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El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas
One Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

Events in El Paso

A rock-climbing competition, summer concerts and cultural festivals are among the diverse list of annual events in El Paso. Known as the Sun City for its year-round sunshine, El Paso is a vibrant and historic community nestled on the far Western border of Texas. Thanks to the favorable weather, there’s always something going on. Start the year with a mountain bike race in the Franklin Mountains, and then make sure to catch the First Thanksgiving Celebration in April. You definitely won’t want to miss El Paso’s summer music events, as well as the Plaza Classic Film Festival. The year ends with the Sun Bowl, the second-oldest college football bowl game in the country, which has included top teams like Washington State and UCLA.


El Paso Puzzler
Brush up on your mountain-biking skills to prepare for this one-of-a-kind race that takes place in El Paso’s Franklin Mountains State Park. Race courses of 13, 35, and 50 miles make the event accessible to riders of all endurance levels. 
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930




Lone Star 100
Get ready for one of the most challenging races in the South. Race up the trails of Franklin Mountains to an altitude of 7,192 feet to see an astounding view from North Franklin Peak. Choose from three events, a 100-mile race, a 100K, and a relay.
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 77930


Hueco Rock Rodeo
Take on fellow climbers from all over the world in this rock-climbing competition in El Paso, hosted by the American Alpine Association. Head to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site for this weekend-long event that includes live music, a paintball shoot-out, and climbing clinics.
6900 Hueco Tanks Road No. 1
El Paso, TX 79938

Springfoot Marathon
This scenic marathon, half marathon and 5K gives runners a taste of the city’s different neighborhoods, from new upscale developments to urban Victorian homes that date to the 19th century. The course lets runners enjoy sunrise over the Hueco Mountain and miles of rugged desert as far as the eye can see.
3280 Joe Battle Boulevard
El Paso, TX 79938

Texas Country Music Festival
Country music lovers: this festival is made for you. Some of country’s biggest performers come to the Sun City for this one-day bash that is sure to get you singing along to your favorite songs.
4100 East Paisano Drive
El Paso, TX 79905


Sunland Derby
Horse-racing enthusiasts can’t miss the Sunland Derby, an official prep race for the Kentucky Derby. Racers compete for $900,000 in prize money at this annual event held at the Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.
1200 Futurity Drive
Sunland Park, NM 88063

Siglo de Oro Drama Festival
Since 1976, this unique performing-arts festival has presented high-quality dramas from Spain’s Golden Age. Performances of these Spanish classics are in English and Spanish, making it an intriguing event for scholars and casual theater lovers alike.
800 South San Marcial Street
El Paso, TX 79905

Franklin Mountains Poppies Celebration
Each spring brings fields of vibrant blooming poppies, celebrated by this annual event at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology, Franklin Mountains State Park, and the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition. Marvel at all the colorful flowers and check out the wildlife demonstrations and educational exhibits during this free event.
4301 Transmountain Road
El Paso, TX 79924


First Thanksgiving Celebration
Experience what may have been America’s first Thanksgiving celebration on the El Paso Mission Trail in April. The celebration commemorates the arrival of the first Spanish settlers in 1589.
1500 Main Street (Veteran’s Memorial Plaza)
San Elizario, TX 79849

Sun City Craft Beer Festival
The Sun City Craft Beer Festival is working with local and national breweries to put together the biggest craft beer festival in West Texas. Along with more than 60 different breweries, there are two stages with live music, merchandise, art, and food trucks that will pair the right food with the perfect beer.
One Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901


Neon Desert Music Festival
Works from local and regional artists combine with a diverse music lineup to create this lively Memorial Day weekend event in downtown El Paso. Multiple outdoor stages provide venues for artists performing everything from alternative rock to hip-hop.
Downtown Area
El Paso, TX 79901

KLAQ International Balloonfest
For three days in late May, dozens of colorful balloons float up into the wide-open skies in West Texas’ Most Uplifting Festival. Along with the balloons, the family-friendly festival includes live music, tons of tasty food, trail rides, lasso lessons, and a saloon for the grown-ups.
Bowen Ranch
?El Paso, TX 79934


Viva! El Paso
Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Western American cultures and histories come to life during this spectacular outdoor musical featuring a cast of more than 50 performers. The show runs from the middle of June through early August. Tickets are available on the event’s website.
McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre & Pavilion
El Paso, TX 79930


Yselta Mission Festival
Traditional dances, a delicious variety of food, game booths, and carnival rides offer plenty of things for the whole family to enjoy at this long-running annual event.
131 South Zaragoza Street
El Paso, TX 79907


Plaza Classic Film Festival
Film buffs and movie lovers can’t miss the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the world’s largest film festival dedicated to classic cinema. More than 80 feature and 60 short films are screened at the historic Plaza Theatre, and the event includes talks with celebrities, concerts, and showings of work by local and regional filmmakers.
1 Pioneer Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901


Eagle in the Sun Triathlon
Join hundreds of El Pasoans on a 400-yard swim, 12-mile bike loop and 5K run during the always-challenging Eagle in the Sun Triathlon. As the Sun City’s premier multisport event, this is a local favorite for both new and experienced athletes.
1257 Southview Drive
El Paso, TX 79928


Indian Food Festival
Delicious food, captivating dance, and the vibrant cultures of India are represented throughout this three-day festival held in Cleveland Square Park in late October.
510 North Santa Fe Street
El Paso, TX 79901

Downtown Street Festival
World-renowned bands headline El Paso’s Downtown Street Festival. Alternative rock, country, Latin and other groups perform on five stages throughout Downtown El Paso. In addition to the music, the festival hosts a car show and dozens of food and drink vendors.
Downtown El Paso
El Paso, Texas 79901

Chalk the Block
Perfect for everyone from serious art junkies to the casual admirer, this is El Paso’s premier event dedicated to celebrating the power of the arts. Each year, about 200 artists working in all disciplines come together to transform Downtown and change the way you think about art. It’s definitely not an event to miss!
Downtown El Paso
El Paso, TX 79901


A Christmas Fair
Shop for that perfectly unique gift you’ve been searching for at the traditional Christmas Fair in El Paso. Browse the stalls of more than 200 vendors selling one-of-a-kind holiday-themed items at the market, which attracts an average of 15,000 shoppers each year.
1 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901

Franklin Mountains Trail Run
This 50K Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc®–qualifying race is not for the faint of heart. This race to the top of the Franklin Mountains takes you off the trails and through the cliffs of the area. All runners should be aware that there are inherent risks involved in this race. A 13.1 half, King/Queen of the Mountain, 10K and 5K races also available.
1331 McKelligon Canyon Road
El Paso, TX 79930


Hyundai Sun Bowl and Fan Fiesta
Watch the stars of college football compete in the Sun Bowl, the second-oldest bowl game in the country. Along with the game, the event includes an invitational basketball tournament, a regional soccer competition, a parade, and a fan fiesta with live music and entertainment.
2701 Sun Bowl Drive
El Paso, TX 79902

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