From a seminary fundraiser where the gorditas and loteria game room are the stars, to a celebration of New Mexico wines and foods, the unofficial end of summer is filled with family-friendly events and outdoor festivals and fiestas that offer something for every taste – and taste bud!

Besides the annual St. Anthony's Bazaar that has become a family tradition for many of us, the El Paso/Las Cruces area presents some fun options over the three-day holiday weekend. El Pasoans  can hang with the fam at Minerpalooza, dance the night away at Alfresco! Friday, or catch a movie under the stars at The Fountains at Farah.

Just a short drive away, wine lovers can sip and swirl their beloved vino at the Harvest Wine Festival just outside Las Cruces.

If you're up for a longer road trip,  "the Chile Capital of the World" is paying homage to its world-famous crop in Hatch, New Mexico. Or beat the desert heat in Ruidoso and chill along the lake at the Inn of the Mountain Gods End of Summer Bash.

Here's a look at some of what there is to do in El Paso and Southern New Mexico.

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Minerpalooza 2019 - Part pep rally, part back-to-school street party with carnival booths, inflatable’s, and free musical entertainment from lovelytheband. Friday, Aug. 30 on the UTEP campus. Admission is FREE. More Details

Alfresco! Fridays – The 17th season of the downtown outdoor summer concert series continues with a free show by El Paso's Radio La Chusma. 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30 at the Convention Center Plaza, downtown. FREE. More Details

St. Mark Fest 2019 - St. Mark Catholic Church Labor Day family festival Friday, Aug. 30-Sunday, Sept. on the church grounds, 1700 Pebble Hills. The annual fundraiser has all the highlights of an El Paso kermes with the added entertainment of quite a few nightly concerts including El Paso favorites Fungi Mungle, Windy City, and Azucar.

St. Anthony’s Bazaar – The yearly fundraiser for the Franciscan seminary is three days of loteria, cake walks and delicious bazaar food, including the legendary gorditas and enchiladas. Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2. 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the St. Anthony’s Seminary, 4501 Hastings at Crescent.

Movie Nite on the Lawn - Watch "Incredibles 2" for free under the stars on the Fountains at Farah lawn. Saturday, Aug. 31. More Details

City of El Paso Parks & Recreation 2nd annual Labor Day Fest and Concert at San Jacinto Plaza - Kid-friendly games and activities, food trucks, and numerous performers including a "Tributo al Divo de Juarez" show. Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1 at San Jacinto Plaza. More Details


Harvest Wine Festival – Celebrate the history of New Mexico Wines and sample vino from around the state. Food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and live music round out the entertainment. Saturday, Aug. 31-Monday, Sept. 2. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. More Details

Hatch Chile Festival - A two-day celebration of the world-famous crop held in the “chile capital of the world”. Live music and other entertainment, all kinds of food, carnival rides, and chile roasting all day long. Saturday, Aug. 31-Sunday, Sept. 1. More Details

End of Summer Bash at Inn of the Mountain Gods - Live music on the lawn, family-friendly activities, and fireworks over the lake. Sunday, Sept. 1. More Details

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