Festiva Events — Friday, Feb. 2 – Sunday, Feb. 4

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

ART WALK

The free, family-friendly event features exhibitions.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St., McAllen

COST Free

LATINO COMICS EXPO SHORT FILM AWARDS

The Latino Comics Expo Brownsville is partnering with the Brownsville Museum of Fine Art to present The Brownsville Latino Comics Expo Short Film Awards. We will honor filmmakers whose work exemplifies originality, diversity, and creativity.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville

FLANS

The all-female Spanish pop group will perform live.

WHEN 8:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th St., Hidalgo

COST Tickets start at $45 at ticketmaster.com

FREE GUIDED VIPASSANA MEDITATION

This non-sectarian technique aims for the total eradication of mental impurities and the resultant highest happiness of full liberation. Vipassana is a way of self-transformation through self-observation.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Corazon Yoga Studio, 1301 N. Main St., McAllen

A NIGHT OF FUN AND LAUGHS

Dr. Dennis Swanberg’s side­splitting stories of growing up, families, and the funny side of life entertains his audience even as he implants a strong message: we all have our flaws and foibles but we can also find a reason to smile!

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE St. Paul Lutheran Church, 300 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

VSO: ‘AMERICA, AMERICA’

Let the music move you with Latin-insipired symphonic music from Cuba, Brazil and Mexico with the UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán as guest artist.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd., McAllen

COST $38 and up at McAllen Convention Center Box Office

SUNSET YOGA

We provide personalized instruction and custom poses to work for any body type and skill level. Yoga will support you in your journey to greater calm, joy, and awareness in all that you do.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Friday

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

COST $1 per person suggested donation

GALLERY TALK: CALCULATIONS TO ENFOLD

Join artist Laleh Mehran and curator Raheleh Filsoofi will celebrate the opening of FOLD at the International Museum of Art & Science. Mehran will speak about her artwork and processes as they relate to the exhibition.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Friday

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

CIRCUS SAURUS

With the dawn of a new day comes a new era under the circus big top and those that were once extinct will re-emerge once again right before your eyes. Go back millions of years as the circus Big Top comes alive with powerful Dinosaurs and the legendary Wooly Mammoth. For the first time anywhere Tyrannosauruses, Deinoychus, Wooly Mammoth and Asian Elephants will come together to enchant and captivate hearts of all ages.

WHEN 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

WHERE 3401 W. Expressway 83, McAllen

COST Tickets at carsonbarnescircus.com

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.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

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

COST $1 per person suggested donation

LUCKY JOE

The Tejano Music Award winner will perform live.

WHEN 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE Pork Bellys Bar and Grill, 7209 Mile 6 West, Weslaco

COST $10 cover

SATURDAY

LATINO COMICS EXPO

The Latino Comics Expo is the nation’s first convention dedicated to highlighting the work of comic book creators, illustrators and others whose work reflects the influence and celebration of Latino culture.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Brownsville Museum of Fine Art, 660 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville

AFFAIR OF THE HEART GIFT FAIR

The event will include a vendor fair, an outstanding silent auction, a tea room for lunch and more.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE St. Mark United Methodist Church, 301 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

COST $2 per person

BANDA MS

The Mexican band will perform live.

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE State Farm Arena, 2600 N. 10th St., Hidalgo

COST Tickets start at $49 at www.ticketmaster.com

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 McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

COST $3 per person

JACKSON STREET MARKET DAYS

Sample organic beard and mustache products and take advantage of our special market prices. Help support local artisans!

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Jackson Street Market, Harlingen

CALLIGRAPHY: VERSALS

Versals are a style of ornate capital letter used to start a verse, paragraph, etc., in a manuscript, typically built up by inking between pen strokes and with long, rather flat serifs.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

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

CARS AND COFFEE ON CAMPUS

In the spirit of Cars and Coffee from Southern California, cars and car lovers are invited to attend — with an emphasis on the exotic and other specialty cars.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Southern Careers Institute, 1500 N. Jackson Road, Pharr

McALLEN PUBLIC LIBRARY JOB FAIR

More than 40 employers are expected to be present.

