In the midst of the scenic Franklin Mountains lies the McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre, a venue that holds over 1,500 spectators. The theater hosts a number of events throughout the year, from plays and concerts to dance and opera, there is something for all ages. During the summer, the amphitheater presents its 'Cool Canyon Nights' series, it's free to public and always a nice entertainment option in the hot desert. See website for upcoming activities and a complete calendar of events.
One of the most popular places for concerts downtown, Tricky Falls hosts some of the most acclaimed live acts in the country as well as abroad. From speed metal to hip-hop, there is something for everyone depending on the night. This club is also a popular venue for LGBT events, whereas the name becomes Bowie Feathers. Overall a versatile and diverse club in the city of El Paso.
The El Paso Zoo, though modest in size and means, aims to preserve and conserve as many species as possible. The 18-acre (7.28-hectare) grounds feature hundreds of different species, from Amur leopards, Asian elephants, Sumatran Orangutans, alligators, and a host of fish and birds. In the morning the tiny tykes can meet sea lions, and on the African Star train, kids can get a really close look at some of the smaller animals, like the African hedgehog or an opossum. Every autumn the zoo puts on a two-day Elephant Festival. Don't miss it!
Even though this casino is located in New Mexico, everyone from El Paso still makes a sojourn out to try their hand at a winner. Founded in 1959, the racetrack presents live televised races at over 800 different stations. A number of top-tier horses have come out of Sunland Park, including Bold Liz and Prince Astro. A few well-known jockeys got their feet wet here too, like Mike Smith and Jerry Bailey. The casino's no small beans either. With over 700 slot machines, you can bet your top dollar you'll have tennis elbow by the time you leave!
For laughs in the Southwest, lot of local head to the El Paso Comic Strip Comedy Club. Almost every night of the week, comics take the stage to ply their jokes. From clean-cut comics to raunchy and raucous humor, there is usually someone up there that will elicit a laugh. Another benefit from this club, is that the owners to not have a requisite two-drink minimum and it's a non-smoking establishment. If you do want to drink, the bar has a full panoply of drinks, from beer to liquor and everything in-between.
Paso del Norte Cultural Center is the place to go to enjoy the culture and heritage of Ciudad Juárez and Mexico in general. From plays, operas, concerts and more, you can enjoy it all in this expansive arena with great acoustics. Moreover, the center also hosts community events and exhibitions from time to time.
Southwest University Park is a baseball stadium and forms an integral part of the sports scene in the city. This ballpark is very well designed to provide optimum seating facilities, a good view of the pitch and an even better view of the surrounding countryside mountains. This stadium is home to the El Paso Chihuahuas and draws crowds of local supporters to every game. The stadium has a number of fast food restaurants and souvenir shops and also has party rooms and an event space available for hire to host birthdays, anniversaries and other parties.
Hal Marcus displays his work in this eponymous gallery located in the Sunset Heights neighborhood of El Paso. He is a native El Pasoan that has been creating art for more than 40 years and in addition to his own work the gallery presents other pieces from local artists as well. Admission is free and some of the art includes paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed-media, etc. For a complete list of artists and to see examples of their work, check out Hal's website.
If you happen to be in El Paso and prefer live theater and performance art, then head to the Abraham Chavez Theater. It is located right near the larger El Paso Convention Center and the architecture resembles that of a spaceship. Nonetheless, access to the theater is convenient, with a seating arrangement that can accommodate approximately 2500 people. It is one of the best places to catch a show.
This downtown hotel is adjacent to the El Paso Convention Center. This historical hotel offers a free airport shuttle. Hotel rooms include a seating area with free Wi-Fi. The rooms feature a coffee maker for guests and room service is provided by the hotel. Over 30,000 square-feet of meeting space is available for hosting social events and business meetings on location. The hotel also has a gym and business center. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a hearty dining experience at the in-house restaurants and bars. It is within a 15-minute drive of the El Paso International Airport.