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Welcome to McAllen Convenon Center District Connect with McAllen Healthy Eang Eateries: Restaurant Directory Food Park Play Like a Local Seven Great Green Spaces Always in Season: Game Time Shop Like a Local Shopping Guide Create Like a Local Explore Like a Local Arts & Culture Indulge Like a Local: Entertainment A Night Out: Nightlife Lisngs Hotel Directory Event Calendar
Copyright 2017. All Rights Reserved. The McAllen Visitors Guide is published by the McAllen Chamber of Commerceâ€™s Convenon and Visitors Bureau. 6
welcome to mcallen
A Message from Mayor Jim Darling As Mayor of the City of McAllen and on behalf of my colleagues on the City Commission and cizens of our City, I invite you to visit and explore McAllen. McAllen is a thriving community that remains one of the fastest growing cies in the naon. Our connued focus on quality of life projects such as our Art & Entertainment Districts is what sets us apart. Enjoy one of our wonderful community events such as Art Walk, Music Aer Hours, Sunset Sessions, Movies at the Park, and visit one of our Farmer’s Markets for some homegrown speciales. McAllen also oﬀers plenty of green space for visitors and cizens to enjoy year round. The addion of the McAllen Sports Park and other ﬁrstclass facilies has posioned McAllen to be one of the premier sports desnaons in Texas, and our geographic locaon makes McAllen the ideal locaon for internaonal tournaments. Wildlife watching opportunies are abundant, and unparalleled, here in the McAllen area. Be sure to visit our World Birding Center Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen Nature Park, and Town Lake at Fireman’s Park, all within our city limits. What really sets our city apart is our people. McAllen’s hospitality is unmatched, and we are delighted to share our story with you. Don’t be shy to ask a local where the best Mexican food is in town, or the top spot to listen to live music. We’re all here to make your McAllen experience a memorable one. Jim Darling, Mayor of McAllen
Mayor’s Must See What is the one thing a visitor needs to see in McAllen? Quinta Mazatlan. What’s your favorite outdoor space in McAllen? Town Lake at Firemen’s Park. What’s your favorite restaurant in McAllen? Too many great restaurants to menon, really. We have great sushi, Mexican, steakhouses, bistros and ItalianMediterranean. 8
convenon center district McAllen Convenon Center The McAllen Convenon Center specializes in making every event memorable and ensuring every detail of an event is perfectly executed. In addion to meeng the clearcut needs of today’s event planners, the Center oﬀers aﬀordability, accessibility, and convenience. The 18.5acre complex features a 60,000 sq. . columnfree exhibit hall and more than 26,000 sq. . of ﬂexible meeng space. The Center also features Centerplate as the exclusive inhouse caterer, advanced audiovisual soluons, complimentary WiFi and free parking. / McAllenConvenonCenter
Oval Park The heart of McAllen’s Convenon Center district is its palmtree lined 2.4 acre Oval Park, which features nave trees and pergolas as well as a lively water fountain that feeds into its impressive reﬂecve pond. The park is home to fesvals and concerts, including a free concert series and McAllen’s annual fesval, Palm Fest.
Shopping & Dining Palms Crossing is one of McAllen’s premier shopping desnaons, featuring 23 retail shops and 20 restaurants. The Shops at 29th, located adjacent to the Conven on Center is currently under construcon and will feature a mix of shopping, dining, and retail, including Burlington Coat Factory, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and Dave & Buster’s, which is slated to open in the Spring of 2017. 10
Aracons McAllen BCycle McAllen is one of the ﬁve Texas cies with a Bcycle bike share program. There are two BCycle docks at the Convenon Center District. Performing Arts Center The McAllen PAC is another signature facility in the city and hosts everything from Broadway shows to local recitals. The 1,800seat entertainment venue opened its doors to patrons in November 2016. Veterans War Memorial Veterans War Memorial of Texas honors Texas veterans who lost their lives serving and protecng our country’s freedom. The beaufully landscaped 5acre site features the soldiers’ names etched on granite walls.
