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Local Events
Don’t miss El Paso’s music festivals, endurance races and more
The city of El Paso is home to world-class celebrations and local events, from rodeos and triathlons to electronic music festivals and auto shows. If you’re coming from out of town, make the most of your trip by reserving a comfortable room at Radisson Hotel El Paso Airport. 

Annual events include:

  • Chalk the Block (Oct)
    One of the Southwest’s largest free art festivals, Chalk the Block invites artists and performers to transform the streets of downtown with chalk drawings, three-dimensional art, dance and more.
  • El Paso Puzzler Endurance Mountain Bike Race (Jan)
    Mountain bikers test their skill and endurance each January on the challenging trails of Franklin Mountains State Park.
  • Franklin Mountains Poppies Fest (Mar)
    This spring event celebrates the blooms of Mexican Gold Poppies in the mountains. Come out and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl (Dec)
    At the end of December, NCAA college football teams battle for glory at the Sun Bowl, located at The University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Michelob Ultra El Paso Marathon (Feb)
    Cheer on the athletes running marathons and half-marathons through El Paso’s neighborhoods. This annual Boston Marathon Qualifier is held in February.
  • Mighty Mujer Triathlon (Apr)
    This challenging all-women race includes a 300-yard swim, a 15-kilometer bike race and a 3.2-kilometer run. The event supports the Center Against Sexual & Family Violence.
  • Mission Valley Duathlon (May)
    This race starts with a five-kilometer run that’s followed by a 20-kilometer bicycle race along the Mission Trail/Socorro Road and finishes with a second 5K.
  • Monster Jam (Mar)
    Giant trucks, giant wheels and giant fun await at this motorsports show that’s part race and part daredevil competition. Check Monster Jam’s website for upcoming shows.
  • Neon Desert Music Festival (May)
    This outdoor music festival pulses with energy. Rock the night away with great music, light shows and plenty of neon face paint.
  • Plaza Classic Film Festival (Aug)
    The world’s largest classic film festival shares some of cinema’s greatest masterpieces with today’s audiences in a restored 1930s theater.
  • Sunland Derby (Mar)
    Take in the excitement of Thoroughbred horse racing at Sunland Park Racetrack. This event is a prep race for the world-famous Kentucky Derby.