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Things To Do This Weekend in El Paso – Festivals, Fiestas, and Concerts

Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, August 30 – September 2. Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

Friday at the Fire – Live music by local bands set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing outdoor fireplace. 6- 11 p.m. This week, Mainstreet. DJ Darrin kicks the night off at 6 p.m.

FRIDAY – SATURDAY:

Movies in the Canyon – Blockbuster movies shown on an inflatable screen in the picturesque McKelligon Canyon Amphitheater. Showtime 8:30 p.m. Free admission, concessions available (no food or beverages may be brought in). Friday’s movie is Annie and Saturday its Despicable Me . More Details

FRIDAY – SUNDAY:

Fiesta de las Flores – The annual three-day celebration of Mexican music and food emphasizes El Paso Hispanic heritage and culture. This year’s featured performers include Sunny Ozuna & Sunliners, and Johnny Hernandez. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 Paisano. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate; 12 and under free if accompanied by parent. Events begin at 6 p.m. nightly. More Details

SATURDAY:

Socorro Entertainment Center Car Show – Sublime with Rome and Dirty Heads headline the annual Car Show at the Socorro Entertainment Center, off Socorro Road, 4.5 miles southeast of Loop 375. Gates open at 1 p.m. Free Admission. More Details

End of Summer Freestyle Jam – The Cover Girls, George Lamond, and TKA headline the show featuring many Freestyle acts from the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. 8 p.m. at the Don Haskins Center. Tickets are $25, $35 and $50 plus service fees. 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 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

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – The annual “producers only” market featuring 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. Coffee, house-made pastries and fresh-squeezed juices available; brunch served in the restaurant beginning at 8 a.m. (575) 589-0653, ext. 3

Mayapan Farmer’s Market – The Annual Mayapan Farmers’ Market continues at Cafe Mayapan. Fresh, local produce and menudo will be available. 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Café Mayapan, 2000 Texas Avenue.

SATURDAY – SUNDAY:

Sun City Music Festival – The glow-stick beat bash billed as “Texas’ Largest Electronic Music Festival” will take over Ascarate Park. Saturday’s headliners are Armin Van Buuren and Steve Aoki, and Sunday’s headliners are Tiesto and Alesso. 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM daily. Admission prices vary. More Details

SATURDAY – MONDAY:

St. Anthony’s Bazaar – The annual fundraiser for the Franciscan seminary is three days of carnival games, live entertainment and delicious bazaar food, including the legendary gorditas. St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings (at Crescent). Free admission. Events begin daily from noon to 11 p.m.

Harvest Wine Fest – Celebrate the history of New Mexico Wines and sample wines from wineries around the state. 15 food vendors, more than 50 arts and crafts vendors, live music, and a grape stomp contest at the top of every hour round out the entertainment. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. Admission is $15, includes souvenir wine glass; under 21 free if accompanied by parent of legal guardian. Noon to 6 p.m. More Details

MONDAY:

Labor Day BBQ – Rock, ride and feast at Western Playland. You can check out the concerts and rides, including the brand new Hurricane rollercoaster, and feast on BBQ chicken quarters, ribs, brisket, brats, hot dogs, and more. Admission is $15.00 (plus tax) in advance, $20.00 plus tax at the gate! Concert headliners are Hoobastank and Filter. Gates open at 2 p.m, concerts begin at 6 p.m. More Details

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