The Chamizal story is one of diplomacy, which was accomplished through the mutual dedication and respect of representatives from the United States and Mexico. We believe that shared experiences and an appreciation of our cultures can foster the respect that leads us to a better understanding of our neighbors. The founders of Chamizal National Memorial recognized that the visual and performing arts can be a compelling way to share cultures and learn about our history.
Visitors can attend a performance almost every weekend in the memorial's 500-seat indoor theater. The purpose of the theater is to share the Chamizal history. To commemorate the exemplary diplomacy of the United States and Mexico in resolving the long-standing dispute, Chamizal National Memorial presents programming and performances that help to tell our story and share the various cultures of the borderland to promote cross-cultural understanding and appreciation. When the theater is not in use by park staff, groups from the community wishing to use the theater in a manner consistent with our mission may request a special theater use permit. Schedules of all performances are published on our calendar of events as information is available.
Chamizal Theater Production
Chamizal Theater Productions are a new initiative to meet the mission of communicating the history and significance of Chamizal National Memorial. Our staff carefully selects works based on the park's guiding themes. Our theater professionals cast, direct, produce, and even perform in pieces that relay contemporary border themes from both U.S. and Mexican perspectives.
Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival
The Nuevo Siglo Drama Festival bridges a long tradition of hosting the Siglo de Oro Drama Festival, which celebrates the literature of Spain's Golden Age, to Chicano and contemporary drama that reflects the roots of today's borderland culture. World-class theater companies come from Mexico, the United States, Spain, and all over Latin America to participate in the festival.
Outdoor Stage and Grounds
From spring to fall when the weather is warm, the outdoor stage is frequently used for concerts and other performances. Bring your blanket or chairs to relax on the lawn of the bowl area around the stage. Check our calendar of events to find the next performance. These events tend to draw very large crowds. Please refer to the Superintendent's Compendium to learn the rules for these big events.
Chamizal Cultural Festival
Fall brings cooler weather and our signature event. Visitors can stop by booths all around the grounds and in the Cultural Center to experience some of the diverse heritage and history of the borderlands through cultural demonstrations, performances, presentations and engaging activities. Learn more about the annual Chamizal Cultural Festival.
Music Under the Stars
Each summer, Chamizal National Memorial partners with the City of El Paso's Museums and Cultural Affairs Department to host a concert series each Sunday evening on the outdoor stage. Concerts typically begin and June and run through July or into August. Find out what you need to know about attending a Music Under the Stars concert.