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Miss El Paso USA — The pageants for Miss El Paso USA and the Miss El Paso Teen USA are 8 p.m. Friday (preliminaries) and Saturday (finals), June 28-29, at UTEP’s Magoffin Auditorium. Ticket information: Laura’s Productions, 845-2894, 820-3734, laurasproductions.com or elpasopageants.com.
The competition is divided into three categories: Personal interview, swimsuit, and evening gown. In addition to choosing Miss El Paso and Miss El Paso Teen with awards in Most Photogenic, and Miss Congeniality. The pageants are the official preliminaries to the Miss Texas USA, Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss USA Pageants.
El Paso Ice Cream Festival — El Paso Live hosts the family event Sunday, June 30, in Convention Center Plaza, Downtown, with a variety of ice cream and other frozen treats, gelato, churro splits, snow cones, a toppings bar, live music, ice cream-inspired arts, contests, food trucks, and more. Tickets available at icecreamfestep.com.
A Tribute to Frida Kahlo — El Paso Funeral Museum, 6111 S. Desert (at Perches Funeral Home), hosts a tribute to the Mexican artist noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, with a viewing of the “Frida Kahlo” movie, Frida Kahlo art classes, a junior Frida Kahlo contest, folkloric ballet and a Frida Kahlo look-a-like contest. Information: Information: 581-0102 or elpasofuneralmuseum.com.
Red, White and Brew Fest — The celebration of “everything American” is 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Painted Dunes Golf Course, 12000 McCombs, with live country music from Abe Mac Band, local craft beer, BBQ competition, waterslides, jumping balloons, games on the lawn and fireworks. Bring a lawn chair or blankets. Admission is free; tasting tickets (for 10 tastes) is $10 pre-sale; $15 day events. Kid's Corner admission: $5. Information: 821-2122 or painteddunes.com.
St. Mark’s Car Truck and Bike Show — St Mark’s Catholic Church, 11700 Pebble Hills, hosts a car show for classic and modern cars, trucks and motorcycles, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Spectator admission is free. Registration is $25 ($15 motorcycles).Information: Karina Hernandez, 356-5869, David Alcantar, 356-5619 or on Facebook.
Ysleta Mission Festival — The annual fiesta is July 12-14 at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, 131 S. Zaragoza (at Alameda), with live music, southwest cuisine cooked by mission families, game booths, carnival rides and more. Admission is free to all events. Information: 859-9848, ysletamission.org or on Facebook.
This year’s headliners include Fungi Mungle on Friday.
Ysleta Mission is the second oldest practicing church in the United States and the oldest mission in Texas. Proceeds from the annual festival go towards maintaining the mission and surrounding grounds.
Apollo Moon Landing Celebration — A celebration of the 50th Anniversary Apollo Moon Landing is 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 19, at UTEP’s Centennial Museum, with free fun space activities, a star party with Sun City astronomers, constellation tour by Austin Campbell, NASA Apollo documentary in Centennial’s theater, earth and space activities and more. Hosted by Insights and the Centennial Museum. Admission is free; RSVP encouraged at Facebook “50th Anniversary Apollo Moon Landing Celebration.” Information: insightselpaso.org or utep.edu/centennial-museum/.
Last Thursdays Gallery Crawl — The Downtown monthly evening gallery crawl and art market includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries 6 to 10 p.m. the final Thursday of the month (July 25). El Paso Streetcar will extend its hours during these events. Admission is free to most events. Information: facebook.com/EPDAD.
Days of Remembrance Summer Expo — The 14th annual Bridal, Quince and Sweet 16 summer expo is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at El Paso Convention Center, with more than 90 vendors for cakes, hairstyling, bridal gowns, tuxedos, ballrooms, decorations, catering, photography, videography, deejays, floral arrangements, invitations, limousines and other services and products. All door proceeds benefit Child Crisis Center of El Paso. Hosted by Elegant Penguin Enterprises. Admission: $5; age 12 and under free. Information: 740-4349 or elegantpenguinenterprises.com.
East Side 4th of July Parade — Anyone can join the 42nd annual Independence Day People’s Parade sponsored by El Paso Del Norte Lions Club, beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4. The parade starts at Hanks High School, 2001 Lee Trevino (at Montwood) and travels to Yarbrough then north on Album to Album Park. Entries may include floats, marching units, antique cars, horses and bicycles. Sponsorships and donations welcome. Information: 204-5206 or on Facebook.
West Side Independence Day Parade — The Rotary Club of El Paso’s 23rd annual Independence Day parade begins at 9 a.m. to noon. Thursday, July 4, at Western Hills Church, 530 Thunderbird. This year’s theme is “Hip Hip Hooray for the USA.” This year’s Grand Marshal is Sun Bowl Executive Director Bernie Olivas. The 2.6-mile parade route will go from the church down Shadow Mountain, then up Mesa to Coronado High School. Information: 474-4241, july4parade.com or on Facebook.
Fee for entries is $40 for businesses ($10 non-profits; free for youth groups and churches) by June 30. Prizes are $1,000 for Best Entry, $750 Second; $500 Third and $250 Fourth. Judging criteria will include special effects, costume originality, theme and crowd pleasing. Information packets available at july4parade.com.
Rim Area Neighborhood parade — The 18th annual neighborhood parade is 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, along Rim Road from Brown to Tom Lea Upper Park. Interested participants should meet at the corner of Kerby and Rim at 9:45 a.m. with decorated bikes, scooters, pets and more. Parade followed by festivities in the park. Everyone is welcome. Information: rimareaneighborhood.org.
Fourth of July at Ascarate Park — El Paso County Parks & Recreation hosts day-long activities Thursday, July 4, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta, with food trucks, live music, and a fireworks display over the lake. Information: 771-2380, epcountyparks.com and on Facebook.
Independence Day Extravaganza — The City of Socorro, Texas hosts its Independence Day celebration Thursday, July 4, at Cougar Park, 10664 Socorro Road in Socorro with music, food trucks, games, ride, giveaways and live entertainment.. Gates open at 4 p.m. Admission is free; no outside or drink or pets allowed. Information: 860-8615 or ci.socorro.tx.us.
La Viña Fourth of July Picnic — The winery, 4201 S. NM Highway 28 in La Union, N.M., will host its 21st annual picnic 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4, featuring musical entertainment. Bring a picnic or buy a hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque. Croquet, badminton and a water slide. Wine, soda, water and wine margaritas for sale. No coolers or pets allowed. Admission is free. Visitors may bring their own lawn chairs. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
‘Pop Goes the Fort’ — El Paso Symphony Orchestra, led by assistant conductor James Welsch, will perform patriotic and pops music at the 9th annual event 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Fort Bliss’s Biggs Park. Performing with the symphony is the USO Show Troupe. The concert is preceded at 5:30 p.m. by a Cannon Salute to the Union. Fireworks follow performance. Lawn chairs welcome; no pets, coolers, glass containers or alcohol permitted. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome. Information: 532-3776, 588-8247, epso.org or bliss.armymwr.com.
