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Last Minute LocalNovember 14, 2014


The Steampunk Enthusiasts: Sun City Steam Fest

This free event will include informational panels like Steampunk 101 so you can learn all about what is, and how to Steampunk, and we will have vendors selling jewelry, hats, accessories and artwork, pertaining to the Steampunk genre. PLUS, come and see a sidewalk parade of this sub-genre of science fiction and steam powered technology thru out downtown El Paso! All are welcome to enjoy the Victorian/Science Fiction Sub Culture.


The Three R’s: GRO El Paso

Don’t miss this 1st time fun and informative community event. No entry fee! Learn all about local resources in recycling, composting, solar & wind energy and training, health, wellness and MORE. Plus, there will be fabulous food, stage entertainment and dance. While you’re at it, Adopt a Pet and check out what the El Paso Zoo has to offer! This message is brought to you by the US Green Building Council, in partnership with the Office of Senator Jose Rodriguez and Friends of GRO .

The Mobile Museum: Greyhound Centennial Tour

Celebrating 100 years of service, Greyhound is bringing its Centennial Mobile Museum Tour to El Paso! The tour will feature a bus converted into a mobile museum displaying memorabilia such as signage, vintage driver uniforms and an entire wall of history where guests will be able to see Greyhound’s transformation over the years, as well as view videos via interactive touchscreen displays. The tours will also feature restored classic coaches, such as the 1914 Hupmobile, 1931 Mack, 1947 Silversides and the 1954 Scenicruiser and a new, modern coach featuring amenities such as free Wi-Fi, leather seats, power outlets and extra legroom.

The Family Adventure: El Maida Circus

The El Maida Shrine Circus is a combination of strength & skill, beauty & mystery. With amazing lighting and sound, watch as our human and animal performers* transform you into the magical world of circus. The circus is a fun family adventure that is for everyone.


The Bazaar and Market Mania!

The holiday season kicks off earlier every year, so here are a few ideas to get you in the spirit.

Grace Life Holiday Fair
The Holiday Fair will have homemade arts and crafts, ‘Heavenly Sweet Shop,’ classic car show, face painting, raffle, masseuse and other family activities.

All Saints Christmas Festival
All Saints Episcopal Church will host its Christmas festival with gifts and Christmas decor, the Christmas Store with new and gently used holiday ornaments, decorations, and gift items, games and other activities, music and food.

Mission Trail Art Market
Discover the Mission Trail Art Market, The Mission Valley’s premier art and craft sale. Professional artisans from across the region present an amazing selection of quality art and craft. Choose from delicate pottery, vibrant jewelry, timeless home accents, and seasonal decorations. Painting, sculpture and photography for the connoisseur. Sweet and savory treats for the gourmet.

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Welcome to the official Visit El Paso blog, your leading source for all things El Paso! Last Minute Local is posted every week and provides readers with a variety of "no planning necessary" ideas on things to see and do this weekend.

Last Minute LocalNovember 7, 2014


The Art Lab: Mad Scientist Family Day

The Rubin Center and FabLab invite children of all ages and their families to their upcoming event Mad Scientist Studio Art Lab Family Day. There will be a variety of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) activities inspired by the current exhibition, Alejandro Almanza Pereda: Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder. Some of the activities will be JIX 3-D Straw Sculptures, LANscape Projection Mapping, foam geometric puzzles and drawing with a Harmonograph spiral machine. Kids will be able to practice the art of Tai chi and enjoy other creative activities in the galleries while learning more about art. Almanza Pereda has developed an international reputation for creating large-scale artworks that often appear to defy the laws of physics. All ages are welcome but this event is especially geared for ages 4-12, and their families. All Rubin Center Family Days are free and open to the public. This event is supported in part by the Texas Commission on the Arts.

