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. Each season features a 4th of July patriotic concert with a closing firework 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. 

Please visit for more information. 

Spring Break Camps

Spring break doesn’t have to be a break from learning, when you spend the week at one of the Spring Break Camps offered by the City’s three museums.

The museums’ summer camps will start on Tuesday, March 14. Each camp will provide participants with age appropriate curriculum that is both fun and educational. Camp prices vary by location and activity, and members at the respective museums will receive discounted tuition.

Museum of Art: Campers can choose from classes that will let them create a comic, paint their favorite hero and design manga characters. Campers can also select photography, printmaking and ceramics classes. EPMA Museum School Offerings. To register visit

Museum of Archaeology: Campers will learn about archaeology through crafts, scavenger hunts and activities like a mock excavation and archery and atl atl demonstrations. EPMArchaeology Camp Description. EPMArchaeology Registration form. For more information, contact George Maloof, 915-755-4332 or

Museum of History: Learn how photos evolved into film through hands on activities. Campers will creating thaumatropes and zoetropes experimenting with sunprints and the praxinoscope as well as experiencing the Polaroid camera. EPMHistory Camp Description. For more information, contact Jaime Knoedler, 915-212-3163 or


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Music Under the Stars

Chalk the Block 

Downtown Art & Farmers Market