FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Oct. 6 – Sunday, Oct. 8

HAVE AN EVENT COMING UP? Submit your information to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.

FRIDAY

PARANORMAL HUNTING

The Brownsville Historical Association and RGV Paranormal Investigators will be hosting a Ghost Hunt at TSC Fort Brown. There is a 25 persons limit. Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling the BHA at (956) 548-1313.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Texas Southmost College, 80 Fort Brown, Brownsville

COST $20

CREATURES OF THE NIGHT: ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE

This Halloween party is designed for ages 21 and older and costumes are encouraged.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Sofie’s “SS” Saloon, 6801 S. 10th St., McAllen

LIVE MUSIC AT HOP SHOP

Performers will include Oh Broken Remedy, Ocean Vertigo, Heavy Hugs, Mwmbwls and Rage & Serenity.

WHEN 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE Hop Shop, 923 S. 7th St., Harlingen

COST $5 per person

PUNKCHANGA III

Set to perform are The Palatines, Noble Insect, Weldon Lewis and Souvenir Atomico. Vegetarian food vendors will include Grass Hut, Xicanomida, Riff Valley’s, Bill Brasher, Bad Bread and The Sugar Cube.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

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

COST Free for ages 21 and older

ROTTING FLESH FACTORY

The haunted house marks its opening night and features a new escape room.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE 602 W. Van Buren Ave., Harlingen

COST Buy tickets in advance at http://www.rottingfleshfactory.com/

ARZALEZ

The Spanish rock artist will perform live.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Infusions, 701 N. Main St., McAllen

GROUP SAZÓN

Live music.

WHEN Friday

WHERE Embassy Suites McAllen Convention Center, 800 Convention Center Blvd.

RGV LATIN DANCE FESTIVAL

Yoshi Sánchez will host the event. Instructors will include Tommy y Ricardo: Salsa, ChaChaCha, Pachanga, Lifts & Tricks; Adedapo Owolabi: Kizomba; Tanya Yvonne: Kizomba, Twerking; Daniel Agosto: Bachata; Daisy Aguilar: Bachata; Brian Gomez: Bachata; Yoshi Sánchez: Salsa.

WHEN Friday through Sunday

WHERE 700 N. Main St., McAllen

COST For tickets, visit https://www.salsaconson.com/rgv-latin-dance-festival/

RAILBREAKER TOUR

This all-ages concert will include performances by Riot Ten and Unstoppable & Co.

WHEN Friday

WHERE Palazzo McAllen, 101 S. 17th St., McAllen

COST $20 at the door

SOUTHERN ASHES

The band will perform live.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Buck N Crazy Saloon, 2005 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

HERBERT D. WILLIAMS ART EXHIBITION

The work of Austin’s Herbert D. Williams will be on display and paired with Austin beers 512 Brewing and Jester King on tap.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Roosevelt’s at 7, 821 N. Main St., McAllen

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

PRAISE ON THE HILL

This year’s event features Matt Maher, Plumb and Phil Joel, plus the Worship Teams from Logos Community Church in Harlingen and Christ’s Harbor Church in Laguna Vista. It will also include a huge carnival for kids and the Health and Wellness Fair for all ages, as well as a blood drive and a donation station for clothes and non-perishables. There will also be plenty of food and drinks available from local churches and ministries.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Harlingen Soccer Complex, 4515 E. Harrison Ave., Harlingen

HESTEC COMMUNITY DAY

HESTEC Community Day is a festival of science, engineering, and technology that features celebrated artists, educational presentations, interactive exhibits, and live musical performances by internationally recognized musicians. Tens of thousands of visitors attend Community Day, making it one of the most popular and highly attended events held on the campus and South Texas. The festival includes a main concert, UTRGV student organizations selling foods and highlighting fun family activities, informational and activity booths by corporate, federal and university partners, tours, presentations, and hands-on activities by UTRGV’s colleges -Interactive educational exhibits and much more.

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg

COST Free

MUSICAL PETTING ZOO

Whether you are 2 or 92, the HESTEC “Musical Petting Zoo” invites you to explore a variety of instruments in a hands-on way as UTRGV School of Music faculty and students demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience them

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

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

BIKERS FOR BOOBS

Proceeds will benefit the DHR Cancer Foundation. The event will feature food, beer, live music, poker runs, a bra auction, a bucket auction and more.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Desperado Harley-Davidson, 1201 S. Bentsen Road, McAllen

MATT & THE HERDSMEN

The country band will perform live.

WHEN 10:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Monsters Carwash and Grill, 2702 W. University Drive, Edinburg

KIDS NATURE CRAFTS

Something is brewing for children ages 4 to 7. Join Frontera Audubon for a ghoulish good time, making your very own Halloween slime! Witches, wizards and all scary creatures are welcome.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Frontera Audubon, 1101 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco

COST $5 for nonmembers, $3 for members

ZOOFARI 2017

The event will include fun, food, auctions, music and more.

WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday

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

COST $125 per person

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

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

SONGBIRD STROLL

Quinta Mazatlán’s expert birder will host a one-hour bird walk for all skill levels.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center,

600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

‘PETER & THE WOLF,’ CHILDREN’S BALLET

Follow Peter’s adventures in this wonderful children’s ballet with live music accompaniment by the UTRGV Faculty Wind Quintet.

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE UTRGV Hispanic Engineering, Science & Technology Community Day, Edinburg

COST Free

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

PCA COASTAL BEND REGION HIGH PERFORMANCE DRIVING EVENT

The family-friendly event will include exotic and domestic super cars burning the asphalt. Ice chests and barbecue pits are welcome.

WHEN 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE Edinburg Motorsports Park, 15920 N. Expressway 281, Edinburg

COST Children 12 and under free, adults are $12

SUNDAY

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

HANDS IN ART MARKET

The market offers local art, food and entertainment. The city of Mission has partnered with Hands In Art Studio for the monthly event.

WHEN 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Leo Peña Placita Park, Conway Avenue, Mission

COST Free

CELEBRATION OF DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Student art will be on display.

WHEN Sunday

WHERE Weslaco Museum, 500 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco