FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Sept. 22 – Sunday, Sept. 24

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Submit your information to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.

FRIDAY

URBAN COWBOY THROWBACK NIGHT

The event will include a dance contest, Dolly Parton look-alike contest and Punch Machine contest, all with cash prizes. Serjio & Ropin the Wind will perform.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Hillbilly’s, 6000 N. 10th St., McAllen

LADIES NIGHT OUT

Kendry Scott and Junior League of McAllen partner for a jewelry preview, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefitting the work of JLM.

WHEN 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE Junior League of McAllen, 514 E. Dove Ave., McAllen

BREW AT THE ZOO

The event will feature beer and food tastings, live music, a beer pong tournament and Jumbo Jenga.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Gladys Porter Zoo, 500 E. Ringgold St., McAllen

COST $30 non-members, $25 members

EZEKIEL RAE EP RELEASE SHOW

Ezekiel Rae (pictured below)

will preview his new album “Deliberately Delicate.” Supporting performers include singer-songwriter Tina Van and pop duo Missing Peace.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE The Prelude Songwriter’s Club, 113 E. Jackson St., Harlingen

COST Free

CHRIS RIVERA BAND

The band will perform live.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Bourbon St. Grill, 4800 N. 10th St., McAllen

KINGSWAY EP RELEASE

Watch Kingsway perform their debut EP “Separate Heart From Mind.” Also set to perform are Burning Years, Mind 0ver Matter, Reliving Cape York, Pinky Swear, Forced Life and Glare.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Yerberia Cultura, 613 S. 17th St., McAllen

SOUTHERN ASHES

The band will perform live.

WHEN 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE Pecker’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill, 1600 S. Westgate Drive, Weslaco

VSO PRESENTS “THE SIMPLE GIFT”

Edinburg EDC and Maestro Peter Dabrowski present the introduction to the 2017-18 Symphonic Visions season with Concert I – The Simple Gift featuring Diana Seitz, violin.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Drive, Edinburg

COST Tickets start at $38 at www.valleyorchestra.org.

SUNSET YOGA

Yoga has immense benefits that you can utilize beyond the mat — intentional breathing relieves stress within the body and mind while the physical movement increases circulation and range of motion in a gentle and gradual way.

WHEN 6:15 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 donation

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

The 30-minute SUP workout features two laps around the lake, with a stationary workout inbetween. Borrow a paddleboard or bring your own. Come early to reserve your spot.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

COST $10

FRIDAY NIGHT HIKE

Enjoy an evening with the creatures of the night! Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and wear close-toed shoes. We’ll spend an hour slowly covering about 1/2 mile of trails, carefully and quietly looking for anything we might see along the path. We’ll look for spiders, bats, frogs, toads, scorpions, and nocturnal birds.

WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 donation

PADDLE AND PEDAL TOWN LAKE

Pedal boat and kayak rentals available.

WHEN 4 p.m. Friday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

SATURDAY

COMEDY NIGHT

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The Orchard,

1101 W. Highway 83, McAllen

COST For reservations, call (956) 534-8071

DOG DAY AT THE POOL

Bring your dog and favorite toys for a dip in the pool. Attendees must show proof of current rabies vaccinations to enter.

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Los Encinos Pool, 3300 Sarah Ave., McAllen

COST $2 per dog with two-dog limit and $1 per person

GLOW AND PLAY DAY

Join Glow for an open play day with a special appearance by Glow Bot.

WHEN Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Glow Party & Event Center, 6601 N. 10th St., Suite A1, McAllen

COST $12 for VIP reservations

FUNDRAISER DANCE FOR HOUSTON

Help Hurricane Harvey victims.

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Catholic War Veterans, 1501 N. International Blvd., Weslaco

COST $10 per person

LIVE AT THE DISTRICT

AC/DC and Guns ‘N Roses tribute bands will perform. The event will also include food, drinks and a pet-friendly outdoor event.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The District, 902 S. Second St., Hidalgo

COST Free

REINFORCE / WORST BEHAVIOR RECORD RELEASE SHOW

The bands will perform during a record release show along with Aracnido, Switchblade, Forced Life, Blackhand and Wax Pink

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Yerberia Cultura,

613 S. 17th St., McAllen

COST $6 at the door

GARTH BROOKS TRIBUTE SHOW

Wreckless Texas will pay tribute to Garth Brooks.

