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Attending PalmFest

When is PalmFest?

PalmFest is the first weekend of October each year. (i.e. October 6 & 7, 2018)

Where is PalmFest?

PalmFest takes place at the McAllen Convention Center located at 700 Convention Center Blvd. at the corner of Expressway 83 and Ware Rd. in McAllen.

Is there an admission or fee to attend PalmFest?

KIDS 12 & under are FREE, Adult Admission is $5.

How can I get Tracy Lawrence tickets?

Tickets are now on sale at McAllen Convention Center Box office or Ticketmaster.com

How much are the Carnival Rides?

Carnival wrist bands are $10 for all you can ride, valid for one event day only.

Is parking FREE?

Parking is FREE for all attendees. PalmFest is also offering a FREE Park & Ride due to the additional parking we have added at the Westside Park located across Ware Road.

Can I use cash or credit to buy food and drinks at PalmFest?

PalmFest will be selling tickets that can be used to purchase food and beverages during PalmFest. The exchange is $1= 1 ticket.

Are there activities for children?

PalmFest has a great variety of family friendly and fun events for all ages. We welcome you to enjoy Palmee the palm tree, rent a pedal boat, dance (and sing) to live music, enjoy "Into the Wild" an educational exhibit that will enhance the attendee's experience with live animal demonstration, nature exhibits, arts & culture as well as science and technology and so much more. Be sure to check our performance schedule on the website. Please note, performance schedules are subject to change.

What kind of food will be available at PalmFest?

Every year PalmFest provides a great variety of food vendors for attendees, including food trucks. To review a list of the food vendors at PalmFest, please click on PalmFest Menu on our website. NEW this year is the PalmFest Farmer’s & Home Baker’s Market where you can find healthier options as well. There is something delicious for everyone! Please note, there is no outside food and beverages allowed.

How to Get Involved

Does PalmFest offer Volunteer opportunities?

PalmFest is always looking for volunteers who are ready to lend a helping hand in preparation before the event, during the event, and even after. Please contact PalmFest Volunteer Coordinator, at mccvolunteers@mcallen.net or call 956.681.3800 for more information.

How can I become a PalmFest sponsor?

PalmFest is a great place to reach and connect to over 40,000 attendees within two celebration days. For information on sponsorship opportunities to help promote your business or brand, please contact Aida Moreno, PalmFest Sponsorship Manager, amoreno@mcallen.net or 956.681.3800.

Can I OR my group perform at PalmFest?

PalmFest is a an event meant to celebrate the amazing richness of heritage, culture, arts and music of the Valley. We aim to feature a variety of local and regional talent throughout our event. Please contact the McAllen Convention Center at 956.681.3800 for more information as well as to be added to the 2016 entertainment list for consideration.

How can I enter my car in the Classic Car Show?

PalmFest is featuring a Classic Car Show this year. Spaces are limited, so please contact the McAllen Convention Center at 956.681.3800 for more information.

PalmFest History

How many years has PalmFest been taking place?

PalmFest is celebrating its 13th Anniversary this year! McAllen is proud to have been a part of this great effort to celebrate the arts, heritage, food & culture of our region for a decade and hope to do so for many more years.
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