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Restaurants in McAllen: The Best BBQ Joints

Restaurants in McAllen

Embark on a flavorful journey through McAllen’s culinary scene as we uncover the smoky secrets and tantalizing tastes of the city’s best BBQ restaurants in McAllen.

True Texas BBQ

True Texas BBQ

901 Trenton Rd

Monday – Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM 

Great smoked in-house barbecue cultivated by Texas standards. Here you can find great sandwiches and amazing sides to go with your barbeque sandwiches for on-the-go or delivery! 

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Lone Star Bar-B-Q

3619 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 8:30 PM

All of your favorite barbecue comfort foods all in one place! Get great quantities of your favorite barbecue or platters to satisfy your cravings! Dine in with your friends and family and check out their amazing dishes. 

Billy’s BBQ

2018 W Nolana Ave.

Monday – Saturday 11 AM – 8 PM

Indulge your taste buds and ignite your senses with the mouthwatering flavors of Billy’s BBQ – where every bite is a journey worth savoring, and with good prices!

Aces BBQ 

111 E Nolana Ave

Monday – Thursday 11 AM to 9 PM

Friday & Saturday 11 AM to 12 AM

Savor the winning combination of mouthwatering BBQ delights and thrilling sports action at Aces BBQ, where every bite is as exciting as the game! 

Bar-B-Cutie SmokeHouse

Bar-B-Cutie SmokeHouse

7517 N 10th St.

Sunday – Tuesday 11 AM to 8 PM 

Wednesday – Saturday 11 AM to 9 PM 

Get your standard barbecue options at Bar-B-Cuties! Bring your kids and family and enjoy a unique selection of kids options and other amazing barbecue sides to go with your meal! 

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Ramos BBQ & Catering 

10801 N 10th

Monday – Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM

Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM

Experience the ultimate game day feast at Ramos BBQ & Catering, where the sizzle of fajitas, the richness of burritos, and the savory goodness of beef and pork ribs, paired with specialty jumbo stuffed potatoes, create an unbeatable dining experience amidst outdoor seating and thrilling sports!

Black Diamond BBQ

Black Diamond BBQ

104 N Bicentennial Blvd

Monday – Friday 11 AM to 7 PM 

Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM 

Find a vast variety of BBQ favorites along with other BBQ selections that your whole family will love! Host an event or order catering, Black Diamond will always satisfy your BBQ cravings! 

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Shopping in McAllen: Best Local Thrift Spots

Shopping in McAllen

Find great options shopping in McAllen at your local thrift stores! Check out these stores and see lots of great deals and great finds all in the city of McAllen!

The Unique Thrift

8301 S 23rd St.

Thursday – Sunday 11 AM – 6 PM

Step into The Unique Thrift for a treasure trove of timeless fashion finds that breathe new life into every wardrobe. Don’t miss out on our Saturday market either, where eclectic delights await! Join us in celebrating individual style and sustainability

Thrift City McAllen

924 US 83 Bus

Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 8 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM 

Find clothes items and grand household items at Thrift City! Enjoy pricing up to half-off on selected items as well! Whether you’re    just browsing or looking for things to buy, Thrift City has plenty of things to look at!

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Texas Thrift Store

200 Ash Ave W

Monday – Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 7 PM

Find amazing deals, great items, and other discounted finds all at the Texas Thrift Store! Here you’ll find a vast selection of discounted items from bags, shoes, and plus sizes. See for yourself and check out their amazing daily deals! 

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R&N Thrift Store

2209 US Bus 83

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM

If you’re looking for great deals on home items and furniture, household items, and clothes then come and check out these great deals at R&N!

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Exclusive Thrift

1615 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

Great selections of jewelry, trendy clothes, and other items only at Exclusive Thrift! Fin affordable prices and many good quality items. Popular brands in stock.

Towers Thrift Shop

123 E Nolana Ave

Monday, Friday & Saturday 1 to 8 PM

Sunday 1:30 PM – 7 PM

From vintage delights to modern marvels, every item carries its own narrative, promising a shopping experience filled with good finds!

Roots Lifestyle Boutique

1214 N Main St. 

Thursday – Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM

Sunday 11 AM to 4 PM

Discover the essence of style at Roots Lifestyle Boutique, where every visit unveils a world of unique treasures. From one-of-a-kind vintage garments to modern apparel, captivating jewelry, and enchanting home decor, each piece tells its own story. Embrace the art of self-expression and adorn your life with timeless charm and character.

