Are you suffering from those “end of summer, I should have vacationed more” blues? We have the prescription – and it’s not more cowbell! If you’re seeking a little more time to play, it’s time to get some green and some vitamin zoo! Take a day and escape into adventure at the El Paso Zoo.
Be a tourist in your own town Did you know the El Paso Zoo is El Paso’s Most-Visited Family Attraction? You don’t have to travel far to experience going around the world! With the Zoo’s three continental areas, you can visit wildlife from Asia, Africa and the Americas in one day. This is great way to come see first-hand the most popular family attraction here in the place you call home!
Convene with nature
With 35 acres of expansive green space, the Zoo is the perfect place to immerse yourself in nature without sacrificing any modern conveniences. You can connect closer to nature and wildlife at the Zoo by meeting the animal experts at Meet the Keeper programs, or even feeding a giraffe! Daily programs get you next to your favorite Zoo animals.
For some, there are few better ways to relax than getting close to water – especially here in the Chihuahuan Desert! Visit the Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad at the Zoo … it’s a water feature - with a view! Splash and stay cool (no pool required!) as you soak up the last of the summer sun.
Party with your WILDEST friends
Party animals are always welcome! Is there a wilder selfie than one with a tiger? Get literally WILD with the Zoo animals! The Zoo is always a good time, from Alligator to Zebra – whether you’re underwater at the sea lions or face to face with the African lions!
Treat yourself to fun and adventure
Don’t be blue – get some green and vitamin Zoo – and enjoy a staycation escape right here in El Paso!
Festival Fun THIS WEEKEND!
Minerpalooza is UTEP’s biggest and highly anticipated tradition. Guests will have a great time eating, playing carnival-style games and watching an impressive entertainment lineup at Minerpalooza 2016. Come meet our football team and coaches, watch the biggest pep rally in El Paso and enjoy a variety of entertainment with this year’s carnival theme! Catch special performances by UTEP’s Cheer Team, Paydirt Pete and Golddiggers.
St. Nicholas Greek Food Festival
Entering its 30th year, the festival features traditional Greek cuisine, music, dance and fun for the whole family.
El Paso Wine Festival
Taking place at Vista Hills Country Club, this first year event will feature over 250 wines to sample and 100 craft beers.
Miller Lite EL Paso Blues and Jazz Festival
Bringing local musicians and music aficionados together for a weekend of music and family fun.
The Plaza Classic Film Festival was created in 2008 to celebrate our rich cinema history and rekindle the joy of communal film-going – perfectly exemplified by the historic and newly restored, Plaza Theatre. Here's a list of what's playing this weekend alfresco style on Oregon Street. For a complete list of films and talks visit http://www.plazaclassic.com
Friday, August 12
Kikimora, Concert, 7:30 pm
Kikimora was born in Oaxaca, Mexico in the summer of 2014 when vocalist Hayley Lynch and pianist Leo Bennato first met in a hostel. After only knowing each other two days and playing a few songs together on ukulele and melodica, a musical chemistry was born that could not be ignored. Three months later, Leo moved to Austin to begin a commercial project. The pair began writing in Austin, adding soul and jazz influences. The duo continued working and growing in Austin, but eventually decided to move to Hayley’s hometown of El Paso. After just a few weeks in El Paso, Hayley and Leo connected with drummer Omar Uribe, who contributed two things that the duo needed: the power, and sensitivity to play with the needed dynamics. Bassist Jericho Cagle was recommended by a friend. The new members transformed the acoustic duo into a band of varied influences with a heavy dose of jazz and improvisation. The sound of Kikimora is a mixture of all the influences surrounding the band — from Billie Holiday to Hiatus Kaiyote to Keith Jarrett and Robert Glasper to Return to Forever to Marcus Miller from Jericho. This exciting new group is all that it promises - an experiment in Neo-Soul and contemporary jazz. They'll make their PCFF debut opening for Car Wash. To purchase tickets, please call 915-231-1100 or visit the Plaza Theatre Box Office.
Car Wash, 9 pm
This energetic 1976 comedy by director Michael Schultz, obviously inspired by George Lucas’ 1973 blockbuster American Graffiti, was not as big a box-office hit as its best-selling soundtrack by Rose Royce (with songs by Motown writer-producer Norman Whitfield), whose title song was a major hit and remains sports stadium staple today. But Car Wash — with its diverse cast, cameos (including Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Professor Irwin Corey) and themes that still resonate today — has become a cult classic. Critic Roger Ebert called the episodic comedy a “wash-and-wax MASH*.” It focuses on a day in the life of the Dee-Luxe Car Wash, where music plays on the radio all day, its beleaguered owner frets about the competition, and its staff includes a Black Muslim radical, an ex con, an openly gay man, two James Brown influenced singers and the boss’ pot-smoking, Maoist college student of a son. In fact, a lot more happens in this post-Civil Rights ‘70s comedy than car washes. To purchase tickets, please call 915-231-1100 or visit the Plaza Theatre Box Office.
Saturday, August 13
The Other Half, Concert, 7:30 pm
Formed in 2013 with the urge to produce something fresh and exciting, The Other Half have become a staple of the local club scene, but high-profile regional events, including the KLAQ Street Fest, the Sunset Heights Block Party, the Neon Desert Music Festival and, now, the Plaza Classic Film Festival trio has shared the stage with well-known touring bands such as Saint Motel, Ringo Deathstarr and The Moth & the Flame; and they has performed during SXSW in 2014 and Free Week in Austin. First single New Century Man *has received praise from fans and critics, as has their first EP, *Family of Fools on El Paso's Electric Social Records. The trio — singer-guitarist Steven Siegel, singer-bassist Joseph Saucedo and drummer Christian Yanez — will close out our outdoor movies and concert series by opening for Mamma Mia! To purchase tickets, please call 915-231-1100 or visit the Plaza Theatre Box Office.
Mama Mia!, 9 pm
Not your typical jukebox musical, the campy 2008 movie of the 1999 musical is built around the earworm songs of Swedish pop superstars ABBA. Unlike others in the genre, Mamma Mia! drapes a story around hits such as Waterloo, SOS, Dancing Queen and Take a Chance on Me, and features an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan (who really shouldn’t have tried to sing) and Julie Walters. It’s the story of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried), who is about to be married at the Greek island villa run by her mother Donna (Streep). Sophie wants her father to walk her down the aisle, but isn’t sure which of three men (Firth, Brosnan and Stellan Skarsgard). Donna isn’t sure either. It was directed by British theater veteran Phyllida Lloyd and produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson’s Playtone and Littlest companies.
It’s THREE TIMES THE FUN with $3 Discount Day at the El Paso Zoo!
The Zoo is excited to offer $3 Discount Days every Monday and Tuesday in August. $3 Discount Day specials include $3 kids admission, $3 treats and $3 train tokens for 2!
Come out and enjoy the Zoo $3 Discount Days – it’s the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. Three dollar treats include funnel cake fries, Icees and agua frescas, so you can stay sweet and stay cool! The El Paso Zoo is a favorite place for El Pasoans to come “chill” during the hot summer with the Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad!
It’s also a great place to monkey around with the Foster Tree House Playground. Come see all your favorite Zoo friends and save during $3 Discount Days. You can catch Sushi during the sea lion presentation Mondays or see a wild encounter Tuesdays during $3 Discount Days!
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