The South Texas Region is rich in history and culture. The fusion between the past and present is apparent in the many festivals and events held throughout the year between San Antonio and the Rio Grande River to the south.
Laredo's annual Washington's Birthday Celebration celebrates the birthday of the nation's first president, George Washington, and is the largest event of its kind in the United States. This year's celebration, which takes place from mid-January through mid-February, features too many activities to list, but some of the highlights include parades, pageants, fun run, concerts, a carnival, children's fun festival, fireworks and more.
The San Antonio River, home to the famous Riverwalk, is drained each January. But, even without water in the river, San Antonio still manages to find a way to throw a party. The annual Riverwalk Mud Festival celebrates the draining of the river and includes such crowd favorites as the Mud Pie Ball, King and Queen Coronation, Mud Art Contest and more.
Charro Days (February)
Charro Days is a hugely popular “fiesta” staged in the border town of Brownsville each year. Although Charro Days has been around in its current format since 1938, it is rumored that the first “unofficial” Charro Days took place in the early to mid-1800s, when citizens of Brownsville and Matamoros, just across the Rio Grande River in Mexico, came together to celebrate a cooperative climate between the two natio
An annual event for over three decades, Borderfest is the oldest cultural art and music festival in the Rio Grande Valley. Borderfest is held each year in the border town of Hidalgo.
Poteet Strawberry Festival (April)
The annual Strawberry Festival draws over 100,000 visitors to the tiny town of Poteet. This event, which has been held for nearly 60 years, attracts nationally-known country music stars and Tejano entertainers in addition to the carnival, art show, rodeo, dances, parade and “Taste of Texas” food show.
Fiesta San Antonio (April)
Fiesta San Antonio is a massive festival featuring over 100 different events. Some of the most popular are the 10k and kids' runs, Fiesta Oyster Bake, Fiesta Mariachi Mass, Roundball Ruckus, arts fair, carnival and A Night in Old San Antonio.
Texas Folklife Festival (June)
Sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio's Texas Folklife Festival is an annual celebration of the diverse cultures that combine to make Texas unique. The festival features live music, costume, arts & crafts, and more.
Texas International Fishing Tournament (August)
Held in the waters around Port Isabel and South Padre Island, the Texas International Fishing Tournament is the largest salt water fishing tournament in Texas. The tournament has bay, offshore and fly fishing divisions and draws around 1,200 particpants annually.
In Mexico, the end of October marks a time-honored celebration known as “Day of the Dead.” Over time, the tradition has crept into the Mexican-influenced Texas border region. In fact, several towns across Deep South Texas now host their own version of the Day of the Dead celebration. One of the more unique events takes place in the historic South Texas seaport of Port Isabel.
This annual mariachi music concert features Mariachi Vargas, a traditional mariachi that has been playing to crowds for over five generations. Mariachi Vargas holds concerts throughout the United States. However, the San Antonio event features much more than just a concert. Mariachi competitions and workshops surround the grand finale concert.