Albuquerque Mural Fest

When Nature Calls

September 22nd – October 13th

Beautify, Unify & Showcase!

West Downtown, Downtown, EDo, South Broadway, Barelas, Wells Park, Nob Hill, International District, Indian Acres and @Midtown


This year’s theme When Nature Calls brings focus to Planet Earth’s climate crisis and how it is effecting all life on this floating rock we call home.  From California being on fire to Houston, Puerto Rico & Hawaii drowning in water and lava to New Mexico facing one of the worst droughts in history – we felt a need to bring our world community together through murals, music and culinary arts to highlight solutions we can all play a part in moving forward.



We aim to build off of last years success and good vibes where we had 45 muralists on 12 locations throughout Downtown, EDo and Wells Park.  This year we plan to bridge the Central Corridor, blessing our city with positive pieces of art, celebrating Mother Earth and all she provides.

Sustainability, global warming, water protectors, farm-to-table, healthy eating habits and the strength of community to turn crisis into opportunity will be among the themes being painted in this year’s festival.



We are bringing artists, non-profits, local businesses, neighborhood associations & main streets, The City of Albuquerque and You together to celebrate our culture and the path to a safer, more sustainable future.

Mural Fest 2018 calendar dates align with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. We will be offering the million visitors to our city with exciting adventures in art, music and cuisine spurring economic growth for local businesses and our artist community.

Mural Fest is a catylist in the development of a more unified, safer, beautiful city. We go about this in several different ways:

• Offering a Festival Pass which has over 100+ businesses along the Central Corridor with free, cool stuff and discounts on goods and services. We want to drive as much traffic as possible to these struggling merchants suffering from the construction of the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project.

• The launching of The Hub ABQ: city guide, magazine, event calendar and on-line shop (August 2018). This is our love affair with The Land of Enchantment showcasing everything we do great! Offering marketing, design and consulting services to local businesses, non-profits and creators throughout New Mexico.

• Turn Albuquerque into an International Arts District for three weeks every year. We aim to keep the million visitors from Balloon Fiesta to stay in Albuquerque as well as attract art lovers from around the world. This will not only boost local, national and International tourism, but plant seeds of empowerment & pride in our local art scene.

• Form a non-profit alliance coalition: Mural Fest will offer non-profit organizations a space to share their mission online, in print and at several events throughout the festival along with year-round representation on The Hub ABQ. In doing so we want to plant seeds of communication and action steps that every organization can make to form greater partnerships with other civic-minded individuals and organizations.

• A marketing & promotional avenue for neighborhood associations, main streets, The City of Albuquerque, non-profits and our artist community. Mural Fest & The Hub ABQ are champions of our neighborhoods and their common mission moving forward as a safer, more economicly viable, inspiring place to raise a family. It has been proven that more foot traffic decreases crime and that murals squash vandalism while raising community pride and tourism.



For twenty two days we aim to turn Albuquerque into an International Arts District, featuring some of the worlds most renowned muralists along side New Mexico’s best. There will also be community walls where emerging artists, youth and the entire family will have the opportunity to create a piece together.

We are coordinating with local businesses and non-profits to offer dozens of art, music and culinary events throughout the festival. There will be a full calendar paired with the Festival Pass giving participants free entry and discounted deals to over 100 restaurants and local shops.

There will also be a film being shot throughout the festival interviewing people of all walks of life on their views of what they love about our city and how we can improve it. Mural Fest is the foundation in which artists, non-profits and local businesses can roll their carts to, plant their seeds and dream up a brighter future for all citizens of our great city!

The problems we face as a city might be bigger than you, they might be bigger than me, but they are not bigger than you and me! Can you dig it?

Celebrate Mural Fest right with the 2018 Festival Pass!

Featuring Albuquerque’s best restaurants, bars and shops.

Get Free Food & Drinks,
Discounts to Your Favorite Shops,
Entry to Awesome Events

The pass is a mere $100 with a value of over $300 of cool free swag!
The pass will be availble to purchase online and at selected locations throughout ABQ & Santa Fe.
Check back soon for the full list 🙂

Get on the Pass!

