The Chamizal Cultural Festival and its related events run from October 26-28 this year. The first day of the Festival is for local area K-12 school groups. We invite the general public to join us on Saturday, October 27 for the main Festival events. To end the Festival, we are partnering with Celebration of Our Mountains to invite you to a special tour of border history around El Paso on Sunday, October 28. General schedules and some activities and participating organizations are listed below. Please return for updated information as the Festival approaches.
October 26, 9 am - 1:30 pm
On the first day of the Chamizal Cultural Festival we invite El Paso area middle school groups to join us for fun, informative cultural activities. Please register in advance by contacting Anne Doherty-Stephan by email or by phone at 915-532-7273 ext.124. Space is limited and available first come, first served. Funds for transportation may be available. Activities include:
October 27, 1:30 - 6 pm
Enjoy come-and-go activities that reflect the variety of El Paso borderland culture.
Don't miss these scheduled events and performances!
Stay all afternoon: food trucks will be available for your refreshment!
Grand Tour of El Paso Border History
October 28, 9 am - noon
Take a grand tour of the El Paso border with Mexico and learn about 175 years of El Paso border history. Begin at the American Dam Field Office of the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC) at 2616 W. Paisano. Take a short walk across the American Canal to Boundary Marker #1. As you read the marker and listen to your guide, Mike Landis of the IBWC, you can straddle the border with one foot in the U.S. and the other in Mexico. From there continue east on Paisano to Old Fort Bliss, Hart’s Mill and the historic La Hacienda Restaurant where Robert Diaz, President of the El Paso Historical Society, will talk about the border history from 1840 to 1900. Stay on Paisano and continue on to Chamizal National Memorial where Ranger Rodney Sauter will lead a tour of the park and explain the history of how the Chamizal Convention of 1963 finally ended a century-long border dispute. For details and maps, visit the event on the Celebration of Our Mountains website.
We are interested in providing a variety of experiences and information reflecting U.S.-Mexico border history and culture. If your organization has such an activity to offer, please email us to express your interest in participating in the Chamizal Cultural Festival.
Last updated: October 17, 2018