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Last Minute LocalJuly 30, 2015

Want an amazing way to end the summer? Plan a trip to one or all of these 10 must-see attractions in El Paso. Get there while your little ones are still little!

Cattleman’s Steakhouse at Indian Cliffs Ranch
3450 S. Fabens Carlsbad Rd.
Fabens, TX 79838
915-544-3200
http://www.cattlemansranch.com/

Famous for some of the best steaks in town, Cattleman’s sits on the authentic Indian Cliffs working cattle ranch. Journey back in time and see the Southwest as it once was. Indian Cliffs has a beauty that goes beyond breathtaking. Children will enjoy exploring a lake, zoo, aviary, exotic animals, a maze, playground and more. Western memorabilia includes an antique wagon collection, western town, and old working stables. Make plans to arrive early for a hay ride of the grounds and you won’t want to forget your camera for the sights are stark, the colors vivid and the vistas endless.

Indian Clifs Ranch at Cattlemans Steakhouse

Indian Clifs Ranch at Cattlemans Steakhouse

Downtown Artist & Farmers Markets
117 Anthony St.
El Paso, TX 79901
915-541-4942
http://mcad.elpasotexas.gov/

Every Saturday from 9 till 1 at the Union Plaza District enjoy handcrafted items and locally grown produce. Kids will relish in free craft making, animal adoptions and a unique pedicab ride where they will experience the sun, the breeze, and the culture that surrounds downtown.

El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market

El Paso Downtown Artist and Farmers Market

El Paso Exploreum
300 W. San Antonio Ave.
El Paso , TX 79901
915-533-4330
http://elpasoexploreum.org/

This “living laboratory” museum provides a full range of exhibits and activites for children of all ages.

El Paso Exploreum

El Paso Exploreum

El Paso Museum of History 3-D Digital Wall
501 N. Santa Fe St.
El Paso, TX 79901
915-351-3588
https://history.elpasotexas.gov/

Rich in multicultural and multinational history of the border region, the Museum of History is home to the only 3-D digital wall in the U.S. This hands-on, touch screen wall provides hours of entertainment. Communicate with users of the only other 3-D wall in the world located in Copenhagen. Mark your visit with your very own custom e-card. Email your e-card to friends and family who will envy your El Paso experience. Your adventure continues as you explore the Museum of History’s five galleries to include Up in Smoke, The Early Days of the El Paso Fire Department, Wall of Giants and more.

El Paso Zoo
4001 E. Paisano Dr.
El Paso, TX 79905
915-212-0966
http://www.elpasozoo.org/

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.

El Paso Zoo Foster Tree House

El Paso Zoo Foster Tree House

Franklin Mountains State Park
1331 McKelligon Canyon Rd.
El Paso, TX 79930
915-566-6441
http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/franklin-mountains

The Franklin Mountains are the largest sustained mountain range in Texas and provide hands-on exploration of the diversity of life for the whole family. Over 20 campgrounds and endless miles of trail to explore are available and don’t forget to pack your basket as there are places everywhere to take a break and enjoy a picnic. Key down by watching an El Paso sunrise or sunset – even the kids will appreciate the boundless beauty that nature provides.

Franklin Mountains State Park Texas Outdoor Family Camp Out

Franklin Mountains State Park Texas Outdoor Family Camp Out

Licon Dairy
11951 Glorietta Rd.
San Elizario, TX 79849
915-851-2705
http://www.licondairy.com/

Established in the 1950’s, Licon Dairy is not your traditional dairy. Families will enjoy feeding and petting the friendly animals that include buffalo, llamas, deer, ostrich, peacocks and many more. The on property pond is well stocked with fish and allows for paddle boating. You won’t want to leave without a taste of the dairy’s traditional Azadero cheese, made fresh daily.

