2022 Annual Events
Although Visit Las Cruces strives to maintain the most up-to-date event information, several annual events have been/may be canceled or rescheduled due to COVID-19. Anyone planning to attend any event(s) listed should contact the event organizer(s) prior to attending any event(s).
February 1-28 – Annual for the Love of Art Month, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Art Exhibits throughout the City of Las Cruces and Old Mesilla Plaza. Which includes book vendors, storytelling, and children’s parade highlight week’s events. www.artformsnm.org
March 2-6 – Las Cruces International Film Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces International Film Festival features the best of the best in independent cinema, workshops, panels, celebrity appearances and VIP parties. As much as we would love to gather at the Allen theatres and watch great movies, current conditions make it necessary to stream this year’s festival in the comfort of our own homes. With over 100 fantastic movies, this year’s festival will be one of our best. We have partnered with Film Festival Flix, one of the leading film festival virtual channels. More information on how to stream the festival and our movies and workshops will be made available shortly. We look forward to sharing our incredible slate of films, programs, workshops, and special events with you online. Stay tuned for more exciting announcements. Las Cruces International Film Festival: To Recognize Creative Film-making (lascrucesfilmfest.com)
March 4-5– Cowboy Days, Las Cruces, New Mexico
March 4 is living history from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a lecture called “The Trial of Billy the Kid,” by author David Thomas at 2 p.m.
March 5 is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the admission is $10 per vehicle. Saturday’s activities include many demonstrations, children’s activities, food trucks, and cowboy music. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. (575) 522-4100. www.frhm.org
March 20 – Annual Bataan Death March, White Sands Missile Range/Las Cruces, New Mexico – *Virtual*
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. Please go online to register and for more information. www.bataanmarch.com
April 7-10 – Las Cruces Space Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico
The Las Cruces Space Festival is an annual celebration of space-related activity and interest in southern New Mexico and beyond. Various locations in & around Las Cruces. https://lcspacefestival.com/
April 30-May 1st – La Viña Spring Festival, La Union near Las Cruces, New Mexico
A weekend of good music and good wine hosted by New Mexico’s oldest winery. 12-7 pm. La Viña Winery, La Union. (575) 882-7632. http://lavinawinery.com/
May TBA – Annual Blazin’ Brew Fest, Las Cruces, New Mexico
The New Mexico Brewer’s Guild returns for the Annual Blazin Brew Fest! Each guest receives souvenir pint glass and samples from New Mexico Breweries. Live Music, Las Cruces Food Trucks, Games and Home Brewing Demonstrations. Full pints and package beer also available. 5 – 9 pm. $20 at the door, $15 for Early Bird tickets available at Las Cruces Breweries and at nmbeer.org Tickets and more information are available online at www.nmbeer.org
May 7-8 – Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Old Mesilla near Las Cruces, New Mexico
A traditional Mexican fiesta honoring Mexico’s second revolution. Experience traditional Mexican music, food and dancing on the historic Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 524-3262. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
May 29-31 (pending) – Las Cruces Wine Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Visitors can sample wine from the many New Mexico wineries as well as enjoy live entertainment and local vendors. Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds. Click here for more info.
July 3 – Annual 4th of July Electric Light Parade “Stars and Stripes Forever”, Las Cruces, New Mexico
The city Parks & Recreation Department is accepting entries for lighted floats to participate in the July 3 parade along Solano Drive and Hadley Avenue. For information on the July 3 or 4 events, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575-541-2550. For information relating to NMSU, call NMSU Marketing and Communications at 575-646-5981.
July 4 –Annual 4th of July Celebration and Fireworks, Las Cruces, New Mexico
For information on the July 3 or 4 events, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 575-541-2550.
August/September – SalsaFest & Taco Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico
This year’s event is shaping up to be more exciting than ever with live music, a catered outdoor dining experience, salsa dancing classes, live performances and music, a kid tent, and great food vendors and, of course, our salsa making competition! Downtown Main Street. Main Street Office, 138 S. Water. 575-525-1955.
September TBA – White Sands Balloon and Music Festival, east of Las Cruces, New Mexico
Join us for a weekend of family-friendly fun. This one-of-a-kind Balloon and Music Festival will have something fun for everyone. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy food, arts and crafts, beer, and wine vendors, with a fantastic view of the Sacramento Mountains. 575-437-6120. Purchase tickets here. www.alamogordo.com
September TBA-October TBA – Mesilla Valley Maze, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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 3-4 – Hatch Chile Festival, Hatch, New Mexico
This will be a community shindig this year. Chile roasting, restaurants, food vendors, entertainment, All doors will be thrown open to welcome you to Hatch, NM – The Chile Capital of the World. Family fun near the Hatch High School, with a carnival, parade, vendors and entertainment. Hatch, NM. (575) 267-5132. https://hatchchilefestival.org/
September 3-5 (pending) – Harvest Wine Festival, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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. www.nmwine.com
September 17-18 – Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta, Old Mesilla, near Las Cruces, New Mexico
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. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
September 24-25 – La Viña Harvest Wine Festival, La Union, south of Las Cruces, New Mexico
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. 12-7 pm. La Viña Winery, La Union. (575) 882-7632. www.nmwine.com
September 28-October 2 – Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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. www.snmstatefair.com
October TBA – City Fest Festival Downtown Plaza
Music and family fun for the whole family. 575-541-2167/575-541-2444.
October 1 – Trinity Site Tour, north of Las Cruces, New Mexico
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
October 1-2 – Mesilla Jazz Happening, Old Mesilla, near Las Cruces, New Mexico
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. Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 526-2620. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
October 29-30 – Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, Mesilla, New Mexico
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 piñata is broken open. Old Mesilla Plaza. (575) 524-3262, ext. 116. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
November 5-6 – Renaissance ArtsFaire, Las Cruces, New Mexico
Spend a weekend with Kings and Queens at the 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. Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. Young Park. (575) 523-6403. http://daarts.org
November 9-13 (pending) – Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference Student Showcase, Concert and Mariachi Mass Spectacular concert featuring known mariachi performers. If you are a student and would like to participate in the workshops please call 575-525-1735 or visit our website to watch for a registration date for on-line registration at www.lascrucesmariachi.org or call for admission. 575-525-1735.
November 19-20 – HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market
This annual event showcases foods and food products grown and produced in New Mexico. As the holiday shopping season arrives, visitors are invited to come and purchase the best that New Mexico has to offer. The event is a partnership between the Museum and the New Mexico Department of Agriculture as more than 50 vendors from around the state will be here. Call (575) 522-4100 for more information. Saturday 9 am – 5 pm, Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road. www.frhm.org
December 2 – Old Mesilla Christmas Tree Lighting
Old Mesilla Plaza, 2231 Avenida de Mesilla. 575-524-3262. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
December 3 – Las Cruces Christmas Tree Lighting
Come have fun with your family and enjoy some hot chocolate with Santa. Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 S. Main Street. Time: TBA. Free. 575-541-2444. www.VisitLasCruces.com
December 24 – Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza, Old Mesilla, near Las Cruces, New Mexico
The historic village of Old Mesilla is aglow with thousands of luminarias and caroling. (575) 524-3262. https://www.mesillanm.gov/events/
December 31 – Las Cruces Chile Drop
Join us for the annual Chile Drop! The night features live music, plenty of local food trucks, and of course the dropping of a 19-foot chrome Chile featuring 400 feet of LED lighting! Help us celebrate the New Year on the Plaza de Las Cruces for a night you won’t forget! email@example.com