It’s National Travel and Tourism Week, and Las Cruces Has Lots to Celebrate.
This year’s theme is “Travel Matters” and a visit to Las Cruces is guaranteed to enrich, entertain and educate. We offer tons of fantastic attractions including museums, outdoor recreation, plenty of arts and culture, wineries, breweries, world-class Mexican food, and of course, good ol’ New Mexico hospitality.
The City of the Crosses is also proudly home to three national monuments including the Organ Mountain-Desert Peaks National Monument which protects 500,000 acres of public land and offers countless recreational opportunities to visitors. The monument celebrates its 5th Anniversary of being designated a national monument on May 18.
Las Cruces – A Great Place to Play in May!
9 Events You Won’t Want to Miss.
Las Cruces has it all – from outdoor adventure, gorgeous natural resources, national parks and monuments, and an ultra- vibrant culture. And we keep the fun ramped up year-round with a packed calendar of events, from festivals to fiestas to art shows and more. There’s sure to be something to strike your fancy. Here’s what’s happening in May!
May 4-5-Cinco De Mayo Fiesta in Old Mesilla
Mariachis, Ballet Folklorico, pinatas, traditional Mexican food and music and so much more. Soak up the colors, sounds, and flavors of Mexico while you enjoy a traditional Mexican fiesta in historic Old Mesilla near Las Cruces. The kid will want to try their hands at the pinata and on the greased pole climb! The fun starts at noon on Saturday and runs through Sunday at 7 PM.
For more info : (575-524-3262)
May 4-5-Mullet de Mayo
Long live the mullet!
Rock your mullet (whether it be real or not) and get in free to this one of a kind event. Join in for a weekend of fun, food, music, new wine and beer releases and lots of vendors. They say it’s going to be epic, dude.
NM Vintage Market, 2310 Avenida de Mesilla in Mesilla, near Las Cruces. Noon to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
May at the Rio Grande Theatre
Our beautifully restored historic Rio Grande Theatre offers up another great month of affordable and diverse entertainment with shows like perennial favorite Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, along with Episodes V and VI, Lethal Weapon – Throwback Thursday, kids’ favorite Toy Story 2, cult classic Citizen Kane, the sounds of Mesilla Valley Chorale and the American classic, The Sound of Music.
For details and a complete calendar: https://www.riograndetheatre.org/rio-grande-theatre-calendar/
May 8-Evening Farmers Market Pop Up
Spend a lovely spring evening strolling seven entire blocks of the Farmers & Crafts Market of Las Cruces. Select from hundreds of artisans and vendors. All products are handcrafted, homemade and locally grown by local farmers, growers, artists and craftspeople of Dona Ana County. Enjoy the live music and other entertainment and grab a bite from one of the food trucks. Weather permitting. Next market days are June 12, July 10, August 14.
Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main St.
May 10 – Prince and Queen Tribute Bands
“The Greatest Concert That Never Was” takes over downtown Las Cruces on May 10 celebrating and paying tribute to two of the most beloved acts of all time: Prince and Queen.
Purple Madness kicks off the show at 6:30 (with gates opening at 5:30) This electrifying performance captures the energy and sound of Prince. Queen Nation, a Tribute to Queen is a visual and musical celebration of Queen. If you’ve seen Bohemian Rhapsody, this is a must see!
Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the door. Free admission for 12 and under
Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street
May 17-19 – Bullshot Crummond
The Rio Grande Theatre continues to bring us the best in variety and entertainment. For a good comedy fix, grab a seat and popcorn and settle in for a viewing of classic detective parody Bullshot Crummond. This outrageous comedy set in the ’30s is complete with a mad professor, heroines and all sorts of hyjinx. Be prepared to laugh.
Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N Main St.
May 17 and 18, 7 PM
May 19, 2 PM
May 17 – Annual Blazin’ Brew Festival
Are you a fan of the Brew? (And who isn’t?) Then this is the event for you. The New Mexico Brewers Guild returns for the 5th Annual Blazin’ Brew Festival. Enjoy samples from New Mexico breweries, score a souvenir glass and soak up the live music, Las Cruces Food Trucks, games, and watch a Home Brewing Demonstration to find out just how the magic happens! Full pints and package beer available. Stock up now! Tickets are $15 for early birds and $20 at the door.
Downtown Plaza de Las Cruces
100 N Main Street
May 17, 5 PM – 9 PM
Tickets and more info: nmbeer.org
May 17 – Las Cruces Uke Festival
A showcase of the mighty ukulele is coming to NMSU Recital Hall. The Las Cruces UkeFest kicks off with a concert featuring professional ukulele instructors and performers. You’ll hear jazz, folk, and other genres, all ukulele style! Come on down!
NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall, 1075 N Horseshoe Circle
May 17 7 PM – 9 PM
All schedules and events are subject to change. For more exciting events in Las Cruces visit https://www.lascrucescvb.org/las-cruces-events/