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GATHERING OF NATIONS

Last weekend of April

FIESTAS DE ALBUQUERQUE

Middle of April in Old Town ABQ

LAS CRUCES COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

End of April, Beginning of May

TOUR OF THE GILA

Bike race in Silver City, beginning of May

HARVEST WINE FESTIVAL

Sept 3 - 5 in Las Cruces

FIESTAS DE SANTA FE

September 3 - 11, culminating in the burning of Zozobra

FESTIVAL OF THE CRANES

The return of the cranes at Bosque del Apache

HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL

Labor Day weekend celebration of our state elixir

INTL BALLOON FIESTA

First week of October

RED ROCK BALLOON RALLY

Dec 2 - 4, 2016

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GOLD MINES TO GHOST TOWN

The boom and bust of White Oaks, second only to Santa Fe in size in the early 1900s, known for art, culture and entertainment. Case study about the importance of the railroad in the old west.

LAS CRUCES GUIDE

Definitive guide to Las Cruces, whether you are looking for a day trip, dining or lodging or exploring the area for an extended period of time.

ORGAN MOUNTAINS-DESERT PEAKS

Almost 500,000 acres across multiple mountain ranges near Las Cruces. Hiking, biking, bouldering, horse trails and routes for off road vehicle.

LAVENDER LEMON CUPCAKE RECIPE

Los Poblanos signature ingredient, lavender, utilized in the wonderful onsite restaurant, Campo, by the talented chefcJonathan Perno.

LOS POBLANOS RED CHILE SAUCE

Drawing on the distinct flavor of Chimayo red chile, Jonathan Perno gently accentuates the flavor with a few additions, leading to a red elixir for any dish.

