May 2023 Events -

LCDC May 2023 Events

Through May 7

7:30, 2 p.m.
ASNMSU Center for the Arts
The acclaimed musical about a small group of people helping Jesus Christ tell different parables – by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and hefty doses of comic timing – brings the messages of kindness, tolerance, and love to vibrant life.
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Friday, May 5

5 – 11 p.m.
New Mexico Tamale Fest
Plaza de Las Cruces
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the largest tamale sampling festival in the Land of Enchantment, featuring local food trucks, Mexican beer gardens, live music, games, and a night mercado.
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May 5 – 7

9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Truth or Consequences Fiesta
Downtown Truth or Consequences
Get ready for three full days of family-friendly fun, featuring a parade, live performances, a beer garden, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, contests, games, tournaments, a rodeo, and much, much more.
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8 p.m., 2 p.m.
Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center
The record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber – about one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gath4ers for its annual ball to rejoice3 and decide which cat will be reborn – hits the road for a new generation of theater-goers.
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May 5 – 21

8 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Fully Committed
Black Box Theatre
No Strings Theatre Company presents a devastatingly funny one act, which follows a day in the life of Sam Pekliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number one restaurant.
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Friday, May 12

8 a.m., 1 p.m.
3rd Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf FORE Kids’ Sake Tournament
New Mexico State University Golf Course
The annual golf tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, with two flights during the day, and prizes awarded for top three teams, as well as closest to the pin and longest drive.
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Wednesday, May 17

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
The Wrap
Rio Grande Theatre
Film Las Cruces presents a monthly film screening for Las Cruces and Doña Ana County artists with work to show, including short films, commercials, music videos, documentaries or time-lapse reels.
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Friday, May 19

7 p.m.
Las Cruces UkeFest Concert
The concert kicks off the Las Cruces UkeFest and showcases music by The Smoking Jackets: Heidi Swedberg, Daniel Ward, Craig McClelland, and John Bartlit.
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May 19 – 21

9 a.m.
Las Cruces UkeFest
Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus
The Las Cruces Ukes will host Las Cruces Ukefest featuring talented instructor/performers from New Mexico. Enjoy a Friday evening concert or sign up for the full festival, which includes the concert, workshops on Saturday and Sunday, jam session and open mics, and more.
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Saturday, May 20

7 p.m.
The Neverending Story
Rio Grande Theatre
The 2023 Classic Film series presents the evergreen fantasy adventures, about a young boy who comes into possession of a magical book about a fantasy land called Fantasia that is in danger of being destroyed unless he can find a way to help.
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Sunday, May 21

3 – 5 p.m.
EPSYO Season Finale Concert
Plaza Theatre
Join the region’s finest young musicians in the opening concert of their 16th Anniversary season, involving young musicians from El Paso, Juarez and southern New Mexico.
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May 26 – 28

11 a.m.
Silver City Blues Fest
Gough Park in Silver City
Supported by local businesses, individual blues lovers and donations from attendees, it guarantees something for everybody, including out-of-state and local performers, unique vendors from Silver City’s very own Makers Market, beer gardens, food vendors and more.
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12 – 6 p.m.
Las Cruces Wine Festival
Doña Ana County Fairgrounds
The excitement of harvest across New Mexico is celebrated during this three-day event, featuring a wide selection of red, white and sparkling wines, as well as exceptional food trucks, talented artisans, and award-winning musicians.
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May 27 – 28

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
50th Annual Cloudcroft Mayfair Art Show
Zenith Park
The work of regional and international artists are put on display, against the backdrop of the picturesque Sacramento Mountains, along with music, food, and fun for the entire family.
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Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces
Every Wednesday and Saturday, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The award-winning, outdoor Farmers & Crafts Market spans seven full blocks of North Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces.
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First Friday Art Ramble
First Friday of Every Month, 5-8 p.m.
The Downtown Las Cruces Partnership hosts this monthly event showcasing a dozen participating museums and galleries in the Arts & Cultural District.
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Second Saturday Art Hop
Second Saturday of Every Month, 6-9 p.m.
The City of Truth or Consequences comes alive with local art, downtown in the commercial/hot springs district.
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Les Salon Des Art Divers
Downtown Blues Coffee
Wednesday Nights, 7 – 9 p.m.
Spend an evening with writers, poets, song poets, essayists, and local musicians, including the Blazing Butlers, at a free weekly cultural event for the ages.
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Branigan Cultural Center
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
This historic locale hosts changing cultural exhibits, as well as educational programs, classes, and other special events.
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Las Cruces Museum of Art
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Hosting a changing slate of exciting contemporary art exhibits, programs for visitors of all ages and an extensive art studio class program.
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Las Cruces Railway Museum
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Located in a historic Santa Fe Railroad depot, the museum interprets the railroad history of Las Cruces and the impact of the railroad on southern New Mexico.
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Museum of Nature and Science
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A museum about looking and understanding – looking up to the stars, looking out to the desert, and looking down to see ancient fossils.
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New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Discover the backbone of New Mexico, via this 47-acre interactive museum that chronicles the state’s 3,000-year history of farming and ranching.
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Amador Patio Bar & Grill
The entertainment district comes alive with diverse restaurant choices, upscale nightlife and live music events.
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Amaro Winery & Taproom
Locally owned and operated winery and tasting room, with a Karaoke night, open mic, and rotating list of live events.
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Boneyard Cantina
Delicious street food paired with Icebox craft beer and appearances by local musicians on the main stage.
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Don Felix
Located on the corner of the Mesilla Plaza, with delicious New Mexican cuisine and live music on the patio.
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Little Toad Creek Brewery & Distillery
Serving craft beer, craft spirits, killer grub and a mix of local and travelling musical acts to chase the blues away.
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Palacio Bar
A neighborhood watering hole since 1936, they don’t serve food, but the music is lively and the drinks are plentiful.
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Truth or Consequences Brewing Company
A cozy little taproom, featuring craft beers and live music on Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons.
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Vintage Wines
New Mexico wines, beers and cigars in Old Mesilla, with a relaxing patio and live music several nights a week.
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Through May 6, 2023
10 a.m. – 4:30
Gaspar Enríquez: Chicano Pride, Chicano Soul
Las Cruces Museum of Art
A showcase for the artist who has long defined the Chicano art scene, by creating hyper-realistic and intimate airbrush portraits of people who interest him and whom he finds compelling.
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Through May 20, 2023
Ad Infinitum: Artists Against War and Imperialism
NMSU Art Museum
A collection of war-era posters and artworks from the NMSU Permanent Art Collection, highlighting twentieth-century imperialism and its effects such as militarization, the nuclear arms race, the destruction of human lives and damage to the natural environment.
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Through June, 2023
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Rise, Explore, Persevere: Women in STEM
Museum of Nature & Science
An exhibition promoting women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is presented, thanks to a grant from the Association of Science and Technology Centers, with support from Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the IF/Then Initiative.
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Through Summer 2023
Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Honesty of Construction: The WPA and Spanish Colonial Style Furniture
Branigan Cultural Center
Drawing from the University Museum collection at New Mexico State University, the exhibit features a wide range of furniture pieces that were made during a 1930s community vocational training program that was established in Las Cruces at the New Mexico College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts (now New Mexico State University). The furniture was made in the Spanish Colonial style that is characterized by the use of Ponderosa pine, mortise and tenon joinery, rounded edges, and decorative embellishments.
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