The Memorial Plaza: 18th Annual Veterans Parade & Celebration

The Veterans Committee of the San Elizario Genealogy and Historical Society and the town of San Elizario, cordially invites everyone to attend our Veterans Event in the San Elizario Historic District. Bring your families and enjoy a day honoring our veterans. The parade will begin at 9 am at the intersection of Thompson Road and Socorro Road. Special Guests and the 2013 Grand Marshall will be introduced, followed by the lighting of the Candles and the POW-MIA table ceremony. Five Veterans will be honored for their military service.

The Native American Month: Third Annual, Native American “Celebration of our Culture”

The celebration will includes Historic Talks of the Pueblo, Navajo, Apache and Taino. Native dances by the War Kui Dance Group, Danca Nunutzi, Danza Matachin Pavo Real and Danca Azteca Omecoatel. Native American Arts & Crafts and more. Music and Food. Special appearance by the Pistoleros de San Elizario. Native American Arts & Crafts, Music & Food. Special appearance by the Pistoleros de San Elizario.


The Shopping Extravaganza: “A Christmas Fair" by the Junior League of El Paso, Inc.

The event features shopping and special events for all ages. Over 150 merchants from across the country will be present. Bring your family to visit Jolly Old Saint Nick and have your photos taken with him in Santa’s Whimsical Wonderland! Stick around for Storytime with Santa on Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. where children will enjoy a holiday favorite along with cookies and milk. Santa is a graduate of Santa University!

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Last Minute LocalOctober 31, 2014


The “Reel Movie: Hotel Transylvania

Housed in the UTEP Union Cinema (previously Cinema Novo) presents independent and educational films as well as blockbuster movies for only $1. Movies are shown, each semester twice a week starting at 7:00p.m. Get Reel offers top name movies and quality films at an unbeatable price. All Films Are Thursday & Friday at 7:00 p.m.
$1.00 for UTEP Students, Faculty Staff & Alumni Members (With Valid Miner Gold Card); $2.00 for the General Public; $5.00 Movie Combo, includes Hot Dog, Small Soda, and Popcorn

Hotel Transylvania
Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world’s most famous monsters Frankenstein and his bride, the Mumm, a family of werewolves, and more can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis.


Artists and community voices from the past, present, and future come together to celebrate Días de los Muertos with various festivals throughout the city.

San Elizario First Annual Dia De Los Muertos Catrina Festival & Parade

Celebrating our culture, with a Catrina Parade and Festival. Activites include Catrina Ballet Folklorico, Poetry & Storytelling, Calavera Pistolero & Horse show, Catrina Parade & Catrina Contest, Catrina Museum Adventure, Car Show, Strolling Catrina Musicians, Charro Calavera, Vendors, Alters, Face Painting, Ghost Tour, Live Music and more.

Concordia Cemetery Dia De Los Muertos Festival

Join Concordia Heritage Association and the Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society for a celebration of Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) featuring Ghost tours, fortune teller, exhibits, Dia de los Muertos style alters.

Dia De Los Muertos Oaxaca

La Mujer Obrera Cafe Mayapan, 2000 Texas Ave, celebrate Day of the Dead 3pm-10pm Saturday November 1st with traditional Oaxacan cuisine, altar exhibits, dancers and music, catrina contest, danza azteca, calavera poems and more! Local produce for sale at the Mayapan Farmer’s Market. Admission is FREE.

La Fe Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Admission is free. Bring your family and children to this community celebration featuring live musical and dance performances. Snacks and refreshments will be available for sale. All proceeds will benefit La Fe’s culture, arts, education, and community projects. This event is made possible thanks to support from the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD) and the Texas Commission On the Arts.

Dia De Los Muertos Mercado De Muertos 2014

The Borderland Fridas will present their first Dia de los Muertos event November 1st through the 2nd on the premises of The Alamo Ballroom, located in El Paso, TX. The event will take place from 10am to 8pm and will include a variety of quality local artists featuring handmade, one-of-a-kind commodities that can only be found on the borderland! Food and drink will be available for purchase. There will be live entertainment featuring musicians and dancers from the region. The event will have educational booths and activity booths for children. We invite the public to come build an altar dedicated to loved ones who have passed.


