There’s always a reason to celebrate in New Mexico.

Lavender, flamenco, river-rafting, Native dancers, 50-foot-tall puppets being lit on fire — these events show off the best of summer in the Land of Enchantment. (And, yes, there will even be pie.)

July 20 - 21

The 13th annual Lavender Festival returns with live music, free yoga classes, a kids camp, wellness seminars, cooking demonstrations, and 70 artisans offering everything from lavender bouquets to lavender paintings, pies, spices, lotions, beer, and wine. A perfect day for lavender lovers of all ages.  Lavender in the Village

 

July 14 & 15

Spend a magical summer day in a one-of-a-kind spot nestled in the beautiful Chama River Valley. Celebrate the abundance and glory of lavender at this sweet annual festival, which includes live music, food, local artists, and complimentary tours through the lavender fields.  Lavender in the Valley

 

August 2 - 11

The Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial — complete with Indian art sales and exhibits, tribal dances, the All-Indian Rodeo, parades, rug auctions, and Indian Art Village — gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience with family and friends.  Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial

 

Aug 16, 17, 18

Meow Wolf’s immersive weekend experience in Taos, New Mexico. Three days of live music, adventure, experimental interactions, and friends. Dive in!

Meow Wolf Taos Vortex

 

August 24 & 25

The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta is one of the most unique flying experiences that  guests can experience. Take a breathtaking flight over one of New Mexico's most majestic lakes with your water chase crew behind you. Expect a balloon glow to light up the night.  Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

 

August 30

Come experience the 94th annual Burning of Zozobra, one of New Mexico’s most unique events. Live entertainment and food continue through dusk, and once it’s dark, torchbearers light up the 50-foot-tall Old Man Gloom: a puppet stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper bearing the sad thoughts of Santa Feans and festival goers.  Burning of Zozobra

 

August 31 – September 1

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of New Mexico’s most esteemed crop. Festivalgoers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the Chile Festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop.  Hatch Chile Festival

 

September 14

Celebrate the art of pie in the town whose name says it all. Come to this event for all things pie: pie-baking contests, pie-eating competitions, and, of course, a few slices for the road from Pie Town’s cherished cafés.  Pie Town Pie Festival

 

August 25

Come experience the national parks! In celebration of National Public Lands Day, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

NPS Fee-Free Day

Aztec Ruins National Monument 

Bandelier National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

White Sands National Monument

Valles Caldera National Preserve