TOP 10 ANNUAL FESTIVALS IN NEW MEXICO
Playing host to the worlds largest hot air balloon festival, Roswell, and world-class ski areas makes New Mexico a hotbed for annual festivals.
 
10.
SANTA FE SPANISH MARKET

For decades this event was shared with the Santa Fe Indian Market but back in the 70s it regained exclusivity as its own event once again; which we think is beneficial to both events! Where indigenous peoples’ influences don’t show, the Spanish influence in New Mexico is prevalent.

9.
GATHERING OF NATIONS POW WOW

This three-day event occurs at the end of April each year in Albuquerque. The purpose is to appreciate indigenous cultures with song, dance, food, and other festivities. There are plenty of performances and contests such as the Long Hair Contest. Tickets run about $20/day and bring some extra cash for shopping.

8.
SANTA FE INDIAN MARKET

Indigenous Americans have had a huge influence on the culture, art, and architecture of New Mexico and there’s no more efficient way to appreciate and learn about the cultural impacts than at the Santa Fe Indian Market. This event draws 90,000 people and has been going on for nearly 100 years, starting way back in 1922.

7.
TAOS WINTER WINE FESTIVAL

You can’t go wrong with a ski trip to Taos, a quaint town with a beautiful ski resort to burn some calories on. Then again, one way to beat that is to add on a wine festival in between runs! At the end of January you can enjoy wines from over 40 wineries, several participating local restaurants, and live events all day.

6.
SANTA FE INTERNATIONAL FOLK ART MARKET

We love the vision of the International Folk Art Market: “The International Folk Art Market envisions a world that values the dignity and humanity of the handmade, honors timeless cultural traditions, and supports the work of folk artists serving as entrepreneurs and catalysts for positive social change.”

5.
ROSWELL UFO FESTIVAL

The truth is out there; as are a bunch of fanatics that dress up yearly in hopes of being abducted. Regardless of what you believe about the controversial Roswell landing theories, you might feel like an alien at this festival where true believers share their alien knowledge to 20,000+ visitors each year. The festival happens in July every year so prepare for a fun summer activity.

4.
NEW MEXICO STATE FAIR

This ten-day event has been going for 80-years and brings locals together for a festival of music, food, rodeo, and libations to boot. Bring kids along for an excuse to participate in go karts, the petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. They also bring in a bunch of amusement park rides to add a thrill factor to the event.

3.
HATCH CHILE FESTIVAL

Labor Day weekend is reserved for Hatch, New Mexico’s annual Hatch Chile Festival. Many people consider the Mesilla Valley to be the chile capital of the world, so it is the best place to appreciate the spicy grub. Live music, pepper roasting, and flavorful indulgences pack this affordable weekend for families and couples alike.

2.
RIVER OF LIGHTS HOLIDAY

Get in the holiday spirit each year with this fun and unique tradition. Taking place at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden this event brings in over “550 intricately designed and constructed sculptures and light displays and millions of twinkle lights.” It truly is a spectacle that will become an annual tradition immediately after your first visit.

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ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA

Consider one of the must-do events in the entire country, you simply cannot miss the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The second week of October each year fills the skies with vibrant hot air balloons and festivities surrounding the event. Book early for cheaper accommodations and to guarantee a spot on a balloon!

VEBO ANNUAL FESTIVALS EXPERIENCES IN NEW MEXICO

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