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

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




Hueco Rock Rodeo
Take on your fellow climbers 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


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


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 grownups.
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
El Paso, TX 79930

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, TX 79901


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


Sun City Music Festival
Electrifying rhythms and hip-shaking beats return to El Paso for this annual weekend celebration of electronic music. Some of the top DJs and producers from around the world, specializing in house, dub, trap and trance music perform in Ascarate Park throughout the festival. Past performers include David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Tiësto.
6900 Delta Drive
El Paso, TX 79905


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


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


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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