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Events and Festivals in Las Cruces - 2017
January - December 2017

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 January - 2017

Harlem Globetrotters in Las Cruces 2017


Harlem Globetrotters

January 7, 2017

Celebrating 90 iconic years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions, The Harlem Globetrotters are a worldwide icon, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills. A star-studded roster will have fans on the edge of their seats to witness the ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that thrills fans of all ages. Tickets for their 7:30 PM performance, are $33, $43, $53, $73 & $95 and can be purchased at the Pan Am Ticket Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, 800-745-3000, and

NMSU Pan American Center
1810 East University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM

  2017 Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo in Las Cruces, NM  

Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo

January 14 - 15, 2017

The Mesilla Valley Outdoor Expo is the premier outdoor and sporting event in southern New Mexico/El Paso region transforming the Las Cruces Convention Center into an adventurists Mecca. Come join us to find products on fishing, hunting & archery, camping, RV's & Campers, food & cooking, and any outdoor fun! Attractions include: a Zip Line (Saturday only) BB Gun Range, Archery Range, ATV Simulator, and Tactical Laser Tag. General Admission $8, Military ID (active & retired) $5, Children 10 & Younger FREE. 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sunday.

Las Cruces Convention Center
680 E. University Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 526-0112

 February - 2017

2017 Annual For the Love of Art Month in Las Cruces, NM


For the Love of Art Month

February 1 through 28, 2017

February is proclaimed by the City of Las Cruces to be For the Love of Art Month. Activities include studio and gallery tours, art shows and art venues all around the city.

Check with any local gallery for a tour map
Las Cruces, NM


2017 Gem and Mineral Show in Las Cruces


Museum Rocks! Gem & Mineral Show

February 19, 2017

Gems, Jewels, Raw Stones & Finished Stones. This fourth-annual event is sponsored by the Friends of the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum and features more than 60 vendors from throughout the Southwest. The show brings together wholesale and resale dealers of both cut and uncut gemstones, rocks, minerals, fossils and meteorites. Educational displays and jewelry supplies are also part of the event. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tickets are $5 for ages five and older.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-4100
Map and directions

 March - 2017

Cowboy Days at the NM Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum in Las Cruces, NM 2016


Cowboy Days

March 4, 2017

Held at the Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. The museum’s largest event of the year features two days of family fun that includes cowboy demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, children's activities, cowboy music, gunfight re-enactments, stagecoach and pony rides, and much more. Lots of fun for the whole family. Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. $5, kids under five years old are free.

NM Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
4100 Dripping Springs Road
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-4100
Map and directions


2017 Annual Bataan Death March, Las Cruces, NM


Bataan Death March

March 19, 2017

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, 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. If you wish to participate, there are two routes to choose from.

(575) 674-4205
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 April - 2017

La Viña Winery Spring Wine Festival 2017


La Viña Spring Wine Festival

April 22 - 23, 2017

Located in La Union, NM. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. Admission includes a souvenir glass and choice of nine wines to taste or a glass of wine. Adult admission to the festival is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and a choice of 9 wines or a glass of wine. $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Noon to 7:00 PM.

La Vina Winery
(575) 882-7632
Map and directions

  Las Cruces Country Music Festival 2017  

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

A three day celebration of country music in downtown Las Cruces! The event features up and coming country music acts from Nashville and around the country! The festival showcases the music this city loves and the beautifully restored downtown! Bring your dancin' shoes! This year’s festival will feature Headliners Kacey Musgraves, The Eli Young Band, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, the Marshall Tucker Band and Bri Bagwell!

Main St. Downtown Las Cruces
Corner of Las Cruces Ave. and Church St.

 May - 2017

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta - Mesilla, NM 2017


Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

May 6 - 7, 2017

Spanish for "Fifth of May." This celebration is celebrated across the United States and Mexico. The date is observed in the U.S. as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. Held in Mesilla, NM. Arts and crafts, and food vendors line the plaza for the two day event. Mexican music fills the air for a fun celebration. Enjoy live Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi performances, art & crafts vendors, games, and traditional mexican food. There will also be rides, a greased pole climb, sponsored by Andele Restaurant and piñatas for kids! On the plaza in Old Mesilla. Noon to 10:00 PM on May 6 and Noon to 7:00 PM on May 7. Free to attend.

Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions


Southern New Mexico Wine Festival 2017


Southern New Mexico Wine Festival

May 27 - 29, 2017

Now known as the Las Cruces Wine Festival. Bringing together wineries from around the state in a relaxed setting, the Las Cruces Wine Festival is the place to be Memorial weekend! Find the wines you like through sampling, purchase a glass to enjoy on site and buy bottles to take home to enjoy later. Plus, enjoy the delicious foods, dance to live music and shop the arts & crafts booths! Must be 21 years old or accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Please bring valid photo ID.

Southern NM State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 636-2199
Map and directions

 July - 2017

Electric Light Parade Las Cruces July 3, 2017


Electric Light Parade in Las Cruces

July 3, 2017

Lots of floats decorated with electric lights. Staging will be at Apodaca Park. Parade route starts at Apodaca Park south on Solano Ave., east on Hadley Ave. and ends at Maag Softball Complex. Theme is "Celebrate - Celebrate Our Freedom, Celebrate Our Patriots, Celebrate America." 9:00 PM. Free to attend.

Apodaca Park
801 E. Madrid
Las Cruces, NM


4th of July 2017 Fireworks Celebration in Las Cruces, NM


4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Las Cruces

July 4, 2017

Commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Experience live entertainment throughout the day plus a spectacular fireworks display at night. All events are free and open to the public.

Field of Dreams
2501 Tashiro Dr.
Las Cruces, NM
Map and directions


4th of July 2017 Fireworks Celebration in Mesilla, NM


4th of July Fireworks Celebration in Mesilla

Live musical performance by Smokin Mirrors from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM on the plaza and a fireworks display at 9:30 PM at the corner of Avenida de Mesilla and Calle de Mercado. Free admission.

 September -2017

Franciscan Fine Arts Festival in Las Cruces, NM 2017


Franciscan Fine Arts Festival

September 2 - 3, 2017

This is an outdoor show on the beautiful grounds of the Holy Cross Retreat Center. It features 70-90 artists who display a variety of fine arts, including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood works, jewelry, and more. The show also features an enchilada dinner and other of food vendors, a silent auction, a raffle, live music on two stages, and a beer/wine garden. Donation for admission. Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Holy Cross Retreat Center
4889 South Main St.
Mesilla Park, NM
(575) 524-3688
Map and Directions


Hatch Chile Festival in Hatch, NM 2017


Hatch Chile Festival

September 2 - 3, 2017

Held annually on Labor Day weekend in Hatch, NM. The Hatch Chile Festival draws visitors from all over the country. There are vendors selling all sorts of foods, interesting arts and crafts, a carnival, horseshoe tournaments, a beer garden, and of course lots of chile. Hatch is famous for the chile it produces and with the Mesilla Valley being the chile capitol of the world, what better place to have a festival. $10.00 per car load – good for both days! Lots of fun and live entertainment!

Hatch Municipal Airport
1 mile west of town on Hwy 26
Hatch, NM
Map and directions


New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival, Las Cruces, NM 2017


New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival

September 2 - 4, 2017

The Southern NM Wine Festival. Over 50 arts, crafts and agricultural product vendors, and food vendors. Live music. Grape stomping contests every day! $15 in advance or $20 at the gate, for adults, includes souvenir glass. Designated Drivers or Minors 16 – 20, $5. Military members $12 in advance, $17 at the gate. Tickets include commemorative glass and unlimited tastes. All those under 21 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian. Festival is from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM all three days.

Southern NM State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 522-1232
Map and Directions


Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta, Mesilla, NM 2017


Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta

September 16 - 17, 2017

The celebration kicks off with a parade along Avenida de Mesilla. While vendor booths line the plaza offering a variety of arts, crafts and games. There will be mariachi music and folklorico and flamenco dancers, amusement rides, piñatas and the traditional greased pole climb, with a chance to win cash rewards. It is a great day of fun for the whole family.