  • AUGUST 31 | The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually at Fort Marcy Ballpark by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day as a fiery kick-off to the historic Fiestas de Santa Fe. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG), is the creation of Will Shuster, one of a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores, who made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s. Shuster’s creation first appeared in his backyard in 1924 as a six-foot puppet, and over the years, has grown to a towering 50-foot high marionette. Made of muslin and stuffed with hundreds of bags of shredded paper, Zozobra is a dark and eerie character, part ghost and part monster, who was introduced publicly as part of Santa Fe Fiesta events in 1926. Since that time, the people of Santa Fe, families and friends new and old, have annually made their way to Fort Marcy Park, a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, to view this one-of-a-kind Labor Day Friday pageant.
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  • SEPTEMBER 1 – 9 | The cry of “Viva la Fiesta” has been reverberating through the streets of Old Santa Fe every autumn for 306 years. Fiesta is an annual celebration commemorating Don Diego De Vargas’ reconquest of Santa Fe in 1692. The historic capital is one of the oldest in the United States. It was established by Don Juan de Oñate at San Gabriel in 1598 and moved over 30 miles south to the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains where Santa Fe was founded in 1610. In 1680 the Puebloan population revolted, burned the city and drove out the Spanish, who fled to Guadalupe del Paso, now Juarez, Mexico. They rescued the 29-inch wood carved Marian statue, La Conquistadora, from the burning church, originally brought to Santa Fe in 1625 by the missionary, Fray Alonso de Benavides.
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  • SEPTEMBER 1 - 3 | Celebrate New Mexico’s grape harvest by sampling wines from 20 of the state’s top wineries. There will be two events held on Labor Day weekend. One serving southern New Mexico in Las Cruces. The other serving northern New Mexico in Albuquerque. Tickets include a wine glass, wine sampling, and $5 off any bottle of wine. Parking is free. Tickets $25 in advance. $30 day-of. VIP and Designated Driver tickets available. Sept 1 & 2 from 12pm - 6pm, Monday, Sept 3 from 12pm - 5pm
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  • SEPTEMBER 1 – 2 | As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of our world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop. The event also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a carnival.
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  • September 6 – 16 | Concerts, Rodeo, the Spanish Village, the Indian Village, decadent fair food, vendors and more. Admission: Adults (age 12-64): $10, Seniors (age 65 and up): $7, Children (age 6-11) $7, Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE
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  • SEPTEMBER 7 – 8 | Pie Town has been known as a haven for pies ever since Clyde Norman, a WWI vet settled in the area and started making pies for those traveling through. As the story goes, in 1924, a red-headed Texas cowboy named Harmon L. Craig bought a half-interest in Pie Town for “one dollar of good and lawful money and other valuable consideration.” (Records show, however, that Craig really paid $700, but he got two cows and two calves thrown in, along with the Houndpup mining claim and all improvements on the land). Craig opened a gas station and garage. Pie Town’s fame was spread even wider when Russel Lee arrived in Pie Town to document rural life in the 1940’s. Proceeds from the Pie Festival go to help support the community and keep Pie Town a haven for anyone who loves pie. Pie Town offers free dry camping behind the Jackson Park, along with several RV sites in Pie Town and at Top of the World. In addition, Pie Town now offers four pie cafes that will be open during the event. Pie Town NM USA is located directly on Highway 60, West of New Mexico’s Very Large Array (VLA) made famous in the movie, Contact with Jodi Foster.
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  • SEPTEMBER 8 | New Mexico's Biggest Beer Festival returns to Isleta Resort & Casino from 2 PM – 6PM. 60 breweries, unlimited craft beer sampling; ciders, spirits and more. 3 stages with 7 of the best local bands. General Admission 3p-6p: Includes entrance to festival, 3 hours of unlimited beer sampling, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and one entry in grand prize drawing. Extra Hoppy Hour Admission 2p-3p: Get first taste of great brews with this exclusive, limited admittance hour and 4 hours unlimited beer sampling, souvenir glass, music, vendors, games, event program, and one entry in grand prize drawing. VIP Admission: Receive admittance into Extra Hoppy Hour, plus entrance into the VIP Area with specialty beers, food pairings and a festival souvenir.
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  • SEPTEMBER 15 – 16| 2018 White Sands Balloon Invitational kicks off Saturday, Sept. 15 with balloons launching from the beautiful dunes of White Sands National Monument. Gates to the park will open at 6:00 AM. Sunrise at White Sands is amazing any day, but with balloons, it is extraordinary, bucket list, special. Park fees will apply. No vendors will be at White Sands on the first day. Expected launch time 7 - 7:30 AM. There will be a balloon glow that evening at Ed Brabson Balloon Park with vendors on site. On Sunday balloons launch from Ed Brabson Balloon Park at 7 - 7:30 AM. Vendors on site. The event is free, but there is an entrance fee to White Sands National Monument. The fee does cover 24-hour entry.
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  • SEPTEMBER 20 – 23 | The Gila River Festival is an annual event to engage and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage of the Gila River and its watershed through a multi-disciplinary nature festival. The goal is to provide opportunities for participants to experience the Gila River first hand and to learn from from diverse perspectives and disciplines, creating a deeper intimacy with New Mexico's last free-flowing river. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act by Lyndon B. Johnson. As our nation matures, we have come to recognize the value of rivers and our responsibility to protect them. Rivers run through us – our hearts, our lives, our nation’s history. The 14th Annual Gila River Festival celebrates this momentous legislation and explores the past, present and future of river protection.
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  • SEPTEMBER 21 – 22 | New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture. ¡Globalquerque! 2018 will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez). Enjoy musical performances in the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theatre and dance outside on the Plaza Mayor.
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  • Come experience New Mexico’s national parks! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to the public.
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  • SEPTEMBER 23 – 30 | The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe’s outstanding culinary scene. The cuisine is paired with wines from throughout the nation. By bringing 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, a five-day schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.
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  • SEPTEMBER 26 – 30 | The 52nd annual Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo takes place at the Dona Ana County Fairgrounds, 13 miles west of Las Cruces. Musical entertainment by Bri Bagwell, Jon Wolfe and Tell Runyan along with a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) rodeo Friday and Saturday night. There is also a bull riding extravaganza with fan zone on Wednesday night and a college rodeo on Thursday. Frazier Carnival Shows provides thrilling rides and fun while Canines in the Clouds will amaze you with their high energy stunt dog show. You can also see the amazing aerial acrobatics of Cirque Adventure and experience side splitting laughter while watching comedian/juggler Sam Malcolm. Wine tastings and mariachi performances on Sunday, with livestock and craft exhibits.
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  • SEPTEMBER 29 - 30 | The Corrales Harvest Festival is a two-day event that takes place each year throughout the village of Corrales during the last weekend in September. The Festival has been held continuously since 1985. Traffic through Corrales is restricted during the event to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for guests. This is a very family friendly event. Lots of vendors, live music, hay rides, corn mazes and roasting chile at Wagner Farms. This is a Non-profit event staffed by volunteers. Net proceeds are awarded to non-profit organizations supporting children’s programs and animal welfare organizations. General Admission: Adults $10, Kids under 13 Free
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  • OCTOBER 5 – 7 | Authentic German food & music, craft beer & New Mexico wines, arts & crafts vendors, entertaining games & contests, ski trip giveaway, family friendly activities, changing colors, and more! Admission is only $5 for the whole weekend! Commemorative taster mug available for $10 or stein glass for $20 when you get to the park: includes beer tastings. Activities include, Oktoberfest Beard/Mustache Competition,"No shave November" now starts in October! Prizes for Best Overall Beard and Best Overall Mustache, Children's Pumpkin Painting, Live Polka Music, and DJ JP will be spinning your favorite polka (and non-polka) hits all weekend long! Get out your loveliest dirndl or heartiest lederhosen and come compete for $100 in cash. The Miss Oktoberfest competition will begin at 12pm and include a stein holding contest and an obstacle course. Immediately following, the Mr. Oktoberfest competition begins. This event includes a stein holding contest, an obstacle course, and maybe a special surprise category. Sign up at the Chamber of Commerce booth when you arrive at the park. Viel Glück (good luck)!
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  • OCTOBER 6 – 14 | From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta now attracts almost 600 balloons and 1000 pilots. The first gathering of 13 balloons in 1972 was held in the parking lot of Coronado Center Mall in Albuquerque. The following year, 13 countries took part in the "First World Hot Air Balloon Championship", the world's largest ballooning event, held at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds. By 1978 Albuquerque was playing host to 273 entries. The number of balloons steadily increased, with 600 in 1988 and 903 balloons in 1999. The organizers of the Balloon Fiesta registered over 1000 balloons in the year 2000. The event now takes place at Balloon Fiesta park, with hundreds of thousands of visitors experiencing the whimsical delight of being surrounded by hundreds of colorful balloons, lifting off to decorate the skies of Albuquerque. Feeding frenzy for photographers.
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  • OCTOBER 6 – 7 | El Rancho de las Golondrinas is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Museum, dedicated to the history, heritage and culture of 18th and 19th century New Mexico, opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. During the harvest festival the entire area is populated by volunteers, clothed in the styles of the times, providing demonstrations and educating the public about frontier life in New Mexico.
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  • OCTOBER 7 | The Ancient Way Fall Fest on October 7th is back for its 16th year. This day-long event, from noon to 6 pm, celebrates the harvest of the agricultural community around El Morro National Monument. Candy Kitchen, Timberlake, Ramah, Zuni, El Morro, El Morro Ranches and others come together to offer a rich assortment of entertainment, food, art and crafts. There will be harvest displays, a photo contest, a dessert contest and cake walk, pumpkin carving challenge and more. At 3 pm, Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year, Shelly Morningsong, and Fabian Fontanelle will be performing. At 5 pm, the father and daughter musical trio, ” Rippy and the Sillyetes“ will play. Throughout the day there will food and craft vendors, animal pageantry, harvest displays, demonstrations of blacksmithing, knife-making, weaving, wood crafting, and other events.
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New Mexico Traditions
Burning of Zozobra
 

