2. Local events
Laredo has a number of annual events that take place in the area for special reasons. The annual Laredo Birding Festival
each February is one of them. Due to its weather, its mix of brush and desert, land and its location on the Rio Grande River, Laredo is home to an interesting mix of bird species. And whether you’re an avid birder or curious first-timer, all are welcome at this annual event where guest speakers and world-renowned birders give lectures on the art of birdwatching. Groups also go on nature walks at Las Palmas Trail and other spots for prime birdwatching. Among the birds you may see are scaled quail, green parakeets, red-billed pigeons, our very own white collared seed eater, and many other multi-colored birds.
More exciting festivities worth checking out are scheduled during Washington’s Birthday Celebration, a month-long series of events held throughout different areas of Laredo. The type of events in the works include a tequila tasting, Comic Con and a wine tasting gala as well as parades and the mardi grass inspired Jamboozie. There’s also a Founding Father’s 5K Fun Run & Health Fair, Youth Song & Dance Festival, Jalapeno Festival and more. Many of the celebrations are sponsored by large corporations including the Anheuser-Busch’s parade and the McDonald’s carnival. The events run from January 19 to February 20, so you’ll want to plan accordingly.