Memorial weekend festivals are a thing of past in El Paso.

Once upon a time you could spend the 3-day weekend watching colorful mass balloon launches at Wet ‘N Wild, or downtown listening to big-time EDM and hip-hop artists.

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These days, though, the El Paso Balloon Festival and Neon Desert Music Festival are but a memory. But if a festival atmosphere is what you're looking for, there are a couple of drive-worthy options in New Mexico.

From sipping and swilling to blues and brews, here are a couple of alternate out-of-town festivals to attend this Memorial Day weekend.

New Mexico Wine Festival

Harvest Wine Festival
Harvest Wine Festival
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Wine and live music will take center stage at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds in Las Cruces.

Soak in the sun and spend Memorial weekend celebrating the unofficial start of summer sipping, swilling, and tasting hundreds of flavorful wines grown in the Land of Enchantment by the state's best wineries. Saturday - Monday, May 28, 29, 30. [Get More Info]

Approx Drive Time: 1 hour

Silver City Blues Festival

Silver City Blues Festival
Silver City Blues Festival
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3-day festival dedicated to a true American art form: the blues.

The annual festival has something for everyone. Blues, brews, food, vendors, and more blues. Friday – Sunday, May 27, 28, 29. [Get More Info]

Silver City, NM - Approx Drive Time: 2.5 hours

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