Chalk the Block
Chalk the Block is a free three-day public arts festival held each year near the El Paso Museum of Art. The event is an opportunity for artists in all disciplines to showcase their art, with live painting, performances, live music, art installations, art classes and more. Though not technically a “music festival,” the CTB organizers feature top local musicians at the event every year. This can’t-miss festival is typically held in October and gathers thousands of people from the Southwest region for a weekend of art and fun.
Music Under the Stars
Though technically not a “music festival,” the free summer concert series should always be on your to-do list when summer comes around. Now entering its 34th year, the series, held at the Chamizal National Memorial and at Cohen Stadium, always features a great mix of local, regional, national and international acts. Past headliners include Smash Mouth, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomotli and Little Joe y La Familia. Because you can picnic and relax in the summer air, the free events are El Paso staples once summer rolls around.
Neon Desert Music Festival
Neon Desert is a world-class music festival held in the heart of downtown El Paso. Over the weekend, the streets surrounding San Jacinto Plaza are transformed into a festival ground, and attendees are treated to an eclectic mix of hot, proven and rising talent. Last year’s event featured Logic, Alesso, Foster The People, Nelly and El Paso’s own Khalid. The event is typically held Memorial Day weekend and kicks the summer off right.
Way Out West Festival
The Way Out West music festival will once again grace the Southwest University Park, home to the El Paso Chihuahuas. This one-day festival will host big country stars as well as a chili contest, family fun and the unique setting of being in the baseball field. The festival has brought talent such as Jake Owen, Brooke Eden and Canaan Smith. Happening in October, be sure to get your fill of country music at the tip of Texas.
Texas Country Music Festival
One of El Paso’s newest music festivals is the Texas Country Music Festival. Held at the El Paso County Coliseum, this one-day festival brings big country artists under one roof. Last year, music lovers saw the likes of the Josh Abbott Band and Tracey Lawrence. This year, the festival will be held again in February.
El Paso Downtown Street Fest
The annual event, which will be held in October, features local, regional, national and international acts in and around the El Paso Convention Center and holds the distinction of being El Paso’s longest running street festival. Past headliners include Alice Cooper, Weezer, Joan Jett & the Heartbreakers and Seether. The event pulls from the local talent as well, with several stages dedicated exclusively to homegrown acts.