FESTIVA EVENTS — Friday, June 29 – Saturday, June 30

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

ALL WEEKEND

RED, WHITE & BLUE FESTIVAL

WHEN: Jun 30 – Jul 1

WHERE: Mario Leal City Park · Elsa, Texas

COST: FREE

Kevin Fowler and The Palominos, Lauren Corzine and more. For VIP and Reserved Seats go “TOPBOXTICKETS.COM” BBQ Cook-Off ($6,500 Payout) Firework Display, Hot Dog Eating Contest Kiddie Carnival

FRIDAY

Independence Day Festival

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Dr William Long City School Park · Pharr, Texas

COST: FREE

The Pharr Independence Day Festival is a free event that includes a variety of entertainment and family activities including musical performances, live entertainment, food booths and kiddie rides.

Boat & Fish Town Lake

WHEN: 4 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Town Lake at Firemen’s Park · McAllen, Texas

COST: Varies

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.

Sunset Yoga in the Park

WHEN: 7:15 p.m. Friday

WHERE: McAllen Nature Center · McAllen, Texas

COST: $1 Donation

Our yoga program is designed to provide every person with the tools to become healthier physically, mentally, and emotionally. 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. You do not have to be flexible or fit to do yoga, only have a willingness to grow! 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. What to bring: -A yoga mat or exercise mat, towel or small blanket –Water

Grassfed Fest 2! w/ Tricot (Japan)

WHEN: 5 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Yerberia Cultura · McAllen, Texas

So A Bunny Product is producing its second annual Grassfed Fest! Grassfed is annual, ALL DAY, ALL AGES, TACO FESTIVAL in the Rio Grande Valley showcasing musicians native to Texas! We are extremely proud to announce tricot will be making its McAllen debut, headlining this year’s Grassfed Fest! Tricot is a nalternative female fronted band from Kyoto, Japan. The band develops a very unique world with perfectly mixed elements of pure, fragile, but strong vocals and unpredictable song transition. The band’s experimental music primarily consists of melodic post-rock-inspired sounds, complex rhythm reminiscent of math rock known for their intricate rhythms and visual identity. Their live performance is far more vibrant and intense than you could expect from their cute appearances and is highly praised by fans and media.

International Mud Day with MPU

WHEN: 2 p.m., Fri

WHERE: McAllen Public Library · McAllen, Texas

McAllen Public Utility joins us for some messy fun! Come celebrate International Mud Day with us, and get ready to get dirty!

Fun Photography Friday!

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday

WHERE: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center · McAllen, Texas

COST: $3 adults, $2 children/seniors

Join us every Friday at 10 a.m for Fun Photography Friday! Cameras will be provided for use. Kids will learn the basics of digital cameras and will have help taking picture for the FREE Valley Land Fund Youth Photo Contest Entry! The program is included with general admission ($3 adults, $2 children/seniors).

Radio on Repeat at Simon Sez

WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Simon Sez, McAllen, Texas

Music from Metallica to Flock of Seagulls. Incubus to Mana. SRV to Fallout Boy. Red Hot Chili Peppers to A-Ha and more in between.

Steven May and the Southern Knights

WHEN: 7 p.m . Friday

WHERE: Texas Trails RV Resort, Pharr, Texas

Steven and the band love our food. Come early and eat with us then enjoy the Southern Knights and dance the night away.

Movie Day

WHEN: 3 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Donna Public Library, Donna, Texas

Join us every Friday for Movie Day at Donna Public Library! For more information contact us at 956-464-2221 or laguilar@cityofdonna.org.

Movie with a Cop: Chicken Little

WHEN: 8 p.m Friday

WHERE: Edinburg Municipal Park

The Edinburg Police Department Movie with a Cop summer series is back! Enjoy your favorite big screen flicks on our giant inflatable movie screen. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnics and enjoy a family night out at the Edinburg Municipal Park.