Hotels Embassy Suites McAllen Convenon Center 150 rooms, fullservice hotel, 12,000 sq. . of meeng space, 10 breakout rooms La Quinta Inn & Suites McAllen Convenon Center 114 rooms, full breakfast, full bar Cambria Suites 121 rooms, fullservice hotel Home2 by Hilton 99 rooms, extendedstay amenies
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McAllen Car Fest Classic cars to Corvees, low riders to exoc imports, the annual McAllen Car Fest draws thousands of car enthusiasts to the McAllen Convenon Center. mcallencarfest.com 11
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healthy eang 4 Places to Eat Healthier in McAllen by Nine To Five Guy McAllen is known for having some of the best Mexican food in country, and while we take pride in our rich culinary culture, we’ve also embraced the healthy eang lifestyle. The shi to dining at health conscious eateries is a trend that shows no signs of slowing, so in an eﬀort to help you recover from your latest burger binge, I’ve uncovered 4 of the best places to eat healthier in McAllen. Fresh & Tasty 123 Nolana Ave Fresh & Tasty isn’t reinvenng the wheel with its salad bar concept; it’s just mastering it. Since opening November 2015, this eat healthy, feel great place has consistently delivered perfectly sized porons of prepared salads and gourmet sandwiches. Fresh & Tasty is the goto lunch spot for the health conscious eater. You can order in advance, take it to go or sit and enjoy a balanced diet of protein and veggies in its welllit dining area. 14
FitFillet 1701 Dove Ave Leading the healthyeang charge is FitFillet. It has all the elements of a healthydining restaurant in one. You can dine in or purchase prepped meals if you’re on the run. FitFillet even oﬀers consulng services and poron plans perfect for every lifestyle, including a kid’s menu, making healthy eang easy for the whole family. From healthy appezers to savory salads and ﬂavorful entrees, FitFillet is a game changer! Green Owl Deli 2901 N. 10th St The Green Owl Deli is a vegetarians dream come true. It specializes in creang meatless versions of local favorites, including vegan tacos, tamales and nachos. The Green Owl goes even further with its menu items, oﬀering vegan desserts so delicious they’ll make the most carnivorous eaters take a second look. Wash it down with a fresh, coldpressed juice and you’ve got yourself a oneofakind meal. Gumbo’s Deli 1001 South 10th St. Gumbo’s Deli makes healthy eang without sacriﬁcing taste its mission. The hidden away healthconscious eatery is tucked in the corner of the Tiﬀany Plaza on 10th Street, but those who know about this outof view eatery tout its boatsized salad bowls and toastedtoperfecon ciabaa sandwiches. Gumbo’s Deli has a second locaon in North McAllen, where it shares space with another popular eatery, Pollito. It features drivethru service, giving onthego eaters a healthy alternave to fast food.
These restaurants serve up beerforyou bites without sacriﬁcing taste, making healthy eang easier than ever. For more info on the hippest spots and hoest happenings in McAllen, visit NineToFiveGuy.com or follow on social media @ninetoﬁveguy. 15
eateries restaurant directory 2nd Street Bistro Bar Market (American) Double Tree by Hilton 9566863000 Applebee’s (Classic American) 514 East Exp 83, 9566868484 BarBCue Smoke House (American) 7517 N. 10th Street 9566822066
Burger King (Fast Food) 1101 S. 10th St, 9566874926 1700 N. 23rd St, 9566304594 700 Nolana Ave, 9566306108 304 Nolana Ave, 9566316461 3700 Buddy Owens, 9566867256 Callejon De Los Milagros (Mexican) 3300 W. Exp 83, 9566830330 Carl’s Jr. (Fast Food) 900 S. Jackson, 9566310350
Beef O’ Brady’s (American) 2011 S. 10th St, 9564658087
Casa Del Taco (Mexican) 1100 Houston Ave, 9566318193
BJ’s Brewhouse (American) 3200 W. Exp. 83, 9566872005
Chipotle (Mexican Grill) 3500 E. Exp 83 9566312662
Blimpie (Deli) 2825 Pecan Avenue 9566273329
City Café & Catering (American) 2901 N. 10th St, 9566828737