Are you a local restaurant, bar or shop? Let us help drive our audience to you. It’s all about getting butts in seats. Come join the party.

Email us here for more


Check back soon for updates to the calendar!

Saturday Sept 22nd
Opening Ceremonies 
@ Banque Lofts Rooftop
219 Central Ave NW

Sunday Sept 23rd
The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St SW
10am – 2pm

Fresco Exchange • Collective Exhibition
DJ Josh Burg & Grinch Muzik

@ OT Circus
709 Central Ave NW

Saturday Sept 29th
@ National Hispanic Cultural Center
1701 4th Street SW

@Midtown Block Party
@ Keshet Center for the Arts
4121 Cutler Ave NE 87110
6pm – 9pm

Sunday Sept 30th
The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St SW
10am – 2pm

Flamenco Works Block Party
1010 Coal Ave SW
12pm – 8pm

Friday Oct 5th
First Friday Gallery Night

@ Duel, Relic, OT Circus, Boese Brothers, Gallery Chaco & Tortuga Gallery
7pm – till

Saturday Oct 6th
ABQ Corks & Brews

@ The Rail Yards Market
777 1st St. SW

Sister Bar Concert
Alxxs Garza & Nosotros

407 Central Ave NW
8pm – till

Sunday Oct 7th
The Rail Yards Market

777 1st St. SW
10am – 2pm

Nob Hill Block Party
Central & Tulane
Nob Hill
12pm – 7pm

Monday Oct 8th
Emerson Elementary School Block Party

3407 Central Ave NE
International District

Rustic Star Anniversary Party
3407 Central Ave NE
Nob Hill
all day

Friday Oct 12th
Family Style Vol. III • Collective Exhibition
@ Artichoke Cafe
424 Central Ave SE

Saturday Oct 13th
Octo Fair • EDo Block Party 

Central & Edith

¡Globalquerque! Annual World Music Festival

¡Globalquerque! 2018: September 21-22

¡Globalquerque! 2018 will take place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 4th St SW, at Avenida César Chávez). Enjoy musical performances in the intimate courtyard setting of the Fountain Courtyard, the state of the art 692-seat Albuquerque Journal Theatre and dance outside on the Plaza Mayor. Learn more about the Global Fiesta free Saturday daytime programming and the Global Village of Crafts, Culture and Cuisine.

2018 Lineup:

Antonia Apodaca and Friends (Las Vegas, New Mexico)
Aynur (Kurdish/Turkey)
Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino (Italy)
Coreyah (South Korea)
Delgres (Guadeloupe)
Iris DeMent (U.S.)
Youssra El Hawary (Egypt)
Jarlath Henderson (Ireland)
Jupiter & Okwess (Democratic Republic of Congo)
LADAMA (Brazil/Colombia/Venezuela/U.S.)
La Dame Blanche (Cuba)
Lemon Bucket Orkestra (Canada)
Lluvia Negra Band (Taos, New Mexico)
Los de Abajo (Mexico)
Martha Redbone (Cherokee/Choctaw/Appalachian)
Rio Mira (Ecuador/Colombia)
New Mexico Pueblo Celebration
featuring  Sky City Buffalo Ram Dance Group (Acoma) & Jemez Seasonal Dancers (Jemez and Zuni Pueblos)

¡Globalquerque! welcomes our 2018 Poster Artist, photographer extraordinaire Jim Holbrook! Many of you may have seen Jim at past ¡Globalquerque!s dashing from stage to stage cameras in hand. We are honored to be graced with his photo Found Bridges.

Jim’s been snapping photos since ’73 when he enrolled at UNM. After finishing post-graduate work, he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, working as assistant photographer at the American Conservatory Theater. Missing New Mexico and its profound photographic roots, he returned here in 1983. Airline work afforded Jim ample time off, enabling him to travel as photographic assistant to his great friend and mentor, renowned photographer Anne Noggle. Their multiple, months-long travels to the Soviet Union resulted in Anne’s book A Dance With Death: Soviet Air Women of World War II.

