Top 10 Annual Events in New Mexico: Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Taos

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Top Ten Annual Events in New Mexico

Can we narrow it to ten? It's really Just a start

It is close to impossible to narrow down all of New Mexico's many annual events into a top ten list, but here's our best shot. If you are planning on visitng and staying with us at one of our Heritage Hotels during any of thse events we strongly encourage you to book many months in advance as we typically sell out for these New Mexico events.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta (October in Albuquerque)
During the first two weekends of October, as well as the weekdays in between, hundreds of balloonists from all over the world gather in Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park. There are sunrise ascensions, sunset events, races, glowdeos (a family favorite) and plenty of vendors in the park.  Don’t miss the largest gathering of hot air balloons in the world. www.balloonfiesta.com

Santa Fe Indian Market (August in Santa Fe )
A traditional art lover’s paradise, Indian Market has taken over the city of Santa Fe for 92 years. The juried market attracts the 1,100 Native American artists who gather to sell their wares on the plaza and surrounding neighborhoods. Talk to the artists, attend discussions, sample native food and music. www.swaia.org

Native Dancer at the State Fair by kip malone
Zuni Olla Maiden Dances Indian Village at New Mexico State Fair
Cowboy Days (March in Las Cruces)
Let your inner cowboy loose during the first weekend in March in Las Cruces. The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is a two day celebration of the Old West. Re-enactments, rodeos, riding, crafts demonstraions, and music allow visitors to kick up their heels in a true cowboy environment. www.nmcowboydays.com

New Mexico State Fair (September in Albuquerque)
Rodeos, cultural performances, farm animals, demonstrations, carnival rides, even corn dogs—everything that’s great about a state fair right in the heart of Albuquerque. It’s been taking place here for 74 years during mid-September. exponm.com/state-fair

Whole Enchilada Fiesta (September in Las Cruces)
A quirky, culinary whoopla attracts 70,000 visitors to celebrate New Mexico’s food, traditions, and people. It includes — what else — enchiladas (and other food options), a car show, craft booths, a parade and cultural entertainment. enchiladafiesta.com

Gathering of Nations Pow-wow (April in Albuquerque)
The largest gathering of Native Americans in the nation takes place in Albuquerque during the last weekend of April. The pow wow takes place at the University of New Mexico basketball stadium (The Pit) and includes drumming and dancing by some 500 tribes in traditional native costume, concerts and the Miss Indian World pagent. www.gatheringofnations.com/powwow


Spanish market by Chris Corrie
Annual Spanish Market Signature Santa Fe Event
Santa Fe Spanish Market (July in Santa Fe)
Another fabulous arts and crafts experience, Santa Fe celebrates its ancient Hispanic history. Artists line the plaza and sell tradition wooden saint statues, pressed tinwork, straw applique and furniture — all of which highlight the state’s deep Spanish roots. santafenm.info/spanish.htm

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival (September in Santa Fe)
Gather 90 wineries, 75 of the city’s best restaurants, a history of culinary excellence and you have an food-lovers mini-paradise. The festival takes place over five days and includes cooking demos, seminars, tastings, lunches and dinners. www.santafewineandchile.org

Fiestas de Taos (July in Taos)
The people of Taos celebrate their heritage every day. But a two-day celebration of the Feasts of St. Anne and St. James preserve the tri-cultural traditions of the area. The celebration includes musical and dance performances on the plaza, parades, a commemorative mass, and plenty of food, drink and art. fiestasdetaos.com

Taos Winter Wine Festival (January in Taos)
Enjoy the slopes of Taos, and afterward taste the region’s best vintages. Grand tastings and wine dinners are the highlights. www.taoswinterwinefest.com

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