Five festivals to enjoy this summer in El Paso and New Mexico

If you love planning your summer, you’ve come to the right place.

Here are five festivals to put on your calendar. Some require driving outside of El Paso, so stock up.

Sun City Craft Beer Festival

After more than a year of waiting, beer lovers in El Paso will be thrilled to have the Sun City Craft Beer Festival return to the El Paso Convention Center this weekend.

Hours will be 1-8 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. Admission will be at noon for VIP ticket holders.

The festival is an opportunity to try around 170 craft beers from select El Paso and regional breweries. It also offers an indoor sports bar and a lounge bar. The ticket includes access to the festival on the chosen day, 10 2 oz. craft beer samples, the ability to purchase full beers and other beverages, and a commemorative festival mug. For ages 21 and over.

General admission is $30 plus fees. Tickets are available online via universe.com.

El Paso Sal y Limon Street Festival

Fungi Mungle, over 20 years old, will be part of the Sal y Limon festival this summer.

Get ready for a festival that celebrates tacos, tequila and popular local musicians with the El Paso Sal y Limon Street Festival.

The festival will take place from 2 p.m. to midnight on June 4 in downtown El Paso on Main and Stanton streets. All ages are welcome. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Performers will include Sonora Skandalo, Fungi Mungle and Johnny Kage’s Noche De Juarez.

The event will feature different tacos, beers, margaritas, tequila, a chili eating contest, live lucha libre, and merchandise vendors.

Tickets are $20, plus fees, and are available online at salymonep.com. VIP tickets are $60 plus fees.

Celebrate Dad by taking him to the Cherry Festival, scheduled for June 18-19, at Nichols Ranch, 236 Cottonwood Canyon, La Luz, New Mexico.

cherry festival

Celebrate Dad by taking him to the Cherry Festival taking place June 18-19 at Nichols Ranch, 236 Cottonwood Canyon, La Luz, New Mexico in the Sacramento Mountains, 20 minutes from Alamogordo.

Visitors will be able to stroll among various arts and crafts vendors on their way to the top of the ranch, where the cherry trees are. There is a small van available for those who need help getting to the top.

People will be able to pick different kinds of cherries directly from the trees or buy pre-picked cherries in bags. Prizes are the same whether picked or bought from the tables.

And don’t forget to get yourself a cherry pie, the perfect treat for any dad.

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Roswell UFO Festival

The annual Roswell UFO Festival brings together all manner of creatures for fun times over Independence Day weekend.

All it takes are real aliens to wander around when Roswell, New Mexico hosts its UFO festival over Independence Day weekend. Dates are July 1-3.

This will be a special year for the Roswell UFO Festival, which marks the 75th anniversary of the Roswell incident.

Highlights will include the Galaxy Fair at the Roswell Convention Center, with lots of vendors, live music, a beer garden, educational speakers, children’s entertainment and crafts, and a children’s funhouse , the Roswell Museum and the Robert H. Goddard Planetarium, a 5K Alien Chase starting outside DeBremond Stadium on July 2, and stargazing events.

Stay informed by visiting Roswell UFO Festival Facebook Page.

Plaza Classic Film Festival

Actor F. Murray Abraham will be at this year's Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The organizers of the Plaza Classic Film Festival are delighted with what awaits moviegoers this summer. The popular festival, organized by the Community Foundation of El Paso, will run from July 28 to August 28. 7 at the Plaza Theater.

After not being able to participate in 2020 due to the pandemic, F. Murray Abraham will be one of the special guests of the festival. The Oscar-winning actor is originally from El Paso and attended high school in El Paso.

Abraham will appear for the screening of his Oscar-winning film “Amadeus,” at 7 p.m. on August 5 at the Plaza Theater.

He will make a second appearance with Texas native Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” at 4 p.m. on August 6, also at the Plaza Theater.

Doug Pullen, program director, said the overall themes of the festival this year will be a celebration of female filmmakers, a survey of female filmmakers from the silent era to the present day; movie outlaws; Teen rebellion/coming of age stories, with a tribute film to the late Sidney Poitier and Peter Bogdanovich (guest of the festival in 2010).

Plaza Classic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition

This year, the festival is also offering a screenwriting contest, sponsored by the El Paso Film and Creative Industries Commission. It will award a first prize of $500 and a table read of the winning scenario. It is open to anyone aged 18 and over. Entries must be feature film scripts of no more than 120 pages. There are no gender restrictions.

Scenarios can be submitted to plazaclassic.com/screenwriting. The cost of submission is $30 until May 20, $40 from May 21 to June 13 and $50 from June 14 to 27. For an additional $15, an entrant will receive a cover or written commentary on their script.

For more information: 915-533-4020 or [email protected].

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María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.