Access to Biggs Park is through the Biggs gate (Airport Road); photo ID required for adults. Food and drinks, including beer, sold. Family activities offered.
Ardovino’s Fourth of July — Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, celebrates Independence Day with its annual BBQ 6 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with food, live music by Bosse Band, and a great view of surrounding fireworks displays. Reservations recommended. Information: (575) 589-0653 or ardovinos.com.
Abundant Living Faith Independence Day — The patriotic service is 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Abundant Living Faith Center’s east campus, 1000 Valley Crest, with food trucks on site, kids games, water baptisms, a special message and the annual fireworks display following the service. Admission is free. Information: 532-8543, alfc.com or on Facebook.
Wet ’N’ Wild Fireworks — The water park in Anthony, Texas will host an Independence Day Fireworks Show at dusk (around 9 p.m.) in the parking lot. Thursday, July 4. Information: 886-2222 or wetwild.com.
Cloudcroft July 4th — Cloudcroft’s Independence Day weekend activities are Saturday, June 29, with the annual parade at 4 p.m., with a street dance that night on Burro Avenue. Information: coolcloudcroft.com
Melodrama performances of “Big Trouble at Mr. Pinkie’s” are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 5-6, presented by the Cloudcroft Light Opera Company.
Las Cruces Independence Day celebrations — Night Ranger headlines the 4th of July Celebration Wednesday and Thursday, July 3-4, which includes the annual Electric Light Parade, Street Fest and fireworks display. Admission is free. Information: (575) 541-2550, (575) 646-5981 or las-cruces.org. Sponsored by City of Las Cruces and NMSU.
The Electric Light Parade, “America Rocks” is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, beginning at Apodaca Park, 801 E. Madrid, and traveling south on Solano Drive, east on Hadley ending at the Maag Softball Complex. Information: (575) 541-2550.
The Electric 5K and One-Mile Fun Run at precedes the parade at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Information: lascrucesrunningclub.com.
Independence Day celebration and concert with Night Ranger is 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4. Opening performer (6 p.m.) is ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro at Sisbarro Community Park, 3205 Arrowhead on the NMSU campus, followed by fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Gates open at 4 p.m. Food vendors on site; no grilling, personal fireworks, alcohol, RV’s or overnight parking allowed.
Alamogordo 4th of July Parade — Alamogordo Chamber of Commerce hosts its Fourth of July Parade, “You Are A Grand Old Flag,” at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 4, from 10th Street to New York Avenue. Information: alamogordo.com.
Carrizozo BBQ — Carrizozo Woman's Club July 4th BBQ is 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Carrizozo Woman's Club, 908 11th, at D Avenue in Carrizozo. Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Information: Anne Exterkamp (575) 686-0794 or carrizozochamber.org.
Free performance Paul Pino & the Tone Daddies performance is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Inn of the Mountain Gods Fireworks Extravaganza — The Resort and Casino is in Mescalero, N.M. (near Ruidoso), will celebrate Independence Day 3 to 11 p.m. to midnight Thursday, July 4, with food, live entertainment 3 to 10:30 p.m. and family activities, concluding with a fireworks display over Lake Mescalero. Admission is free. Wrist bands for concessions; jumping balloons: $10. Free shuttle ends at midnight. No outside food or drink permitted. Information: 1-877-277-4577 or innofthemountaingods.com.
Mesilla Independence Day — The annual fireworks display begins around 9 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the historic old Mesilla Plaza. Bring a lawn chair; no pets or alcohol. Live music and food vendors, 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Information: (575) 524-3262, ext. 116 or mesillanm.gov.
The town’s fireworks display will be launched from the field on Calle de Mercado, accessed from Avenida de Mesilla.
Silver City Independence Day — The annual parade, “Made in the USA — Built to Laugh,” is 10 Thursday, July 4, snaking down Pope, Bullard, Broadway, Hudson and 12th Street in Silver City. Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast precedes the event in Gough Park; activities and entertainment throughout the day. Fireworks at dusk. Information: (575) 538-3785 or silvercity.org.
Silver City Museum’s 36th annual Ice Cream Social is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in museum’s courtyard, with refreshments, live music, Cake Walk, traditional children’s games and more.
Socorro Independence Day — The City of Socorro, N.M. will host the 27th annual celebration starting 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on the New Mexico Tech campus near the Macey Center, One Olive Lane, featuring family entertainment and activities, a lineup of some of New Mexico’s favorite musical performers, BBQ and food for sale, and NM Tech’s famous fireworks display at dark. Admission is free. Information: nmtpas.org.
Santa Fe Opera Apprentices will give a free performance at 7:30 p.m. at the New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center.
Elephant Butte Independence Day — Elephant Butte Lake State Park’s Independence Day fireworks are 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 6. The display is launched from Rattlesnake Island in the lake, and can be viewed from the beach or on a boat. Regular admission fee applies. Information: (575) 744-5923 or Elephantbutteadventures.com.
Southern New Mexico
Mescalero Apache Ceremonial & Rodeo — The Mescalero Reservation hosts Indian dances and rodeo performances Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, on the Mescalero Rodeo Grounds in Mescalero, N.M. Native dances (including Dance of the Apache Maidens and Dance of the Mountain Gods), arts and crafts and food vendors featured daily. Dinner served at 5 p.m. nightly. Rodeo performances at 1 p.m. Rodeo admission: $10 ($5 age 6-12; free age 5 and younger). Dance and night activities admission: $10 ($5 children). Information: (575) 464-4494 or mescaleroapachetribe.com.
The 40th annual parade, “Honoring all Native Women” is 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, with a dance at dusk at Inn of the Mountain Gods. Information: (575) 937-2307.
The Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run 5K and 10K runs and 5K walk are at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 7, along the Walking Path by Inn of the Mountain Gods, off US Hwy 70. Information: Dionne, (575) 464-3473.
Smokey Bear Stampede — The 63rd annual celebration is Thursday through Sunday, July 4-7, in Capitan, N.M. about 20 miles north of Ruidoso. Ranch rodeo is 1 p.m. daily, with traditional rodeos nightly at 7 p.m. Goat roping and other events also planned each day. Rodeo admission: $10 general admission; $6 age 6-12 and seniors 65 and older. Information: (575) 354-2202, smokeybearstampede.com or on Facebook.
Rodeo dances are 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly with live or DJ music. Admission: $5.
Capitan Fourth of July parade is 10 a.m. Thursday, fireworks that evening approximately 10:30 p.m., following the rodeo performance. BBQ Cook-off held during the day.
July Jamboree — The annual art fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 6-7, at Zenith Park in Cloudcroft, with more than 60 area artisans selling original art, pottery, jewelry and more, food and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com.
