What once started as a way to highlight Alamo’s agricultural history has since turned into a highly-anticipated, yearly event for people all over the Rio Grande Valley. With temperatures slowly making their way into triple digits, it’s no wonder that Alamo’s Watermelon Festival is a must-attend event for many. What better way to fight the Valley heat than by cooling off with some juicy, crisp watermelon slices?
Since summer is quickly approaching, attending this festival will ensure that you’ll leave with photos full of Instagram-worthy watermelon posts that will surely make your followers drool. The Watermelon Festival will be held at Alamo Central Park on May 12th from 3PM until 11PM.
What to Expect
If you’ve never attended the Watermelon Festival, you’re definitely missing out. Here are a few things you can expect if you’re planning on finally making your way downtown to get a kick out of everything it has to offer. Not only will there be refreshing, thirst-quenching slices of watermelon, there will also be a watermelon-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest, kiddie rides, food and craft vendors, a beer garden, the famous BBQ Cook-Off and live music. It’s the perfect event to attend with your family or friends if you’re looking for some culture-rich, friendly fun.
Alamo’s Small-Town Feel
One of the things that attracts people to Alamo is the fact that it has a sense of community you wouldn’t find in larger, neighboring cities. This small-town feel makes Alamo the perfect area for mom-and-pop shops and diners for locals to make memories. Alamo is a town where everyone knows each other, and every Watermelon Festival is similar to a large family reunion.
All Fun and Games
From rides for the kids, to contests and food and craft vendors, there’s no telling where the fun will begin and end. There’s something for everyone, whether you’ll be there for the food or entertainment. If you’re looking for your next family outing, look no further. The best part? Profits earned at the festival will help support small business growth in the city.
The only thing better than refreshing watermelon in the South Texas heat is a South Texas BBQ Cook-Off. From your favorites like fajitas and ribs to even more delectable eats like juicy pulled pork cooked to perfection, you can try it all. The teams participating in the cook-off will be locals, and that makes this festival even more rewarding to attend. Supporting your fellow community members in this way is what makes this city so great.
If everything we mentioned before wasn’t enough to interest you, then know that this festival is FREE of charge and open to the general public. That’s right! It isn’t often that you come across a festival this diverse, and it’s definitely one you shouldn’t miss. This year’s music lineup includes Elida Reyna y Avante, Jaime y Los Chamacos, Matt & the Herdsmen, Chris Marshall and Whiskey D.