The community comes together for Charro Days to celebrate what makes Brownsville unique: Its location on the border with Mexico and the rich cultural heritage enjoyed by Brownsville’s residents. Residents and visitors dress in the traditional costumes of Mexico and honor the Mexican cowboys the "Charros" who were heroes of the borderlands.
Take part in one of the largest celebrations in the RGV at Fiesta Edinburg. The week-long festival provides patrons with a carnival, a parade, live music, arts and crafts booths, and some of the best food around. Be ready to party at this Texas-sized event at Edinburg Municipal Park.
Celebrate unique border culture at Hidalgo's BorderFest. This festival is jam-packed with live music from regional and national talents like Paty Cantu, La Leyenda, Janet Jackson, and Selena Gomez. Other entertainment includes a parade, the Miss Hidalgo Pageant, a square dance, a car show, and sand sculptures by Sandscapes. This South Texas festival is all about fun.
This region of South Texas is known as being a birder's paradise, so it's not surprising that the city of Harlingen hosts an event like the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. If bird watching is your hobby, learn more about the craft and the animal you're admiring at this nature fest. Guided bird tours, a trade show, children's activities, and seminars are all part of this festival.
Get ready for buckin' broncos and rodeo clowns at the Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show. This particular livestock show is one of the top ten in the state. The popular festival features a parade, a rodeo, a beauty pageant, and of course, a livestock competition. As you're enjoying the activities, you'll see the best-raised steers, rabbits, goats, lambs, pigs, and horses win first prize.
Gas up the boat and head to the Texas International Fishing Tournament, the largest of its kind in the state. Cast a line and make the catch to win some money in this offshore competition. Past competitors have reeled in big fish like blue marlin, white marlin, and sailfish, along with smaller catches like speckled trout, redfish, and flounder. If you're prone to seasickness on a boat, hang out at the docks and watch the action from the shore.