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Here’s where you can find events that are so popular, they return every year! Find out more about annual events in Las Cruces like the Renaissance Arts Faire, Southern New Mexico State Fair, and Fourth of July festivities, plus regional events like the Deming Duck Races, White Sands Invitational Balloon Fiesta, and the Silver City Blues Festival. Check it out!


February

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For the Love of Art Month

Tue, Feb 01, 2022 9:00 am - Mon, Feb 28, 2022 6:00 pm

Every year, during the month of February, ArtForms Artists Association organizes and produces For the Love of Art Month, coordinating with art galleries, artist studios and art spaces throughout town in a celebration of the Arts, reflecting the vibrancy, diversity, history and culture of art in southern New Mexico.

@Throughout Las Cruces

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The Museum Rocks!

Sun, Feb 19, 2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Museum ROCKS! Gem & Mineral Show brings together wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils, jewelry, and jewelry-making supplies. A long-time regional favorite, the gem and mineral show is a great value for the entire family.

 

 

@New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

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March

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Las Cruces International Film Festival

Wed, Mar 02, 2022 7:00 pm - Sun, Mar 06, 2022 9:00 pm

Whether its narrative features, documentaries, short films, animation, or foreign films you crave, LCIFF has got you covered, because, whether you’re a local filmmaker, a student of cinema, or just an avid movie-goer with a taste for the unusual, this is your chance to celebrate and support film in southern New Mexico!

@Allen Theaters Cineport 10

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Cowboy Days

Fri, Mar 04, 2022 10:00 am - Sat, Mar 05, 2022 6:00 pm

The Old West becomes new again each spring at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s biggest event of the year, Cowboy Days, bringing to life New Mexico’s ranching traditions through demonstrations, food, living history activities, games, and other family-friendly programs.

@New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

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Deming RockHound RoundUp

Thu, Mar 10, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Mar 13, 2022 5:00 pm

The second weekend in March is when you’ll find the annual RockHound RoundUp, a four-day event attracting rock collectors and geologists to examine volcanic rocks, gems, and minerals, hosted by the Deming Gem and Mineral Society.

@Southwestern New Mexico State Fairgrounds

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Bataan Memorial Death March

Sat, Mar 19, 2022 6:00 am - 12:00 pm

Offering clear blue skies, ample sunshine, and high rocky terrain, southwestern New Mexico is home to one of the most grueling marathons ever conceived by man. Held annually since 1989, The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging 26-mile journey through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range.

@White Sands Missile Range

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April

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Trinity Site Open House

Sat, Apr 02, 2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

At 5:29 a.m. MST, on July 16, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was tested at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in the Tularosa Basin. Now registered as a site of historical significance, the Trinity Site is only open to visitors twice a year, in April and October.

@White Sands Missile Range

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May

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Silver City Blues Festival

Fri, May 27, 2022 11:00 am - Sun, May 29, 2022 8:30 pm

The Silver City Blues Festival showcases three days of music every Memorial Day weekend. 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. Read More

@Gough Park

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Las Cruces Wine Festival

Sat, May 28, 2022 12:00 pm - Mon, May 30, 2022 6:00 pm

The New Mexico Wine Festival in Las Cruces brings the excitement of harvest across New Mexico for 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. Read More

@Dona Ana County Fairgrounds

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June

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Father's Day

Sun, Jun 19, 2022 12:00 am - Mon, Jun 20, 2022 12:00 am

Celebrate all things dad on the third Sunday of June, via a paternal holiday honoring fatherhood and the influence of fathers in society, with a fresh take that doesn’t involve neckties, socks or power tools.

@Your household

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July

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Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade

Sun, Jul 03, 2022 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The Electric Light Parade, hosted by the City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU), brings the Las Cruces community together every July 3rd, to enjoy the electrifying spectacle of community groups and club floats covered in hundreds of twinkling lights.

@Solano Avenue

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Annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks

Mon, Jul 04, 2022 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The City of Las Cruces and New Mexico State University (NMSU) team up every 4th of July weekend to host the City’s free annual celebration, held at the Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park, on the NMSU campus, with an opening concert, followed by a fireworks display.

