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January - December 2016

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 January - 2016
  2016 Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo in Las Cruces, NM  

Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo

January 9 - 10, 2016

The Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo is the premier outdoor and sporting event in southern New Mexico/El Paso region transforming the Las Cruces Convention Center into an adventurists Mecca. Come join us to find products on fishing, hunting & archery, camping, RV's & Campers, food & cooking, and any outdoor fun! 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday. $8 general admission, $5 military or with hunting or fishing license, 10 and younger get in free.

Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E. University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 526-0112

 February - 2016

Annual For the Love of Art Month


Annual For the Love of Art Month

February 1 through 29, 2016

February is proclaimed by the City of Las Cruces to be For the Love of Art Month. Activities include studio and gallery tours, art shows and art venues all around the city.

Check with any local gallery for a tour map
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Wrestle Mania in Las Cruces


Harlem Globetrotters

February 14, 2016

Celebrate the Globies 90th anniversary as they embark on their most epic tour in history! A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Tickets for their 2:00 PM performance, start at just $27 can be purchased at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000, and For more ticket information, please call 575-646-1420.

NMSU Pan American Center
1810 East University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM


2016 Gem and Mineral Show in Las Cruces


Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show

February 20 - 21, 2016

Gems, Jewels, Raw Stones & Finished Stones. This fourth-annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. The show brings together wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils and meteorites. Educational displays and jewelry supplies are also part of the event. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the 20th and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the 21st. Tickets are $5 for ages five and older.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-4100
Map and directions

 March - 2016

Cowboy Days at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM 2016


Cowboy Days

March 5 - 6, 2016

Held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The museum’s largest event of the year features two days of family fun that includes cowboy demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, children's activities, cowboy music, gunfight re-enactments, stagecoach and pony rides, and much more. Lots of fun for the whole family. Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. $5, kids under five years old are free.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-4100
Map and directions


2016 Annual Bataan Death March, Las Cruces, NM


25th Annual Bataan Death March

March 20, 2016

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. If you wish to participate, there are two routes to choose from.

(575) 674-4205
Click here for more info.

 April - 2016

La Viña Winery Spring Wine Festival 2016


La Viña Spring Wine Festival

April 30 - May 1, 2016

Located in La Union, NM. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Admission includes a souvenir glass and choice of nine wines to taste or a glass of wine. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine. $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Noon to 7:00 PM.

La Vina Winery
(575) 882-7632
Map and directions

  Las Cruces Country Music Festival 2016  

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

April 29 - May 1, 2016

A three day celebration of country music in downtown Las Cruces! The event features up and coming country music acts from Nashville and around the country! The festival showcases the music this city loves and the beautifully restored downtown! Bring your dancin' shoes!

Friday’s heritage headliners include country legends Lee Ann Womack and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Saturday night continues the party with rising stars David Nail and Cam. The line-up also includes Rick Trevino and Aaron Watson who are sure to get the crowds on their feet. New this year, the 4th Annual LCCMF includes two stages for a true festival feel. Tickets are now on sale.

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 May - 2016

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - Mesilla, NM 2016


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 7 - 8, 2016

Spanish for "Fifth of May." This celebration is celebrated across the United States and Mexico. The date is observed in the U.S. as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Held in Mesilla, NM. Arts and crafts, and food vendors line the plaza for the two day event. Mexican music fills the air for a fun celebration. On the plaza in Old Mesilla. Noon to 10:00 PM. Free to attend.

Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions


Southern New Mexico Wine Festival


Southern New Mexico Wine Festival

May 28 - 30, 2016

Bringing together wineries from around the state in a relaxed setting, the Southern New Mexico Wine Festival is the place to be Memorial weekend! Find the wines you like through sampling, purchase a glass to enjoy on site and buy bottles to take home to enjoy later. Plus, enjoy the delicious foods, dance to live music and shop the arts & crafts booths! Must be 21 years old or accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Please bring valid photo ID. $15 adult in advance, $20 at the gate, includes souvenir wine glass. Ages 13-20, $5.00 and under 12 are free. Designated driver ticket, $5. Festival is from Noon - 6:00 PM.

FREE SHUTTLE from Las Cruces to the Fairgrounds!!! You can pick up the FREE SHUTTLE at the Mesilla Valley Mall and take round-trip transportation out to the festival.

Southern NM State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 636-2199
Map and directions

 July - 2016

4th of July 2016 Fireworks Celebration in Las Cruces, NM


4th of July Electric Light Parade, Celebration & Fireworks in Las Cruces

July 3 - 4, 2016

Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Las Cruces celebrates with a parade of floats decorated with electric lights. Experience live entertainment throughout the day plus a spectacular fireworks display at night. All events are free and open to the public.

