Chalk the Block, Indian Party, Disney on Ice

Festival of Chariots brings Indian culture to downtown El Paso

The Festival of Chariots will bring the culture, food, music and traditions of India to downtown El Paso on Saturday.

This will be the second year of the Festival of Chariots, which brings the culture, food, music and traditions of India to El Paso.

The festival will take place from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at 401 East Main St. (across from Hotel Indigo) in downtown El Paso. Entertainment will include theatrical performances from South Africa, Poland and London; an Ayurvedic tent; Vedic astrology readings; yoga; and a meditation cabin.

Chalk the Block celebrates its 15th anniversary

"Best of Show" by Andrea Torres at the Chalk the Block Arts Festival premieres October 2019 in downtown El Paso.

The Chalk the Block Family Festival will be held Friday through Sunday in downtown El Paso. This year it is sponsored by Raiz Federal Credit Union. The preview party will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The festival, which turns 15 in 2022, typically draws nearly 50,000 people over three days, with many artists taking part in and around the downtown arts district. The celebration includes local artistic talents such as chalk artists, musicians, muralists, and arts and crafts vendors. In addition, interactive installations by internationally renowned artists will be presented during the festival.

Disney on Ice skates in El Paso

Disney on Ice will return with several popular shows and characters to El Paso this weekend.

The popular ice skating spectacle returns with Road Trip Adventures shows Thursday through Sunday at the El Paso County Coliseum. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; and noon, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, starting at $25 plus fees, are available at

Chinati Weekend in Marfa, Texas

From a local community event in 1987, Chinati Weekend in Marfa has grown into a popular cultural event every year with special exhibits, lectures and music, all offered free to the public. The Chinati weekend will take place from Friday to Sunday.

Chinati Weekend 2022 will focus on the restored John Chamberlain Building, which is part of the new downtown historic district of Central Marfa. For the full schedule of events, visit

After:October offers a multitude of diverse festivals in the El Paso area

Pick a pumpkin at a patch

Beth El Bible Church, 6440 Montana Ave., hosts a variety of events to celebrate Halloween.

The Pumpkin Patch will be open through October 31 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed on Mondays. Sunset Movies features “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel

“Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition”, a self-guided tour, is open until January 1 on the second level (near Dillard’s North) at Sunland Park Mall. Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets: $22.20 for adults, $14.95 for youth ages 4-12. Discounts are available for seniors, students, military and family packages. Shop online at Tickets can be purchased at the door with certain capacity limits.

El Paso Film Festival to showcase local talent

The El Paso Film Festival is back for 2022 with over 45 new films and a few special guests. It has become one of the largest showcases of independently made narrative and documentary films in the South West.

The festival will take place October 13-16 at the El Paso Convention Center and Plaza Theater. The VIP party opening will take place from 9:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on October 13 at the Paso del Norte Hotel Downtown. VIP and filmmaker badges required for entry. For movie times and tickets, go to

María Cortés González can be reached at 915-546-6150; mcort[email protected], @EPTMaria on Twitter; eptmariacg on TikTok.

James C. Tibbs