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Last Minute LocalMay 19, 2016

FRIDAY

The Outdoor Concert: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Fridays: Exito
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22339-first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-fridays-exito

El Paso Live is pleased to announce FirstLight Federal Credit Union as the title sponsor, for the fourth year in a row, of the 14th season of Alfresco! Fridays. The celebrated concert series produced by El Paso Live, is due to kick off on May 6. The FREE concerts will take place every Friday evening at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, starting at 6PM. Concerts will not take place on June 17 or September 2.

Patrons have an informal opportunity to enjoy a diverse mix of the best regional talent. Alfresco! Fridays features Salsa, Jazz, Cumbia, Country, Reggae, Classic Rock, Blues and other popular music genres. Attendees are reminded that no outside food, beverages or pets are allowed.

About Exito
Exito is a Tejano band who originated in El Paso, Texas. Johnny Vasquez, along with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Vasquez, founded the band back in 1992. Johnny has been a musician for over 40 years and is the accordion and keyboard player for Exito. The band consists of five members, and have their own soundman, who sets up the equipment and runs the sound during the performances. They have been the opening act for various groups including Ruben Ramos, Little Joe, Ramon Ayala, and La Mafia and can currently be found at Exelarys Night Cloud every Saturday night.

The Artists: Let It Kill You
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22515-let-it-kill-you

Border Theater and Local Eyes with Green presents seven short plays written by local playwrights, directed by local directors and performed by local actors, focusing on the rituals and stages of grief, at 8 p.m. tonight. The production will also feature dance and music performances.

SATURDAY

The Asana: Yoga at the Magoffin Home with Elena Nash
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22381-yoga-at-the-magoffin-home-with-elena-nash

Built around 1875 by Joseph Magoffin, the Magoffin Home is an El Paso treasure with peaceful gardens where the family loved to spend time in contemplation and relaxation. It hasn’t been until now that visitors have had the opportunity not only to tour the home, but also to use its serene and beautiful gardens to relax and do yoga! Come “stretch” your knowledge about El Paso as you exercise your body in gardens blooming with seeds of rich culture and history. This class is sponsored by the Casa Magoffin Compañeros. All proceeds go to support the preservation of the Magoffin Home.
Bring: Mat or Blanket, Water, Sunscreen

The Great Outdoors: Kids to Park Day
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22525-kids-to-park-day

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department and Franklin Mountain State Park hosts the 6th annual National Kids to Parks Day. Workshops, games, hikes, demonstrations and other kid-friendly activities.

The Patriotic Event: Armed Forces Day
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22327-armed-forces-day-open-house

The Soldiers of the 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss invite the El Paso community to attend their annual Armed Forces Day Celebration at Biggs Park, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 21. The event is free and open to the public. The festivities start at 10 a.m. with a selection of patriotic music and the Armed Services Medley performed by the 1st Armored Division Band.

Armed Forces Day features the military personnel and the equipment they use daily. The public will be able to talk to the military personnel and learn more about what they do, as well as be up close with their equipment. Fort Bliss units are displaying the Abrams Tank, Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Patriot Launcher, Blackhawk helicopter, and much more.
Entertainment lined up includes the Military Police Working Dog Teams, the 1AD Band’s Rock Band performance and the area high school JROTC Programs’ Armed and Unarmed Drill Teams Competition. El Paso area high school JROTC armed, unarmed drill teams sharpen their skills throughout the school year and are competing for top honors in precision drills.

Other activities at Biggs Park include the Law Enforcement, Emergency Services displays, and several organizational displays. The organizational displays include the Fort Bliss Recycle Center and the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Look Twice for Motorcycle” safety campaign. There will also be a variety of food and drink concessions available at a minimal cost.

When entering Fort Bliss, have Driver’s License, proof of insurance and vehicle registration readily available.

The Roller Derby: TexPistols vs Juarez All-Stars
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22497-el-paso-roller-derby-texpistols-vs-juarez-all-stars

Get ready for El Paso Roller Derby’s BORDERLAND BATTLE!
This time, we are taking on the All-Star Juárez team! It is guaranteed to be an action packed game as well as a fun time for you, your date, your friends, or your family!

