Festiva Events: Friday, Dec. 14 – Sunday, Dec. 16

Weekend events
  • WEEKEND

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

‘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

‘CHICAGO: HIGH SCHOOL EDITION’
The Sharyland Pioneer High
School Alpha Theatre Troupe presents its fall musical. Tickets available at http://phschicagomusical.eventbrite.com
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE 10001 N. Shary Road, Mission
COST $10

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 Sunday
WHERE South Padre Island Convention Centre
COST Free

‘IT’S CHRISTMAS’
The annual community Christmas variety show including skits, carols and cookies will feature the players of iTheatre at The Tower and FBC Weslaco Choir.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday, 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE 120 S. Kansas Ave., Weslaco
COST $5; tickets available at www.iloveit.live.

‘THE NUTCRACKER’
Dancentre of Edinburg presents the holiday tradition.
WHEN 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Ciro Trevino Performing Arts Center, 2600 E. Wisconsin Road, Edinburg
COST Tickets sold at Dancentre of Edinburg, by phone at (956) 383-2623 or at the door

INAUGURAL ALTON MUSIC FESTIVAL
The two-day music festival will feature 50 music acts from the Rio Grande Valley, across Texas and will include G-Sharp and DJ Italy from Minnesota and Paulie Think from Chicago. Doors open daily at 12:30 p.m. Additional performers are Venomous, Vibrahaven, Danny Ohgee, Big Rene, SpyMC, The Texas Sweethearts, The Oddest Project, Fly Class Society, Scribe Rothchild, Crown Holding Klick, The Midnight Season, Makeshift Cities, Dj 4Tymer, Sonido Del Barrio, Gillie Garz & Alex Sosa and Zen Wildfire among others.
WHEN 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE 249 Dawes Ave., Alton
COST $2 per person or four canned food items

  • FRIDAY

THE HOMETOWN BOYS
The Tejano band will perform live.
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE Mustang Lounge, 3610 E. Expressway 83, Weslaco
COST Reservations available at (956) 825-9959

CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
The Donna Square Park Christmas Festival will include music and snow.
WHEN 5 p.m. Friday
WHERE Donna Square, South Main Street

HOW THE McALLEN WIND ENSEMBLE STOLE CHRISTMAS
The event will carols and a visit from Santa Claus.
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.

LIVE MUSIC
Chicago’s Paulie Think will headline the show, which will include DJ Myke Nyse, SpyMC and Basik, Sergio Evolve Hernandez, Mic Melt, TAO, Caldo Frio, Moon Rabit, Monstruo Bohemia and DJ Starkalamity.
WHEN 9 p.m. Friday
WHERE Yerberia Cultura, 613 S. 17th St., McAllen
COST $5

FRIDAY BIRD & NATURE WALK
A staff naturalist will lead a 1-mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants and whatever crosses the path.
WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen
COST $1 suggested donation

SOPHOMORE PERCUSSION RECITAL: BRIAN GONZALEZ
The percussion student is under the direction of Ron Schermerhorn.
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE STC Cooper Center, 3200 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

LAS POSADAS: ROAD TO CHRISTMAS
The event will include caroling, live animals, food, crafts and Las Posadas procession in English and Spanish.
WHEN 5 p.m. Friday
WHERE St. Paul Lutheran Church, 300 Pecan Blvd., McAllen

LINDLEY CREEK CHRISTMAS
From the Missouri Ozarks, the family brings live music and laughs.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE Winter Haven Mobile Home Village, 1015 W. Sam Houston, Pharr

  • SATURDAY

MEXICAN AMERICAN FOLK MEDICINE
The presentation will introduce attendees to the world in which folk healers work, focusing on different skill sets and the main materials they use.
WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE Mission Historical Museum, 900 Doherty Ave., Mission

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOPS
Holiday costumes are encouraged as attendees build a home made of graham crackers and candy.
WHEN 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday
WHERE International Museum of Arts & Science, 1900 W. Nolana Ave.,
McAllen
COST $5; call to register

BIRDING 101
Connie and Tom Unsicker will offer a two-hour course including a slide presentation to explain how to spot and identify birds.
WHEN 1:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, 154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco

GATOS LOCOS
The band will perform live.
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Ranch House Burgers II, 409 N. Bryan Road, Mission
COST No cover

MORNING YOGA
The program is designed for any person and seeks to bring greater calm and joy.
WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen
COST $1 suggested donation

HOLIDAY HIKE AND ENVIRONMENTAL UPDATE
The event will include a walk at a leisurely pace and end with a picnic and an update about important environmental issues in the Rio Grande Valley.
WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday
WHERE Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 3325 Green Jay Road, Weslaco
COST $5 per vehicle

SUNSET NATURE WALK
A staff member will lead a one-hour exploration of the trails.
WHEN 4:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen
COST $1 suggested donation

GINGERBREAD HOUSE WORKSHOP
The third annual event includes hot cocoa, cookies and goody bags.
WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Hands in Art Studio, 707 N. Conway Ave., Mission
COST $25; tickets at handsinartstudio.com

FALCON LAKE CHRISTMAS BOAT PARADE
The inaugural event will feature boats decorated with lights and holiday-themed decor. The route will begin at the State Park boat ramp and proceed along the shoreline.
WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Falcon State Park, 146 Park Road 46, Roma
COST $3 per person for ages 13 and older

SANTA’S ENCHANTED FOREST
The McAuliffe Carolers and the Bonham Elementary Choir will perform as attendees enjoy pony rides, face painting, local food vendors, Santa and more.
WHEN 9 a.m. to noon Saturday
WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen
COST $3 at the door for ages 13 and older, $5 for ages 3 to 12, under 3 are free

CITY OF LA JOYA CHRISTMAS PARADE
The city will host its 13th annual event.
WHEN 1 p.m. Saturday
WHERE South Leo Street, La Joya

‘A HOLLYWOOD CHRISTMAS’ PARADE
The Edcouch-Elsa Rotary Club will host the parade.
WHEN 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Highway 107

‘THE NUTCRACKER’
Bellas Artes Academy of Dance will present its annual production.
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE TSC Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Ave., Brownsville

LAS POSADAS
The festivities will include crafts, games and holiday activities.
WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Public LIbrary, 4001 N. 23rd St.

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

AMERICANA CONCERT
Garrett T. Capps and Croy & the Boys will perform live.
WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Hop Shop, 923 S. 7th St., Harlingen

  • SUNDAY

SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES
The history of the MAYO conference deserves deeper examination for its role in Chicana/o institutional self-determination in South Texas. The event represents one of the most transformative moments in the broader Chicana/o movement. Speaker Carlos Cantú will detail the history of the local Chicana/o movement in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, and situate the history of the MAYO conference in the context of grassroots and national struggles for Mexican American civil and equal rights. Out of this conference emerged the decision to found La Raza Unida Party, a third political party; Colegio Jacinto Treviño, an independent Chicana/o college; and Amigos Unidos Credit Union, a community-based financial cooperative for migrant families.
WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg