San Benito is the home of Conjunto (accordion-style, Latin-based) music and has a rich heritage with legends including Narciso Martinez. the father of conjunto music. The legendary Freddie Fender is San Benito's Grammy award-winning native son.
The San Benito community has embarked upon the development of the Cultural Heritage Museum Project to publicly feature the works of the area's musical talents, combined with local traditions. The project will incorporate existing music festivals, art exhibits, educational ventures and recognition ceremonies for public benefit. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration awarded the City a $1,000,000.00 grant for the project. Substantial completion will be accomplished by the fall of 2017.
The community hosts several events to attend throughout the year:
- Texas Independence Day Celebration - This annual event is coordinated by THICA (Texas Heritage & Independence Celebration Association). The event held in March, and showcases the battles that were fought to achieve independence from Mexico. (www.happybirthdaytexas.com)
- ResacaFest - Celebrate the 4th of July along the Resaca at Heavin Memorial Park. The annual celebration is sponsored by the City and offers food, entertainment, fireworks, and free admission.
- Community Christmas - The annual event held in December showcases the talents of the San Benito elementary, middle school, and high school students. This City sponsored event is held at the Amphitheater at Heavin Memorial Park and is free of charge for the public.
- Lighted Christmas parade - The annual event sponsored by the City of San Benito is held in December and celebrates the Christmas season.
- San Benito Market Days - This event is held on the third Saturday of the month, and is coordinated by the San Benito Chamber of Commerce.
City of San Benito Parks & Recreation coordinates many events throughout the year for children and adults to participate in. Previous events include:
- Summer movies in the park
- Youth NFL flag football
- Youth NFL cheerleading
- Youth baseball/softball
- Youth soccer
- Adult flag football
- Co-Ed soccer
City maintained destinations include:
- 2.75 mile walking trail around the Resaca at Heavin Memorial Park
- Wetlands bird watching and nature area located on Line 20 Road
- Veterans Memorial located at S. Sam Houston Blvd & E Rowson St on the site of the old train depot
- Numerous public parks that are open from 5:00 am - 11:00 pm
Service and Social Organizations located in San Benito include:
- Boy Scouts
- Boys & Girls Club
- Catholic War Veterans & Auxiliary
- Girl Scouts
- Kiwanis Club
- Knights of Columbus
- Lions Club
- Red Cross
- Rotary Club
- Veterans of Foreign Wars
The Rio Grande Valley, as a whole, offers family friendly activities for all seasons.
- Gladys Porter Zoo (Brownsville)
- RGV Premium Outlets, featuring more than 140 designer outlet stores (Mercedes)
- Rio Grande Valley Livestock Show & Rodeo (Mercedes)
- WesMer Drive-In, a restored single screen drive-in theater offering double features including new releases (Mercedes)
- Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, designated a National Shrine in 1998 and a minor Basilica in 1999 (San Juan)
- Nature centers and preserves
- Hike and bike trails
- Miles of beaches
- Water sports
- Charter fishing
- 30+ golf courses
- 13 museums, including the International Museum of Arts and Science (IMAS) in McAllen, Children's Museum of Brownsville, and the soon-to-be-completed San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum that will house the San Benito Historical Society, the Texas Conunto Hall of Fame & Museum, and an exhibit honoring Freddy Fender.