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True Events

What is it that makes an event New Mexico True? These special events highlight the very best of New Mexico’s unique cultural and heritage. From live music and Native art to food and beer, you’ll be promised a truly unique experience when you travel to these events. 


May – October

Masterpieces from one of Europe’s greatest museums. Blue skies. Historic downtown Santa Fe. Madrid’s Prado Museum meets the Land of Enchantment in an outdoor exhibition of 93 masterworks in downtown Santa Fe, now through the end of October.


Prado Exhibition

JULY 22-30

Hands-on pottery workshops. A ceramics craft market. Clay Play for kids. Get your hands muddy while learning a new craft at the Silver City Clay Festival, July 22nd through 30th.


Silver City CLAY Festival

August 25 Statewide - FREE Admission to 8 NM Parks

Spectacular vistas. Ancient ruins. Nature hikes for the whole family. Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday, Friday, August 25th, with FREE admission at 8 park sites around the state: 


NPS Birthday Celebrations

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

August 5-13

Traditional song and dance. Weaving and silversmith demonstrations. A Native-American film festival. Experience rich culture and native traditions at the Intertribal Indian Ceremonial in Gallup, August 4th through 13th.


Gallup Intertribal Ceremonial

September 2-3 Labor Day Weekend

Nightly concerts. A beer garden with local brews. And a chile-eating contest Savor the aroma of fresh chile roasting this Labor Day Weekend at the Hatch Chile Festival, September 2nd and 3rd.

Hatch Chile Festival