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!

Dec
1
Sat
2018
Costumes of America Exhibit: Honoring the Past and Coloring the Future @ Costumes of America Museum
Dec 1 2018 @ 10:00 AM – May 12 2019 @ 5:00 PM
Costumes of America Exhibit: Honoring the Past and Coloring the Future @ Costumes of America Museum

Highlighting the season’s exhibit is a Children’s Coloring Book illustrated exclusively for the museum by Don Breeden. Come and experience a one of a kind of collection of authentic and indigenous textiles and art.

Jan
8
Tue
2019
Fort Brown Exhibit @ Historic Brownsville Museum
Jan 8 @ 10:00 PM – Mar 30 @ 4:00 PM
Fort Brown Exhibit @ Historic Brownsville Museum

Many themes in U.S. history pertain to the Fort Brown. These includes: the Mexican American War, The US Civil War, World War 1, yellow fever research, women in the military and Tejanos in the military. the bi-lingual panels in this exhibits highlights these themes with an introduction and conclusion included. This student project contains a total of 20 free-standing banners and is on temporary display at the Historic Brownsville Museum from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Jan
9
Wed
2019
Sanctus Martyrs of Faith @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Jan 9 @ 6:00 PM – Feb 28 @ 8:00 PM
Sanctus Martyrs of Faith @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

As my eye peers through the viewfinder of my camera, I’m mindful of my vision before I weigh down on my shutter release. To capture a series of photographs that shows the viewer a glimpse into a spiritual world of the many faces of Christian saints portrayed by model Claudia Marcela Henry. The repertoire of photos I present is a vision that was inspired by classical religious paintings and my perspective as a photographer to capture the majesty and beauty of the lives of Christian saints.

I am a Brownsville native and call this city my home. A photojournalist by day at The Brownsville Herald and an artist by night. Photography has been a constant in my life. There is no greater joy to me then to bring a nostalgic smile to those who view my photographs.

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 956-350-2920 for more information or to book your field trip.

Email: lauren.acevedo@tpwd.texas.gov

Brownsville Raid Exhibit @ Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room
Feb 1 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 30 @ 4:00 PM
Brownsville Raid Exhibit @ Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room

The Brownsville Raid was an historic event of racial injustice against the 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry, on August 13, 1906. The 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry stationed at the Fort Brown were accused of the murdered of a white bartender and a lengthy trial ensued. The matter reached President Theodore Roosevelt, who ultimately dishonorably  discharged the Buffalo Soldiers, even though proof of culpability had not been found. The Buffalo Soldiers were eventually pardoned and honorably discharged in 1972 by President Nixon. the exhibit will include maps, never before seen images of Army / civilian correspondence, military pardon addendum and more. Through the help of Congressman Vela’s office and special research access of the National Archives, we present this unique exhibit.

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

 

Feb
15
Fri
2019
Dealing with Death by Overdose & Naloxone (Narcan) Training @ UTRGV
Feb 15 all-day
Dealing with Death by Overdose & Naloxone (Narcan) Training @ UTRGV

According to research, the U.S. has nearly 100 people die daily from an overdose which usually involves an opioid such as painkillers or heroin. The Department of Health and Human Services has labeled the problem as an epidemic. Despite research of the number of deaths occurring involving an opioid, there has been no research conducted in the U.S. to help the bereaved families. The workshop will involve and engage professionals how to apply the use of healing art activities to conduct grief work with bereaved families who lost a loved one to an opioid overdose.

In the Naloxone (Narcan) training, professionals will role-play a scenario assessing and assisting individuals who are experiencing symptoms of an opioid overdose and apply the use of Naloxone (Narcan) to reverse those effects and save a life. No medical training required. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants.

Note: Participants will receive 3 CEUs for attending this workshop.

UTRGV STUDENTS ONLY: UTRGV students have the option of receiving a $15 discount on the fee for this course. Students who take advantage of the discount will not be eligible to receive CEU’s, but will receive a certificate of completion.

Feb
16
Sat
2019
The Art of Photography-Animals with two legs and four @ Resaca de la Palma State Park
Feb 16 @ 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The Art of Photography-Animals with two legs and four @ Resaca de la Palma State Park

Join us at the park for a 4 week course Photography Workshop. Hosted by returning guest Gene Lybarger.

