Top 7 Things To Do In Las Cruces | Events in Las Cruces |
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Las Cruces offers lots of fun things to do, with something for those who love to explore the outdoors and those who enjoy visiting local brewpubs and art galleries. The city is just the right size to have events going on about every night and with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, you can lace up your hiking boots or tighten your cycling shoes just about any day. Let’s explore seven of our favorite things to do in Las Cruces.

1. Attend Exciting Sporting Events

Cheer on your favorite high school teams and the New Mexico State University Aggies at our many high-energy sporting events. The biggest high school football game of the year is the long-standing rivalry between Las Cruces High and Mayfield High. NMSU offers fans the opportunity to attend sports like basketball, volleyball, baseball, and swimming to cheer on the Aggies. If you’re an Aggie fan, did you know you can support student-athletes with purchases of locally produced items like Dry Point Distillers Six-Shooter Rye Whiskey? Learn more here.

Las Cruces Landscape of purple mountains and a healthy tree. Hiking in the Organ Mountains, shown in the background, is just one of the fun things to do in Las Cruces.

2. Find Your Outdoor Adventures

Las Cruces and the Mesilla Valley are made for outdoor recreation, from hiking, birding, and rock climbing in our beautiful mountains to a round of golf on manicured greens. The dramatic Organ Mountains frame the east side of the Mesilla Valley. Here you can hike at Dripping Springs or Aguirre Spring, where you can also camp. Climb to the top of “A” Mountain for a great view of the valley. Ride your mountain bike on the nearby Sierra Vista Trail. Head to the other side of the valley and climb Picacho Peak. There’s plenty of outdoor things to do in Las Cruces and beyond!

The local Las Cruces band Stoney Blue Fish playing on the Amador stage. Attending a concert is one of the many fun things to do in Las Cruces.

3. Rock on at Concerts and Live Music

From the Pan Am Center at NMSU to intimate performances at a winery or brew pub, you can enjoy your favorite music live and in person. Many local businesses host a stage from which musicians can perform, so there’s often a chance to enjoy live music. Another way to enjoy performances is to attend concerts at the NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall or a play at the NMSU Performing Arts Center or community theaters.

Art lovers walking around an art gallery observing the work.

4. Discover Our Museums

Soak up area history, art, and culture at our museums. Find agricultural and railroad history, nature and science, and even the story of space exploration right here. Admission to the four museums operated by the City of Las Cruces is free, so visit with your family and friends.

Street view of the Branigan Cultural Center in Downtown Las Cruces. Visiting the city's four museums is another fun thing to do in the Mesilla Valley.

5. Explore Downtown Las Cruces

Three of the city’s museums are downtown, as are art galleries, live theaters, restaurants, and the popular Saturday morning Las Cruces Farmers and Crafts Market. Check out what events are taking place on the Plaza de Las Cruces.

People enjoying beers and cocktails at downtown bar and brewery Little Toad Creek.

6. Relish Restaurants, Wineries, and Breweries

The Mesilla Valley is home to numerous fine restaurants, vineyards and wineries, and thriving breweries where you can find local craft beer. If you’ve got a taste for it, you can probably find it here! If spirits are your thing, be sure to visit Dry Point Distillers, maker of spirits with a local flavor. You can get dinner there Wednesday through Saturday or Sunday brunch there, too.

The basilica in the Mesilla Plaza

7. Stroll Historic Old Mesilla

Head over to Mesilla for a taste of the Old West and Old Mexico in a town that’s been part of both. Celebrate Mexican Independence Day, shop, watch live music and dances, and enjoy fine dining, all centered around the historic plaza. Walk in Billy the Kid’s footsteps in the town where he was once jailed and explore the many unique boutiques around the plaza. You can also visit the Basilica de San Albino on the north side of the plaza.

These are just seven of the fun things to do in the Mesilla Valley. can help you find many more!


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