Family-friendly fun abounds in the borderland, from outdoor festivals to theater and concerts. Here’s a glimpse of some upcoming family events in and around El Paso.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 3 – SUNDAY, OCT. 7
Disney on Ice: ‘Dare to Dream’
Disney on Ice’s newest adventure features princesses Moana, Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel, Bell and Cinderella along with classic Disney characters such as Mickey Mouse. Tickets start at $22. El Paso County Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Spanish-language performance on Oct. 4. Information: 800-745-3000, disneyonice.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12 – SUNDAY, OCT. 14
Chalk the Block
The annual Downtown arts festival features music and dance, food, crafts, unique museum exhibits and oodles of local art. The event runs from Oct. 12-14 in the Downtown Arts District. Information: 915-212-0110, chalktheblock.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12-14, 17-21, 24-28
The UTEP Dinner Theatre’s adaptation of Mel Brooks’ film is a musical take based on Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein.” Follow young Dr. Frankenstein and Igor as they create a monster with both scary and funny complication along the way. Some language/mature subject matter. Information: 915-747-5234, utep.edu/liberalarts/udt.
SATURDAY, OCT. 27 – SUNDAY, OCT. 28
Boo at the Zoo
The El Paso Zoo hosts Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween celebration with trick-or-treat stations, animal encounters, children’s activities and more. El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano. Information: 915-212-0966, elpasozoo.org.
SATURDAY, NOV. 10 - SUNDAY, NOV. 11
‘The Sound of Music’
See Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music” and follow Maria and the von Trapp family as they meet, fall in love and escape Austria nearly 60 years after it premiered on Broadway. Performances are 8 p.m. on Nov. 10 and 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Plaza Theatre Downtown. Information: ticketmaster.com.
Tuesday, Nov. 27
A Magical Cirque Christmas
Featuring the best talent from around the globe, A Magical Cirque Christmas has it all – jaw-dropping magic, breathtaking circus acts, and angelic voices singing beloved Christmas carols with live musicians on stage. Show starts at 8 p.m. at the Abraham Chavez Theatre Downtown. Tickets are $29.75 to $79.75 plus taxes & fees. Information: 915-231-1100 or eptx.co/2JMJmP7 on Facebook.
FRIDAY, NOV. 30 – SUNDAY, DEC. 2
The El Paso Ballet Theatre performs the Tchaikovsky holiday classic at 7:30 p.m. at the UTEP Magoffin Auditorium. Tickets are $15-$30, and $3 more the day of the event. Information: 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
TUESDAY, DEC. 4 –
SUNDAY, DEC. 9
‘You’re a Good Man
Charlie Brown’ (Revised)
The UTEP Dinner Theater presents “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” in a revised production of the 1967 musical comedy based on Charles Schultz’s Peanuts. Join Charlie Brown and friends in this review of vignettes and songs. Information: 915-747-5234, utep.edu/liberalarts/udt.
TUESDAY, DEC. 11 – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
“Finding Neverland” tells the story behind Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie finds his inspiration to write a play for the London theater when he meets a young widow and her four imaginative sons. Performances at 7:30 p.m. on both days at the Plaza Theatre Downtown. Information: 915-534-0609 or elpasolive.com/broadway.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 – SUNDAY, DEC. 23
‘Great Russian Nutcracker’
The Moscow Ballet presents the ‘Great Russian Nutcracker’ with world-class Russian ballet dancers and hand-painted sets at the Plaza Theatre Downtown. The performance includes local ballet students from ages 6 to 18 in ancillary roles. Information: 915-231-1100, nutcracker.com, ticketmaster.com.
SATURDAY, DEC. 22 – SUNDAY, DEC. 23
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
Join Elmo, Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch and other Sesame Street residents as they choose a party theme. The interactive show at the Abraham Chavez Theatre Downtown features new songs and sing alongs. Tickets start at $20. Information: 915-231-1100, sesamestreetlive.com/lets-party.
FALL SEASONAL EVENTS
La Union Maze
1101 Hwy. 28, La Union, NM
This year’s maze is in the shape of the monarch butterflies that travel from Central Mexico to the northern United States and Canada each year. Other activities include pig races, hayrides, a pumpkin patch and more. The maze is open from Sept. 22 to Nov. 4, 5-10 p.m. Fri., 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat., noon-6 p.m. Sun., $5-$13, free under age 2. Information: launionmaze.com.
Mesilla Valley Maze
3855 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM
Visit this five-acre corn maze and participate in additional activities, including hayrides, hamster wheels, pedal carts, a pumpkin patch and more. The maze is open from Sept. 29 through Oct. 28, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Cost of admission is $12 for adults, $10 ages 12 and under, and free for ages 2 and younger. Information: 575-526-1919, mesillavalleymaze.com.
El Paso Corn Maze
1100 Nuevo Hueco Tanks Rd.
Adult and kiddie corn mazes, pumpkin train, duck races, pedal carts and food trucks. The maze is open from noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays Sept. 29 to Nov. 4. Admission is free for children under 2, $8.95 for ages 3-11, $10.95 for ages 12 and up, and $9.95 for military, teachers and seniors. Information: 915-213-4386; elpasocornmaze.com.