BorderFest, A History
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 bask in the ultimate celebration of community.
This community-wide event is held every year on the first weekend of March and staged by the non-profit BorderFest Association. It has progressively molded into a global event celebrating a different country each year where guests have the opportunity to explore various forms of educational entertainment and exhibits.
Beginnings of a Legacy
BorderFest set roots in 1976 when the committee from Hidalgo Chamber of Commerce yearned to celebrate the American Bicentennial and commemorate the local culture, unique community spirit and international setting. Now, it is undoubtedly one of the largest community events in the Rio Grande Valley. In just 37 years, BorderFest has grown from an initial 500 attendees to nearly 90,000, drawing international attention to the beautiful Rio Grande Valley.
The Best of the Best
Visitors of various ages and ethnicities from across the United States, Canada and Mexico unite in what is now the largest and oldest celebration in South Texas. More than 122 committee chairmen, co-chairmen and well over 1,000 dedicated volunteers combine their efforts to make BorderFest a reality. Their hard work has paid off time and time again.
For 9 consecutive years, BorderFest has been recognized as the Best In Texas within the community festival category. The International Festival and Event Association has even 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 committee awards up to $60,000 in scholarships to local youths during festivities. Efforts to give back to the community don't end there. Community organizations and businesses are able to raise funds for their own causes at each BorderFest event and promote themselves to other members of the region.