MCAD signature events 

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

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.


Thank you El Paso for 36 fun-filled years! We have made the difficult decision to place Music Under the Stars on hiatus based on significantly declining attendance numbers—96% less people attending per/concert over the last 10 years. This data, coupled with federal budget cuts that affect the National Parks Service/Chamizal have led us to reconsider the 2020 season. We encourage you to support other free concert series like Cool Canyon Nights, Alfresco Fridays, Parks & Recreation Concert Series as well as other options!


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 will take over downtown El Paso October 9-11, 2020. Applications for artists, musicians, artisan vendors and food trucks will open next summer. In 2019, 48,000 people enjoyed the region's largest public art festival in downtown El Paso. 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.  



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Chalk the Block 

Downtown Art & Farmers Market

Museum Classes and Camps

For more information or to register for camps or classes at the Museums, please visit the Museum webpages at: