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 36th 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.


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 11-13, 2019. Applications for artists, musicians, artisan vendors and food trucks will open this summer. Last year, 45,000 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.  



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. 

This summer the series will showcase El Paso's talented local musicians. This concert series has become a summertime staple which we are proud to continue as part of the City’s commitment to enhancing El Paso’s quality of life.

With the exciting redevelopment at Cohen and in order to respond to the budgetary limitations of partners at the National Parks Service, Music Under the Stars (MUTS) will produce a four-concert season this year at the Chamizal National Memorial.


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Music Under the Stars

Chalk the Block 

Downtown Art & Farmers Market

Museum Classes and Camps

The museums’ summer camps will start on Tuesday, June 4, at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology; the El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Museum of History will start camp June 18. 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.

This year’s camp activities include learning about science and methods of archaeology, archery, exploring El Paso’s history through film and fashion, and creating something special with several artistic mediums. Campers at the Museum of Archaeology will spend time learning about artifacts then use the tools and science archaeologists use during a mock excavation. This camp ends with an optional guided tour to Hueco Tanks. El Paso artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado will teach two mural camps at the El Paso Museum of History. Campers at the El Paso Museum of History will also create their own mini museums, explore history through fashion and learn about filmmaking. The Art School at the El Paso Museum of Art will offer morning and afternoon camps that will let campers create their own comic books and superheroes, learn about clay sculpting and ceramics, and create art using nature and printmaking techniques.

For more information or to register, please visit the Museum webpages at: