Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, September 16 to September 18, 2016.

FRIDAY:

El Paso Zoo – 35 acres of fun and adventure featuring exotic animals from around the world and family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, and the Foster Tree House Playground. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4001 E. Paisano, across from the County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Details

Sue Young Spray Park – Splash pad with amusement-park style water features and other amenities, including park benches and shaded picnic units. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 9730 Diana Dr. FREE admission. (915) 544-3556

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

16 de Septiembre Celebration - El Paso Parks and Recreation host the Mexican Independence Day celebration. Mariachis, Folklorico dance groups, jumping balloons, and games for children is just some of the entertainment. 5 p.m. to midnight at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Admission and entertainment is FREE. More Details

Hoppy Monk Oktoberfest Festival - Oktoberfest music, German beer, and traditional Bavarian food. 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa. $5 admission. More Details

Alfresco! Fridays – Fresh-air performances from local bands playing various genres of music. 6 p.m. on the Convention Center Plaza. Tonight, Rod Crosby & the Intruders (Classic Rock). FREE. More Details

Friday at The Fire – Live music by local bands set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing at Ft. Bliss outdoor fireplace. Tonight, 7th Avenue. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. FREE.

Parks & Rec Pokémon Catch ‘em All Event – “Catch ‘em all” Pokémon party includes prizes, giveaways, and Pokémon team hats. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. FREE. More Details

Authentic El Paso Oktoberfest – The 3rd annual Oktoberfest celebration features “authentic” German food, German music, and German beer in “authentic” beer steins made in Germany. 6 p.m. to midnight at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. $10 General Admission. More Details

Public Ice Skating – Glide around in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Skating sessions times today: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Movies in the Canyon – Family friendly movies shown on a state-of-the-art screen set up on the stage of the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Approximately 7:30 p.m. (or as dictated by sundown, weather permitting. Tonight, Guardians of the Galaxy. FREE. More Details

Alejandra Guzman Tribute Band – Doors open 8 p.m. at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd. FREE 18 and older. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘Our Lady of the Tortilla' - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the comedy about a Latino family and the revelations that ensue when a pious aunt sees the Virgin Mary while cooking her first batch of tortillas. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Yngwie Malmsteen - The legendary shredder rocks out Tricky Falls with his unique brand of neoclassical rock. 8 p.m. at Tricky Falls, 209 S. El Paso. Tickets, $37.50. More Details

SATURDAY:

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – The “producers only” market features area farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans selling organic and pesticide-free vegetables, locally-made goat cheeses, natural free range chickens and eggs, native plants for home and yard, fresh-baked breads and salsas. 7:30 a.m. to 12 noon. FREE admission. More Details

El Paso Rose Garden – Stop and smell over 1,400 blooming roses at one of El Paso’s hidden gems. 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the El Paso Municipal Rose Garden, 1702 N. Copia St. FREE. More Details

Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta - The animals and plants of the Chihuahuan Desert are the stars of this festival. Guided walks and talks, live entertainment plus food and drink vendors as well as other activities and demonstrations too. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tom Mays Park inside the Franklin Mountains State Park. Admission is FREE. More Details

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market – The market offers the chance to shop for original arts and crafts and regionally grown produce in an outdoor setting while enjoying entertainment featuring local artists, food vendors and free activities. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. FREE admission and FREE parking. More Details

El Paso Zoo – 35 acres of fun and adventure featuring exotic animals from around the world and family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, and the Foster Tree House Playground. 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., 4001 E. Paisano, across from the County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Details

Sue Young Spray Park – Splash pad with amusement-park style water features and other amenities, including park benches and shaded picnic units. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 9730 Diana Dr. FREE admission. (915) 544-3556

The City of Soccorro Chile War Festival — The 4th Annual festival includes an appearance by the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, plus music, games, and rides. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rio Vista Community Center, 901 North Rio Vista Road, Socorro, Texas. FREE Admission. More Details

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 12 noon to 7 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

Public Ice Skating – Glide around in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Skating sessions times today: 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Free Movie Saturday at the International Museum of Art –  The Day the Earth Stood Still will be screened at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave. Admission is FREE, concessions will be available. More Details

Western Playland Amusement Park – 30+ rides and games for all ages. Open 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., 1249 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, NM, across from Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Admission varies. More Details

Mother of Pearl Block Party - Beer, food, and live entertainment from local and national artists including rapper Juvenile. 2 p.m. to midnight at Union Plaza, Downtown. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Gateway to Texas Food Truck Throwdown - Over 50 of the area’s most popular food trucks will face off for the title of Texas’ Best in the Southwest. Live music from Mainstreet, Crosstown, and TripWire. 3 p.m. to 12 midnight at Anthony Municipal Park, 101 Richard White in Anthony, Texas. $2 admission. More Details