Blue Onion (Deli, Pizza) 925 Dove Ave, 9566829884
Corner Bakery Café (American) 4021 N, 10th St, C4, 9562788270
Bodega Tavern & Kitchen (New American) 2901 N. 10th Street Ste. A & B 9566270482
Costa Messa Restaurant (Mexican) 5248 N. 10th St, 9566181919 1621 N. 11th St, 9566185449 1801 S. Main St, 9566184040
Brickstone Grill and Bar Embassy Suites Hotel 800 Convenon Center Blvd, 956 6888329
Country Omelee (TexMex/Breakfast) 3420 N. 10th St, 9565345607
Buﬀalo Wings & Rings (American) 1933 S. 10th St, 9566309464 4711 N. 10th St, 956 6312500 Buﬀalo Wild Wings (American) 3520 E. Exp. 83, 9566824550 4424 N. 10th St, 9566689677
Cowboy Chicken (Barbecue) 1020 W. Nolana Avenue 9566867777 Cracker Barrel (American) 3817 W. Exp 83 9566831874
Dairy Queen (Fast Food) 800 E. Highway 83, 9566829501 1501 N. 23rd St, 9566829041 4011 N. 10th St, 9566820383 4101 N. 23rd St, 9566319706 Dave & Buster’s (American) Exp. 83 & 29th St Dejarvis Taco (Mexican) 403 S. 10th St., 9566314827 Delia’s Tamales (Mexican) 4800 23rd St, 9566303502 3400 N. 10th St, 9566272532 Denny’s (American) 1110 S. 10th St, 9566872242 401 E. Nolana Ave, 9569280166 Dirty Al’s Bayou Grill (Seafood) #400 5712 N. 10th St 9566275362 El Pato Mexican Food (Fast Food) 2035 N. 23rd St. 9566182829 1609 S. 23rd St. 9566831996 3019 N. 10th St. 9566821576 El Pollo Loco (Fast Food) 601 Nolana Loop, 9569718314
IL Forno A Legna (Italian) 3817 N. 10th Street Ste. 5 9566889528 Infusions Eats & Drinks (New American) 701 N. Main St., 9566272905 Jason’s Deli (Deli) 1308 E. Exp 83, 9566641700 Johnny Rockets (American) 3300 E. Exp 83, #150, 9566306094 Khan’s Grill (Mongolian) 529 E. Nolana Avenue 9566878881 Koko’s Mexican Café (Mexican) 6100 N. 10th St, 9566305656 4809 W. Exp 83, 9566315656 Kumori (Asian) 400 Nolana, Ste E, 9566185677 4500 N. 10th St., #50 9566312822
El Rincon Gaucho (Mexican) 3300 N. McColl Rd. Suite 0 9566270016
Kusina Restaurant & Market (Filipino) 6700 N. 23rd St, Ste. A & B 9566640044
Espi & T’s (Mexican) 2101 N. 10th St, 9566867467
La Costa Grill (Seafood) 3300 Exp. 83 Ste. 1235 9566309928
Europa Cuisine & Entertainment (New American) 5112 W. Expressway 83 9562250920
La Jaiba Mexican Seafood Grill (Seafood) 400 Nolana, Ste O, 9566185172
Five Guys Burgers and Fries (American) 3701 W. Exp 83, 9566305554 7501 N. 10th St, 9568005003
La Playa Fajita Grill McAllen (Mexican & Seafood) 4400 N. 10th Street 9569281555
Gabriella’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria (Italian) 700 Padre Blvd. Ste. G 9567616111 Gamehaus Gastropub (American) 2109 W. Nolana, 9563911202 Filled with classic arcade games, shuﬄeboard, pool, more than a dozen TV’s and a creave food menu. Golden Chick (American) 4501 N. 23rd St, 9566312544 Grain to Glass (American) 5921 N. 23rd St, 9563223315 Green Owl (Deli/Vegeterian) 2109 N. 10th St, 9568004616 Golden Corral (American) 1301 E. Jackson Ave, 9566822774 Hacienda Del Patron (Mexican) 4401 W. Exp 83, 9563225336
Le Peep (American/Breakfast) 7700 N. 10th St., Ste. C 9566619200 Longhorn Steakhouse (American) 3600 Exp 83, 9566306426 Luby’s Cafeteria (American) 2200 S. 10th St, 9569281853 1215 S. 10th St, 9566823115 4901 N. 10th St, 9566879568 Lucky Sushi Bar (Asian) 1303 S. 10th Street 9563404390 Lunchbox on 10th (New American) 2900 N. 10th Street 9566830021 Major Health Foods (Deli) 1001 S. 10th St, 9566877759 Mambo Seafood Restaurant (Mexican Seafood) 4817 Expressway 83 Ste. 100 9566822231
Hooter’s (American) 401 E. Exp 83, 9569719464
McAlister’s Deli (Deli) 3620 W. Exp 83, #100 9569720505
House of China (Fast Food) 4008 N. 10th St, 9566310188
McDonald’s (Fast Food) 3700 Pecan Ave, 9566312044 7320 N. 10th St, 9569721476
House Wine & Bistro (New American) 1117 Bus 83, 9569948331
IHOP (American) 4321 N. 10th St, 9566824467
Mooyah Burgers (American) 3721 Pecan Blvd, 9569941111
