January

MCALLEN: Jan. 21 McAllen Marathon Race features a 26.2-mile full-marathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon, or a 5-person relay-marathon adventure through the downtown streets of tropical McAllen, where the average January weather is between 50 to 71 degrees. The McAllen Marathon a USATF-certified marathon and a qualifier for the Boston Marathon, and is billed as a very flat and fast course for competitive runners. McAllen Convention Center, 700 Convention Center Blvd. mcallenmarathon.com 956-681-3333

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 18-Jan. 18 Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Six Flags Fiesta Texas celebrates Holiday in the Park. Experience the park transformed into a winter wonderland after dark. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 I-10 West. sixflags.com/fiestatexas

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 31-Jan. 1 Celebrate San Antonio! Ring in the New Year San Antonio style. Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities, and more. Festivities occur on South Alamo Street between Cesar Chavez and Market streets, La Villita (418 Villita St.), and HemisFair Park (434 S. Alamo St.). saparksfoundation.org

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 10-14 San Antonio Cocktail Conference The first of its kind in Texas, bringing together top bartenders for four days of educational seminars, guided tastings, and cocktail parties. Various locations. sanantoniococktailconference.com

SAN ANTONIO: Jan. 15 City of San Antonio Martin Luther King Jr. March On January 19, 1987, the Commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official MLK March. Each year, a variety of educational, inspirational, and celebratory events honor one of the nation’s most revered civil rights leaders. MLK Academy, 3501 MLK Dr. sanantonio.gov/mlk

WESLACO: Jan. 18 Alfresco Weslaco A monthly street festival that features live music, vendor booths, and delicious food, all in the heart of Downtown Weslaco. weslacodc.com 956-969-0838

SAN ANTONIO: January 6. Christmas Bird Count for Kids Bring the kids to come join us for our annual Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids! The Christmas Bird Count itself is a hundred year old tradition, so come contribute to Mitchell Lake’s own family-friendly tradition. FREE 8:00 ASM – 11:00 AM MitchellLake.audubon.org 210-628-1639

 

December

ALICE: Dec. 5 Christmas Parade An annual illuminated night parade to kickoff Christmas with the lighting of downtown and the arrival of Santa Claus. Downtown, 500 E. Main. alicetxchamber.org 361-664-3454

ALICE: Dec. 5-18 Twelve Days of Christmas Twelve nights of fun activities for all ages, including Letters to Santa, Pets with Santa, caroling in the park, and more. Downtown, 500 E. Main. alicetxchamber.org 361-664-3454

BEEVILLE: Through Dec. 15 “Fleeting Light: First and Last Light Over the Texas Landscape” Exhibition of Texas landscape paintings by Austin-area artist Jeri Salter. View luminous pastels featuring majestic mountains and rolling plains, big Texas skies, and livestock grazing by the side of the road. Beeville Art Museum, 401 E. Fannin. bamtexas.org 361-358-8615

EDINBURG: Dec. 1 Night of Lights Parade and Festival Edinburg’s holiday celebration kicks off with the lighting of the tree, live family entertainment, music, food booths, games, and more. Also, don’t miss the beautiful lighted parade full of brightly decorated floats, plus the ever popular visit from Santa Claus. The parade begins on the corner of University Drive and Sugar Road and ends at the Town Square. Edinburg City Hall Courtyard, 415 W. University Dr. edinburg.com 956-383-4974

FLORESVILLE: Dec. 2 Opry A family-friendly event for all who enjoy toe-tapping or dancing to live classic country music. Wilson County Show Barn Ball Room, 435 SH 97. facebook.com/floresvilleopry 830-391-1062

GEORGE WEST: Dec. 16 Artisans Market Shop hundreds of artisan items just in time for Christmas, including handcrafted jewelry, furniture, afghans, plants, wreaths, blankets, soaps, photography, South Texas oil paintings, and quilts. Food trucks on site. Buck West House, 400 N. Nueces. georgewest.org 361-449-2033

