The Crowd for the Deftones performance at the Franklin Mountains stage at Neon Desert Music Festival Day One

Memorial Day Weekend Closures, Events Around El Paso

A quick list of all the events around the area, as well as those offices and organizations that will be closed Memorial Day, Monday May 29th.

We’ve also included the various events throughout the Borderland that are scheduled during the Memorial Day Weekend, thanks to our partners over at the El Paso Scene.  For a thorough listing of events and in-depth descriptions, head over to their website and sign up for their weekly newsletter.

City of El Paso (closures)

In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all City of El Paso offices will be closed on Monday, May 29. City Hall will re-open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30 and the regularly scheduled City Council meeting will begin at its normal time of 8 a.m.

For a complete list of City services and facility closures please click on the “Memorial Day Closures” banner at

City Pools (open)

The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Department is opening the Pavo Real and Nations Tobin outdoor pools for the publicon Saturday, May 27, through Memorial Day, May 29, and the following weekend of June 3 and 4.

Admission for all city-managed pools is $1 per child (ages 17 and under) and $2 for adults (ages 18 to 59). Adults 60 years and older are charged $1.

The City’s outdoor pools will open daily starting June 7. All indoor pools are open year-round.

For a schedule of hours and locations or additional information, call the El Paso Parks and Recreation Department at (915) 544-0753 or click HERE.

City of Las Cruces/Dona Ana County Offices (closed)

Most Dona Ana County offices will be closed Monday, May 29, 2017, to allow employees to observe the Memorial Day holiday.

Emergency services and law enforcement in the field will not be affected, but the administrative offices of the Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will be closed for the day.

School Districts / Colleges (closed)

The University of Texas at El Paso will be closed Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular hours of operation will resume Tuesday, May 30. No classes are currently in session. Summer Session I starts June 12.

El Paso Community College (EPCC) will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, 2017. The 2017 Summer Semester begins and EPCC offices will reopen on Tuesday, May 30th .

The Socorro Independent School District will be closed on Monday, May 29 in observance of the 2017 Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume and offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 30.

 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) will be closed Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day. This includes both of the university libraries and all of the Texas Tech Physicians of El Paso clinics.

Wet-N-Wild (open)

Second Annual Chucofest at Wet n Wild Waterworld Memorial Day Weekend (Full Details HERE)

Sun Metro (route change)

Sun Metro’s fixed-route (all routes, including Brio and the Westside mitigation routes 90, 91, & 92) will run on a Sunday schedule on Monday, May 29, 2017 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Sun Metro customer service line for fixed routes will work on a Sunday schedule from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The administrative offices (10151 Montana), the Eastside Transfer Center ticket office (1165 Sunmount), the Robert E. McKee Five Points Transfer Center ticket office (2830 Montana Ave.), and the Bert Williams Downtown Santa Fe Transfer Center ticket office (601 Santa Fe) will be closed.


EVENT CALENDAR – Courtesy El Paso Scene


‘Arts Beat” concert — EPSO’s outreach initiative, Tocando, performs 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at El Paso Museum of Art, One Arts Festival Plaza. Information: 201-9021 or
Tocando, in partnership with the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, is an after-school program that provides music learning and performing opportunities to elementary school children. The EPSO is accepting band and/or orchestra instrument donations for the Tocando program.

Cool Canyon Nights The 7th annual summer series of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays at McKelligon Canyon, Amphitheatre, sponsored by WestStar Bank. May 25: Los 202. Patio performances begin at 6 p.m. with headlines at 7 p.m. on the main stage. Weather permitting. Craft beers and food truck, vendors, photo booths and more also offered. Admission is free. Information: 544-9550 or
VIP ”Star Lounge” tickets are $10  at with a special seating area, private bar, plus mini appetizers while supplies last.

Alfresco! Fridays — The 15th season of free outdoor summer concerts are 6 p.m. Fridays at Convention Center Plaza. May 26: La Sonora Blu (Latina, cumbia). Presented by and sponsored by FirstLight Federal Credit Union. No outside food or beverages, or pets allowed. Information: 534-0633, or on Facebook.

