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October 27-29

  • The UTRGV Department of Theatre season kicks off with another Halloween favorite, The Haunting of Hill House. A parapsychologist and his assistants come to Hill House to investigate the paranormal—and find more than they bargained for – whatever walks in Hill House walks alone. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

October 29

  • This year’s UTRGV Piano Area Concert, titled “20th to 21st Century Modernism,” begins at 3 p.m. at the TSC Performing Arts Center, 90 Taylor Ave. in Brownsville. The recital will feature works that highlight the aesthetic changes that took place at the turn of the century. Admission is free.
  • The annual Octubafest is back and begins at 3 p.m. at the UTRGV Performing Arts Complex, 1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg. Be bathed in the rich brass sounds when the UTRGV Tuba and Euphonium Ensemble perform a lively program of music written for the two instruments. Admission is free.

November 3

  • The first performance of the Valley Symphony Orchestra 2023-24 seasons takes place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Maestro Peter Dabrowski conducts the concert featuring Beethoven’s high-spirited Symphony No. 7 alongside Mussorgsky’s haunting “A Night on Bald Mountain.” To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

November 4

  • The City of Edinburg Veterans Day Parade that will take place along Closner Boulevard, the Boulevard of Heroes beginning at 10 a.m. The parade is open to anyone interested in participating and is free of charge. Political entries may participate with a charge of $250. All applicants must complete a simple entry form for participation. Paper forms are available at the Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library or the Edinburg City Hall. For more information, call the library at 956-383-6246 or stop by the library at 1906 S. Closner Blvd., Edinburg.
  • The Port Isabel 30th Annual Shrimp Cook-off and Seafood Festival is a family friendly event taking place from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be live music all day, kids’ games, drawings, vendors from the local Port Isabel Flea Market and food and beverage vendors. Entry fee is $5 with kids ages 10 and under admitted for free. It takes place at 1704 W. Queen Isabell Blvd. Go to portisabelchamber.com or call 956-943-2262.

November 8-12

  • The 2023 Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival’s birding trips fill up fast each year, and signing up early is encouraged. The festival will be held at the Harlingen Convention Center. This year organizers are offering over 100 field trip offerings to choose from including traditional tours and a number of new offerings. In addition to field trips, there will be expert keynote speakers, informative workshops, a large tradeshow full of vendors, a silent auction, socials with local music and food, free family and children’s activities including numerous birds of prey flight shows and more. The Legends of Conservation Gala is new this year and will be held during the festival at the Harlingen Convention Center. For more information or to register, visit RGVBF.org. Registration is now open.

November 15

  • This date, at 5 p.m., is the deadline for the McAllen Public Utility’s first “Grateful for Water” art contest. The competition, open to 9th through 12th grade students who are McAllen residents, should depict artwork that shows the way water enriches their lives. Original art can be a painting, drawing, sculpture or digital art, with no limitations on dimensions.  Artwork should have a fitting title with a one to two sentence description of the benefit, appreciation or gratitude for water in their lives.            Submit via email to ksanchez@mcallen.net. Sculptures or other 3D artwork should be submitted via photos to that same email address and turned in to the McAllen Office of Communications, 3rd Floor, McAllen City Hall, 1300 W. Houston Ave., by that deadline, as well. For more information, contact Sanchez at 956-681-1705 or via e-mail.

November 21

  • Jesus Christ Superstaris the second performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Showseason. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

November 30 – December 3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater will have its first return to a musical with Fun Home. This Broadway and Off-Broadway hit musical memoir centers around cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s memories of her childhood and early years in college as she reflects on her father’s life and legacy. The content carries LGBTQ+ themes and is geared for audiences 18 and over for strong language and adult themes. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday. The Saturday matinee has ASL interpretation. Ticket prices are $20 and $10 for UTRGV students, faculty and staff with a valid ID. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

December 1

  • The annual holiday favorite, “A Touch of Frost,” returns for its 23rd year with the Valley Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski. It features the Valley Symphony Chorale conducted by Dr. Sean Taylor, director of choral studies at UTRGV. The holiday program will include the Symphony’s signature arrangement of Feliz Navidad, along with selections from “The Nutcracker” and Handel’s “Messiah.” It takes place at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

December 2

  • The 2023 McAllen Holiday Parade, the largest illuminated holiday and helium balloon parade in Texas, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with a “South Pole Dream Land.” The parade steps off at 6 p.m. from McAllen Veterans Memorial Stadium. There will be ticketed and free seating along the 1.5 mile parade route to enjoy over 50 illuminated and animated floats. Also returning again in 2023 is the MHP Sweepstakes, which will offer prizes, a free Park & Ride, festival and Christmas in the Park, that features food, games, carnival, local community performances and free concerts.

2024

February 23

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra season continues with the third concert of the season, “Lyrical Legends,” featuring the VSO’s Assistant Principal cellist Patrick Hopkins performing “Variations on a Rococo Theme.” Under the direction of Maestro Peter Dabrowski, the concert features family-friendly selections including “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and Stravinksy’s Firebird Suite. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

March 1-3

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater presents Metamorphoses, a poetic retelling of classical Greek and Roman myths by Ovid. Passionate and captivating stories performed in a pool of water, actors will share with tales of love, loss and transformation. Age appropriate for high school level and above, it contains adult themes. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. ASL interpretation will be available for Saturday. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

March 17

  • Come From Away is the third performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 7:30 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. On 9/11, the world stopped. On 9/12, their stories moved the world. This stirring and inspiring musical goes into the heart of the remarkable true story of the small town in Newfoundland that opened their homes to 7,000 stranded travelers on 9/11. During that fateful week, cultures clashed, and nerves ran high—but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. Celebrate the best of humanity in this moving performance. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

March 22

  • In its next concert, the Valley Symphony Orchestra presents “Potter and Piano” showcasing music from the Harry Potter films and returning soloist Tanya Gabrielian performing George Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F. To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 19

  • The Valley Symphony Orchestra’s season finale, “Spellbound Symphony,” will include Rimsky-Korsakov’s beguiling Scheherazade, inspired by the tales of “The Arabian Nights.” To become a VSO sponsor, contact the VSO office at 956-661-1615 or via email at hello@valleyorchestra.org. For general information or tickets, go to valleyorchestra.org.

April 19-21

  • The UTRGV Department of Theater ends the season with a rock and roll comedy Airness,  a play about competitive air guitar and discovering the air-ness within. Follow Nina as she enters her first air guitar competition and finds out if she has what it takes to become the next champion. Appropriate for high school age and above. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday when ASL interpretation will be available. Ticket prices are general admission, $17; senior/military, $12; and UTRGV student, faculty, staff w/valid ID, $7. For more information, visit utrgv.edu/theatre or contact the Theatre Box Office at 956-665-3518 or via email at theatreboxoffice@utrgv.edu.

April 26

  • Chicago, The Musical is the fourth and final performance of the Broadway in the Rio Grande Valley Show season. It begins at 8 p.m. at the McAllen Performing Arts Center. After 25 years, it is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake in a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz, with one show-stopping song after another and the dancing to match it. For more information, visit experiencemcallen.com/broadway.

 

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