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You’ll never say there’s nothing to do in Las Cruces! From museums and art shows to sporting events, fairs, and festivals, there’s literally always something going on in the City of Crosses. Here are some of the best ways to pass the time, learn something new, and get cultured.

Annual Events

Las Cruces hosts some fantastic events all throughout the year. Some local favorites include:

The entire month of February is For the Love of Art month with gallery and studio tours, classes, and demonstrations held all around the city. Other popular art events include the Las Cruces Arts Fair, the Renaissance Arts Faire, the Franciscan Fine Arts Festival, and Avenue Art where the streets of Downtown get decorated with beautiful chalk drawings.

Step back in time to the Old West at Cowboy Days held every March at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum with chuck wagon cooking, gun fight re-enactments, pony rides, and living history demonstrations. History buffs will also enjoy Frontier Days at Fort Selden.

There are several popular wine festivals in the area including the La Vina Spring and Fall Wine Festivals, the Southern NM Wine Festival, the New Mexico Wine Harvest Festival.

The Las Cruces Country Music Festival always draws in some must-see acts for fans of country music. Past headliners have included Kenny Rogers, LeeAnn Womak, Dustin Lynch, and the Swon Brothers.

Festivals that foodies won’t want to miss out on are Salsa Fest held in Downtown Las Cruces, the annual Hatch Chile Festival, the Rootin’ Tootin’ Rib Cookoff and the New Mexico Pumpkin Festival at Mesilla Valley Maze, and the New Mexico Pecan Festival.

The Southern New Mexico State Fair is fun for the whole family. Make sure you catch the buckin’ broncs at the popular rodeo.

The Town of Mesilla also hosts some can’t-miss events on the plaza including the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta, and Dia de Los Muertos. Definitely stop by around Christmas to see all the luminarias on the plaza.

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Sporting Events

Come out and cheer on the NMSU Aggies as they compete in football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, and a host of other sports. Another popular sporting event in the area is the hometown rivalry football match when the Las Cruces High School Dawgs take on the Mayfield Trojans. This game is ranked nationally as one of the biggest rivalries in high school sports. And if you want to see the pros play drive down to El Paso and catch the minor league Chihuahuas baseball team.

Movies and Films

Looking to catch the next blockbuster on the big screen? Allen Theatres has you covered with

three local theatres to choose from. If you’re looking for a more artsy flick, check out the historic Fountain Theatre operated by the Mesilla Valley Film Society. The Las Cruces International Film Festival is also a must-attend for film buffs. Last year’s guest was Danny Trejo. This year, catch Johnny Galecki and one of the writers/producers from The Big Bang Theory.

Art and Theatre

Las Cruces is home to a burgeoning art community and there’s plenty of places and events to get your culture fix. One of your best resources is the Dona Ana Arts Council they put on several art events throughout the year including the monthly Downtown Art Ramble. The also run the Rio Grande Theatre which hosts plays, music, dance, and other performances.

            Fans of classical music will enjoy the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Lonnie Klein. They put on several performances a year including some “Under the Stars” performances. Hear choral, opera, jazz, and orchestra performances hosted by NMSU at Atkinson Recital Hall.  

The Las Cruces Community Theatre puts on plays like the Wizard of Oz, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and a One Act Play Festival. The No Strings Theatre Company specializes in contemporary and little-known works, locally-written plays, and non-traditional theatre forms such as puppet shows, improvisations, and performance art. Young thespians will want to check out A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley.  At the New Mexico State University Center for Performing Arts, students work alongside resident company and guest professionals to produce a season of 4 or 5 productions.

If you want to join in on the fun, learn some new moves with the Southern New Mexico Music & Dance Society, strum along with the Las Cruces Ukes, or let your voice be heard with Singing Out Las Cruces.

Visit these community partners for comprehensive and updated calendars of events and things to do:

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