Don’t stay home this weekend. If you’re looking for something to do in El Paso and the surrounding area, here are some options.
Pride on parade Saturday
The 17th Annual Pride Parade starts at 10 am Saturday at 700 E. Mills Ave. The parade will proceed on to North Campbell to Montana Avenue and then end at Houston Park for the Pride Picnic and Awards Ceremony.
Got cumbia in your corazón? Time to dance, shop
Get your cumbia on at the Casa, Cuerpo y Corazón monthly last Saturday market from 4:30 to 9:30 pm at 2218 East Mills Ave. in the heart of El Paso. The event is presented by 3rd Eye Vintage and Jane & Jensen Nostalgia Shop, which recently opened its doors in the EPIC Railyard Design District. The event will feature more than 25 vendors, food trucks, a bounce house, the Encantó Sisters, boozy delights by Tea and Toast Cart, and more. Dance the evening away at this kid and pet friendly free celebration. Discounts will be available to those participating in the Downtown Pride Parade.
Art in the Park returns to Central El Paso
The free festival at Memorial Park, 1701 N. Copia St., which will feature activities for people of all ages, more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, live art exhibits, live entertainment, food trucks and a pop-up by Las Artistas, will be Saturday and Sunday, according to a news release by the city of El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department and the Parks and Recreation Department. The celebration in Central El Paso will be from 10 am to 8 pm Saturday and 11 am to 4 pm Sunday.
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Laugh with the Latin Kings of Comedy
The Latin Kings of Comedy featuring Paul Rodriguez, Dennis Gaxiola, Joey Medina, Johnny Sanchez and Gilbert Esquivel will be in El Paso for a Saturday show at the Plaza Theater. The lineup is subject to change. Tickets, ranging from $ 35 to $ 100, plus fees, are available via Ticketmaster.com.
Art exhibit honors late Lt. Col. Robert E. ‘Bob’ Chisolm
Join the El Paso Art Association in honoring late retired Lt. Col. Robert E. “Bob” Chisolm beginning Saturday through the Patriotic Art & Award Exhibit. The opening reception will be from 5 to 8 pm Saturday at the Crossland Gallery, 500 W. Paisano Drive.
The event will include a performance by The Johnson Trio and art created by families from Fort Bliss that will be displayed through the post’s Resiliency Through Art Program. The exhibit is sponsored by Andra and Gary Crossland; Richard Doyle, Chisolm’s son-in-law; and Sunset Funeral Homes.
Chisolm served in the US Army during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Many of his awards, plaques and keepsakes will be on display. He was a proud member of the Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter, 82nd Airborne Division Association.
The closing reception will be from 5 to 8 pm Aug. 13. Special holiday hours will be from 11 to 5 pm July 2, 1 to 5 pm July 3 and 11 to 5 pm July 4. The gallery is open from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm Tuesday through Friday and from 10: 30 am to 1:30 pm Saturday.
Adopt a furry friend for free
El Paso Animal Services will offer free adoptions as part of its Dog Days of Summer campaign. The free pet adoptions will be from 11 am to 6 pm Friday through Sunday at Animal Services Center, 5001 Fred Wilson Ave.
Off-site pet adoptions will be from noon to 4 pm Sunday at Sunland Park Mall, 750 Sunland Park Drive; free cat and kitten adoptions will be from 9 am to 5 pm Friday through Sunday at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens, 4001 Paisano Drive.
Go camping at Lincoln National Forest
The Lincoln National Forest will reopen at 8 am Friday after being closed for a month due to fire danger. All three districts of the national forest received substantial rain over the past two weeks, which significantly lowered fire danger, according to the US Forest Service.
More rain is forecast over the coming weeks for the forest, which covers areas in southeastern New Mexico around Carrizozo, Capitan, Ruidoso, Cloudcroft and Carlsbad. Forest lands, roads, trails, recreation sites and campgrounds will again be open to visitors.
The Lincoln National Forest will also lift fire restrictions. Over the past month, the average rainfall in the forest was 4 inches, with some areas seeing up to 5 inches.
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María Cortés González may be reached at 915-546-6150; firstname.lastname@example.org; @EPTMaria on Twitter.