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WinterFest
WinterFest
November 23, 2019
1 Arts Festival Plaza

Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and its surrounding areas come to life with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and an outdoor ice skating rink. WinterFest is a month long festival that is open every day and has something for all ages. Skate to holiday hits, enjoy charity and promotional nights and much more.

El Paso Pro-Music Chamber Music Festival
El Paso Pro-Music Chamber Music Festival
January 2020
 

An Unforgettable Musical Journey with an Adventurous Season of Classical Concerts and Educational Residencies!

Franklin Mountains Poppies Fest
Franklin Mountains Poppies Fest
March 2020
Franklin Mountains State Park
 

If you love spring time in the Franklin Mountains and enjoy gathering with others who appreciate the wonders of the natural world, then the Annual Poppies Fest in Northeast El Paso is for you! This year’s free community event celebrating El Paso’s annual bloom of Mexican poppies promises to be one of the best in years said event coordinator Debbie Cuilty. The Farmer’s Almanac predicted above normal rainfall this past winter which has been the case in El Paso and is great news for desert flowers.

Sun City Craft Beer Festival
Sun City Craft Beer Festival
April 2020
One Civic Center Plaza

Held on the Convention Center Plaza and known as the biggest craft beer event in the south, Sun City Craft Beer Fest partners with local and national breweries and offers live music, gigantic games, merchandise vendors, art and food trucks to match the perfect bite with the perfect beer. The event will also feature beer experts doing live brewing demonstrations to show you how to make your own beer at home.

Nuevo Siglo De Oro Drama Festival
Nuevo Siglo De Oro Drama Festival
April 2020
800 S. Marcial

Since its beginning at Chamizal National Memorial in the spring of 1976 as a singular event to celebrate the United States Bicentennial, the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival attained local popularity and an international reputation for presenting quality presentations from Spain’s Golden Age by theatrical groups from all over the world.

Texas Country Music Fest
Texas Country Music Fest
April 2020
4100 E. Paisano Dr.

The Texas Country Music Fest is El Paso’s foremost opportunity to breathe the excitement and quality that Texas Country artists bring to the country music genre. The mission of TCMF is to provide a quality music festival which strengthens El Paso as a destination market for Texas Country touring routes, while engaging and inspiring all ages within the borderplex region on country music from our state. All while, truly reflecting this region’s colorful passion for music. Lineup includes Randy Rogers Band, Tracy Byrd, and Kyle Park.

La Vina Winery Spring Festival
La Vina Winery Spring Festival
April 2020
4201 NM-28

The annual Spring festival offers live entertainment, free tastings and wine for purchase. Adult admission includes a souvenir glass.

El Paso Lobster Festival
El Paso Lobster Festival
April 2020
6900 Delta Dr.

The El Paso Original Lobster Festival provides Fresh Live Maine Lobster, prepared to mouth-watering perfection in the World’s Largest Cooker. You can also dance away the calories to a variety of popular artists throughout the day on the dance floor, enjoy tasty eats in the food court, take a Free Souvenir E-Photo, check out the Arts & Crafts booths, midway games and carnival rides, sip on adult beverages (beer, wine, specialty drinks — infamous Signature drink “Screaming Lobster” and Margaritas), and catch a freakshow that tests the limits of the human body, that’s known for wild, cringe-worthy stunts. There is something for everyone, including kids, Magic Show (as seen on America’s Got Talent), Face Painting, Inflatable Bounces, Kid Rides and Games. Plus we will have a third stage with electronic music, a cross-section of genres with lighting FX effects all day and night.

Neon Desert Music Festival
Neon Desert Music Festival
May 2020
 

The beloved West Texas festival is set to return to El Paso this Memorial Day weekend on May 25-26.

Las Cruces Wine Festival
Las Cruces Wine Festival
May 2020
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.

Fine wineries, great music, delicious food, amazing art and so much more.

Billy the Kid Festival
Billy the Kid Festival
June 2020
1556 San Elizario Rd.