Treasure Bins Thrift Store

1515 Beaumont Ave.

Monday – Saturday 10 AM to 6 PM

Find a treasure trove at Treasure Bins Thrift Store, where affordability meets quality in every aisle. From vintage tees to coveted designer labels, discover your perfect find at unbeatable prices,

Shopping in McAllen

Discover the endless possibilities of shopping in McAllen today—where every storefront holds a new adventure and every purchase supports our vibrant community. Come explore McAllen stores, indulge, and make memories that last a lifetime.

Performances in McAllen You Don’t Want to Miss!

McAllen events

Save the dates for these upcoming events in McAllen! Make sure to purchase your tickets to these upcoming performances at the McAllen Performing Arts Center and the McAllen Convention Center. Stay updated on everything or submit your events to our event calendar. 


April 7th

A Golden Celebration of 50 Years of Music

Celebrate over 50 years of music with the McAllen Wind Ensemble. Hear marvelous pieces of music performed by the ensemble that have stood out amongst the generations! Find tickets here!


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April 12th-14th


Palm City Tattoo Expo 2024

Calling all tattoo lovers alike! Check out this trending tattoo expo at the McAllen Convention Center, where you can explore different tattoo vendors and their businesses from all over the region! Find tickets here!

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April 19th

Spellbound Symphony with VSO

Enjoy the spring season of the Valley Symphony Orchestra Season, with the captivating Spellbound Symphony. Featuring music from the Scheherazade music. Catch this performance at the McAllen Performing Arts center and purchase your tickets. 

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April 20th

Mario Aguilar

Are you looking for a good time with friends and family? Join a night of laughs and see the famous comedy sensation Mario Aguilar and friends at the Ojo De Loca No Se Equivoca show! Find tickets here!


April 24th

World Ballet Series: Swan Lake with Live Orchestra

If you’ve never seen a live performance of Swan Lake, now’s the chance to see this adaptation come to life with a live orchestra! Take advantage of a magical evening at the McAllen Convention Center!  Find tickets here!


April 27th-28th

Addams Family presented by All-Star Theatre

They are the splendid and spooky family down the street – see The Addams Family live-action, by the All Star Theatre. Take advantage of a spooktacular event like this and grab your ticket here


Events Happening in May!

Here are a few events happening. Be sure to check out these up-and-coming events at the Mcallen Convention Center soon! 

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May 3rd, 4th & 5th

MXLAN Festival

MXLAN Festival is back with music, art performances, and more! Information is yet to be released, but you can follow us on instagram for details! 


May 11th

Midland up in Texas Tour

Grab your favorite gal and get-up for a night of country best! Midland is here performing for their Texas Tour!  Find tickets here!


May 15th

Mon Laferte Autpoetica Tour

Looking for a chance to experience Mexican music with a bit of flare? Come and check out Mon Laferte on her Autopoetica Tour. Find tickets here!


May 16th 

Reik Panorama Tour

Enjoy a chance to experience great music and live performances during this Reik Panorama Tour! Find tickets here!


May 21st & May 22nd  

Baby Shark’s Big Broadwave Tour

Come and bring your kids to see Baby Shark LIVE! where you can experience baby shark and friends with your loved ones. Find tickets here!


May 25th

Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon

Come and check out Los Invasores de Nuevo Leon live and in concert only at the McAllen Performing Arts Center! See a live banda to jam out with your friends and family!


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Your Next McAllen Restaurant to Try: El Chin Chin

McAllen restaurant El chin chin fish

Today, we’re setting sail on a culinary voyage unlike any other as we explore the vibrant world of El Chin Chin, nestled at 1303 N. 10th St. McAllen,Tx. Prepare to embark on an adventure filled with tantalizing tastes, rich history, and a crew of characters that will capture your imagination.


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Legend has it nobody knows his real name; we only know that El Chin Chin is the man everyone wants to be. They say that his pirate ship was lost during one of his trips during a hurricane. People asked him not to go out on his daily expedition, but he refused. After two nights of wandering, he found a small island and went to McAllen, TX, to find trustworthy cronies! To his surprise, he discovered they were half human and half fish! He was never alone again, accompanied by his faithful “Siempre Frescos” crew!

