2015 Annual Events

February 1-28 – Annual For the Love of Art Month
Las Cruces and Mesilla Plaza and Community Center. Book fair, including book vendors, Storytelling and children’s parade highlight week’s events.

March 7-8 – Cowboy Days
Nothing Says the Old West like the cowboy, and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum honors the western legend with a weekend festival complete with roping and riding demonstrations, “cowboy food,” dancing, and cowboy poetry. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. (575) 522-4100. www.frhm.org

March 22 – 26th Annual Bataan Death March
The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives. (575) 678-1134. www.bataanmarch.com

April 4 – Trinity Site Tour
The Trinity site is the location of the first atomic bomb explosion on earth. White Sands Missile Range. (575) 678-1134. www.wsmr.army.mil

April 24-26 – 3rd Annual Las Cruces Country Music Festival
The Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the Las Cruces Country Music Festival ….a three day celebration of country music in Las Cruces! The event features up and coming country music acts from Nashville and around the country! The festival showcases the music this city loves and the beautifully restored downtown! 575-541-2444. www.lccountryfest.com

April 25-26 – La Viña Spring Festival
A weekend of good music and good wine hosted by New Mexico’s oldest winery. La Viña Winery, La Union. (575) 882-7632. www.nmwine.com

May 2-3 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
A traditional Mexican fiesta that commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.. Experience traditional Mexican music, food and dancing on the historic Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 524-3262. www.mesillanm.gov/mesilla-visiting/calendar-of-events.html

May 15 – Blessing of the Field (Formerly the La Fiesta de San Ysidro)
A celebration of New Mexico’s 3,000 year-old farming heritage, featuring farming demonstrations, mariachi music, folklorico dancers, and a blessing of the fields, all capped off with an evening dance. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. (575) 522-4100. www.frhm.org

May 23-25 – Southern New Mexico Wine Festival
Visitors can sample wine from the many New Mexico wineries as well as enjoy live entertainment and local vendors. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. (575) 522-1232. www.snmwinefestival.com

July 3-4 – Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade, Celebration and Fireworks
Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Las Cruces celebrates with a parade of floats decorated with electric lights. Experience live entertainment throughout the day plus a spectacular fireworks display at night. All events are free and open to the public. (575) 528-3170, (575) 541-2200. www.las-cruces.org

September 5-6 – Hatch Chile Festival
The Mesilla Valley is the chile capital of the world, and what better way to celebrate than with a chile festival. Sample some of the finest chile while you enjoy food, crafts, an auction, live music and more. Hatch. (575) 267-1095, (575) 993-9393. www.hatchchilefest.com

September 5-7 – New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival
Celebrate New Mexico’s wine harvest with grape stomping, wine tasting, and live entertainment. Festival features arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities, hourly wine seminars and a great relaxed atmosphere. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 11 miles west on I-10 exit 132. 12 noon – 6 pm each day $13 adults 21 and older, under 21 free but must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. $3 discount for active duty military on Monday. (575) 522-1232. www.snmwinefestival.com

September 12-13 – 16 de Septiembre Fiesta
Mexican Independence Day! Join the village of Mesilla as they commemorate Mexico’s independence. Be sure to catch folklorico dances, mariachi music, and authentic Mexican cuisine and have a really good time. Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 524-3262, ext 116. www.mesillanm.gov/mesilla-visiting/calendar-of-events.html

September 19-20 – White Sands Hot Air Balloon Invitational
A collection of colorful balloons filling the air over the white gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument. (575) 437-6120, 800-826-0294, www.alamogordo.com

September 26–October 25 – Mesilla Valley Corn Maze
It’s the most fun you can have in a corn field. Bring the kids and those that are “kids at heart” to the rural fun of the Mesilla Valley Maze. Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch to look for the perfect Jack-O-Lantern, then discover the many twists and turns amazingly cut into a corn field. Saturdays and Sundays. 3855 West Picacho Avenue. (575) 526-1919. www.mesillavalleymaze.com

September 30-October 4 – Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo
The Southern New Mexico State Fair has something for everyone; a midway, an auction, food, music, livestock shows and a cowboy rodeo. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. (575) 524-8602. http://www.snmstatefairgrounds.net/

October 3-4 – Mesilla Jazz Happening
Mesilla Valley Jazz Happening will be swinging into historic Old Mesilla at the Mercado Plaza and on the Historic Plaza. The Plazas will host free live jazz music at two venues. A special Wine Garden at each venue featuring eight New Mexico Wineries will provide wine tasting. Horse drawn wagons will offer free transportation between the Mercado and the historic plaza. Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 526-2620, 575-524-3262, ext. 116. www.mesillanm.gov/mesilla-visiting/calendar-of-events.html

October 10 – Annual Frontier Days
Take a trip back in time with a visit to Fort Selden State Monument as they honor the civilians and soldiers who lived at the fort and protected the residents of the Mesilla Valley after the Civil War. Among the groups honored are the Buffalo Soldiers who, were some of the first soldiers assigned to the Fort. Fort Selden State Monument. (575) 526-8911, 800-429-9488. www.nmculture.org

October 10 – 11 – La Viña Harvest Wine Festival
This festival is the oldest wine festival in New Mexico and features food, entertainment and of course, wine produced by New Mexico’s oldest winery. La Viña Winery, La Union. (575) 882-7632. http://lavinawinery.com/fallfest/index.html

October 30 – November 1 – Dia de los Muertos
Celebrate the Day of the Dead with lots of music and food. Join the candlelight procession as the dead are remembered. Homemade altars are on display and a giant pinata is broken open. November 2 is the procession at 6 pm to the cemetery. Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 524-3262, ext. 116. www.mesillanm.gov/mesilla-visiting/calendar-of-events.html

November 7-8 – Renaissance ArtsFaire
Spend a weekend with Kings and Queens at the 36th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire. Local, state and regional artisans gather to participate in a juried art show and exhibition. Only the highest quality arts & crafts are for sale accompanied by live theater, dancing, music and food, all presented with a Renaissance theme. Young Park. (575) 523-6403. www.las-cruces-arts.org

December 24 – Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza
The historic village of Old Mesilla is aglow with thousands of luminarias and caroling. (575) 524-3262. www.mesillanm.gov/mesilla-visiting/calendar-of-events.html