If you like getting out and about as often as you can, or at the very least on weekends, then you are no doubt painfully aware there have not been a whole lot of outdoor activities taking place or places to go do things these days.

What started as a pretty quiet beginning of summer after COVID-19 forced the cancellation of every annual event and summertime activity including church bazaars, concerts, and outdoor movie series since Memorial Day will not be much better as we approach the unofficial end of summer this weekend.

But as event organizers begin to adapt to the world we’re living in now, activities have started to slowly pick up. Not in time to save Labor Day, but the 3-day weekend is not entirely devoid of options either.

Wet N Wild

For those looking for relief from the heat, and fun in the sun, Wet N Wild remains an option. The park continues to operate with numerous safety measures and operational changes, most notably, social distancing and face covering requirements, and a limited capacity not to exceed 25% of the park's normal operating limits. [More Info]

Food Trucks on the Fly

The El Paso International Airport in partnership with the City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department will be hosting a food truck rally Friday through Monday. The food event will take place in the south end of the Short-Term lot, which will be set up with a “socially distanced dining area.” [More Info]


Movie Theaters

Alamo Drafthouse, Cinemark, Premiere, AMC, Flix Brewhouse; every theater chain in El Paso has reopened so if you're ready for the big screen, they'd love to have you back. As far as COVID safety measures go, they all have numerous protocols in place -- for example face masks are required to be worn by everyone except when eating or drinking in auditoriums.

Drive-in Movies

Sun City Carpool Cinema will be screening "Star Wars" and "Grease" drive-in style at the El Paso County Coliseum. [More Info]

Ghost Tours

If you like investigating spooky locations, listening to ghost stories, and hearing all about our haunted history consider a ghost walk. All our local paranormal groups that lead tours are back at it either online or in-person -- with certain safety measures in place, of course. [More Info]

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UTEP Football

The Miners open the 2020 season at Sun Bowl stadium versus Stephen F. Austin on Saturday, Sept. 5. And this is the time of the year when we can all say UTEP hasn't lost a game. Picks up!

St. Anthony's Bazaar Drive Thru

This isn't really and event or activity, per se, but I'm adding it to the list because for many in El Paso – this writer included -- the annual St. Anthony's Bazaar is a Labor Day Weekend tradition. This year because of the pandemic, there won’t be a bazaar, but they will still be selling the legendary gorditas and enchiladas drive-through style. [More Info]

Whatever you decide to do over the weekend, please wear a mask and practice social distancing to help minimize the inevitable post-holiday spike in coronavirus cases.

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