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Discover a Culture that Revels in Unique Cuisine, Language, Arts and Crafts, Musical Heritage and Entertainment.
BorderFest showcases South Texas’ diversity by highlighting the rich history and unique customs of local peoples. Thousands of volunteers, local residents and international visitors flock to the Rio Grande Valley to bask in the ultimate celebration of community. This four-day-plus extravaganza is held on the first weekend of March of every year and is staged by the non-profit BorderFest Association. It has progressively molded into a global event celebrating a different country each year. Guests have the opportunity to explore various forms of educational entertainment and exhibits.
Beginnings of a Legacy
BorderFest was founded in 1976 by the Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce. The committee sought to celebrate the American Bicentennial by commemorating the local culture, unique community spirit and international setting. It has since become one of the largest community events in the Rio Grande Valley. BorderFest has grown from an initial 500 attendees to nearly 90,000 and draws international attention to the vibrant Rio Grande Valley.
The Best of the Best
People of all ages and ethnicities from across the United States, Canada and Mexico unite in what is now the largest and oldest celebration in South Texas. BorderFest becomes a reality through the efforts of over 122 committee chairmen and co-chairmen along with the help of over 1,000 dedicated volunteers. BorderFest has been recognized as the Best In Texas within the community festival category for the past nine years. The International Festival and Event Association has honored this festival giant as the Best Of Its Kind - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2012. As a non-profit organization, the festival's board awards up to $60,000 in scholarships to local youths during festivities. Community organizations and businesses raise funds for their own causes at each BorderFest event to promote themselves to other members of the region.