FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Feb. 9 – Sunday, Feb. 11

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FRIDAY

DEAF CHAT

Come join fun with us and continue to practice sign language.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Flamingo Bowl, McAllen

CHULITA VINYL CLUB X LOVE & MAGICK

Valley-based selectors meet in Harlingen for a night of sound and culture.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Hop Shop, Harlingen

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 5:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center

COST $1 suggested donation

DRAGON BALL SUPER PREP TOURNAMENT #2

Come out this Friday and test your decks for ARG. Sign-up starts at 7 p.m.

WHEN 7:45 p.m. Friday

WHERE Kaboom Comics, McAllen

COST $10 entry

ANGEL’S FUN JEWELRY VALENTINES SALE

Funds will be used to buy teddy bears, coloring books and crayons for the kids who have to spend Valentine’s Day in the hospital.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Don Carlos y Jose Mexican Restaurant

KENDRA SCOTT GIVES BACK PARTY

Join us for a night of sweet treats and sweet savings right before Valentine’s Day! Shop your favorite jewelry items — necklaces, earrings and rings — and save 10 percent off your purchase.

WHEN 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE La Plaza Mall, McAllen

WHAT’S LUV? Y2K DANCE PARTY V-DAY EDITION

Everything from Ja Rule and Ciara to Paramore and Hilary Duff. It’s a celebration of love & friendship!

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Tres, McAllen

ARTESANO MARKET DAYS

Join us for this two-day event featuring food, culture and artesanos locally and from all over Mexico.

WHEN Noon Friday

WHERE Mission Parks and Recreation

REGAN JAMES & THE HIRED HANDS

Come out to dance! Boot scooters and line dancers welcome!

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Eldorado Acres RV Park, Palmview

VALENTINE’S DANCE PARTY WITH DJ SONNY

Outta Town Dance Hall presents DJ Sonny’s Valentine Dance Party!

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE Outta Town Dance Hall, Mission

COST Free

FRIDAY PRESCHOOL YOGA

Yoga for kids ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. Kids go through an adventure weekly exploring yoga through games, teaching poses, balance, mindfulness and relaxation.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE YogaPlay, McAllen

CH PRESENTS: FGC FIGHT NIGHT! FEAT JFF17

Come by and compete against the best fighters in the Valley.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Critical Hit Arcade, Alamo

A TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDS OF GOSPEL MUSIC

Hear music from the Happy Goodmans, Hinson, Rambos, Statesman, Stamps and Blackwood Brothers as performed by Branson, Missouri’s own Faith’s Journey, Texas’ own award-winning Paul’s Journey and special guest, multi-talented Shannon Bunch.

WHEN 10 a.m. Friday

WHERE Winter Ranch, Alamo

THE ELECTION — A COMEDY BY DON ZOLIDIS

This timely political satire takes on everything that’s wrong in politics. Mudslinging, debates and Super PACs — oh my! Reserve your ticket for pickup by calling (956) 261-5656.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Theatre at the Tower, Weslaco

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

COST $1 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. Friday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center, McAllen

32ND ANNUAL ALL-VALLEY BOAT SHOW

All at one location, this show presents a chance to view, to learn and to purchase a variety of boats, equipment, fishing gear, clothing and much more!

WHEN Noon Friday

WHERE McAllen Convention Center

RIO GRANDE VALLEY STAND DOWN

The stand down is designed for disadvantaged veterans looking for aid in housing assistance, VA assistance, employment and many other topics and concerns.

WHEN 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

WHERE UTRGV Veterans Business Outreach Center

CHISHOLM TRAIL FESTIVAL

Join us for this two-day event, music, food and drinks! Free admission! VIP tickets and tables available for sale!

WHEN 9 a.m. Friday

WHERE Altas Palmas Park, Donna

THE JULIUS COLLINs CAJUN NIGHT

Join us for our 2018 Julius Collins Cajun Night Seafood Feast Fundraiser.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Gladys Porter Zoo, Brownsville

A NIGHT TO SHINE

Special Needs Prom for individuals 14 years old and up. Sponsored by Driscoll Health Plan, Holy Family Church and Down By The Border.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Amigoland Event Center, Brownsville

HISTORY OF QUINTA!

Tour one of the largest adobe homes in the state of Texas! Hear the colorful tales of the families who lived at the home before the city of McAllen opened it in 2006 as a mansion with a mission!

WHEN 10 a.m. Friday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán, McAllen

BROWNSVILLE: BRIELLE FROST, FLUTE

Brielle Frost, flute, will be joined by Juan Pablo Andrade, piano, Krista Jobson, flute, and Natalie Haugeberg, cello, to perform a variety of works from the flute repertoire. They will perform works by Telemann, Tann, Naudot, Demersseman, Karg-Elert and Skoumal.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE TSC Performing Art Center, Brownsville

COST Free

EWBC COASTAL EXPO

Fish & Wildlife, Parks & Recreation, outdoor crafts, games, educational tents about birds, butterflies, plants, trees and other environmental events.

WHEN 9 a.m. Friday

WHERE Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

ADVENTIST RECOVERY GROUP

A Christ-centered 12-step recovery group for all types of addiction, alcoholism, co-dependency, gambling, pornography, shopping addiction, over-eating, etc.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Edinburg Seventh Day Adventist Church

WINTER TEXAN APPRECIATION DAY

Welcome Winter Texans! Start your morning at Resaca de la Palma State Park with fun-filled programs.

