New Mexico State Fair continues through September 18 | Culture & Leisure



Until September 18

New Mexico State Fair

The New Mexico State Fair features local food, competition, culture and showcases New Mexico’s rich agricultural heritage. It takes place at EXPO New Mexico with concerts by Mark Chesnutt on September 16 and Sublime with Rome on September 17. There will be another rodeo on Sunday, an interactive circus station, rolling piano and entertainment for the whole family. For more information, visit


Until September 18

Ride Ruidoso Week including the Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally

The first Ride Ruidoso Week 2022, a benefit event for motorcyclists, featuring concerts and other entertainment, takes place at Wingfield Park. The event features Los Lonely Boys, Foghat, Traveler in Pain Band, Bitterwater Band, Doso Dirtbags and Matthew Palmer Band. There will be a tattoo contest, bike and car shows, Bataan Memorial Slow Race, Toys for Tots benefit races, FMX, BMX stunts and a “Globe of Death” ride. Tickets are now available. The concerts will benefit victims of the McBride fire and replenish resources for the Lincoln County Community Foundation, Lincoln County Shelter Fund and Ruidoso Housing Trust Fund. For more information, visit


Until September 30

Show “Creepy Creations”

The Lea County Commission for the Arts (LCCA), 122 W. Broadway St., hosts its horror-themed show “Creepy Creations.” Anyone 16 years of age or older can participate and all media are welcome. However, the artwork should have a horror aspect included in the piece. No item that has been shown in a previous LCCA exhibition can be entered. Entries will be received September 1-8, 1-7 p.m. daily. For more information, visit or call 575-433-2787.


September 16-18

White Sands Balloon and Music Festival

The annual White Sands Balloon and Music Festival takes place at the Ed Brabson Balloon Park. Doors open Friday at 5:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 5 a.m., for the massive balloon ride at 7 a.m. Live music is provided on Fridays by Justin Kemp, Curtis Grimes and Giovannie & The Hired Guns. On Saturdays, live music is provided by Teague Brothers Band, Logan Ryan Band, Mason Lively, Triston Marez and Micky and the Motorcars. A balloon glow is scheduled for 7:35 p.m. There will be food and craft vendors and the Runyon Ranch Petting Zoo. For more information, visit or his Facebook page.

Cloud Croft

September 17

Lumberjack day and arts and crafts fair

The annual Lumberjack Day and Arts and Crafts Fair takes place at Zenith Park and is sponsored by the Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce. Events begin at 9 a.m. with the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” and at 9:20 a.m. the competition begins. Men and women compete for rewards in ax throwing, chainsaw cutting, sawing and chopping. Kids can participate in obstacle courses, Jack and Jill Buck’s wooden disc toss, and a log race. For more information, visit


September 17

Roaring 20s Gala

The Lea County Center for the Arts invites the public to its Roaring Twenties Gala at the Lea County Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit


September 17

Lubbock Live: Arts Festival

This year, Lubbock Live: Festival for the Arts will feature 25 musical acts, 10 visual artists and four dance performances on three stages. New Mexico artist Jim Dixon performs at Two Docs Stage. There will also be vendors, food trucks and refreshments. Proceeds from the festival will support East Lubbock Art House. The festival takes place at 511 Avenue K from noon to 11 p.m. Ticket holders will receive a wristband and with it they can come and go as they please throughout the day. For more information, visit

Santa Fe

Sept 17 and 18

Celebrating Nina Otero-Warren

The Smithsonian, National Women’s History Museum, United States Mint, and New Mexico History Museum Host Roundtable Exploring Impact of New Mexico Suffrage Leader Adelina “Nina” Otero-Warren, Celebrating Last Outing of the American Women Quarters program, the first circulating coin program dedicated to honoring the nation’s women’s heritage. The event takes place on Saturdays at 5:30 p.m. and is free; however, reservations are required at The following day, Sunday, the free public party takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with lectures, special activities and entertainment. Both events take place at the Museum of New Mexico History, 113 Lincoln Ave. For more information and schedule, visit nmhistorymuseumorg.

