New Mexico offers plenty of reasons to celebrate, from a chile fest to an alien bash to a duck race. The most unique events involve New Mexico's unique cultural heritage, such as SWAIA's Indian Market and The Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Markets held on Santa Fe's historic plaza, There are Native American dances at the pueblos. And fiestas held on town plazas throughout the state. Of course, the region's most picturesque event, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, fills the sky with unforgettable beauty.
As we continue to follow public health and safety guidelines to help combat the spread of COVID-19, many events across the state are going virtual. While travel is not encouraged at this time, we invite you to participate in these great events online wherever you are.
In addition to the wonderful virtual events listed below, you can also explore some of the wonders of New Mexico from home through these virtual, interactive tours, exhibits, and activities that showcase New Mexico’s beauty, culture, and spirit.
Taos Pueblo Fall Showcase—October 16 – 30
Taos Pueblo may be closed to visitors, but you can get a taste of the work created by the people with their Fall Showcase. A variety of art forms will be showcased from various artists through this online showcase and all are welcome to support the artisans of the Taos Pueblo community.
VIRTUAL Annual Native Treasures Collectors’ Sale—October 23-25
The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture will be hosting their annual Collector’s Sale virtually. In addition to the Collector’s Sale, comprised of generations of Native Art from private collectors, cultural learning experiences will also be offered as Auction items. Funds will support the development of new and innovative online educational programs and upcoming exhibitions at MIAC.
Spooky Science: Virtual Family Event –October 29
To celebrate this spooky season, the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History invites families to attend their virtual Spooky Science Night on October 29 at 6pm as they experiment with exciting, ooey, gooey activities for the whole family.
Dragon’s House of Horror’s Mile of Terror —Through Halloween
Buckle up and prepare for a mile of terror! This drive-thru haunted attraction can be enjoyed from the event from the safety of your own vehicle. Food, giveaways, and entertainment will also be available. Click here for dates, prices, and more information.
The Amazing Chase: Albucreepy - October 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, 31
Round up your best ghost-hunting crew and prepare yourself to visit 13 haunted locations around the Duke City. Venture out into the city chasing ghosts and other haunts while solving clues at each spooky location from Crew Chief Chucky. But be sure to keep an eye on all of your crew members—you don’t want to lose a teammate to a spirit or ghoul that might be lurking about.
Take a fun and informative stroll through the quiet, darkened streets of Old Town and experience the eyewitness accounts of spirits who make Old Town their eternal home of haunting! With plenty of stops to sit along the way, our family-friendly storytelling tour provides fascinating recounts of colorful characters who faced an untimely demise. Professional Tour Guides entertain you with tales mixed with chills and chuckles, this is the perfect Old Town outing and it is no wonder the Ghost Tour of Old Town is New Mexico’s oldest and most famous Ghost Walk!
International Museum of Folk Art’s World of Treasures Auction Premiers
Holiday shopping from home this year? Looking for memorable, one-of-a-kind gifts? Something special to dress up your own home? Then you won’t want to miss the Museum of International Folk Art’s online auction November 19-22. This first-time auction will give you the chance to bid on collectors' quality folk and fine art and fun experiences that will appeal to a variety of interests and budgets. Featured will be paintings, furniture, folk and fine art, ceramics, handcrafted textiles statement jewelry and much more, from all around the world. Extraordinary personal experiences include a weekend at The Inn of The Five Graces, vacation homestays and dining with local chefs and celebrities.
Know someone who is hard to shop for or who has everything they need? Think about making a gift in their name to support the museum. A variety of support opportunities, beginning at $25, will help buy folk art kits, support field trips and help fund upcoming museum exhibits. Registration at http://bidpal.net/worldoftreasures begins November 9, with the online preview starting November 15 at 5 pm. Bidding begins at 9 am on November 19 and concludes November 22 at 5 pm. All proceeds go to the museum’s education and exhibition programs.
If you are a fan of the Folk Art Flea, you will LOVE the World of Treasures Online Auction!
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) invites you to a virtual Día de los Muertos concert featuring Las Flores del Valle of Albuquerque. The event will take place on MOIFA’s Facebook Page at 7 p.m. MDT on Sunday, November 1, 2020. This concert is in conjunction with the exhibition “Música Buena: Hispano Folk Music of New Mexico,” funded by the International Folk Art Foundation.
As we continue to follow public health and safety guidelines to help slow the spread of COVID-19, we know many travel plans have been cancelled or put on hold. While travel is not advised or possible at this time, we invite you to explore the wonders of New Mexico from home through these virtual, interactive activities.
Soar in a hot air balloon, wander the corridors of Meow Wolf, explore the magnificent Carlsbad Caverns, browse the works of Georgia O’Keeffe, take a virtual hike through National Parks and Monuments, engage with our Native American culture, and so much more!
Stay safe, stay well, and we hope you stay inspired to visit New Mexico when the time is right.