Field of Dreams
2501 Tashiro Dr.
Las Cruces, NM
Map and directions


4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Mesilla NM 2016


4th of July Celebration in Mesilla

Monday July 4, 2016

The Fourth of July celebration in Mesilla is on the Plaza from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Come enjoy a live performance by Latin Funktion. The firework show kicks off at 9:00 PM at the corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Mercado. Free admission.

The Plaza
Mesilla, NM

 September -2016

Franciscan Fine Arts Festival in Las Cruces, NM 2016


Franciscan Fine Arts Festival

September 3 - 4, 2016

This is an outdoor show on the beautiful grounds of the Holy Cross Retreat Center. It features 70-80 artists who display a variety of fine arts, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood works, jewelry, and more. The show also features an enchilada dinner and other of food vendors, a silent auction, a raffle, live music on two stages, and a beer/wine garden. Donation for admission.

Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Holy Cross Retreat Center
4889 South Main St.
Mesilla Park, NM
(575) 524-3688
Map and Directions


Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch, NM 2016


Hatch Chile Festival

September 3 - 4, 2016

Held annually on Labor Day weekend in Hatch, NM. The Hatch Chile Festival draws visitors from all over the country. There are vendors selling all sorts of foods, interesting arts and crafts, a carnival, horseshoe tournaments, a beer garden, and of course lots of chile. Hatch is famous for the chile it produces and with the Mesilla Valley being the chile capitol of the world, what better place to have a festival. $10.00 per car load – good for both days! Lots of fun and live entertainment!

Hatch Municipal Airport
1 mile west of town on Hwy 26
Hatch, NM
Map and directions


New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival, Las Cruces, NM 2016


New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival

September 3 - 5, 2016

The Southern NM Wine Festival. Over 50 arts, crafts and agricultural product vendors, and food vendors. Live music. Grape stomping contests every day! $20 for adults, includes souvenir glass. Designated Drivers or Minors 16 – 12: $10. 15 and Under, Free. Tickets include commemorative glass and unlimited tastes. All those under 21 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. $3 Discount on Adult Tasting Tickets for Military. Available at the door only. ID required. Festival is from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM all three days. Online tickets here.

Southern NM State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-1232
Map and Directions


Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta, Mesilla, NM 2016


Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta

September 17 - 18, 2016

The celebration kicks off with a parade along Avenida de Mesilla. While vendor booths line the plaza offering a variety of arts, crafts and games. There will be mariachi music and folklorico and flamenco dancers, amusement rides, piñatas and the traditional greased pole climb, with a chance to win cash rewards. It is a great day of fun for the whole family.

Mesilla Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions

 October - 2016

Southern New Mexico State Fair Carnival, Las Cruces, NM 2016


Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo

September 28 - October 2, 2016

Lots to see and enjoy at this year's fair! Daily events include: exhibits, special events, musical entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, a magic show, a Bengal Tiger Encounter, a Horsemanship Show, Circus Circus Live, the rodeo, a carnival and much more.

Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 524-8602
Map and directions


Salsa Fest in Las Cruces 2016


Salsa Fest

September 30 - October 2, 2016

This year’s event is shaping up to be more exciting than ever with live music, a catered outdoor dining experience, salsa dancing classes, live performances and music, a kids tent, and great food vendors and, of course, our salsa making competition! 

Downtown Main Street
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 525-1955


Jazz Band at the Mesilla Jazz Happening, Las Cruces, NM 2016


Mesilla Jazz Happening

October 1 - 2, 2016

Free live music on the Historic Mesilla Plaza and at the Mercado Plaza. Free to attend. Stadium seating is available (but limited) so please bring a lawn chair or blanket for a wonderful time.

Old Mesilla Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions


The Latin Comedy Jam with Paul Rodriquez in Las Cruces, NM 2016


Latin Comedy Jam

October 8, 2016

The Latin Comedy Jam is a historical show that has entertained people around the globe. Voted the funniest show of the year and consists of a cast who has received honors such as, “Entertainer of the Year,” “Oscar Winning Roles,” “ Blockbuster Movies,” and “Hit TV Series.” Don’t miss the funniest cast on one stage, “The Latin Comedy Jam.” Featuring: Dillon Garcia, Shayla Rivera, Roberto Rodriguez and others! 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, show starts at 8:00 PM. $20 - $35. Online tickets here.

Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E. University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 526-0100


New Mexico Pecan Festival in Mesilla October 2016


New Mexico Pecan Festival

October 8 - 9, 2016

Join us for the event of the season! The New Mexico Pecan Festival draws visitors from all corners of the country to celebrate the pecan, a famous nut that is commonly used in the South Western region. From salads to pecan pies, the many versatile uses of the nut are on display at the festival, with attendees able to sample different varieties that have a unique taste. Main Events will include: LIVE Music, Pecan Pie Baking Competition, Pecan Cracking Competition, a 5K Fun Run, Fashion Show, KidZone complete with FREE Carnival Rides, a Petting Zoo, Cornhole and Horseshoe Tournaments and so much more! Enjoy our New Mexico beer and wine gardens plus the fabulous faire from awesome food trucks. Join us on the plaza for an event you will go nuts over. 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM. See the daily events here.

