Local Area EventsListing Calendar
New Mexico Wine Harvest Wine Festival - Aug 30-Sept 1, 2014
Celebrate the festival with wine tasting, grape stomping, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, children activities, and wine seminars. Twelve noon to 6 pm each day $13 adults 21 and older, under 21 free but must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. $3 discount for active duty military on Monday. Located at Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds off I-10 west of Las Cruces at either exit 127 or 132 (follow the signs).
White Sands International Film Festival
An event intended to screen outstanding short and feature length documentaries and narratives of all genres from around the world, and yet retain a special focus on Latino and New Mexico film-making, as well as celebrating outstanding cinema shot with Southern New Mexico as it's amazing back drop. Festival includes film making and acting workshops, and the presentation of the lifetime achievement award.
Annual Frontier Days at Fort Selden State Monument
Step back in time and walk the ruins of a fort originally built by the US Army in 1865, and get a feel for where civilians and soldiers lived protecting local residents. Fort Selden State Monument is located off I-25 at exit 19. Please call (575) 526-8911 or (800) 429-9488 for more information.
White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational
Come enjoy the colorful balloons as they fill the skies above the white gypsum sand dunes of White Sands National Monument. Located 45 miles east of Las Cruces on Highway 70. Time: 7 am. Admission: $3 per person (2013 pricing).Call (575) 437-6120 or 800-826-0294 for more information.
Mesilla Valley Corn Maze
An old fashioned corn maze for the kiddos and the "kids at heart". Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to select your perfect Jack-O-Lantern, and go on to discover the many twists and turns of the corn field maze. Saturday and Sunday's from 11 am to 7 pm from September 27th through October 26th. Fees apply.
Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo
Come enjoy food, music, an auction, livestock shows and of course a cowboy rodeo. Located at Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds off I-10 west of Las Cruces at either exit 127 or 132. Call (575) 524-8602 for additional information.
Mesilla Jazz Happening
Free live jazz music at both Mercado Plaza and on the Historic Old Mesilla Plaza. Both venues will have a special wine garden featuring eight New Mexico Wineries with wine tasting opportunities. Free transportation via horse drawn wagons will be available between the Mercado and historic Old Mesilla Plaza. Call (575) 526-2620 for additional information.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration
Come Celebrate Day of the Dead with lots of music and food at Old Mesilla Plaza. A giant pinata will be broken open and homemade altars are on display, and the dead are remembered by way of a candlelight procession (November 2).
San Albino Church is located in Old Mesilla Plaza and is the address listed for the plaza so you can locate this awesome plaza!
Come enjoy a weekend with Kings and Queens at the 36th Annual Renaissance Arts Fair at Young Park. Artisans will gather together to participate in a juried art show and exhibition. High quality arts and crafts are for sale and are accompanied by live theater, dancing, music and food all with a Renaissance theme. Call (575) 523-6403 for additional information.
Lake Lucero Tour at White Sands NM on 11/29/14
Enjoy a ranger guided hike to Lake Lucero beginning at 10 AM. This three hour, 1.5 mile round trip hike, will allow you to see the gypsum crystal beds of Lake Lucero. Reservations required and special fees apply ($3 each adult; $1.50 per person 15 and under).
Trinity Site Tour on April 4, 2015
Trinity Site (location of the first atomic bomb explosion on earth) is open to the public once a year on the first Saturday in April. Considered more of an open house event than a guided tour. No charge and no reservations required.