The story of El Chin Chin contines with Juan Garza, hailing from the coastal town of Tampico, Mexico, along with his dedicated partners. Their vision was simple yet profound: to create a welcoming space where food lovers of all ages could come together, share stories, and savor exquisite dishes from the sea. Garza says, “We are not just for one exclusive market – if you want to share, or only come for a drink, or even isolate from work, that is the whole point, that it is a place for everybody.”

Garza shares, “The inspiration behind El Chin Chin is that we are foodies at heart. We wanted to create a place where everyone feels at home, whether morning, noon, or night. Our doors are open to all—from kids enjoying a meal with their families to seasoned veterans looking for a place to unwind.”

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More About the Food

Drawing inspiration from the abundance of seafood in the region, Garza and his team set out to offer a unique twist on coastal cuisine. The result? A menu that celebrates the flavors of the Pacific side of Mexico, with a nod to the culinary treasures of Rivera Maya. Garza noticed the valley’s craving for seafood, and thus, El Chin Chin was born to fulfill that desire while bringing something fresh and innovative to the table. Their menu boasts classics with a distinct Pacific flair that sets them apart:

  • Tacos
  • Tostadas
  • Cocktails
  • Agua chiles

Head Chef Huichol is the mastermind behind the culinary creations at El Chin Chin, infusing each dish with unexpected flavors and textures. One of his standout creations is the “Camatún” tostada, a delightful fusion of shrimp and tuna that has become a house favorite. You can expect something new each week and season.

But it’s not just about the food at El Chin Chin – the drinks are equally exceptional. Crafted by a skilled mixologist, each cocktail is designed to complement the flavors of the cuisine. Take, for example:

  • The signature drink Firma de Sangre, a mezcal concoction inspired by the rituals of pirates past.
  • The specialty champagne of the house at El Chin Chin is the beloved Caguama, served in an iced champagne bucket. That way, you can share at the table.

More About the Vibe

Another goal of the restaurant was to incorporate the legend of El Chin Chin into every part of the restaurant, from the menu and cocktail names to the open-airy windows that match the feeling of being at sea. Even the brick styling was intentionally brought over from Guadalajara, Mexico, to represent windows in a ship, but to guests, it reminds them more of seashells. El Chin Chin has created a tropical ambiance that matches their motto—Frescos de Mar.

El Chin Chin’s commitment to the community sets It apart. Every ingredient is sourced locally, ensuring the freshest flavors and supporting local businesses. Whether partnering with a nearby greenhouse or collaborating with local artist Carlos Guerrero, El Chin Chin is deeply rooted in its surroundings.

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As you explore the restaurant, you’ll encounter a cast of characters from the seafaring tale.

  • The legendary El Rey Fresco
  • The queen of the house Perlita
  • The salty and savory Calambrillo
  • The big-hearted singer El Trovaloco
  • The spirited Los Hermano Malacopa

These characters, brought to life by local artist Carlos Guerrero, adorn the walls and give the space a sense of identity.

So, come aboard and join this culinary adventure with El Chin Chin. Whether you’re a seasoned sailor or a landlubber looking to explore new horizons, there’s something for everyone at this seaside haven. As Garza wisely puts it, “Our mantra is ‘Fresco de Mar’ – everything is fresh, from our ingredients to our experiences. Quality first, always.”

7 Hot Restaurants in McAllen Coming Soon!

Restaurants in McAllen

Things are about to get even tastier with a lineup of new restaurants in McAllen set to grace the city very soon. From traditional favorites to innovative newcomers, there’s something for everyone to look forward to. Let’s take a sneak peek at what’s cooking!

Gorditas Doña Lula

Address: 3 Lagos Blvd, McAllen, TX 78504

Get ready to indulge in the savory goodness of authentic Mexican cuisine as Gorditas Doña Lula prepares to open its doors at The Shoppes at Tres Lagos. Nestled in Building A, this spot promises to tantalize taste buds with its signature gorditas. Construction kicks off in late March or May 2024.

Wetzel’s Pretzels

Address: Walmart at 29th & Nolana, McAllen, TX

Craving something crunchy and delicious? Wetzel’s Pretzels is set to become your go-to snack stop at Walmart on 29th & Nolana. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic pretzel or craving a gourmet twist, this popular chain is sure to satisfy your cravings.

