Harlingen will celebrate its centennial on May 21 and 22 at the seventh annual Harlingen Heritage Festival, which features interactive, educational activities for all ages.

Elizandro Munoz, who teaches history at McAllen's South Texas College, will lecture on Harlingen's history. David Champion, a 2007 finalist for the Humanities Texas Award, will speak about Tejano music.

The Bear Clan of Texas will demonstrate Native American cultural practices, such as arrowhead-making, teepee construction, and traditional dress, to demonstrate the Native American influence on regional agriculture and ranching on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Tejano Cookers will simulate a ranch campfire scene, using traditional cookware and utensils over an open fire to make ranching fare such as pan de campo and Texas chili. The presentation will spark dialogue about how border culinary traditions become part of local identity and heritage on Saturday, May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The International Gloria Canales Folkloric dancers will also perform on Friday, May 21 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 22 at 11 a.m.

Contact Timothy Reynolds, 956.216.5801, for more information. All events are free and open to the public and take place at the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum, 2425 Boxwood.

Harlingen Main Street, 1918–1920. Photo from
A folkloric dancer performs. Photo by Sage Ross.