Brownsville’s festive ambience sets the mood for an exciting and fun vacation for the whole family. From our Charro Days festivities in February, to our Latin Jazz Festival in October, it’s no wonder Brownsville is Always a Fiesta!

Feb
1
Fri
2019
School Group Season @ Resaca de la Palma State Park
Feb 1 – Jun 30 all-day
School Group Season @ Resaca de la Palma State Park

Park admission is waived for educational institutions. Please contact the Visitor Center for more information or to book your field trip.

Feb
4
Mon
2019
War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit @ UTRGV Edinburg Campus
Feb 4 – Jun 19 all-day
War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit @ UTRGV Edinburg Campus

War and Peace on the Rio Grande 1846-1876 A Traveling Exhibit is open to the public UTRGV Visitors Center Edinburg Campus.

 

Special Events

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

“Just a Ferry Ride to Freedom”

Documentary Film Debut

UTRGV Performing Arts Complex

Edinburg Campus 6:30 pm

 

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Rio Grande Valley Civil War Trail Community Celebration

UTRGV – Edinburg Campus

Public lecture series – Student Union Theater

Re – enactors – Union & Confederate Soldiers

Book Signing 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

 

Mar
9
Sat
2019
Dawn of the Dinosaurs @ Gladys Porter Zoo
Mar 9 @ 9:00 AM – Jul 7 @ 5:00 PM
Dawn of the Dinosaurs @ Gladys Porter Zoo

The long-awaited dinosaurs have returned, just in time for Spring Break!

This limited-time exhibit will be an additional $3.00 will be at the gate or the entrance of the exhibit, which is located in the Special Events building. Step back in time and witness the dinosaurs as they once were, only at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Dawn of the Dinosaurs was made possible by the City of Brownsville, McDonald’s, and Metro by T-Mobile.

May
1
Wed
2019
Zumba & Toning @ Downtown Rec Center
May 1 2019 @ 8:30 AM – May 1 2020 @ 9:30 AM
Zumba & Toning @ Downtown Rec Center

Schedule: Monday- Friday

Bored with the treadmill? Those who enjoy a group workout atmosphere should check out our free Zumba and toning class! The program runs all year round except for holidays.

May
3
Fri
2019
Boxing Program @ Downtown Rec Center
May 3 2019 @ 5:30 PM – May 3 2020 @ 9:30 PM
Boxing Program @ Downtown Rec Center

Schedule: Monday-Friday

The Amateur and Professional Boxing Program at The  Rex is open to all. USA Boxing Registration is required to participate in competitions. To inquire or register for the program you may dial (956) 547-6857. Walk-ins at The Rec Center are also welcome. Drop by and speak with Certified Trainer Robert Campos at the gym after 5:30 pm.

May
6
Mon
2019
National Travel & Tourism Week @ City of Brownsville
May 6 – Jun 16 all-day

Celebrate National Travel & Tourism Week by being a tourist in your own backyard!

Each visitor will receive a Passport with a listing of attractions in Brownsville, the participant will have (42) days, to visit all of the attractions and get their passport stamped. Participants will pay regular admission at each location, in order to be eligible, the participant must be at least six years of age and return the stamped tourism passport to the Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts or any other location listed below.

Discover Brownsville:

  • Brownsville Heritage Museum (1325 E. Washington St.)
  • Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts (660 E. Ringgold St.)
  • Children’s Museum of Brownsville (501 Ringgold St.*Dean Porter Park*)
  • Costumes of the Americas Museum (501 Ringgold St.*Dean Porter Park*)
  • Gladys Porter Zoo (500 Ringgold St.)
  • Historic Brownsville Museum (641 E. Madison St.)
  • Old City Cemetery Museum (8th and E. Monroe Scale House)
  • Visitors Center (1700 E. 6th St.)
  • Farmers’ Market (Southern Pacific Linear Park)
  • Palo Alto National Historic Park (7200 Paredes Line Rd.)
  • Resaca de la Palma State Park (1000 New Carmen Ave.)
  • Sabal Palm Sanctuary|Rabb House (8453 Sabal Palm Rd.)

All entries must be submitted by 5:00 pm,  Monday, June 16th, 2019. Prize drawing will be held during the week.

Grand Prize: Ipad mini

*Participant must complete all 12 attractions on the passport.

2nd Prize: One year Family membership to an attraction

*Participant must complete at least 6 attractions on the passport.