Reyna’s Bar-B-Q

Address: Section of N 10th St and Wisconsin Rd, McAllen, TX

Prepare your taste buds for a flavor explosion as Reyna’s Bar-B-Q gears up to start construction on its new location in North McAllen. Located at the intersection of N 10th St and Wisconsin Rd, this BBQ joint promises mouthwatering meats and delectable sides that will leave you coming back for more.

Nowhere Cocktail Bar and Restaurant

Address: 4037 W Expy 83 suite 100, McAllen, TX 78503

Get ready to elevate your dining, drinking, and gambling experience at Nowhere Cocktail Bar and Restaurant. Located at 4037 W Expressway 83 Suite 100, this spot is set to redefine luxury and comfort in the RGV. Indulge in specialty cocktails, classic drinks, and premium-made dishes that showcase the authenticity and diversity of the region.

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Address: 7913 N. 10th St, McAllen, TX

Indulge your sweet tooth with the arrival of Nothing Bundt Cakes at the new The District retail plaza building. Located at the SWC of N 10th & Auburn Ave, this bakery is set to delight locals with its delicious bundt cakes. Construction is expected to begin in March or May 2024.

Panera Bread

Address: 29th & Expressway, McAllen, TX

The plaza that will house Panera Bread at 29th & Expressway has now broken ground. Get ready to savor freshly baked bread, delicious soups, and sandwiches at this popular bakery-cafe chain. Keep an eye out for updates on its opening date!

World Famous Iced Tea

Address: Location not yet disclosed

Stay cool and refreshed with the arrival of World Famous Iced Tea to McAllen, Texas. While the location is yet to be disclosed, anticipation is already building for this beloved tea brand to make its mark on the city. Keep an eye out for updates!

*All dates of upcoming locations are estimated according to ComingSoonRGV.com

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7+ Kid-Friendly & Fun Things To Do in McAllen

Fun Things To Do in McAllen

If your kids are interested in participating in after-school programs and fun things to do in McAllen, here is a list of activities that your kids might get into this month! Interested in signing up for these activities? Check out McAllen Parks here or call (956) 681-3333.

Learn to Fish at Firemans’ Park

201 N 1st St

Sign up on the McAllen Parks and Recreation site to learn the basics of fishing maintenance and fishing laws and regulations. Classes are available 5 PM – 6 PM on:

  • March 6 & 7
  • March 20 & 21

McAllen Nature Center

4101 US-Bus 83

Let your kids discover nature while exploring the wonders of birds, bugs, and plants in this nature walk through natural habitats. Tours are available from Tuesday to Sunday, 8 AM to 7 PM.

McAllen Municipal Pool

1921 N Bicentennial Blvd

  • Tuesday – Friday 5 AM – 8 AM & 10 AM – 1 PM
  • Saturday – Sunday 5 AM – 10 AM

Check out these learn-to-swim lessons available at the McAllen Municipal Pool! Enjoy Lap swimming for kids until March 15th. Additional classes are also available for the following:

  • Baby/Infant
  • Toddler
  • Youth
  • Adult and Teen
  • Adaptive Aquatics

Get an Early Start Golfing

2701 S Ware Rd.

Join our youth golf program to learn the fundamentals of the sport. This one-on-one course is designed for beginners or anyone between the ages of 7 and 17 looking to improve their golfing skills.

  • Youth Golf
  • TAAF Tennis
  • TAAF Golf

Lark Community Center

2601 Lark Ave.

With plenty of activities to participate in during the week – including volleyball and basketball – you can also sign your kids up for:

  • Amazing Art: Unleash your creativity and explore various art mediums in this dynamic course.
  • Rec Sports: Get active and enhance your skills in various recreational sports activities.
  • Cheer: Learn cheers, chants, and routines while fostering team spirit and confidence.
  • Dance: In our engaging classes, move to the rhythm and express yourself through various dance styles.
  • Ballet: Delve into the graceful art of ballet and refine your technique in a supportive environment.
  • Tae Kwon Do: Master the discipline of Tae Kwon Do while building strength, agility, and self-confidence.
  • Tiny Larks Baseball: Introduce your little ones to the fundamentals of baseball in an interactive setting.
  • Badminton: Serve, smash, and rally to victory in exciting classes.
  • Pickleball: Experience the fast-paced and addictive sport of pickleball, suitable for all skill levels.
  • Drama: Unleash your inner performer and explore the acting world through games, exercises, and scene work.

