The annual Ysleta Mission Festival, recognized as one of El Paso’s premiere festival events, attracts tens of thousands of music lovers and family fun-seekers to the historic grounds of the 337-year-old Ysleta Mission, one of the oldest living and historic missions in the country.
The three-day festival event, held on the second weekend of July for nearly a century, is a celebration held in El Paso’s historic Mission Valley that brings together a dynamic mix of culture, music, arts and crafts, food, and games for the entire family.
Location: Historic Ysleta Mission – 131 Zaragoza St., El Paso, Texas
Features: The event focuses on El Paso’s culture, history, and traditions, and serves as a family-friendly event embraced by the entire Mission Valley community. The festival hosts a variety of live music performances that highlight the best local talent in El Paso and the southwest region.
Southwest cuisine prepared by Mission Valley families and local food vendors demonstrate an extensive variety of food and beverages available during the festivities.
In addition to the food and entertainment, the Ysleta Mission Festival is a family-friendly event which features carnival-style game booths, arts and crafts displays, old-fashioned cake walks, Native-American cultural dancing, Mexican loteria, and much more, drawing a broad range of people from all over El Paso and the southwest region.
Attendence: The event continues to draw larger crowds every year, with attendance surpassing over 25,000 throughout the course of the three-day festival. Because the fairgrounds and vendor space will be considerably increased, next year’s festival is expected to attract over 30,000 individuals.
Presented by: Ysleta Mission Festival Committee
Benefit: Proceeds from the Ysleta Mission Festival provide much-needed financial support to operate, maintain, and preserve the nation’s second oldest mission and its surrounding buildings.