Weekend Events — Friday, Feb. 1 – Sunday, Feb. 3

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

WEEKEND

CIRCUS SAURUS
Carson & Barnes Circus presents its prehistoric show under the big top featuring a trio of Deinonychus and endangered Asian elephants.
WHEN 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and
8 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m.,
5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday; 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday
WHERE 3401 W. Expressway 83 in McAllen
COST Tickets start at $16 per adult and $6 per child on www.bigtopshow.com

SPI KITE FEST 2019
The festival will feature performances by Team Kitelife, Team RevRiders, End of the Line, Amy and Connor Doran and Lisa Willoughby as well as a sky filled with huge show kites.
WHEN 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday
WHERE North of the SPI Convention Center
COST Free

STAND UP PADDLEBOARD WORKOUT
Join a Town Lake staff member for a 30-minute workout on a paddleboard. No experience is necessary.
WHEN Noon Saturday and Sunday
WHERE Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, 201 N. 1st St., McAllen

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

‘PHANTOM OF THE OPERA’
Susy’s Dance Studio presents the performance.
WHEN 7 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Edinburg Conference Center, 118 Paseo del Prado, Edinburg
COST Tickets are available by calling (956) 540-1114

FRIDAY

MR. LATIN
The entertainer will present live music weekly.
WHEN 6 p.m. Friday
WHERE La Casa del Taco, 1100 W. Houston Ave., McAllen
COST No cover

Q94.5 BOGGUS FORD TAILGATE PARTY
Bands set to perform include Shattered Sun, Sleeping Village, Overt Enemy and Panteon. Fajitas will be available.
WHEN 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday
WHERE 801 N. Jackson Road, McAllen

BRENDAN KINSELLA, PIANO
As part of the Faculty Artist Series, Dr. Brendan Kinsella presents the second part of his performance study on J.S. Bach’s monumental keyboard work, “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I.” Focusing on the work’s spirituality, creative brilliance, and stirring emotional content, this lecture-recital reaffirms both the mastery of Bach’s compositional style and his ability to convey through music the essence of the human experience.
WHEN 7 p.m. Friday
WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg
COST Free

BUTTERFLY/DRAGONFLY WALK
The ranger-led hike will note the insects, some found nowhere else but in South Texas.
WHEN 1:30 p.m. Friday
WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, 154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco
COST $5 per adult, free for children 12 and under

BIRD & NATURE WALK
Join a staff naturalist for a 1-mile walk to explore birds, butterflies, plants and more.
WHEN 8:30 a.m. Friday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83
COST $1 suggested donation

GARY HOBBS
The 35-year veteran of Tejano music will perform live.
WHEN 8 p.m. Friday
WHERE Prim’s Place Live, 741 Main St. in Alamo
COST $20

SATURDAY

SHAKEN NOT STIRRED
The Junior League of McAllen’s annual fundraiser will feature food, a martini competition, dessert bar, live music, dancing, raffles, auctions and more.
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Sofie’s ‘SS’
Saloon, 6801 S. 10th St., McAllen
COST Tickets available at www.juniorleaguemcallen.org

PARTY ON THE BOULEVARD
Party on the Boulevard is a festival that will feature a biergarten, food trucks, two music stages, artisans, competitions, and demonstrations, pet parade, and more. More information at www.partyontheblvd.com.
WHEN 11 a.m. Saturday
WHERE Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show Grounds, 1000 N. Texas Blvd., Mercedes
COST Free admission

BILL HAUGEBERG, TROMBONE
As part of the Faculty Artist Series, ‘All My Toys’ is a whimsical and light-hearted tribute to Bill Haugeberg’s many instruments presented in collaboration with Dr. Juan Pablo Andrade on piano.
WHEN 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, Edinburg
COST Free

LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Year of the Pig alongside the Rio Grande Valley’s Asian community. Visitors of all ages will be able to partake in traditional customs that are performed throughout Asia during the Lunar New Year. Activities include traditional Korean games, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese red envelopes, tea and food tastings, musical and dance performances, and more.
WHEN 10 a.m. Saturday
WHERE International Museum of Art & Science, 1900 W. Nolana Ave., McAllen
COST Included in cost of general admission, free for IMAS members

TRADICIONES 2019
Ballet Folklorico South Texas College presents its seventh concert featuring musical guests conjunto Jaguar, Orquesta Emperadores Del Valle, Son Luna and Trio Santuario Huasteco.
WHEN 7:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Performing Arts Center, 801 Convention Center Blvd.
COST $12 per person at the box office

COSTELLO AND FRIENDS
The band will perform live.
WHEN 8:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Spaugy’s Ice House, 815 N. Francisco Ave., Mission
COST $5 per person at the door

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

BIRDING BASICS
The two-hour course introduces the equipment and books needed to become a birdwatcherr. Learn how to use them to spot and identify birds with Connie and Tom Unsicker.
WHEN 1:30 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Estero Llano Grande State Park, 154 Lakeview Drive, Weslaco

MORNING YOGA
The yoga program is designed to provide all attendees, despite activity level, with the benefits of yoga practice.
WHEN 9:30 a.m. Saturday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S. Business 83, McAllen
COST $1 suggested donation

BEGIN TO BIRDWATCH
More than 500 species of birds have been seen in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, making it more diverse than all but six states. Participants of Begin to Birdwatch will learn the five keys to bird identification, helpful birdwatching tools and tricks, and how to attract birds to your home — plus, a guided bird walk.
WHEN 2 p.m. Saturday
WHERE Quinta Mazatlán World Birding Center, 600 Sunset Drive, McAllen
COST $5

SUNDAY

AR SOCIALES WEDDING AND QUINCEANERA EXPO
The expo will feature vendors and exhibits.
WHEN Noon Sunday
WHERE McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd.
COST $10 per person

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

FOREST BATHING
The form of nature meditation (shinrin-yoku) is suitable for any level of
fitness and can be done anywhere there are trees. Adults and mature children are welcome.
WHEN 9:30 a.m. Sunday
WHERE McAllen Nature Center, 4101 U.S.
Business 83

FREE ENTRY SUNDAY
Explore the trails and stop by the observation tower. Check out the river by taking a hike along pintail lakes trail. Stop by the visitor’s center and check out a pair of binoculars, and the staff will assist you in identifying animals and critters you saw along the way.
WHEN 7 a.m. Sunday
WHERE Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 3325 Green Jay Road, Alamo
COST Free

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

LUNAR NEW YEAR STORYTIME
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and learn about traditional Korean culture, clothes, games and crafts with UTRGV Professor Mijin Oh-Villarreal. The event is designed for pre-K through fifth-graders with their grown-ups.
WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE McAllen Public Library, 4001 N. 23rd St.

SUNDAY SPEAKER SERIES
“The Goodnight-Loving Trail” ran from Young County, Texas, southwest to Horsehead Crossing on the Pecos River, up the Pecos to Fort Sumner, New Mexico, and on north to Colorado,” according to the Texas State Historical Association website. However, it could be speculated that some herders from the Chisholm Trail took a turn and joined the Goodnight-Loving Trail to travel northeast into Colorado or Wyoming. Joseph E. Chance, Ph.D., is an author of several published books on history, newspaper columns and essays. A fifth generation Texan, Chance was raised in Austin before making the RGV his home.
WHEN 2 p.m. Sunday
WHERE Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg
COST General admission