Chamizal Festival 2016

hand-crafted jewelry laid out on table
The Chamizal Festival includes cultural demonstrations and sale of native and traditional crafts.
 

October 7 (Friday) - October 8 (Saturday), 2016

This year marks the return of the Chamizal Festival to Chamizal National Memorial. It begins Friday morning, October 7, with a special theater performance and cultural demonstrations for local students. Activities for everyone will run from 1:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 and from 12:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016. Activities include booths and stations with ongoing presentations as well as scheduled performances in the theater and around the grounds. All performances are free. Pottery and crafts by artists sponsored by Western National Parks Association will be available for sale all day until the end of the theater performances on both Friday and Saturday evening. Food vendors will be present.

Ongoing Activities for Friday

  • Mata Ortiz pottery etching and painting demonstration by Jorge Quintana
  • Handmade porcelain dolls in traditional Mexican dress by Petra and Jorge Rosales
  • Kiowa bison culture by Chamizal Superintendent F. Gus Sanchez
  • Hueco Tanks State Park (until 4:00 p.m.)
  • Alex Mares, Navajo storyteller
  • Screening of video montage from the KCOS documentary series Only in El Paso
  • Sale of Mexican Arts by Western National Parks Association
  • Updated, interim exhibit is open in the Chamizal National Memorial museum
Scheduled Activities for Friday
  • 3:00 p.m. Where's the Rio Now?, guided walk with a park ranger
  • 6:30 p.m. Premiere of El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land in the theater
Ongoing Activities for Saturday
  • Mata Ortiz pottery etching and painting demonstration by Jorge Quintana
  • Sale of Mexican Arts by Western National Parks Association
  • Museo de la Revolución en la Frontera, from Juárez
  • Handmade porcelain dolls in traditional Mexican dress by Petra and Jorge Rosales
  • Serna Ranch Youth Leadership Program, cowboy and vaquero culture
  • Tigua Indians of Ysleta del Sur Pueblo
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department: Hueco Tanks & Franklin Mountains
  • Charro demonstrations by Omar Castro
  • Screening of video montage from the KCOS documentary series Only in El Paso
Scheduled Activities for Saturday
  • 12:30 p.m. Presentation about Mexican Revolution, Franklin G. Smith Gallery
  • 1:00 p.m. Performance by the Tigua Dancers
  • 1:30 p.m. Presentation about Mexican Revolution, Franklin G. Smith Gallery
  • 2:30 p.m. El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land, in the theater
  • 4:00 p.m. musical performance by Ceiba, in the theater
  • 5:00 p.m. performance by Mariachi Orgullo from Bowie High School, on the esplanade
  • 6:30 p.m. El Chamizal: Wild River, Disputed Land, in the theater
For the comfort and safety of all visitors, please refer to park rules regarding pets. Only service animals are allowed inside the buildings. If you plan to picnic and make a day of the event, or for other questions regarding park regulations, please refer to the Superintendent's Compendium. While planning your activities, please keep in mind that food and drink may not be taken into the theater area.

Last updated: August 22, 2018

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