Las Palmas Community Center

1921 N 25th St.

Enjoy the open gym all spring! Check out these great activities to participate in during these hours! Enjoy Table Tennis on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6 PM – 8 PM, PLUS even more fun classes:

  • The Art of Ballet: Embrace elegance and grace as you learn classical ballet techniques in this introductory course.
  • Beginner Folkorico: Dive into the rich cultural tradition of Mexican folk dance with essential steps and lively rhythms.
  • Tumbling: Learn fundamental tumbling skills and techniques, from rolls and cartwheels to more advanced maneuvers.
  • Soccer Skills: Enhance your soccer abilities with drills and exercises focused on ball control, passing, and scoring.
  • Explore Art: Unleash your imagination and creativity through various artistic mediums and projects.
  • Volleyball Skills: Develop your volleyball fundamentals, including serving, passing, setting, and hitting, in a supportive environment.
  • Youth Crochet: Master the art of crochet and create beautiful, handmade projects while learning basic stitches and techniques.
  • Intro to Table Tennis: Discover the fast-paced excitement of table tennis with instruction on grips, strokes, and game strategy.
  • Dance Worx: Elevate your dance skills and technique by fusing various dance styles and choreography.

Palm View Community Center

3401 Jordan Rd W

The Gym at Palm View is going to be open all spring long! This will allow you to spend some time with your family of all ages and participate in sports and other activities at the gym! Enjoy family activities such as Pickleball, Volleyball, Basketball, and more fun things to do in McAllen!

  • Crazy Crafts: Dive into the DIY world and unleash your inner artist with a mix of cool craft projects to make your creativity soar!
  • Soccer Skills: Level up your soccer game with epic drills and exercises to boost your ball-handling skills, killer passes, and goal-scoring moves.
  • Cheer and Tumbling: Join the squad and learn awesome cheers, catchy chants, and jaw-dropping tumbling tricks while making new friends and boosting your confidence!
  • Basketball: Slam dunk your way to success with fun drills, exciting games, and expert tips that will take your hoop skills to the next level.
  • Chalk Attack: Grab your chalk and hit the streets to create mind-blowing sidewalk art that will turn heads and show off your artistic flair in style!
  • Dance: Bust a move and express yourself with the latest dance crazes, from hip-hop grooves to futuristic contemporary moves that will make you the dance floor star!
  • Intro to Painting: Dip your brush into a world of color and let your imagination run wild as you discover the secrets of painting like a pro in this super chill class.
  • Volleyball: Spike, set, and serve your way to victory as you master volleyball basics in a laid-back, totally rad atmosphere filled with high-fives and good vibes!

Fun Things To Do in McAllen

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Exploring the Depths of History: A Journey through ‘Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car’ Exhibit in McAllen

Last week, Explore McAllen embarked on a profound journey through history as we had the privilege of experiencing the ‘Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car’ exhibit at The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) . This mobile Holocaust museum offers a unique and immersive opportunity to step into the past, housed within a historically accurate replica of a cattle car used for deportations during the Holocaust.

The heart of the program lies in its immersive exhibit, where groups of up to 25 visitors are enveloped in a 25-minute presentation. Inside the replica cattle car, 360-degree projections bring history to life, offering a visceral understanding of the deportations that took place during one of humanity’s darkest chapters.

What makes this experience truly impactful is its ability to bridge the gap between history and the present day. Visitors not only learn about the atrocities of the past but also reflect on how these events resonate in today’s world. Through powerful Holocaust survivor testimonies, participants are encouraged to make connections between historical injustices and contemporary issues, fostering a deeper understanding of the importance of combating antisemitism and all forms of bigotry in our society today.

Our experience with ‘Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car’ left a lasting impression, reminding us of the importance of bearing witness to history and standing up against hatred in all its forms. Scroll down to catch a glimpse of what we encountered and to learn more about this impactful exhibit.


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Together, let us strive to ensure that the lessons of the past guide us towards a future rooted in compassion, empathy, and understanding.

Learn more about the ‘Hate Ends Now: The Cattle Car’ Exhibit by clicking here. 

