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El Paso Weekend Events – SciFi Convention, C-USA Tournament + More

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Here’s what’s going on in and around El Paso this weekend, March 14 – March 16, 2014.Some events are free, some will cost you a few bucks:

FRIDAY:

Live Horse Racing – The live horse racing season continues at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:55 p.m. Free general admission and parking. More Details

2014 Conference USA Tournament – The UTEP men and women’s basketball team is hosting the conference’s postseason tournament. Men’s semifinals are at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Women’s semifinals are at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Don Haskins Center, 2801 N Mesa. Ticket prices vary. More Details

St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival – Freedom Crossing’s St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival is four days of live music, Irish food, beer, and fun activities outside on the promenade. Bands performing include Fungi Mungle, The Hooligans (Irish Party Band), Patrick Fleming (U2 covers), Sobredosis del Sabor (salsa, merengue), and an authentic Irish bagpipe troop. FREE admission. More Details

Friday at the Fire – Enjoy an evening of live music set against the ambiance of the Freedom Crossing outdoor fireplace. Tonight, Sobredosis del Sabor 6- 11 p.m. at Freedom Crossing at Fort Bliss, 1611 Haan Road. FREE.

Sun City Scifi – Science Fiction convention featuring celebrity panels, vendors, local comic book artists, and photo ops. This year’s scheduled guests include actress Kathy Najimy and Ray Park, best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One, and more. 6 to 9 p.m. at the El Paso Convention Center. Admission varies. More Details

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers in the best of three Conference Semi-Finals. 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket prices vary. More Details

SATURDAY:

Sun City Scifi – Science Fiction convention featuring celebrity panels, vendors, local comic book artists, and photo ops. This year’s scheduled guests include actress Kathy Najimy and Ray Park, best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One, and more. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the El Paso Convention Center. Admission varies. More Details

2014 Conference USA Tournament – The UTEP men and women’s basketball team is hosting the conference’s postseason tournament. Men’s championship game is at 9:30 a.m. Women’s championship game is at 6 p.m. Don Haskins Center, 2801 N Mesa. Ticket prices vary. More Details

Winter Market at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing – The “producers only” market features area farmers, backyard gardeners and artisans selling organic and pesticide-free vegetables, locally-made goat cheeses, natural free range chickens and eggs, native plants for home and yard, fresh-baked breads and salsas. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. (575) 589-0653, ext. 3

Downtown Artist and Farmers Market – The market offers the chance to shop for original arts and crafts and regionally grown produce in an outdoor setting while enjoying entertainment featuring local artists, food vendors and free activities for the entire family. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Union Plaza District (near The Garden Restaurant) along Anthony Street. Free parking. More Details

Ice Skating – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Live Horse Racing – The live horse racing season continues at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:55 p.m. Free general admission and parking. More Details

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers in the best of three Conference Semi-Finals. 7:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket prices vary. More Details

St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival – Freedom Crossing’s St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival is four days of live music, Irish food, beer, and fun activities outside on the promenade. Bands performing include Fungi Mungle, The Hooligans (Irish Party Band), Patrick Fleming (U2 covers), Sobredosis del Sabor (salsa, merengue), and an authentic Irish bagpipe troop. FREE admission. More Details

Paso Del Norte Paranormal Society Downtown Ghost Tour – Walk the streets of haunted downtown El Paso, and go inside the remains of The Palace Saloon “where spirits touch back!” Meet between History Museum and Main Library by 8:30 p.m. $10. More Details

SUNDAY:

Sun City Scifi – Science Fiction convention featuring celebrity panels, vendors, local comic book artists, and photo ops. This year’s scheduled guests include actress Kathy Najimy and Ray Park, best known as Darth Maul from Star Wars: Episode One, and more. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the El Paso Convention Center. Admission varies. More Details

Mission Trails Art Market – The open-air market features arts and crafts, music, and the ‘Billy The Kid Breakout Show’ by The Pistoleros De San Elizario re-enactors at 1p.m and 3 p.m. Market open from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Veteran’s Memorial Plaza, 1500 Main in San Elizario. FREE admission; pet friendly. More Details

Zin Valle Vineyards Free Music Sunday – Bring your family and friends, pack a picnic and enjoy the afternoon at Zin Valle Vineyards. Free wine tasting and music. 12 Noon to 5 p.m. This week, enjoy the sounds of North Carolina band Lowland Hum. More Details

Live Horse Racing – The live horse racing season continues at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino. Post time is 12:55 p.m. Free general admission and parking. More Details

Ice Skating – Whoosh around on ice skates in the area’s largest public ice skating rink. 12 noon to 3 p.m. in the Sierra Providence Event Center, 4100 E Paisano, behind the El Paso County Coliseum. Cost: $8, $6 Military. Admission includes skate rental. More Details

Ardovino’s St. Patrick’s Sunday Party – Ardovino’s Desert Crossing hosts its annual St. Patrick’s Day event that includes live music by Los San Patricios and Celtic Lie and a St. Patrick’s Day themed menu of homemade Irish sausage, Guinness chocolate cake and more. 3 p.m. at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing’s Sunset Hall, One Ardovino’s Drive in Sunland Park, New Mexico. Doors open at 3 p.m. More Details

St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival – Freedom Crossing’s St. Paddy’s Weekend Street Festival is four days of live music, Irish food, beer, and fun activities outside on the promenade. Bands performing include Fungi Mungle, The Hooligans (Irish Party Band), Patrick Fleming (U2 covers), Sobredosis del Sabor (salsa, merengue), and an authentic Irish bagpipe troop. FREE admission. More Details

El Paso Rhinos Hockey – El Paso’s Junior League ice hockey team hosts the Dallas Snipers in the best of three Conference Semi-Finals (Game 3 only if necessary). 4:30 p.m. at the Sierra Providence Events Center, next to the Coliseum, 4100 E. Paisano. Ticket prices vary. More Details

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