Press Release

El Pueblo History Museum hosting weekend of programs for 2018 Chile & Frijoles Festival

PUEBLO, Colo. (September 13, 2018) – El Pueblo History Museum will host a weekend of entertainment and heritage activities during the 24th Annual Chile and Frijoles Festival, September 21-23. The museum will offer free admission and programming throughout the Festival.

On Saturday, the ¡Fandango! Folkloríco, Indigenous Dance and Music Festival will feature Mexican folklorico and Native American performances on the lawn. Dance and music groups Ballet Folklorico Quetzal, Pueblo Oyate Singers, Back of the Yards Ballet Folklorico, Oaxaca Arte en Movimiento, Grupo Xochitl, and Mariachi Lobos will perform from 11 am to 5 pm.

From 10 am to 3 pm, the Mercado in the museum Placita will host living history activities, a blacksmith demonstration, adobe construction, chile ristra making, corn husk doll crafts, horno baking, chile roasting, and frontier games.

At 5:30 pm in the Placita, there will be a Maya Fuego Sagrado, or Sacred Fire Ceremony, to mark the Fall Equinox. The public is invited to celebrate a Maya Fire Blessing of the Earth by Eduardo Griego Gonzales, Aj’qij and a Despacho performed by Benetta Cruz. Participants are encouraged to wear white and bring offerings of granulated sugar; small candles of the four colors, red, black, white, and yellow; chocolate or honey; copal and incense; sesame seeds; rosemary; or fat wood. Not all offerings are required and some are available in the museum gift shop.

On Sunday at 2 pm there will be a gospel music performance inside the museum.

In addition to special programming and performances, El Pueblo Farmers Market will run on Saturday morning from 8:30 to 1 pm, featuring Colorado-grown produce and Colorado-made crafts, including fresh roasted Pueblo chile.

The museum will be open with free admission on Friday from 10 am to 4 pm, on Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. A new contemporary Indigenous art exhibit, Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras will open on Thursday, September 20.

El Pueblo History Museum, located at 301 N. Union Avenue in historic downtown Pueblo, marks the site of the international border between Mexico and the United States prior to the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Current exhibits include Borderlands of Southern Colorado, Without Borders: Art Sín Fronteras, Children of Ludlow and the Museum of Memory.

El Pueblo History Museum showcases the city's history and the region's many cultural and ethnic groups. The property includes a re-created 1840s adobe trading post and plaza, and the archeological excavation site of the original 1842 El Pueblo trading post. El Pueblo History Museum is a Community Museum of History Colorado. For more information, visit