Piano Recital — The K-12 students of Alfredo Poblano will perform classic and modern pieces at 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Chamizal National Memorial, 800 S. San Marcial. Admission is free. Information: 532-7273..

Neon Desert Music Festival — Hardwell, Foster the People and J Bavlin are among the performers for the 7th annual music festival 3 p.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, on three stages in Downtown El Paso, from Cleveland Square to San Jacinto Plaza. Tickets: $119 two day general admission; VIP packages are$250-$550; online at
Other performers include Alesso, Logic, Migos, Ghostland Observatory, Nelly, Lil Uzi Vert, Mon Laferte, Baauer, Thomas Jack, Khalid, Mija, Los Amigos Invisibles, DLD, Porter, Ty Segall, Marc E. Bassy, Show Tha Product, Trae Tha Truth, The Chamanas, Tennyson, Medasin, Michael Christmas, Bogan Via, Frontera Bugalu, J^hir, Sorrytown, Stan Z, Ribo Flavin, Rare Individuals, The Other Half, Kilo and the Dew, Our Friend the Mountain, Miijas, Acid Pie, Dayluta Means Kindness, Yung Jung, Eddy Boy, Trost House, Frythm, Mikey Cloud, Polaroids, If We Were Turtles, Flamél, Volta, Rose.Golden and Brandon Bailey Johnson.

Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson — Jethro Tull/Ian Anderson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at the Plaza Theatre. The concerts feature a solid collection of the best-known Tull repertoire from 1968 to date. Tickets; $39.95 to $99.50 (Ticketmaster).
Fans will recognize the key songs from various albums – songs that put Jethro Tull and Ian Anderson on the map in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s – with most of them accompanied by big screen HD video elements to enhance the concert experience.
Favorites include: “Dharma For One” in 1968, “Bourée,” “Nothing Is Easy,” “A New Day Yesterday,” “Living In The Past,” “Aqualung,” “Locomotive Breath,” “My God,” “Aqualung” and on through to “Thick As A Brick” and material from the albums of the next three decades.


History Preservation Month: ‘Preserving Our Places’ — May is designated as National Trust for Historical Preservation has designated the month of May as Preservation Month, dozens of events are planned in El Paso County. Information: Ron Leiman at, or Shelley Sutherland at
• A “Water, Irrigation and Farm to School” program is 6 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Cesar Chavez Academy, 7814 Alameda, beginning with a reception followed by a two-part program. The first program features Nestor Valencia discussing water issues and Edd Fifer talking about irrigation in the Valley; second program features Norma K. Irwin telling stories about Porcher Farm including the three-story stucco farm house built in 1912 followed by Lili Limon discussing the conversion of the farm to Ysleta ISD’s Cesar Chavez Academy. The farmhouse now serves as the campus administration building. Information: Ron Leiman, 740-6829.
• Fred Morales leads a Socorro Historical Sites Driving Tour at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 27, starting at Socorro Mission, 328 Nevarez, at Socorro Road. Tour includes the Socorro Mission, Rio Vista Poor Farm, Casa Ortiz and La Cueva Theater. Information: Sylvia Barron, 851-9997.
• San Elizario Historic District Walking Tour meets at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 28, at Los Portales Museum and Visitors Center on the Plaza in San Elizario. The easy 1 ½ mile walking tour covers 419 years of history. Information: Al Borrego, 851-0093.

Last Thursdays — The Downtown monthly evening art walk May 25 includes nearly two dozen pubs, restaurants, stores and galleries. Admission is free to most events. Information:

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

Farmer’s Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing — The 14th annual market runs Saturdays year-round at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, One Ardovino Drive in Sunland Park, N.M. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Well behaved pets on leash welcome; brunch available for purchase. Information: (575) 589-0653, ext. 3.


Banging the Bell’ — El Paso Community College Performer’s Studio 2017 summer repertory opens with the original play by El Paso playwright Ted Karber Jr. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday May 26-June 4, at EPCC Transmountain Campus Forum Theatre, 9570 Gateway North. All proceeds go to scholarships for Performance Studies students at EPCC. Admission: $15 general admission: $10 non-EPCC students, military; $7 EPCC students, faculty, staff and seniors. Available at the door; box office opens two hours before each performance. Information: 831-5056.
“Banging the Bell” is a comedy about a group of women who plan to be the belles of the ball at the annual cotillion, but infidelity, a corpulent corpse and a dim-witted deputy could get in their way.

