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Where to Party in El Paso with Dad

Looking for ideas to celebrate dad this Father’s Day?

Whether it’s taking her out to eat or getting some fresh air, there are several options around El Paso.

Big Poppa Family Fun Festival: Treat dad to treats at one or more food trucks, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at 1773 Pali Drive, near Zaragoza Road. The event will include live music, games and beard and mustache contests.

Hiking with Dad: If your dad loves the outdoors, take him on a hike organized by Texas Parks and Wildlife. The Franklin Mountains hike will be easy and short, with ¾ of a mile of nature including winding trails and desert plants.

Reservations are required to reserve your spot; call 915-444-9100. Bring water, snacks, hiking boots/shoes, and comfortable clothes.

Price: $8 per adult 13 years and over; $3 for Texas State Park Pass holders; $1 for children 5 to 12 years old.

Meet at the start of the Nature Walk trail. As you enter the Tom Mays Unit of Franklin Mountains State Park, stop and pick up your pass at the Visitor Center, then continue on the road just past the maintenance yard. This will be the first car park on the right after the maintenance sheds.

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Directions: From the west side on Interstate 10, take exit 6 and head east towards the mountains for 3.8 miles. The entrance to the park will be on the left. On the east side of Highway 54, take exit 29 toward Trans Mountain Road and travel 7-7.5 miles west through the mountains. The entrance to the park will be on the right.

If you’re using a GPS, search for “2900 Tom Mays Access Road”, not “Franklin Mountains State Park”.

Chubby Checker in concert: Take Dad for the fun doing the Rocker Chubby Checker Performance Twist, starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the Speaking Rock Entertainment Center, 122 S. Old Pueblo Drive. FREE ENTRANCE; 21 and over.

The Manor at Ten Eleven, 1011 N. Mesa St., is offering a Father's Day brunch.

Brunch with dad: Take Dad for brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 19 at The Manor at Ten Eleven, 1011 N. Mesa St. Cost is $64.99, plus fees; the cost for children is $32.50 plus fees. The tickets are available online at

Cherry Festival: Celebrate dad by taking him to the Cherry Festival, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19, at Nichols Ranch, 236 Cottonwood Canyon, La Luz, New Mexico, in the Sacramento Mountains, 20 minutes Alamogordo.

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Visitors can stroll among various arts and crafts vendors as they make their way to the top of the ranch, where the cherry trees are. A small van is available for those who need help getting to the top.

People can pick different kinds of cherries directly from the trees or buy pre-picked cherries in bags. Prizes are the same whether picked or bought from the tables.

And don’t forget to get yourself a cherry pie, the perfect treat for any dad.

Celebrate Dad by taking him to the Cherry Festival Saturday and Sunday at Nichols Ranch, 236 Cottonwood Canyon, La Luz, New Mexico.

New Ysleta Farmers Market: If your dad loves farmers markets, Saturday is his lucky day. Through October 1, the Ysleta Art & Farmer’s Market at 9100 Alameda Ave. welcomes Borderland residents. The market will kick off with artists, artisans, local farmers, Tigua tribesmen selling Native American jewelry, live murals by Tino Ortega, and food. Organizers invite residents to attend to support local artists and agriculture. The market runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sponsored by Gabriel’s Café, La Tapatia, and Zeke’s Pueblo Mexicano Market. For more information on providers, call 915-271-2138.

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