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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.)

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

 

July 28 & 29

The High Country Arts and Crafts Festival welcomes art enthusiasts to join them in their 36th annual juried show open to qualified artisans and crafters. Enjoy art from talented artisans from around the country all while appreciating the stunning Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the beautiful Eagle Nest Lake.  High Country Arts and Crafts 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 16-18

This four-day event entails live music, multiple cook-offs, the New Mexico Sate Green Chile Championship, the Lone Star BBQ Society cook-off, and much more! Enjoy live performances from various artists throughout music venues all over town.  http://larryjoetaylor.com/red_river.htm

 

August 18 - 19

Questa’s third-annual art tour is a great way to be exposed to many forms and pieces of one-of-a-kind art such as pottery, glasswork, handmade soaps, photos, works in leather, and many more.  https://www.questaartstour.com/

 

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 13 - 16

For their 43rd annual festival, you can expect: bluegrass, old-time and Americana bands, instructional workshops, dancing, food, beer garden, and much more. https://redriver.org/events/red-river-bluegrass-festival

 

September 14 - 15

This highly anticipated event will take you on an artistic adventure like you’ve never seen. Join many artists during their display of art installations, performance, and projections onto the streets of Taos. https://paseoproject.org/

 

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