CELEBRATE OUR MOUNTAINS
Enjoy the outdoor treasures of the El Paso del Norte Region during this six-week celebration. Bird watching, nature hikes and drives, mountain biking and even bat watches are part of this yearly festival. If you would rather relax than explore the young volcanic crater outside of El Paso, you can opt for the “Coffee, hot chocolate, muffins, and the tramway’ event. There is truly something for everyone, and most events are free.
HIKE TO RANGER PEAK
Sunday, August 27, 2016, 7 AM? Sunday, September 24, 2016, 7 AM? Sunday, October 29, 2016, 7 AM? Sunday, November 26, 2016, 7 AM
Hike to the top of Ranger Peak. Learn about the geology and wildlife of our mountains. Purchase your ticket at the window and then meet at the end of the parking area. This is a 1-mile, strenuous, hike Participants must bring water, sun protection, sturdy shoes, and weather appropriate clothing. The Tramway can be found by following McKinley Ave. off Alabama St. to the end. Prices for events are $8 for adults (13 years and up) and $4 for children (4 – 12) or use your Texas State Park Pass. For more information call the park at 915 562-9899 or email Diana Moy (Diana.Moy@tpwd.texas.gov).
Join renowned environmental activist, Judy Ackerman, on a 1.5-miles hike with just a 250-ft. elevation gain. Hike in arroyos and on ridges near the Franklin Mountains State and learn more about basic hiking and native plants. Park. Some walking will be off trail with very uneven footing. Meet at the corner of Stoney Hill and Big Bend. Bring 2 quarts of water, wear sturdy footgear, long pants, long sleeve shirt and a hat. Snacks and a camera are also recommended. For more information, contact Judy Ackerman at 703-622-0661 or email@example.com
BIKE TO SCENIC DRIVE
Get ready to pedal! Bicycle with the EP Cyclists from Sacred Heart Church, 600 S. Oregon, to the Scenic Drive Overlookbeginning at 9:00 AM. For those who wish to participate, there will be a Mass beginning at 8:00. You will arrive at the Scenic Drive Overlook about 9:30 to 9:45. A Blessing of the Bicycles ceremony will follow conducted by Jesuit Ron Gonzales, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish. All are invited to join this special celebration: cyclists, runners, hikers, photographers and artists including people from Las Cruces and Cd. Juarez. Afterwards, you will bicycle back to Sacred Heart. For more information, contact Yvonne Soto, EP Cyclists Advocacy Director at 915-355-4663 and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit www.epcyclists.com.
Heading into its 27th year, Minerpalooza is UTEP’s most anticipated celebration. This year’s event promises to kick off the school year with live music, carnival activities, and the most delicious food in our sun city. September 1st continues this exciting UTEP tradition.
Visitors to Minerpalooza can relax in the beer and wine garden, take snapshots with Paydirt Pete, and buy the coolest Minerpalooza gear. At Pete’s Playground, a dedicated children’s area, families can enjoy activities like face painting, playing on inflatables, magic shows, and so much more.
UTEP’s athletic teams and coaches will be standing by to meet you and to launch the night’s events with an unforgettable pep rally where the Cheer Team, Golddiggers, and ever-spirited Paydirt Pete will charm you.
Don’t miss this event in celebrating the new school year while embracing the campus community. Don’t miss it!
MOVIES IN THE CANYON
El Paso Live is excited to announce that Movies in the Canyon will return on August 18 to McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre with a special lineup fit for the entire family including Family-Friendly Fridays (G to PG Rating) and Social Saturdays (PG to PG-13 Rating). Each weekend, bundle up in front of the JUMBO inflated movie screen with a bag of popcorn and enjoy themed weekends with movies in the categories of SUPER HERO, SONG & DANCE, COMEDY & more! All movies are FREE to attend and movie refreshments are available for purchase. Movies begin around dusk and doors open 1 hour prior every Friday & Saturday.
Enjoy your favorite films under the night sky this summer at Movies in the Canyon presented by El Paso Live!
Please, no pets or outside food and drinks allowed in the free event. Parking is free at the Canyon: McKelligon Canyon Rd., El Paso, TX 79930.
Movies will be canceled if harsh winds and/or heavy rains occur. Call El Paso Live’s Weather Hotline at 915-534-0674.
