From a 150 dinosaur bone collection, to live snakes and raptors, to a coastal studies touch tank and a new exhibit of robots, PalmFest’s “Into the Wild” program this year is destined to be an exciting and fun-filled educational family day out!  Activities have been specifically aligned to state TEKS.   “It’s like going on four different field trips all on one day!” said one teacher last year, regarding the diverse opportunities for children to experience hands-on STEAM learning. This kind of “STEAM” isn’t the powerful water vapor that propelled engines of the past, but rather a powerful set of educational goals that can propel a student into a successful future:

S= science, T = technology, E= engineering, A=arts, and M=math.

More than 20 organizations will be offering Science learning opportunities at PalmFest.  Danny Connor’s Reptiles, The Texas Zoo, the UTRGV Coastal Studies Lab, Sea Turtle Inc, and Sky King Falconry are just a few organizations bringing in live native creatures.  Naturalists from the World Birding Centers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the US Fish and Wildlife will have an array of creature models on display, along with furs, furs, tracks, bones and other features for hands-on, up close science investigation.

For Technology and Engineering, visitors won’t want to miss the exciting new Robotics display.  Thanks to STC, Sylvan Learning, and other local engineering entities, children and adults can not only practice moving robots, but also learn how to code their movements. Others may wish to explore the engineering displays of the Hidalgo Pumphouse or the KMB and McAllen Recycling Center.

Art displays can be found in every area of Into the Wild, including the “500 Wild-Bird Art” exhibition on the walls of Room 103—all native birds researched and colored by local elementary students.  Wander into Room 102 and the main hall to see just how clever local high schoolers were painting onto actual palm fronds. Room 101 will have a photographic display of the heritage of our city, and The McAllen Public Library will have an art project to take home.

And you will definitely want to dive into the Math at the McAllen Public Utilities booth where rainfall patterns and water conservation issues are more easily understood with the city’s newest large-scale Google Earth topographical map model of the LRGV.

With the largest collection of Dinosaur bones in the Ballroom and the Bear Clan Teepee on the grounds outside, you might be asking yourself if you should go one day or two!

The answer is YES!  Gather the family and head into the wild this year….full STEAM ahead!

“Into the Wild” at PalmFest  is on October 7 & 8 inside the McAllen Convention Center, from Noon-7 pm.  Adults: $5;  Children under 12 free.

Dates: Saturday, October 7, 2017 – Sunday, October 8, 2017
Saturday: 12:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Sunday: 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM (outdoor) 10:00 PM (Indoor)
Location: McAllen Convention Center

ADMISSION: $5 & children under 12 are FREE

The 12th Annual PalmFest International Folklife Celebration is shaping up to be one of the best in our history! Coming to you on Saturday & Sunday, October 7 & 8, 2017 at the beautiful McAllen Convention Center on Ware Road & Expressway 83 & McAllen Performing Arts Center- PalmFest will feature lots of entertainment including: historical displays, shopping, art, family games, rides and kids activities, live entertainment, animal shows, a classic car show, cooking demonstrations as well as diverse food and beverages. Over 40,000 people will enjoy the event inside the Convention Center and all around the grounds in the Oval Park and Reflecting Pond.

FIVE live entertainment stages will feature a variety of local performers and musical talent, exciting bands and dance groups including Indian, Folkloric, Middle Eastern, and more.

The PalmFest shopping experience gets better and better with our “Outdoor Artisan Market” arts & crafts fun outdoor shopping at PalmFest and indoors visit the “Rodeo Market Place” shopping area with over 70 vendors selling their handcrafted work.

Rent a paddle boat in the Reflecting Pond to gain another perspective on all festival activities! There are more activities still in the planning stages so check our website often at



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