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!
YOGA ON THE ROCKS TOUR
Relax and de-stress with our guide from Blue Lizard Climbing and Yoga, Beth M. and a beautiful morning of yoga at Hueco Tanks. Our yoga tours will go out every month. Spots are limited to ten so reservations are recommended. Call (915) 857-1135×0 for reservations. Bring plenty of water, hiking shoes, weather appropriate clothing, and your own mat.
The first event will be May 20th at 7:00am. Summer is here and there are so many wonderful outdoor activities throughout the Sun City.
Venue: Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site
Admission:7 entrance fee to park plus $2 for event. 13 yrs and older/ 5-12 yrs $2 This fee is waved with State Park Pass-available at the office. $70 covers one full year at all Texas State Parks.
Phone Number: (915) 849-6684
Aaron Jones: A New Journey
UTEP’s all-time leading rusher was finally recognized for his amazing abilities. UTEP Junior running back Aaron Jones was drafted last week by the Green Bay packers. Jones was 39th in the 5th round and the 182nd pick overall. Jones is the first Miner to be drafted since 2008. Jones was a Burges High School graduate and not only inspires UTEP but the entire city of El Paso. At Green Bay Aaron will have an opportunity to compete for the backup running back position behind Ty Montgomery heading into training camp. A great opportunity for a great kid in which we all have confidence he will take advantage of his chance.
2016 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB – Aaron Jones, Jr., UTEP,…Jones set multiple school records during his prolific junior season. The El Paso native rushed for a single-season school-record 1,773 yards, while climbing his way to the top of the program’s career-rushing list with 4,114 yards, breaking John Harvey’s 28-year old record. Jones averaged 7.7 yards on 229 carries and scored 17 rushing touchdowns (third most in program history). Jones added three more receiving scores, while tallying 2,006 all-purpose yards (fourth best single-season performance in school history). Jones capped the 2016 campaign with a career-high 301 yards and a career-best four rushing touchdowns against North Texas. Jones’s 301-yard effort is the second most yards rushed in a single contest in UTEP history. Jones is currently ranked third in the nation with his 147.8 rushing yards per contest.
Viva El Paso
Be a part of history as Viva! El Paso returns to the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, Celebrating 40 Years!
Four hundred years of history will come to life as told through song and dance in El Paso’s own outdoor spectacular musical pageant – it’s an experience not to be missed! The Franklin Mountains provide a naturally beautiful backdrop for Viva! El Paso, performed live in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre every Friday and Saturday at 8 PM night starting June 16. The July 21 and 22 performances will be performed in Spanish.
Through the efforts of the Destination El Paso, El Paso Community Foundation and the University of Texas at El Paso. The show was created in 1978 by Hector Serrano and it would be a shame for this long standing sun city tradition to die out. This year Chuck Gordon who is currently an associate professor of theater at UTEP will serve as Directors duties for VIVA El Paso.
So if you have never been to a show then now is the perfect time to experience an El Paso tradition that takes you through this part of the southwest’s rich history and traditions. Tickets for Viva El Paso can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com Along with tickets for Texas BBQ for those patrons who wish to have a meal with their experience. Admission to Viva El Paso is $18 and $24.
Venue: McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre
Tickets are $20 for adults, $12 for children
Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com,
Contact Phone Number:915-231-1100
LULAC: Fiesta de Las Flores Celebrity Golf Tournament & Aarón Sánchez
The Fiesta de las Flores was organized by innovative LULAC members in El Paso, Texas who strongly believed that education is the foundation for the cultural growth and development of our community and this nation; that we are obligated to promote, protect and assure the right of our children to the highest educational principles and standards available; that we must deplore any infringements of this right wherever it may occur and regardless of whom it may affect. The leadership of The Fiesta de las Flores created a comprehensive and innovative art and culture festival. Their focus was excellence in all its endeavors to provide excitement, enjoyment, and education for artists and audiences alike.
The rich and diverse Hispanic and Latino culture and traditions, as well, as the beauty of the arts and wealth of talent that has enhanced the quality of life in our region has provided and is the nucleus for a continuing successful cultural event. The Fiesta de la Flores has been the catalyst that has encouraged and motivated our children not only to stay in school but to seek higher education. For young Latino families and their children, exposure to the finest national and international performers, as well as, the local and regional artists has brought pride in their culture and heritage.
The Fiesta De Las Flores Celebrity Golf Tournament is around the corner. May 20th 2017 marks the day for this year’s tournament that for a great cause. The tournament itself raises money for LULAC scholarships that are awarded locally to gifted hard working kids needing financial assistance for college. This years golf tournament co-chairs will be Dr. William Serrata (EPCC President), Cesar Blanco (State Representative), Tommy Gonzalez (City Manager) and Jaime Esparza (District Attorney).
April 25th it was announced at EPCC that Lulac will be giving 2 scholarships out to two students in the name of award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez. Fiesta De Las Flores will help be raise money for these scholarships. Aarón Sánchez also announced future plans for scholarships for kids in the El Paso area.
Aarón Sánchez is an award-winning chef, TV personality, cookbook author and philanthropist. He is the chef/owner of Johnny Sánchez restaurants, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore, and the co-star of Food Network’s hit series, Chopped and Chopped Junior. In summer 2017, Aarón will join Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as a judge on FOX’s MASTERCHEF. One of the world’s most distinguished Latin chefs, Aarón is passionate about preserving his family’s legacy through food and encouraging diversity in the kitchen.
