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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.)

May 18 - 20

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

Riverfest is a community-supported, free event that celebrates Farmington’s rivers, trails, and parks over Memorial Day weekend. Expect to experience river-raft rides, live music, a Native market, the annual Wiener Dog Races, and the Riverfest 10K and 5K.  Farmington Riverfest


May 26 - 28

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 9 - 16

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


June 30

Nashville’s top country songwriters head to Northern New Mexico for this lakeside jamboree! Taking place next to scenic Eagle Nest Lake State Park, this music festival combines the some of the hottest rising country music with a landscape only New Mexico can deliver.   Nashville to New Mexico


July 6 – 8

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 7

The 12th 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


July 16 - 21

The Silver City CLAY Festival gathers together artists, educators, entrepreneurs, families, youth, adventurers, and lifelong 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.  Silver City CLAY Festival


July 27 & 28

Wildlife West produces an annual music festival that brings you the best of bluegrass, Western swing, Irish, singer/songwriter, and other acoustic genres. This music festival includes workshops, open jams, and other events, providing entertainment and fun for musicians and visitors alike. (Bonus: Your family can also fully enjoy the zoo and other park features!)  Edgewood Music and Art Festival


August 4

Lincoln is the village in which Billy the Kid’s last 1881 escape occurred — and it was also the epicenter of the Lincoln County War. Learn about the history of Lincoln and Lincoln County by visiting the courthouse from which the escape occurred, the museums, and other historic buildings and re-creations of life in the 1880’s, plus food vendors, live music, food, and a parade.  Old Lincoln Days


August 3 - 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


August 25 & 26

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 31

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


September 1 & 2

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 8

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


September 22

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.

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