Las Cruces Country Music Festival 2019! – October 11- 13
Las Cruces Country Music Festival 2019 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Bringing a star-studded lineup including Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson, Ronnie Milsap and more. In its seventh big year, the festival has been named one of New Mexico’s Top 6 Festivals and brings 3 days of great music, food, and fun for everyone. You won’t want to miss this.
The Best Of Las Cruces
8 Great Things to Do Each Day Before the Festival Starts
There are hundreds of reasons to visit Las Cruces. We’re sharing our team’s favorites and some suggestions to make the most of your festival weekend by exploring the best of Las Cruces.
White Sands National Monument
A never-ending sea of shifting white sands awaits you just under an hour from Las Cruces. A visit to White Sands National Monument is the perfect family bonding opportunity. Sledding down the white sand dunes is a one of a kind experience. Bring the pup, and enjoy one of the park’s five established hiking trails. White Sands offers something for everyone! An environmentalist’s dream, photographer’s haven and a great place for the active and adventurous to hike, bike, or backcountry camp, don’t pass up the chance to experience the amazing White Sands National Monument.
Green Chile Burger- A Local Fave
It’s no secret! New Mexico loves our Green Chile Cheeseburger. There’s nothing like heaping a spoon full of home grown green chile straight from our local green chile crop onto a juicy burger and layering it with aged melted cheese. That’s our idea of farm fresh! Make it hot and spicy or keep it on the mild side. Las Cruces serves them up your style – from local burger spots to an upscale experience. Some favorites to check out are Day’s Burgers, Dick’s Cafe, Chilito’s, Go Burger, Burger Time or La Posta, Double Eagle or The Game Sports Bar. La Posta is celebrating 80 years so they know their Green Chile. Venture out and find your perfect Green Chile Cheeseburger!
New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum – A Living Museum
A visit to the Museum promises hours of fun and learning for visitors of all ages. Many exhibits and demonstrations – both indoors and out – bring the history of farming and ranching in New Mexico to life. Watch a cow being milked, stroll along the corrals filled with livestock, enjoy the gardens or experience the interactive exhibits like blacksmithing, quilting, water dowsing and more. Be sure to bring your camera for a one of a kind selfie!
Visit: www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org for more information.
Farmers Market – Where Las Cruces Meets!
The award-winning Las Cruces Farmers & Crafts Market on Main Street is a feast for all your senses! Street performers, delicious local fare, the vibrant colors and crafts, and the warm Las Cruces vibe all blend to provide an enticing way to while away a few hours. Meet some locals or visit with your neighbors while you enjoy the sounds of folk music, mariachi combos, or other local talent as you peruse locally made hand-crafted items and seasonal local produce. The Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 8:30am – 1pm on charming Main Street in Downtown Las Cruces.
It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere!
Fall is a great time to pair up your lunch with a great local wine, or to visit one of our local wineries. New Mexico is the oldest wine producing region in the United States and Las Cruces has its share of great vintages. Visit Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria for a fabulous fall lunch, authentic Italian food and over two dozen Italian varietals bottled by the family. Stop by La Vina Winery for a tasting of classic New Mexican wines and a tour of this historic winery.
Amaro Winery, with a winemaker originally from Germany offers up several varietals of red and white, and a beautiful tasting room and outdoor patio for your tasting.
Favor French wines? Stop by Lescombes Family Vineyards (formerly St Clair Winery.) They are sixth-generation French winemakers who know a thing or two about making good wine. At their winery and bistro, taste epicurean-style dishes paired with award winning local wines.
Enjoy the Great New Mexico Outdoors!
Hiking, mountain biking or on horseback – we’ve got you covered.
Fall is the ideal time to get outdoors. If you can’t get enough of the great outdoors, pack up your gear and get moving. Hiking opportunities for every level from beginners to advanced in Las Cruces and the surrounding area abound. Head north to the Dona Ana Mountains or Picacho Peak for miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback trails. Go South to historic Kilborne Hole, a designated National Natural Landmark to add some geologic interpretation to your hike. To the east lie Tortugas “A” Mountain, Aguirre Spring Campground and the Dripping Springs Natural Area with lots of easy hiking trails, wildlife viewing and picnicking. Also amazing are Sierra Vista Trail, Bar Canyon and Aden Hills.
Did Someone Say “Ahhhhh?”
Hot Yoga, Manicures and More
When was the last time you were properly pampered? How about grabbing a little “you” time at one of Las Cruces’ spas and salons. Grab your gal pals and get your weekend started with a mini girls’ getaway. Find the perfect spot in Las Cruces for your head to toe pampering and relaxation. After all, you do want to be festival-ready!
Shop ‘Til You Drop
Traditional shopping malls to quaint historic village shops – Las Cruces offers it all. You’ll find the largest selection of stores in Southern New Mexico at the Mesilla Valley Mall and plenty of discount stores at the Laguna Seca Plaza. For the more unique finds including southwestern art, fashion and crafts, visit the boutiques and specialty shops of downtown Las Cruces and historic Old Mesilla Plaza. For local produce and fruits, crafts, clothing, photography, art and jewelry created by our local artisans, Las Cruces Farmers & Craft Market can’t be beat.
Make the most of your festival weekend. Start your days off early, enjoy the amazing sunrise and experience the best of Las Cruces.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information presented here, but because the extensive number of events and numbers of sources used, Visit Las Cruces assumes no responsibility for errors, changes, or omissions.
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