Las Cruces Events

Las Cruces Hatch Chile Festival

This two-day celebration brings in over 30,000 visitors from across the nation. Festival goers can taste the coveted chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or visit one of the many food booths. Hatch, New Mexico, 37 miles N. on I-25. 575-522-1232, 575-267-5483, or 575-267-5050 www.hatchchilefest.com/

Annual Frontier Days

Held at Fort Selden State Monument, this two-day event is a great event for all age groups to come together and celebrate the lives of the civilians and soldiers that protected local residents. Fort Selden State Monument, 13 miles North of Las Cruces off of I-25 – exit 19, Las Cruces, NM 575-526-8911 www.nmmonuments.org

New Mexico Wine Harvest Wine Festival

Celebrate New Mexico's wine harvest with grape stomping, wine tasting, live entertainment. Festival features arts and crafts vendors, children's activities, hourly wine seminars and great relaxed atmosphere. Southern New Mexico State Fairground, 12 miles west of Las Cruces, I-10 exit, 127 & 132. Call for time and Las Cruces entertainment schedule. 575-522-1232. www.wineharvestfestival.com

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

This event features a three-day celebration with national country music acts in downtown Las Cruces. http://www.lascrucescountrymusic.com/

Las Cruces New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo

The fair has something for everyone; a midway, an auction, food, music, livestock shows, cowboy rodeo and live car racing. Southern New Mexico State Fairground, 12 miles west of Las Cruces, I-10 west, exit 127 or 132. 575-524-8602, https://snmstatefairgrounds.net/

Veterans' Day Ceremony in Old Mesilla

The quaint town of Mesilla holds this annual festival to celebrate the lives and careers of veterans from both Mesilla and the US. Parque de los Veteranos, corner of Avenida de Mesilla (which is Highway 28) and Calle del Norte in Mesilla, Mesilla, NM 575-524-3262 ext. 116 www.mesillanm.gov

International Mariachi Showcase Conference & Spectacular Concert Spectacular

The popular concert series features popular mariachi performers. New Mexico State University Pan American Center, on University Avenue. 575-525-1735 www.lascrucesmariachi.org

Annual Holiday Open House

A celebration hosted at White Sands National Monument where guests can tour the premises while being engulfed in live music and surrounded by delicate luminarias. White Sands National Monument, 45 miles east of Las Cruces, Highway 70, NM 575-679-2599 ext. 236 www.nps.gov/whsa

Lighting of the Christmas Tree and Shopping Late in Mesilla

Come join the residents of Mesilla as they light thousands of luminarias in honor of the holiday spirit! While no pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed, the town keeps several stores open late so that guests can shop while they enjoy the lit-up plaza. Old Mesilla Plaza – south of Highway 28, Mesilla, NM 575-524-3262 ext. 116 or 117 www.mesillanm.gov

Annual for the Love of Art Month

In the heart of Mesilla Plaza and Community Center, this celebration includes a book fair, storytelling, and of course, many artists showing off their exhibitions. A city-wide celebration that anyone can participate in! Various Locations – City-Wide in Las Cruces, NM 575-521-3838 love-of-art@comcast.net

New Mexico Cowboy Days Events 

Hosted at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, this two-day event includes activities for the whole family like musical performances and horseback rides. 4100 Dripping Springs Road, Las Cruces, NM 575-522-1232 

Annual Bataan Death March

This memorial march takes place in the White Sands Missile Range. It is held in honor of the people who unselfishly defended the Philippine Islands during World War II. White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico 575-678-1134 www.bataanmarch.com

Trinity Site Open House

Trinity Site is home to the first atomic bomb explosion on earth! Located at White Sands Missile Range, this open house gives guests a preview to Ground Zero as well as the ranch house where the first plutonium bomb core was tested. The Open House is held annually on the first Saturday of April. White Sands Missile Range, Stallion Gate off Highway 380, Alamogordo, NM 575-678-1134 https://www.wsmr.army.mil/Trinity/Pages/Home.aspx

La Viña Blues & Jazz Thing Event In Las Cruces

A full weekend of lively music and great wine hosted at New Mexico's oldest winery: La Viña Winery. La Viña Winery, 4201 S. Highway 28, La Union/Anthony, NM 575-882-7632 www.nmwine.com

Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

A traditional Mexican festival to honor Mexico's second revolution. The event is accompanied by delicious Mexican delicacies and dancing throughout the historic Mesilla Plaza. Old Mesilla Plaza, Mesilla, NM 575-524-3262 www.mesillanm.gov

Blessing of the Field Event At Las Cruces Blessing of the Field

Formerly known as La Fiesta de San Ysidro, this event celebrates New Mexico's 3,000 year-old farming heritage. The celebration includes farming demonstrations along with mariachi music and many other fun-filled events. New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, NM 575-522-4100 www.frhm.org

Southern New Mexico Wine Festival

A wine festival hosted at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds where guests can sample wine from wineries throughout New Mexico along with enjoying live entertainment. 575-522-1232 www.nmwine.com

Antique Treasure's Day

The one day a year where visitors get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of New Mexico's Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Guests are privy to tours given by a museum curator who guide them into the museum's enormous collection's storage room that holds over 9,000 artifacts. New Mexico Farm and Heritage Museum, 4100 Dripping Springs Road in Las Cruces, NM 575-522-4100 www.nmfarmandranchmuseum.org

July 4th Annual Country Picnic and Open House

Hosted at La Viña Winery, this is a perfect event to celebrate the Fourth of July with your entire family. Bring your own picnic -- there will be plenty of music, sport activities and food for purchase. 4201 S. Hwy 28., La Union, NM 88021, 575-882-7632 www.lavinawinery.com