The multicultural nature of Las Cruces history is showcased in the nearby town of Old Mesilla, with its historic plaza and beautifully preserved adobe buildings. Just half an hour from the Mexican border, Las Cruces events and entertainment feature the vibrant rhythms of Mariachi music, while the art galleries showcase both the Old West ranching and cowboy history as well as the work of intriguing contemporary artists.
One of the premier Las Cruces summer events is the Southern New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival. Las Cruces is the oldest wine growing region in the country. Fall brings a host of major events and Las Cruces attractions, including the White Sands International Film Festival, Las Cruces Country Music Festival, and the Southern New Mexico State Fair & Rodeo. Las Cruces winter events begin with the spectacular International Mariachi Conference in November and Old Mesilla welcomes the holidays with Christmas carols and Luminarias on their historic plaza Christmas Eve.
Historic Old Mesilla Plaza is home to over 40 shops featuring Southwestern traditional and contemporary arts and crafts, as well as imports from Mexico and Central America. From antiques and fine art to jewelry, pottery, and wine, this Las Cruces cultural shopping experience has something for everyone.