Roswell UFO Festival 2019 — The annual celebration, marking the 72nd anniversary of the 1947 “UFO crash” near Roswell, is Friday through Sunday, July 5-7, at the Roswell Convention and Visitors Center, 912 N. Main, and other locations in Roswell, N.M. The four-day event features guest speakers, celebrity appearances authors, vendors, live entertainment, family friendly activities and carnivals, as well as costume contests for adults, children and pets. Most events are free; nominal charge for UFO Museum admission. Information: 1-800-822-3545, ufofestivalroswell.com or on Facebook at Roswell UFO Festival.
The Xcel Energy UFO Light Parade is 9 p.m. Saturday, July 6, from 9th to 3rd Street. This year’s theme is “Believe.”
Apollo 11 Launch Reenactment — Fellowship of Las Cruces Rocketry Enthusiasts (FLARE) and Museum of Nature & Science present a live reenactment the historic Apollo 11 launch 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at NMSU’s Upper Intramural field, with a motorized replica of Saturn V Launch Complex 39, and scale model Saturn V Rocket accompanied by audio commentary.
NMSU’s Astronomy Observatory will be open for night viewing 8 to 10 p.m. Information: flare-rocketry.com or on Facebook at Las Cruces Museum.
Silver City Clay Festival — The annual festival is July 15-21 in Silver City, N.M. Workshops held each day; cost varies. Youth workshops are also planned. Information: clayfestival.com.
The annual exhibition, “Current,” will be juried by internationally known artist Sunshine Cobb. Opening reception is 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 15, and runs through July 28, at Roots Cellar Arts at Seedboat Center for the Arts, 214 W. Yankee.
A Labyrinth Community Build and area re-beautification project is Saturday, July 13, at The Rock House (Historic Silver City Waterworks) on Little Walnut Road.
Maker’s Market is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with artists, music, storytelling, mud pie contest and dancing. Claymation films featured that day the Silco Theater.
Clay rodeo is Sunday, July 21, at the HUB on Bullard Street.
Clay Play for kids in grades 3-6 is July 15 at Gila Valley Library and July 16-18 at the Bayard Library; and mud fun for grades pre-K through 6 is July 20.
• Building with Clay workshop is July 15-17 with Jeff LeBlanc .
• Adobe Building/Mud Immersion workshop with Mary Giardina is July 15-19.
• Two-week workshops with Sunshine Cobb is July 8-19:
• Imagery through China Painting and Decals workshop is July 16-19 with Brad Klem.
• Make a Bone workshop Monday, July 15, at Bear Mountain Lodge.
• Make An Empty Bowl is Saturday, July 20.
Full Moon Night — White Sands National Monument, 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70, hosts its full moon event at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 16. The monthly full moon programs run through October. The July program features White Sands’ chief scientist David Bustos with “Did the Hunter Get Its Prey?” a look at predators of the park. Programs are free with regular park admission fees. White Sands entrance fees $10 per person; $20 per vehicle; and $15 per motorcycle. Information: (575) 479-6124, ext. 236 or (575) 679-2599, ext. 232; or go to nps.gov/whsa.
Ruidoso Art and Wine Festival — The 48th annual event is Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca (NM Highway 48), with more than 100 artists, as well as some New Mexico wineries; with free wine tasting at many locations. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission: $6 per day; $4 for military; $1 ages 10 and younger. Two-day passes are $10; three-day passes are $15. Military discount of $4. Tickets with wine tasting are additional $10. Sponsored by the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. Information: (575) 257-7395, 1-877-RUIDOSO (784-3676) or RuidosoNow.com.
Rated as one of the country’s top 100 juried art shows, the festival features acrylics, oils and other media paintings; fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork, mixed media, paintings of all media, photography, pottery, sculpture and woodwork.
Art & Wine in the Cool Pines — The wine and art festival is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2-4, at Sacramento Mountains Historical Museum in Cloudcroft, N.M. with art, wine, food and live music by Mark “The Saxman” Garcia Friday, Rudy Wood and 3 Rivers Saturday and DJ Dan Tana Sunday. Tickets per day: $10 for nondrinkers and age 18-20; $5 age 13-17; $15 for a glass; free for age 12 a younger with adult. Advance tickets available at the chamber office. Information: Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce, (575) 682-2733 or coolcloudcroft.com.
Lincoln County Fair — The 66th annual fair is Monday through Saturday, Aug. 2-13, at the County Fairgrounds at 5th and Hwy 48 in Capitan, N.M. (north of Ruidoso), featuring exhibits in several livestock categories. Admission is free. Information: (575) 648-2311 or lcfairnm.com.
Old Lincoln Days — The 79th annual celebration of Lincoln’s Wild West heritage is Aug. 2-4 in Lincoln, N.M., a restored Western town famous for the bloody Lincoln County Wars of 1878 and the escape of Billy the Kid after he was sentenced to die by hanging. The town, maintained by the Lincoln State Monument and Lincoln County Heritage Trust, is on U.S. 380 about 30 minutes from Ruidoso. The event features, vendors, food, living history demonstrations and wagon rides, parade and live music. Information: (575) 653-4372 or billythekidpageant.com or on Facebook at Billy the Kid Pageant.
“Last Escape of Billy the Kid” folk pageant is 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10 ($6 children).
Fiesta del Barrio and Fourth of July — The Independence Day event and all-day neighborhood party is 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday, June 29, between S. 10th and Murphy Street, and in Medina Park in Alpine, Texas with community celebration and extended Alpine family reunion. Information: (432) 837-5539, (432) 294-2398 or visitalpinetx.com.
The annual July 4th parade is 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with annual parade, fireworks display, a car show, live music
Fort Davis Independence Day Weekend — The West Texas town hosts its annual “Coolest 4th of July Celebration” July 4-6 in Fort Davis. Vendors and entertainment on the Courthouse Square are noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with a parade and dance Saturday. Admission is free. Information: (432) 426-3015, 1-800-524-3015 or fortdavis.com.
The Great Gunfight reenactment is Friday, July 5, with fireworks that evening.
Bazaars and Fairs
St. Paul the Apostle kermes — The church at 7424 Mimosa hosts its kermes Friday through Sunday, June 28-30. Call for hours: 778-5304.
Sportscard and Toy Collectible Show — The trading card and toy show is 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Sunland Park Mall, hosted by J & M Sportscards. Information: 222-5458 or 238-4573.
Sun City Motorcycle Swap Meet — 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, June 30, at Western Technical College, 9451 Diana, with bikes, parts, accessories, Bike and Car Show, food trucks and more. Admission is free. Information:barnettharley.com.
Silver City Farmers Market — The market runs 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Oct. 26 in the Main Street Plaza (7th and Bullard). Information: (575) 536-9681 or silvercityfarmersmarket.info.