In the mid-1990s Jim nearly gave up photography, but in 2004 the digital revolution rekindled his desire. He has resurrected old work from his days with Noggle and has created a large body of new work. Holbrook’s photographic subjects range from strikingly intimate portraits to colorful, candid street photography. He has also found a new muse: New Mexican descansos or recuerdos. Look for his upcoming book of these roadside memorials that mark the location of highway fatalities.

Jim has recently been a photographer with Humans of New Mexico, Avokado Artists and is a longtime official photographer for ¡Globalquerque!.

For this year’s poster photo Jim wanted to evoke the idea of crossing borders and building bridges. An apt idea for ¡Globalquerque!‘s mission of recognizing our similarities and celebrating our differences! In Jim’s words:

“My photograph, Found Bridges, is a reflection of the universal connections music makes, and its importance in a time when real and rhetorical walls threaten to divide us. A lone musician strides unchallenged, bringing culture and music, like water, over this parched divide. Music, like bridges, bring us together.”

Taos Oktoberfest Celebration

Taos Oktoberfest

Taos Oktoberfest


Authentic Schuplatter band, German beer and food, activities and crafts for kids, stein holding contests and so much more.

Festival Times: 11.30am to 5pm (weather permitting)

Live Music:

  • Saturday: Die Polka Schlingel, 11.30am – 4.30pm
  • Sunday: Baracutanga, 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Please note that Oktoberfest will be held on the frontside of the mountain this year outside next to the Children’s Center.

Steins may be purchased HERE!

Pre-sold steins will be on sale online until 11.45pm, Friday, September 14th, 2018. Steins will be sold at the door. There are a limited number of steins so get yours fast!

With your purchase of a stein you will receive tokens to fill your stein with beer or soda.

Pre-sale prices:

  • 18oz Stein: $15.00
  • 32oz Stein: $25.00

Day-of prices:

  • 18oz Stein: $20.00
  • 32oz Stein: $30.00
  • Beer / Food tokens: $6.00 each

Beer and Food tokens may only be purchased the day of the event.

80th New Mexico State Fair

Located in the heart of Albuquerque, the New Mexico State Fair is one of the largest fairs in the country, with Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association rodeo and nationally known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits, and shopping all in one place.

Ranked by as one of the top 10 state fairs in the nation (press release here), the New Mexico State Fair includes a PRCA rodeo and performances by nationally-known country recording stars, plus Indian and Spanish villages, all in the heart of Albuquerque. Visitors can explore art, agriculture, animals, entertainment, food, carnival rides, exhibits and shopping at one of the largest state fairs in the country.


9/6 Thursday – Law Enforcement Day

  • Opening day of the 80th anniversary New Mexico State Fair honors our local and state police departments and all members of law enforcement. Fairgoers can check out the BAT Mobile, meet members of SWAT teams, and learn about New Mexico’s Law Enforcement Agencies. This event will include hundreds of our dedicated men and women of law enforcement.

All Law Enforcement Officers get in FREE with valid ID

9/7 Friday- Fire Fighters & Smokey Bear Day, Red Ribbon Relay Day

  • Main Street and Heritage Avenues will be filled with fire engines from end to end. Check out vintage fire trucks, pumpers and emergency response vehicles up close and meet local fire fighters. The La Mesilla Fire Fighters – (Espanola, NM) will set up a “fire – safety house” that allow kids to learn how to react and escape injury if they are in a fire, and be sure to get your bear hug and a photo with Smokey Bear.
  • The Multi-Cultural Drug and Alcohol Free Relay Run sponsored by the Red Ribbon Campaign is an annual event held to raise public awareness of the devastating impact that drugs and alcohol have on our citizens and our communities.

All Firefighters get in FREE with valid ID or uniform

9/8 Saturday – Parade Day and Mopars, Classic VW’s

  • New Mexico biggest and best annual parade marches down Central Ave. into Nob Hill starting at 10AM on the first Saturday of the Fair. The New Mexico State Fair Parade is marshaled and assisted by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Posse is open to participation by anyone.
  • Main Street will host some of the absolute best automobiles from the 1960’s, 1970’s as well as the beloved vintage VW Bugs and Busses.