GOLIAD: Dec. 2 Christmas Rendezvous and Trade Fair People will gather to trade the crafts and wares they have made and collected in a 21st-century adaptation of the ancient trade fair. Presidio La Bahia, 217 Loop 71. presidiolabahia.org 361-645-3752

LA VERNIA: Dec. 2 Christmas Market The second annual Christmas market offers Christmas shopping, a bake sale, food, and fun. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 310 Seguin St. lvilc.org 830-216-0867

MCALLEN: Dec. 1-2 Christmas in the Park Food, music, carnival rides, and a main stage and a community stage with entertainment throughout the event. Photos with Santa will be available too. McAllen Municipal Park, On Tamarack between Bicentennial and 23rd Street. mcallenholidayparade.com 956-682-2871

MCALLEN: Dec. 2 McAllen Holiday Parade The award-winning parade is the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas. The 1.5-mile parade features more than 50 vibrant lighted floats, more than 30 larger-than-life inflatable character balloons, bands, and an international celebrity-filled lineup. McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium, 2001 N. Bicentennial Blvd. mcallenholidayparade.com 956-681-1200

SAN ANTONIO: Sept. 21-Dec. 31 Fall Hudson Showroom and Main Space The Hudson Showroom, named after the Hudson automobile dealership that once occupied the space, features exhibitions that showcase work reflecting the organization’s international scope. Previous featured artists include Jim Hodges, Catherine Opie, and Allen Ruppersberg. Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. artpace.org 210-212-4900

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 9-Dec. 31 Fall International Artists-In-Residence Three times a year, Artpace invites a guest curator to choose three artists to live and create art in San Antonio for two months. Each residency cycle includes one international, one national, and one Texas-based artist. Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. artpace.org 210-212-4900

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 17-Dec. 31 Zoo Lights—Holiday Nights Spend the holidays at the San Antonio Zoo while strolling under an array of twinkling lights and sipping hot cocoa. Plus, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and roast s’mores by Christmas Tree Lake. Get into the holiday spirit during an electric light show set to an exciting soundtrack that will make you feel like you’re at a dance party. Don’t forget to visit Santa to tell him what’s on your Christmas wish list and ride a camel. San Antonio Zoo, 3903 N. St. Mary’s St. sazoo-aq.org/zoo_lights

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 18-Dec. 31 SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration SeaWorld San Antonio is decking the halls for its annual holiday program. Enjoy live shows in a wintery, watery wonderland. Immerse your family in the spirit of the season, sip hot cocoa as you stroll through a sea of sparkling Christmas lights, and share laughs with a jolly Texas Santa Claus. SeaWorld San Antonio, 10500 Sea World Dr. seaworldparks.com

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 18-Jan. 18 Six Flags Fiesta Texas Holiday in the Park It’s the most wonderful time of the year as Six Flags Fiesta Texas celebrates Holiday in the Park. Experience the park transformed into a winter wonderland after dark. Six Flags Fiesta Texas, 17000 I-10 West. sixflags.com/fiestatexas

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 25-Dec. 23 A Wonderland Christmas The world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, Morgan’s Wonderland will host its holiday event on Friday and Saturday evenings, Nov. 24-Dec. 16, plus Dec. 18-23. Enjoy a winter wonderland—sparkling lights, carolers, Santa Claus, and the 25-acre park’s popular wheelchair-accessible rides and other attractions. Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Dr. morganswonderland.com

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 24-Dec. 31 Holidays in Bloom It’s your chance to step away from the holiday whirlwind of traffic and malls and enjoy the season in nature. Guests will find many a spot to capture a memory at the Garden, with picturesque backgrounds for family photographs. San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. sabot.org

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 26-Dec. 2 Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza The 23rd annual weeklong mariachi music festival draws the world’s top mariachi artists. The extravaganza is the largest and longest-running mariachi music festival in Texas, and is known for presenting world-class artists. Various locations. mariachimusic.com 210-225-3353

