Festiva Events — Friday, Dec. 28 – Sunday, Dec. 30

WEEKEND

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 Jan. 2

WHERE South Padre Island Convention Centre,

COST Free

FRIDAY

ABBA MANIA

The tribute show takes audiences back in time by recreating the pop group in a live stage performance.

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

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

COST Tickets start at $30 at ticketmaster.com

‘WINTER WONDERLAND’ OPENING RECEPTION

The art exhibit will open with refreshments, an opportunity to meet the artists and a presentation of awards.

WHEN 7 to 10 p.m. Friday

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

END OF YEAR HOLIDAY PARTY

The event will include food and art vendors as well as music by Reinforce, In Shades, Dythalla, Kingsway, Ricin and Partying!

WHEN 8 p.m. Friday

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

COST $2

FAMILY COLORING

All ages are welcome to color some unique designs.

WHEN 2 p.m. Friday

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

BIRD & NATURE WALK

Join a staff naturalist for a 1-mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants, and whatever else happens to cross the path.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

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

THE ROVERS

The band will perform live.

WHEN 3 p.m. Friday

WHERE El Vaquero’s Hangout, 5704 S. FM 494, Granjeno

SATURDAY

TYGA

The American rapper will perform live.

WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Golden Luxury Social Club, 1100 Austin Ave., McAllen

COST Tickets start at $45. For VIP or information, call (956) 536-1008, (956) 454-6358 or (956) 598-3279.

NEW YEAR’S SCAVENGER HUNT RUCK

Proceeds will go toward the RRST Scholarship Fund. Breakfast and drinks will be provided. Checklist items include video of a person doing 22 push-ups at the top of every hour, a full bag of trash, an out-of-state license plate, and a photo of someone shotgunning a beer.

WHEN 8 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $10 with signed waiver

TAI CHI IN THE PARK

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

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

BOAT & FISH TOWN LAKE

Pedal boat, kayak or stand-up paddleboard on Town Lake. Bring your own or rent.

WHEN Noon Saturday

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

COST Rentals start at $10

TRIBUTE TO SODA STEREO

The show will offer the best of the Argentinian band’s hits.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

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

INTRO TO POI CLASS

Poi is a term used to describe a performance art and the equipment used to perform the art. It originated with the Maori people of New Zealand. The art involves swinging tethered weights in a variety of rhythmical and geometrical patterns. Poi can be made from different materials, handles, weights and effects (such as LED lights).

WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday

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

NOISE COMPLAINT PRODUCTIONS

The band will perform live.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Recuerdos Bar, 115 S. 17th St., McAllen

MORNING YOGA

The 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.

WHEN 9:30 p.m.  Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

GRUPO ZERENO

The band will perform live.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Rinky Dinkys, 18608 N. FM 493, Edinburg

SPECTACULAR SATURDAYS

The special event is held the last Saturday of each month. This month’s program is Puppet Play.

WHEN 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road

COST Free

SENSORY SATURDAY

Activities are held in a calm and relaxing environment and are open to ages 3 and older with a caregiver.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

BIRD & NATURE WALK

Join a staff naturalist for a 1-mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants, and whatever else happens to cross the path.

WHEN 8:30 a.m. Saturday

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

COST $1 suggested donation

NATURE EXCHANGE

Like collecting things? Have you found a cool rock or snake skin? Bring in your collected natural items and earn points to trade them for other cool nature items. It’s a swap shop for nature!

WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday

WHERE Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, 714 S. Raul Longoria Road

TINA VAN AND THE VIBE

The band will perform live.

WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Carlito’s Wine House, 204 Jackson St., Harlingen

COST No cover

99 RISING SHOW

The musical line-up will include Mind Over Matter, 99 Rising, Jason Kane & The Jive and Tryceratop.

WHEN 9 p.m. Saturday

WHERE Hop Shop, 923 S. 7th St., Harlingen

SUNDAY

MOSCOW BALLET’S ‘GREAT RUSSIAN NUTCRACKER’

WHEN 3 p.m. Sunday

WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.

COST Tickets start at $28 at ticketmaster.com

RIVERSIDE BAND

The band will perform live country music.

WHEN 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday

WHERE Riverside Club, 214 E. Chimney Road, Mission

COST No cover

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

END OF THE YEAR MUSIC FEST

The live music line-up will include Last Repent, Venemous, Red Hour, Ernest G., and Bagwell.

WHEN 10 p.m. Sunday

WHERE The Flying Walrus, 204 S. 17th St., McAllen

COST Free