Events & festivals this Fall

Cleveland Roller Mill Museum
Presents a festival Cleveland Millfest including 50+ artists, native foods, baked goods, dance exhibitions, and continuous musical entertainment. Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd from 10 am to 5 pm
The Cleveland Roller Mill Museum, a 3-story adobe water-powered historic flourmill, will be in continuous operation. There are 3 tours daily. See the schedule on thier website.
Cost: Free into arts, crafts, and entertainment area, and $3 admission into Museum. Parking $2 per vehicle
LOCATION: Cleveland Roller Mill Museum , hwy 518 - mile marker 31 in Cleveland , NM  2 miles NW of Mora,approximately 160 miles NE of  albq; 100 miles NE of Santa Fe, 44 miles SE of Taos, 35 miles south of Angel Fire and 32 miles NW of Las Vegas, NM. For more information: (575) 387-2645 or http://www.clevelandrollermillmuseum.com.

Fun on the Farm through October
Reap the bounty of the harvest season by taking the family out on a hayride to a pumpkin patch then letting all aboard choose their own perfect specimen for Halloween—right from the source. Farms in the northern, central, and southern parts of the state will open their barn doors to the public, offering fun corn mazes, games, food, train rides, petting zoos, and more. Choose from the Sutherland Farms Annual Fall Festival in Aztec, (505) 334-3578, www.sutherlandfarms.net; McCall Pumpkin Patch in Moriarty, (505) 832-9137, www.mccallpumpkinpatch.com; or the Mesilla Valley Corn Maze near Las Cruces, (575) 526-1919, www.mesillavalleymaze.com.

Taos Wool Festival October 6-7
A festive atmosphere awaits the whole family at the Taos Wool Festival in Kit Carson Park, where visitors can admire live sheep, alpacas, llamas, goats, and angora rabbits as well as the myriad of products that are produced from the critters. Watch competitions in the hand-spinning of wool and fleece; taste lamb delicacies and goat cheeses; witness demonstrations of shearing, spinning, dyeing, and other fiber-related skills; participate in a silent auction; and shop at an outstanding regional wool market that features juried vendors displaying their wool fiber, yarns, and artistic creations.
(800) 684-0340, www.taoswoolfestival.org

Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival October 6-7
Get your Irish up at the Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Music Festival at Riverside Park in Aztec. Compete if you’re feeling burly, or simply stand in awe of the laddies and lassies who will face off in as many as eight Celtic heavy athletic events, including the sheaf toss, weight for height, Braemar stone, Scottish hammer throw, and the caber toss. There’ll also be two days of music by a dozen Celtic bands and pipe ensembles. (505) 334-7646, www.aztechighlandgames.com

Aspen Fest Weekend October 6-7
Enjoy radiant golden aspens amidst the crisp air of the Sierra Blanca range and some down-home Americana during Aspen Fest Weekend at Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. This much-anticipated weekend includes a grand parade through Midtown Ruidoso with more than 25 floats and five marching bands, a state chile cook-off with live music and cold beer, arts and crafts fair, and a classic Rod Run & Car Show that highlights automobile art by elite car clubs from El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces.
(877) 784-3676, (575) 257-7395, www.ruidosonow.com/aspenfest/

Nambe Pueblo Celebrates St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day October 4
Situated in the beautiful western foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, about 25 miles northeast of Santa Fe, Nambe Pueblo will once again celebrate centuries of tradition during its annual St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day. A 9 a.m. Mass, that begins the festivity in the St. Francis Church on the pueblo, is followed by traditional Native dances, featuring tribal members, young and old, performing in riveting Pueblo-culture regalia. Buffalo and Deer dances have been performed in the past, but the exact dances aren’t determined until just before the event by tribal leaders.
(505) 455-2036 www.nambepueblo.org

Northern Navajo Nation Shiprock Fair October 3-7
Experience authentic Native American culture at the landmark 100th Annual Northern Navajo Nation Shiprock Fair at the Shiprock Fairgrounds. It’s the oldest Diné fair on the Navajo Nation and features the Ye’ii Be Chei Ceremony as the main event. The famous Yei-patterned rugs depicting deities are traditionally woven in the Shiprock area. Take in an inter-tribal powwow, Native arts and crafts, an Indian market, a parade, livestock exhibits, a rodeo, the Miss Northern Navajo Pageant, traditional Navajo social song and dance, and a barbecue and chile cook-off.
(800) 448-1240, (928) 656-3280, www.northernnavajonationfair.org

Abiquiu Studio Tour October 6-8
The stunning terrain of Georgia O’Keeffe Country becomes more visually spectacular when 34 area artists open their studios to the public during the Abiquiu Studio Tour. See examples of micaceous clay ceramics of the region, traditional Native and Hispanic pottery, retablos, santos, and furniture, as well as contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, textiles, wearable art, and much more. There are also places to eat northern New Mexico food, and buy fresh produce at the Pueblo de Abiquiu. Download a map and list of artists online.
(505) 685-4454, www.abiquiustudiotour.org

 

Veterans Day Ceremonies - Statewide November 11
Honoring those who served and are serving in the military is a special day in New Mexico. Plan on visiting one of the many veterans’ memorials throughout the state, including the powerful Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park, near Angel Fire (www.vietnamveteransmemorial.org); the New Mexico Veterans Memorial in Albuquerque (www.nmvetsmemorial.org.) as well as the many ceremonies held in individual communities.

New Mexico Ski Areas Open Thanksgiving 2013 (tentative)
Weather permitting; some of the state’s top winter-recreation playgrounds will open this Thanksgiving Day Weekend. From the world-class steeps at Taos Ski Valley (which also boasts vast offerings of intermediate and beginner slopes) to the intimate, family-friendly slopes at Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Red River Ski Area, skiing and snowboarding opportunities abound—along with snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating and more. Other areas include Angel Fire Resort, Pajarito Mountain in Los Alamos, Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, Ski Apache in Ruidoso, Ski Santa Fe, and Nordic skiing at Enchanted Forest near Red River, Valles Caldera National Preserve and Chama.
(505) 858-2422, www.skinewmexico.com

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