Karaoke Battle

WHEN: 6 p.m., Friday

WHERE: Southern Careers Institute – Harlingen Campus · Harlingen, Texas

PartyWhat’s your BEST karaoke song? Grab your besties and come belt out your fave old school hits at SCI Harlingen for a Karaoke Competition that can’t be beat. Snacks and Drinks! Prizes! Raffles! And off-key vocal stylings of Ricky Martin is almost certainly guaranteed!

Sunset Wave

Painting Event

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Artsycolor Splash · Harlingen, Texas

COST: $35 per guest

Join us for some fun painting and wine! 7pm – 10pm Invite some friends, bring your favorite snacks/ drinks and go home with your very own masterpiece! Artistic skill not needed. You’ll be guided step by step through the whole process. 35.00 per guest RSVP Today! 956 778-8292

LDA – Dance Production 2018

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Harlingen Municipal Auditorium · Harlingen, Texas

COST: General Admission – $12 Reserved Seating – $20

Limelight Dance Academy presents “All in the Game.” Tickets available for purchase beginning Monday, June 18th!

MC evolve’s “be my guest” vinyl release party/ palmleaf farewell

WHEN: Fri 9 PM ·

WHERE: Hop Shop · Harlingen, Texas

COST: Free

BoomBap MasterPiece Records Presents! MC Evolve “Be My Guest” Vinyl Release party and PalmLeaf Farewell FRIDAY! June 29th @ Hop Shop, Harlingen Tx. Featuring: HIATUS (colorado springs co) feat: Che Bong and Ibe Hustles https://chebong.bandcamp.com/ https://ibehustles.bandcamp.com/ Spy MC (San Antonio Tx) https://spymc.bandcamp.com/ Local Support From: Billy Young Ruben Farias Three Headed Dragon (pre release album peformance(never heard before set ) Caldo Frio (Full Band Set) TAO Hosted by Palmleaf Show Starts @ 9pm EL Hop Shop 923 S. 7th St. Harlingen ID REQUIRED B.Y.O.BOTTLE NO COVER CHARGE https://caldofrio.bandcamp.com/ https://evolve1980.bandcamp.com/

The Rumble live at The Valley International Airport!

WHEN: 4:50 p.m. Friday

WHERE: Valley International Airport · Harlingen, Texas

The Valley International Airport in Harlingen will be showcasing The Rumble live from 4:50-6:50pm!

Christina Cavazos at Harlingen Art Night

WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

Christina performs in historic downtown Harlingen.

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema. Summer 2018!

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Friday

WJERE: Port Isabel Lighthouse · Port Isabel, Texas

Lighthouse Establishment Cinema. Summer 2018! EVERY Friday night in JUNE & JULY @ 9:30 p.m. movies will be projected on the side of the Lighthouse! June 29: Moana

SATURDAY

Block Party and Christmas in July

WHEN: 8 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: New & Again Antique Mall · 1101 Upas Ave., McAllen

Vendors will be featuring lots of holiday items. Barbeque plates will be available. Vendor spaces still available.

Boat & Fish Town Lake

WHEN: 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Town Lake at Firemen’s Park · McAllen, Texas

COST: Varies

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.

Morning Yoga in the Park

WHEN: 9 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: McAllen Nature Center · McAllen, Texas

COST: $1 donation

Our yoga program is designed to provide any person with the benefits of yoga practice. 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. You do not have to be flexible or fit to do yoga! With personalized instruction and custom poses to work for any body type and skill level. What to bring: -A yoga mat or exercise mat, towel or small blanket

Alegria 2018

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: UTRGV Performing Arts Complex · Edinburg, Texas

COST: $5 children; $10 seniors/students; $15 adults

Ballet Folklorico – Alegria 2018 – The nationally and internationally recognized UTRGV Ballet Folklórico presents vibrant concerts featuring the color, drama and excitement of Mexico’s folkloric dance art. Purchase tickets ONLINE, or at the door one hour before the event.

