train & Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Sold On Site at City Hall.
see website
All Valley RV Show
This annual event draws about 10,000 people ... 95 percent Winter Texans over a three-day schedule at the Mercedes Livestock Show. This huge and exciting show featuring motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, campers and park models is the second largest show of its kind in Texas.
Read more about the All Valley RV Show
Amigos de los Niños -  Annual Fiesta
Amigos  de los Niños de Mexico is a volunteer group of nearly 300 Winter Texans. Each Christmas Day since 1990, they have provided a  joy-filled holiday fiesta for  Mexican  children. It is held in Nuevo Progreso, Mexico on Christmas morning at 10:00AM.  The Amigos meet each November and begin to plan the annual event. Nearly 3000 children arrive from many different pueblos and colonias  in  Northern Tamaulipas.   

FAME (Families Advocating Moral Entertainment) Recipients of past FAME awards include Roy Rogers,  Hank Thompson, Sherwin Linton, Keith Ross, Doyle Lawson, Jay & Tammy Roy, Pee Wee King, Del Puschert, Sons of the Pioneers, Merle Haggard, Red Johnson, Fats Dominio, Ike Thurn, Lucy Jackson, Roy Acuff, Bob Wills, Elvis Presley and many others.
The Winter Texan Expo & Health Fair
The Winter Texan Expo & Health Fair is a fun-filled, 2-day event held every January in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas. website
The Rio Grande Valley Music Festival
Commencing with the Music Festival in 2005, a newly formed organization dedicated to promote Country and Western, Blue Grass and Gospel music was born. All activities of the Rio Grande Valley Music Festival are performed by volunteers; more than one hundred volunteers donate their time and effort each year. The participating musicians donate their time and talent, as well. Those who volunteer are dedicated and energetic.
Port Isabel Festivals and Events
Follow this link to a variety of Festivals and Events in Port Isabel Texas.
McAllen Art Walk
A self-guided tour of art galleries and art hosts in one of the oldest areas of McAllen. Guests can start their tour at any location and proceed at their own pace. The McAllen ArtWalk begins the first Friday of each month starting September through May. The evening exhibits begin at 6 p.m. and last until 10 p.m.
Annual World's Championship Shrimp Cook-Off ... Port Isabel, Texas
This annual festival is a favorite among area residents and visitors and tests the skills of amateurs and professional chefs from throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Contestants are judged on appearance, aroma and taste of their specialty dishes and samples are
available to the general public at a modest fee.
Annual Green Christmas in the Park ... Resaca de la Palma State Park
1000 New Carmen Blvd. - Brownsville ... 956-350-2920
No need to have a bah-humbug holiday this year! Join the festivities as they celebrate their second annual “Green Christmas” Festival. Find us on Facebook-Resaca de la Palma State Park For more information contact the park 956-350-2920.
Music Fest ... Benefit for the Rio Grande Children’s Home in Mission.
For more information, call 585-4847.
South Padre Island Art Space is proud to present our annual outdoor Art Festival. Original art, food, music. For more info go to: or call 956-761-2112
1817 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island
The annual “Wine & Cheese Soiree” takes places the fourth Thursday in October from 7 to 10 pm at Nuevo Santander Gallery in McAllen. Hosted by the STISD Education Foundation, proceeds from the event will fund college scholarships and summer enrichment programs for the students of South Texas Independent School District (STISD). At the soiree, guests can sample gourmet wines and cheeses and dine on hot hors d’oeuvres. They can also bid on new and one-of-a-kind items from the silent auction. Tickets are $35 per person, and guests must be 21 years or older. For more information or to purchase tickets call (956) 514-4255 or e-mail
Annual Memorial Illumination at the Resaca de la Palma Battlefield in Brownsville
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park was established in 1992, to preserve and interpret the site of the first battle of the war between the United States and Mexico. The annual Memorial Illumination is an opportunity to highlight the service of troops from both armies during the early battles of the U.S.-Mexican War. The event attempts to push beyond debates over a controversial war, to recognize individual soldiers and honor their service and sacrifices for their respective nations. The event is one of only a handful of programs nationwide to light up historic battlefields to honor those who served. This is the only program of its kind to honor veterans of the U.S.-Mexican War.
read more ... The event is free of charge. Lighting is dependent on favorable weather conditions.
Golden Age Olympics
Annual Texas Onion Fest
Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show
Charro Days