Way Out West Fest - Chili, frosty margaritas, cold beer, and live country music. Clay Walker, Parmalee and Brandy Clark headline the chili cook-off and music festival. Gates open at 4 p.m. at Southwest University Park, Downtown. Ticket prices vary. More Details

UTEP Football – The Miners host the Army Black Knights. 5 p.m. at Sun Bowl Stadium. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Hoppy Monk Oktoberfest Festival - Oktoberfest music, German beer, and traditional Bavarian food. 5:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Hoppy Monk, 4141 N. Mesa. $5 admission. More Details

Authentic El Paso Oktoberfest – The 3rd annual Oktoberfest celebration features “authentic” German food, German music, and German beer in “authentic” beer steins made in Germany. 6 p.m. to midnight at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. $10 General Admission. More Details

16 de Septiembre Celebration - El Paso Parks and Recreation host the Mexican Independence Day celebration. Mariachis, Folklorico dance groups, jumping balloons, and games for children is just some of the entertainment. 5 p.m. to midnight at San Jacinto Plaza, Downtown. Admission and entertainment is FREE. More Details

Paint Wonderland - The EDM event, billed as “America’s Premiere UV Paint Concert,” will feature DJ Bl3nd, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, and others. 7 p.m. in the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E Paisano Dr. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Movies in the Canyon – Family friendly movies shown on a state-of-the-art screen set up on the stage of the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Approximately 7:30 p.m. (or as dictated by sundown), weather permitting. Tonight, Captain America: Civil War. FREE. More Details

Mana Tribute Band – Doors open 8 p.m. at Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Rd. FREE 18 and older. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘Our Lady of the Tortilla' - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the comedy about a Latino family and the revelations that ensue when a pious aunt sees the Virgin Mary while cooking her first batch of tortillas. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Downtown El Paso Ghost Tour – The history and paranormal of haunted downtown El Paso comes alive. Learn all about its ghostly past 8:30 p.m. in the Ghosts915 Paranormal Research Center, 108 E San Antonio. $15. More Details

SUNDAY:

El Paso Zoo – 35 acres of fun and adventure featuring exotic animals from around the world and family attractions such as the African Star Train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, and the Foster Tree House Playground. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 4001 E. Paisano, across from the County Coliseum. Admission varies. More Details

Sue Young Spray Park – Splash pad with amusement-park style water features and other amenities, including park benches and shaded picnic units. 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 9730 Diana Dr. FREE admission. (915) 544-3556

Wyler Ariel Tramway – Take in the beauty of our city and surroundings from 5,632 feet above sea level. Once on top there are several viewing areas, a gift shop, and Swiss-made gondolas that will take you on a soaring 4-minute ride above the canyon. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Franklin Mountains State Park, 1700 McKinley. FREE entry. Tram Ride, $8 adults, $4 children 12 and under. More Details

Authentic El Paso Oktoberfest Family Day – FREE admission, FREE activities for the kids. The 3rd annual Oktoberfest celebration features “authentic” German food, German music, and German beer in “authentic” beer steins made in Germany. 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. More Details

Public Ice Skating – Glide around in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. Skating sessions times today: 12 noon to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

La Viña Winery Sunday Market – Dog and kid-friendly farmer’s market featuring farm fresh local produce, and music on the patio. 12 noon to 4 p.m. at La Viña Winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., one mile north of Vinton Road. More Details

Gateway to Texas Food Truck Throwdown - Over 50 of the area’s most popular food trucks will face off for the title of Texas’ Best in the Southwest. Live music from Tropicalismo Apache and mariachis. 12 noon to 10 p.m. at Anthony Municipal Park, 101 Richard White in Anthony, Texas. $2 admission. More Details

Zin Valle Vineyards Free Music Sunday – Pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon by the vineyards. FREE wine tasting and music. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. featuring Dan Lambert & The Double Drum Trio. More Details

Western Playland Amusement Park – 30+ rides and games for all ages. Open 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., 1249 Futurity Dr., Sunland Park, NM, across from Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Admission varies. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘Our Lady of the Tortilla' - El Paso’s longest running Community Theater presents the comedy about a Latino family and the revelations that ensue when a pious aunt sees the Virgin Mary while cooking her first batch of tortillas. Showtime is 2 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Sun City Roller Girls Present 2016 Season Playoffs – This month’s all-female contact roller derby event features Las Catrinas vs Las Diablas. Doors open at 5 p.m., bout starts at 6 p.m. Inside the El Paso County Coliseum Judging Arena, 4100 East Paisano Drive. Tickets $7. More Details