WHEN 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St., McAllen

THE GARMS FAMILY

The Garms Family merges Southern Gospel, bluegrass gospel, and their own original flair to create a Christ-centered concert all ages can enjoy.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Bibleville Conference Grounds, 1346 N. Cesar Chavez Road, Alamo

SUNSET NATURE WALK

Join a staff member for a fun, one-hour walk exploring nature on the trails. Wear weather appropriate clothing, close-toed shoes, and a bottle of water.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 per person suggested 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.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

10TH ANNUAL CHILI SHOWDOWN COOK-OFF

This year’s event will include some of the finest cooking competitors, judging, live music all day, vendors and an evening of dancing at the Britton Avenue Kiosko under the stars.

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Britton Avenue Rio Grande City

WEEKLY MEDITATION FOR KIDS

Learn about the benefits and techniques that make it easy and fun for children to practice along with mom and dad. 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

FREE SATURDAY MATINEE

The 1983 film “The Bishop’s Wife” will be shown. Some snacks and water will be provided.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2620 Crestview Ave., Edinburg

COST Free

QIGONG WITH LIVE MUSIC

Qigong is a Chinese practice that has been present for more than 5,000 years. The slow, gentle movements in Qigong combine mental concentration with breathing exercises to improve overall health and vitality.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE RGV Music Therapy and Wellness Center, 309 Progress St., Mercedes

SABROSONICO

The monthly dance party features a night of underground ritmos by local sound dealer Pedro Rodriguez of Love & Magick. Ages 18 and older welcome.

WHEN 10 p.m. Saturday

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

COST Free

NATURE TOTS

A special free hour of “nature play” designed for the tots! Children have free time to explore the various interactive stations and associate with other tots their age.

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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

SPARTAN BOXING CLUB SHOW

The event will feature live amateur boxing with belts for all champs as well as raffles and door prizes.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Spartan Boxing and Fitness, 5517 N. Ware Road, McAllen

SATURDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT

Be part of our growing community of local artists! Show your talent, collaborate with others, enjoy live performances.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Luna Coffee House, 113 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

CREATIVE COFFEE

This event is for people who are in a creative period of their life and would like to network or get some feedback on their creative projects, technology, marketing, entrepreneurship and career.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Coffee Artista, 1506 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission

ALL-AMERICA CITY 10K

The 36th annual Edinburg run will begin at 8 a.m. with the Miracle Mile.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Closner Boulevard, Edinburg

SENIOR SATURDAYS

Join for a gallery tour in one of our fine art galleries. In addition, explore the golden age of art with a talk about the work of the masters.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $7 for non-members, $2 for members

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.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

BEGIN TO BIRDWATCH

Begin to Birdwatch is the perfect introduction to the timeless hobby of bird-watching. In it, you will learn: 5 keys to bird identification, bird-watching basics, your common local birds, and how to attract birds to your yard.

WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday

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

THE MARKET AT WILD AUGUST

The Market features organic produce, hot coffee, fresh salsa and baked goods, farm-fresh eggs, grass-fed pork, fresh goat cheeses, local honey, bath and body-care products, artisan leather goods, wild-caught Gulf shrimp, fresh cut flowers, and more.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Wild August Nursery and Flower Farm, 16802 Garrett Road, Harlingen

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 provided free of charge.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

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 $10 and up, depending on rental

UTRGV BASEBALL SCRIMMAGE

UTRGV Baseball is set to host an intrasquad game.There will also be a special performance by Charlie Garcia.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Baseball Stadium, Edinburg

LEARN TO GEOCACHE

Geocaches are small, enclose capsules hidden in strange places, that are located with a smartphone or handheald GPS. All you need is a smartphone (and to download the app) in order to find geocaches around the RGV, around the country, and around the world.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

SUNDAY

SUNSET MEDITATION

This meditation program explores simple techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being. Bring a yoga mat if desired.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Sunday

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

COST $1 donation

MINDFUL MOVIE SERIES

The Mindful Movie Series is presented by The Historic Cine El Rey Theatre Foundation.

WHEN 4 p.m. Sunday

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

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 $10 and up