The market is also year round 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, at the ACE Hardware/Grant County Convention Center Parking Lot, US 180 at the 32nd St Bypass.
Magic Morning Market — The Marketplace at Placita Santa Fe, 5034 Doniphan, hosts an indoor and outdoor market 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month (July 6, Aug. 3), with vendors, music, face painting, yoga and a special breakfast menu at Magic Bistro. Information: 585-9296.
915 Pop-Up Market — The Outlet Shoppes features the market 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6 and 20, and Aug. 3. Specialty foods, live music, a free play area for children, an interactive fountain and patio bar. Information: theoutletshoppesatelpaso.com.
St. Pius X Rummage Sale — St. Pius X, 1050 N. Clark, hosts its annual rummage sale 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 13. Proceeds help fund the church’s annual bazaar. Admission is free. Information: 217-3287 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Judas-St. Jude’s bazaar — St. Jude Catholic Church, 4006 Hidden Way (off Doniphan), hosts its annual kermes Friday through Sunday, July 19-21, with live music, games, food and more. Admission is free. Information, hours: 584-1095 or on Facebook at StJudeElPaso.
Mission Trail Art Market — Area artisans and craftspeople display their fine arts and crafts for their 11th season 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month March through November (July 21) in the historic Veteran’s Memorial Plaza in San Elizario, with arts and crafts, music, reenactments, food and more. Pets welcome. Admission is free. Information: 851-0093 or missiontrailartmarket.com.
Provost Gun Show — The El Maida Provost Guard gun, small antique and Southwest art show is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13-14, at the El Maida Shrine Temple, 6331 Alabama. Includes new, used and antique firearms and accessories, knives, coins, Southwest jewelry, military surplus and collectibles. Food concessions available. Admission: $6 (under 10 free). Age 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Information: 241-1761.
San Ignacio Kermes — St. Ignatius Church, 408 S. Park (near Downtown in Segundo Barrio) will celebrate its 113th year Friday through Sunday, July 26-28 with entertainment, music and dancing, rides and authentic food. Admission is free. Information: 532-9534.
Zia Weekend at Ruidoso Downs — The annual arts and craft show is Friday through Sunday, July 26-28, at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack, featuring around 60 all-New Mexico made artworks, handmade items and entertainment. Admission is free. Information: (575) 378-4431 or raceruidoso.com.
Concert with Jake Hooker is 7 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Tickets: $20.
Placita Madrid Sidewalk Art and Artisan Sale — Placita Madrid building at 1445 Main in San Elizario (Escamilla’s Fine Art Gallery, Robert Dozal Fine Art Gallery, and Romy Hawkins Studio and Gallery), hosts its new monthly sidewalk event 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 27-28, with vendors and artist demonstrations. Admission is free. Information: 777-5241.
Our Lady of the Light Bazaar — The annual bazaar is Aug. 2-4, at Our Lady of the Light Catholic Church, 4500 Delta, with entertainment food and drink booths with traditional regional foods, family games and more. Admission is free. Information: 532-1757.
Downtown Artist and Farmers Market — The City of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department’s market for area artists and regionally grown agricultural products is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Saturday in the Union Plaza District along Anthony Street. Information: 212-1780 or elpasoartsandculture.org.
Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market — More than 230 permanent vendors in arts, crafts, produce, baked goods and other food items are offered at the market 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays along a 7-block area of Main Street, Downtown. Information: (575) 541-2288 or lascrucesfarmersmarket.org.
Upper Valley Artists and Farmers Market — The artist and farmers market is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays at the Hobby Lobby parking lot, 7930 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information on Facebook at Upper Valley Artist & Farmers Market.
Something for everyone
Capoeira Children’s Batizado — Capoeira El Paso hosts a batizado (belt ceremony) 12:30 to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Sol Studio, 4106 Montana. Capoeira demonstrations from Kinder and Kids classes who will test for their next cord, as well as from adults. The public is invited. Admission is free; donations welcome. Information: 996-1814 or capoeiraelpaso.com.
Special guest Mestre Galego from Sacramento will teach special workshops over the weekend and sell copies of his recently published biography, “Playing in the Light.”
Job Corps training — David L Carrasco Job Corps Center, 11155 Gateway East, host is accepting applications all summer long, with free training and center tours offered 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through August. High school graduates welcome, must meet eligibility requirements. Information: 621-0881 or davidlcarrasco.jobcorps.gov.
‘America the Borderland’ — La Mujer Obrera hosts the University of Dayton’s Moral Courage Project Exhibit chronicling work to protect immigrant rights on the US-Mexico border through July 6, at Cafe Mayapán, 2000 Texas, before the exhibit travels to openings in New York City and Newark, N.J. Information: 217-1135, mujerobrera.org or on Facebook.
Eckankar programs — Eckankar in Texas hosts free programs 1-3 p.m. selected Saturdays at El Paso Public Library Richard Burges Branch, 9600 Dyer. Information: (703) 434-1196 or eckankar-texas.org.
• July 6: Light & Sound Service, “Does God Answer Your Prayers.”
• July 20: Spiritual Book Discussion.
Healthy Hustle Networking Luncheon — Healthy Hustle hosts a luncheon designed to educate, motivate and inspire anyone looking to take their business or career to the next level at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at DoubleTree by Hilton, 600 N. El Paso, with guest speakers talking on digital marketing, investing, spiritual and emotional health and more. Information: (575) 496-1503 or on Facebook.
Transportation Summit — Far West Texas/El Paso Regional Transportation Coordination Committee (WTEP) hosts a 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 11, at Amistad Conference Center, 3210 Dyer, on meeting the transportation needs for dialysis Medicaid recipients, adults age 65 and older, rural communities, and persons with disabilities. Refreshments and lunch available. RSVP by July 5 to 2019TransportationSummit.rsvpify.com or gobusgo.org.
Keynote speaker is TxDOT Director of Public Transportation Division Eric Gleason, with welcoming comments by El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.
EPHS Mega Reunion Party — El Paso High alumni from any year are invited to a special throwback reunion Saturday, July 13, at Epic Railyard Event Center, 2201 Mills, with food, drinks, guest DJ and more. Ticket: $40 (through June 13); included admission to the “EPHS Museum.” Information: Enoch, 490-7643 or on Facebook at EPHS Throwback Reunion.
‘Wellness from Within’ — Rio Grande Cancer Foundation, 616 N Virginia, Suite D, hosts a free class combining meditation, stretching and writing, led by Monica Gomez (singer, songwriter, author and former TV journalist) at 10 a.m. Saturdays through July 13. Registration: 747-6280.
The foundation also offers a “Bottoms Up!” class on hydration led by Jackie Cordova at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 20. Learn the difference between juices and smoothies and how to create both, as well as how to identify signs of dehydration and what role water plays in overall health. Information: 562-7660 or rgcf.org.
