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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.)

April 25 – 29

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. Gathering of Nations PowWow


May 3 – 4

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.  Tucumcari Rawhide Days


May 17 – 19

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!)  Taos Lilac Festival


May 25 - 27

A Memorial Weekend tradition, with three days of wine, food, music, arts and crafts vendors and a good time! Find the wines you like through sampling, purchase a glass to enjoy onsite and buy bottles to take home to enjoy later. Festivals taking place in Las Cruces and Albuquerque.  New Mexico Wine Festivals


June 15 - 22

The National Institute of Flamenco is proud to present this celebration of the traditional Spanish dance. Distinguished as the most important and longest-standing flamenco event outside of Spain, Festival Flamenco is a true celebration of cultural exchange and includes a number of workshops along with spectacular performances by world-class performers.  Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque


July 5 – 7

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


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