Looking forward to a three-day weekend with Labor Day?
Whether you want to check out a band, hear a comedian or attend a festival, there’s a little bit of everything happening this holiday in El Paso and New Mexico.
Here are some things to check out.
Elephant Butte Lake
There is plenty of water and plenty of beach room at New Mexico’s largest State Park. Elephant Butte Lake can accommodate watercraft of many styles and sizes: kayaks, jet skis, pontoons, sailboats, ski boats, cruisers, and houseboats.
Remember to wear your life jacket. Besides sandy beaches, the State Park offers restrooms, picnic areas, playgrounds, and developed sites with electric and water hook-ups for RV’s.
Sun City Bacon Fest serves important food group
Townsquare Media announces the return of the Sun City Bacon Fest, starting at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at Wet N’ Wild Waterworld. Admission is free to the event outside Wet N’ Wild located under the Big Canopy & Pavilion including food trucks.
Inside Wet N’ Wild, the event continues for those who purchase single day passes and for all season pass holders with bacon food vendors, live music on the Western Tech Main Stage. Parking opens at 9 a.m. Admission into the park to ride all the rides is $34.95.
A little vino, a little brisket at Zin Valle Winery Craft, BBQ and Wine festival
Enjoy a day of great BBQ, and a glass of wine of your choice at the festival, from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 6, at the Zin Valle Vineyards, 7315 Canutillo-La Union Road, in Canutillo. The event is free and open to the public with $20 plates of BBQ and $6 glasses of wine. Enjoy early access with a VIP ticket for $54.13 including meal, wine and fees, available online.
Go for gorditas at St. Anthony’s Seminary
For the second year in a row, the Franciscan brothers at the St. Anthony’s Seminary will have a gordita plate sale instead of the traditional Labor Day weekend bazaar.
The plate sale will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, through Monday, Sept. 6, in a drive-thru fashion at 4601 Hastings Drive. Plates will be $6 each. They will also sell aguas frescas and sodas.
The Schizophonics kick off tour
The international band, The Schizophonics, will launch their U.S. Tour in El Paso Sunday, Sept. 5 at The Reagan, 313 E Mills Ave. The opening act will be Tormenta Rey, a duet that includes former El Pasoan Stephen Rey. The duo is a mix of Americana, swamp blues and Jazz Noir.
The Schizophonics have built a reputation as an explosive live act with their combination of rock and showmanship. Doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, available at The Red Door Vintage, 2225 Montana, or online at eventbrite.com; $15 at the door.
Free concert at Speaking Rock
Puddle of Mudd with special guest Drowning Pool will perform Saturday, Sept. 4, at Speaking Rock Entertainment. Free. Gates open at 5 p.m.
Alamo Drafthouse offers brunch alongside romantic comedy
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo will offer a “Moonstruck Brunch” at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Montecillo. Brunch can include an egg BLT, French toast or breakfast tacos paired with a cocktail. Movie tickets are $7.75 plus tax. Buy tickets online.
Have a laugh at the Comic Strip
Comedian Chris Simpson, who says everyone is different so he has plenty of material, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 2, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 3, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5 at the Comic Strip, 1201 Airway Blvd. Comedian Danny Cruzz will open the show. Tickets are $10, $12, $20 and $22. https://www.laff2nite.com/events/47529
Labor Day weekend events in New Mexico
Enjoy the End of Summer Bash
The Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero will have its End of Summer Bash, from 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5. Families will enjoy concessions, live bands and a fireworks show over Lake Mescalero at dusk. Face masks are recommended.
Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts features food, art, more
The 16th annual Franciscan Festival of Fine Arts will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road, in Mesilla Park.
The event, canceled last year, will feature more than 75 arts and food vendors, an enchilada meal, live music on two stages. Spotted Dog Brewery and Mesa Vista Winery will be providing adult drinks in the wine and beer garden.
The immortal Hatch Chile Festival
The annual Hatch Chile Festival will Be Sept. 4-5 in the village of Hatch, with chile roasting, restaurants, food vendors, craft vendors, entertainment, contests and fun for the kids. $10 parking will be in and around the Hatch High School. Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 4 at the high school. For more information, visit https://hatchchilefestival.org/
Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival
The popular Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival will feature about 20 different wineries, and 30 arts and crafts and food vendors, from 12 to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday, Sept. 4-6 at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Tickets are $30 general admission, $10 for designated drivers. Tickets are available online.
Like animals? The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is for you
The museum in Las Cruces features livestock, including horses, sheep, a donkey and seven different breeds of beef cattle and is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, $3 for children 4 and under, and $2 for U.S. military veterans. Free admission through Labor Day for U.S. military personnel and their families as part of the national Blue Star program. Masks are required due to the State of New Mexico public health mandate.
Festivals in late September
Brews, Blues & BBQ
Enjoy a day of rockin’ blues, hot BBQ and ice-cold beer at the festival, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Mescalero. More than 200 beers will be featured. $25 gets you 10 4-ounce pours of your favorite brews. Free live music on the lawn next to Lake Mescalero.
The White Sands Balloon & Music Festival, scheduled for Sept. 10-12, has been canceled because of New Mexico’s recently implemented COVID restrictions.
The Sun City Craft Beer Festival, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Downtown El Paso, has been postponed until 2022.
María Cortés González may be reached at 915-546-6150; [email protected]; @EPTMaria on Twitter.