Fun Things to Do in McAllen This Spring

Spring Fun things to do in McAllen

Looking for things to do with your family this upcoming spring? There are lots of plenty of fun things to do in McAllen this spring! Check out these fun activities, hosted by McAllen Parks and Recreation Community Centers for children of all ages!

Lark Community Center

2601 Lark Ave

Fun Activities for Ages 3 – 6

Monday – Wednesday

  • Amazing Art: Creative sessions for young artists to explore their imagination through various mediums.
  • Rec Sports: Introduction to basic sports skills in a fun and supportive environment.
  • Cheer: Learn basic cheers and routines to boost confidence and team spirit.


  • Dance: Introduction to different dance styles in a playful atmosphere.
  • Ballet: Introduction to classical ballet movements and positions for young aspiring dancers.

Fun Activities for Ages 7 – 13

Monday – Wednesday

  • Amazing Art: Engaging art classes focusing on developing creativity and artistic skills.
  • Rec Sports: Enhancing sportsmanship and teamwork through a variety of recreational sports.
  • Badminton: Introduction to the fundamentals of badminton, including rules and techniques.;


  • Pickleball: Fun and easy-to-learn paddle sport suitable for all skill levels.
  • Cheer: Advanced cheerleading techniques and routines for older participants.
  • Drama: Acting workshops to explore theatrical expression and storytelling.


Open Gym


The gym at Lark Community Center will be open all spring long! You can also enjoy:

  • Enjoy Pickleball and Volleyball (Monday – Friday, 12:30 PM – 3 PM)
  • Basketball and Volleyball            ( Saturday, 12 PM – 2 PM)

Las Palmas Community Center

1921 N 25th St

Engaging Activities for Ages 3 – 6

Monday & Wednesday

  • The Art of Ballet: Introduction to ballet techniques and movements in a nurturing environment.
  • Beginner Folkorico: Basic steps and rhythms of traditional Mexican folk dance for young learners.


Tuesday & Thursday

  • Dance Worx: Fun and energetic dance classes exploring various styles and movements.
  • Tumbling: Introduction to basic tumbling skills and exercises to improve coordination and flexibility.
  • Soccer Skills: Fundamental soccer drills and games to develop coordination and teamwork.
  • Explore Art: Creative art sessions focusing on exploration and self-expression through different mediums.

Engaging Activities for Ages 7 – 13


The gym will be open all spring, and table tennis will be available Tuesday (6 PM to 8 PM)  and Thursday (6 PM – 9PM). 


Monday & Wednesday

  • Beginner Folklorico: Intermediate steps and choreography of traditional Mexican folk dance.
  • Volleyball Skills: Introduction to volleyball techniques, including serving, passing, and spiking.
  • Youth Crochet: Basic crochet techniques and projects for young crafters to explore.
  • Intro to Table Tennis: Learn the basics of table tennis, including rules, techniques, and strategy.


Tuesday & Thursday

  • Dance Worx: Advanced dance classes focusing on refining skills and learning more complex choreography.
  • Soccer Skills: Intermediate soccer drills and games to enhance technique and teamwork.
  • Explore Art: Advanced art classes encouraging experimentation and personal artistic style development.

Palm View Community Center

3401 Jordan Rd W

Activities for Ages 3 – 6

Monday & Wednesday

  • Basketball: Introduction to basic basketball skills such as dribbling, shooting, and passing.
  • Dance: Fun and interactive dance classes exploring different styles and movements.
  • Crazy Crafts: Creative crafting sessions where children can explore their imagination and creativity.


Tuesday & Thursday

  • Soccer Skills: Fundamental soccer drills and games to develop coordination and teamwork.
  • Volleyball: Introduction to volleyball techniques such as serving, passing, and hitting.
  • Cheer and Tumbling: Cheerleading basics combined with tumbling exercises for coordination and flexibility.

Activities for Ages 7 – 13

Monday & Wednesday

  • Basketball: Advanced basketball drills and skills training to improve technique and game performance.
  • Chalk Attack: Creative outdoor art sessions using chalk to create vibrant masterpieces.
  • Dance: Intermediate dance classes focusing on skill refinement and learning more complex choreography.