9/9 Sunday – Model T’s, Model A’s, Early Ford V8’s, Antique Car Show VMCCA, Classic Tractors

  • White wall tires, chrome details and polished back paint, these American classics will remind you why we love cars. The State Fair celebrating 80 years, which is about as old as the Model A’s. There will even be a few Model T’s that are 100 years old at this Antique Car Show. The Vintage Tractors

9/10 Monday – Seniors’ Celebration Day & Healthy Living Day

  • We honor our local Senior Citizens on Monday every year at the fair. There are plenty of great information booths and discounts at a multitude of vendors. New Mexico’s Department of Health, Aging and Long Term Services Department and the New Mexico Senior Olympics, work together to promote healthy living and offer free health screenings and flu shots.

NM Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge

  • New Mexico’s definitive Green Chile Cheeseburger Challenge is an event you do not want to miss. Twelve of New Mexico’s best burger chefs will battle for the 2018 trophy and very limited State Fair attendees will have an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” award and sample all the burgers.

9/11 Tuesday – Military & Veterans Appreciation Day

  • NAVY week! The New Mexico State Fair has been chosen by the U.S. Navy as one of their larger outreach events of the year. Meet the USS Constitution sailors – truly American history! Also — this is how you move an Army! Meet the men and women who get it done! On this day, we pay tribute to our esteemed military personnel and veterans.Special Ceremony – 12 Noon at Main & Heritage; includes a giant American Flag, music and recognition for the first responders on 9-11.

All Military and Veterans get in FREE with valid ID or uniform

9/12 Wednesday – Pathway to College & Careers Day, Environment Appreciation Day

  • Students should take advantage of this excellent opportunity to meet and talk with college and trade school recruiters. Dozens of schools and institutions of higher learning will be providing great information to students, parents, and teachers including UNM, NMSU, CNM and colleges from neighboring states such as Colorado, Arizona and Texas.
  • New Mexico plays a prominent role in global environmental research and development. Exhibits will include the Bureau of Land Management’s “Erosion Trailer Display” and solar energy.

9/13 Thursday – New Mexico True Day and the Gathering of the Counties

  • There’s so much to see and discover in our beautiful state! New Mexico True Day and Gathering of Counties Day is a celebration of everything unique and authentic about New Mexico. This is a one-stop opportunity to plan your next tour of New Mexico!

9/14 Friday – Oil & Gas Day and Science & Technology Day

  • The Oil and Gas industries have a tremendous economic impact in the State of New Mexico and their contribution to our local communities is essential. Displays include a Van de Graaff generator, a steam engine, radiation sources and Geiger counters.
  • New Mexico is home to some of the greatest scientists and engineers in the world, and our two National Laboratories also have an important impact on our economy and our community. Enjoy hands on chemistry experiments and science demonstrations that will inspire your curiosity.

Everything science is what this is about!

9/15 Saturday – Hot Rods & Custom Cars and Native American Day

  • You never know what to expect at the custom car show. Big Foot trucks, Hot Rodders, Low Riders and some cool classic Airstreams will fill Main Street on our final Saturday. Join us over in the Indian Village for Native American Day with special programming and performances.

9/16 Sunday – NMSF – Classic Car Show, Corvairs Car Show

  • Last day of the New Mexico State Fair is always bittersweet, but walking down Main Street to see the amazing American Chevys, Mustangs, Oldsmobiles and Corvairs always cheers us up. Grab your final corndog, enjoy a concert and cruise the car show as we thank you for celebrating the 80th Anniversary New Mexico State Fair with us.


10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday – Thursday
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday – Saturday


Adults (age 12-64): $10
Seniors (age 65 and up): $7
Children (age 6-11) $7
Little Ones (age 0-5) FREE


Monday – $25
Tuesday – $12
Wednesday- $1 Admission & $1 Rides ($10 Minimum)
Thursday – $20
Friday-Sunday – $35


Open at 2 pm
Saturdays & Sundays
Open at 10 am


Open at 12 pm
Saturdays & Sundays 
Open at 10 am

Dollar Day $1 Admission + $1 Rides all day ($10 Minimum)

Albuquerque Harvest Wine Festival

Harvest Wine Festival

Labor Day Weekend
September 1-3
Balloon Fiesta Park

A fully tented event for your wine drinking comfort.

