Ruidoso Events Calendar

Events Calendar



Ski Apache Adaptive Sports Live and Silent Auction Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

(800) 545-9011,

This annual fundraiser supports the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports program. 




Mountain Living Home and Garden Show Convention Center, Ruidoso

(575) 258-5445, (, (

For the freshest ideas in mountain living, stop by the annual Mountain Living Home and Garden Show at the Ruidoso Convention Center.




12 Hours in the Wild West Grindstone Trail, Ruidoso

Put on by Zia Rides, “12 Hours in the Wild West” is an annual 14-mile mountain bike race on a single track with 1,700 feet of climbing. 


High Mesa Artist Studio Tour Intersection of Hwy 48 and 37, along Hwy 37 to Nogal

Each spring the area’s artists open their studio doors to visitors to kick off the unofficial season for art tours in Lincoln County.




Smokey Bear Days Smokey the Bear Historical Park, Capitan

(575) 354-2748,

Held on the first Friday and Saturday in May, this annual event to celebrate and honor Smokey the Bear includes live music as well as a parade, street dance, marketplace, and chainsaw carving competition. Smokey the Bear makes regular appearances throughout the two days.


A$penCa$h Motorcycle Rally Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

(575) 973-4977,

This four-day motorcycle rally and trade show features vendors, live music, demo riders, and a cash poker run.


Ruidoso Downs Racetrack Opening Ruidoso Downs

(575) 378-4431,

Ruidoso Downs Racetrack opens Memorial Day weekend.


Flying J Ranch Opening Alto

(575) 336-4330,

Flying J Ranch, where guests can go back in time to the Great American Cowboy era while enjoying a chuck wagon supper and western show, opens Memorial Day weekend.




Wind Rider Music Fest Ski Apache, Ruidoso

This new but entertaining festival features live music, food and beverage booths and vendors, gondola rides, yoga sessions, and fire spinning demonstrations.




Ruidoso Art Festival Convention Center, Ruidoso

(575) 257-7395,,

Annually during the 4th weekend in July, more than 100 of the country’s most talented artists arrive in Ruidoso to showcase their creations. From pottery, blown glass sculptures, and jewelry to paintings, prints, and photography, there is something for every art enthusiast at the Ruidoso Art Festival.  


Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances and Rodeo Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, Mescalero

Take advantage of this rare opportunity to watch the Mescalero Apache maidens’ coming of age ceremony as well as dance performances by Native American tribes from throughout New Mexico. 


Smokey Bear Stampede Lincoln County Fairgrounds, Capitan

This weekend of fun offers something for everyone, from multiple different rodeos and a fireworks display to a BBQ cook-off and live music. 


4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

(800) 545-9011,

Spend the afternoon enjoying live entertainment and then stick around after the sun goes down for New Mexico’s largest and most impressive fireworks display. 


Carrizozo Fireworks Display Golf Course Park, Carrizozo

(505) 648-2732

Bring the entire family to the Carrizozo Golf Course for an afternoon of live music, food, games, and personal fireworks (in the designated area only). The large-scale firework display begins at dusk. 



Zia Weekend Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

(575) 378-4431,

Zia Weekend racing starts at 1pm Thursday through Sunday afternoons. Live entertainment will take the stage on Friday and Saturday nights, and arts and crafts vendors will sell merchandise throughout the day on both Saturday and Sunday. 


Fort Stanton LIVE! Fort Stanton

Like many festivals, the annual Fort Stanton LIVE! event features vendors, food, and entertainment. What sets Fort Stanton LIVE! apart is its reenactors who come from far and wide for the demonstrations, presentations, concert, and military ball.




Old Lincoln Days Lincoln

(575) 653-4372,

Come to Lincoln for a weekend of reenactments, chuck wagon food, crafts, concerts, and last but not least, the famous “Last Escape of Billy the Kid Pageant”. 


Alto Artists’ Studio Tour Alto

Held annually during the first full weekend in August, the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour welcomes art enthusiasts to browse the galleries, meet the artists, and discover what the community has to offer.




Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally Inn of the Mountain Gods, Ruidoso

(575) 973-4977,

This second annual motorcycle rally and trade show includes vendors, poker runs, and bike judging. 


All American Gun & Western Collectible Show Convention Center, Ruidoso

(575) 257-6171, (  (

Spend Labor Day weekend perusing the 180 tables of guns, knives, cowboy gear, saddles, blankets, spurs, western relics, Native American artifacts, jewelry, and coins.


Two Rivers Arts and Crafts Festival Chamber of Commerce, Ruidoso

(575) 937-1734,

Located in Ruidoso’s Two Rivers Park, this arts and crafts fest showcases handmade goods created by more than 25 local artisans. 


All American Futurity Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

(575) 378-4431,

Every owner, breeder, trainer, and jockey wants to win the All American Futurity, Ruidoso Downs’ most famous Quarter Horse race. Held every year on Labor Day, this race continues to grow and now has the largest purse in the world for a two-year-old race.


Tour de Ruidoso White Mountain Sports Complex, Ruidoso

Biking enthusiasts will love the race options – a 100-mile century ride, 100K/62-mile ride, and flat 20-mile ride – available as part of the Tour de Ruidoso. All races start and end at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts. 




AspenFest Downtown Ruidoso

(575) 257-7395,

This celebration of fall is held every first weekend in October and includes a parade, chili cook-off, arts and crafts tent, car show, and golf tournament. 


New Mexico State Open Chili Cook-Off Ruidoso Downs Racetrack

(520) 419-0202, (575) 378-4431,

This event takes place every October at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. The NM State Open Chili Cook-Off is held on Saturday, while the Ruidoso Chili Society Pod Chili Cook-Off and Rod Run Car Show are held on Sunday.


Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium Ruidoso Downs 

(575) 378-4431, ( (

This cowboy festival, named “Best Chuck Wagon Contest” by True West Magazine in 2011 and featured on the Food Network’s All American Festivals and Cowboy Challenge, takes place every October at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack. Storytellers, musicians, artists, and craftsmen come together for a weekend full of competitions, demonstrations, and lots of cowboy fun.


Oktoberfest Convention Center, Ruidoso

(575) 257-6171,

Come enjoy all things German – from beers and food to dancing and a Kinderhall – at this family-friendly event. 




Christmas Jubilee Convention Center, Ruidoso

(575) 257-7395,

As part of Ruidoso’s annual Festival of Lights, the Christmas Jubilee features holiday shopping for the grown-ups and an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus for the kiddos.


Ski Apache Opening Ruidoso

(575) 464-3600,

Ski Apache opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day.


Ruidoso Winter Park Opening Alto

(575) 336-7079,

Ruidoso’s Winter Park – “the Holy Grail of Snow Tubing”, according to The Travel Channel – opens for the season on Thanksgiving Day.


Grindstone Stables Opening Ruidoso

(575) 257-2241,

Grindstone Stables offers horse-drawn sleigh rides through historic Upper Canyon beginning on Thanksgiving Day.




Christmas in the Park Schoolhouse Park, Ruidoso

(575) 257-7395,

Witness the annual lighting of the Village of Ruidoso’s Yule Log, snack on cookies, and visit with Santa Clause at this free event. 


Parade of Lights Midtown Ruidoso

(575) 257-7395,

The annual Festival of Lights – Parade of Lights travels through Midtown Ruidoso, bringing with it the bright lights and joyful spirit of the holiday season.  


Ski Apache Torch Light Parade Ski Apache, Ruidoso

(575) 464-3600,

Native drumming begins at 5pm, and this annual parade of experienced skiers and their lighted torches down the mountain begins at 6pm (arrive no later than 5:45pm).