42nd BorderFest going down this weekend
By Bryan Ramos
he first weekend in March is here which means its time for BorderFest, South Texas’ largest music, culture and heritage festival. Now in its 42nd year, the festival pays homage to a different country to bring a taste of culture and history to the Rio Grande Valley. This year, BorderFest will be “Celebrating Spain”.
“Discover a culture of people that revel in unique cuisine, language, arts and crafts, musical heritage and entertainment. BorderFest showcases the diversity of cultures in South Texas, highlighting the rich history and vibrant customs of local peoples. Thousands of volunteers, local residents and international visitors come to the Rio Grande Valley to experience the ultimate celebration of community,” says the BorderFest website.
The action is going down through Sunday at State Farm Arena located at 2600 N 10th St (Hwy. 336) in Hidalgo and will feature four stages and the State Farm Pavillion. There will be plenty of music, food and entertainment on hand, including car shows, food trucks and live music.
The highlight of Friday’s entertainment is the Josh Abbott Band who will be taking the Main Outdoor Stage at 10 p.m. There will also be comedy shows, a hypnotist and magician, along with local ballet and folkflorico groups. Gates open at 5 p.m. and close at midnight.
The musical acts Saturday night on the Main Outdoor Stage are Noel Torres and La Adictiva at 9 and 10 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and close at midnight.
BorderFest will wrap up on Sunday with Ramon Ayala and Banda Los Sebastianes taking the stage at 8 and 9 p.m. Gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday and close at 11 p.m.
Hidalgo’s BorderFest Budweiser Grand Parade kicks off at 10 a.m. on Saturday and there will be a car show both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday will also feature the 2nd Annual RAICES Mariachi competition from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more information or to see the full schedule, visit Hidalgoborderfest.com.