Ms. G’s Tacos (Mexican) 2263 Pecan Blvd, 9566688226 New York Deli (Deli) 829 W. Dove, 9566318787 Nothing Bundt Cakes (Bakery) 3400 W. Exp 83, Building 700 Suite 740 Olive Garden (Italian) 222 Exp 83, 9566181188 7812 N. 10th St, 9566189886 Palenque Chicken (Mexican) 1050 S. 10th St, 9569948181 Palenque Grill (Mexican) 606 E. Exp 83, 9569948181 The Pao on Guerra (Southern) 116 S. 17th St, 9566619100 Fine dining located in the heart of the 17th Street Entertainment District. Peter Piper Pizza (Pizza) 1620 N. 10th St, 9566825251 Pepper’s At Uptown (American) 4620 N. 10th St, 9566185533 Pizza Hut (Pizza) 2101 N. 23rd St, 9566821521 2000 S. McColl St, 9566305581 2121 N. 23rd St, 9566877859 404 S. 10th St, 9566824115 3609 N. 10th St, 9566869701 739 W. Dove, 9569718282 P.F. Chang’s (Asian) 3100 Exp 83, 9566641516 Poncho’s Restaurant (Mexican) 601 W. Exp 83, 9566302237 Red Lobster (American Seafood) 7617 N. 10th St, 9566826877 Republic of the Rio Grande (New American) 1411 S. 10th Street 9569948385 RGV Cupcakes (Sweets) 3300 E. Exp 83, 9566189979 Rodizio Grill (Brazilian Steakhouse) 4013 W. Exp 83, 9566276520 Romano’s Macaroni Grill (Italian) 3500 W. Exp 83, 9566873500 Roosevelt’s at 7 (American) 821 N Main St, 956 9281994 Russo’s New York Pizzeria (Italian) 7017 N. 10th St, 9566865522 Salads Plus (Deli) 3724 Pecan Blvd, 9569949450 Saltgrass Steakhouse (American) 3000 Exp 83, 9566824652
Salt New American Table (American Cuisine) 210 N. Main St, 9566276304 Award winning eatery features local steaks and drinks to envy with an open kitchen and bar situated around the kitchen to enjoy the show. Santa Fe Steakhouse (American) 1918 S. 10th St, 9566302331 Seoul House (Korean) 1210 Pecan Blvd, 9566865273 Souper Salad (Deli) 4129 W Expy 83, 9566272492 Spanish Room (Southwestern) 1620 N. 10th St, 9566825251 Subway (Deli) 3512 N. 23rd St, 9569948710 1600 S. 23rd St, 9566649086 618 N. 10th St, 9566304376 808 S. Jackson Rd, 9566641938 105 W. Nolana Ave, 9566300298 Sweet Temptaons (American) 5401 N. 10th St, 9566300307 Taco Palenque (Fast Food) 1000 S. 10th St, N, 9569948950 3020 N. 10th St, 9562274736 601 W. Houston Ave, 9566306787 Taco Rico (Fast Food) 3716 Pecan Blvd, 9566681660 Taste of India (Indian) 3711 N. 10th St, 9566829888 Taqueria El Zarape (Fast Food) 4401 N 23rd St, 9566866622 Tilted Kilt (American) 4117 W. Exp 83, 9566875458 Thai Red Chili’s (Thai) 3507 N. Ware Rd, 9566830515 Tony Roma’s (American) 2121 S. 10th St, 9566312121 Whataburger (Fast Food) 1000 E. Nolana, 9566687410 1419 S. 10th St, 9566825597 7101 N. 10th St, 9566864242 4017 N. 23rd St, 9566828933 1412 E. Jackson, 9566820166 2225 W. US Hwy 83, 9566866546 Which Wich Superior Sandwiches (Deli) 7700 N. 10th St, Ste B, 9566879424 Wingstop (American) 2901 N. 10th St, 9566838888 1308 E. Exp 83, 9569710220 3721 Pecan Blvd, 9566319464 Yoko’s Sushi (Asian) 7001 N. 10th St, 9566831285 Zoe’s Kitchen (Mediterranean) 5524 N. McColl, 9566274625 Zucca 83 (Italian) 4901 West Expressway 83 Ste. 220 9568430148
food park The McAllen Food Park is McAllen’s ﬁrst and ﬁnest park for foodies and food truck enthusiasts. You can enjoy ﬁrstclass, restaurantquality grub served up by local chefs in a thriving downtown locaon, conveniently located between McAllen’s Art and Entertainment Districts. With more than 300 days of sunshine annually, the park is the perfect outdoor dining experience for families, friends and even your favorite fourlegged companion. On occasion you can also ﬁnd home grown musicians showcasing their acousc talents. The food truck scene is booming in McAllen, and the Food Park is the perfect place to ﬁnd a variety of food trucks aimed to sasfy any appete. On the Menu An original food truck in the Rio Grande Valley. MexicanKorean Fusion is what this family is bringing to the local foodie scene. Serving items like Pork Buns, Kimchi Fries, QDillas, Yard Bird Takos, Korean Karnitas Takos as well as other familiar and outof theordinary ﬂavors. Unique and sasfying! Food For the People! • Nuri Food Truck 956.252.7577 • email@example.com
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play like a local Kori Waters, McAllen Parks and Rec
