FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, April 27 – Sunday, April 29

Submit your event to tcupples@themonitor.com by 5 p.m. Monday to be considered for the following Friday.

FRIDAY

VIPF POETRY SLAM NIGHT 2018

A poetry slam is a contest whereby random people form the audience are chosen as judges and poets compete in several rounds until a winner is crowned.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Buffalo Wild Wings, 4424 N. 10th St., McAllen

‘THE ELEPHANT MAN’

South Texas College Theatre ends the spring semester with Bernard Pomerance’s “The Elephant Man.”

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

WHERE STC Cooper Center, 3200 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

SUNSET YOGA

Yoga will support you in your journey to greater calm, joy, and awareness in all that you do.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

FREE FRIDAY MEDITATION

Learn the technique of Vipassana meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Friday

WHERE Corazon Yoga Studio, 1301 N. Main 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 4 p.m. Friday

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

COST $10 and up, depending on rental

EDINBURG: BRASS ENSEMBLE

The concert will feature music in a variety of setting from small chamber groups to a large brass ensemble.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex

COST $5 general 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.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

FAMILY OVERNIGHT CAMPOUT

Camping experience will include camp set up, guided campfire program, and additional programs as outlined below. Tents and campfire supplies will be supplied.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday to 11 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $15 per person

ZOÉ

The Latin American Award-winning Mexican rock band will perform live in concert.

WHEN 8:30 p.m. F riday

WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.

COST Tickets start at $46 at ticketmaster.com

OPEN MIC

Time slots are available for reservation.

WHEN 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE Coffee Artista, 1506 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission

TEXAS HOLD EM’ TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER

Support Leadership Mission.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE Brick fire Pizza & More, 704 E. Griffin Parkway, Mission

FRIDAY NIGHT HIKE

Enjoy an evening with the creatures of the night. Bring a flashlight, bug spray, and wear close-toed shoes. Spend an hour slowly covering about 1/2 mile of trails, carefully and quietly looking for anything we might see along the path.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT

Join a Town Lake staff member for a 30 minute workout on a paddleboard. No experience is necessary. Ages 14 and up.

WHEN 7 p.m. Friday

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

COST $10, includes use of board, paddle and lifejacket

HISTORY OF QUINTA!

Hear the colorful tales of the families that 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, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

COST park admission

SATURDAY

KITE DAY

Fill the sky with your creative design and vibrant colors at Palm View Community Center. Come build your Kite masterpiece or bring your own.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Palm View Splash/Spray Park, 3401 Jordan Ave., McAllen

COST $5 admission

ART AT THE MARKET

The McAllen Farmers Market offers a monthly venue to local artists. Meet them, learn about their art, and purchase some of their creations.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

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

STRIKE OUT AUTISM AT BATTER UP

The event is dedicated to raising Autism awareness. Children with autism get a chance to hit, throw and train with volunteers. There will be food, moon jumps and family fun.

WHEN 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Batter Up Baseball Facility LLC, 506 Commercia Plaza Drive, Mission

2018 HOPE IS IN BLOOM ANNUAL GALA

Proceeds from the 2018 Catholic Charities Gala will bring the organization one-step closer to building a versatile, multi-purpose building for families and children in dire need of our support.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley, 400 N. Nebraska Ave., San Juan

DISCOVERY DAY—EARTH ROCKS

Learn the difference between rocks and minerals, minerals and metals, and then enjoy “busting” a rock and painting a rock. Or go on a “treasure hunt” to find the hidden gemstones.

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

COST $3 park 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 available free of charge.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

MOVIES AT THE PARK: ‘DESPICABLE ME 3’

Bring the family, blanket or lawn chairs and pack your snacks to enjoy the Outdoor Movies Series.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Victor Garcia Municipal Park, 205 W. Polk Ave., Pharr

COST Free

BARK ‘N BOWL 6-FUNDRAISING EVENT

Tickets include two bowling games, bowling shoes, T-shirt, food, and a chance to win great door prizes. All proceeds go to our nonprofit organization to continue pet therapy services in our community.

WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Flamingo Bowl, 3301 N. 23rd St., McAllen

COST $20 per person

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 4 p.m. Saturday

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

COST $10 upwards, depending on ticket

RIO GRANDE VALLEY BIOBLITZ

The Rio Grande Valley is competing with other cities across the United States in an effort to document as many plant and animal species as possible! Come learn how to join in the effort to put the Rio Grande Valley in the lead.

WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday

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

EDINBURG: UNIVERSITY CHOIR

The mostly unaccompanied concert will include compositions by traditional “classical” composers as well as living composers from America, Latin America and Europe.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg

COST $5 general admission

WEEKLY MEDITATION FOR KIDS

Our meditation practice is not religious or rigid. We will teach kids about the benefits and techniques that make it easy and fun for them to practice along with mom and dad!

WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Infinite Love, 2205 Cornerstone Blvd., Edinburg

LEARN TO GEOCACHE

Geocaches are small, enclose capsules hidden in strange places, that are located with a smartphone or handheld 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

COST $1 suggested donation

SATURDAY OPEN MIC NIGHT

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

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Luna Coffee House, 113 Nolana Ave., McAllen

IMAS SATURDAY LECTURE SERIES

Dr. Bradley’s talk, “The Unbearable Uselessness of the Western Masterpiece,” will discuss the satirical connotations of the modern art featured in the current exhibition ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection.

WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday

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

COST Price of general admission

NATURE TOTS!

A special of ‘nature play’ designed for the tots! Children will explore the various interactive stations and associate with other tots their age!

WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Quinta Mazatlán, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

COST price of admissoin

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 a.m. Saturday

WHERE McAllen Nature Center

COST $1 suggested donation

JAXON’S LAST BIRD WALK

Join Jaxon Rickel for his last bird walk.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

PUPPET SHOW: POWER OF POLLINATION

Sit among pollinators at the EWBC pergola as you and your family learn why they are so important, then go on a guided walk to search for pollinators in the EWBC gardens.

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road, Edinburg

COST Free

SUNDAY

SUNSET MEDITATION

The meditation program explores simple techniques to reduce stress and increase well-being.

WHEN 6:30 p.m. Sunday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

24 HOUR FILM DASH RESULTS

CineSol Film Festival and Cine El Rey present the results of the 10th annual 24 Hour Film Dash.

WHEN 5:30 p.m. Sunday

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

DIA DE LOS NIÑOS

Celebrate Día de los Niños/ Día de los Libros with family friendly games, crafts, activities, giveaways and a special performance from the Las Palmas Ballet Folklorico!

WHEN 3 p.m. Sunday

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

IMAS YOUTH ART CLASSES: SCULPTING

Engaging art classes are held the last Sunday of every month.

WHEN 1 p.m. Sunday

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

COST General admission

FOODUCATION MOVIE SERIES

The event includes a potluck, movie screening and food demonstration. Learn the benefits real food has on our health and our world.

WHEN 4 p.m. Sunday

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

‘THE LITTLE MERMAID JR.’

All Star Theatre presents ‘The LIttle Mermaid Jr.’ The yellow cast performs Saturday and the blue cast performs Sunday.

WHEN 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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

COST Tickets start at $10 at ticketmaster.com