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There’s a good reason Vanity Fair called El Paso the “Best Little Music City in Texas.” That’s because whether you’re just here for the night, or thinking about making El Paso home, you’ll be sure to find shows here that’ll delight, inspire, unwind and entertain you.

At club venues like The Lowbrow Palace and Tricky Falls, you can catch performances from rising and established acts; think Green Day, The Chamanas, or Gary Clark Jr. At concert halls like the historic Plaza Theatre and Abraham Chavez Theatre you’ll find performances from big stars like Wilco, Natalia LaFourcade and The Killers. El Paso is also host to live music festivals that draw audiences from across the state and region. Festivalgoers take over the streets of downtown El Paso, the Coliseum Fairgrounds, the Convention Center Plaza and Ascarate Park to witness national and international acts, and discover acts they might never have seen elsewhere. Making the most of El Paso’s excellent weather and eager fans, these outdoor festivals have garnered national recognition and bring world-class talent to the city year in and year out.

The music festival offerings of the city are growing and proliferating with each passing year, and while there are options to meet every budget and interest, there are some notables that have managed to stick out among the crowd.

Chalk the Block
Chalk the Block
Arts District, Downtown El Paso
915-212-0110 

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
Music Under the Stars
9700 Galveston St.
915-534-0600 

The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD), in collaboration with El Paso Live, a division of Destination El Paso, is excited to announce the line-up for the annual GECU presents Music Under the Stars (MUTS).

Every summer, thousands enjoy free live music at Music Under the Stars World Music Concert Series. The program is one of El Paso’s leading family events.

The series boasts performances by local, national and international artists in many genres including: salsa, bluegrass, rock, tribute bands, and jazz. Don’t miss the 4th of July fireworks spectacular.

Neon Desert Music Festival
Neon Desert Music Festival
Downtown El Paso
 

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
Way Out West Festival
1 Ballpark Plaza
 

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
Texas Country Music Festival
4100 E. Paisano Dr.
 

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
El Paso Downtown Street Fest
One Civic Center Plaza
 

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.


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