Tuesday & Thursday

  • Intro to Painting: Basic painting techniques and projects to explore different mediums and styles.
  • Volleyball: Intermediate volleyball drills and games to enhance technique and teamwork.
  • Cheer and Tumbling: Advanced cheerleading techniques combined with tumbling exercises for agility and strength.


(@ Municipal Pool – 2001 Trophy Dr)

Check out these learn-to-swim lessons available at the municipal pool Tuesday & Thursday for all ages:

  • Baby/infant
  • Toddler
  • Youth
  • Adult and Teen
  • Adaptive Aquatics

Open Gym

The Gym at Palm View is going to be open all spring for more fun things to do in McAllen, and will offer Pickleball (Monday 12:30 PM – 3 PM), Volleyball (Saturday 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM), and Basketball (12 PM – 2 PM).


Find EVEN MORE Fun Things to Do in McAllen

Follow us on TikTok to find the hottest spots to enjoy this spring. Find new McAllen restaurants, city-wide events, shows at the McAllen Performing Arts center and more!

3 Foodie Tours of McAllen Restaurants You Have Got to Try!

McAllen Restaurants

From freshly brewed coffee to the irresistible desserts you can sink your teeth into we’ve handpicked a lineup of must-try spots guaranteed to be a hit with you and your besties! Experience the fusion of savory and sweet in every dish, and follow us on TikTok and Instagram for even more new McAllen restaurants coming soon! 

Check Out a Different Coffee Scene

We know you have your favorite spots, but you can sip on new exciting flavors, deep aromas, and the perfect vibe at these McAllen restaurants! 

Nerve Coffee

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Nerve Coffee

200 N Main St.

Monday – Friday 7 AM – 7 PM | Saturday 8 AM – 7 PM | Sunday 8 AM – 6 PM

Coffee with a brand and a great place for simple coffee enjoyers! Nerve Coffee is creating great drinks featuring their espresso and matcha tea with cream!

Coffee Break

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Coffee Break

6201 N 10th St. 

Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6:30 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM

Coffee Break is a small yet great place to get your coffee! It’s a place to unwind and enjoy great coffee for every coffee lover alike! Check out their creme brule latte, that sweet and with just the right amount of caffeine to keep you focused!

Labyrinth BCA

1009 W. Maple Ave.

Monday – Sunday, 8 AM – 3 PM

Enjoy savory, cheesy stuffed bagels and unique beverages such as tamarindo-espresso tonic and pea flower white mocha lattes!

Uncommonly Rossina Fine Treats

4900 W. Expy. 83 Suite 360

Tuesday – Sunday, 11 AM – 9 PM

Café-life never looked cuter than at Rossina Fine Treats, serving fresh-baked desserts perfect for one or a party cake to go! Try their strawberry-matcha soft serve and blue wave wellness smoothie.

Grab Brunch

McAllen has dozens of restaurants to dine in, these can all be your next hotspot for your foodie posts! 

Casa Madre Brunch and Grill

2200 S 10th St. 

Sunday – Thursday 8 AM to 10 PM | Friday – Saturday 9 AM to 12 AM 

A traditional Mexican brunch with all your Mexican favorites, that features homemade – baked goods, and classic recipes that everyone will love!

Birdie Bistro

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Birdie Bistro

301 N Main St.

Monday – Wednesday 8:30 – 4 PM | Thursday – Saturday 8:30 – 9 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM

Vintage-inspired dishes with a bit of delight mixed in every dish! Find comfort foods and dishes such as chicken and waffles and enjoy a great time with your friends and family!

Country Omelette

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Country Omelette

3420 N Main St.

Monday – Sunday 6 AM to 2 PM

Enjoy hearty American classics such as eggs and bacon, heaping piles of pancakes, waffles and french toast! You can also choose your favorite omelette flavors!


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920 N Main St Suite 160

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM

Bonhomia is a perfect dine in atmosphere with great outdoor seating to enjoy your brunch. Their fresh-baked croissants, a charcuterie board, pork rind tacos, and chilaquiles are available upon request!

Rex Cafe & Bakery

321 S 17th St.

Sunday 6 AM – 4 PM | Monday 6 AM – 8 PM | Tuesday 6 AM – 5 PM | Wednesday – Saturday 6 AM to 8 PM

Simple coffee, tasty pastries, and great food for those looking for a nice and simple brunch with friends and family. Stop by for breakfast and brunch and see what makes this cozy cafe a great rest stop!