Licon Dairy

Licon Dairy

Magoffin Home State Historic Site
1120 Magoffin Ave.
El Paso, TX 79901
915-533-5147
http://www.visitmagoffinhome.com

This striking structure voices the story a multicultural family who actively participated in U.S. expansion and settlement, military service, trade on the Santa Fe–Chihuahua Trail, Civil War turmoil and U.S.–Mexico relations. All tours are guided by trained volunteers and staff, who are dedicated to making your visit a fun and informative experience. In addition to the tour, visitors can also enjoy the home’s peaceful landscape and central courtyard, where they can sit and wait for a tour to begin or enjoy a picnic under the canopy of trees.

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

National Border Patrol Museum & Memorial Library
4315 Woodrow Bean Transmountain Rd.
El Paso, TX 79924
915-759-6060
https://www.borderpatrolmuseum.com/

The only one of its kind in the U.S., the National Border Patrol Museum allows visitors to journey through the history of the U.S. Border Patrol. Starting with the Old West, through Prohibition, World War II and into the high tech Patrol to date museum exhibits include vehicles, airplanes, boats, uniforms, and more. Kids will enjoy exploring helicopters, automobiles, and historic photos in one of El Paso’s long established museums.

War Eagles Air Museum
8012 Airport Rd.
Santa Teresa, NM 88008
575-589-2000
http://www.war-eagles-air-museum.com/

As you and your family tour through the spacious 64,000 sq. ft. display building you will discover the warbirds of the World War II era, and jet fighters used in the Korean Conflict, and later. These include some of the famous fighters such as the P-51 Mustang, the P-38 Lightning, the P-40 Warhawk, the F-4U-4 Corsair, plus a twin-engine Invader bomber, a DC-3 transport and a German observation aircraft, the Fiesler-Storch. Among the jets built in the 1950s an F-86 Sabre, a T-33 Silver Star and MIG-15s are all on display. The museum provides the perfect spot for photo opportunities and is the ultimate take-home memory for all Museum visitors.

War Eagles Air Museum

War Eagles Air Museum

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Last Minute LocalJuly 24, 2015

FRIDAY

The Tex-Mex Concert: Alfresco! Fridays featuring Joe King Carrasco
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20125-alfresco-friday-joe-king-carrasco

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Joe King Carrasco
Known as the King of Tex-Mex rock and roll, Joe King Carrasco, creates a stylistic borderland of pop rock and Latin rhythms. His cross-cultural stew blends cumbias, vamp, salsa, surf, reggae, blues, and Latin-tinged polkas. It has been a long road, coming from Dumas,Texas, a dusty little west Texas town where in the 7th grade he started playing in garage bands.

The Border Senses Event: The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20709-the-barbed-wire-open-mic-series

The Barbed Wire Open Mic Series RETURNS to the Groovy Smoothie (702 Wyoming) on Friday, July 24th! Sign-up starts at 7 pm, and the open mic starts at 8pm. Featuring a reading of a border tale receiving national acclaim, South Sun Rises, written by local author Valentin Sandoval — including a book signing (limited copies!) Of course, the mic is open to ALL performers (poets, musicians, comics, public speakers, dancers, etc.) All ages. No Cover.

SATURDAY

The Creepy Crawlers: Bug Fest
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20516-bug-fest

Can you imagine a world without chocolate, coffee, or fruits? That’s a world without bugs. Come meet bugs from around the world up close during this exciting event. Activities include the ever popular bug cooking demonstration and tasting, live bug presentations, and fun for the whole family. Get so up close and personal you can literally taste insects at a special bug tasting!

The El Paso Zoo is paying tribute to insects at Bug Fest this weekend! Get so up close and personal you can literally taste insects at a special bug tasting: http://bit.ly/1FWkMlf

Posted by El Paso Zoo on Monday, July 20, 2015

The Gunslingers: Texas National Day of the Cowboy
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20696-texas-national-day-of-the-cowboy

Gunfight reenactments by Six Guns & Shady Ladies, Serna Ranch Hayride, and Petting Zoo, Thomas Powers—Blacksmith, Cowboy & Southwest Cultural exhib-its, Buffalo Soldiers, New Mexico Vintage Iron Club, Musical entertainment, Border Patrol Mounted Unit, Kids Cowboy/Cowgirl Costume Contest, Food and much more…. Bring your family and friends!

