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Things To Do This Weekend: Mexican Food, Mariachis, Movies & More

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


Alfresco! Fridays — The 10th season of free outdoor concerts continues today at 6 p.m. at Arts Festival Plaza between El Paso Museum of Art and Plaza Theatre. Windy City, a Chicago tribute band, will entertain you this week. More Details


Plaza Classic Film Festival – The “world’s largest classic film festival” featuring classic and “semi-classic” movies in the Plaza’s Main Theatre, Philanthropy Theatre and outdoor Festival Plaza. More Details


Mexican Food Cook-off – A variety of restaurants and chefs compete for their shot of having the best Mexican Food in El Paso. The evening’s fiesta includes a full line up of Mariachi Bands competing in the annual Battle of the Rock N Roll Mariachi’s. 4p – 1a Saturday, San Jacinto Plaza. More Details

Bug Awareness Weekend – The El Paso Zoo hosts its annual bug fest 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Children can get up close and personal with spiders, scorpions, crickets and other creepy crawlers. Planned activities and arts and crafts will be available throughout the day, as well. More Details

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – The 11th annual “producers only” market, Saturday 7:30 a.m – 12 noon. Features local farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans. More Details

Mercado Mayapán Farmers Market – The indoor farmers’ market and cultural plaza featuring farmers who do not use pesticides and whose small farms are located within 100 miles of El Paso. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays at Mercado Mayapan, 2101 Myrtle. 887-1520

El Paso Downtown Artist Market – Weekly outdoor market featuring arts, crafts, locally grown agricultural products, and street performers. Saturdays from 9 a.m – 1 p.m. on Anthony Street in the Union Plaza district. More Details

Viva El Paso! — The outdoor musical extravaganza is back at McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre for its 35th season this Saturday, through August 12. More Details


Music Under the Stars — Motown oldies act The Big Easy perform this Sunday, 7:30 to 9:30 at the Chamizal. No outside alcohol permitted, but it will be sold on site. More Details

Melodies at the Park – El Paso Parks and Recreation’s roving free outdoor music concerts at various city parks on select Sundays throughout the summer. This Sunday, it’s Midnight Mist at San Jacinto Plaza All beginning at 7 p.m. 544-0753

Note: I can’t get all of them, so if you know of an event I missed feel free to tell us about it in the “leave a comment” box below.

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