Celebrated by both critics and contemporaries, Aarón has won a James Beard award for Television Studio Program (2014) and was the host of the Emmy-nominated Cooking Channel series, Taco Trip. He has starred in multiple Food Network shows including Guilty Pleasures, Best.Ever, Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Best Thing I Ever Ate, and Next Iron Chef. Additionally, Aarón is the host of two Spanish-language shows on Fox Life, 3 Minutos con Aarón, and MOTOCHEFS.
A third-generation cookbook author, Aarón has written two books. His first, “La Comida del Barrio” was published in May 2003 and his second, “Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours” was released in October 2011.
Aarón works with many charitable organizations. He is a Chef Ambassador for WhyHunger and Food Bank NYC, both leaders in the movement to end hunger and poverty, as well as a Chef Mentor for Chef’s Move. In fall 2016, Aarón launched the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund (ASSF), an initiative empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to follow their dreams of attending culinary school. The ASSF provides full scholarships to the International Culinary
Center in NY, internship opportunities, and chef mentorships.
Aarón’s creativity extends beyond the kitchen.? He is a partner at Daredevil Tattoo in NYC, a world-famous tattoo shop and museum.? He is an avid music lover and enjoys cooking to the sounds of Alabama Shakes, Amos Lee, Lenny Kravitz and The Cure.? He has a son, Yuma, and lives in New Orleans, LA.
Location: Ft. Bliss Underwood Golf Course 3200 Coe Avenue, El Paso, Texas
Contact: Nicolas Dominguez (915) 539-1804 or email@example.com
Golf Tournament Sponsorship is Tax Deductible as permitted by law
YWCA 24TH ANNUAL WOMEN’S LUNCHEON
YWCA El Paso del Norte Region is hosting its 24th Annual Women’s Luncheon featuring educator and writer, Erin Gruwell. Hilary Swank portrayed Erin in the critically-acclaimed film Freedom Writers.” Erin famously transformed the lives of her disadvantaged students by encouraging them to express themselves and challenge their preconceptions about themselves and others. The event provides attendees with the opportunity to hear from Erin, a strong advocate for diversity and education, while celebrating the mission and programs of the YWCA.
Date: April 27, 2017 11:30 A.M.
Venue:Convention Center Plaza
For tickets and more information, please visit: https://goo.gl/nO3LxN.
For information on purchasing a table or corporate underwriter opportunities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alfresco Fridays: MARIACHI LOS ARRIEROS
Photo Credit: El Paso Live
May 5 Alfresco Fridays welcome Mariachi Los Arreierog. Los Arrieros was originally established to showcase the young local talent performing mariachi music in El Paso, TX. It was also created to be a professional mariachi that could travel, play concerts, and represent El Paso throughout the world. The celebrated concert series that puts the beat in the heart of Downtown El Paso, Alfresco! Fridays, is back for Season 15 presented by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. Produced by El Paso Live, the FREE concert series takes place Friday evenings May 5 through September 1 at 6 PM at the Downtown Convention Center Plaza.
Alfresco! Fridays showcases top regional talent performing a fun, diverse mix of music including: Mariachi, Salsa, Classic Rock, Cumbia, Tribute, Reggae, Funk and other El Paso favorites. An added feature this season is the FirstLight Fan Lounge. All FirstLight FCU members are invited to the FirstLight Fan Lounge to enjoy shading, private seating and prime views of the stage for free. Each week, all patrons can sign up to win a pair of passes into the lounge to enjoy the benefits.
Food and drinks are available for purchase in the Strike Zone Café. Guests can enjoy a variety of savory fare including tacos (carne asada, achiote chicken, grilled fish and black bean veggie), juicy burgers including Angus, BBQ, relleno and veggie, as well as brats, hot dogs, nachos and refreshing adult beverages.
Smoking is permitted in designated areas only. No outside food, beverages or pets are allowed in the area.
Date: May 5, 2017
Venue:Convention Center Plaza
Spring Wine Festival
La Viña Winery presents its Spring Wine Festival. Saturday April 22 and Sunday April 23 2017, from noon to 7 p.m. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine. There is a $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
Noon Twisted Hams.
2:15 Frank Zona & Urban Edge
4:30 Slick Reynolds
Noon Guitar Slim
2:15 Austin Jimmy Murphy
4:30 “24/7 Blues Band”
From I-10 take the Vinton Exit (#2 in Texas) turn West on Vinton road, approximately 4 miles to Highway 28, then right 1 mile to the winery. Parking and entrance to the festival is at the back of the winery. Please do not park on Highway 28. No pets or picnic baskets, please. There is an ATM on premise.
Phantom of the Opera
Photo Credit: Phantom of the Opera
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, will come to El Paso as part of a brand new North American Tour. Hailed by critics as “bigger and better than ever before,” this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs, new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score are performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this PHANTOM one of the largest productions now on tour.
Dates: May 3rd thru May 14th
Venue: Plaza Theatre
Tickets Website: http://www.thephantomoftheopera.com/ustour/
Phone Number: 915-231-1100