The Convention Center District – something for everyone


The McAllen Convention Center District, which encompasses the Convention Center, the Performing Arts Center, five hotels, and restaurants and shops of all types, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year — out-of-towners and locals alike.

And no wonder. There really is something for everyone to enjoy and appreciate on this beautiful campus.

If you’re looking for a place to relax for an hour or so, there’s the Oval Park with its lovely reflecting pool. For businesses, there are networking opportunities at the various conventions and exhibits held throughout the year.

Looking for an evening of fun and entertainment? This summer promises to deliver.

There are some exciting options to choose from that families, couples, and singles can enjoy. These include:conventioncenterevents

There’s an exciting series of events happening in July. It’s the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Games of Texas. This summer Olympics-style festival, which promotes competition and sportsmanship, will take place at the Convention Center July 28-30. Although several events will begin on Thursday, July 27, the official opening ceremony will be held on Friday, July 28.

Held two years in a row in a host city, this is McAllen’s second year to host the games. Athletes young and old compete for the gold in a variety of sports. These include:


Thousands of athletes will descend on McAllen to participate and thousands of visitors will come to watch and root for their favorites. It promises to be a rousingly fun good time.

If you’re just looking for a great restaurant to bring the family, a date or some friends, you’ll find plenty of top quality choices. With cuisines from around the world to choose from, you’re sure to find something you’ll like.

And if shopping’s your thing, there are great opportunities to delight fashionistas. From large retailers to smaller artisan-type shops, there is something to suit every style.

And for travelers, the choices of five top hotels guarantees a restful and enjoyable stay. Entertainment and great dining is just a short walk away.

If you’re planning a staycation — with time off but reasons to stay in the area — the Convention Center District will give you the feeling of having been on a short but very fun time away, minus the hassle and long hours driving.

The Convention Center District is definitely a hub of entertainment. But it’s more than that. It’s a perfect destination for kids, families, singles, and visitors to come and enjoy what our city has to offer.