A note from Festiva’s editor

This is my 20th spring in the Rio Grande Valley. I quickly realized during the first — still fresh from my small, Ohio hometown...

Comic Nick Guerra talks love, growing up in the RGV

McAllen native Nick Guerra wanted to film his HBO Latino special “Love Me At My Worst” as close to the Rio Grande Valley as...

Youth art fundraising exhibition featuring pets opens Friday

Hinovations Art Gallery is collaborating with young art students, professional artists of the Rio Grande Valley and Yaqui Animal Rescue during the “Pets for Art” group exhibition fundraiser, which opens from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at 1009 Laurel Ave. in McAllen. There is no admission fee and the public is invited. The exhibition will showcase a series of pet portraits created by the students and a collection of artworks by local and international artists with the means of raising funds for Yaqui through the sale of the work.   Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Village in the Valley’s Gospel Fest to close out Black History Month

Seeking to commemorate Black History Month, nonprofit Village in the Valley (ViVa) — which holds the mission strengthening the connection of African Americans in...

Rodney Atkins ready for Fiesta Edinburg

Rodney Atkins will headline Edinburg Chamber of Commerce’s 52nd annual Fiesta Edinburg with a performance Friday at H-E-B Park in Edinburg. Fiesta Edinburg, which runs...

Pulse Festival to include eco-friendly fashion show

Lovette Saeñz, social media editor for Pulse Magazine at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, is combining her love for fashion and hope to encourage students to shop more environmentally aware by putting on the university’s first fashion show. While recruiting student models last semester, she said that she emphasized that there were no requirements to join –– only that each outfit that makes it down the runway must be completely thrifted. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Beatles tribute band look forward to seventh show in RGV

The Liverpool Legends will embark on a magical mystery tour to the Rio Grande Valley for shows in Rancho Viejo and Edinburg this weekend. The Beatles tribute band has garnered worldwide popularity for their mastery of the Fab Four’s extended catalog of songs and onstage personas.  Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Super Sunday: Local hangouts to host watch parties for the big game

McALLEN — Super Bowl LIV is set for this Sunday, and there are plenty of places around the Upper Valley offering opportunities to see...

Celebration of Citrus: Parade of Oranges, Fiesta on Saturday

The 83rd Texas Citrus Fiesta is shaping up to be out of this world. The annual event, which is taking on the theme of “Space Odyssey Adventure” is set to kick off on Saturday with the Fun Fair, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m at the Leo Peña Placita Park in Mission. “We have live music entertainment, we have vendors, food vendors, craft vendors, information booths and so forth,” said Lisa Rivera, the executive director for Texas Citrus Fiesta. Read the full story at themonitor.com

From Boston to the RGV: Tommy DeCarlo bringing his band to McAllen

Tommy DeCarlo has come a long way since donning a Home Depot apron. After his daughter, Talia DeCarlo uploaded a video of him singing along to a Boston song on MySpace, the North Carolina native has performed alongside the American rock band on stage. DeCarlo’s unlikely rise to fame has brought him to many stages across the country to perform in front of thousands of people, and he will be bringing his own band, DECARLO, to McAllen’s Cine El Rey theater on Saturday. Read the full story at themonitor.com.