Big Annual Events

New Mexico offers plenty of reasons to celebrate, ranging from a chile fest to an alien bash to a duck race. No place in the universe has a more beloved, and specific, local cuisine than New Mexico. It’s a land whose state question is “red or green (chile)?” Some of the most unique events, however, involve New Mexico's undeniable culture, such as Santa Fe's Indian and Spanish Markets, Native American dances at the pueblos, and the many fiestas held on town plazas throughout the state. Of course, one of our most picturesque events, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, fills the sky with unforgettable beauty each October. Find your next great adventure now. Adventure that feeds the soul begin here.

Balloon Fiestas & Rallies

“...Imagine that you have a bird’s-eye view of the breathtaking landscapes rolling beneath you.”

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From high-mountain meadows to endless rolling prairies, New Mexico’s landscapes are out of this world and beyond description. Floating high above this storied landscape of cities, villages and wide-open plains in a hot-air balloon is both a grand adventure and peaceful and meditative experience. With nearly a million visitors each year, Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta™ may be the world’s largest and best-known ballooning event – but it is not alone, as balloons set sail across New Mexico year-round. Balloon festivals in Taos, White Sands, Gallup, Angel Fire and Elephant Butte join with Albuquerque to make hot-air ballooning in New Mexico and year-round adventure.

Culinary Events

“... Homegrown New Mexico cuisine is a mosaic of all cultures. ”

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No place in the universe has a more beloved, and specific, local cuisine than New Mexico. It’s a land whose state question is “red or green (chile)?”  New Mexicans take their eating seriously.

Homegrown New Mexico cuisine is a mosaic of all cultures. Combining the corn and chile from its Native American ancestors, along with the spicy preparation styles of the Spanish-speaking people, New Mexico’s cultural ingredients intermingle and complement each other. This New Mexico mosaic has been collecting pieces since Coronado's expedition.

 

Annual Markets

“... Each year some of the largest art shows and sales of their kind are held in the streets and plazas of Santa Fe.”

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The power of New Mexico is, and has always been, its people, living together in a lovely, yet challenging environment, influenced by a blend of languages, traditions and lifestyles. Indeed, the beauty of New Mexico – emerging from her history, architecture, art forms and community festivals – is unlike any other place.

Rural life has been a defining aspect of the history of New Mexico, which today celebrates that history and heritage through farmers’ markets, Indian markets, Spanish markets and fiestas staged in nearly every corner of the state.

Native American Events & Markets

“... Celebrate this heritage at annual events that attract patrons and visitors alike from around the world”

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Nowhere else in the United States have so many ancient Indian rituals and customs survived as in New Mexico. Anyone who has stood on the edge of a sun-filled pueblo plaza and watched as ceremonially attired dancers move gracefully to the resonating drums can attest to the profound relationship between the land and her chosen caretakers. Celebrate this heritage at annual events that attract patrons and visitors alike from around the world.

 

Fairs & Festivals

“...Festivals celebrating films, folk art, food, cars, kites, music, wildlife, rivers, cowboys- even pies and UFOs”

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From the Deming Duck Races to world-famous International Balloon Festival™ in Albuquerque, New Mexico offers an exciting cornucopia of fairs, festivals, and expositions in every field of human endeavor. Festivals celebrating films, folk art, food, cars, kites, music, wildlife, rivers, cowboys- even pies and UFOs -join with small-town fiestas, Spanish markets, wine carnivals, motorcycle rallies and seasonal celebrations at the Native American pueblos and tribes to fill the state’s annual calendar with food and fun found nowhere else.

Music festivals & Performances

“...New Mexico also enjoys some of the finest institutions in the field of performing arts. ”

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New Mexico also enjoys some of the finest institutions in the field of performing arts. From the Santa Fe Opera to The Spencer Theater in Ruidoso to the World Beat vibes of Globalquerque; New Mexico's performing arts community makes it easy to take in a play, share in the spectacle of traditional Flamenco dancing, or just enjoy listening to your favorite band.

Sporting Events

“...New Mexico is the State of Activity.”

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New Mexico is the Land of activity. Our state is geared for those seeking an exciting active adventure. Whether you get your kicks at the gym, on the track or on the open road this is the place where you not only get the burn from our food but from the variety of activities too.