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
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
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
23
Thu
2019
Brownsville Fashion Week @ Historic Downtown Brownsville
May 23 @ 12:00 PM – May 26 @ 1:00 PM
Brownsville Fashion Week @ Historic Downtown Brownsville

Brownsville’s first week-long celebration of local icons, talent, and resistance in fashion. Eight runway shows will feature the emerging talent from the Rio Grande Valley in the fashion industry including; designers, models, and stylists. This inaugural year’s theme is THE START, as the event will serve both as a tribute to the origins of our city’s fashion and arts scene and as a welcome to its new era as an ever-evolving, one-of-a-kind force of expression, resilience, dissent, and joy from a proudly binational community.

Tentative locations include:  Alice Hope Park; Brownsville City Hall; United States Postal Office; La Plaza Parking Garage; Harry E. McNair Park; Carlotta Petrina Museum; and Hotel El Jardin.

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!

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
7
Fri
2019
First Friday @ Historic Downtown Venues
Jun 7 @ 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
First Friday @ Historic Downtown Venues

BROWNSVILLE’s entertainment and arts district springs to life for this event with galleries, cafes, bars, artisans, restaurants, performers, musicians, DJ’s, poets and more. Join us for this historic event! Now Introducing the BROWNSVILLE Art Market for all artist to display and sell they’re fine art.

Jun
8
Sat
2019
Boca Chica Beach – Rio Grande River Cleanup @ Boca Chica Beach
Jun 8 @ 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Boca Chica Beach - Rio Grande River Cleanup @ Boca Chica Beach

This is a cleanup of Boca Chica Beach at the mouth of the Rio Grande River. This area has a lot of trash. We have coordinated this event with County Commissioner Sophia Benavides’ office in order to have county support and trash pickup. Please come out and volunteer to make a difference.

This cleanup has been registered as a World Oceans Day 2019 event, and it has also been registered with American Rivers and Keep Texas Waterways Beautiful.

All cleanup supplies along with sunscreen and insect repellent will be provided.

Jun
12
Wed
2019
Special Event Services Fair @ Brownsville Event Center
Jun 12 @ 1:00 PM – Jun 13 @ 7:00 PM
Special Event Services Fair @ Brownsville Event Center

The Perfect location to find everything for your special event.

Jun
15
Sat
2019
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park
Jun 15 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park

The Artisan Market will feature: Glass Garden Art, Mexican Curios, Wood Furniture, Plants, Jewelry, Vintage Collectibles, Mexican and Peruvian Clothing, Metal Yard Art, Crochet, Bows, Wind chimes, and MUCH MUCH MORE! We will also be presenting a movie in the park!

You don’t want to miss this! Lawn seating: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

MOVIE BEGINS AT 8:00 PM

 

Jul
7
Sun
2019
Brownsville’s 9th Annual Car Show @ Brownsville Event Center
Jul 7 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Brownsville's 9th Annual Car Show @ Brownsville Event Center

An indoor and outdoor event
Come and enjoy many different vehicles, classics, 4x4s, lowriders, motorcycles, 18 wheelers, power wheels, bicycles, a variety of cars trucks, jeeps, vans, you name it if it got wheels it will be here. Live music, food, vendors, fun for the whole family.
Show and shine $10
Outdoor car entrees $40
Indoor $80 ( very limited space and display required )
Low rider bikes$ 25
Motorcycles $25

Veterans and their family enter free with Id.
For more info ask us.
Line up to set up 8 am
(Media and photographers are welcome to get a media pass. )

Jul
20
Sat
2019
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park
Jul 20 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park

The Artisan Market will feature: Glass Garden Art, Mexican Curios, Wood Furniture, Plants, Jewelry, Vintage Collectibles, Mexican and Peruvian Clothing, Metal Yard Art, Crochet, Bows, Wind chimes, and MUCH MUCH MORE! We will also be presenting a movie in the park!

You don’t want to miss this! Lawn seating: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

MOVIE BEGINS AT 8:00 PM

 

Aug
13
Tue
2019
The Brownsville Raid @ 7th & Park
Aug 13 @ 6:30 PM
The Brownsville Raid @ 7th & Park

Come out and learn about local history and join us for a special edition gravel night ride through Historical Downtown, the Old Fort Brown and connecting roads around it.

The Brownsville Raid of 1906, also known as the “Brownsville Affair,” in Texas resulted in the largest U.S. Army dismissal in the history of the military branch. On the night of August 13th, a shooting spree took place in the town of Brownsville that claimed the life of a White bartender and wounded a Hispanic police officer. Without clear evidence about who was responsible for the shootings, the Whites in town blamed the 25th Infantry Regiment soldiers based on earlier tensions. It was later deemed an injustice against black soldiers.

We will be hosting a special gravel night ride through downtown Brownsville and the gravel backroads that surround it on the anniversary of this incident. There will be a special history presentation preceding the event. Rollout will be 7:00pm and will require both front and rear lights. 20-25 miles. No drop ride, be self sustainable for flats and fuel.

Aug
17
Sat
2019
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park
Aug 17 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park

The Artisan Market will feature: Glass Garden Art, Mexican Curios, Wood Furniture, Plants, Jewelry, Vintage Collectibles, Mexican and Peruvian Clothing, Metal Yard Art, Crochet, Bows, Wind chimes, and MUCH MUCH MORE! We will also be presenting a movie in the park!

You don’t want to miss this! Lawn seating: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

MOVIE BEGINS AT 8:00 PM

 

Sep
21
Sat
2019
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park
Sep 21 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Lunada Artisan Market @ Linear Park

The Artisan Market will feature: Glass Garden Art, Mexican Curios, Wood Furniture, Plants, Jewelry, Vintage Collectibles, Mexican and Peruvian Clothing, Metal Yard Art, Crochet, Bows, Wind chimes, and MUCH MUCH MORE! We will also be presenting a movie in the park!

You don’t want to miss this! Lawn seating: Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.

MOVIE BEGINS AT 8:00 PM

 

Oct
12
Sat
2019
Zombie Charge 5K Obstalce Run Festival @ Claytons Beach Bar
Oct 12 all-day
Zombie Charge 5K Obstalce Run Festival @ Claytons Beach Bar | South Padre Island | Texas | United States

Zombie Charge is a 5K open level, family friendly obstacle race hosted on the beach. It’s the only race that has obstacles and zombies in the midwest happening on South Padre Island. Bring friends, family and co-workers and make plans to stay on the island for an awesome beach run with challenges, obstacles, zombies and a festival at Clayton’s.

Oct
26
Sat
2019
Haunted Trails 2019 @ Resaca de la Palma State Park
Oct 26 @ 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Come and “explore the spooky side of nature!”

Join us at Resaca De La Palma State Park for the Haunted Trails.
Participate in a costume contest. Enjoy Trunk or Treat, Music, Food, Vendors, Games, Prizes, Inflatables, 2 Trails.

There will also be a Pet Costume Contest ( please keep your pets on a leash, and if they make a mess, please pick up after them).

There will be so much to see and do, you do not want to miss it!

Brownsville Events, Upcoming Events
Nov
25
Mon
2019
Holiday Village Opening Day @ Dean Porter Park
Nov 25 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Holiday Village Opening Day @ Dean Porter Park

Come stroll through the Holiday Village and be magically transported to the North Pole. Admission is free and the memories are priceless.