Mesilla Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions

 October - 2017

Southern New Mexico State Fair Carnival, Las Cruces, NM 2017


Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo

September 27 - October 1, 2017

Lots to see and enjoy at this year's fair! Daily events include: exhibits, special events, musical entertainment, a petting zoo, pony rides, a magic show, a Bengal Tiger Encounter, a Horsemanship Show, Circus Circus Live, the rodeo, a carnival and much more. Open Bull Riding on the 27th at 7:30 PM. Fair exhibits, entertainment, rodeo and speedway are included in ticket price.

Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds
12125 Robert Larson Blvd.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 524-8602
Map and directions


Mesilla Valley Maze, Las Cruces, NM 2017


Mesilla Valley Maze

September 30 - October 29, 2017

Open weekends, through the last weekend of Oct. 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM (Weekdays, school field trips only) Continuing a family tradition that started in 1999, the Mesilla Valley Maze and Family Fun Farm has all kinds of amazing activities for the whole family, student groups and community organizations. You're always welcome here at the farm! Adults: $12, children under 12: $10, children under 2yrs: FREE.

Mesilla Valley Maze
3855 West Picacho Ave.
Las Cruces, NM
(575) 526-1919
Map and directions


Jazz Band at the Mesilla Jazz Happening, Las Cruces, NM 2017


Mesilla Jazz Happening

October 6 - 8, 2017

Free live music on the Historic Mesilla Plaza and at the Mercado Plaza. Free to attend. Stadium seating is available (but limited) so please bring a lawn chair or blanket for a wonderful time.

Old Mesilla Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
Map and directions


La Viña Winery Wine Festival 2017


La Viña Wine Festival

October 14 - 15, 2017

Located in La Union, NM. Over 20 wines will be available for tasting and purchase. $20 adult admission includes a souvenir glass and choice of nine wines to taste or a glass of wine. $10 admission for 12-20 years of age and those under the age of 12 will be admitted free. Noon to 7:00 PM both days.

La Vina Winery
4201 S. Highway 28
La Union, NM

(575) 882-7632
Map and directions


New Mexico Pecan Festival in Mesilla October 2017


New Mexico Pecan Festival

October 21 - 22, 2017

Join us for the event of the season! The New Mexico Pecan Festival draws visitors from all corners of the country to celebrate the pecan, a famous nut that is commonly used in the South Western region. From salads to pecan pies, the many versatile uses of the nut are on display at the festival, with attendees able to sample different varieties that have a unique taste. Main Join us on the plaza for an event you will go nuts over. 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

All Around the Plaza
Mesilla, NM
(575) 652-6561


Dia de los Muertos at Mesilla, NM 2017


Dia de los Muertos

October 27 to 29, 2017

Held in the plaza in La Mesilla. Featuring altars, Day of the Dead artists, lots of music, dancing, a parade, food, activities for kids and arts vendors. This community event is free to the public. Donation of non-perishable food items is encouraged & will be given to the Casa de Peregrinos Food Pantry.

Mesilla, NM
(575) 639-1385
Map and directions

 November - 2017

Renaissance Arts Faire in Las Cruces, NM 2017


Renaissance Arts Faire

November 4 - 5, 2017

One of the largest cultural events in Southern New Mexico, this juried art show showcases local and regional artists, crafts-people and entertainers. Lots of food and fun for the whole family! Jousting on Horseback, as well as the Dragon’s Eye Tavern, the Beer and Wine Garden, and an expanded Artistas del Camino Real! 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday. Tickets at the gate $10 for adults, children 12 and under are free with paid adult. Take advantage of discounted tickets that may be purchased in advance only: admittance for two for $15. The advance discounted tickets are available online here, at the DAAC office, or at all Pic Qwik locations.

Young Park
1905 Nevada Ave.
(575) 523-6403
Map and directions

 December - 2017

Luminarias on the Mesilla Plaza in Old Mesilla, NM 2017


Christmas Carols and Luminarias on the Plaza

December 24, 2017

The Town of Mesilla will host the annual Luminarias and Christmas Carols on the Plaza, Dec. 24. The choir will lead in singing Christmas carols from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Luminarias are placed in the plaza and around town beginning at dusk. Absolutely beautiful!

Mesilla, NM
(575) 524-3262
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