El Paso Children's Museum Public Forums

The public is invited to share ideas and suggestions for the new El Paso children's museum at three community forums coming to branches of the El Paso Public Library. 

Tuesday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. - Armijo Branch, 620 E. 7th St.

Wednesday, April 5, 5:30 p.m. - Clardy Fox Library, 5515 Robert Alva

Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 p.m. - Sergio Troncoso Branch, 9321 Alameda

The forums are designed to give the public direct input into the planning of the museum, which will be run by the nonprofit EPC Museum. Gyroscope Inc. of Oakland, California, is developing a master plan for the $19.2 million museum, which was approved by voters in 2012. It is collecting ideas from public forums and other meetings. The museum will be built at 201 W. Main, just north of the El Paso Museum of Art within the Downtown Arts District.

Poppies Fest

April 1, 2017, El Paso Museum of Archaeology

The City of El Paso Museum of Archaeology in partnership with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, Downtown Artist and Farmers Market, The Franklin Wilderness Coalition and the National Border Patrol Museum proudly hosts the 11th annual Poppies Festival. On April 1, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the DAFM will join dozens of community partners and exhibitors at the Museum of Archaeology in celebration of our gorgeous desert environment.

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