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The 13th Annual PalmFest International Folklife Celebration is shaping up to be one of the best in our history! Coming to you on Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 2018 at the beautiful McAllen Convention Center on Ware Road & Expressway 83 & McAllen Performing Arts Center- PalmFest will feature lots of entertainment including: historical displays, shopping, art, family games, rides and kids activities, live entertainment, animal shows, a classic car show, cooking demonstrations as well as diverse food and beverages. Over 40,000 people will enjoy the event inside the Convention Center and all around the grounds in the Oval Park and Reflecting Pond. The McAllen Heritage Center – museum of history and culture will feature the rich and colorful history of Deep South Texas in the “Heritage Village” inside the Convention Center. Other displays include artisans; Museum of South Texas History exhibit, local art work and the expanded Valley Rails- rail exhibit which is always a favorite with attendees of all ages.

WOW!! FIVE live entertainment stages will feature a variety of local performers and musical talent, exciting bands and dance groups including Indian, Folkloric, Middle Eastern, and more.

The PalmFest shopping experience gets better and better with our “Outdoor Artisan Market” arts & crafts fun outdoor shopping at PalmFest and indoors..visit the “Rodeo Market Place" shopping area with over 70 vendors selling their handcrafted work.

Don’t forget to rent a pedal boat in the Reflecting Pond to gain another perspective on all festival activities! THIS IS ONE FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS ! SEE YOU AT PALMFEST 2017!!

The entertainment lineup will be posted here prior to the event so you can plan your day at PalmFest.

For more PalmFest information contact the McAllen Convention Center at (956) 681-3800.

PalmFest History

The McAllen Centennial Celebration held in October 2004 which commemorated the City’s founding in 1904 was an overwhelming success! The celebration included a festival at Archer Park featuring 100 years of history, music, art and birthday cake for over 7,000 attendees and a festive evening gala with guests in period costumes and awards for city founding families.

At the conclusion of the event, the Centennial Committee (comprised of members from Oldtimer's Club, Futuro McAllen and Leadership McAllen) discussed the creation of a citywide festival with a vision of creating
an event that would celebrate the unique cultures and vibrant history of McAllen and Deep South Texas.

With the support of the City of McAllen, the founding festival committee members who were appointed by Mayor Richard F. Cortez began to plan the event. The mission was to combine several highly successful events into
one fun and festive weekend filled with history, art and cultural exhibits, entertainment typical of our area and good old-fashioned “fun” for the entire family. The event was entitled “PalmFest” as an indication of our region as for many years our city has been known as the “City of Palms”.

PalmFest International Folklife Celebration made its debut October 2006 at the McAllen Civic Center grounds with "partners" consisting of not for profit and service organizations providing the various attractions. The festival drew about 15,000 attendees that year and PalmFest then changed venue to the new McAllen Convention Center grounds in 2007. The festival has virtually doubled attendance each year since then with attendance exceeding 40,000 for the two day family friendly event!

The PalmFest volunteer board, its partners, committee and stakeholders will continue to strive to continue to delight its audiences with the anticipation of continued growth and success year after year!
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