@Pat and Lou Sisbarro Community Park

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Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Summer Festival

Sat, Jul 16, 2022 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The annual Tequila, Taco, & Cerveza Summer Festival fills Plaza de Las Cruces with distributors presenting 40+ tequilas to taste, along with live Lucha Libre wrestling, local taco trucks, Mariachis, DJs, lawn games, and so much more.

@Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces

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Plaza Classic Film Festival

Thu, Jul 28, 2022 12:00 pm - Sun, Aug 07, 2022 10:00 pm

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival takes place in and around the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso, celebrating classic movies with screenings and special guests, as well as being a showcase for regional filmmakers.

@Plaza Theatre

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August

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Plaza Classic Film Festival

Thu, Jul 28, 2022 12:00 pm - Sun, Aug 07, 2022 10:00 pm

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival takes place in and around the historic Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso, celebrating classic movies with screenings and special guests, as well as being a showcase for regional filmmakers.

@Plaza Theatre

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Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival

Sat, Aug 13, 2022 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Established in 2015, the Las Cruces Summer Beer Festival is quickly becoming a staple in the die-hard downtown festival circuit. Featuring 240 diverse beer selections, available for sampling, and purchase, from some of the biggest names in brewing – and few you’ve never heard of – this is every beer lover’s dream fiesta.

@Plaza de Las Cruces

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Deming Great American Duck Race

Thu, Aug 25, 2022 10:00 am - Sun, Aug 28, 2022 6:00 pm

Every August thousands flock to Deming to laugh and cheer at the Tournament of Ducks Parade, the Duck Royalty Pageant and the hundreds of lucky ducks that enter the race for cash prizes, not to mention  the Great American Tortilla Toss, the Great American Outhouse Race, and the Great American Horseshoe Tournament.

 

@Courthouse park

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September

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Hatch Chile Festival

Sat, Sep 03, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Sep 04, 2022 5:00 pm

The Hatch Chile Festival, held annually in the “Chile Capital of the World” over Labor Day weekend includes chile roasting, food and craft vendors, contests and fun for the kids, a carnival, and entertainment provided by local businesses along with volleyball, soccer, and softball tournaments.

@Village of Hatch

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Franciscan Festival of the Fine Arts

Sat, Sep 03, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Sep 04, 2022 4:00 pm

Every Fall, the beautiful grounds of the Holy Cross Retreat Center are opened up for lovers of the arts to peruse vendor booths and take in live entertainment by local balladeers on two stages.

@Holy Cross Retreat Center

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Harvest Wine Festival

Sat, Sep 03, 2022 12:00 pm - Mon, Sep 05, 2022 6:00 pm

Raise a glass over Labor Day Weekend at the Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival, featuring over 100 of New Mexico’s finest wines, direct from 16 New Mexico wineries, giving samples and selling by the glass and the bottle, along with grape stomping, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, food trucks and live music, from indie to jazz, throughout each day.

 

@Southern NM State Fairgrounds

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White Sands Balloon and Music Festival

Fri, Sep 16, 2022 6:00 pm - Sun, Sep 18, 2022 6:00 pm

The White Sands Hot Air Balloon & Music Festival takes place every year at both Ed Brabson Balloon Park in Alamogordo, where local performers entertain, and the beautiful White Sands National Park, where you can sit atop the dunes to watch as the colorful balloons lift off into the brilliant blue skies of southwestern New Mexico.

@Ed Brabson Park & White Sands National Park

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Diez y Seis de Septiembre

Sat, Sep 17, 2022 10:00 am - Sun, Sep 18, 2022 4:00 pm

Celebrate Mexico’s independence from Spain in the historic town of La Mesilla, and get a glimpse into the events that made New Mexico such a melting pot of cultures and traditions at one of the most colorful displays of ethnic pride this side of the present-day border.

@Mesilla Plaza

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Southern New Mexico Pride

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 7:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2022 6:00 pm

Southern New Mexico and the Borderlands are, by their very nature, extremely diverse when it comes to community and the people who create it. Embracing the LGBTQ community, and making it part of that diverse landscape, are a source of pride in Las Cruces, where SNM Pride has been held every year since 1990.

@Plaza de Las Cruces

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Mesilla Valley Maze

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 11:00 am - Sun, Oct 30, 2022 7:00 pm

One of the biggest draws of the Fall season is the Mesilla Valley Maze in Fairacres, a family tradition since 1999 and considered the oldest giant corn maze in the state, it features a wide range of attractions that are good old-fashioned fun for the entire family.

