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.)
Annually in April
The Gathering of Nations invites you to experience colorful Native American PowWow song and dance that represents more than 3,000 indigenous dancers from than 500+ tribes from Canada and the United States. Admission includes the Indian Traders Market — featuring 800+ artists that will display their wares and for sale — and Stage 49, a place for Native music performances in all genres, including country, rap, and traditional song.
Annually in May
Join us for a celebration of Tucumcari’s frontier heritage and the famous ‘Rawhide’ TV show filmed in the town and the area. This event will feature the famous longhorn cattle drive and horse parade down historic Route 66, as well as other family events with an Old West twist — including a horseshoe-pitching competition, a country-music jamboree, and a Miss Rawhide contest.
Annually in May
Lilacs flourish and peak the last two weeks of May in Taos, so join us for this family event in Kit Carson Park. This festival showcases the abundant blooms, as well as a taco cook-off, live music, and a pet parade, costume contest, and blessing. (And, yes, you’ll learn how to grow and care for lilacs as well!)
Annually in June
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.
Every Fourth of July Weekend
The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, light parade, a pet costume contest, parade, and more. Roswell UFO Festival
Midsummer check their website for details
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.
Annually in August
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.
First Weekend of August
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.