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El Paso Weekend Events – Balloonfest + More

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Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso over the Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – May 26, 2014. Some events are free, the others will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

Balloonfest Balloon Glow and Fireworks Display – Hot air balloons participating in Balloonfest will light up their burners and glow in the night sky while tethered to the ground. A fireworks display will be part of the festivities. In addition, attendees will be given glowing helium balloons to release in memory of our nation’s soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. 8 – 10 p.m. outside the gates of Wet N’ Wild Waterwold, 8804 S. Desert in Anthony, Texas. FREE.

Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival – Rides, games and of course, carnival food! 5 p.m.- midnight in the Cowtown Boots parking lot, 11401 Gateway Blvd W, between Lee Trevino and George Dieter. Admission is FREE, ride tickets are $1 or $25 for a wristband good for unlimited rides. More Details

Alfresco! Fridays – Fresh-air performances from local bands playing various genres of music. 6 p.m. No outside food or beverages allowed. No pets allowed. Still downtown, but now on the Convention Center Plaza. This week, This week, Brown Betty (classic rock). More Details

Let Freedom Sing Free Concert Series with Rodney Atkins – Country music star Rodney Atkins kicks off the Let Freedom Sing concert series on Ft. Bliss. 7 p.m. at Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing’s event lawn. FREE. No coolers or outside food and beverages permitted. More Details

UTEP Dinner Theatre Presents ‘Les Miserables’ – The award-winning musical based on the novel of the same name returns by popular demand. 7 p.m., 2nd Floor UTEP’s Union Building West. Ticket prices vary. More Details

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

El Paso County Presents Movies by the Lake – The two-movie outdoor family series features first run films shown on an inflatable screen set up near the Ascarate Lake waterfront. Tonight’s movie is “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”. Food trucks will be on site. 8 p.m. in Ascarate Park across from the pavilion on R.E. Thomason Road. FREE, however there will be a $2 per car park entry fee. More Details

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody’ – El Paso’s Longest Running Community Theater presents its summer production of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” described as “an homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.” Showtime is 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Gipsy Kings Concert – The world renowned group famous for its rumba flamenca style, with pop influences performs an all-ages show. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375. FREE 18 and older, $10 17 and younger accompanied by adult. More Details

SATURDAY:

Balloonfest Hot Air Balloon Launch – Over twenty hot air balloons will participate this year, including three special shaped balloons; astronaut, rocket, and World Atlas. Balloons will launch at dawn, weather permitting. 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Maldonado Maze, 2855 NM Hwy 28 in La Union, New Mexico. FREE. More Details

KLAQ International Balloonfest – The 29th annual festival features all-day entertainment, water rides, and headlining concerts nightly .Tent and RV camping available. Wet N’ Wild Waterwold, 8804 S. Desert in Anthony, Texas. Concert and ride combo ride passes, ride only or concert only tickets available. Prices vary. More Details

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 noon. (575) 589-0653, ext. 3

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 for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Plaza District (near The Garden Restaurant) along Anthony Street. Free parking. More Details

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival – Sample wines produced by New Mexico wineries at the 21st annual event. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Live music begins at noon daily. Gates open Noon to 6 p.m., at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission, which includes souvenir glass, varies. More Details

Ice Skating – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival – Rides, games and of course, carnival food. 2 p.m.- midnight in the Cowtown Boots parking lot, 11401 Gateway Blvd W, between Lee Trevino and George Dieter. Admission is FREE, ride tickets are $1 or $25 for a wristband good for unlimited rides. More Details

UTEP Dinner Theatre Presents ‘Les Miserables’ – The award-winning musical based on the novel of the same name returns by popular demand. 7 p.m., 2nd Floor UTEP’s Union Building West. Ticket prices vary. More Details

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

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody’ – El Paso’s Longest Running Community Theater presents its summer production of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” described as “an homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.” Showtime is 8 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Queensryche Concert – The heavy metal band best known for the radio hits “Silent Lucidity,” “Jet City Woman,” and “Another Rainy Night (Without You)” perform an all-ages show, with opening act Stryper. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Socorro Entertainment Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez, off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375. FREE 18 and older, $10 17 and younger accompanied by adult. More Details

SUNDAY:

Balloonfest Hot Air Balloon Launch – Over twenty hot air balloons will participate this year, including three special shaped balloons; astronaut, rocket, and World Atlas. Balloons will launch at dawn, weather permitting. 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Maldonado Maze, 2855 NM Hwy 28 in La Union, New Mexico. FREE. More Details

KLAQ International Balloonfest – The 29th annual festival features all-day entertainment, water rides, and headlining concerts nightly .Tent and RV camping available. Wet N’ Wild Waterwold, 8804 S. Desert in Anthony, Texas. Concert and ride combo ride passes, ride only or concert only tickets available. Prices vary. More Details

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival – Sample wines produced by New Mexico wineries at the 21st annual event. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Live music begins at noon daily. Gates open Noon to 6 p.m., at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission, which includes souvenir glass, varies. More Details

Zin Valle Vineyards – Pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of free wine tasting and music. 12 Noon to 5 p.m. This week, Dusty Low. More Info

Ice Skating – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Music on the Patio at La Vina Winery – Bring your favorite wine, snack, or pack a picnic and enjoy an afternoon of free live music on the lawn. 1:30pm – 4:30 pm. 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M. one mile north of Vinton Road on Highway 28. 575-882-7632

El Paso Playhouse Presents ‘A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody’ – El Paso’s Longest Running Community Theater presents its summer production of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody,” described as “an homage to the screwball comedies of the 1930s and 1940s.” Showtime is 2 p.m. at the El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Moore’s Greater Shows Carnival – Rides, games and of course, carnival food. 2-10 p.m. in the Cowtown Boots parking lot, 11401 Gateway Blvd W, between Lee Trevino and George Dieter. Admission is FREE, ride tickets are $1 or $25 for a wristband good for unlimited rides. More Details

UTEP Dinner Theatre Presents ‘Les Miserables’ – The award-winning musical based on the novel of the same name returns by popular demand. 2:30 p.m. no-dinner matinee, 2nd Floor UTEP’s Union Building West. Ticket prices vary. More Details

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

Memorial Day

Balloonfest Hot Air Balloon Launch – Over twenty hot air balloons will participate this year, including three special shaped balloons; astronaut, rocket, and World Atlas. Balloons will launch at dawn, weather permitting. 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. at Maldonado Maze, 2855 NM Hwy 28 in La Union, New Mexico. FREE. More Details

KLAQ International Balloonfest – The 29th annual festival features all-day entertainment, water rides, and headlining concerts nightly .Tent and RV camping available. Wet N’ Wild Waterwold, 8804 S. Desert in Anthony, Texas. Concert and ride combo ride passes, ride only or concert only tickets available. Prices vary. More Details

Ice Skating – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival – Sample wines produced by New Mexico wineries at the 21st annual event. Food and drink vendors will be on site. Live music begins at noon daily. Gates open Noon to 6 p.m., at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission, which includes souvenir glass, varies. More Details

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