Harlingen Happenings

By Mary Torres, Special to MyRGV.com

Things are picking up and there are more events to choose from – some are live while others remain virtual or hybrid. Below are some of the “Happenings” coming up in September and beyond. A word of caution, if the event you’re planning to attend is face-to-face, please check with the organization beforehand to make sure that its plans haven’t changed due to the increase in the Delta Variant COVID cases.

Genealogy conferences have being offered virtually during the pandemic and these continue. However, there are some in-person events scheduled, with due caution, such as The Rio Grande Valley Hispanic Genealogical Society’s 41st Annual State Hispanic Genealogical and Historical Conference, Oct. 14-16, at the Hilton Garden Inn, South Padre Island.

The conference, “1821-2021 200 Years of Discoveries, From Revolution to New Frontiers,” features 30 speakers from the U.S. and Mexico; 25 vendors including many book/map sellers including the Brownsville Historical Association, the Texas General Land Office, Homero Vera, Lucy Garza, Escobar Books, Robert Canales, the Texas State Genealogical Society, H.V. Chapman, and several from Mexico featuring books not usually available locally; tours; hospitality events, and a banquet on Oct. 16, with Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. as the keynote speaker. The regular registration price of $150 ends on Aug. 31. There is a special rate of  $100 for the full conference for educators with school I.D. Visit the society’s website, www.rgvhgs.org, and Facebook page for more information.

The Texas State Genealogical Society is proud to host its annual Family History Conference, TxSGS Live! including an exhibition hall, virtually, Oct. 1-2. The focus of the conference is Connecting Generations across borders and time! TxSGS Live! will feature ten presentations by some of the top speakers in genealogy on research techniques, records, DNA, and more. That’s not all! These lectures will be recorded, including the live question and answer session, and combined with 30 additional pre-recorded lectures from some of your favorite speakers plus well-known presenters from across Texas and the U.S. Even though you won’t be able to see them in person, you will be able to access their lectures online through Dec. 31, 2021. Virtual Conference early registration prices range from $79 to $159 and end August 31. Early Bird registration rate applies to those submitted online by Aug. 31 at https://www.txsgs.org/2021-conference/registration/.

Jackson Street Market Days, one of the Rio Grande Valley’s largest and most popular outdoor monthly events for the entire family will be held Saturday, Sept. 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Historic Jackson St. This event, sponsored by Downtown Harlingen merchants features antiques, arts & crafts, collectibles, downtown shops, food vendors, live music, and much more! If you’re interested in becoming a vendor or want more information about Market Days please call (956-) 423-4041.

The popular “Blues on the Hill” at McKelvey Park in Harlingen returns on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 6 to 9:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the free event! Beer and food vendors will be available and there will be live performances by the Selfless Lovers and Ghost Town Blues Bands. Sponsorship spots may still be available – contact Edgar Serna at (956) 667-7979 or [email protected]

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, the Harlingen Public Library is sponsoring a “Hispanic Heritage Festival Virtual Art Show.” This photo contest is open to people of all ages and one piece of art will be displayed per participant. All participants will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win new art supplies. Entry deadline is 8 p.m. on Sept. 13. For more details and information on all the other amazing services and activities available through the library, visit www.harlingenlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page.

The Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museum announces the opening of registration for the annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibit. If you or your organization would like to create an altar for this exhibit the deadline to sign up is Sept. 28, as there is limited space. The exhibit will begin Oct. 19 and end on Nov. 14. The opening reception will be on Oct. 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. You can register via the Facebook link on the museum’s Facebook page; at the front desk at the museum located at 2425 Boxwood St. or by phone at (956) 216-4901.