The Ysleta Mission Festival is a perfect example of the culture and history which El Paso was built upon. This three-day festival has been taking place every July for nearly one hundred years at one of the oldest living missions in the country. How is that for a history lesson! The Ysleta Mission Festival allows participates to experience the rich traditions of the Mission Valley community http://ysletamission.org/festival/
This family-friendly festival will have live local and regional musical acts including “The Second Wind Border City Band” and “Ooh La La” just to name two. Ysleta is home to the Tigua Native American Tribe so there will be Matachines to greet visitors with traditional religious dances which honor and celebrate their beautiful culture.
While at the festival be sure to sample the locally made southwestern cuisine. All the food will be prepared by Mission Valley families and local food vendors. Take this opportunity to experience authentic southwestern foods and beverages.
Take a break from dancing and eating to enjoy the other activities the Ysleta Mission Festival offers. There will be carnival-style games, arts and crafts, and a cake walk, which is my personal favorite, who doesn’t like a free cake? They will also have Mexican Loteria which is quite interesting, trust me you don’t want to miss it.
Here’s what you need to know: The Ysleta Mission is located at 131 S. Zaragosa Rd and will be hosting the festival beginning July 6th through 8th from 6:00 pm-1:00 am each day. Admission is free, and all ages are welcomed. The Ysleta Mission Festival is a family-friendly event which allows visitors to learn and experience the culture and history of El Paso.