3rd Prize: Brownsville goodie bag

*Participant must complete 4 attractions on the passport.

Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events

May
11
Sat
2019
An Art Exhibit: Impressions from Brownsville @ Heritage Museum, Vezzeti Room
May 11 @ 10:00 AM – Jul 27 @ 4:00 PM
An Art Exhibit: Impressions from Brownsville @ Heritage Museum, Vezzeti Room

In honor of Preservation Month, Juan Velez, Historic Preservation Officer and BHA Board Member will exhibit a collection of art work featuring historic buildings of Brownsville.

Impressions from Brownsville an Art Exhibit by Juan Velez @ Heratige Museum, Vezzetti Room
May 11 @ 10:00 AM – Jun 27 @ 4:00 PM

Brownsville native, Juan Velez, exhibits his collection of art work featuring historic buildings.  In honor of Preservation Month, the BHA hopes to inspire and educate visitors of the architectural gems displayed.  All art work is available for purchase and a portion of the sales benefit the Brownsville Historical Association.

Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
May
15
Wed
2019
Created to Create – Annual Members Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
May 15 – Jun 29 all-day
Created to Create - Annual Members Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Annual Members Art Show

May
20
Mon
2019
Yoga at Carlotta Petrina @ Carlotta K Petrina Cultural Center
May 20 @ 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Yoga at Carlotta Petrina @ Carlotta K Petrina Cultural Center

Treat yourself to enhanced flexibility, mental clarity, body awareness and sense of calm that only yoga can bring. Classes are beginner friendly. B.Y.O.M (Bring your own mat) water and towel Class is $3 Donation. All donations go to Carlotta K. Petrina Cultural Art Center. Please arrive 15 minutes early to secure your spot and Prevent disruption of the class.

If you have any questions feel free to DM

May
21
Tue
2019
Hurricane Preparedness Fair @ Brownsville Events Center
May 21 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Hurricane Preparedness Fair @ Brownsville Events Center

Come join AARP Texas as we are joined by Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino and local emergency management officials to discuss hurricane preparedness. We will discuss registering with 211 for Special Needs, evacuation and ensuring you have your personal documents stored in an easy to go packet. We will also discuss how you can prepare your home before a hurricane strikes.

May
23
Thu
2019
Tipsy Canvas At El Hueso! @ El Hueso de Fraile
May 23 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tipsy Canvas At El Hueso! @ El Hueso de Fraile

Come and celebrate Van Gogh! This month we’ll look to recreate his famous series of sunflower paintings. Learn his technique and take home a beautiful work of art as we lead you to step by step through an enchanting recreation. All materials will be provided plus 1 free drink on the house (5$ value).
Tickets must be reserved prior to the date! Cancellations must be 24 hours ahead of time to receive a refund.
Sign up now to reserve your spot!

May
25
Sat
2019
US Fish & Wildlife Fishing Classes at BEC @ Brownsville Events Center
May 25 @ 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
US Fish & Wildlife Fishing Classes at BEC @ Brownsville Events Center

Enjoy a quick fishing lesson that covers knots, hooks, lures bait & tackle, rods & reels, casting, TPWD rules, handling, and ethics. After the lesson put your new or sharpened skills to the test by catching a fish on rod and reels provided to you by the City of Brownsville.

Register online, visit https://cob.recdesk.com

Saturday Art Classes “Mosaic Create your Own Fish” @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
May 25 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday Art Classes "Mosaic Create your Own Fish" @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Saturday Art Classes
Mosaic Create your Own Fish

The Student Games @ Oliveira Park Gym
May 25 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The Student Games @ Oliveira Park Gym

Event for high school teens. The event starts at 10 am. and those attending will have to show up at 10 to register. There will be games light refreshments and snacks. Great opportunity for fellowship and a chance to win a car!

May
26
Sun
2019
Yoga at the Shop @ 7th and Park
May 26 @ 8:00 AM
Yoga at the Shop @ 7th and Park

Join us on the patio for a free yoga class. Stay for crepes, mimosas, and coffee! If necessary, we will hold the class indoors.

P.S. No mat? No problem. All yoga gear is 10% off on Sundays.

Jun
1
Sat
2019
New Colobus Monkey Exhibit: Opening Summer 2019 @ Gladys Porter Zoo
Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM – Aug 31 @ 5:00 PM
New Colobus Monkey Exhibit: Opening Summer 2019 @ Gladys Porter Zoo

Colobus Monkey Facts!

