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The Rio Grande City Main Street District hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. 

Rio Grande City Paseo del Arte

Paseo del Arte

     Typically held from January to March, Paseo del Arte is an evening to get out and experience Rio Grande City’s visual arts scene in and around our historic downtown district. Paseo del Arte is presented by the Rio Grande City Public Library. For more information, visit

Annual Chili Showdown

     Grab your boots and round up the family for Rio Grande City’s Annual Chili Showdown! Cooking teams from around the Rio Grande Valley go head to head and compete for RGC’s Chili Showdown honors. The event features food and craft vendors, bingo, jalapeno-eating contest, free kiddie rides and live music where couples can dance the night away. For more information, visit Rio Grande City EDC at


starr county fair parade

One of several parades held throughout the year, the Starr County Fair Parade kicks of the Starr County Fair. The parade starts on Britton Avenue and travels east on Main Street. Bring your chairs and arrive early!

memorial day obervance

     Rio Grande City Main Street holds a Memorial Day Observance Ceremony in honor and memory for fallen heroes from Starr County at the Britton Avenue Bandstand in our historic downtown district.


¡viva Mexico!

     Traditionally held in September during National Hispanic Heritage Month, Viva Mexico is a celebration of our Hispanic heritage showcasing live music, Mexican cuisine, traditional dance performances, and contests. This event is presented by the Rio Grande City Department of Tourism and the winner of Texas Downtown Association 2018. For more information, visit


Halloween on Main

Rio Grande City Main Street invites downtown businesses to be a candy stop for the multitude of trick-or-treaters that visit downtown for a Halloween on Main adventure.


Lighting of the Christmas Tree

Our annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree kicks off the holiday season in Rio Grande City. Festivities include performances from various local school organizations, hot chocolate and cookies, the lighting of the Christmas Tree and a very special visit from Santa Clause.

annual Christmas lighted parade

     The Rio Grande City Greater Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Christmas Lighting Parade in Historic Downtown Rio Grande City. With special guests, high school bands and more, you will have a fantastic time celebrating the Christmas season.  

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