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Freedom Crossing to Honor Irish Traditions in Three-Day St. Paddy’s Fest

A celebration of green, gold and good luck will take place March 16 through 18 on the grounds of Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss.

The year 2017 rings in the 6th anniversary for Shamrocks Irish Pub on March 16, located in the heart of the Promenade area of the shopping center.

Live music from Empyre Pipes and Drums and San Patricios will have guests shaking their shamrocks with closing sets by Jones and Miles and the Double Clutchers from New Mexico

On March 17 & 18, locals will enjoy the likes of Celtic musicians including the Adobe Brothers and The Singing Pilgrims. The Pilgrims will also host a children’s music workshop on Saturday. Smashburger and Buffalo Wild Wings will be hosting free children’s craft and activity stations while roaming leprechauns hand out gifts of gold-wrapped chocolate.

In addition to Irish tunes, Freedom Crossing will be hosting Gleewood a touring Americana band on the rise. AZ Dueling Pianos will be treating the St. Paddy’s Day crowd to a grand piano singalong guaranteed to be a crowd favorite.  And, by popular demand, the St. Paddy’s Fest will host the return Dusty Low, Wildflower, Reflections of Motown and DJ Darrin.

Guests can also enjoy authentic Irish food from Shamrock’s Irish Pub owned by Dublin native John Corran. The schedule of daily activities and band performances is available HERE.

 The festival and activities are free, open to the public and will not require a pass to enter Fort Bliss. To enter Fort Bliss during the event, drivers must show a valid U.S. driver’s license or other U.S. Government issued ID at the Buffalo Soldier, Chaffee or Sheridan gates. Freedom Crossing is located 1611 Haan Road,

For directions and more information, click HERE.


Story in Many Pix: Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss’ Mardi Gras

The post was rocking and rolling on Fat Tuesday, as Freedom Crossing celebrated Mardi Gras.  Our very own Andres Acosta was among the scores of revelers in attendance and he brings you the view of the festivities in this ‘Story in Many Pics.’

Mardi Gras Party at Freedom Crossing at Ft Bliss Texas, February 28. 2017
Mardi Gras Party at Freedom Crossing at Ft Bliss Texas, February 28. 2017

Ft. Bliss’ Freedom Crossing to Host Mardi Gras Celebration

Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss will host a public Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday, February 28 from 5pm to midnight. This free event is open to the public and will take place outside on the Freedom Crossing promenade.

The party boasts authentic Mardi Gras vibes bringing in regional talent and tastes that will showcase the spirit of Bourbon Street and Brazil’s Carnival.

On the Bourbon Street stage, guests can expect performances from local blues legend Guitar Slim, who has opened up for Leon Russell, Robben Ford, John Lee Hooker and more.

Also joining the lineup is Paso del Norte Big Band, a 17-piece orchestra sounding in the New Orleans jazz culture with El Paso’s finest musicians. Adding to the Fat Tuesday funk, Mama Crystal and the Horns of Plenty are sure to roll out the best of New Orleans-style soul.

At the Masquerade stage, Freedom Crossing will feature a visual feast with extravagant performances by Samba Performers from Arizona. This ensemble of dancers radiate sheer energy and passion incorporating the beauty, grace, and spirit of authentic Brazilian Carnival culture.

Joining the stage will be Sol Studio performers performing a Capoeira demonstration followed by a drum show by Samba Batucada of El Paso. The stage will close out with “Fuego,” a regionally-famous fire show by southwestern fire dancers Odd-Lab.

Complimentary Mardi Gras beads, masks and instant photo booth prints will be made available to all guest while supplies last. The Beads team will also provide face painting, dancing stilt walkers & jesters, and arts and crafts for the kids until 10pm.

Chefs will provide the tastes of Louisiana at Shamrocks Pub on the Promenade, in addition to beignets from the Mini Donut Depot.

The complete schedule for this free event is listed below. Additional event information can be found online.  This event is sponsored by Western Technical College and GEICO Military.




5th Annual Bliss, Brews and Que Starts Friday

It’s always a case of the belly blues after watching a reality TV cooking show, knowing it would take hours of prep and execution to barely come close to the creations of mouthwatering morsels I’d witnessed on screen.

This weekend though, these jealous taste buds will finally get their own slice of heaven with Freedom Crossing’s 5th Annual Bliss, Brews and Que competition on October 7 and 8.

More than 50 teams from all parts of the USA will come together for the ultimate BBQ pit party in the backyard of Fort Bliss’ open-air shopping center Freedom Crossing.

The competition is officiated by the Kansas City Barbecue Society known as KCBS, or the largest competitive barbecue organization in the world with a membership of over 15,000 deep. That’s a whole lot of finger lickin’!

With prizes totaling over $18,000, BBQ chowhounds can expect record-breaking mouthwatering intensities. KCBS judges are certified trained and participate in a blind judging process, leaving flavor verdicts to the chops and schnozzle with an eye for presentation. Guests can also opt-in to the public “Soldier’s Choice” voting category by purchasing 10 voting chips for $8 from the Bliss, Brews & Que Info Booth. BBQ Teams with designated Soldier’s Choice voting boxes will be handing out samples to chip holders. Voting chips will be sold Saturday, from 12pm – 2pm at the Info Booth east of Buffalo Wild Wings near the floor chess game. The final chip count goes down at 3pm, following an awards ceremony for the entire competition at beginning at 6pm.

As if the smoke curls of a barbecue buffet spanning over 1,000 feet aren’t enough of a temptation tangle for the weekend, organizers have lined up a slew Southwest music artists, arts and crafts vendors and a bounty of beer selections.

The 2-day event is free and open to the public. Normally, Fort Bliss requires civilians to obtain a visitor’s pass but for this feast, they’ll make an exception. Only a valid driver’s license is required to enter.

There’s still time to enter the BBQ rivalry as a pro, novice or even a judge. Think you got what it takes? Application forms can be found on The deadline is Wednesday, October 5 at 11:59pm.

One thing’s for sure: Barbecue makes everything better.

Schedule of Events:

Friday October 7th, 2016

Team check-in (all day long)

5:00 PM – 10:30 PM Event Open to the Public

Performing on Stage:

Austin Freeman

Double Clutchers

Rockabilly Strangers

Saturday October 9th 2016            

Noon to 9:00PM- Event open to the public

Pro Competition- Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, Pork

Back Yard Competition- Chicken and Ribs

Dessert and Soldiers Choice Competition

Performing On Stage:

Pigeon Rustlers

Sorry About Your Sister

C W Ayon

Killer B Flats

6:00PM – Team Competition Awards Presentation

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