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Annual Events and Festivals in the RGV

Goodwill Cook Off
In October Goodwill Industries of South Texas hosts the Goodwill Cook-Off. This International Barbeque Cookers Association sanctioned event is a great family event with live music, vendors, sponsor activities and some of the best barbecue in South Texas .
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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.
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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.
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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.   
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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

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 9 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. Find details at

Annual Green Christmas in the Park
1000 New Carmen Blvd. - Brownsville ... 956-350-2920
No need to have a bah-humbug holiday this year! Join the festivities at the annual “Green Christmas” Festival. Follow on Facebook-Resaca de la Palma State Park. For more information contact the park 956-350-2920.

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. For more information go to

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