Maison Stivalet

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Maison Stivalet

5101 N 10th St.

Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM – 4 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM

Check out this place for your next brunch get together! Here you’ll find amazing food and great dishes to kick off your brunch with along with tasty desserts! 

Enjoy a Sweet Treat 

Explore McAllen’s sweet scene, indulging in mouthwatering desserts that promise to elevate your sugar rush to new heights.

Paris Bakery

3724 Pecan Blvd. Unit 5

Monday – Sunday 7 AM to 9 PM

Features their pan dulce, along with other Mexican favorites! Their signature bread is the well-known conchas, that we all know and love in different flavors!

Sweet and Tasty Bakery

900 E Redbud Ave Bldg F-G

Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 4 PM 

Features lots of themed cakes and desserts, their specialty is tres leches cakes with lots of different variations that are quite delicious and enjoyable!

O’ Pastries and Deli

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O’ Pastries and Deli

1126 Pecan Blvd 

Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 7 PM

From sandwiches to cookies, to cheesecakes and pastries, you’ll find everything that will satisfy your cravings!

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide from these McAllen Stores


Whether you’re searching for a token of affection for a longtime partner or a thoughtful gesture for a new flame, our curated Valentine’s Day shopping guide has you covered. From chic fashion boutiques showcasing the latest trends to cozy local date night ideas, embrace the spirit of love through these McAllen stores.

Fun Things to Do in McAllen

Splurge on a date night like no other, and try something new at these perfect spots for adults!

  • Kicking Axes
  • MadHouse Rage Rooms
  • Viva Kandle Bar making
  • Dancing at Rhythm Room
  • McAllen Stained Glass
  • Craft Social at Mercado District
  • National Laser Tag at La Plaza Mall

McAllen Performing Arts Center

Surprise your lover with tickets to an upcoming show at the MPAC. You can enjoy a night on the town from concerts, musicals, and more! Upcoming shows include:

Shop the Mercado District

4400 N 23rd St.

Tuesday – Thursday 11 AM – 10 PM | 

Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 11 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

Walking around the shops and grabbing a bite to eat is the perfect date idea for sweethearts. Enjoy stores that sell savory desserts, jewelry, fashion stores, and crafting experiences!

Surprise Your Sweetheart with Flowers at These McAllen Stores

Bonita’s Flowers and Gifts

610 N 10th St

Monday – Friday 9 AM – 6 PM | Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM

From the freshest flowers to the most gorgeous gift baskets, you can find plenty of custom or unique bouquets and gifts for your special someone here at Bonita’s!

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Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements

612 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 9 AM – 7 PM | Sunday 9 AM – 3 PM

You can’t go wrong with chocolate-covered fruits, strawberries, or sweet streets wrapped together in love! Edible arrangements create wonderful and edible bouquets and gift baskets that can be anything from fruit to cookie platters and bouquets.

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Flower Hut

Flower Hut

808 N 10th St

Monday – Friday 8 AM – 6 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM

Here, you can customize your bouquet or pick your favorite flower for the people you love just in time for Valentine’s Day!

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Gloria's EC Flower Shop

Gloria’s EC Flower Shop

3700 Dove Ave West Ste 400 C

Monday – Friday 10 AM – 6 PM | Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM | Sunday 10 AM – 3 PM

For elegant bouquets catered to your taste or style, visit Gloria’s! Be sure to grab a bouquet and order soon!

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Barn White

Barn White

4317 N 10th St

Monday – Saturday 10 AM – 6 PM

Are you looking for the right gift for your loved ones this year from one of our McAllen stores? Barn White has you covered with tremendous, beautifully crafted gifts that appeal to anyone’s tastes.

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Oralia Flowers and Gifts

Oralia Flowers and Gifts

2412 Pecan Blvd

Monday – Saturday 8 AM – 6 PM | Sunday 11 AM – 4 PM

If you’re looking for the most incredible bouquets just in time for Valentine’s, Oralia Flowers and Gifts will be your next best thing! You’ll find bouquets and tremendous gifts that will captivate your loved ones here!

Southern Roots Market

1407 N. Main St.

McAllen’s only flower market not only offers a stunning array of blooms but also serves as an educational hub, fostering awareness on flowers, plants, and earth conservation, with a heartfelt commitment to the bee preservation movement!

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