Entertainment by Loretta’s Barbwire Band and singer songwriter Cliff Seaman and singer songwriter Jeff Moor.

The National Salsa Day: Dancing in the City featuring En-Joy
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20597-dancing-in-the-city-en-joy-salsa-national-dance-day

Dancing in the City is an outdoor dance series at the Convention Center Plaza. It is scheduled on Saturdays. Dance Lessons are from 7-8pm and concert from 8-10pm. Hope to see you there!

SUNDAY

The : Last Sunday Hike
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20501-last-sunday-hike

Let’s hike to the top of Ranger Peak! Join us for our monthly hike up Ranger Peak, we will hike 1 mile up Directisimo Trail with the option of doing an extra mile around the peak.

Bring: water, sturdy shoes (no open-toes), hat, weather appropriate clothing, snacks (optional), hiking/walking sticks (optional), and finally your sense of adventure!

The Sunday Picnic: La Vina Sunday Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20054-la-vina-sunday-market

Local artisans and crafters, fresh in season produce, food trucks, wine tasting and live music on the patio in the summer. Come Sunday picnic with us!

The Noche Ranchera: Music Under the Stars featuring Zulema Villela y mariachi Cuahutemco
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20452-music-under-the-stars-2015

The 32nd Annual Music Under the Stars Concert Series, sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum &Cultural Affairs Department, returns June 7th and will run through July. Extra parking is available at the zoo with a free shuttle running from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Please note that pets are not allowed in the park during these events. The following are not permitted in “the bowl” event area but may be done in other parts of the park: throwing or kicking games (balls, frisbees, etc.), smoking, and grills. Bicycles may only be used on roads and “red gravel” trails, and scooters, skates and other similar vehicles are not allowed. During the months of June, July and August, bringing alcohol onto the Memorial grounds is prohibited. During these events, it may be available for purchase from approved vendors inside the park. Sundays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Last Minute LocalJuly 17, 2015

FRIDAY

The Latin Variety Concert: Alfresco! Fridays featuring Sangre Gitana
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20404-free-live-music-and-free-wine-tasting

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Sangre Gitana

Sangre Gitana

The Tattoo & Music Fest : Texas showdown Festival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20294-texas-showdown-festival-ice-cube-limp-bizkit-offspring

The largest tattoo and music festival in West Texas! Explore 100’s of vendor booths, celebrities, great local food, stunt shows, outdoor concerts and so much more.

SATURDAY

The National Memorial: Chamizal Jr. Ranger Saturday
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20506-jr-ranger-Saturday

The third Saturday of each month kids ages 5-11 are invited to come have fun while learning about nature, cultures and Chamizal history with a park ranger. Activities vary and may include games, walks, experiments and crafts. Meet at the Cultural Center information desk. Program and materials are free!

Jr. Ranger Day

Jr. Ranger Day

The Great Outdoors: Wyler Aerial Tramway Outdoor Expo
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20500-outdoor-expo

Helps us keep our mountains beautiful, join this workshop and learn of more environmentally responsible ways of enjoying the outdoors! A few hours explaining the seven Leave No Trace Principles with fun activities for the whole family.

The Dogs Day Out: Yappy Hour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20069-yappy-hour

Yappy Hour at Aceitunas is the Humane Society of El Paso’s longest running and most successful social event! Be a part of the seasonal fun and bring your leashed, vaccinated, and well mannered pooch out every third Saturday of the month!

SUNDAY

The Live Music: Zin Valle Vineyards featuring James Springer
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20404-free-live-music-and-free-wine-tasting

Join us Sunday, July 19th for FREE live music and FREE wine tasting. Come on out and enjoy the sounds of guitarist and singer James Springer from 1:00 p.m to 4:00 p.m. Bring out a picnic, your family and friends and enjoy the day at Zin Valle Vineyards. Zin Valle Vineyard Hours: Friday through Monday from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m. Salud!