The Aviation Show: Amigo Airsho

Performances by the U.S. Airforce Thunderbirds, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Dan Buchanan, Indy Boys ~ Jet Powered School Bus, Kyle Franklin – Dracula, Rfile Airshows/ G&M Airshows, and Joe Shetterly – Rifle Airshows. There will be a children’s play area, static aircraft displays, and a Tradeshow area.

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Last Minute LocalOctober 24, 2014


The 5,000 Years in the Making: Indian Food Festival

Indian Cuisine reflects a perfect blend of the various cultures and ages. The diversity of these flavors has shaped the course of history. Come discover for yourself and immerse the entire family in Indian food, art, and dance during three fun filled days that you will embrace forever.


The Junior Ride: Kidical Mass

Join VeloPaso for a one mile easy ride that loops through downtown from the farmers market. 30 minutes before the ride we will have a short rules of the road instruction and bike check. Any ages with adult supervision are welcome. Please bring bikes that safely accommodate all members of your family, helmets, water bottles and comfortable clothing.

The Altars: El Dia de Los Muertos Festival

The museum will be receiving Calaveritas (Halloween Poems) in English and Spanish to display in one of our galleries and will be also hosting Altares de Muertos (Altars) from different organizations.

The Tragedy of King Richard III: Shakespeare on the Rocks

Richard III is a historical play by William Shakespeare, believed to have been written in approximately 1592. It depicts the Machiavellian rise to power and subsequent short reign of Richard III of England. The play is grouped among the histories in the First Folio and is most often classified as such. Showtime is 7 pm.


The Cross on the Mountain: Annual Mt. Cristo Rey Hike

The annual pilgrimage celebrates the Christian feast of Christ the King. It begins with a procession led by the Bishops of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces and El Paso. A mass is conducted at the top of the mountain. Some of the faithful make the journey barefooted, or even on their knees. The 5-mile hike is easy to moderate, and is suitable for all ages. Hats, good hiking shoes and sunscreen strongly recommended. No pets allowed.

The Canine Walk: Howl-O-Wenie Dog Walk

Pets Alive El Paso will host its 10th annual fall dog walk noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., with a 1-mile dog walk at 1 p.m. around the grounds of La Viña Winery, as well as music, costume contests for dogs, prizes, food vendors, pet-related products and gifts for sale. Cost: $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs in advance; $20 for one dog, $25 for two dogs at the event. No more than two dogs per person.
Pets Alive El Paso is a non-profit corporation working to make El Paso a No-Kill community, offering spay/neuter Programs for the companion animals of lower-income families in El Paso; and for free-roaming cats through the El Paso Feral Cats Program.

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Last Minute LocalOctober 17, 2014


The Annual Street Party: Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Red Ribbon Block Party

Hosted by the Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program, this annual block party is rich in Pueblo history and tradition.


The Rock Basin Festival: 20th Annual Interpretive Fair

Attractions of the two-day event will include Native American dancing and drumming; folklorico and matachine dancers; pictograph, birding and nature tours; atl-atl throwing for kids; information booths; and food for sale. There will be an evening program for everyone to enjoy, and also a birding tour at 8 a.m. Admission to the Interpretive Fair is free; no need to reserve ahead. Walk-ins welcome!

The Haunted Festival: Southwest Horrorfest

Ladies and gentlemans, Ghoblins and Ghouls: This is an event like no other. This event is dedicated to all the horror fans out there. There will be live bands, vendors, a skateboard competition, food, performers, children activities and a children’s costume contest during the day.Not to mention, the best adult costume contest and halloween party in the evening. Doors open at 10 am.


The Fall Extravaganza: El Paso Fall Home & Garden Show

Turn your home and garden dreams into reality! With thousands of square feet of exhibits you’ll find the latest in products and services for everything from builders, contractors, materials, decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage, plants, landscape displays/materials, kitchenware, and much more.

The Buffalo Soldier: Unveiling of the Fifth Historic Sculpture

The San Elizario Historic District presents the unveiling of the fifth historic Buffalo Soldier sculpture honoring the 9th Calvary.

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