FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, Feb. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 25

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FRIDAY

STC PRESENTS ‘THE ILLUSION’

The play explores and relates to themes of love, humor, betrayal, and death.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE South Texas College Theater in McAllen

COST $10 general admission, $5 for students and faculty, veterans and seniors

KEVIN GARZA PRESENTS MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE

The event happens each Friday.

WHEN 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE Deloreans, 2200 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen

SUNSET YOGA

Yoga encourages 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

HAPPY THE ENTERTAINER

Happy is an award-winning entertainer and has performed coast to coast.

WHEN 9 p.m. Friday

WHERE Pork Belly’s Bar and Grill, 7209 Mile 6 West, Weslaco

MUJER-ERES: AN EXHIBITION OF WOMEN’S ART

This exhibition caters to women artists within the RGV and surrounding areas. Each artist submitted various works pertaining to the theme of women and women empowerment.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Platform 204, 119 W. Van Buren, Harlingen

ROY SOLIS BAND

The country group performs live.

WHEN 9 p.m. Friday

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

NONVIOLENT COMMUNICATION: DISCOVERY WEEK

A weekend workshop on Nonviolent Communication will help to transform how one connects to family, friends, loved ones, strangers, and self.

WHEN Friday through Sunday

WHERE Infinite Love, 2205 Cornerstone Blvd., Edinburg

PUPPY UNIVERSITY

Nino Drowaert, world leader in Puppy Training, will conduct a workshop. In this course you will learn Nino’s blueprint to obedience, learn the most efficient way to train, learn your dog’s language, learn how Nino gets the speed, precision, drive and focus you see in his videos.

WHEN 5:45 p.m. Friday

WHERE The RGV K9 Training Centre, 4501 Rio Grande Care Road, Edinburg

GUIDED BIRD WALKS

Discover the magic of migration that flies through Santa Ana.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

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

CITRUS CENTER WINTER FESTIVAL

Learn about the Citrus Center and what they do.

WHEN 9 a.m. to noon Friday

WHERE Texas A&M University Kingsville Citrus Center, 312 N. International Blvd., Weslaco

MONSTER JAM

Unexpected, unscripted and unforgettable, Monster Jam takes center stage in the world’s most iconic venues, sporting meticulously manicured dirt tracks created with the sole purpose of pushing these perfectly engineered, ever-evolving trucks to their limits.

WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday

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

COST Tickets start at $15 at www.ticketmaster.com

ART NIGHT WITH CAROLINE STEEL

The artwork of world traveler Caroline Steel will be on display, and the creator will share stories of her art.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE D’Arte Centre Gallery, 115 E. Jackson St., Harlingen

ANDY VILLELA AND BENNY YBARRA

The singers will perform live.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE The Prelude, 113 E. Jackson St., Harlingen

COST $.25 per person

SATURDAY

SHOW YOUR EMOJI 5K RUN/WALK

The event will benefit the local National Alliance on Mental Illness RGV.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Sports Park, 3301 Buddy Owens Blvd., McAllen

TAI CHI IN THE PARK

Tai Chi has positive effects on balance control, fitness and flexibility. 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

COST $1 per person suggested donation

THE PALATINES ALBUM RELEASE SHOW

The band is releasing its full-length debut album, titled “Death From Below.”

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

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

SANTA ANA COMMUNITY HIKE

Tiffany Kersten, former Santa Ana staff member and current Friends of the Wildlife Corridor board member, will lead a leisurely hike along the trails.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $5 per car

HEART OF TEXAS SHOW AND DANCE

Performers will include Tony Booth, Dion Pride (son of Charlie Pride), Justin Trevino and Amber Digby.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Riverside Club, 214 E. Chimney Road, Mission

COST $30

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE NIGHT

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy a Hollywood classic on the big screen under the stars. There will be hotdogs, popcorn,drinks and candy.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Las Palmas Community Center, 1921 N. 25th St., McAllen

COST Free

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

This is a 30-minute SUP workout for ages 10 and up only.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

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

COST $10

‘THE MUSIC MAN’

River City awaits during a live production of the Broadway play.

WHEN 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Harlingen Community Theater, 1209 Fair Park Blvd., Harlingen

EXPECT RESPECT TEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

During the leadership conference for girls ages 13 to 17, teens will learn about healthy vs. unhealthy relationships.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1800 S. Sixth St., McAllen

YOGA UNDER THE OAKS

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

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

NATURE TOTS

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

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

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

SATURDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT

Live performances.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

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

FLAPJACK FUNDRAISER

St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting a Flapjack Fundraiser. Funds raised at the event will help fund research for childhood cancers. Tickets are available by calling Robert Heiser at (325) 374-2720.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Applebee’s Grill & Bar, 514 E. Expressway 83, McAllen

COST $8 per person

THIN MINT SPRINT

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas host the 5K.

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

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

BIRD AND NATURE WALK

A staff naturalist will lead a 1/2 mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plant and whatever else crosses the path.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

MOVIES AT THE PARK

The Disney classic “Beauty and the Beast” will be the featured film.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Dr. William Long City/School Park, Pharr

COST Free

YOUNG HEARTS MATTER

This third annual event will have presentations on Teen Dating Violence Prevention and resource information for youths, parents and the entire community.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE La Joya Coyote Stadium

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! 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

PSJA TRACK OF HOPE

The sixth annual PSJA Track of Hope Cancer Awareness Walk is hosted by PSJA high school students. All proceeds benefit PSJA community members battling cancer.

WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday

WHERE PSJA Stadium, Pharr

COST $3 donation to enter

QIGONG

Qigong is a Chinese practice that has been present for over 5000 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

PHOTO WORKSHOP

Joe Anderson provides a crash course on wildlife photography techniques.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo

COST Free with a $5 parking fee

VOLUNTEER DAYS

Volunteer opportunities include assisting with planting, ground maintenance, weed removal, bird feeding, plant removal, and more.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

SUNSET NATURE WALK

Explore nature.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Saturday

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

DOWNTOWN HARLINGEN WALKING TOUR

Take a trip back in time on a free tour of Harlingen’s downtown. Learn about Harlingen history, nicknames, buildings, businesses and more.

WHEN 9 a.m. Saturday

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

WORLD BIRDING CENTER BIRD WALK

All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley specialties.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco

COST $5 park admission

SUNDAY

PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

The 30-minute event is open to ages 10 and older.

WHEN Noon Sunday

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

COST $10

SUNSET MEDITATION

Explore 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 suggested donation

IMAS YOUTH ART CLASSES

Get inspired as IMAS focuses on a new medium each month.

WHEN 1 p.m. Sunday

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

COST $10 for members, $15 non-members

OPEN MIC NIGHT

With a welcoming atmosphere, first-timers will leave wanting to come back.

WHEN 8 p.m. Sunday

WHERE The Prelude, 113 E. Jackson St.,

WORLD BIRDING CENTER BIRD WALK

All ages and skill-levels are welcome on this two-hour tour of the park, finding as many species of birds as possible, especially the 30 that are termed Valley specialties.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Sunday

WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, Weslaco

COST $5 park admission

‘DANCING WITH THE STARS LIVE! — LIGHT UP THE NIGHT’

Professional “Dancing with The Stars” dancers will perform live.

WHEN 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25

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

COST Tickets start at $72 plus fees at ticketmaster.com