Our Lady of Mount Carmel kicked off their annual festival Friday, as people from all over the region headed to the Mission Valley for music, food and a good time.
With their legendary turkey legs, enchiladas, and more – it is more food than I should be eating in one meal. And the line up of bands mirrors the diversity that is El Paso and the Mission Valley.
The annual Ysleta Mission Festival, attracts tens of thousands of music lovers and family fun-seekers to the historic grounds of the 337-year- old Ysleta Mission, one of the oldest living and historic missions in the country.
The three-day festival event, held on the second weekend of July for nearly a century, is a celebration held in El Paso’s historic Mission Valley that brings together a dynamic mix of culture, music, arts and crafts, food, and games for the entire family.
Officials say that, “the event focuses on El Paso’s culture, history, and traditions, and serves as a family-friendly event embraced by the entire Mission Valley community…the festival hosts a variety of live music performances that highlight the best local talent in El Paso and the southwest region.”
In addition to the food and entertainment, the Ysleta Mission Festival is a family-friendly event which features carnival-style game booths, arts, and crafts displays; old-fashioned cake walks, Native-American cultural dancing, Mexican loteria, and much more, drawing a broad range of people from all over El Paso and the southwest region.
The event continues to draw larger crowds every year, with attendance surpassing 25,000 throughout the course of the three-day festival. Proceeds from the Ysleta Mission Festival provide much-needed financial support to operate, maintain, and preserve the nation’s second oldest mission and its surrounding buildings.
Photos by Steven Cottingham