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Annual Events & Festivals

Annual Events & Festivals

Mark your calendar and get ready to join in on some of El Paso’s most memorable events. Whether you bring your family or invite your friends, you’ll be sure to create cherished memories at the events and festivals hosted throughout the year.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival
The Plaza Classic Film Festival
July 18th - 28th, 2024
125 W Mills Ave

The Plaza Classic Film Festival — which celebrates its 17th year July 18-28, 2024 — was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic Plaza Theatre. The Community Foundation purchased 35mm and then state-of-the-art 2K digital projection equipment (upgraded to 4K in 2018) for the atmospheric theater, which opened in 1930, closed in the early 80s, and was restored for $38 million in 2006 in a joint partnership between the City of El Paso and the Community Foundation.
The first Festival was called The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre and was the brainchild of EPCF President/CEO Eric Pearson and movie enthusiast Charles Horak. It was a smash hit. More than 25,000 people turned out to watch more than 60 movies at the Plaza Theatre and adjacent Philanthropy Theatre.