  1. The name “Colobus” is derived from the Greek word for “mutilated,” because unlike other monkeys, colobus monkeys do not have thumbs.
  2. Colobus monkeys complex stomachs enable them to digest mature or toxic foliage that other monkeys cannot.
  3. Colobus babies are born completely white. They don’t start developing their distinguished black and white coat until several weeks after birth.
  4. When jumping from tree to tree, these monkeys can leap a distance of more than 19-7 feet!
  5. Colobus troops consist of multi-female families that practice allomothering. This means that all females in the troop will take turns caring for the young.
Summer Safari @ Gladys Porter Zoo
Jun 1 @ 9:00 AM – Aug 31 @ 5:00 PM
Summer Safari @ Gladys Porter Zoo

What is your child doing this summer? Why not spend the summer learning at the Zoo? Each day includes fun-filled activities for kids starting at age 4. This exciting summer program offers sessions full of games, stories, Zoo tours, and up-close encounters with animals.

Jun
3
Mon
2019
Learn to Swim @ Tony Gonzalez Pool
Jun 3 – Aug 8 all-day

The Learn to Swim Program is taught at both Sams Pool and Tony Gonzalez Pool. There are 5 sessions during the summer season. Register online! or in person at both pool locations.

Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
Learn to Swim @ Sams Memorial Pool
Jun 3 – Aug 8 all-day

The Learn to Swim Program is taught at both Sams Pool and Tony Gonzalez Pool. There are 5 sessions during the summer season. Register online! or in person at both pool locations.

Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
Lit Program @ Rec Center
Jun 3 @ 8:00 AM – Aug 9 @ 4:00 PM
Lit Program @ Rec Center

**Schedule: Monday – Friday for the months of June 3 – August 9**

LIT and LIIT

2 summer programs offered by City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department.

Both programs are open to teenagers (14-17 years of age). Both programs are an excellent opportunity for teens to build their resumes, learn work related skills, and enjoy a fun & safe summer parks & recreation setting.

*Job Training

*Field trips

*Breakfast & Lunch

*Team building skills

*Fun & Recreation

Lit Program @ Tony Gonzalez Park
Jun 3 @ 8:00 AM – Aug 9 @ 4:00 PM
Lit Program @ Tony Gonzalez Park

**Schedule: Monday – Friday for the months of June 3 – August 9**

LIT and LIIT

2 summer programs offered by City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department.

Both programs are open to teenagers (14-17 years of age). Both programs are an excellent opportunity for teens to build their resumes, learn work related skills, and enjoy a fun & safe summer parks & recreation setting.

*Job Training

*Field trips

*Breakfast & Lunch

*Team building skills

*Fun & Recreation

Summer Rec Program: Hawaiian Lua @ Rec Center
Jun 3 @ 8:00 AM – Jun 7 @ 4:00 PM
The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Recreation Program is a safe, fun, supervised program for children.
Our activities range from indoor & outdoor sports, recreational games, arts & crafts, and more!  Your child will make new friends, learn skills, and make excellent summer memories.
Breakfast and Lunch is provided by BISD.
The program is intended for children between the ages of 6-17.
The program is currently offered at two park locations.
The program has 10 sessions this summer.
*Extended Program*
Monday – Friday:
4PM – 6PM
+ Optional $10 Fee
Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
Summer Rec Program: Hawaiian Lua @ Tony Gonzalez Park
Jun 3 @ 8:00 AM – Jun 7 @ 4:00 PM
The City of Brownsville Parks and Recreation Department Summer Recreation Program is a safe, fun, supervised program for children.
Our activities range from indoor & outdoor sports, recreational games, arts & crafts, and more!  Your child will make new friends, learn skills, and make excellent summer memories.
Breakfast and Lunch is provided by BISD.
The program is intended for children between the ages of 6-17.
The program is currently offered at two park locations.
The program has 10 sessions this summer.
*Extended Program*
Monday – Friday:
4PM – 6PM
+ Optional $10 Fee
Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
Art and Music Summer Camps @ the BMFA – Session I @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Jun 3 @ 9:00 AM – Jun 7 @ 3:00 PM
Art and Music Summer Camps @ the BMFA - Session I @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

Art and Music Summer Camps – Session I.
Come and enjoy doing arts and crafts, and playing you favorite instrument (Piano, Violin or Guitar) Breakfast, Lunch, T-Shirts and Certificate included.
Scholarships available. Limited spots.