Festiva events: Friday, Dec. 7 – Sunday, Dec. 9

  • WEEKEND

‘SISTER ACT’
McAllen Memorial High School presents the musical as part of its 30-year anniversary production. The comedy is based on the film which starred Whoopi Goldberg.
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE William Hetrick Auditorium, 101 E. Hackberry Ave., McAllen
COST $10

‘CHICAGO THE MUSICAL’
The Robert Vela High School SaberStagers will present the production.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Roberto Pulido Performance Arts Center, 801 E. Canton Ave., Edinburg
COST $10 general admission, $6 with a valid student ID and $5 for senior citizens

‘CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION’
The Sharyland Pioneer High School Alpha Theatre Troupe presents its fall musical.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE 10001 N. Shary Road, Mission
COST $10

‘1776, THE MUSICAL’
What quacks, has webbed feet and betrays his country? Beneduck Arnold.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE Calvary Christian School, 1815 N. 7th St., Harlingen
COST Free admission; call (956) 389-2448 to reserve a seat

HOLIDAY SAND CASTLE VILLAGE
The village is filled with unique holiday sand sculptures built by talented artists. The outdoor exhibit includes a lighted musical performance starting at dusk.
WHEN Noon to 9 p.m. through Dec. 16
WHERE South Padre Island Convention Centre,
COST Free

‘THE WIZ’
The Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Raider Thespians present the production.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE The Gilberto Zepeda Jr. Performing Arts Center, 500 E. Nolana Loop, Pharr
COST $7

  • FRIDAY

ART WALK
The event, during which several fine art galleries open their doors, is held the first Friday of the month from September to May.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St.

VALLEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: A TOUCH OF FROST
The symphonic celebration of the holiday season will include performances of selections from “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah” along with “Feliz Navidad” and “Sleigh Ride.”
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.
COST Tickets start at $39 at ticketmaster.com

FRIDAY NIGHT FUNNIES
Jade Esteban Estrada and Larry Garza will perform.
WHEN 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE London Grill & Tavern, 129 E. Nolana Ave., McAllen
COST $5 at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/friday-night-funnies-tickets-52976527219

LIVE MUSIC
Lance Wolf performs.
WHEN 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE D’s Paradise, 107 E. Park Ave., Pharr

HISTORY OF QUINTA
Tour one of the largest adobe homes in the state of Texas! 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 World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

BUTTERFLY/DRAGONFLY WALK
Rangers Rick and May Snider will lead the walk.
WHEN 1:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, 154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco
COST $5 for ages 13 and older

FUNDRAISER FOR THE MONARCHS
Leslie Blasing will perform as part of the fundraiser. Visit spibirding.com.
WHEN 5:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center, 6801 Padre Blvd.
COST $15

FRIDAY BIRD AND NATURE WALK
A staff naturalist will lead the 1-mile walk to look for birds and butterflies.
WHEN 8:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83
COST $1 suggested donation

  • SATURDAY

THE OUTFIELD

Tony Lewis of The Outfield will perform live.
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Pharr Events Center, 3000 N. Cage Blvd.
COST Tickets start at $27 at ticketmaster.com

SUNSET LIVE OUTDOOR CONCERT SERIES
Held the second Saturday of the month from April to June and October to December, the event focuses on promoting the arts and giving exposure to up-and-coming artists and musicians. The event is family and pet friendly.
WHEN 5 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Oval Park at McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd.
COST Free

MAGICAL ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE
The fundraising concert will feature acoustic and holiday performances by Secrets Told in Silence, Chloe Loverocks, OK Robot, Ruben Farias, … And the Hero Prevails and Forty Caliber Kiss. The event will benefit Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County.
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Yerberia Cultura, 613 S. 17th St., McAllen
COST A new, unwrapped toy

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
The annual event features international foods and baked goods for sale as well as arts & crafts and holiday gift items. Entertainment will be provided as well as children’s activities and a petting zoo.
WHEN 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
WHERE St. George Orthodox Church, 704 W. Sam Houston Blvd., Pharr
COST Free

KOREAN STORYTIME
Traditional stories and origami activities are offered for all ages with UTRGV professor Mijin Oh-Villarreal.
WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St.

BIRD AND NATURE WALK
The relaxed walk with an expert naturalist will look for birds, bugs, blooms and other wildlife.
WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday
WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen

POLAR EXPRESS
The event includes a showing of the film “Polar Express,” an invitation for children to wear their Christmas pajamas, a snowball fight under the falling “snow” and more.
WHEN 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Children’s Museum of Brownsville, 501 E. Ringgold St., Brownsville
COST $5

  • SUNDAY

PAWS ON THE PATIO: CHRISTMAS EDITION
Santa will be available for photos with pets, and all proceeds will go to support the Yaqui Animal Rescue.
WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Grain to Glass, 5921 N. 23rd St., McAllen
COST $5

GERARDO ORTIZ
The California-born Regional Mexican singer will perform live along with Pancho Barraza, T3R Elemento and Kevin Ortiz.
WHEN 8 p.m. Sunday
WHERE State Farm Hidalgo Arena, 2600 N. 10th St., Hidalgo
COST Tickets start at $49 at ticketmaster.com

RENAISSANCE ROCKERS
The band will perform live.
WHEN 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Riverside Club, 214 E. Chimney Road, Mission
COST No cover

A BAROQUE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
The program will include works from J.S. Bach, Correlli and Locatelli.
WHEN 6:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St.

BOAT & FISH TOWN LAKE
Pedal boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake. Bring your own or rent.
WHEN Noon Sunday
WHERE Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen
COST Rentals start at $10

A2B BOOK PRESENTS ONDA
The musical lineup will include Onda, The Final Burial, Rogues & Renegades, Pulsus, My Place Was Taken and Secrets Told in Silence.
WHEN 7 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Yerberia Cultura, 613 S. 17th St., McAllen

UTRGV FLAUTISTA NAVIDAD: CAROL & CANDLELIGHT
As part of the Student Ensemble Series, the UTRGV Flute Ensemble and friends will celebrate the season with a sing-along by candlelight.
WHEN 2:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex
COST $5 general admission