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.
MUSIC UNDER THE STARS
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 ChalktheBlock.com for more information.