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Billy the Kid Festival
June 5-6, 2021
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!

El Paso Ice Cream Fest
July 2021
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.

Plaza Classic Film Festival
July 29-August 8, 2021
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.

Chalk the Block
October 8-10, 2021
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!

El Paso Film Festival

The El Paso Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of independently made films in the southwest. The El Paso Film Festival was created by filmmaker Carlos F. Corral in 2018 with the support and philanthropic help of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and serves as the organization’s 501(c)3 charitable resource for donors and the community-at-large. As the flagship film festival in far west Texas, they are leading the growth of a bi-national stage that empowers the new faces of filmmaking. In providing an inclusive platform, people will have the chance to discover and support filmmakers to tell their story while enjoying what is becoming the fastest growing independent film festival in Texas. Please visit them online for festival information.

Sun City Craft Beer Festival
Fall 2021
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.

WinterFest
November-December 2021
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.

Neon Desert Music Festival

Neon Desert Music Festival is a multi-day music festival held each year in El Paso, Texas. From the festival’s inception in 2011, Neon Desert Music Festival has continuously strived to be an annual music event for El Paso by El Pasoans, while providing the local artistic community with an outlet to showcase their talents alongside national and international headliners. Featuring multiple outdoor stages, local and regional artist displays and a diverse music lineup with acts from across the globe, Neon Desert Music Festival continues to be the Southwest’s premier music festival.

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