Fiesta de las Flores —
The HispanicCultural Center presents the festival 6 p.m. to1 a.m.
at El Paso County Coliseum,4100 Paisano, with food, vendors, music,dances and more. Tickets: $12.50 (per day).Information: 533-3730 or fiestadelasflores.org.The presentation of the Queen’s candidates is7:30 p.m. Friday with the coronation of this year’s Fiesta Queen is 7 p.m. Saturday. A special Military Awards Ceremony is 9:15p.m. Sunday.Friday’s peformers are Magia Duranguese,Latin Soul, Border Roots, Martha Mendoza Y Su Mariachi, Pepe Rodrigues, Exito, Jorge Amato, Groupo Luz De Luna, Fito y Martin100% Cadetes and Los Silvers De Juarez.Saturday’s performers are Jaqueline Mata,Zonic Infiniti, Chicago Impression, Sonny Powell and the Night Dreamers, Sonora Dinamita and Group Intocable.Sunday’s performers are Ballet FolkloricoPaso Del Norte, Players Band, Sonny Powell, ElPaso Band, La Sabrosura De Fito Olivares andLos Rieleros Del Norte.
— UTEP’s 20th annualback-to-school bash and pep rally is 6 p.m. tomidnight Friday,
, corner of University and Hawthorne. The family-friendly event fea- tures fall sports teams, games, informationbooths and appearances by UTEP athletes. Livemusic by Sleepercar, Brown Betty, Radio La Chusma and Pan 8. Kids Zone hours are 6 to10 p.m. Admission is free. Miner game tickets will be sold. Information: 747-5670 or utep.edu/minerpalooza.
Civic-Cultural Organization of PuertoRicans
— The El Paso group’s traditionalLabor Day weekend family celebration is noon to 7 p.m. Sunday,
, at Biggs Park, Biggs Army Airfield. The event includes salsa music, traditional dancing troupes, domino tourna-ment, souvenir sales and jumping balloon for children. Puerto Rican food be sold. Admissionis free. Information: (575) 589-2389.
Kiwanis Skip Rock Championships
—Kiwanis Clubs of El Paso host its annual cham-pionship and family fun picnic 1 to 5 p.m.Sunday,
, at Ascarate Lake. Judges for the contest are members of the Diablos. Alsofeatured are information booths from groupslike Children’s Miracle Network andCandlelighters, kids activities and a specialappearance by “Elvis.” Information: 549-4606or kiwanis.org. Proceeds benefit Kiwanis schol-arships and sponsored student programs.
Taste of El Paso and KLAQ BBQ
— The25th annual El Paso Restaurant Associationevent is 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday,
, at Western Playland in Sunland Park. The one-day food fest features the area’s finest restaurantsin one location, offering samples from their menus for the general public. Tickets: $20 at the gate; advance tickets $15.95 (available atarea 7-11, Fina Pic Quik stores. Age 2 and younger free. Information: 544-8864, (575)589-3410 or klaq.com.Concert headliners are Trapt, Since October and Jonathan Tyler and Northern Lights.This year’s event also features El Paso Mayor John Cook cooking with and selling his Señor John’s barbecue sauce.Other food presenters are Texas Roadhouse, Ay Cocula, Fuddruckers, Famous Dave’s,Delicious Mexican Express, Price’s Creameriesand Tropical Snow.
Fiesta San Elceario
— The annual fiesta is6 p.m. to midnight Friday, 5 p.m. to midnightSaturday, and noon to 11 p.m., Sunday,
, in the Veterans Memorial Placita in frontof San Elceario Catholic Church. Admission isfree. Information: 851-3105 or 851-2333.The fiesta offers music and dancing, church gorditas, other food and drinks, sweets, games,novelty items, and rides for adults and children.Bands include Grandeza Norteña, MysterioMusical, Chapter 13, Exito, Tony Ortiz &Friends, SD Fuerza and Grupo Amistad.
El Paso Comic Con
— Comic book great Joe Benitez is the guest of honor for the firstever EPCON, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday,
, at the Wyndham Airport Inn, 2027 Airway. Organized by BrokenTree Comics, El Paso’s only nationally distrib-uted comic book publisher, the event featurespanel discussions, Yu-Gi-Oh tournaments,cultclassic horror films, Cosplay contests, live