But first, here are some important details you will need to know:

And as usual, this TEXMEX BATTLE will have a half time show of Luchadors! We also have prizes for our fans and baskets to raffle off in support of our featured charity!

In addition, there will be food, drinks, and adult beverages (21+ with ID) available for purchase by cash only! Credit will be accepted at the door! (Unfortunately there is no ATM on site.)

SUNDAY

The Sunday Market: La Vina Arts & Farmers Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22330-la-vina-winery-sunday-market

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

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Last Minute LocalMay 13, 2016

FRIDAY

The Outdoor Concert: First Light Federal Credit Union Presents Alfresco! Friday’s: Windy City
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22337-first-light-federal-credit-union-presents-alfresco-friday-s-windy-city

El Paso Live is pleased to announce FirstLight Federal Credit Union as the title sponsor, for the fourth year in a row, of the 14th season of Alfresco! Fridays. The celebrated concert series produced by El Paso Live, is due to kick off on May 6. The FREE concerts will take place every Friday evening at the Convention Center Plaza in Downtown El Paso, starting at 6PM. Concerts will not take place on June 17 or September 2.

Patrons have an informal opportunity to enjoy a diverse mix of the best regional talent. Alfresco! Fridays features Salsa, Jazz, Cumbia, Country, Reggae, Classic Rock, Blues and other popular music genres. Attendees are reminded that no outside food, beverages or pets are allowed.

About Windy City
It was 1967 when six young musicians with the same dream of starting a rock band with horns came together in a small apartment in Chicago. Their dream was to play rock-and-roll incorporating horns along with the typical guitar, bass, drums and keyboards. These horns would be the other voice of the band and not just a support section.
The band, which pays tribute to the famously popular band “Chicago” is based on the concept of playing the bands most well-known and beloved songs. “Windy City” was formed in 2004 and have been playing to Chicago fans ever since.

The Tour on the 13th: Downtown Ghost Friday the 13th Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19678-friday-the-13th-downtown-ghost-tour

Whispers and legends have passed thru El Paso, so relive the stories of the Old West and how it’s ghostly past stays in downtown. Hear stories of Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday, John Selman, Billy the Kid, Elfego Baca, haunted brothels and saloons, and the notorious John Wesley Hardin. (There’s so many to mention!) Tour will take you inside the remains of the Wigwam Saloon. Meet at the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center by 8:30 p.m.

SATURDAY

The “producers only” Market: Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/19535-farmers-market-at-ardovinos-desert-crossing

The 12th annual market now runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, This “producers only” market features quality farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. Well behaved pets on leash welcome. Enjoy an ever-increasing selection of organic and pesticide-free produce, beef, pork, lamb and goat, fresh-baked breads and salsas. Enjoy a fair trade cup of coffee, house-made pastries and fresh-squeezed juices, along with Brunch in the restaurant.

The HWY 28 Bike Tour: Bike Month Winery Bike Tour
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22454-the-winery-bike-tour

Starting time is at 10AM at La Sombra Antigua Winery (430 La Viña Rd), and group will work their way to La Viña Winery and Zin Valle Vineyards, and finally ride back to La Sombra to end the tour. At the return to La Sombra, there will be live music, food trucks, and showers! Please remember to drink responsibily, All ages welcomed, Only 21+ WITH an ID can wine taste.

The Albanian American Singer: JMSN
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/22437-jmsn

Christian Berishaj, better known by his stage name JMSN, is an Albanian American singer-songwriter and record producer from Eastpointe, Michigan.

SUNDAY

The Sunday Market: Mission Trail Art Market
http://visitelpaso.com/events/community/21647-mission-trail-art-market

The Mission Trail Art Market is in its 8th Season. 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.

Enjoy the food concessions and entertainment. The event is pet friendly. In all the Art Galleries in the Historic San Elizario Art District. Plenty of parking. Live entertainment at the Bandido Cantina & Restaurant and more. Two Old West Reenactment Shows of the ‘Billy The Kid Breakout’ at 1 & 3pm. Special Cultural Presentations at 4pm. Galleries remain open until 5pm. FREE. Make it a Day! Come and Play! This Project is funded in part with a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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Last Minute LocalMay 13, 2016

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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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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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