Annual Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta returns with music, food, activities

Fan Fiesta presented by El Paso Live. Courtesy Photo

As football fans get ready for the annual Hyundai Sun Bowl, the entertainment starts the day before with the 20th annual Fan Fiesta.

The 80s cover band, The Spazmatics, will headline the free event on Dec. 28 at the Judson F. Williams Convention Center.

The group is described as "a nerdy new wave dance party" that provides outstanding musicianship combined with creative flair and style making for an evening of pure energy and entertainment.

"The Fan Fiesta has really become a tradition here in El Paso and we encourage everyone to head downtown to enjoy everything the downtown area has to offer," said Executive Director of the Sun Bowl Association Bernie Olivas.

The event features several activities, including “matachines” dancers, mariachis, ballet folklorico, and the annual battle of the bands that will feature the Arizona State marching band vs the North Carolina State marching band.

Food will be available from restaurants such as Forti's Mexican Elder, Carnitas Queretaro and Delicious Burrito.

A kids’ area will feature 18 interactive and inflatable activities at the cost of $5. Military guests with a valid ID can enter for free.

The event will conclude with a fireworks demonstration.

2017 Hyundai Sun Bowl Fan Fiesta -Presented by El Paso Live


  • 4:00 p.m. - 4:05 p.m. - National Anthem
  • 4:05 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Performance by the City of Juarez
  • 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Introduction of the Sun Court
  • 5:00 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Performance by the City of Juarez
  • 5:45 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - House Music
  • 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Battle of the Bands
  • 6:45 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. - Performance by the Spazmatics


  • 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Performance by Paso Del Norte Mariachi


  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Performance by Matachines San Patricios
  • 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Performance by Matachines San Patricios


  • 9:00 pm - 9:15 pm - Christmas Fireworks Spectacular


  • 5:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. - Both University Bands will march from the El Paso Convention Center around San Jacinto Plaza and Winter Fest back to the El Paso Convention Center.
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