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Free with Registration / Wednesday 5pm – 7pm 
Meet your fellow participants, plus the leaders, speakers, vendors, and Festival folk at the lovely Harlingen Arts & Heritage Museumlocated on Loop 499, across from the airport, at 2425 Boxwood St., Harlingen, 78550 (see the online map). Hors d’oeuvres, beverages, live music. Don’t miss it!




Free with Registration / Thursday, Friday 5pm – 6pm
You are kordially invited: Come one, come all to the Birders Bazaar for fun conversation, light appetizers, and, of course, kordials! Wines poured or kegs tapped for this popular and perfect prelude to the evening’s keynote presentation that follows. Meet and mingle, chat and sip with your fellow Festival-goers, leaders, speakers, and…well…everyone! Festival ID Badge required to be served.


Free! Open to the Public / Saturday 5pm – 9pm

Relax and unwind at our Saturday night social in the park across from the Auditorium.

Step One: A number of catering trucks will offer yummy dinners, from BBQ to Tex-Mex, so purchase your favorite.
Step Two: The street will be closed off for the stage and dance area, so y’all enjoy some live music and Texas hospitality in the cool evening air. Learn the Texas swing and two-step from our dance instructors, maybe even a line dance. Bring your red bandana to wear! Dessert courtesy of H.E.B. and cerveza available.


Free! Open to the Public / Saturday 6am – 6pm
Does counting birds for twelve hours from within a 17′ circle sound like fun? You bet! A past count include 50 Red-crowned Parrots sitting on high wires for their morning pre-flight chat. The Bay Area Birders, a local birding group, will host the circle. Join a rotating group of field trip leaders, and Festival-goers for a come-and-go casual event on the Fair Park complex grounds. You can even try out some optics. Sit for a bit, get a button, and be eligible for prizes.


During Kiskadee Kordial and After Speaker Presentations

So much talent is involved in the RGVBF, and our guides provide much more than pointing out birds. Many of them are noted authors, with books on shorebirds, field guides, and birding techniques that make us better birders in the field. You can purchase books at several booths during the Birders Bazaar, and during the Kiskadee Kordial, many attending authors will sign your books. If you leave your library at home, we will have labels for the authors to sign, then stick in your book. Come socialize with the authors.

Trade Show



Free! Open to the Public / Thursday – Saturday 12noon – 6pm / Sunday 12noon – 4pm
Our Birders Bazaar, with free admission and open to the public, is much more than just a trade show. Located within the Municipal Auditorium Complex, it’s the place to hang out after trips and between seminars. Shop the unique vendors (think Christmas!). Learn about birding hotspots. Visit the eBird station. Get your books autographed. Bid on great items in the Silent Auction. Relax at the Kiskadee Kordial. Visit The Raptor Project. All not-to-be-missed and part of the Festival fun.


Thursday – Saturday Trade Show hours / Bidding closes 5pm Saturday
During your Birders Bazaar visits, don’t miss the Silent Auction offerings. This is the place to bid on good deals for optics, birding gear, books, artwork, tour packages, hotel stays, private photography instruction, and much more. The sheer variety of offerings, many donated by our Trade Show vendors, guarantees something for everyone and Christmas-friendly timing. Furthermore, all proceeds aid the non-profit RGVBF and its programs. A win-win!


On Display During Trade Show Hours
Free Flight Shows Thursday – Sunday at 1pm & 3pm
Jonathan Wood and his vast collection of stunning hawks, owls, eagles, and falcons are a star attraction, with many national TV appearances. Jon is a Master Falconer, a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and along with his wife Susan an integral and fascinating part of the Festival. Come on in and get up close and personal with these majestic animals.


Sponsored by Canopy Tower Family, Panama
Carlos Bethancourt of Canopy Tours Family, Panama will present Birding 101 in Spanish to the Harlingen High School South Spanish Classes and to a specially chosen elementary school in the area.  In addition, Carlos will act as Master of Ceremonies for the Art and Writing Contest Awards Program on Sunday.