Stroll Under the Full Moon at White Sands, Join the party at La Gran Fiesta, Kick up some fun at the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo, Celebrate our National Public Lands, or Ride an Old West Stagecoach.
No. 1 White Sands National Monument Full Moon Hike
Have you ever wanted to hike the dunes under the magical glow of the full moon? Grab this unique opportunity to enjoy the peace and serenity of the white, vast, endless dunes, and experience the area under a sky full of stars. Join one of the White Sands National Monument trained rangers for a full moon hike and see firsthand how the local wildlife survives in the dunes.
Full moon hikes are offered once a month on the night before the full moon.
Entrance fee to monument also applies in addition to program fees.
Date and Times:
09/23/2018 6:45pm to 8:00pm
$8 per adult, $4 per child
White Sands National Monument, Dune Life Nature Trail
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No. 2 La Gran Fiesta (The Big Event)
Celebrate southern Mexico traditions and food in a BIG way. La Gran Fiesta packs 3-full days of culture, food, arts, music, entertainment, and family fun at the Plaza de Las Cruces. September 21-23.
Move to the beat of spectacular music with headliner A.B. Quintanilla III and The Kumbia King Allstarz and other local musicians. Experience a moving special ceremony as CARE Honors National POW/MIA Recognition Day with pre and post-ceremony musical performances. (Veterans and one guest are FREE.)
Watch for the parade, and non-stop entertainment including mariachis, folklorico dancers, a fashion show, games, a carnival and more.
And if competition is in your blood – join in Roberto’s Enchilada Cook-Off Contest, Lumbre Chile Eating Contest and more.
Come and celebrate our heritage with La Gran Fiesta.
Date and Times:
Friday, September 21, 2018, 5:00pm – Sunday, September 23, 2018. 5:00 PM MDT
Plaza de Las Cruces, 100 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88001
Depends on tickets selected. $10 – $100.
For more information about 2018 La Gran Fiesta or CARE, visit carelascruces.org or call Yoli Diaz at 575-649-0598 or email at email@example.com and reference subject: 2018 La Gran Fiesta/CARE/Eventbrite
No. 3 Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo:
New Mexico’s Finest State Fair!
No. 3 Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo: New Mexico’s Finest State Fair!
Special Events, Music, and Lots of Great Eats–Nothing Quite Like an Ol’ Fashioned State Fair
The entire family will enjoy a day out at the carnival, colorful and exhilarating rides, games of skill, and tasty food. Check out the petting zoo and the pony rides, and don’t miss our high action-packed stunt dog show, or high flying aerial and acrobatic show.
Rock to a full lineup of musical entertainment including Las Cruces’ own Bri Bagwell, four-time female vocalist of the year and her band, The Banned.
Save plenty of time for the Rodeo to watch our most popular event: bull riding on Wednesday night. Come and meet the cowboys in the Fan Zone before the riding kicks off. And a popular highlight- the NMSU Rodeo Team will be in the arena to compete. Don’t miss them!
Come on down and have some fun!!
Date and Times:
Wednesday, September 27th – 9am to 10pm
Thursday, September 28th – 9am to 10pm
Friday, September 29th – 9am to 12am
Saturday, September 30th – 9am to 12am
Sunday, October 1st – 9 am to 6 pm
Children under 6 – Free
Ages 7-14 – $10
15+ – $14
1/2 Off All Day Wednesday
1/2 Til 2 pm Thursday/Friday
Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds,12125 Robert Larson Blvd., Las Cruce, NM 88007 United States
No. 4 Celebrate Our National Public Lands!
National Public Lands Day is a fee-free day for all federal public lands and many state parks. Enjoy some hiking, biking or camping, or simply learn more about your public lands and the plants and wildlife that live there. We hope you will gather up your family and friends and take this day to appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors and the many special landscapes of Southern New Mexico. We are blessed to have an abundance of national land in our backyard, including the majestic Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument which protects prehistoric, historic, geologic, and biologic resources.
- Join the Friends of the Organ Mountains as they work on the Garden near the visitors center and conduct some general upkeep and maintenance of the areas surrounding the Welcome Center at Dripping Springs 8am-12pm.
- Follow that with a Matanza and Mariachi Singing at La Cueva picnic site. 4-8pm
Matanza in the Monument
No. 5 Old West Stagecoach Ride, Show, & Dinner
For a true old west experience, get out your western duds and visit one of Doña Ana County’s most scenic and historic ranches. Begin your journey into the old west at the Corralitos Ranch where you will ride on an authentic horse-drawn stagecoach. Imagine those who traveled before as you pass “hold uphill,” fill your belly on a delicious barbecue dinner, and sit back and enjoy some true country entertainment from the Cowboy Storyteller. This sprawling cattle ranch was the site of the historic Butterfield Stagecoach Trail, Apache raids, and filming for Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Date and Times:
September 23, 4-7pm, September 30, 4-7pm
Picacho Mountain, 8141 Willow Bloom Circle, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 88007
66 total per evening
September in Las Cruces is rocking!
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