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Last Minute LocalApril 29, 2016

FRIDAY

The Sounds of Music: Echoes in the Park
Tom Lea Park @ 7:30 am
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22170-echos-in-the-park

The open drumming session begins at 7:30 am. Bring your own acoustic instrument and send your echoes through the park!

An 1857 Exhibit: 1857 U.S. Army Camel Corps Experiment Exhibit & History Talks
San Elizario Historic District, 9 am-4 pm
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21978-1857-u-s-army-camel-corps-experiment-exhibit-history-talks

In 1857 the US Army Camel Corps Experiment, arrived at the San Elizario Presidio, with 25 camels on its way to California. Educational talks are given by Doug Baum from the Texas Camel Corps and sponsored by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society. Events are free to the public.

SATURDAY

The 20th Anniversary Celebration: Dia de Los Ninos Dia de Los Libros
Washington Park, 10 am-3 pm
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22030-dia-de-los-ninos-dia-de-los-libros

More than 25,000 books will be given away at this year’s children’s day celebration! Apart from free books courtesy of the Library, Parks and Recreation will have live entertainment and health related activities throughout the day. Sun Metro will provide free bus rides to children up to 18 years of age all day. Activities include dozens of free games, food booths, health screenings, arts and crafts and more. Admission is free.

The Hoppiest Day Ever: Sun City Craft Beer Fest
Convention Center Plaza, 12-8 pm
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21890-sun-city-craft-beer-festival

The Sun City Craft Beer fest is working with local and national breweries to put together the biggest craft beer festival in West Texas. Besides the participation of more than 60 different breweries, there will also be two stages with live music, merchandise, art, and food trucks that will pair the right food with the perfect beer. Tickets for the Sun City Craft Beer Festival start at $30.00 and go on sale Friday, February 5 at 10AM. Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000, and the Plaza Theatre Box Office. A Limited number of VIP tickets are available for $80.00. The VIP ticket includes a dedicated entrance to the festival, exclusive access to the VIP Area with unique beers available for tasting, and complimentary food. The Sun City Craft Beer Festival and El Paso Live promote responsible drinking. $10.00 tickets are available for Designated Drivers.

The Food Truck Festival: Burger Bash and Craft Beer
Cleveland Square, 12-10 pm
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22367-burger-bash-and-craft-beer-fest

Burger lovers UNITE! El Paso Burger+ Craft Beer Fest will feature burger eating competitions, craft beer, live music and lots of entertainment. The event runs simultaneously with the Sun City Craft Beer fest and is conveniently located just across the way. Two festivals in one day!

SUNDAY

The Group Ride: Beginner Mountain Bike Ride
Sierra Vista Trail @ Anthony Gap, 8-10 am
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22372-beginner-mountain-bike-ride

May is Bike Month, so let’s start it with a great beginner mountain bike ride! A group beginner ride will head out at 8am (northbound on the Sierra Vista Trail). The ride will probably travel 8-10 miles and last about 1.5 hours. These are real mountain bike rides so you should bring a good, properly working mountain bike, helmet, water, tubes, tools, etc., and the know how to use them. Brought to you be Velo Paso, GeoBetty and the Borderland Mountain Bike Association.

Directions: Near the high point on NM 404 (between mile markers 5 and 6) there is a dirt road with a gate on the south side. Close the gate behind you. (It’s unlikely, but if a group beats us to the site, we’ll find a location to the north of the highway.)

The Wine Down: La Vina Winery Spring Wine Festival
4201 S. Hwy 28 La Union, NM, 12-7 pm
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22177-la-vina-winery-spring-wine-festival

La Viña Winery presents its Spring Wine Festival where over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine. There is a $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free.

Saturday Entertainment
12:00 Dusty Low
2:15 Austin Jimmy Murphy
4:30 “24/7 Blues Band”

Sunday Entertainment
12:00 Twisted Hams.
2:15 Frank Zona & Urban Edge
4:30 Slick Reynolds

From I-10, take the Vinton Exit (#2 in Texas) turn West on Vinton road, approximately 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery. Please do not park on Highway 28. No pets or picnic baskets, please. There is an ATM on premise.

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Que Pasa BorderlandApril 28, 2016

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Last Minute LocalApril 22, 2016

FRIDAY

The Plaza: Fox Plaza Spring Carnival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22225-spring-carnival-2016

Plenty of family fun with the rides for all ages! Get on the Starship 3000 or hold on to the Orient Express!! Kids can enjoy the Racing cars or bug cups!

The Traveling Carnival: Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22278-moores-greater-shows-carnival

For nearly 75 years, countless guests have come to Moore’s Greater Shows, for the thrills of the rides, great fun foods, games of skill, and for a trip down memory lane!

SATURDAY

The Gardens: FloraFEST 2016
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22298-florafest-2016

FloraFEST is the annual fundraiser for the maintenance and operation of the Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and is the LARGEST sale of its kind in the region. Shoppers can purchase native and desert adapted plants. Guests can visit with local Master Gardeners and other plant experts for advice on how to care for their plants at home. Most of the plants sold at FloraFEST are not available at local nurseries or retailers.

The BIrthday Party: Party for the Planet-An Earthday Birthday
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21976-party-for-the-planet-an-earthday-birthday

It’s a Party … for the Planet! Celebrate our world at the largest combined Earth Day event in North America!

Also, get your party hats ready for a major milestone on this Earthday Birthday – baby oranguntan Khaleesi is turning one!

The Lineup: Speaking Rock’s Hair Fest Day 2
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22322-speaking-rocks-hair-fest-day-2

Hairfest is completely free. Guests 18+ only. Lineup:
LINEUP:
8:15pm Steelheart
9:30pm Great White
11pm Warrant

SUNDAY

The Vineyard: La La Viña Sunday Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21684-la-vina-sunday-market

This farmer’s market featuring local food producers with art, crafts, jams and jellies, food trucks, wine and more. 100% dog friendly!

The Concert: Bent Shapes
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22254-bent-shapes

Special guests include Castle Video, and Doc Brown and the 1.21 jiggawatts.

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Que Pasa BorderlandApril 21, 2016

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Party for the Planet Earthday BirthdayApril 18, 2016

Hey shorty, it’s your birthday and we’re gonna party like it’s your birthday!

Last year, sweet mama Ibu went to bed on Earth Day – but we know it wasn’t just any night for this expectant mother – who gave birth to your favorite Zoo baby, Khaleesi, overnight.

Now, one year later, it’s Khaleesi’s Earth Day Birthday at Party, and you’re invited! This will definitely be El Paso’s WILDEST birthday party!

We’re gonna party like it’s your birthday Earth Day weekend, Saturday and Sunday April 23 and 24 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! The animals are all getting in on the fun, with special piñatas, presents and special birthday treats! In addition to all the birthday excitement, we’re also celebrating with a Party for the Planet, at the largest combined Earth Day event in North America!

Khaleesi can’t wait to come out and celebrate with all of you, and neither can we! Khaleesi and her Earth Day Birthday party are super special to the El Paso Zoo. Zoo staff has been working hard on many fronts for years contributing to orangutan conservation and research, and Khaleesi represents a very important component of that effort. The birth of a Sumatran orangutan at the El Paso Zoo could be one of the most important conservation achievements in the history of the Zoo! So, we have a lot to celebrate – especially watching Khaleesi reach another milestone, her first birthday party!

With BIG fun for everyone – from giant games and birthday bingo to a dance party and live entertainment … we bet your little shorties will look like our little shorty this when this can’t miss celebration is over!

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El Paso Zoo

Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature.

The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

The El Paso Zoo is proud to be a department of the City of El Paso.

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