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Last Minute LocalJuly 10, 2015

FRIDAY

The Tea Party: Kid’s Class Tea Time
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19955-kids-class-tea-time

Hosted by the Historic Magoffin Home, children will enjoy and old fashioned tea party in the homes beautiful garden. Children will learn table manners, how to create a menu and set the table. Remember to dress in proper tea attire!
9 am-noon: ages 6-10; 1-4 pm: ages 11-14

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

The 1950’s Concert: Alfresco! Fridays featuring Sorry About Your Sister
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20123-alfresco-friday-sorry-about-your-sister

Alfresco! Friday’s celebrates the 12th Anniversary in 2014 at its new location at the Convention Center Plaza! Alfresco! Fridays provides a casual way to experience some of the best established and upcoming local bands. Originally conceived as a way of keeping employees downtown at the start of the weekend, the concerts quickly became a draw for visitors to downtown. The upcoming season will feature Jazz, Latin, Reggae, Classic Rock, Salsa, Funk, Mariachi and more. No Outside Food or Beverages Allowed. No Pets Allowed.

Sorry About Your Sister

Sorry About Your Sister or S.A.Y.S was formed in March 2013 by front man Shawn Hanke. Shawn originally from Austin Texas grew up around Blues, Country and Rockabilly and has been writing and performing since the early 90’s. Playing a mix of original music and some covers to include influence from Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Black Crowes, Willie Nelson, The Cramps, 311, Three Bad Jacks, The Stray Cats, Bob Schnieder, Johnny Cash and Flametrick Subs. Our diverse mix of music has been brewed into a style we like to call “TacoBilly.” We have played street festivals, biker rallies, roller derbies, dive bars, mountain-bike races, casinos, multiple benefit shows and even a gay pride festival. From an audience full of bikers to a family friendly event, our energy packed shows are sure to get the crowd going. With one album released in July 2013 and another on the way in Spring of 2015 plus over 150 shows (so far), Sorry About Your Sister will only continue to grow and leave its mark in the world of music and have a good time while doing so.

Sorry About Your Sister

Sorry About Your Sister

SATURDAY

The Historic Festival: Ysleta Mission Festival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20661-ysleta-mission-festival

The annual Ysleta Mission Festival, recognized as one of El Paso’s premier festival events, attracts thousands of music lovers and family fun-seekers to the grounds of the 329 year old Ysleta Mission. The three-day festival event, held on the second weekend of July for nearly a century, is a celebration in El Paso’s Lower Valley that brings together a dynamic mix of culture, music, arts and crafts, food, and games for the entire family, both young and old.
Enjoy live bands, arts and crafts, fun games, variety of food and beverages, and cultural dance performers. Proceeds from the Ysleta Mission Festival provide much needed financial support to operate, maintain, preserve and restore the nation’s second oldest mission and its surrounding buildings.

Ysleta Mission Grounds

Ysleta Mission Grounds

Ysleta Mission Grounds

Ysleta Mission Grounds

The Dance Lesson: Dancing in the City featuring Everyday People (Funk)
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20595-dancing-in-the-city-everyday-people-funk

Dancing in the City is an outdoor dance series at the Convention Center Plaza. It is scheduled on Saturdays. Dance Lessons are from 7-8pm and concert from 8-10pm. Hope to see you there!

Dancing in the City-Convention Center Plaza

Dancing in the City-Convention Center Plaza

SUNDAY

The Dogs Day: GECU Bark at the Park
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19773-gecu-bark-at-the-park

Bark at the Park made national headlines in 2014 following the release of the dog face jersey earning Minor League Baseball’s Promotion of the Year award. The organization’s efforts helped raise more than $20,000 from the sold out crowd for a local non-profit, saved a Chihuahua from being euthanized, and raised awareness for pet ownership responsibility.