Sun City Music Festival
Photo Credit: SMG Events
We are one month away from what is considered the largest electronic music festival in the Southwest. The SunCity Music Festival has every year over Labor Day weekend and this years lineup of acts is very exciting. September 2nd-3rd tens of thousands of music fans will head to Escarate Park for a weekend of loud dance music.
The headlining acts for this year’s festival include Marshmello, Above & Beyond, Sahsa & Digweed, Don Diablo, and Joyride. Disco Donnie Presents and SMG Events are both excited to team up annual Sun City Music Festival. For those returning to the grounds, you can expect the same high-quality sound system and a stunning stage production that has become synonymous with the festival. Prices will only increase, so get your tickets early! General Admission two day passes are $129 and VIP are $199.
PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FEST
A lot of people do not know that the worlds largest classic film festival takes place in El Paso Texas. Every August the Plaza Theatre transforms into a hub for film fans of all genres and ages. Fans are encouraged to purchase film fest passes that will allow patrons to see as many films as possible. Individual screening passes to each show are also on sale.
There are a lot of perks to purchasing as Festival pass.
Each Pass holder will receive a copy of a commemorative program on the Plaza Theatre, preferred access to all screenings (so you can pick your favorite seat), a chance to reserve seats in advance for Philanthropy Theatre events, a jump-the-line perk and invitations to:
The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary with guest appearances by Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws, Mr. Holland’s Opus and more) and Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Peggy Sue Got Married, Romancing the Stone and more). Animators Don Bluth (El Paso native) and Gary Goldman will also appear for an on-stage interview before the screening of their 1982 animated hit, Secret of NIMH.
Tickets are on sale NOW for more than 90 movies including greatest hits such as: The Graduate, Casablanca, Singin’ and the Rain, Psycho, Jaws and a rare showing of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
The El Paso Zoo
Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star Train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. The El Paso Zoo is home to over 200 different species of animals.
The El Paso Zoo educates over 350,000 zoo visitors every year including thousands of students visiting the zoo on field trips. Visitors can learn about wild animals, their habitats, related conservation issues, and the ways in which they can contribute to their preservation.
2017 GREAT AMERICAN ROCKABILLY RIOT
Photo Credit: Rockabilly Riot El Paso
The Great American Rockabilly Riot is happening in El Paso on September 2-3 2017. This will be the 6th annual and by far the largest event ever! Be a part of the two –day Kustom Kulture Festival. The Great American Rockabilly Riot is a Southwest Rockabilly festival with plenty of El Paso, Cd. Juarez Chihuahua MX, and New Mexican influences. This annual event has grown significantly due to the amazing bands, performers, car show entries and the various activities offered throughout the event. Because of significant growth and popularity, this event is now being moved to the El Paso County Coliseum. This event is a family friendly event. Children 12 and under enter free of charge!
Date: September 2nd-3rd
Venue: El Paso County Coliseum
Admission: GA $35+fees
EAGLE IN THE SUN TRIATHALON
Photo Credit: Race El Paso
Eagle in the Sun Triathlon begins with a 400-yard swim in the Socorro ISD Aquatic Center. Participants then ride on a mostly flat 12-mile bike loop and run 5K through the nearby neighborhood. The race ends in the Socorro ISD Stadium, where athletes enjoy a victory lap around the football field before crossing the finish line.
El Paso’s premier multisport event, Eagle in the Sun Triathlon has introduced thousands to their first triathlon. Now entering its 6th year, the race is a favorite for new and experienced athletes alike and welcomes relay teams in addition to individual competitors.
September 3, 2017
SISD Aquatic Center
Venue: Student Activities Complex
Phone Number: 915-433-3439
Ysleta Mission Festival
Photo Credit: Ysleta Missions
One of the valleys proudest and longest traditions is the Ysleta Mission Festival. The annual Ysleta Mission Festival, recognized as one of El Paso’s premier festival events that attract thousands of El Pasoans each year. Music lovers and families looking for a great time always attend this festival on the grounds of the 329-year-old Ysleta Mission. Proceeds from the festival provide much needed financial support to operate, maintain, preserve and restore the nation’s second oldest mission and its surrounding buildings.