Step foot onto Fireman’s Park... and you quickly realize why this unique addion to McAllen’s evergrowing parks system has become a local favorite to ﬁsh, bike, hike and play. The centerpiece of the park is Town Lake, a twoacre manmade lake complete with a beachlike entrance and ﬁshing pier. The lake is home to a variety of wildlife and the palm treelined backdrop is ideal to experience the outdoors. “The water is what sets Fireman’s Park apart from other parks in the city. The fact that it feels hidden also makes it special and peaceful,” said Kori Waters, Recreaon Supervisor, McAllen Parks and Recreaon. Saturday mornings the park is host to the Grow’n Growers Farmers’ Market where you can shop a variety of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables from local growers and farms. “I like how the park is being ulized because it’s relavely new to the city. People are becoming aware of it because it’s a pleasant place to be. It’s beauful here,” Waters said. The lively locaon also has a pavilion and Pumphouse available to rent for that oneofakind venue for your next special occasion. An onsite H2O Hut even has kayak and pedal boat rentals. 21
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Fish, hike, bike, play or relax... you can do it all at Town Lake at Firemen’s Park. The onsite H2O Hut even has snacks and kayak and pedal boat rentals. The 2nd Street Hike & Bike Trail is the perfect place to burn calories while taking a tour of the city on foot. The urban trail system spans north and south through town. Your favorite fourlegged friends want to play, too, and McAllen’s Dog Park is made just for them. The oﬀleash park is divided into secons for small and large dogs. Bill Schupp Park is ideal for family gatherings with its picnic areas, and parkgoers can enjoy the many swings, slides and merrygorounds or exercise on the ﬁtness trail and sand volleyballs courts. One of the newest addions is Daﬀodil Park where you can take in 9holes of disc golf. Quickly becoming a local hot spot, the par3 course is perfect for beginners. Cool oﬀ at one of McAllen’s two Splash Parks, located at 4901 North 33rd Street at Zinnia Park and at 3401 Jordan Avenue at Palm View Park. Oval Park The heart of McAllen’s Convenon Center district is its palmtree lined 2.4 acre Oval Park, which features nave trees and pergolas as well as a lively water fountain that feeds into its impressive reﬂecve pond. The park is home to fesvals and concerts, including a Sunset Live Series,Taste McAllen and Palm Fest.
Explore the outdoors / mcallentownlake / mcallenparks
always in season game me
McAllen is set to become the premier sports desnaon in Texas... with its new parks, upgrades to exisng ﬁelds and new projects underway. The new McAllen Sports Park features nine fullsize muluse ﬁelds, including a championship ﬁeld. The Sports Park has ﬁrstclass amenies, manager’s oﬃces, dancing fountains, playground equipment, a conces sion area and a box oﬃce along with plenty of parking. Disc golf is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and McAllen is equipped with two parks for diﬀerent skill levels. The 18hole, championship quality Green Jay Disc Golf Course features long fairways and challenging holes, while the 9hole Daﬀodil Disc Golf Park is perfect for leisure players or beginners looking to reﬁne their skills. The major parks project underway is the McAllen Youth Baseball Complex, which will feature 12 baseball ﬁelds with the modern amenies traveling teams expect from tournamentquality baseball parks. A 6 ﬁelds fast pitch soball complex is also in the works. Upcoming motocross and skate parks will add to the diversity of McAllen’s sports tourism porolio as well. Sports tourism in McAllen is on the rise. Combined with familyfriendly restaurants, premium shopping, ﬁrstclass accommodaons, a lively entertainment district and moderate yearround temperatures, it’s no wonder why McAllen is “Always in Season.”