Saturday Open Mic Night

WHEN: 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Luna Coffee House · McAllen, Texas

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

Weekly Yoga & Meditation for Kids

WHEN: 5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Infinite Love, Edinburg

Research has shown that children who meditate have better focus, perform better in school and have a better behavioral disposition. So bring your child and join us! We meet from 5-6pm at the Infinite Love Center (2205 Cornerstone Blvd.). Kids will watch a positive video and practice the basics of yoga and meditation.

Plants & Flowers Photography Workshop (Ages 14-18)

WHEN: 2 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center · McAllen, Texas

Calling all youth nature photographers! Join us for a photography workshop led by renowned photographer, Ruth Hoyt! Cameras will be available for participants to use during these workshops. Submit your photos at vallylandfund.com, and don’t forget to sign up for our youth photo workshops at https://webtrac.mcallen.net/! Quinta Mazatlan and the Valley Land Fund, sponsors of the contest, are encouraging the youth of the Valley to get outdoors this summer and take some prize winning photos to enter into the contest. To help get those prize winning photos, Quinta Mazatlan is offering 5 nature photography workshops, taught by renowned wildlife photographer Ruth Hoyt, for only $5.00 a class on Saturdays in June and July to help youth prepare for the contest.

Discovery Days: Pollinator Power!

WHEN: 11 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center · McAllen, Texas

COST: $3 fee (includes park admission).

Inside our gates, our native plants are blooming! Many flowers give off a slightly sweet fragrance to attract bees and other insects to pollinate them! Join us as we learn more about Pollinators by making crafts! Make flower crafts, identify pollinators around Quinta Mazatlan, and buzz through a lot of fun. Every Saturday in June from 11 am- Noon.

Nature Tots!

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Saturday

WHERE: Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center · McAllen, Texas

A special of ‘nature play’ designed for the tots! Children will explore the various interactive stations and associate with other tots their age! No experience needed, and we’ll have binoculars for you! Program is free with the price of admission.

RGV Showoff Classic Truck Show

WHEN: 7 p.m Saturday

WHERE: Pepper’s At Uptown · McAllen, Texas

JWe have the RGV Showoff Car Club coming back, but this time we are hosting a Classic Truck Show. This is just in time for July 4th Weekend! This is a Family Friendly event. BBQ Pit will be out and we’ll be serving up our amazing Pepper’s Burgers during the show

Bike McAllen Social Ride – RASPA RIDE

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: McAllen Chamber of Commerce

Start/Finish: McAllen Chamber of Commerce 1001 S 16th St. Wheels down at 6:30 pm | No-Drop Ride |Distance: 6-8 miles Make plans to join us for our Raspa Ride. Our social ride will take us from the McAllen Chamber to a well known raspa stand.

Buck ‘N Crazy

WHEN: Saturday, 9 p.m.

WHERE: Rinky Dinkys · Edinburg, Texas

Buck N Crazy will be performing at Rinky Dinkys after their awesome performance with Kevin Fowler at the Red, White, and Blue Festival in Elsa.

Special Saturday Steak & Seafood Dinner

WHEN: 4 pm. Saturday

WHERE: McAllen Elks Lodge #1402 · McAllen, Texas

Our Guest GrillMeister, John Crouch will be on hand to help Chef Steve prepare our Saturday Steak & Seafood Dinner. Reservations are not required but we do recommend making a reservation to be sure we don’t run out!

Archery 101

WHEN: 9 a..m. Saturday

WHERE: Estero Llano Grande State Park · Weslaco, Texas

COST: Program is free but there is park admission: adults $5, children 12-and-under free

We provide bows and arrows (please DON’T bring your own equipment), a new range, and teaching rangers, so just bring yourself and your friends! Meet on the deck outside the Visitor Center Park Store.

World Birding Center Nature Walk

WHEN: 8:30 a.m.Saturday

WHERE: Estero Llano Grande State Park · Weslaco, Texas

Join us for a leisurely walk (or sometimes tram ride!) through the Park looking at birds and things in one of the Valley’s nine World Birding Centers! Free with Park Entry ($5/aduilts, children 12-and-under free)