Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, August 9 – August 11. Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:


Alfresco! Fridays – This week, Chicago Tribute Band Windy City. 6 p.m. Arts Festival Plaza located between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. More Info

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, 313th Army Reserve Band (rock). DJ Darrin kicks the night off at 6 p.m.


La Hacienda Restaurant Ghost Tour - Explore the mystery, the history, and the paranormal of one of El Paso’s most historic haunted buildings. The Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society will also be screening video that documents evidence of paranormal activity captured at the restaurant. 9pm-12 Midnight. Hacienda Restaurant, 1720 W. Paisano. $20 per person, all proceeds go to the restoration of La Hacienda. 274-9531

Diablos Baseball – This weekend’s promotions are fireworks after the game on Friday, and an appearance by Garfield the Cat on Saturday. 7 – 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 – 8 p.m. Sunday. More Details

‘Viva El Paso!’ – The outdoor musical drama chronicles the 400 year history and cultural evolution of the El Paso region. Colorful costumes and musical production numbers set against the backdrop of the Franklin Mountains highlight the summer extravaganza. 8:30 p.m. in the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre. Tickets: $18- $24; discounts available. More Details


Plaza Classic Film Festival – The “world’s largest classic film festival” featuring more than 80 movies from the golden age of cinema to contemporary classics. Plaza Theater. Admission prices and times vary. More Details

El Paso Dodge Ram Dealers Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo – El Paso’s only professional rodeo featuring nightly competiton and performances from cowboys and cowgirls from all over the world. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Tickets: $10-$20. More Details


Zin Valle Vineyards Free Concert – Bring your family and friends, pack a picnic and enjoy an evening of free wine tasting, and music from Austin, TX guitarist and singer Philip Gibbs. 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. More Info

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.


Music under the Stars – Mariachi Los Arrieros will conclude the 2013 season. 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. More Info

Corner Tavern Summer Patio Live Music Series – Mostly local classic rock and jazz bands jamming on the patio from 6-9 p.m. This week, the blues-rock of the Sam Barlow Band. 543-6000