Over the Moon Space Science Fair — Las Cruces Museum of Nature and Science in partnership with local STEM and space science organizations remember Buzz Aldrin’s and Neil Armstrong’s moon landing 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Lynn Community Middle School, 950 S. Walnut, with science demonstrations, activities, and games for all ages. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 20, at Lynn Community Middle School, 950 S. Walnut. Admission is free and the public is invited. Information: (575) 522-3120, las-cruces.org or on Facebook at LCMuseums.
Geeks Who Drink — The homegrown Pub Trivia Quiz modeled after those in Ireland and the UK, host quiz nights at various locations in El Paso. Themed quizzes also held periodically. Participation is free for most events. Information, registration: geekswhodrink.com.
Schedule subject to change:
• Glass Half Full Tap Room at Alamo Drafthouse, 250 E. Montecillo, 5 p.m. Sundays and 7 p.m. Tuesdays.
• Happy’s Barley & Vine, 7 p.m. Mondays.
• Joe Vinny & Bronson’s Bohemian Cafe, 8 p.m. Mondays.
• Border City Ale House, 1506 Lee Trevino, and Craft & Social, 305 E Franklin, 8 p.m. Thursdays
• Thunderbird Taproom at Whole Foods, 100 Pitt, 7 p.m. Thursdays.
Scenic Sundays — Walkers, runners, cyclists and skaters are invited to enjoy Scenic Drive, between Robinson and Wheeling, free of traffic from 7 a.m. to noon Sundays. Scenic Sundays give people the opportunity to walk, run, bike, or skateboard along Scenic Drive, and offers views of El Paso and Juárez, Mexico. Dogs on leash permitted. Admission is free; road closed to car traffic at this time. Information: 541-4416 or email@example.com.
Smeltertown-Buenavista Reunion — The historic neighborhoods will host the annual reunion 6 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Aug. 3, at Forum Ballroon, 2800 Mattox, featuring music by The Starliners. Tickets: $25. Information: 433-0649 or on Facebook at SmeltertownBuenaVistaReunion.
‘Caffeine and Octane’ Cruise-ins — Southwest Classic Car Club and the Coyote Cobras host their monthly cruise-ins beginning at 9 a.m. the second Saturday of the month (July 13) in the parking lot of Western Beverages, 6104 N. Mesa. Admission is free. Information: 584-8261 or swclassic.org.
El Paso Crohns & Autoimmune Disease Support Group — The support group meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month (July 23) on the campus of Tech University Health Sciences Center, 4800 Alberta, in the Paul Foster Education Building, Room 211. Parking available next to the clinic (on left). Information: Carrie Wilkie, (214) 708-2989, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pranic Healing — L.I.G.H.T. (Lotus Integrated Group for Health and Transformation) hosts Pranic healing Clinics 3 to 5 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at Unity Church, 1420 Alabama (at Gold). Clinic includes an overview of Pranic Healing. Donations welcome. Information: 449-0619 or elpasolight.org.
Pranic healing is a non-touch form of energy healing.
• 3 to 5 p.m. every third Sunday of the month at Las Cruces Reclaim Wellness, 1355 California, in Las Cruces.
• 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at Veterans One Stop, 9565 Diana.
Meditation on the Twin Hearts is also offered 7-8 p.m. every fourth Wednesday of the month at Unity Church, and 10 to 11 a.m. every third Thursday of the month at Veterans One Stop. Donations welcome.
For a good cause
KMP Entertainment Awards Gala — The annual awards gala recognizing individuals who have contributed to the entertainment industry, particularly in and around El Paso, is 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at El Paso Club, 201 Main (18th floor). Black tie event. Tickets: $100. Information: 204-1099 or kmpentertainment.org.
The event features a meet-and-greet gala reception, entertainment, comedy and an awards ceremony with celebrities, performing artists and business professionals. Guests include: Barney Cohen (”Friday the 13th” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch”) who share his insight on working in the business of entertainment. Live music presented by Kimball Hooker.
Furr Ball — The Lincoln County (N.M.) Humane Society’s benefit for the local animal shelter is 6 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Alto Lakes Golf and Country Club, with dinner, wine and entertainment. Tickets: $1,100 per table ($140 per person starting July 1 if space available). Information: hslcnm.org.
Fan Drive for the Elderly — El Pasoans are urged to donate new fans for use by the elderly or disabled through the summer months for the annual Extreme Weather Summer Fan Drive. Fans may be dropped off at any El Paso fire stations. Dial 211 for the El Paso Extreme Weather Task Force emergency line.
Anyone entering Fort Bliss must have a valid driver’s license, car insurance and registration. Check beforehand to see which gates are open to the public. Public access is available through the Sheridan, Chaffee and Buffalo Soldiers gates to West Bliss, and Biggs and Old Ironsides gates to East Bliss.
Fort Bliss Outdoor Recreation — Registration required at the Soldier Activity Center, 20732 Constitution, for DoD ID cardholders. Information: 744-1532 or bliss.armymwr.com.
Kayaking along the Rio Grande is Saturday, July 13, in Truth or Consequences. No experience needed. Open to the public, ages 14 and older (age 14-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). Cost: $25 for active duty and DOD ID cardholders, $35 for civilians.
Wilderness First Aid — A class on the basics of first aid in remote locations is 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 20-21, at the Soldier Activity Center (SAC). Learn specialized desert climate response and early warning signs. The class is a requirement for anyone looking to be a commercial guide at Hueco Tanks State Park. Cost: $250 per person for the Wilderness First Aid portion (must have CPR certificate to participate) or $299 with the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) portion (planned on July 19). Class is open to the public; registration deadline is July 12. Information: 744-1532.
Tap & Cork Craft Beer and Wine Fest – Family and MWR Special Events hosts its 3rd annual event Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center with live music, local vendors, food and drink. Information: 588-8247, bliss.armymwr.com or on Facebook at BlissTapAndCork.
Fort Bliss Historical Association — The group meets at 1 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Fort Bliss museum complex, 1735 Marshall. Information: 269-4831.
Dues are $25 a year ($10 students and junior enlisted soldiers).
Fort Bliss Rod & Gun Club — 3730 Roy Johnson Lane. Rifle and pistol shooting competitions are held almost every weekend. Visitors can watch for free. Food available at the clubhouse snack bar. To get there: Take Railroad Drive to Deer; turn right. Information: 568-2983 or blissmwr.com/rodandgun.
Friday at The Fireplace — Fort Bliss’s Freedom Crossing hosts free live music featuring local performers 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fridays at the outdoor fireplace followed by DJ music. Information: 564-5311 or freedomcrossingatfortbliss.com.