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 1-23 Christmas at the Caverns Returning to Natural Bridge Caverns for the 2017 holiday season, this event combines the sights and sounds of the holidays with its underground world of natural beauty and amazement. Enjoy shopping, refreshments, and a family photo op in front of a 30-foot-tall decorated Christmas tree. Experience the incredible sounds of Caroling in the Caverns and several other unique holiday attractions, such as the Hill Country Hayride, the AMAZEn’ Reindeer Roundup, and the Christmas Village. Natural Bridge Caverns, 26495 Natural Bridge Caverns Road. naturalbridgecaverns.com

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 Ford Fiesta de las Luminarias Experience the holiday serenity of the River Walk as you stroll along the lush banks of the San Antonio River guided by more than 6,000 luminarias. Warmly glowing lights in sand-filled bags line the walkways to symbolically mark the “lighting of the way” for the Holy Family. San Antonio River Walk, 418 Villita St. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 1-22 Ford Holiday Boat Caroling During the Christmas season, four to five boats are used to rotate caroling groups who perform live Christmas carols along the 2.5 miles of downtown River Walk. More than 185 schools, churches, companies, and civic choral groups participate each year. Joyous caroling fills the evening air as the public is invited to stroll on the banks of the river or sit outdoors on a restaurant patio to enjoy the caroling. San Antonio River Walk, 418 Villita St. thesanantonioriverwalk.com

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 9 Super Saturday: South Texas Holiday Traditions Imagine the holidays in South Texas during the 19th century. Visit the log cabins to drift back into a time when settlers kept their Old World traditions alive in their new homes in Texas. Create homemade holiday gifts such as candles, ornaments, mulled cider spices bags, and more. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway St. wittemuseum.org

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 31-Jan. 1 Celebrate San Antonio! Ring in the New Year San Antonio style. Enjoy spectacular fireworks, live music on multiple stages, food booths, family activities, and more. Festivities occur on South Alamo between Cesar Chavez and Market streets; La Villita; and HemisFair Park. saparksfoundation.org

SAN ANTONIO: Dec. 31 Tricentennial Kickoff and New Year’s Eve Celebration The city kicks off its yearlong 300th anniversary celebration with an extraordinary New Year’s Eve celebration and free outdoor commemorative concert. Roaming performers, interactive art installations, projections on buildings, imaginative lighting, and festive decorations will occupy eight acres of festival grounds and spill into the streets of downtown. Enjoy delectable international fare, games, pop-up performances, and more. The event will be punctuated by a spectacular fireworks show choreographed to music. Hemisfair Park, 434 S. Alamo St. sanantonio300.org 210-207-2300

SAN ANTONIO: Green Gifts: Make and Take Holiday Gifts from Plants (and more!) December 10. Get your holiday shopping done while learning a new skill! Make a festive wreath from native plants, a beautiful table decoration inspired by the yule log, and more. We will have a variety of materials and have expertise in various nature crafts to help you make your own unique creations!
Non-members: $15.00 / Members: $5 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM MitchellLake.audubon.org 210-628-1639

SAN ANTONIO: December 29. Winter Waterfowl and Coot Scoot Kid Run Run our trails to enjoy the wetlands teeming with winter waterfowl. FREE 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM MitchellLake.audubon.org 210-628-1639

SAN ANTONIO: December 17. Running Tour of Mitchell Lake Go for a run through the habitats of Mitchell Lake – it is full of winter wonders! We will run at and touch on the history of Mitchell Lake and the efforts that have gone into preserving and restoring this unique area. Non-members: $5.00 / Members: Free 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM MitchellLake.audubon.org 210-628-1639

SAN ANTONIO: December 23. Going Beyond Birding Basics If you have been birding for a while and know the basic skills, but want to know more about both the principles and pitfalls of field identification of birds, this is the class for you! Non-members: $10 / Members: $5 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM MitchellLake.audubon.org 210-628-16396

