Love is in the air in downtown El Paso. The public is invited to join the Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt, where participants will have to walk around downtown El Paso looking for five hearts that have been placed on five different business storefronts.

The hearts, which are made out of papel picado, are each color-coded based on the different downtown districts. See below for clues. Every participant must find all five hearts to be entered for a chance to win a $100 gift card to one of five downtown restaurants. To enter, take a selfie with the hearts and then post each photo or a collage of the photos and tag @DowntownElPaso on Instagram or Facebook. (Be sure to make posts public so they are visible for inclusion in the contest.) You may also directly message the photos. Every participant that finds all five hearts is automatically entered for a chance to win one of five $100 gift cards from the following downtown El Paso restaurants: Tabla, 501 Bistro, Coco Loko, The Park Tavern, and Café Central.


The event is organized by the Downtown Management District (DMD), who oversees a wide variety of projects, programs, and services that contribute to the overall vitality of the downtown area.

“These efforts are designed to showcase what the downtown has to offer as we move forward through renovations and infrastructure improvements–great businesses are still open and worth visiting,” said Joe Gudenrath, DMD Executive Director.

The contest ends on February 11. Winners will be announced on Monday, February 12 via the Downtown El Paso social media and at For contest details visit (SPOTLIGHT section).

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El Centro District Clue:

There is no Trick to finding this Heart
On a window where Music is the performing Art
It is next to a House of Ink
And Rock is washed down with a Drink

Las Plazas Arts District Clue:

Look inside where you’ll find Plumes of Smoke
This place, playtime with Poker, will Invoke
Across from a Monument to History
You might find a Cuban and solve this Mystery

Union Plaza District Clue:

Part of the name rhymes with Amen
Indeed, you’ll be praying for more, Again and Again
An Eatery that celebrates a Food created by the Japanese
A dish that elevates a Soup eaten in College with Ease 

Office District Clue:

Look for this Shop beside San Jacinto Plaza
El Paso Art, and Tees, and Photos perfect for your Casa
A store that deals in Merchandise, Authentic and Local
If you find it, do not spoil it – be anything but Vocal! 

Government District Clue:

Find this Heart at a Bar that is almost as good as drinking at your House
You will find it, as always, right next to the El Paso County Courthouse
A Watering-hole with a little bit of Soul, the jukebox plays everything except maybe Rap
But the company is so good, even if it does, your foot will begin to…