‘Mulan, Jr.’ — Kids-N-Co. closes its season with a musical based on “Mulan” May 12-28 at First Presbyterian Church, 1340 Murchison. Directed by Skyler Carreon. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $7 ($5 children, students, senior citizens, military), available at the door. Information: 274-8797 or on Facebook at El Paso Kids-n-Co.

‘No Sex Please, We’re British’ — El Paso Playhouse, 2501 Montana, closes its season with the farce by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriot May 12-June 4. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $11 ($9 seniors; $8 students and military). Information: 532-1317 or

‘Seussical the Musical’ — Sun City Musical Theatre, 3733 Shell Suite C, presents the zany musical adventure based on the works of Dr. Seuss, May 12-28, co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Eric Idle. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday; 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $15 ($12 military; $10 students with valid school ID and children under 12). Information: or on Facebook.
“Seussical the Musical” is a twist on Dr. Seuss’s tales and follows Horton the Elephant and his quest to keep the Who’s on Who-Ville safe and sound on the clover he has found. Narrated by “Jojo,” and the “Cat in the Hat,” and includes a cast ranging from age 5 to 28.
Artistic Director is Courtney Curtis.


Vision Unlimited 5K — The 5K run/walk and 1-mile run/walk is 8 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Ascarate Park, 6900 Delta. Details to be announced. Information: Chris Rowley, 478-5663; registration at

Mission Valley Duathlon — Race El Paso’s USAT-sanctioned 5K run/20K bike/5K run at 7 to 11 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at Tigua Recreation & Wellness Center, 11200 Santos Sanchez. Entry fee includes race shirt, athlete bag, water bottle, post-race snacks and drinks and chip timing. Information: 229-5656. Online registration at
Runs are in the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo neighborhood. The 20K bike ride is on the historical Mission Trail/Socorro Road. Entire course is flat. A 2017 USA Triathlon Rocky Mountain Region Duathlon Championship and USA Triathlon Duathlon Race Series event.
Participants may race as individuals or as part of a 2- or 3-person relay team.
Registration: $70 individual; $50 per person for 2-person relay; $45 per person for 3-person relay.

Rising Phoenix 5K — College Career & Technology Academy hosts its 2nd annual 5K run and 1 mile fun walk 8 a.m. Sunday, May 28, at the academy at 2851 Grant, in honor of WWII Veteran Ltc (Ret) James Lalbert Gambrell. Registration: $20 ($25 on race day). Discount for teams of 10 or more. Part of the Up & Running Springfoot “More Than a Marathon” series.

Southern New Mexico

Dance Extravaganza — The Las Cruces Chamber Ballet’s annual performance is 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 25-26, at NMSU’s Atkinson Music Recital Hall in Las Cruces. Tickets: $15 (Ticketmaster). Information: (575) 527-1893 or

Silver City Blues and Bikes Festival — The 22nd annual event is May 26-28 at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Streets in Silver City. Live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, raffles, food vendors and a beer garden. Admission is free at all Gough Park events; other event prices as listed. No dogs or alcohol allowed in park area. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council. Information: (575) 538-2505 or
The Festival Kick-Off Dance is 6:30 p.m. with Ghost Town Blues Band featuring a second-line horn entrance, cigar box guitars, Allman Brothers style jams and even a hip-hop trombone player. Cost to be announced.
Saturday’s headliner is Markus James and the Wassonrai at 7 p.m. with a blend of North Mississippi-style blues riffs and rhythms laid down by a trio of West African musicians. Other performers include the Delgado Brothers, Johnny Long, Miller and the Sinners. Performances begin at 12:15 p.m.
Sunday’s headliner is the Chase Walker Band at 3:45 p.m., led by 19-year-old guitarist phenom, Chase Walker. “American Blues Scene” called Walker one of the “Top 10 Musicians Under 18 You Need to Know” and “Blues Rock Review” named him among the top 5 “2016 Artists to Know.” Other performers include Pat ‘Guitar Slim’ Chase and Walker Shellist. Performances begin at noon. A harmonica workshops with Ronnie Shellist is at 3 p.m.
Other events:
• Silver City’s Glasserie will put on the first Gila Glass Classic Flame-off 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. Glass artists from the region compete to make the best glass creation.
• Denver’s Knomad Colab will create a light installation in the park throughout the weekend.
• Explora Museum will be coming from Albuquerque to provide interactive science based activities for kids and families.
In conjunction with the festival is the Kneeling Nun Bike Run, annual motorcycle run. Details to be announced.

