Native American Events

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 – from the traditional, like the Navajo Nation Fair and arts and crafts fairs at Zuni Pueblo and Ohkay Owingeh; to the ceremonial, like community Pueblo feast days and dances and the annual Mescalero Apache Ceremonial; to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market, Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque and the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial.

The Gathering of Nations Pow Wow

“...All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged.”

Nearly 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes of Canada and the United Stated will gather in Albuquerque for the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow at The Pit at the University of New Mexico.

Activities and events include competition Indian singing and dancing. Indian traders market, and a street fair on Pow Wow Alley, filled with aisles of shopping, and native foods and music.

The Indian Trader's Market offers a very special shopping experience and exhibition of Native artifacts from throughout the Americas featuring over 800 artists, crafters and traders, and the crowning of Miss Indian World. All events are open to the public, and photos are encouraged.

The Gathering of Nations is a Native American Indian 501(c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1983 to promote Native American, American Indian (indigenous) culture and tradition, and dispel stereotypes created about Native American Indian and indigenous people. Among many contributions to the Native American community, the Gathering of Nations founded and funds the Academic Scholarship Foundation for Native American students.


Watch the Gathering of Nations Video Here!

The Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

“...The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends”

The 91st annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial – complete with Indian art sales and exhibits, tribal dances, the All-Indian Rodeo, parades, rug auctions, and Indian Art Village – is August 8-12, 2012, in Gallup and nearby Red Rock Park (RRP).

The annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends. The Ceremonial represents what it means to be a Native American, and is a cultural experience cherished and treasured by its many visitors. It is a highlight of New Mexico’s annual calendar of events, and one not to be missed.

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Big Annual Events

Annually In March
The Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort every March
Early April
Cowboy Cooking at its Best
April 25, 26, 27, 2013
Gathering on Nations Pow Wow
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale.
July 5-7, 2013
Roswell UFO Festival
July 4th Weekend
Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event with plenty of award winning BBQ.
July 12, 13 & 14, 2013
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe
July 26, 27 and 28, 2013
62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Santa Fe
Late July Early August
Get down to Earth at the Silver City Clay Festival
4th weekend in August
The Great American Duck Race
August 7 - 11, 2013
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Annually In August
The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
August 12-18, 2013
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe
August 15th - 17th, 2013
Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights
Red River
August 31 & September 1, 2013
Hatch Chile Festival
Hatch, NM
September 21 - 22, 2013
Hot Air Balloon Invitational
White Sands National Monument
SEPTEMBER 25 - 29, 2013
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe
Mid September
Globalquerque! is New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
September 27-29, 2013
The Whole Enchilada Festival
Las Cruces
Late September
We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy
October 5 - 13, 2013
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
October 11 - 13, 2013
Lincoln County
Cowboy Symposium
November 19 - 24, 2013
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque Del Apache
December 6 - 8 2013
Red Rock Balloon Rally