From the return of a beloved kermes to a parking lot “palooza,” the unofficial end of summer is filled with family-friendly events and outdoor festivals around the Borderland that offer something for every taste – and taste bud.

Here are some fun options for those looking to go road-trippin’ or stay close to home over the three-day holiday weekend.

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UTEP’s annual back-to-school block party, Minerpalooza, will be taking over the University of Texas at El Paso campus Friday, September 2, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. And you don’t have to be a UTEP student to attend; Minerpalooza is open to all of El Paso.

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St. Anthony’s Bazaar

After two years of only selling plates drive-thru style, the St. Anthony's Seminary will be hosting its traditional kermes Saturday through Monday, complete with game booths, live entertainment, and those locally famous gorditas and glorious enchiladas.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church Kermes

Fungie Mungle Facebook
Fungie Mungle Facebook

St. Mark Catholic Church is holding their kermes Friday through Sunday on the church grounds, 1700 Pebble Hills.

The annual fundraiser has all the highlights of an El Paso kermes with the added entertainment of nightly concerts featuring El Paso favorites Fungi Mungle, Windy City, Azucar, and Juan Gabriel tribute artist Hugo Cortes.

Check Out the Spooky Side of El Paso

If you're into the spooky stuff all three of El Paso’s paranormal tour groups will be hosting walks, tours, and bar crawls on Friday and Saturday.

EDM Festival

Ascarate Park will play host to Sonder 2022 Saturday. Billed as “El Paso's EDM & Urban Music Celebration,” the beat bash will feature Grammy award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, DJ Dainjazone, Sak Noel, and “La Toxica” herself, Mariah Angeliq.

Festivals and End of Summer Bash

Harvest Wine Festival Las Cruces Facebook
Harvest Wine Festival Las Cruces Facebook

Sip, swirl and taste the weekend away at the Harvest Wine Festival in Las Cruces at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Live La Vida Vino with “New Mexico’s best wineries, exceptional food trucks, talented artisans, and award-winning musicians.”

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. Say goodbye to summer with chile and ristras at the Hatch Chile Festival Saturday and Sunday.

Or bring summer to and end on Sunday with stunning mountain views and fireworks at the End of Summer Bash in Ruidoso. The free all-ages event includes live music on the lawn, family-friendly activities, concessions and fireworks over the lake after the sun goes down.

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