Las Cruces Festivals
Whole Enchilada Fiesta :: Mariachi Festival :: Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally :: Border Book Festival :: Annual Calendar of Events
Viva Mesilla :: Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum :: New Mexico Wine Growers Association :: Mesilla Valley Maze
Hatch Chile Festival :: New Mexico State Fair :: Doña Ana Arts Council
There are events all year long in the Las Cruces and southern New Mexico area. From January through December, from chile to apples, from hot air balloons to corn mazes, and from jazz to fireworks, there will always be something entertaining for all ages.
Mesilla Valley Balloon Rally - Over 90 unique and colorful balloons fill the skies over the Mesilla Valley.
La Viña Blues & Jazz Thing - A weekend of good music and good wine hosted by New Mexico's oldest winery.
Border Book Festival - This week long festival brings together authors from around the world. Live performances, food, fun and lots of reading.
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.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - A traditional Mexican fiesta honoring Mexico's second revolution. Experience traditional Mexican music, food and dancing on the historic Old Mesilla Plaza.
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.
Southern New Mexico Wine Festival - Visitors can sample wine from the many New Mexico wineries as well as enjoy live entertainment and local vendors.
4th of July Electric Light Parade - Celebration and Fireworks - Parade begins at Apodaca Park, corner of Solano Drive and Madrid Street. Heads south on Solano Drive, turns left on Spruce Avenue.
Mesilla Valley 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 hay ride 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.
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.
Hillsboro Apple Festival - Located only an hour north of Las Cruces, Hillsboro is famous for apples. Sample everything from world class apple pie to apple juice, caramel apples and much more. There are also arts and crafts for the whole family.
New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival - Celebrate New Mexico's wine harvest with grape stomping, wine tasting, live entertainment and lots of local flavor.
Diez y Seis 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, authentic Mexican cuisine and have a really good time.
White Sands Balloon Invitational - A collection of colorful balloons filling the air over the white gypsum dunes of White Sands National Monument.
The Whole Enchilada Fiesta - We have a chile festival and an apple festival, why not an enchilada fiesta! Downtown Las Cruces hosts one big street party complete with food, dancing, a parade and the making of the official world's largest enchilada!
Southern New Mexico State Fair - The Southern New Mexico State Fair has something for everyone; a midway, an auction, food, music, livestock shows and a cowboy rodeo.
La Viña 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.
Mesilla Jazz Happening - Mesilla Valley Jazz Happening will be swinging into historic Old Mesilla at the new 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.
"Land of Enchantment" RV FLY-IN - The friendliest little airport in the southwest. The largest fixed wing aviation event in New Mexico. Mexican food, mariachis and doorprizes. Visit their web site for more information.
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.
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.
Renaissance Craftfaire - Spend a weekend with Kings and Queens at the 34th Annual Renaissance Craftfaire. 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.
International Mariachi Conference & Concert - A week long educational conference culminating with one spectacular concert featuring internationally known mariachi performers. Parque Festival at Young Park features entertainment and cultural activities.
Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza - The historic village of Old Mesilla is aglow with thousands of luminarias and caroling.