The City of Edinburg and Craft Cultural are teaming up and excited to announce Edinburg’s first Spoken Word Poetry Festival, Untamed Tongues: Poets Sin Fronteras. This poetry festival celebrates the Mexican American culture on the South Texas borderlands. The culture explores the past, present, and future through the art of storytelling.
McAllen’s Fiesta De Palmas, taking place on October 22-24, is proud to announce the largest environmental educational festival called Eco-Rio happening inside the McAllen Convention Center during the cultural festival. Eco-Rio is designed to help build student STEAM skills (Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math) and environmental leadership. Eco-Rio is open on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. Stay late for the Laser Spectacular and Firework Fiesta at 8 p.m. nightly and music, food, and tons of entertainment at Fiesta De Palmas.
With just a little over two months to go until the best parade in the world takes to the streets of McAllen, the McAllen Holiday Parade, presented by H-E-B and powered by Bert Ogden & Fiesta Dealerships, parade organizers are inviting the community to come be a part of the celebration and help bring the parade to life.
McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos announced the return of the McAllen Holiday Parade sweepstakes, where, starting today, anyone can simply text the word “MCALLEN” to #474747 for a chance to win prizes, such as H-E-B gift cards; Xbox Series X; PS5; I PHONE 13; and $1,000 holiday cash to name a few.
The City of South Padre Island is kicking off the summer season with beach and bayside fireworks displays running through Labor Day. South Padre Island, also known as “The Fireworks Capital of Texas,” an honor proclaimed by the Texas Senate, the Island’s recognition highlights the abundance of spectacular fireworks displays for visiting individuals, couples, and families to enjoy.
It is time to celebrate the season with beach and bayside fireworks on South Padre Island. On Tuesday evenings, fireworks are shot from a barge anchored a few hundred yards offshore in the bay. The best viewing spot for bayside shows is the Entertainment District, including many bayside restaurants and on “The Green,” a great lawn where people can bring their own chairs to view the display.
Leslie Blasing has been one of those Wintertainers that has adapted quite well to social distancing. She was one of the first to go online with her shows last year when we all had to start quarantining. He Facebook was always busy with her daily shows on her back porch, or out on her street depending on the weather.
Blasing is a pleasure to watch with her energy, connection to the crowd, and love of music. Her songs span seven decades of country, classic rock, 50’s and 60’s…. and some of todays music as well. South Padre Island has been her home for 25 years. She has won multiple awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
The Colliers are a vibrant, Americana group, that blends acoustic and electric instrumentation. They mix a host of genres like rock, pop, country, Celtic (Irish/Scottish), and folk, in a rootsy, down-home way. By doing this they form their own unique sound. They also put their own twist on a huge variety of covers of all genres from past to present, including pop-rock, country, R&B, swing, and even some Hawaiian pedal steel. They are refreshingly different from other Wintertainers™.
While the official events – parade, carnival, costume ball – for Charro Days have been cancelled for this year, The Sombrero Festival will be held virtually. There will be a Sombrero Festival en Casa virtual show on Saturday, February 27. The show will feature a virtual variety show that you can watch in the comfort of your own home. There are several events you can get involved in now to be part of that show.
There will be a beard contest with registration closing on Monday, February 15 at 7 p.m. One entry per person is allowed. Winners will be selected based on judge’s scoring. Categories of competition are longest beard, best groomed beard, or ugliest beard.