Santa Fe

Sept 17 and 18

Renaissance Fair

The 14th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Road, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. There will be food, medieval music, crafts and a children’s play area. For more information and tickets, visit or his Facebook event page.


September 20

Concert of the Nuevo Quartet

Quarteto Nuevo performs at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 6 p.m. The four musicians who make up Quarteto Nuevo fuse Western classical, Eastern European folk, Latin and jazz with an organic twist. Winners of two South Arts Jazz Road Tours grants, the ensemble composed new movements for their Jazz Road Suite celebrating each state visited. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.comor call 575-746-4212 or 575-495-5562.


September 21

Paper Moon Shiners Concert

Paper Moon Shiners (Elena Antinelli and Frank Meyer) are an Austin, Texas duo specializing in vintage songs and originals inspired by early 20th century American music. They show the gallery a sort of little painting at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the artists. The gallery, a kind of small array, is located at 106 N. Main St. For more information and to reserve a spot, call 210-473-9062 or [email protected]

silver city

September 22-25

The Gila River Festival returns

The Gila River Festival returns with a hybrid event featuring both virtual and in-person events. This year’s theme is “One Water, Many Streams,” and the lineup of activities and presenters reflects perspectives on the river, from the scientific to the sacred, from the ancient past to the uncertain future. The timing of this year’s festival is particularly prescient as policymakers focus on the beleaguered Colorado River. The list of speakers for the festival represents a wide range of communities affected by reduced river flow. For a schedule or to register, visit


September 24

Rio Abajo Festival

The Grand Belen Chamber of Commerce invites the public to the free Rio Abajo festival, rue Becker, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. There will be a car show, art, cornhole games, dance competitions, live bands, food trucks and a beer and wine garden. FREE ENTRANCE. For more information call 505-864-8091 or 505-463-5558 or visit

Las Cruces

September 24

GA day

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences present this year’s AG Day, an entertaining event and educational held prior to the NMSU vs. Hawaii football game, 2-6 p.m. at the NMSU Pan American Center, 1810 E. University Ave. For more information, visit his Facebook event page or


24 and 25 Sept.

Prickly pear festival

The fourth annual New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival celebrates New Mexico’s favorite desert fruit. This year, the festival will take place in two parts. On Saturday, cooks and gourmets are at the center of the festivities. Sunday is dedicated to lectures and workshops for farmers, ranchers and gardeners on how and why to incorporate native and arid adapted plants like prickly pear into their systems. The first day is chargeable, the second day is free, but registration is required. The event takes place at Gutiérrez-Hubbell House Alliance, 6029 Isleta Blvd. SW Albuquerque. For more information visit his Facebook event page, visit or email [email protected]


Sept. 29-Oct. 1

Billy the Kid Event

The Indigo Theatre, Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas are teaming up to present a “Billy The Kid Shootout” festival celebrating the legendary outlaw’s brief but memorable presence in the border town in the midst of boom in 1880. The event will feature a Billy the Kid film festival, author presentations and signings, party and fandango. The centerpiece of the festival is a new film about Billy the Kid by French artist Arnaud Dezoteaux, entitled “The New Kid”. The film will have its US premiere at the Indigo Theater on Thursday with multiple screenings throughout the day. Authors Kurt House and Roy B. Young will unveil their new book “Chasing Billy the Kid” at the festival, and a panel of authors on Saturday will engage well-known scholars Tim Sweet, Tim Hagaman, Josh Slatten, Michael O’Keefe and Allen Sanchez before a screening of “The Left-Handed Gun” at NMHU’s Ilfeld Auditorium. For event tickets and more information, visit

The schedule is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. For updates and more information, contact the event venue or organizer.

If you would like your event to be on the entertainment calendar, please email [email protected] or call 622-7710 ext. 309.


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