@Fairacres

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Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo

Thu, Sep 29, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Oct 02, 2022 6:00 pm

Every year in late September, southern New Mexico comes together to pay homage and get a glimpse into a way of life that is vital to our survival, with a family-friendly celebration of the region’s agricultural roots and the people who maintain them.

@Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds

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October

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Southern New Mexico Pride

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 7:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2022 6:00 pm

Southern New Mexico and the Borderlands are, by their very nature, extremely diverse when it comes to community and the people who create it. Embracing the LGBTQ community, and making it part of that diverse landscape, are a source of pride in Las Cruces, where SNM Pride has been held every year since 1990.

@Plaza de Las Cruces

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Mesilla Valley Maze

Sat, Sep 24, 2022 11:00 am - Sun, Oct 30, 2022 7:00 pm

One of the biggest draws of the Fall season is the Mesilla Valley Maze in Fairacres, a family tradition since 1999 and considered the oldest giant corn maze in the state, it features a wide range of attractions that are good old-fashioned fun for the entire family.

@Fairacres

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Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo

Thu, Sep 29, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Oct 02, 2022 6:00 pm

Every year in late September, southern New Mexico comes together to pay homage and get a glimpse into a way of life that is vital to our survival, with a family-friendly celebration of the region’s agricultural roots and the people who maintain them.

@Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds

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Albuquerque International Balloon Festival

Sat, Oct 01, 2022 7:00 am - Sun, Oct 09, 2022 9:00 pm

Whether you’re a balloon enthusiast, or just like to watch as hundreds of balloons fill the skies, hit the road and head south, where you’ll be enthralled by the sight of thousands of smiling, upturned faces, sharing in the spectacular beauty.

@Balloon Fiesta Park

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Mesilla Jazz Happening

Sat, Oct 01, 2022 12:00 pm - Sun, Oct 02, 2022 6:00 pm

Hosted by the Mesilla Valley Jazz & Blue Society, the free Mesilla Jazz Happening aims to promote appreciation of jazz and blues music while providing patrons with food, activities for kids, art vendors, and more.

@Mesila Plaza

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Trinity Site Open House

Sat, Oct 15, 2022 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

At 5:29 a.m. MST, on July 16, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was tested at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) in the Tularosa Basin. Now registered as a site of historical significance, the Trinity Site is only open to visitors twice a year, in April and October.

@White Sands Missile Range

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Annual Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta

Fri, Oct 21, 2022 9:00 am - Sun, Oct 23, 2022 10:00 pm

For three straight days, the Annual Truth or Consequences Film Fiesta offers movie-goers a full slate of cinematic entertainment, including screenings, panels, raffles, a movie warehouse auction, special guest appearances and after parties.

@El Cortez Theatre

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Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Fri, Oct 28, 2022 6:00 pm - Sun, Oct 30, 2022 9:00 pm

Every year, in the town of Mesilla, an age-old tradition plays out as loved ones who are no longer with us are remembered and their souls are welcomed back to the land of the living, via gorgeous and unique “ofrendas,” or altars displayed on the historic Mesilla Plaza.

@Mesilla Plaza

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November

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Renaissance ArtsFaire

Sat, Nov 05, 2022 10:00 am - Sun, Nov 06, 2022 4:00 pm

Every year, the Renaissance ArtsFaire transforms Young Park, in Las Cruces, into a magical realm where a medieval sensibility reigns, and featuring the largest juried art show in Southern New Mexico, with over 150 artists, vendors, and food booths.

 

@Young Park

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HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market

Sat, Nov 19, 2022 8:00 am - Sun, Nov 20, 2022 6:00 pm

The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum presents its annual HomeGrown Food Show and Gift Market, every November as an opportunity to sample and shop for New Mexico’s award-winning food products from Taste the Tradition® and Grown with Tradition® members.

 

@The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum

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December

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Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza

Sat, Dec 24, 2022 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Every year, on the eve before Christmas, thousands of luminarias line the streets of Mesilla, while on the Plaza, carolers sing, vigils are held and hot chocolate and cookies are consumed to celebrate the season with simple, no-frills joy and good will.

 

@Mesilla Plaza

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