Old Fort Bliss — Building 5054, corner of Pershing and Pleasanton Roads, Fort Bliss. The Old West days of the “Soldiers of the Pass” are relived through replicas of the original adobe fort buildings and military artifacts, Magoffinsville Post 1854 to 1868. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; by appointment only Saturday. Admission is free. Information: 568-4518 or 588-8482 or on Facebook at Old Fort Bliss.
El Paso Philatelic Society — The El Paso stamp club meets 7 to 9 p.m. the second Tuesday of every month (July 9) at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church, 810 N. Campbell (at Montana). Meetings include educational presentations and an auction of materials submitted by club members. Visitors always welcome; admission is free for first-time visitors; $12 annual membership fee. Information: 833-5154.
Germania Club — The Germania Club of El Paso’s monthly meeting is 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 11, at Underwood Golf Course 3200 Coe, on Fort Bliss. Newcomers welcome. Information, reservation: 755-5471.
L‘Alliance Française d’El Paso — The nonprofit cultural institute, founded in 1964, promotes French culture and language. Information: 246-3810, 585-1789, afofelpaso.com or on Facebook at AllianceFrancaiseElPaso.
Fete due Juillet (Bastille Day) are Sunday, July 14, with a potluck dinner and pool party. Location, time: Josette Shaughnessy, 585-1789 or email@example.com.
Fall French classes for children and adults are held (based on enrollment) at University Presbyterian Church, 244 Resler. Children session starts Sept. 7, and adults session starts Sept. 9,. Information: 346-3810 or 833-8705.
El Paso Christian Women’s Connection — The group hosts its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, at El Paso Radisson Hotel, 1770 Airway (use south entrance), with speaker Steve Jones, as well as an outreach speaker from Animal Rescue League and special feature from Bernadette’s Arts and Crafts. Reservation deadline is July 12. Cost: $15 (cash only). Reservations: 598-0811.
Cars and Coffee — The Substation, 145 E. Sunset, hosts it monthly meetup for car lovers 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6. Coffee available at 2Ten Coffee Roasters. Information: or on Facebook at SubstationEP.
El Paso Northeast Quilters Guild — Monthly meetings are 7 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of the month (July 11) at Grace Presbyterian Church, 8001 Magnetic (at Titanic). The nonprofit organization promotes quilting among interested persons, and brings the beginner, experienced, quilters together for various events and projects. Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. Ages 18 and older welcome. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Coin Club — El Paso’s only coin club meets at 6:45 p.m. the second Monday of the month at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 7000 Edgemere, with presentations and auction to follow. Visitors always welcome, coffee and donuts will be served. Information: 241-6977 or on Facebook.
Mesilla Valley Stamp Club — The stamp club meets 6 to 8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month at the Branigan Memorial Library, 200 E. Picacho, Las Cruces. Guests, beginning and advanced collectors are invited to trade, buy, and sell stamps. Information: (575) 202-1937.
Paso del Norte Quilt Guild — The guild’s regular meeting is 9:30 a.m. the second Saturday (July 13) of the month, at University Presbyterian Church, 631 Resler. Program presented at 11 a.m. after the meeting; topic to be announced. Anyone age 18 or older interested in quilting is welcome; no experience needed. Information: email@example.com.
PEEP Learning Lab — Photography Enthusiasts of El Paso hosts workshops 6 to 8 p.m. the fourth Wednesday every other month at 500 W. Paisano, Second floor meeting room Cost: $5 per workshop (free for PEEP members). Light refreshments served. Payment at the door or at the.elusive.photon.im/PEEP/.
Toastmasters clubs — The clubs develop professional leadership and communications skills in a supportive setting with colleagues. Guests always welcome. Information: toastmastersclubs.org.
• Amigo Club meets 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays in Hospitals of Providence Transmountain Campus, 2000 Transmountain, first floor conference room.
• Eastside Toastmasters — Weekly meetings are 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Pebble Hills Regional Command, 10780 Pebble Hills. Information: Mike, (469) 426-7120.
El Paso Streetcars — The restored streetcars run daily on two connected loop routes, covering a total of 4.8 miles, from Father Rahm in South El Paso to Glory Road in Kern Place. Extended summer hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Wednesdays (last departing car from the storage facility at Santa Fe is 11:22 p.m., and 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Thursday through Saturday (last departing car from the facility is 2:24 p.m.
Rides are free for the summer through Labor Day weekend. Information: 212-3333, epstreetcar.com or on Facebook.
Streetcars will run extended hours during the Last Thursday Art events Downtown (July 25, Aug. 29).
Wet ’N’ Wild Waterworld — The water park at 8804 S. Desert, Anthony, Texas (I-10 at Exit 0) is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (until 7 p.m. weekends). Tickets at the gate: $24.99, plus tax; $21.99 kids under 48 inches tall; $4.99 age 1-3; free for babies under 1. Seniors/picnic fee: $14.99. Discounted tickets online or at Circle K and Corner Stores and Pic Quick stores in El Paso. Information: 886-2222, wetwild.com or on Facebook.
Neon Paint Party featuring Borgeous is Saturday, June 29, with electronic dance music, free paint, food trucks, vendors, a live art park, beer garden (age 21 and over), and selected attractions open all night. Tickets: $25 general admission; available at Wet N Wild, All That Music, The Headstand and neonpaintparty.com.
The annual Independence Day fireworks show is dusk Thursday, July 4.
Mesa Vista Wine Tasting Room — The new tasting room, which includes wine and craft beer, is at 3200 Hwy 28 in Anthony, N.M. (La Union area at NM 28 and S. Vinton Road). Open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. The room also features the region’s only yarn shop and local alpaca products. Live music featured 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturdays. Information: (915) 494-7248.
Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino — 1200 Futurity Dr. (at Sunland Park Drive), Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 4 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Simulcast racing begins at 10 a.m. everyday. General admission and parking are free. Information: (575) 874-5200 or sunland-park.com.
Western Playland — The amusement park is at 1249 Futurity Dr. in Sunland Park, N.M. across from the racetrack. Tickets (tax not included): $22.60 42 inches or taller or $16.97 juniors 34 to 41 inches (pay one price); $5 non-rider admission. Individual ride tickets are $2.50; rides are 1 or 2 tickets. Information: (575) 589-3410, westernplayland.com or on Facebook.
July hours are 7 to 10;30 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Wednesday, July 4, and 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays.
August hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Saturdays, 3 to 9 p.m. Sundays, plus 7 to 10:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Aug. 1-2, and Wednesday through Friday Aug. 7-9.
Tigua Indian Cultural Center — 305 Yaya Lane, at Socorro Road east of the Ysleta Mission. The center features a museum on the Tigua tribe. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Free children’s activities daily. Admission is free. Information: 859-7700, ysletadelsurpueblo.org.
Native American Dances are on the hour 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Fresh Indian bread is on sale at the center, made Saturday mornings. Also featured are family-operated gift shops, featuring jewelry, pottery and other crafts.