WESLACO: Dec. 9 Mid Valley Lighted Christmas Parade and RGV Santa Dash Floats, marching bands, mascots, cars, and more all decked out in lights for an evening parade that starts at Pike Boulevard and travels all the way down Texas Boulevard into historic downtown Weslaco. Get there early to cheer on a stampede of festive and jolly running Santas. weslaco.com 956-968-2102

WESLACO: Dec. 21 Alfresco Weslaco A monthly street festival that features live music, vendor booths, and delicious food, all in the heart of downtown Weslaco. weslacodc.com 956-969-0838

 

November

ALICE: Nov. 28 Christmas Parade Enjoy the lighting of downtown along with an illuminated parade and the arrival of Santa Claus. Downtown, 500 E. Main. alicetxchamber.org 361-664-3454

ALICE: Nov. 28-Dec. 9 Twelve Days of Christmas Various holiday events are held each night for 12 consecutive days. Downtown, 500 E. Main. alicetxchamber.org 361-664-3454

CRYSTAL CITY: Nov. 10-12 Spinach Festival Annual event celebrates the area’s spinach-producing history. cityofcc.org 830-374-3161 or 830-374-3477

EAGLE PASS: Nov. 4 Veteran’s Day Parade Honor the day with the American Legion Eagle Post No. 211. The parade begins at 11 a.m. downtown. 830-773-2528

FLORESVILLE: Nov. 2 Opry A family-friendly event for all who enjoy toe-tapping or dancing to live classic country music. Wilson County Show Barn Ball Room, 435 Texas 97. facebook.com/floresvilleopry 830-391-1062

GEORGE WEST: Nov. 4-5 Storyfest Come to the Storytelling Capital of Texas to hear professional storytellers, cowboy poets, ghost stories, and live music. The tales are accompanied by living history exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, food booths, a classic car show, a motorcycle show, a children’s area, and more. Stay over for Sacred Stories on Sunday morning. Live Oak County Courthouse Square, 300 Houston St. georgeweststoryfest.org 361-449-2481

MCALLEN: Nov. 10-12 A Vibrant Heritage—Mexican Artisan Expo The event will feature more than 60 artisans from various states in Mexico. Some of the handcrafted products that will be showcased are textiles, oil paintings, silver jewelry, Talavera, and more. McAllen Creative Incubator, 601 N. Main St. facebook.com/mexicanartisanexpo 956-682-2871

OAKVILLE: Nov. 3 Dobie Dichos: Campfires, Chili con Carne, and the Words of J. Frank Dobie The words and wisdom of folklorist, author, and teacher J. Frank Dobie are celebrated at this unique, seventh-annual event, held beside the old hanging tree at the original county jail. Bring a lawn chair, dine on chili and pan de campo, and go back in time to the world of Dobie. Historic Oakville Jail, 107 Curry St. georgeweststoryfest.org 361-449-2481

SAN ANTONIO: Sept. 21-Dec. 31 Fall Hudson Showroom and Main Space The Hudson Showroom, named after the Hudson automobile dealership that formerly occupied the space, features exhibitions that showcase work reflecting the organization’s international scope. Previous featured artists include Jim Hodges, Catherine Opie, and Allen Ruppersberg. Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. artpace.org 210-212-4900

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 4 Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run/Walk Join 12-year-old Weston Wright and his Lighthouse friends for this annual fun run. All proceeds benefit blind children’s programs through the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired. Strollers and pets are welcome; enjoy food, drinks, face painting, prizes and medals. McAllister Park – Pavilion 2, 13102 Jones-Maltsberger Road. salighthouse.org/events 210-531-1533

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 9-Dec. 31 Fall International Artists-In-Residence Three times a year, Artpace invites a guest curator to choose three artists to live and create art in San Antonio for two months. Each residency cycle includes one international, one national, and one Texas-based artist. Artpace, 445 N. Main Ave. artpace.org 210-212-4900

SAN ANTONIO: Nov. 24 Ford Holiday River Parade On the day after Thanksgiving, floats on the river are decorated as various Christmas movies. San Antonio River Walk, Arneson River Theater, 418 Villita St. thesanantonioriverwalk.com 210-737-9040

 

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