San Elizario celebrates Billy the Kid’s visit to San Elizario in 1876. See reenactments of the historic breakout of Billy’s friend at the old El Paso County Jail. Learn the historic truths of his visit to the old Texas town and more!

Sun City Pride Festival
Sun City Pride Festival
June 2020
 

What began as a small parade in 2007 has now grown into a nationally and internationally recognized five day Pride celebration showcasing the Sun City, the LGBT community of El Paso and its surrounding areas.

El Paso Ice Cream Fest
El Paso Ice Cream Fest
July 2020
One Civic Center Plaza

Bigger, better and sweeter than ever with MORE ice cream, MORE variety of flavors and frozen treats, and MORE family-friendly activities.

Ysleta Mission Festival
Ysleta Mission Festival
July 2020
131 S. Zaragoza Rd.

This free 3-day festival has been held every year for almost a century at the centuries-old Ysleta Mission. Traditional dances, a mouthwatering array of food, game booths and carnival rides entertain the entire family. Enjoy a taste of El Paso history while helping preserve one of its most precious landmarks.

Plaza Classic Film Festival
Plaza Classic Film Festival
August 2020
1 Pioneer Plaza

Established in 2008, The Plaza Classic Film Festival is the world’s largest film festival dedicated to classic cinema. The event incorporates more than 80 feature films and 60 short films; from rare screenings of classics to screenings by up-an-coming directors. The Festival also includes film talks with celebrities and film scholars, concerts and special presentations. The Festival also has become a showcase for the work of local and area filmmakers through its Local Flavor series, which screens features, shorts, documentaries and other films by area filmmakers or with strong local connections.

Way Out West Fest
Way Out West Fest
October 2020
1 Ballpark Plaza

The festival is bursting with regional flair and talent, to include a Chili Challenge, a Quest For The Best Margarita Competition, live music and much, much more. Way Out West will also feature a one-of-a-kind, outdoor dance floor. Attendees can kick back and listen, two-step, or just sing along as both local and national country artists perform live.

La Vina Winery Harvest Festival
La Vina Winery Harvest Festival
October 2020
4201 NM-28

Taste and/or purchase many different award winning wines while enjoying live music and offerings from a select group of vendors.

Chalk the Block
Chalk the Block
October 2020
Arts District, Downtown El Paso

Since its inception, CTB has quickly become one of El Paso’s premiere events and the largest FREE three-day public arts festival in the Southwest region drawing 45,000 people annually. In 2019, CTB is celebrating 12 years of reimagining downtown El Paso through the power of art while providing an “out of this world” experience for its attendees.

Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors, access to various activities and exhibits at both the El Paso Museum of Art and Museum of History and more!

 Borderlands Heritage Festival
Borderlands Heritage Festival
October 26, 2019
800 S. Marcial St.

The Borderlands Heritage Festival celebrates, commemorates, and connects to the heritage of the United States-Mexico borderlands. Listen to the tales told by native storytellers. Vibrate to the bright sound of a mariachi band. Move your feet to the rhythms of a Tigua youth drummer. Catch the scent of leather when the vaquero shows you what it means to be a cowboy. Let the beauty of the Mata Ortiz pottery dazzle your eyes. Experience the traditions that have endured and come to love the distinct flavors of borderland culture.

Dia de los Muertos Festival
Dia de los Muertos Festival
November 2020
One Arts Festival Plaza

The Downtown Arts District will host Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 2, from 2 - 9 p.m. Last year more than 10,000 people celebrated this regional tradition. Celebrate with free hands-on activities, music and artisan vendors located throughout the Arts District from the El Paso Museum of Art, the El Paso Museum of History, Downtown Art and Farmers Market, and the Mexican American Cultural Center. Celebrated artist collective from Mexico City, Colectivo Ultima Hora, will once again transform Dia de los Muertos with fantastical splendor and color. You won’t want to miss the Desfile de Alebrijes Parade up Santa Fe and the evening concerts in Arts Festival Plaza.


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