Indian Cliffs Ranch — The working cattle ranch in Fabens offers a children’s zoo, buffalo, longhorns, deer, rattlesnake pit, movie sets and the Fort Apache playground. It’s also home to the famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse. Information: (915) 544-3200 or cattlemanssteakhouse.com.
Spaceport America Visitor Center — 301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences, N.M. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.
Tours to Spaceport America depart promptly at 9 a.m. Saturdays returning at 1 p.m. Tour cost: $49.99 ($29.99 age 18 and younger). Information, group reservations: 1-844-7-2SPACE. Discounted admission rates online at spaceportamerica.com/experience.
From El Paso, take 1-10 to Las Cruces, then 1-25 to Exit 32 and continue on the County Road about 25 miles to the Spaceport.
Licon Dairy — The dairy’s gift shop popular for its homemade asadero cheese products is located at 11951 Glorieta Road in San Elizario and is open 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The dairy also features an extensive petting zoo and regularly stocked fishing hole. Admission is free, with a nominal charge for fishing hole use. Information: 851-2705 or licondairy.com.
Plaza Theatre Tours — The free weekly tours are noon to 2 p.m. Tuesdays at the Plaza, 125 W. Mills in Downtown El Paso. Meet under the Plaza marquee. Information: 534-0660.
San Elizario Historic District — The district at 1500 Main Street in San Elizario on the Mission Trail features four art galleries, seven artists studio/galleries, three gift shops, the Historic San Elizario Chapel, the Portales Museum and the Veteran’s Museum. Most locations open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Information: 851-0041, 594-8424 or SanElizarioHistoricDistrict.com.
Self-guided walking tours and guided tour of 17 historical sites also offered, including the Chapel, Old El Paso County Jail (where Billy the Kid broke out a friend in 1876), the old Grist Mill, the Lafayette barracks and more. Free guides available at all galleries and museum.
Zin Valle Vineyards — 7315 Hwy 28 in Canutillo (3/4 mile north of FM 259). Free tastings are noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday. Information: 877-4544 or zinvalle.com.
Free music and wine tasting is 1 to 4 p.m. selected Sundays featuring local talent. Bring a picnic.
La Viña Winery — 4201 S. NM Highway 28, one mile north of Vinton Road. Information: (575) 882-7632 or lavinawinery.com.
The tasting room and patio are open for sales and tasting of wines from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesdays). Tasting fee is $5. A daily tour is offered at 11:30 a.m. by appointment only; the $10 fee includes tasting.
Music On The Patio is noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
The 4th of July Picnic is 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 4, with hamburger or hot dog from K&B Barbeque, wine by the glass, wine margaritas, soft drinks or water. Musical entertainment provided, as well as croquet, badminton, and a water slide. Tents, tables, and chairs provided, but guests are welcome to bring their own chairs. No coolers or pets.
Sombra Antigua Vineyard and Winery — 430 La Viña Road (off NM 28 between markers 8 and 9), in Chamberino, N.M. Tasting room open noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Monday. Information: (915) 241-4349 or sombraantigua.com.
McDonald Observatory — The University of Texas at Austin-run observatory is located at 3640 Dark Sky Drive, near Fort Davis, Texas. Visitor Center open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Information: (432) 426-4138.
The observatory offers daytime tours and solar viewing at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily. Twilight programs begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The popular stargazing events are 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Reservations required for all programs. See website for prices, schedule: mcdonaldobservatory.org.
To get there: Observatory is 185 miles from El Paso. Take Highway 118 from I-10 south at Kent for a 39-mile drive to observatory. The observatory and Fort Davis are on Central Time.
Self-Guided Historic Downtown Walking Tour - Brochures are available for walking tours of historical sites in downtown El Paso amd Juárez. Information: Convention and Visitors Bureau, 534-0600.
Concordia Cemetery - A historic cemetery that now lies in the shadow of El Paso's principal freeway interchange, Concordia is the final home of gunfighters John Wesley Hardin, John Selman and others. The former town "Boothill" can be reached by taking the Copia exit from Interstate 10. To find out about tours or other information, call the Concordia Heritage Association at 755-0000.
Franklin Mountains State Park - The largest urban park in Texas extends north from the heart of El Paso to the New Mexico state line. The highest point is North Mount Franklin, 7,192 feet above sea level. Park rangers give guided hikes on the first and third weekends of the month, beginning at the Tom Mays Unit entrance and last 2-3 hours. Information: 566-6441.
Entry fees are $3 per person, free for age 12 and under (with family). Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, until 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during summer. The park also offers mountain biking, camping and picnicking.
Hueco Tanks State Historic Site - The park is famed for its unique geology and Native American rock art. Unguided access is limited to North Mountain. Rock art tours, hiking tours, and bouldering tours are available Wednesday-Sunday mornings. Reservations recommended: (915) 849-6684.
Admission fee is $4, special rates for seniors; free for children 12 and under. Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Information: 857-1135. To get there: Take Montana Avenue (U.S. Highway 62-180) all the way into the Hueco Mountains, then turn left on Ranch Road 2775. It's about 32 miles from downtown El Paso.
Guadalupe Mountains National Park - 110 miles east of El Paso on the way to Carlsbad, the 86,416-acre park includes the highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak, 8,749 feet. One of the best examples of a Permian Period fossil reef, the national park offers camping and more than 80 miles of trails. Park headquarters is at Pine Springs, off of U.S. 62-180. McKittrick Canyon Visitor Center, 7 miles east of Pine Springs, offers nature, canyon and geology trails. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry. Information: (915) 828-3251.
So. New Mexico day trips
White Sands National Monument - The glistening gypsum dunes are a year-round attraction, offering eerie vistas, relaxing hikes and a wonderful natural playground for kids of all ages. The monument is about 15 miles southwest of Alamogordo, N.M., on U.S. 70.
Ranger-guided Sunset Stroll Nature Walks are offered an hour before sunset.
Lake Lucero tours are offered on the last weekend of each month. Participants drive their own vehicles 17 miles then hike 3/4 mile to the source of the white sands. Advance reservations (beginning two weeks before tour) are required.
Hours: Visitor Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dunes Drive, 7 a.m. to sunset.; expanded hours in summer. Summer events include full moon night programs. Entry fee: $3 for adults. Information: (505) 479-6124 or www.nps.gov/whsa.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park - The caverns open at 8 a.m. daily, and the last elevator down leaves at 3:30 p.m. Visitors can also walk to the main caverns through the natural entrance - last walk-in is 2 p.m. (hours extended 1 1/2 hours in summer). Cost is $6 ($3 for ages 6-15, for seniors with discount card).
Additional tours offered; call for fees and reservations. Information: (505) 785-2232 or www.nps.gov/cave.
The park is 160 miles east of El Paso.
