The atmosphere is changing in the Rio Grande Valley. Social media is abuzz about which plans are going down next week. It’s that time again! Spring Break 2016 is finally upon us! Instead of running straight to South Padre Island for a simple beach party, hold off on the overcrowding and try a non-traditional break instead. The Rio Grande Valley has some great alternative activities that will keep your fun going all week long!


Galax Z Fair

This alternative music and arts festival merges a diverse music lineup with over 20 national, international and regional acts, all performing on March 12th and 13th at Yerberia Cultura in McAllen. After five years, this festival knows how to get a crowd pumped. Check out more about this festival here.

Never Say Never Festival

Let your inner headbanger out with some rock and metal at the Never Say Never Music Festival at Las Palmas Race Park. With Deftones and The Devil Wears Prada headlining this year’s festival on March 16th, it will definitely be an exciting one. Look up info and tickets here.

Beach Jams

Ultimate Music Experience

This is one of the biggest dance parties on South Padre Island! UME 2016 brings DJ Snake on March 16th, Kaskade on March 17th, Porter Robinson on March 18th, and Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike on March 19th. Get your electronic dance fix music tickets here.


Bringing you country, rap and pop, Clayton’s Beach Bar brings the jams to South Padre Island. March 15th is Casey Donahew Band with Sam Riggs and Costello, March 17th is French Montana, March 18th is Ke$ha and March 19th is Kid Ink. Grab some grub and enjoy the music. Click here for more info.

Livestock Show

You thought the Mercedes Livestock Show was just for food and rides? Well yes, but you can catch some great music, too! With Granger Smith performing on March 11th and Justin Moore on March 12th, you can have food, rides and great entertainment! Find out more here.


Mesquite Fire

If you haven’t let Spring Break catch you yet, join the Valley’s ultra-marathon to push your body to the limits. You can join the running madness on March 19th by signing up here.

Yoga & Animal Yoga

The McAllen Nature Center is hosting several yoga classes all next week from beginner yoga to learning fun animal yoga poses! Get a great workout and it’s FREE! Bring your yoga mat and check out the schedule here.

St. Patrick’s 5k Run/Walk

The City of Pharr Parks and Recreation Department will be having their 10th Annual St. Patrick’s 5k Run/Walk on Saturday March 19th. With over 1000 participants, this event will have some major competition for you to take on. Sign up here.

In Touch with Nature

Quinta Mazatlan

Quinta Mazatlan has some great activities this Spring Break, including Trekking Tuesday, where you get to explore the woods for animals and insects. They also have Watercolor Wednesday, where you get to unleash your creativity with watercolors and Lucky You Saturday, where you head out to the trails on a scavenger hunt to win cool prizes. For a list of events, click here.

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park

Come check out some Creatures of the Night or go on a Spring Hawk Watch at the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. They also have a Discovery Hike, Bird Walk and Native Plant Stroll to get any nature enthusiast excited for Spring Break. Get the details on events here.

McAllen Nature Center

Learn about basic tips on capturing moments in nature, create art in the park, or go on a night hike and more as the McAllen Nature Center brings the creativity and interaction this Spring Break. For more information, check their events out here.

Let’s Do This RGV!

From fitness to music and nature, we’ve got your Spring Break covered, RGV. Don’t forget your sun screen and towel just in case you get some free time for some rays at South Padre Island. With all of these great events, we might just have to schedule the beach for the summer.