Bark at the Park

Bark at the Park

Bark at the Park

Bark at the Park

The Alternative Rock Concert: Music Under the Starts featuring Vertical Horizon
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20452-music-under-the-stars-2015

The 32nd Annual Music Under the Stars Concert Series, sponsored by the City of El Paso Museum &Cultural Affairs Department, returns June 7th and will run through July. Extra parking is available at the zoo with a free shuttle running from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Please note that pets are not allowed in the park during these events. The following are not permitted in “the bowl” event area but may be done in other parts of the park: throwing or kicking games (balls, frisbees, etc.), smoking, and grills. Bicycles may only be used on roads and “red gravel” trails, and scooters, skates and other similar vehicles are not allowed. During the months of June, July and August, bringing alcohol onto the Memorial grounds is prohibited. During these events, it may be available for purchase from approved vendors inside the park.

Vertical Horizon

Vertical Horizon

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Last Minute LocalJune 26, 2015

FRIDAY

The Two-Day Festival: Downtown Street Festival
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19855-downtown-street-festival

This two-day festival will take over the Convention Center Plaza, the Abraham Chavez Theatre, Arts Festival Plaza, Santa Fe Street, Main Street, and San Francisco Street. Rob Zombie and Weezer and the official headlining acts for StreetFest 2015.

Five unique stages highlight many genres of music including country, alternative, decades, Latin and indie rock. Rob Zombie will perform on the Budweiser main stage on Friday night and Weezer on Saturday night.

Tickets for the festival are available by day, or you can purchase a two-day combo ticket. Tickets are on sale now at all ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, Charge-By-Phone 800-745-3000 and at the Plaza Theatre Box Office.

SATURDAY

The Adoption: Animal Rescue League Pet Adoptions @ Ardovinos Desert Crossing Farmers Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20421-animal-rescue-league-pet-adoptions

Join us the last Saturday of the month from May-October as we welcome the Animal Rescue League of El Paso. Give your new family member a forever home.

The Master Gardeners: Patio Talks @ Ardovinos Desert Crossing Farmers Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20409-patio-talks-master-gardeners

The El Paso Master Gardeners will resume Patio Talks at 8:30am. This weekend’s subject: Self-watering containers

The Inaugural Celebration: Reptilia
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20576-reptilia

It is hot to be cold blooded at the El Paso Zoo’s Reptilia. Slither out to this inaugural celebration of reptiles, lizards and more! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28. Have an up close encounter with reptiles that are SCALY, NOT SCARY! Enjoy arts and craft activities, special up close and personal reptile encounters, baby T-Rex, Safari Rama, and special “Meet the Keepers”.

The Musical Extravaganza: Viva! El Paso
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20258-viva-el-paso-returns-to-mckelligon-canyon

A locally produced outdoor musical extravaganza, each VIVA! performance chronicles the 400 year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. The show is performed each Friday and Saturday night from June 19 to August 8.

TEXAS BARBEQUE DINNER tickets may be purchased in advance (by Noon Fridays) and include: Adults @ $20: BBQ beef brisket, Chile rubbed pork ribs w/smoked sausage & baked beans, roasted corn served with Cole slaw and jalapeno corn bread, lemonade and a cinnamon sugar churro. Children 12 & under @ $13: BBQ beef sandwich w/roasted corn and Cole slaw, lemonade and a cinnamon sugar churro.

Tickets for show and dinner will be available separately at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, the Plaza Theatre Box Office, or charge-by-phone 800-745-3000.

SUNDAY
The Trail: Last Sunday Hike
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20498-last-sunday-hike

Let’s celebrate all of our Dads with a hike! Join us for this guided hike at the Tramway! We will hike up Directisimo and over the top to the B-36 crash overlook.

The Farmers Market: La Vina Sunday Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/20054-la-vina-sunday-market

Local artisans and crafters, fresh in season produce, food trucks, wine tasting and live music on the patio in the summer. Come Sunday picnic with us!

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