One of the nation’s premier cowboy events, the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, returns to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track every fall. The Symposium – named one of North America's top 100 events by the American Bus Association - welcomes more than 20,000 visitors annually to celebrate all things Western: from cowboy poets, musicians, and chuck wagon cooks to horsemanship demonstrations, Western artists and vendors. Highlights of the Symposium include the World Championship Chuckwagon Competition; demonstrations of many different types of horse-related activities; activities for the children; and live music around every corner.
The annual Great American Duck Race in Deming offers tons of family fun. Every August this event features fast duck race competitions, Duck Dances, a softball tournament, a carnival, hot air balloons, barbecues, parades, craft vendors and nonstop entertainment. Most Duck Race activities take place at or near McKinley Duck Downs (the Luna County Courthouse Park) unless otherwise noted:
Taking place during migrations each November, the annual Festival of the Cranes offers something for everyone: from backyard birders to bird experts, from amateur photographers to pros. The Festival highlights the world-renowned Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, one of the most spectacular national wildlife refuges in North America. Activities include refuge tours; bird, biology, geology and art workshops; keynote speakers; and much more. Members of the Audubon Council of New Mexico, the Central New Mexico Audubon Society, the American Birding Association and the Friends of the Bosque Board will be on hand at the observation decks around the Bosque tour loops to assist visitors with questions and to share their birding expertise and scopes.
In early July 1947, a mysterious object crashed on a ranch 30 miles north of Roswell. The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement claiming to have recovered a crashed “flying disk,” and an article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record. The next day, however, the RAAF changed its statement to say that the object was a weather balloon. The statement sparked immediate controversy and has continued to be a topic of debate. MainStreet Roswell, Roswell Parks and Recreation, Roswell Museum and Art Center, the Roswell Runners Club, and Roswell Lodgers Tax invite UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of this “debate,” of the Roswell Incident at the UFO Festival. Taking place each 4th of July weekend, events include guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, a pet costume contest, parade, car show and contest.
The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day as an exciting and fiery finale to the last days of summer. Zozobra 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 wood, wire and cotton cloth and stuffed with hundreds of bags of shredded paper, Zozobra is a dark and eerie character, part ghost and part monster. Since those early days, 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 - and this year, the event will be broadcast to the world so anyone can partake.
Held each September, the New Mexico State Fair remains one of the largest fairs in the nation, with PRCA rodeo and nationally known country-western recording stars, and the Indian and Spanish villages - all the makings for a fantastic family experience! The New Mexico State Fair offers livestock exhibits and competitions of all kinds to local farmers, ranchers, and 4H club members, while school children from all over the state look forward to seeing their art work displayed in one of the exhibit halls. Stop by the midway and checkout the excitement of rides and games of skill. The snacks are plentiful, and the exhibit halls are packed with the finest arts, crafts and livestock that New Mexico has to offer.
Each September, more than 35,000 motorcycles roar into the Ruidoso Valley for the annual Ruidoso Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally and Trade Show in September.
Sponsored by the Golden Aspen Rally Association, the rally, features a daily trade show, food and beverage, poker runs, field games, giveaways, & the crowning of the Golden Aspen Rally Queen and King.
Taking place every summer in Silver City, New Mexico since 2012, the Silver City CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and life-long learners to explore clay in its many forms as well as its impact on our history, present, and future. CLAY features hands-on workshops, exhibitions, tours, lectures, Gallery Night, CLAYFest Market, youth activities, and more. The festival intends to foster an entrepreneurial spirit that engages local businesses, artists, and the global community in a unified enthusiasm for clay leading to rural economic sustainability.