“Paint Out Silver!” — Silver City Art Association hosts the plein air painting event Friday through Sunday, May 26-28, throughout historic Downtown Silver City, in conjunction with the annual Silver City Blues Fest and their Sunday morning Art Walk. All media are welcome and the public is invited to watch area artists turn canvases into art.
Check-in at the visitor center is 8:30 a.m. Friday, and submission for work for judging, exhibition and sale is 2 p.m. Saturday. Cash prizes awarded; final awards, including People’s Choice award and closing is Sunday afternoon. Information, entry forms: Rebecca at (575) 654-4384 or Rita at (575) 388-5262.
The annual Blues Fest Art Walk is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28.

Las Cruces Wine Festival — The 25th anniversary festival (formerly Southern New Mexico Wine Festival) is 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 27-29, at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers wines by New Mexico wineries as well as specialty food and arts and crafts vendors. Wine may be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
Tickets: $15 general admission in advance; $20 at the gate; $12 military; $17 at the gate; $5 designated driver and non-drinker over 16. VIP early access pass: $35 (entry 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.); available at or
Saturday’s performers: Nosotros at 12:30 p.m., Border Avenue at 3:45 p.m.
Sunday’s performers: Phat Soul at 12:30 p.m., Lane Change at 3:45 p.m.
Monday’s performers: Merican Slang at 12:30 p.m., Yarbrough Band at 3:45 p.m.

Larry Gatlin and the Blackwood Quartet — The country legend opens the summer season at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at the Spencer Theater for Performing Art, Alto, N.M. The Blackwood Quartet, one of the most beloved gospel groups of all time, joins forces with country great Larry Gatlin for a night of classic country gospel. Tickets: $39-$69. Information: (575) 336-4800 or

Mayfair — Cloudcroft’s 44th annual juried arts & crafts show is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, at Zenith Park, with new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, jewelry, paintings and more as well as live music, food and children’s activities. Admission is free. Information: , (575) 682-2733 1-888-874-4447 or
Cloudcroft Light Opera Company presents a melodrama at 7:30 p.m. each night in the park pavilion.

Wind Rider Mountain Festival — Inn of the Mountain Gods and Ski Apache’s summer festival of “Music, Culture, BBQ & Recreation” Friday through Sunday, May 26-28, at Ski Apache near Ruidoso, with live music, vendors, live art, KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) sanctioned competition and more. Tickets: $85 general admission; $130 VIP; $160 VIP plus. Information: (575) 464-3600 or
Entertainment begins at noon Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. Sunday, continuing past midnight. Lineup includes The Werks, Spafford, Poor Man’s Whiskey, Brothers Glow, Analog Son, Groovesession, The Magic Beans, Gipsy Moon, Liver Down the River, Pherkad, Progger, Gleewood, Jones & Miles, Secret Circus and more.

Seagulls in a Cherry Tree’ — No Strings Theatre Company presents a zany new comedy William Missouri Downs, May 12-28, at Black Box Theatre, 430 N. Downtown Mall, in Las Cruces. Directed by Ceil Herman. Performances are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Sundays May 21 and 28; and at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25. Tickets: $15 ($12 students and seniors over 65; $10 all seats Thursday. Reservations: (575) 523-1223 or
The comedy follows the adventures of Boris and Stan, two Hollywood screenwriters who have been hired by Disney to adapt Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard” into a new movie for Mel Gibson.