Mark Your Calendars: Music Under the Stars Kicks Off on June 4 at Cohen Stadium

MCAD signature events 

MCAD is responsible for some of the city's biggest signature events that are host to thousands of people annually. 

Our summer concert series, Music Under the Stars, is celebrating its 34th season in El Paso. Other MCAD events include Chalk the Block Public Arts festival held in the month October and the Downtown Art & Farmers Market that is open year round.

All of our events are free to the community and provide all patrons with one-of-a-kind experiences but also provide opportunities for both local and national artists of all disciplines.


Every summer, thousands enjoy free live music at Music Under the Stars World Music Concert Series. The program is one of El Paso’s leading family events. 

The series boasts performances by local, national and international artists in many genres including: salsa, bluegrass, rock, tribute bands, and jazz. Don't miss the 4th of July fireworks spectacular.

Selected artists embrace the community one step further by giving free music workshops to under-served youth at local community recreational centers or detention centers the day following their live performances. These workshops help motivate and inspire their audiences.

Downtown Art & Farmers Market

Established in 2011, the market offers original arts and crafts, food vending, regionally grown agricultural products, artisans, regional farmers and live entertainment from local artists. Go to the Art & Farmers section to get more information.


Chalk the Block takes over downtown El Paso the first weekend of October. Chalk the Block 9 brought 36,000 people downtown to enjoy this street festival. Each year, about 200 local, national and international artists from all disciplines participate at CTB creating a fun, quirky and diverse environment for people of all ages to enjoy. The event features: Temporary interactive art installations, live dance and theatrical performances, a sidewalk chalk art competition, live bands, art and food vendors. 

The application period for Chalk the Block 10 will open in the summer of 2017. 

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Music Under the Stars

Chalk the Block 

Downtown Art & Farmers Market

Museum Classes and Camps

El Paso Museum of Art

EPMA's Art School has a full schedule of adult and teen art classes and youth camps planned for the summer. Committed to providing quality art learning experiences, all offerings are taught by professional artists in fully equipped studios. Summer classes for those 14 and up start on July 15. Summer Camps start on July 11, and there are programs for campers ages 6-9 and 10-13. For a complete list of classes and camps, please visit EPMA Classes.

To make art classes and camps as accessible to as many students as possible, EPMA has a scholarship program that covers the cost of tuition and materials. To apply, please complete and return the APPLICATION or APPLICATION - Spanish to David Hernandez, at

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

The El Paso Museum of Archaeology will host five sessions of summer camp starting on June 27 that will provide the opportunity for campers to explore the cultures that helped build El Paso and learn about the science and technology of archaeology. Archaeology camp is designed for campers 7-12. Each session of camp will consist of three days at the museum with an optional field trip to Hueco Tanks on the fourth day. For more information, please visit El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

El Paso Museum of History

The El Paso Museum of History will host six sessions of summer camp starting June 27. Campers can explore history's mysteries, learn how El Paso grew through missions and trails, discover the crafts and stories of the border and learn how to take great photos with their smart phones. These camps are designed for campers 8-12. For more information, please visit El Paso Museum of History. Camp Descriptions