The family of Omar Castro shares elements of charro culture with visitors. | Photo courtesy Chamizal National Memorial website
Storytellers, dancers, artwork, owls, food trucks, Pokémon GO, and more will be taking over the Chamizal National Memorial this weekend.
The festival is set for Saturday, October 26th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entrance to Chamizal National Memorial and park-sponsored events is always free.
Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez invites all to come celebrate, commemorate and connect to some of the many cultures of the borderland via the Borderland Heritage Festival.
“We have an exciting and diverse range of cultural demonstrators, presenters, performers, exhibits and hands-on activities lined up for this year’s Festival,” says Sanchez.
Some of the day’s events include a sculpture scavenger hunt on the memorial grounds featuring artwork by UTEP students, several food trucks, Pokémon GO excursions, opportunities to make your own corn husk doll and pictographs, visit booths to learn about other area public lands and local burrowing owl ecology, see and purchase native artwork from multiple tribal groups, watch tribal and ballet folklorico dancers, and learn more about the history of how and why Chamizal National Memorial was established.
There will be multiple outdoor performance and activity spaces around the memorial grounds. Additionally, the Cultural Center and Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A reminder for their safety, please leave your pets at home. Glass is not permitted on the grounds at any time. Please also watch for people crossing park roadways.
10 a.m. John Yazzie, Dine’/Navajo Traditions
11 a.m. K’AAY Ballet Folklorico
11 a.m. Musician Tooths
11:35 a.m. Ballet Folklorico Cuauhtli, Champion Dance Studio
12 p.m. National Anthem, Horizon ROTC
12 p.m. Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion
12:10 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte
12:45 p.m. El Paso Center for the Visual & Performing Arts
1 p.m. Musician Aliza Voit
1 p.m. Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion
1:20 p.m. Matachines of San Ignacio de Loyola
1:30 p.m. Musician Tim Thompson
2 p.m. Tigua Youth Dancers of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
2 p.m. Ranger-led Pokémon GO Excursion
2:30 p.m. Human Nature Contemporary Ballet
For more information about this and other upcoming events and programs, visit the park’s website.
Thank you to all the participating groups, artists, and organizations: Angel Cabrales, Aliza Voit, Avila Farms, Ballet Folklorico Paso del Norte, Border Patrol Museum & Memorial Library, Bureau of Land Management, Camino Real Ballet Folklorico, Champion Studios, Claude Montes, Dine’ (Navajo) storyteller John Yazzie, El Paso Center of the Visual & Performing Arts, El Paso Ghost Tours Association, El Paso Police Department, El Paso Water’s TecH20 Center, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Horizon ROTC, Hueco Tanks State Park & Historic Site, Human Nature Contemporary Ballet, International Boundary & Water Commission, K’AAY Ballet Folklorico, Katie Red Legs, Latinitas El Paso, Magoffin Home State Historic Site, Matachines San Ignacio de Loyola, New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Pokemon GO, Texas Parks & Wildlife, Tim Thompson, Tooths, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) Art Department, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo & Tigua Youth Dancers. Food trucks: Epic/Pride Lounge, Gumball’s, Off the Grill, Panini Bus, Rainbow Ice Cream, Tap on Wheels, Viejo Coffee.