Top Five Things to Do on Memorial Day
This Memorial Day Weekend, like every Memorial Day Weekend, will be full of parties, concerts, wine festivals, Balloon Festivals and fun. There’s always a ton of stuff to do during the weekend, in El Paso, Las Cruces, Mesilla, Cloudcroft, Silver City and more! No matter what you’re looking to do, you will find it this weekend.
In the midst of all this amazing entertainment, take a few moments to rememeber the reason for the 3-day weekend. To remember all those who have fallen in service to our country. This leads us to our Top 5 list of Best Things to do This Memorial Day in El Paso.
Check out our list of things to do for Memorial Day, and let us know what you and your family do. How do you celebrate your freedom, and remember those who made it possible?
Memorial Day Ceremony at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery
Every Memorial Day, Ft. Bliss remembers all those who have fallen with their ceremony at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery. Join Team Bliss at 9am on Monday for the ceremony to honor those who gave their live for our freedom, and also to celebrate that freedom they gave us. If you haven’t experienced this ceremony, you should take the time on Monday to be a part of it this year.
Here’s a short video from last year’s ceremony aired on our news partner, KVIA.
El Paso International Balloon Festival
The biggest and most fun thing you can do this Memorial Day Weekend in El Paso and Southern New Mexico is the El Paso International Balloonfest. Three days of celebration, with hot air balloon launches in the mornings; great family time at Wet N Wild Waterworld with rides, BBQ and fun; and of course the Balloonfest concerts. Beginning before noon each day and lasting through the evening, you can grill with the family and rock to some of El Paso’s best local music, and national headliners.
This year, the three-day festival features performances from Finger Eleven, Live’s Ed Kowalczyk, Drowning Pool, Pop Evil and Cage9. With good food, great shows, lots of family time, and time to honor the service men and women, Balloonfest is a fantastic way to celebrate the freedoms we have fought for. You can bring your own food to cook, coolers to keep your beverages cold, and swim suits to keep yourselves cool, too!
Silver City Blues Festival
The 16th Annual Silver City Blues Festival takes place May 27th through 29th at Gough Park, corner of Pope and 12th Street in Silver City. Sponsored by the Mimbres Region Art Council, with live acoustic and electric blues music, artisan’s alley, food vendors and a beer garden. Performances are from noon to 9pm Saturday and12:30 to 6:30p on Sunday, featuring Zac Harmon, Reba Russell Band, Shri Blues Band, The Continental Blues Band, Harry Manx, Big Jim Adam and Johyn Stilwagen. Admission is free, unless otherwise noted. No dogs or alcohol is allowed in the park area. The Friday kickoff is 9pm to 1am at Buffalo Dance Hall, featuring The Coolers. Tickets are $12.
Mayfair in Cloudcroft
Cloudcroft’s 34th Annual juried arts & crafts show Mayfair is 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, May 28th and 29th at Zenith Park. With new and returning art vendors showcasing sculpture, pottery, food, children’s activities and more! Admission is free to Mayfair.
Come to the beautiful mountains at Cloudcroft and enjoy a day with the family to honor the freedoms we have earned.
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival
The Annual Southern New Mexico Wine Festival is noon to 6pm, Saturday through Monday at the Southern New Mexico Fair Grounds in Las Cruces. The Memorial Day Weekend festival offers sampling of wines produced by New Mexico wineries as well as local food and vendors. Wine can be purchased by the glass, bottle or case. No pets or coolers.
$15 admission gets you a souvenir glass as well. You must have valid ID, since it is a wine fest. Live music throughout the day with Cadillac Kings, Guitar Slim, Mixx Band, Josh Grider, Billy Townes and The Liars. Take I-10 West toward Deming, then take the fairgrounds exit and follow the signs.