Come race with us If you’re a runner the McAllen Marathon is a can’t miss event. The course is ﬂat, fast, and the weather is perfect in December. The USATFcerﬁed course is the ideal Boston Qualiﬁer. Visit the website mcallenmarathon.com to register. / mcallenmarathon
shop like a local McAllen is one of the fastest growing areas in the naon, and with thousands of Mexican Naonals vising on a daily basis that make it all of Mexico’s number one U.S. retail desnaon, it’s no wonder that McAllen is the mecca for shopping in South Texas. La Plaza Mall, the city’s retail core, has more than 150 specialty retailers, including highend stores like Michael Kors, Armani Exchange and BCBGMAXAZRIA. The mall is also home to bigname fashion house carrying designers Valenno, Burberry, Tory Burch and Jimmy Choo, to name a few. Currently undergoing a major expansion, in 2017 La Plaza Mall will open 50 more stores and 10 more restaurants. If you want to shop local a local then look no further than McAllen’s locally owned bouques. The Shops at Village Oaks shopping center on 10th Street is notorious for carrying musthave merchandise. The center is anchored by Sylvia’s and Uniques which have been local favorites for decades, and stores like Carat’s Jewelers, OH Kay’s and Zoodles with the latest ouits or accessories to ensure your style is oneofakind. North McAllen is also a fashionable shopping desnaon, with locally owned stores like Jones & Jones, Mariposa Bouque and shop 112 which has become a Valley favorite and was recently voted best bouque by The Monitor. Whether you’re in the market for ﬁne furnishings one of a kind jewelry or when the proscripon just calls for some retail therapy, McAllen has got it all!
La Plaza Mall 2200 South 10th St. Major retailers include Dillard’s, Macy’s, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Amani Exchange, Hollister, Michael Kors, Steve Madden and more. Las Tiendas Shopping Center Area 708 E Expressway 83/I2 Retailers include Forever 21, Bed Bath and Beyond, Pier One, Target, Academy, and several restaurants including Wallbangers. Uptown Plaza 4500 North 10th St. Retailers include Merle Norman Cosmecs, Jones & Jones, Spa La Posada and several restaurants including Kumori and Pepper’s. Downtown McAllen The Central Business District Includes Main, Broadway, 15th, 16th, and 17th Streets from Business 83 to Houston Ave. and provides many local specialty retailers and restaurants. Northcross Shopping Center North 10th St. & Nolana Ave. Retailers include Barnes & Noble, Corner Bakery Café & Vitamin Shoppe. Palms Crossing Area McAllen Convenon Center District Retailers and restaurants include Cavender’s Western Wear, Academy, Ulta, DSW, Barnes & Noble, P.F. Chang’s, Macaroni Grill, and more. New 29th St. Shopping Center featuring Burlington, and Dave & Busters. Trenton Area North 10th St. & Trenton Rd. Retailers and restaurants include Russo’s Pizza, James Avery, Coldstone Creamery,Kolache Factory, Starbucks, Hobby Lobby, Best Buy, Target, Kohl’s, Le Peep, and many more. Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets E. Expressway 83/12 Mercedes, TX Located 15 minutes east of McAllen, the outlet mall is home to 140 stores, a food court with live entertainment in the summer and a child care center.
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create like a local
Local arst Aurora Vites showcases her artwork at the Creave Incubator.
The arts in McAllen are as eclecc as the city itself. The Creave Incubator is at the heart of McAllen’s Arts District, and is home to a variety of local creators. The venue oﬀers lowcost studio space for startup arsts and is meant to foster the creavity of the tenants and provide emerging arsts and organizaons with the support they need. The threestory building includes a performance stage, art gallery, exhibit space, classrooms and the newly added TechPlace which is a collaborave space that encourages interacons and collaboraon among the tenants. The Creave Incubator also oﬀers a series of weekly classes on several diﬀerent arts related topics including painng, guitar, voice, acng, and more.
Stay connected / Creave.Incubator
TechSpace A hip, inving environment, TechSpace encourages innovaon and collaboraon among its techsavvy tenants. / TechSpaceMcAllen
explore like a local
Colleen Hook, Manager, Quinta Mazatlan
Picture an oasis of greenery and tranquility amidst the frenec daily acvity of a dynamic city... Add historic appeal and cultural color, and you’ll have an idea of the charm that draws locals to Quinta Mazatlan. Built in the 1930s, this Spanish Revival Style adobe mansion sits on 20 acres of lawn, gardens and forest, complete with walking trails. It serves both as a nature center and a special event venue. The original owners built much of the home themselves, fashioning the adobe bricks by hand. Cedar beams in the home were purportedly a gi to the owner from the King of Lebanon to thank him for ﬁghng alongside Lawrence of Arabia during Lebanon’s War of Independence. During the mid60s parts of the estate were opened to the public as a coﬀeehouse. Then Quinta Mazatlan was again converted to a private residence unl 1998 when the City of McAllen acquired it. Today Quinta Mazatlan is an urban sanctuary working to enrich people’s lives by sharing knowledge about birds, plants and environmental stewardship in South Texas. As part of the World Birding Center Complex, it aracts many wildlife watchers. It is also a popular locaon for special events such as weddings and quinceneras, and features an art gallery, wildlife sculpture trail and permanent popular Mexican art display.
