Once Upon a Christmas in Rio, 4-7pm, Main St (Rio Grande City). The annual Parade of Lights continues in historic downtown RGC. Free fun for the whole family.
Beneath the Veil of Sleep, 6-10pm, Hinovations Art Studio. Opening reception for this exhibition by local artist Carlos Ochoa. Free and open to the public.
The Lighting of the Tree & Christmas Opera Extravaganza, 6-10pm, Edinburg City Hall Auditorium. Featuring the South Texas Lyric Opera, RGV Children’s Choir and more. Free.
Zoo Nights & Lights, 6-9pm, Gladys Porter Zoo (Brownsville). Lights, music, arts & crafts, fun for date night and/or the whole family. Free for members, $2.50 or a new unwrapped toy for the public.
First Friday Night featuring Something Solar, 7-10pm, Rio Grande Grill (Harlingen).
“The Tlacuaches (Possums) Find a Home”, 7pm, UTPA Studio Theater. UTPA Theatre presents Theatre for Young Audiences. Lots of audience participation and fun for kids 0-5. Playing Saturday 2pm & 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.
VMHS Harlequins present: Sweeney Todd, Friday & Saturday 7pm, Veterans Memorial HS Theater (Mission). Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for others.
Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, 7:05pm, State Farm Arena. The Bees face off with the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
WE NEED WORDS Presents Grupo de Teatro Liquida, Monologos de la Vagina, 7:30-9:30pm, Hinovations Art Studio.
Anime After Party, 8-11:55pm, The Barracks (McAllen). Cosplay, gaming, music and anime come together for this new First Friday tradition. Free.
Artwalk After Party, 9pm, Roosevelt’s at 7. The monthly series continues, featuring a rotating of the Valley’s best DJs. No cover.
Francisco Cespedes, 9pm, McAllen Civic Center. Tickets start at $33 plus fees.
Megan Kohrt’s Farewell Show, 10pm, Cypress Lounge. Fantastico, Babosos del Valle, IFV and The Daily Grind perform. Free.
Race For The Health Of It 5K Merrython, 8am, Edinburg Municipal Park. Benefits the RGV Diabetes Assocation and Vannie E Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation. Registration is $12.
Jackson Street Market Days, 9am-4pm, Jackson St between 4th & Commerce (Harlingen). A free, family-friendly monthly event that includes food, music, antiques, collectibles and much more.
Foam Dash RGV, 9am, Arroyo Park (Harlingen). $35 for this sudsy 5K.
Winterfest 2013, 10am-4pm, Teleperformance Edinburg. A toy drive benefiting the Edinburg Boys & Girls Club, with live entertainment, a car show and more. Free.
McAllen 31st Annual Candlelight Posada, noon-10pm, Archer Park. A full day of holiday fun!
5th Annual Welcome Home Winter Texan Party, 1-4pm, Leo Pena Placita Park (Mission). Entertainment, food and more free fun.
Super Science Day, 1-4pm, Children’s Museum of Brownsville. Fun science experiments with help from the UTB Education & Physics Departments. $6 per person.
KTEX 4th Annual 10 Man Jam, 2:30pm-10pm, Wink’s Saloon (Brownsville). Tickets are $10 for this annual Food Bank of the RGV fundraiser.
The City of Pharr Christmas Lighted Parade, 3-9pm, Pharr City Hall. Food, pictures with Santa, carnival rides and more. Costello performs. Free.
Internet Film Cafe, 6-11:55pm, Animezing Cafe (Mission). Karaoke, talent show, music, vendors, and a movie screening are part of this new, monthly event kicking off this weekend. Free admission.
Edinburg Night of Lights Parade & Festival, 6-9pm, Edinburg Town Square. A parade, live entertainment, music, games and more.
Ventanas de la Vida: An Exhibit by Joe Lopez, 6-8:30pm, Brownsville Market Square. Opening reception for this new watercolor exhibit. Free and open to the public.
Journey Tribute Band, 7pm, Sofie’s SS Saloon. SA Lights brings the 80s to the historic outdoor venue. $7 presale/$10 at the door.
Pink at The Rink, 7:05pm, State Farm Arena. The Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees will raise money for Doctor’s Hospital at Renaissance Cancer Foundation and collect toys for Valley children as they take on the Wichita Falls Wildcats.
Ghetto Ghouls / Eets Feats (Austin, TX), 9pm, Cine El Rey. The two Austin punk bands return to the Valley, with locals Cutters, The Sad Campers and more. $5, 18+.
Sky Tree CD Release Party Part 2, 9pm, Cypress Lounge. The local rockers release their new CD with guests Souls To Roam, Lonescar & more. Free, 18+.
The Road to California, 9pm, Smokin Aces Bar. Local rockers Texas, Black Noize, Land Locked Pirates and a reunited (for now?) Driver 23 perform. $5 cover.
Chamber Series Concert I, 4pm, IMAS. The Valley Symphony Orchestra presents the Music of the Americas Concert in an intimate setting. Tickets are $25.
Gas Rag (Chicago) / Porkeria, 5-8pm, The Cubby Hole (Edinburg). With Nerve Damage and more. Free, 18+.