Workshop Schedule:
*Saturday, January 7th-Controlling your camera & problem solving
*Saturday, February 2nd-Escapes of all types
*Saturday, February 9th- Going from ordinary to extraordinary
*Saturday, February 16th-Animals with two legs and four

Program Fee: $7 per Class
Ages: 15 Years and Up

*Registration Required*
Call our office now to reserve your spot, space is limited.
(956) 350-2920

Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 16 @ 2:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 16 @ 5:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Black History Month: Special Speaker Series. Callandret/Brock Fam. History in the LRGV @ Schreiner University Brownsville FYC
Feb 16 @ 6:00 PM
Black History Month: Special Speaker Series. Callandret/Brock Fam. History in the LRGV @ Schreiner University Brownsville FYC

Join this historic family, who still resides in the LRGV. At a time of segregation Mr. Callandret’s farmland was donated to construct the first school for blacks in the Valley, and the first to be named after an African American. Join us as we visit with this family, and share their history and life in the LRGV.

Kelly Miller Circus 2019 @ Next to Wal-Mart
Feb 16 @ 6:00 PM
Kelly Miller Circus 2019 @ Next to Wal-Mart

The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Brownsville, Texas! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Veterans Females United.

Welcome To The Kelly Miller Circus! Our Circus is full of fun and entertainment for the whole family! While Kelly Miller Circus still supports circuses with exotic animals, we have chosen, this year to be exotic animal free. Your circus experience will be full of funny clowns, stunts, defying acts, and an overall family experience you can’t find anywhere else. Come experience the Kelly Miller Circus, coming to a town near you!

 

Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 16 @ 8:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Kelly Miller Circus 2019 @ Next to Wal-Mart
Feb 16 @ 8:00 PM
Kelly Miller Circus 2019 @ Next to Wal-Mart

The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Brownsville, Texas! Thanks to the sponsorship of the Veterans Females United.

Welcome To The Kelly Miller Circus! Our Circus is full of fun and entertainment for the whole family! While Kelly Miller Circus still supports circuses with exotic animals, we have chosen, this year to be exotic animal free. Your circus experience will be full of funny clowns, stunts, defying acts, and an overall family experience you can’t find anywhere else. Come experience the Kelly Miller Circus, coming to a town near you!

Feb
17
Sun
2019
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 17 @ 2:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 17 @ 5:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot
Feb 17 @ 8:00 PM
Circus Saurus @ Storage Perfecto Parking Lot

See The Dinosaurs and Unicorn Come Alive At The Circus

Carson & Barnes Circus would like to invite you to come explore a world of magic under the BIG TOP.
Immerse yourself into a mythological quest where fantasies and dreams become a reality. You will be transported to a whimsical world where mystical creatures will come to life right before your eyes. New heights of imagination will be reached as the elusive unicorn prances through the center ring to delight children of all ages. Dinosaurs will once again shake the ground we walk on as we travel back millions of years. Majestic Asian Elephants will captivate your heart. This fantastical adventure can only be found under the CIRCUS BIG TOP!!!

Feb
20
Wed
2019
Just A Ferry Ride To Freedom: A Documentary Film Debut @ UTRGV Performing Arts Center
Feb 20 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Just A Ferry Ride To Freedom: A Documentary Film Debut @ UTRGV Performing Arts Center

This film showcases stories about the Texas-Mexico border and its connection to the Underground Railroad. Rooted in pre-Civil War Texas along the Rio Grande between the emerging cities of Laredo and Brownsville, this film highlights mixed-race ranches in Hidalgo County and illustrates how culturally diverse the Rio Grande Valley really is. Life ways developed during that time still influence life along the border and across the US today. Featured in the film are community leaders, ranchers, and historians who find out how a just a ferry ride across the border to freedom altered the course of US history.

Feb
26
Tue
2019
Charro Days Art Contest Display @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts
Feb 26 @ 10:00 AM – Mar 2 @ 4:00 PM
Charro Days Art Contest Display @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Arts | Brownsville | Texas | United States

Art Contest
Hours of Operation
Tuesdays- Thursdays: 10am- 4pm
Sundays-Mondays: Closed

Mar
2
Sat
2019
Living History @ Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Mar 2 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Living History @ Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park | Brownsville | Texas | United States

Enjoy a unique learning experience. Chat with living historians and listen to stories about the battle of Palo Alto and the Mexican War. Programs include live musket and artillery demonstrations. Weapons demonstrations are dependent upon weather.

Mar
14
Thu
2019
Bruce Guilden – Lectures back to back @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Mar 14 all-day
Bruce Guilden - Lectures back to back @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

During this one day workshop legendary photographer Bruce Gilden will provide insight through interactive sessions and group discussions on shooting methods, individual style and editing tips. At this workshop Gilden will assist you in developing or expanding your style as a photographer. This workshop is open to both amateurs and professionals. This is a rare opportunity to learn from a living legend.