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arts & culture
Art District McAllen’s vibrant Arts District is centrally located in the heart of the city, along Main Street. Home to more than two dozen art galleries, the area is anchored by the Spanish Colonial Nuevo Santander Gallery and the new Art Village, a 30,000 square foot Tuscanstyle retail facility that includes four buildings housing art galleries, studios, and restaurants. Downtown McAllen.
Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle San Juan’s Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle averages more than one million visitors a year (20,000 a weekend), making it one of the most visited shrines in the United States. www.olsjbasilica.org. 400 N. Virgen de San Juan Blvd., San Juan; 9567870033 Internaonal Museum of Art & Science IMAS is one of the naon’s few Smithsonian aﬃliate museums. Worldclass exhibits, cultural events, and the country’s largest collecon of Mexican folk art make IMAS a great educaonal experience for the enre family. 1900 Nolana Ave.; 9566820123
Creave Incubator (McA2) McAllen’s Creave Incubator supports local arsts and promotes the community’s arsc culture by providing lowcost studio space for emerging arsts, rotang exhibits and live performances throughout the year. 601 N. Main St.; 956687ARTS (2787)
McAllen Nature Park McAllen’s Nature Park is a citysponsored botanical garden and nature preserve located in West McAllen with walking trails and programs daily. Admission is free. 4101 W. Business 83; 9566813333 McAllen Heritage Center This museum focuses on McAllen’s 100 year history, hosng storytelling sessions and other special events. Memorabilia, historic photos, and arsan work of local arsts are displayed. Admission is free. 301 S. Main St.; 9566871904
McAllen Performing Arts Center The new McAllen Performing Arts Center is a state of the art auditorium with 1800 seats. It hosts theatre producons, concerts, dance performances, and many special events. Convenon Center District; 9566813800 Museum of South Texas History The museum preserves the past with its vast collec on of works of art, records, documents, displays, historical items, and helps with the preservaon of local sites. 200 N. Closner, Edinburg; 9563836911 Nuevo Santander Gallery Nuevo Santander Gallery is the place to visit when looking to acquire museum quality Old West arms, anques, and ﬁne Mexican collecbles. 717 N. Main St., McAllen; 9566184959 33
indulge like a local entertainment From sports bars to nightclubs or line dancing and salsa stepping... the entertainment opons in McAllen are seemingly endless. You can start on 17th Street, McAllen’s Entertainment District, or venture uptown and discover one of the many lively entertainment oﬀerings in the city. Catch the game or have your own compeon at local favorite Gamehaus Gastropub where every spot has a TV in sight and features vintage arcade games, pool tables, shuﬄeboard, darts, foosball and much more. You might even catch a glimpse of a future NBA star while you’re there, as it has become a favorite place to watch sports for the RGV Vipers of the NBA DLeague. The rise in popularity of alehouses has caught on in McAllen. Led by McAllen’s original pub house, Roosevelt’s at 7, others have followed suit, including Grain to Glass and the Quarter. Each is unique in its own way, but one thing is for sure, you won’t leave thirsty. Handcraed cocktails made with locally sourced ingredients, showcasing regional ﬂavors are also increasingly popular. Stop by Infusions where it infuses its spirits inhouse or SALT, where the Paloma features tequila, Valley lemons and homegrown ruby red grapefruit. El Divino is another popular cocktailery for indulging in specialty concocons along with Bodega, which are both located in Uptown McAllen. 35
a night out nightlife lisngs
23rd Street Bar & Grill 3301 N. 23rd St
Avenue 1704* 1704 Dallas Ave
Alberico Fine Wine 401 N. 10th St.
Brickhouse 10 S. 11th Canna Lomax 101 N. Main St
Bodega Tavern & Kitchen 2901 N. 10th St
Centennial Speakeasy 1410 Ausn Ave
Bourbon St 4800 N. 10th St.
Cine El Rey* 311 S. 17th St
Casa Petrides Tobacco 735 W. Dove Ave
Europa Cuisine & Entertainment 5112 W Exp 83
Cigar Bar 2200 W. Nolana Ave
Flying Walrus* 2014 S. 17th St
Coast Asian Bistro 7100 N. 10th St.
Infusion Eats & Drinks 701 N. Main St
Deloreans 2200 W. Nolana Ave
Mezzanine on 17th* 109 S. 17th St
Eddy’s Billiards 400 W. Nolana Ave
Midnight Club* 118 S. 17th St
El Divino 5001 N. 10th St.