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The Tipsy Tavern Bar & Grill, 2230 S. 77 Sunshine Strip, Harlingen

COST Free

956 MUDDOGS

The group will come together to see who’s quickest in the mud.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Motorsports Park, 15920 U.S. 281, Edinburg

FAMILY HEALTH & FITNESS AWARENESS HIKE

Join a community of family and friends to enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife that Mother Nature offers.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 3325 Green Jay Ave., Alamo

FOUR PLAY

The band will perform live.

WHEN 10 p.m.

WHERE Trevinos Lounge,

407 N. Nebraska Ave., San Juan

FAMILY NATURE WALK

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

BUTTERFLY WALK

Join a staff naturalist for a 1/2 mile walk to explore butterflies! To date, more than 80 species of butterflies have been documented onsite. Loaner binoculars are available free of charge. No experience necessary. Bring a camera if desired. In the event of rain or extreme temperatures, the program will be canceled and the site will be closed.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1 donation

NATURE TOTS

This program is a nature play program designed specifically for the youngest visitors ages 1 to 3.

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center,

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

COST $3

DISCOVERY DAYS

Every Saturday you can visit the Discovery Museum at Quinta Mazatlán for a special presentation about a featured creature with activities, crafts, and exploration.

WHEN 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center,

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

The 30-minute SUP workout features two laps around the lake, with a stationary workout inbetween. Borrow a paddleboard or bring your own. Come early to reserve your spot.

WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park

COST $10

PADDLE AND PEDAL TOWN LAKE

Bring the family and pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake! Rent one of ours, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park, 201 N. First St., McAllen

TAI CHI IN THE PARK

Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness and flexibility. Elderly and people with disabilities can also work within their limits. Wear comfortable clothing and flexible shoes, and bring water. This program is offered every Saturday. In the event of rain, the program will be canceled.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1

VOLUNTEER DAYS

Do you have a love for nature and are interested in helping our community flourish?

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center,

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

UNITED COLLECTORS EXPO

The event will feature music, food, public auctions and vendors as well as a Cosplay contest for children and adults.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Activity Center, 123 E. Palm Drive, Edinburg

COST $1 per person ages 13 and older

SATURDAY EVENING CHILDREN’S MEDITATION

Children ages 5 years and older will watch a positive video and practice the basics of yoga and meditation. A parent or caretaker must accompany their child.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Infinite Love, 2205 Cornerstone Blvd., Edinburg

COST Free

SUNDAY

BUBBLES AND BRUNCH

Reservations are not required, but highly recommended.

WHEN 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE Bodega Tavern & Kitchen, 2901 N. 10th St., McAllen

SUNDAY BRUNCH

Dog-friendly patio and a great view.

WHEN 11 a.m. Sunday

WHERE Craft House Table & Bar, 5401 N. 10th St., McAllen

SOUTH TEXAS WEDDING SHOWCASE

Find dress shops, caterers, decorators, photography and film services, banquet facilities and many other services ready to serve your next event.

WHEN Noon Sunday

WHERE McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen

COST $10

STUDIO SUNDAY: LANDSCAPE PAINTING

Discover the process of creating one of the most popular painting subjects: landscape. Learn the tips and tricks used by artists when working with acrylic paint as you create your own Valley-inspired landscape painting. The one-hour workshop is perfect for learners of all ages and skill levels. Class size is limited

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

NINE INCH NAILS TRIBUTE

“La Iglesia” is the weekly alternative dance night.

WHEN 10 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Xstasy Bar & Lounge, 323 W. Jackson Ave., Harlingen

OPEN MIC NIGHT

Many of The Prelude’s regular weekend performers got their start at Open Mic. To learn more or sign up in advance, visit www.theprelude.net/openmic or call (956) 335-5173.

WHEN 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE The Prelude Songwriter’s Club, 113 E. Jackson St., Harlingen

COST 25 cents

PADDLE AND PEDAL TOWN LAKE

Bring the family and pedal boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake (pictured below). Rent one of ours, or bring your own canoe or kayak.

WHEN 4 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park, 201 N. First St., McAllen

SUNSET MEDITATION

We all work more efficiently with a clear mind. This meditation program explores simple techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being.

WHEN 6:15 p.m. Sunday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen

COST $1

BUTTERFLY WALK

Discover an array of dazzling butterflies in the park’s butterfly garden.

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Resaca de la Palma State Park

SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES: COLONIAL SPACISH TEXAS 528-1821

The Museum of South Texas History welcomes UTRGV professor Dr. Lino García Jr. to present “Colonial Spanish Texas – 1528-1821.” Following the presentation, García will be signing his book, “Colonial Spanish Texas and Other Essays,” which will be available for purchase in The Museum Store.

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg