FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Jan. 12 – Sunday, Jan. 14

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FRIDAY

CHRIS RIVERA BAND

Live music.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

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

Q’IN IT UP AT BIG RIVER

Q’IN IT UP BBQ and Catering will host a dinner event at Big River Brewery.

WHEN 5 p.m. Friday until food sells out

WHERE 505 W. Nolana Loop, Pharr

SUNSET YOGA

Yoga will support you in your journey to greater calm, joy, and awareness in all that you do. Bring a yoga mat or small blanket and water.

WHEN 5:15 p.m. Friday

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

COST $1 donation

2018 ALL VALLEY RV & OUTDOOR SHOW

The show will include live music, RC Racing, vendor booths and more. Parking is free.

WHEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE RGV Livestock Showgrounds, 1000 N. Texas Ave., Mercedes

COST $5 admission

BIRD AND NATURE WALK

Join a staff naturalist for a 1/2 mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants, and whatever else happens to cross our path! Loaner binoculars are available free of charge. No experience is necessary.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

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

COST $1 donation

VOLUNTEER DAYS

Volunteer opportunities include assisting with planting, ground maintenance, weed removal, bird feeding, plant removal, and more. Participants will also have the chance to learn about the various local plants and wildlife that reside in the Rio Grande valley. If you’re planning to volunteer we ask for you to wear breathable clothing, long pants, and closed toed shoes.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

WHERE MY GIRLS AT

Some of the best and most influential girl groups came out of the ’90s and the early 2000s. Dance to the music during Girl Group Night.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Tres, 301 S. 17th St., McAllen

RETRO ROCKERS

The live band performs 1960s rock ‘n roll music.

WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Ol D’s Soda Shop, 105 W. Jackson Ave., Harlingen

SATURDAY

BENEFITS OF ALOE VERA

The informative program will address the uses and benefits of aloe vera. Following the program, guests will have an opportunity to take a plant home.

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 donation

BASIC NUTRITION FOR HEALTH CERTIFICATION

The nutrition course will help you understand how to choose good food, distribute macros, and practice clean eating for health and weight management.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association, 2007 W. Owassa Ave., Edinburg

SANTA ANA COMMUNITY HIKE

Join naturalist Tiffany Kersten for a leisurely hike along the trails. Wear suitable footwear and bring water and snacks and lunch if desired.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 3325 Green Jay Road, Pharr

COST $5 per car

FEATURED BURGER VOTE-A-THON

Vote for your favorite burger to add to the permanent menu.

WHEN Noon Saturday

WHERE Grain to Glass, 5921 N. 23rd St., McAllen

SONGBIRD STROLL

Join an expert birder on a one hour bird walk for all skill levels. Binoculars will be provided.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center

COST $3 admission

CONNECTING WITH CRAFTERS

Find a wide variety of jewelry, handmade crafts, household goods, and much more from local area vendors.

WHEN 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Farmers Market, 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

COST Free

NATURE TOTS

This program is a nature play program designed specifically for our youngest visitors — ages 1 to 3. Tots will have fun playing in the water mist, discovering the sand and sieves, and hearing fun stories in the story tent.

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center

COOKING IN SEASON

Join Chef Chris as he leads this cooking demonstration, giving you tips on preparing delicious and nutritious meals in your home.

WHEN 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Farmers Market, 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

COST Free

OPENING RECEPTION

Meet the artists, purchase artwork and enjoy refreshments during the opening night of the Hidalgo Watercolor Society show.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Upper Valley Art League, 921 E. 12th St., Mission

PADDLE, PEDAL & FISH 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 Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday

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

COST Starting at $10

BIRD AND NATURE WALK

Join a staff naturalist for a 1/2 mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants, and whatever else happens to cross our path! Loaner binoculars are available free of charge. No experience necessary,

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 donation

STEAK IN YOUR COMMUNITY

The Youth of the Year will be named at this event. Most importantly, the evening will raise much-needed funds through our LIVE Auctions, Bonanza Boards, Treasure Trough and Save-the-Date Card Raffle to support the academic success, healthy life-styles, and character and civic engagement programs.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Boys & Girls Club, 702 Cullen St., Edinburg

WEEKLY MEDITATION FOR KIDS

This gathering is open for children 5 years old and up and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during the gathering.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Infinite Love, 2205 Cornerstone Blvd., 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.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

LEARN TO GEOCACHE

Geocaching is a new-age scavenger hunt! All you need is a smartphone (and to download the app) in order to find geocaches around the RGV! The device will take you close to the cache, but then it’s searching with the eyes from there.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

RIO RICO: ONE TOWN, TWO COUNTRIES

Rio Rico is the Texas town that is located in Mexico. Learn how this happened.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

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

PAINT WITH PIGGIE

Little Hands Art & Story Class with Piggie includes art lesson, one Elephant & Piggie hardcover book, and visit with Piggie. Recommended for ages 5 and up.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE The Storybook Garden, 260 S. Texas Blvd., Weslaco

COST $15 per child

BIRD & NATURE HIKE

Increase fitness and knowledge by accompanying an experienced guide looking for the many birds that inhabit our 1,200-acre park.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Resaca de la Palma State Park, 1000 New Carmen Ave., Brownsville

COST $4 for adults, free for children 12 and under

DOWNTOWN HARLINGEN WALKING TOUR

Your guide will cover history, murals, buildings, businesses, and more. Wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. The tour lasts about 90 minutes.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE J&B’s Cafe, 204 E. Jackson Ave., Harlingen

COST Free

SAXET GUN SHOW

In addition to weaponry, vendors will offer mesquite cutting boards, custom made pens, mesquite turnings and more.

WHEN 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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

SUNDAY

SUNSET MEDITATION

In this meditation program we will explore simple techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being. Bring a yoga mat if desired.

WHEN 5 p.m. Sunday

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

COST $1 donation

SUNDAY NIGHT COMEDY

Aida Rodriguez will be in McAllen performing at a special show sponsored by “The Historic Cine El Rey.”

WHEN 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Cine El Rey, 311 S. 17th St., McAllen

COST $10 presale, $15 at the door

PADDLE, PEDAL & FISH 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 Noon to 6 p.m. Sunday

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

COST Starting at $10

LITTLE UTOPIA: INVESTIGATING ANCIENT COMMUNITIES IN ECUADOR

The lecture will be presented by the UTRGV Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

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