All Around the Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 652-6561


Annual Frontier Days at Fort Selden 2016


Annual Frontier Days

October 8, 2016

Fort Selden staff dress up in historic time garments to honor the soldiers who served at Fort Selden. Take a trip back in time and honor the civilians and soldiers who lived at the fort and protected local residents. Gunfights by Old West Thunder and Enchanted Historical Productions and meet a Mountain Man! Participate in historic children's games and a ladies frontier tea party with cello music provided by Kathleen Newton. Adults $5, Children 16 and under are free. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Flag raising at 10:30 AM.

Fort Selden State Monument
1280 Fort Selden Rd.
Radium Springs, NM
(575) 526-8911
Map and directions


Mesilla Valley Maze, Las Cruces, NM 2016


Mesilla Valley Maze

October 1 - October 30, 2016

Open weekends, through the last weekend of Oct. 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Weekdays, school field trips only) Continuing a family tradition that started in 1999, the Mesilla Valley Maze and Family Fun Farm has all kinds of amazing activities for the whole family, student groups and community organizations. You're always welcome here at the farm! Adults: $12, children under 12: $10, children under 2yrs: FREE.

Mesilla Valley Maze
3855 West Picacho Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 526-1919
Map and directions


La Viña Winery Wine Festival 2016


La Viña Wine Festival

October 15 - 16, 2016

Located in La Union, NM. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. $20 adult admission includes a souvenir glass and choice of nine wines to taste or a glass of wine. $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Noon to 7:00 PM both days.

La Vina Winery
4201 S. Highway 28
La Union, NM

(575) 882-7632
Map and directions


Dia de los Muertos at Mesilla, NM 2016


Dia de los Muertos

October 28 to November 2, 2016

Held in the plaza in La Mesilla. Lots of music, dancing, a parade, food, activities for kids and arts vendors. This community event is free to the public. Donation of non-perishable food items is encouraged & will be
given to the Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry.

Friday 10/28

9:00 AM Altar set up begins and continues through Sunday. Vendors setting up throughout the day
7:00 PM Most vendor sales end for the day

Saturday 10/29

9:00 AM Altar set up continues
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Vendors opening
12:00 PM Event begins with solo by Linda Goff
12:00 PM Music by April Ticket
2:00 PM Music by Pop Jazz
4:00 PM Grupo Valle del Sol Folklorico
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Quiet time during San Albino services
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Music by Latin Funktion

Sunday 10/30

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Vendors opening
12:00 PM Day begins with soloist Linda Goff
12:00 PM Music provided by Mobi Disc (Chris & Phil)
3:00 PM Music by Maria y Yahví
4:00 PM Grupo Valle del Sol Folklorico
5:00 PM Plaza event ends

Wednesday 11/2

All Souls Day Candlelight Procession to Mesilla Cemetery
6:00 PM Begin meeting on the Mesilla Plaza
** Sunset is at 6:15 PM. We will not leave the plaza until 6:45 PM.
Return to the plaza for Pan de Muerto.

Mesilla, NM
(575) 639-1385
Map and directions

 November - 2016

Renaissance Arts Faire in Las Cruces, NM 2016


Renaissance Arts Faire

November 5 - 6, 2016

One of the largest cultural events in Southern New Mexico, this juried art show showcases local and regional artists, crafts-people and entertainers. Lots of food and fun for the whole family! Jousting on Horseback, as well as the Dragon’s Eye Tavern, the Beer and Wine Garden, and an expanded Artistas del Camino Real! 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. $8 for adults, children 12 and under are free.

“FREE” Royal Shuttle from Mesilla Valley Mall parking lot (I-25 Lohman Exit, SW parking lot corner) The shuttle will run approximately every 10 - 15 minutes beginning at 8:00 AM each day and will run to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 5:00 PM on Sunday . Guests leaving the Faire, wishing to return to Mesilla Valley Mall may pick up the Royal Shuttle at the Exit near the Main Gate.

Young Park
1905 Nevada Ave.
(575) 523-6403
Map and directions

 December - 2016

Luminarias on the Mesilla Plaza in Old Mesilla, NM 2016


Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza

December 24, 2016

The Town of Mesilla will host the annual Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza, Dec. 24. The choir will lead in singing Christmas carols from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Luminarias are placed in the plaza and around town beginning at dusk. Absolutely beautiful!

Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
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