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Things To Do This Weekend in El Paso – Festivals, Free Music and More

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Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, June 7 – June 9. Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

Movies on the Lawn – UTEP’s annual summer film series. This week’s featured movie is “Oz: The Great and Powerful”. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to Glory Field (aka: the practice field), located across the street from the Larry K. Durham Sports Center on Glory Road. Free admission, free parking and portable restrooms provided. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. More Details

Friday at the Fire – Live music by local bands set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing outdoor fireplace. This week, enjoy the sounds of El Paso’s only retro 80’s band, Prime. DJ Darrin will kick the night off at 6 p.m., Prime takes the stage at 7:00 p.m. Free. More Details

Alfresco! Fridays – The 11th season of the free weekly outdoor music series continues with El Paso favorites Fungi Mungle . 6 p.m. Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. 534-0665

FRIDAY – SUNDAY:

Diablos Baseball – The El Paso Diablos battle it out at Cohen Stadium against the Grand Prairie Air Hogs. This weekend’s promotions are Fireworks after the game on Friday, a special appearance from Curious George on Saturday, and Quartermania/Bark in the Park on Sunday. 7 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday. Box Seats $8.00, General Admission $7.00. More Details

Billy the Kid Festival – 4th annual festival celebrates the infamous outlaw’s visit to San Elizario in 1876 to break out a friend from the old El Paso County Jail. Activities include live music, guided tours, historic talks, arts & crafts market, pony-rides and more. San Elizario Historic District in Downtown San Elizario. Free admission. More Info

SATURDAY:

Downtown Artist Market – The market offers the chance to shop for original arts and crafts 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

Dancing In the City – The free outdoor dance/concert series includes a dance lesson at 7:00 p.m. followed by a live music performance from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. In the Arts Festival Plaza (between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre). This week, the funk sounds of the Alan Evans Trio. 541-4481

El Paso Mudd Fest & Summer Palooza Music Festival – Mud volleyball, mud obstacle course, mud castle competition, mud body massages and live bands and DJ’s. 11 a.m. to midnight at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Tickets: $10 before 5 p.m. (includes one beverage voucher); $20 after 5 p.m. Ages 12 a younger admitted for $5 (includes one ice cream coupon). More Details

Sun City PrideFest 2013 – The annual festival celebrated in observance of National Gay Pride Month. Festivities include the annual parade, beginning at 10 a.m. starting at Houston Park, 900 Montana, and concluding at Pride Square, 500 Stanton, and entertainment by Pandora Boxx, Amanda PePore and Strangelove (Depeche Mode Tribute). More Details

SUNDAY:

Music under the Stars – Pack a picnic and take the family to the Chamizal National Memorial for an evening of music and dancing under the stars.7:30pm to 9:30pm. This week, Frontera Bugalú. More Info

Corner Tavern Summer Patio Live Music Series – Another free music series, this one featuring mostly local classic rock and jazz bands on the bar/restaurant’s patio. 6-9 p.m. at 2700 N. Mesa in the Cincinnati District. This week, One Man Jazz. 543-6000

Note: If you know of something going on this weekend that I missed, feel free to tell us about it in the “leave a comment” box below

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