The three-day Festival event is held on the second weekend of July for nearly 100 years and is a celebration that truly brings El Pasos Lower Valley together with a mix of culture, music, arts, crafts, many food vendors and games for people of all ages.
This festive event focuses on El Paso’s culture, history, and traditions. The festival hosts a variety of live music that highlights the best in El Paso and the southwest region. Traditional dances representing the southwest rich cultural history are performed during the festival. Authentic southwest cuisine cooked by families from the mission community highlight an extensive variety of food and beverages available during the festivities. The Ysleta Mission Festival is a family event also featuring game booths, carnival rides, old fashion cake walks and much more drawing a broad demographic from El Paso the region.
July 7, 2017 – July 9, 2017
131 S. Zaragosa
Wyler Aerial Tramway
The Wyler Aerial Tramway at Franklin Mountains State Park features an aerial cable car situated on 195.742 acres of rugged mountain and rock formations on the east side of the Franklin Mountains.
Activities: Driving the paved road that snakes up the east side of the Franklin Mountains from the intersection of McKinley and Alabama streets is half the fun. The visitor arrives at a parking area that sits at an elevation of 4,692 feet. The view of El Paso, to the east, is magnificent. Here visitors can admire the beauty of cacti gardens or watch the tramway gondolas take off.
Visitors can purchase tickets at the tramway station to ride a gondola that will transport them to the top of Ranger Peak. The Swiss-made gondolas travel on a 2,600 feet long, 1 3/8 inch diameter steel cable. While waiting to depart, the visitor can view part of the machinery and mechanism of the system through a window located on the south side of the base station. On the smooth ride to the top, the park ranger will describe the different cacti and rock formations along the way. Abundant wildlife, including reptiles, birds and insects, offer exciting viewing opportunities. The four-minute ride soars above a vast canyon that is 240 feet deep in some places.
From Ranger Peak, 5,632 feet above sea level, the visitor can enjoy the view of 7,000 square miles encompassing three states and two nations. The tramway ride is a memorable experience offering a vista of the vastness and stark beauty of the southwest.
The station at the top provides accessible ramps and paved grounds leading into an observation deck with a 360-degree view. Pay-per-view high power telescopes enhance the experience.
The facilities at the Tramway, including the platforms, gift shop, restrooms, and the tram itself, are considered wheelchair accessible. Contact the Tramway for more detailed information.
Call before visiting to check on possible closures during times of high winds or other extreme weather.
EL PASO DOWNTOWN STREET FEST
Rock Legend Alice Cooper and Rock Icon Papa Roach Headline StreetFest 2017. KLAQ and El Paso Live are proud to announce the return of El Paso Downtown StreetFest presented by The Mattress Firm and Southwest University rocking the streets of downtown on June 23 and 24. The Budweiser Main Stage on Santa Fe St. features: Papa Roach, and sub-headliners In This Moment and Starset on Friday, June 23rd, and a special pyro performance by Alice Cooper, and sub-headliners Jackyl & Dokken on Saturday, June 24th.
4 stages light up with a variety of local bands, the Convention Center will host hot-rods, souped-up rides and DJs in the O’Reilly Car Show, live artists will paint El Paso-themed art in the streets, and food trucks will serve juicy turkey legs, aguas frescas, and more mouthwatering festival eats. TFCU will present epic firework displays on Friday AND Saturday night.
June 23, 2017 – June 24, 2017
One Civic Center Plaza
LA VIÑA 4TH OF JULY PICNIC
Photo Credit: La Vina Winery
Lots of outdoor activities in the summer and picnics are always lots of fun. Try going to La Viña with your own picnic, or enjoy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbecue. Enjoy refreshments such as wine by the glass, wine margaritas, and of course-soft drinks or water. Musical entertainment will be provided, as well as croquet, badminton, and a water slide. Tents, tables, and chairs will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own charts. Please, no coolers or pets.
July 4, 2017
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
4201 NM-28 Anthony, NM 88021
BILLY THE KID FESTIVAL
Picture Credits: San Elizario Historic District
June 2, 2017 – June 4, 2017
Venue: San Elizario Historic District
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! Check out the presentation of the Historic Play “1876: Billy the Kid in San Elizario” on Saturday and Sunday!