OMG Shot Bar* 202 S. 17th St
Gamehaus Gastropub 2109 W. Nolana Ave
Pao On Guerra* 116 S. 17th St
Grain To Glass 5921 N. 23rd St.
Peacocks* 209 S. 17th St
Havana Club 500 E. Nolana Ave
Roof 324* 324 S. 17th St
Hillbilly’s 6000 N. 10th St.
Roosevelt’s at 7 821 N. Main St
Limelight Lounge 400 W. Nolana Ave
Soﬁe’s ‘SS’ Saloon 6801 S. 10th St
London Grill & Tavern 129 E. Nolana Ave
Suerte Bar & Grill* 301 S. 17th St
Simon Sez 2007 Orchid Ave.
Thirsty Monkey* 1613 Chicago Ave Tres* 323 S. 17th St Yerberia Cultura* 613 S. 17th St *denotes places located in McAllen’s 17th Street Entertainment District
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Food truck lovers, make plans to grab a bite at McAllen’s Food Park, home to a half a dozen mobile eateries localed on 10 N. Broadway in the downtown district. Food trucks are known to stay open l 2:00 am or later on weekends.
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300 E. Expressway 83
701 S Ware Rd.
800 W. Expressway 83
2131 S. 10th St.
1421 S. 10th St.
1800 South 2nd St.
612 W. Expressway 83
(956) 687 5100
300 W Expressway 83
800 Convenon Ctr. Blvd.
2117 S. 10th St.
10 W Expressway 83
4801 W Expressway 83
617 W Expressway 83
525 S. Ware Rd.
3801 Expressway 83
2000 S. 10th St.
1100 S. 10th St.
801 S Ware Rd.
101 North Main St.
220 W. Expressway 83
1921 S. 10th St.
1800 S. Ware Rd.
620 Wichita Ave.
700 Savannah Ave.
1505 S 9th St.
8301 N. Ware Rd.
1500 Wichita Ave.
event calendar January McAllen New Year’s Eve Bash www.exploremcallen.com/events/annual/newyearseve.aspx McAllen Marathon Sco Crane Memorial Run January 1415 www.mcallenmarathon.com Karaoke Night at the McAllen Food the 4thFriday of the Month Featuring the best of McAllen and arts and cra vendors www.McAllen.org Internaonal Car Fest www.mcallencarfest.com McAllen Food Park Unplugged (JanuaryDecember) 3rd Friday of the month Features live entertainment and arts & cra vendors, as well as collecble vendors. www.facebook.com/mcallenfoodpark February McAllen Internaonal Travel Show McAllen Travel, Health & Wellness Expo February 2122 www.internaonaltravelshow.com Valley Symphony Orchestra www.Vsomusic.org Melba’s Dance Performancewww.melbasdance.com Valley Symphonic Orchestra Star Wars & Galacc Pops www.valleyorchestra.org March Golden Age Olympics www.mcallen.net/parksrecreaon/specialevents/gao Taste McAllen www.facebook.com/TasteMcAllen Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show www.rgvls.com Borderfestwww.hidalgoborderfest.com April BrewSeum www.brewseum.com McAllen Crawﬁsh Boil thecrawﬁshboil.com Vida Verde Fesvalwww.quintamazatlan.com
May Melba’s Dance Recital www.melbasdance.com Sunset Live Outdoor Concert Series www.mcallenconvenoncenter.net June/July McAllen Blues Night www.vismcallen.com Fourth of July Concert in the Sky www.mcallen.net Independence Day Parade www.mcallen.net McAllen Open Mic Night 1st Fridays during the summer August McAllen Open Mic Night 1st Fridays during the summer September McAllen Art Walk 1st Art Walk is a free, selfguided family tour of art galleries and art venues in McAllen’s Art District. It takes place on the ﬁrst Friday of the month from 69pm September through May. www.exploremcallen.com Music Aer Hours 1st Friday of the month, 6pm10pm register at the McAllen Chamber of Commerce firstname.lastname@example.org October Palm Fest McAllen largest folk life celebraon features live music, shopping cooking compeons, cultural display and more at the McAllen Convenon Center. – www.palmfest.com Santa Fe Wine Classic www.facebook.com/events/1781709528726327 November Texas Buerﬂy Fesval www.texasbuerﬂyfesval.com Annual Banquet Man & Women of the year mcallen.org/event/62ndannualbanquetman womanoftheyearawards RGV Birding Fesval www.rgvbf.org December McAllen Holiday Parade Christmas in the Park/ Candlelight Posada – The largest illuminated holiday parade in Texas features giant helium balloons, decorave ﬂoats , celebrity guest and kids carnival. www.mcallenholidayparade.com
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