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Attractions & Events

The border culture comes alive with festivals and events throughout the year in Brownsville, Texas. Charro Days Fiesta at the end of February is a weeklong festival that honors the friendship joining Brownsville with its south-of-the-border neighbor, Matamoros, Mexico. Locals don native Mexican apparel, and festival participants delight in a variety of events on both sides of the border, including a street carnival, parades, fireworks, boat races, and a grand ball.

The coronation of Mr. Amigo during Charro Days honors a famous Mexican citizen who has contributed to the friendship and understanding of the United States and Mexico, and who serves as a role model for the Hispanic Community. In the early 60s, the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce Bienvenidos Committeeserved as the liaison to develop and implement the Mr. Amigo project to promote relations between the United States and Mexico.

Sombrero Festival, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s most popular family events, takes place the last weekend in February during Charro Days. It features music and entertainment, cook-off events, dozens of food stands, and great challenge events in the tortilla Frisbee toss, jalapeño-eating and grito contests. Staffed entirely by volunteers, the festival attracts more than 40,000 attendees each year.

The Commemorative Air Force Museum’s Air Fiesta brings vintage and military aircraft to the skies over Brownsville in March.

The Camille Playhouse, currently in its 50th season of bringing Broadway to Brownsville, is one of South Texas’ most respected community theaters. Each year, hundreds of volunteers bring exciting, live theater to the lower Rio Grande Valley- the latest hit musicals, exciting plays and productions. The thrill of live theatre is available to all ages at the Camille Playhouse.

The Brownsville Society for the Performing Arts brings special, world-class musical concerts to town throughout the year. Their signature event is the very popular annual Latin Jazz Festival in October, and includes a week of the best regional and national performers.

Gladys Porter Zoo, a favorite attraction for Valley residents and a “must see” for visitors, is a 31-acre zoological preserve built on an old channel of the Rio Grande River. More than 375,000 people visit annually, marveling at the 1,600 animals and 26 acres of lush tropical plants. The landscape is adorned with more than 250 species and sub-species of tropical and neo-tropical plants along the zoo’s meandering paths. The Gladys Porter Zoo offers a unique zoo experience with virtually all animals living in open exhibits surrounded by natural flowing waterways.

Whether you are planning a leisure or business trip to Brownsville, the Brownsville Convention & Visitors Bureau is an excellent resource for planning a visit to our South Texas Tropics.

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