This workshop offers:
• Concepts of street photography
• Developing an eye
• Editing Tips

Please Submit Photographs to The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art for a chance to have them Critiqued by Gilden during the last hour of lecture.

Bruce Gilden:
An Iconic street photographer with a unique style, Bruce Gilden was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. He first went to Penn State University but he found his sociology courses too boring for his temperament and he quit college. Gilden briefly toyed with the idea of being an actor but in 1967, he decided to buy a camera and to become a photographer. Although he did attend some evening classes at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Bruce Gilden is to be considered substantially a self-taught photographer.
Right from childhood, he has always been fascinated by the life on the streets and the complicated and fascinating motion it involves, and this was the spark that inspired his first long-term personal projects, photographing in Coney Island and then during the Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Over the years he has produced long and detailed photographic projects in New York, Haiti, France , Ireland, India, Russia, Japan, England and now in America.
Since the seventies his work has been exhibited in museum and art galleries all over the world and is part of many collections.
The photographic style of Bruce Gilden is defined by the dynamic accent of his pictures, his special graphic qualities, and his original and direct manner of shooting the faces of passers-by with a flash. Gilden’s powerful images in black and white and now in color have brought the Magnum photographer worldwide fame.
Gilden has received many awards and grants for his work, including National Endowments for the Arts fellowships (1980, 1984 and 1992), French “Villa Medicis Hors les Murs” grant (1995), grants from the New York State Foundation for the Arts ( 1979, 1992 and 2000), a Japan Foundation Artist Fellowship (1999) and in 2013 a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship.
Bruce Gilden has published 18 monographs of his work, among them: Facing New York, 1992; Bleus, 1994; Haiti, 1996 (European Publishers Award for Photography); After The Off, 1999; Go, 2000; Coney Island, 2002; A Beautiful Catastrophe, 2004; Foreclosures, 2013; A complete Examination of Middlesex, 2014. In 2015, Gilden published Face, and Hey Mister Throw Me Some Beads! His new book Un Nouveau Regard Sur la Mobilité Urbane featuring the commission he did for the French transportation system RATP was released in April 2016.
Bruce Gilden joined Magnum Photos in 1998. He lives in Beacon, New York.

Mar
27
Wed
2019
47th International Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art
Mar 27 – Apr 27 all-day
47th International Art Show @ Brownsville Museum of Fine Art

The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art is now accepting applications for its 47th. Annual International Art Show. The exhibition will be juried by visual artists Joe Harjo (San Antonio, TX) and Mauricio Saenz (Matamoros, Mexico / Brownsville, TX). The registration fee is $45.00 for up to 3 art pieces. The opening reception will be on Wednesday March 27 at 6:00 pm, and the exhibition time will be from March 27 thru April 27, 2019.

Mar
30
Sat
2019
Introduction to Digital Photography @ UTRGV Brownsville
Mar 30 all-day
Introduction to Digital Photography @ UTRGV Brownsville

*Date: March 30, 2019
Time: Saturday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM*

The invention of smart phones and photo filters has turned almost everyone into a photographer. However, good photography requires a strong sense of creativity and aesthetics, coupled with a range of technical skills.

This introductory course will expose participants to the basics of digital photography and help them best utilize their digital cameras. Exploring these topics with the instructor will help improve your digital photography skills, and teach you what really goes into creating a good photo.

Course topics will include:

What is a digital photography file?
Shooting on auto mode (Point and Shoot) [can be done with a DSLR or even a smart phone]
White on White / Black on Black / White on Black / Black on White
Components of a good photograph
Rules of composition
The decisive moment
Rules of composition exercise
Conclusions and a quick teaser of shooting in manual mode
For this session, participants can bring any type of digital camera. We will be focusing more on putting the rules of composition in practice, and learning to use lights and shadows in your favor.

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Living History @ Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Apr 6 @ 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Living History @ Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park | Brownsville | Texas | United States

Enjoy a unique learning experience. Chat with living historians and listen to stories about the battle of Palo Alto and the Mexican War. Programs include live musket and artillery demonstrations. Weapons demonstrations are dependent upon weather.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Walk for Child Abuse Prevention @ Tip of Texas Family Outreach
Apr 13 all-day
Walk for Child Abuse Prevention @ Tip of Texas Family Outreach

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Join the Tip of Texas Family Outreach for its annual
Walk for Child Abuse Prevention & 1 Mile Fun Run
This event is held annually to help raise community awareness about this very important issue that affects our community. Registration fee is only $10. All proceeds will benefit our child abuse prevention programs. Online registration coming soon!