Fiesta del Sol this Saturday in Alpine

ALPINE – The Alpine Downtown Association has announced the next in its series of Heart of Alpine downtown promotions will be the Fiesta del Sol from 5-10pm Saturday, June 23.

The events are designed to encourage residents and visitors alike to enjoy downtown Alpine and shop in stores, galleries and restaurants in the evening. This one is designed around the Summer Solstice, which occurs June 21 this year. It is when the sun is over its most northern point, making it the longest day of the year and the official start of summer.

Unlike earlier events centered on Holland Avenue or Avenue E. north of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, Saturday’s event will be in the 100 block of West Murphy Street just south of the tracks.

It is planned as a family-friendly event with live music provided by The Swifts and Grupo del la Paz. Robert Alavarez of Tejano Sundays on KALP Radio will provide breaks and commentary.

Like the last event, the Heart of the Arts, planners will provide art booths by local Big Bend Area artists. Various Alpine food trucks and restaurants will provide fiesta food by local food vendors. There will be a dunking booth, shopping, summer games and a big scavenger hunt throughout the downtown area.

Participation in the hunt will be available to the first 20 who sign up at 5pm Saturday at the bandstand on the west side of the area.

The first hunter to reach all of the participating stores will take home $150. Scavenger participants must be 18 or older.

Alpine and the area is known as a major art center, offering ample examples of both visual and performing arts. Several galleries, many in the core downtown area, provide a rich assortment by numerous painters, sculptors and others, and the city boasts numerous talented and popular musicians and live theater productions.