WHEN 8 a.m. Friday

WHERE Resaca de la Palma State Park, Brownsville

SATURDAY

4TH ANNUAL SHARE THE LOVE 5K AND 1-MILE CUPID RUN

Your participation will support initiatives like the Brownsville Farmers’ Market, Community Gardens, Urban Farms, Fresco Mobile Market, Dale Walking Groups and more, making Brownsville a healthier community for all.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Brownsville Farmers Market

SUPERLOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

All you need is love. We will be hosting our Valentine’s party for our heroes fighting cancer

WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, McAllen

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. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center

COST $1 suggested donation

BIRTHDAY & BOOK SIGNING FOR CHRISTINA DEMARA

Please come and help us celebrate author Christina DeMara’s birthday and her first book signing for her Lent book “Isaiah 43:2,” “I’m Not Broken,” and her “Early Life Leadership in Children” series benefiting nonprofit Global Family Visions, which helps RGV families!

WHEN 3 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Barnes & Noble, McAllen

HEALTHY HEARTS 5K

Get heart healthy in 2018 at the McAllen Heart Hospital’s annual Healthy Hearts 5k and health fair. All proceeds go to the American Heart Association. Register now online at mcallenhearthospital.com/healthyhearts5k

WHEN 7 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Heart Hospital, McAllen

RAMEN-EATING COMPETITION

We are hosting our first ramen-eating competition. It is a $100 cash prize for first place. If interested in competing, please inbox us with your name and number.

WHEN 10:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Dragon Warrior Noodle, McAllen

COST $10 to enter

NEW ORLEANS DIXIELAND JAZZ

The Dixie Cats will present a few Dixieland favorites, as well as Disney selections, selections from the Louis Armstrong repertoire and pop arranged in a vintage style.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Bourbon St. Grill, McAllen

CONNECTING WITH CRAFTERS

Local crafters will be selling their crafts. With Valentine’s Day coming up, it will be a great time to purchase a wonderful handmade gift for your loved one.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Farmers Market

ARTESANO MARKET DAYS

Join us for this two-day event featuring food, culture and artesanos locally and from all over Mexico.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Mission Parks and Recreation

SPECIAL NEEDS MASS

All are welcomed to this Mass, which is made to serve children and individuals with special needs so that they may worship in their own special way without judgment.

WHEN 11:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Basilica of Our Lady San Juan Del Valle

MY FURRY VALENTINE ADOPTION EVENT

Come join us on our furry Valentine adoption event! We will have fun activities for your pups and for those who choose to adopt a furry Valentine!

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Coffee with Companions, McAllen

YOGA UNDER THE OAKS

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

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center

COST $1 suggested donation

MINIATURE PAINTING DAY

If you are new to painting or a longtime painter, come on by to learn or share new ideas. Please bring your own supplies you wish to use or share.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Myth Adventures, McAllen

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, McAllen

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

Join us for a 30-minute SUP workout! Use ours, or bring your own. We do about two laps around the lake, with a stationary workout in between. Ages 10 and up.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Town Lake at Firemen’s Park, McAllen

COST $10 per person

MEGA WINTER TEXAN FIESTA

Live entertainment, vendors, Mission Historical Museum’s Artesano Market, and food! Over 3,000 Winter Texans come annually.

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Mission CEED

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, McAllen

BROWNIES: PAINTING WORKSHOP

Using your favorite works as inspiration, learn how to create still life paintings using the basic principles of art and design. Use colors reflecting your mood to drive your work! This workshop meets steps 1-4. Register today by calling (956) 681-2800!

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE International Museum of Art & Science, McAllen

COST $5 for members, $10 non-members

BABY YOGA

Yoga for babies 4 months to 12 months! Parents and babies practice yoga poses, stretches and get to play in this 45-minute class. Thirty minutes of active time, followed by 15 minutes of free play, to allow the babies to socialize.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE YogaPlay, McAllen

BIRD & NATURE HIKE

Join us to increase your fitness and knowledge as you accompany 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, Brownsville

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

FREE FLY CASTING LESSONS

Come join Mark Machado of the Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association for free fly casting lessons! We’ll be meeting at the fly fishing department before getting started.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Bass Pro Shops, Harlingen

VALENTINE’S MOVIE NIGHT

Come celebrate Valentine’s Day at our beautiful Nature Center Hidalgo Pumphouse Museum and World Birding Center and take a tour.

WHEN 4:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE The District, Hidalgo

QIGONG (WITH LIVE MUSIC)

Qigong is a Chinese practice that has been present for over 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, Mercedes

LEARN TO GEOCACHE

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! It is a fun way to get the whole family outdoors, no matter where you are.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center

SPRING MEETING AND MIXER

Come meet your fellow members at a major local sports venue known throughout Texas! There will be door prizes and raffles!

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Critical Hit Arcade, Alamo

SUNDAY

CLUELESS GALENTINES BRUNCH

Wear your best patterned miniskirt, blazer and headband for this “Clueless”-themed brunch that’ll have you “rollin’ with the homies.”

WHEN Noon Sunday

WHERE Suerte Bar & Grill, McAllen

‘THE WIZARD OF OZ’

The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow.

WHEN 7 p.m. Sunday

WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center

SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES: LOWER RGV HISTORY THROUGH ARCHITECTURE

Pino Shah (Artbypino) is a world heritage photographer based out of McAllen and Ahmedabad, India. The presentation will focus on his comprehensive effort to create a photographic database on the architecture of the Lower RGV.

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg

CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT NIGHTS

Please join us for an evening of Baroque Chamber Music for Strings.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE McAllen Public Library

COST Free

BATTLE OF THE BANDS PRELIMINARY ROUND 1

Three rounds of preliminary battles that will qualify for the final competition. Any genre welcome!

WHEN 5 p.m. Sunday

WHERE The Flying Walrus, McAllen

EDINBURG: BALLET FOLKLORICO

The nationally and internationally recognized UTRGV Ballet Folklórico presents vibrant concerts featuring the color, drama and excitement of Mexico’s folkloric dance art.

WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex

COST $15 general admission, $10 seniors and students with ID