Has your entertainment budget taken a hit thanks to inflation?

Just because things are costing more doesn't mean you have to stay in and ride the couch all weekend. Here are 5 free and low-cost things to do this weekend in El Paso

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Welcome Plaza Classic Guest F. Murray Abraham Back to El Paso

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The Plaza Classic Film Festival will finally get an in-person appearance from F. Murray Abraham.

The Academy Award-winning actor raised in El Paso is coming home and will appear at the showing of two of his movies, including the film he won the Oscar for.

The El Paso High School alum will be at the showing of the movie Amadeus at 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 at the Plaza Theatre ($10). He’ll make a second appearance Saturday at the 4 p.m. screening of The Grand Budapest Hotel, for which he serves as the film’s narrator and storyteller ($10).

Check Out the Spooky Side of Downtown at Ghost Walk + Lock-In Paranormal Investigation

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El Paso Ghost Tours, the group that used to host weekly ghost tours inside the De Soto Hotel before it mysteriously went up in flames, is now hosting lock-in investigations at the Gateway Hotel on Stanton -- also historic and haunted.

More so than the De Soto, according to Leon Baker, owner and lead investigator of the group. "On our most recent lock-in, guests saw a woman in a Victorian dress, and everyone saw a boy peeking around the corner many times. Lots going on there."

Get your tickets online ($15 plus tax) then meet up with the group Friday night at 8 p.m. in front of the International Bar on Mills.

Take In a Free Movie and Concert at Plaza Outdoor

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The Plaza Classic Film Festival’s Plaza Outdoor series concludes this weekend with free open-air screenings of the steamy '80s hit Dirty Dancing on Friday, August 5. and Little Shop of Horrors Saturday, August 6.

A concert by local artists Twisted Hams Friday and Talia Leilani Saturday will precede each movie.

The event takes place just down the street from the Plaza Theatre. The start time is 7:30 p.m. with the movies getting underway at 9 p.m. Free to attend.

Rediscover Viva! El Paso

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The outdoor extravaganza, which chronicles El Paso's rich history and cultural heritage through song and dance, concludes this weekend.

The summer production is definitely a Bucket List event for every El Pasoan. It has undergone a few tweaks over the years including a refreshed script, so if you haven't seen it in a few years it's worth revisiting.

The final performances of the season take place Friday and Saturday, August 5-6 at 8 p.m. ($24 plus tax)

Dance the Night Away at Alfresco! Fridays

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The free music series featuring local bands in the Convention Center Plaza ends its summer run this weekend with gritos and ajuas.

Mariachi Los Toritos will bring it to a festive close starting at 6 p.m. It will presumably end like this: tan-tan!

As always, they will perform in the traditional formal charro garb that includes a sombrero, short fitted jacket, and super sexy tight pants. Ajua!

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