William Howard Shuster, Jr. (1893-1969) crafted the first Zozobra in 1924 for a private event at his home for artists and writers during Fiestas de Santa Fe. His inspiration for Zozobra came from the Holy Week celebrations of the Yaqui Indians of Mexico; an effigy of Judas, filled with firecrackers, was led around the village on a donkey and later burned.

New Mexico Events
Great American Duck Race
 

At the Great American Duck Race in Deming, New Mexico, contestants first line up to pick a live duck from a pen. Cost is $5. Competitors, with ducks in hand, then find one of eight lanes on either the wet or dry track. On the count of 3, contestants let go of their ducks and the first duck across the finish line advances. The annual event reached its 37th year in 2016.

New Mexico Events
Color Adrift | Balloon Fiesta
 

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the largest hot air balloon event in the world, held for 9 days at the beginning of October in Albuquerque. Color Adrift is a timelapse film by Knate Myers that captures the color and energy of the event. It is comprised of several thousand photographs taken over the course of two years at the fairgrounds and around the city.

New Mexico Events
Gathering of Nations Grand Entry
 

The Gathering of Nations is the largest powwow in the world, with 500 tribes from North America competing in dance and celebrating indigenous culture. Ms. Indian World is crowned during the three day event held annually in Albuquerque on the last weekend of April. The Gathering will be April 27-29, 2017 at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds/EXPO New Mexico.

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