Aguirre Spring Campground - The Organ Mountain recreational area, run by the federal Bureau of Land Management, is off U.S. 70 about 15 miles east of Las Cruces. Fifty-five family camping and picnic sites, plus two group areas. Day use fee is $3 per vehicle. The Baylor Pass (hiking and horseback riding) and Pine Tree (hiking) trails begin at the campground.
Information: (505) 525-4300.
Alameda Park Zoo - Alameda Park, North White Sands Blvd. (U.S. 54/70), Alamogordo. The zoo is part of the park that lines Alamogordo's main highway. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $2.20 adults, $1.10 children and seniors. Information: (505) 439-4290.
City of Rocks State Park - Between Deming and Silver City, four miles east of U.S. 180 off NM 61, is the peculiar formation known as City of Rocks. Erosion has sculpted the "city" out of volcanic material, creating a natural playground for rock climbers. Admission is $3. Information: (505) 536-2800.
Dripping Springs Natural Area - The recreational area is at the base of the Organ Mountains at the end of Dripping Springs Road (eastern extension of University Avenue), about 10 miles east of Las Cruces. The area includes the A.B. Cox Visitor Center, several hiking trails, and La Cueva Picnic Area. The area's entrance gate is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m; the visitor center is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is $3 per vehicle. No pets allowed (except for assistance animals). Information: (505) 522-1219.
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park - Carlsbad, N.M. Living Desert offers visitors an up-close at the mammals, reptiles and birds that inhabit the Chihuahuan Desert. Admission: $3 ($1 ages 7-12, free for 6 and under). Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry at 3:30 p.m.) Information: (505) 887-5516.
Old Mesilla - The largest town between San Diego and San Antonio before the railroad passed it by in 1881, Mesilla has retained its appearance and character as a 19th-century center of the Southwest. The town plaza was the site of the official celebration in 1854 of the Gadsden Purchase. Mesilla also served as a stagecoach stop on the Butterfield Trail.
Many of the adobe buildings, some dating back to 1850, have been restored. Dozens of shops and galleries, scenic San Albino Church, the Fountain Theatre and historic restaurants await visitors.
Stahmann Farms - The world's largest family-owned pecan orchard offers free tasting tours at 2 p.m. Wednesdays through August at Stahmann's Country Store, 22505 Hwy 28 South, La Mesa, N.M. (six miles south of Mesilla). Allow one hour for tour; advance reservations for groups of 8 or more.
The tour is in the heart of Stahmann's 4,000 acres, and includes the shelling and candy plants.
Sample various sauces and condiments off the grill at Saturday culinary samplings, 1-3 p.m. Saturdays through August.
Fort Selden State Monument - Fort Selden, 13 miles north of Las Cruces, was a 19th-century adobe fort. The monument preserves the remaining ruins, and has a visitors center with exhibits of military life at the post. From Las Cruces, take I-25 North to Exit 19. Admission is $3 (age 16 and under free). Information: (505) 526-8911.
All phone numbers listed are in Juaréz.
Centro Cultural Paso del Norte - Av. Henry Durant, Zona Pronaf, across from the Red Cross. Information: 1730300 (Facebook: CCPasodelNorte). Advance show tickets at donboleton.com.
• Rock Sinfonico Esperanza Azteca performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Tickets: 160-260 pesos.
• Magno Concierto: Musica Sobre el Muro is 6 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Admission: 105 pesos.
• “Una Historia de Juguetes” (ToySotry) is 5 and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Tickets: 175-460 pesos.
• “Terapia Divina,” starring Eric Del Castillo and Erika Buenfil, is at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The play is about a famous therapist who gets an even better known new patient: God. Tickets: 405-705 pesos.
• Social media superstar Jiapsi Yañez performs her “Sin Pretensiones” touring standup comedy show at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets: 411-550 pesos.
Plaza De La Mexicanidad (Monumental X Explanade) — Boulevard 4 Siglos and Plutarco Elias Calles.
• Feria Juárez 2019 runs through June 30 with food, rides, entertainment, international artists, games, a circus and other activities. General admission is 50 pesos (free for small children, seniors, disabled). Headline entertainment at 8 p.m. June 27: Mike Salazar. June 28: TBA. June 29: Remmy Valenzuela. June 30: Steve Aoki. Prices vary. Tickets available at donboleton.com.
• Cicus Holi Fest, featuring electronic music, is Saturday, July 20. Doors open at 2 p.m. Admission: 115, 175 and 405 pesos.
• Festival Borderland, with more than 20 music acts, is Saturday, July 27. Headliners include Celso Piña, Perter, Drake Bell, José Madero, Sabino-Odisseo, Dharius-Esteman and more. Doors open at noon. Admission: 553 and 1,035 pesos.
Evolution — Paseo de la Victoria 4545. Information: 269 8659. Cuarto de Milla from San Luis Potosi performs ranchero and cowboy music with its unique brass sound at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Tickets: 230, 575 and 20 pesos at donboleton.com.
Lienzo Charro Adolfo Lopez Mateos — Av. Del Charro at Henry Dunant. Tickets at donboleton.com.
Rodeo Adrenalina Caballo Dorado, with bull riding, horse riding and barrel racing, begins at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6. Tickets: 60, 175 and 290 pesos.
Auditorio Benito Juárez — Ignacio Ramirez and Vicente Guerrero, one block from Parque Borunda. Advance tickets at donboleton.com.
• “Blues, Jazz & Pop” starring Karen Chavarria is at 8 p.m. Friday, July 19. Tickets: 265, 325 and 390 pesos.
• Avengers Ssemmble chldren’s show is 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, July 21. Tickets: 115 to 290 pesos.
• Alexis “Ojitos de Huevos” standup comedy show is 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 31. Tickets: 115 to 405 pesos.
Teatro el Paseo — The theater is in the Centro Comercial El Paseo, Av. Lopez Mateos 2005 (at Carr. Casas Grandes). Information: 267-4626. “El Show de Pato y Omar,” a comedy show, is at 9 p.m. Friday, July 19. Tickets: 345 and 405 pesos (donboleton.com).
Estadio Jaime Canales Lira — Av. Vicente Guerrero at Americas. Advance tickets at donboleton.com. The “Gran Baile Romantico” is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 20, with Liberación, Grupo Brindis, Los Caminantes and Los Apson. Tickets: 230-9205 pesos (donboleton.com).
La Rodadora — The interactive children’s museum is in the city’s Parque Central. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission: 65 pesos (around $5). Information: 52-656-558-2415 or larodadora.org. 3D Theater admission: 30 pesos. Theater/museum combo is 79 pesos.
Summer Camp for ages 4 to 12 runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, July 2-Aug. 2.
Museo de la Revolucion de la Frontera (MUREF) — Old Customs House, Zona Centro, Av. 16 de Septiembre at Ave. Juárez. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Information: muref.org, inah.org or Facebook.
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