Downtown Street Festival
— The festivalfills the entire El Paso Convention Center area,including the Abraham Chavez Theatre andUnion Plaza District, with stages of live musicincluding the main stage, rock stage and Latinstage, 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday,
. Advance tickets: $15 per night ($5age 12 and younger); available at local Pic Quik Fina Stores. Tickets at the door are $20.Information: 544-9550 or klaq.com. Vendor booths offering foods, novelties andcrafts of El Paso, a children’s carnival area andactivities for the whole family.Friday’s main stage performers include Saliva,Filter and Theory of a Deadman.Saturday’s headliners include Kansas, BlueOyster Cult and Candlebox.Fireworks follow around 10 p.m. each night.
— The City of Anthony’s firstGordita Fest and Birthday Bash is noon to mid-night Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday,
June 30-July 1
, at the Anthony City Hall park-ing lot, 3201 Lincoln, in Anthony, N.M., withfood booths, a gordita cook off and live musicfrom Lozano Brothers, Los Traviezoz de Anthony, Mariachi, Raises and Mariachi Aguilas,a well as DJ Kid Gilbert and local ballet folklori-co dancers. Special appearance by Orlando Antonio Jimenez. A car show is noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and afireworks show is 9 p.m. Sunday. Information:(575) 882-2983. Car show information: (575)640-4040.
Miss Fort Bliss pageants
— The first MissFort Bliss (age 18-27) and Miss Fort Bliss Teen(age 13-17) will be crowned at the inauguralpageant events noon to 9 p.m. Saturday,
, at Camino Real Hotel, 101. S. El Paso.Contestants hope to raise money for a military related cause or charity of their choosing.Pageant scores are based on interview, swim-suit and evening gown categories. Ticketsprices to be announced. Information: 820-9963or missfortbliss.com.Top 12 Miss Fort Bliss finalists will be featuredin a Miss Fort Bliss promotional calendar andreceive modeling opportunities. All contestants must reside in the El PasoCounty area, be a natural born female, be an American citizen or have a current visa and nothold any other pageant titles. This pageant is afundraiser and scholarship fund, height and weight restrictions do not apply; all patrioticcitizens including those who are married andhave children are encouraged to compete.
Familias Triunfadoras Summer Festival
— Familias Triunfadoras, Inc. hosts its 3rdannual summer festival 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday though Sunday,
on the historic SanElizario Plaza in San Elizario, with live music, vendors, food and more benefiting the FamiliasScholarship Fund and domestic violence pro- gram. Information: 851-1141. A parade is 9 a.m. Saturday, and car exhibitionbegins at 5 p.m. Sunday.
— The AnimeConvention is 10 a.m. to midnight Thursday,
, at Camino Real Hotel, 101 S. El PasoStreet with guest of honor voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch and his band Eyeshine. The eventfocuses on the Japanese artistic culture, as wellas live music, games, animation, science fictionand more in a family-friendly atmosphere.Special appearances by 8bitfix, Coyote Fortuneand other local organizations. Tickets: $15; freefor ages 6 and younger. Information: epsum-mercon.com.
National Parks and Recreation Month
— The City of El Paso Parks and RecreationDepartment will celebration National Park andRecreation Month in July. Information: 541-4331 or elpasotexas.gov/parks.• The annual overnight Family Camp Out Adventure is 5 p.m. Friday to 10 a.m. Saturday,
, at Memorial Park Reserve area,1701 N. Copia. Registration deadline is July 9.Cost is $5 for ages 17 and under, and $10 for others, which includes hot dogs, entertainmentand more. Information: Brenda Romero, 240-3310, Special Events office, 544-0753 or Richard Bustamante 252-9031. Online registra- tion at elpasotexas.gov/parks.• The annual Go Green Expo event begins at11 a.m. Thursday,
, at Bassett Place,6101 Gateway West, with a recycled FashionShow at 6 p.m. Admission is free.