2000 BOTTLES. 200 WINES. 20 WINERIES, and…
Electrified fun and entertainment provided by

Admission includes a Viva Vino wine glass, complimentary tastings from all wineries.
All paid wine tasting tickets include $5 off any bottle of wine.

VIP Early Access Hour, 11am (Saturday only)
General Admission, Doors Open at 12pm Daily


Saturday, September 1:
VIP Tasting Hour: 11AM – 12PM
General Admission: 12PM – 6PM

Sunday, September 2
General Admission: 12PM – 6PM

Monday, September 3
General Admission: 12PM – 5PM

Must Know FAQs

Must bring a VALID government issued photo ID.

Vertical New Mexico IDs will not be accepted.

All ages allowed. Children under 18 must be with a legal guardian.

NO weapons.

NO open containers.

NO coolers.

NO pets.

NO smoking.

NO outside food or alcohol. (Bottled water permitted)

Parking is FREE.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Cloudcroft Labor Day Hoopla

Saturday, September 1st and 2nd, 2018
8:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturday on Burro Street: Street Dance with Entertainment TBA

12:00PM on Sunday: Hot dogs for the family, Ice Cream Social to immediately follow.

Sunday, September 2nd: Ice Cream Social and Pie Auction

Pie Auction will begin at 2pm. Entertainment from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, games are available for the whole family to play. Come and enjoy a community gathering at Zenith Park! Fun for the whole family with games, food and music.

The 94th Annual Burning of Zozobra

What Is Zozobra?
Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged each year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe as a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe. The ‘Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra’ is presented annually the Friday of Labor Day weekend.  August 31, 2018

Friday evening at dusk the people of Santa Fe, friends new and old, all make their way to Fort Marcy Park where the Zozobra pageant takes place. Located just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG) (pictured left), is the inspiration of artist Will Shuster and was introduced as part of the Fiesta events in 1926.
Shuster’s creation first appeared as a six-foot puppet and has since grown to about 50 feet. Made of muslin and stuffed with shredded paper Zozobra is an eerie, groaning, flailing character who appears to be part ghost and part monster.
Amid fireworks and the ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire a growling Zozobra is set ablaze and it is said as the fire consumes the beast so go the feelings of gloom and doom from the past year. The flames renewing the hope and optimism of the gathered celebrants. The ever increasing desperation of the howling Zozobra can be heard echoing throughout Santa Fe.

The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe became officially involved with Zozobra in 1963 when Zozobra’s creator artist Will Shuster assigned all rights on June 19, 1964 to the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club. To this day they retain all the exclusive copyrights and trademarks to the figure. As the major annual fundraiser Zozobra has become a fun way for the citizens of Santa Fe (and visitors from around the globe) to participate in community service.

The 94th Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra takes place on the Friday before Labor Day, August 31, 2018
The Burning of Zozobra Event Location

The Burning of Zozobra, on Friday, August 31, 2018, is a rain-or-shine event and takes place at Fort Marcy Park, located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

2018, Year Five of the Decades Project, brings Zozobra into the 1960s Summer of Love!

The Burning of Zozobra Event Schedule:

Gates Open at 3:00 pm

Live music begins at 5:25 pm with Emerald Zeal

6:05 pm Tupper takes the stage

7:00 pm Al Hurricane, Jr. whips up the musical magic

8:00 pm The Fiesta Royalty pay respects to Zozobra

8:10 m Tobias Rene makes the happy happen

9:05 pm The Beachball Toss – you know you love it

9:25 pm The National Anthem performed by the inspired musical pairing of Presleigh Casaus and Weston Winkler

Lights out at 9:30 pm (weather permitting) and it’s time for the Burning of Zozobra for the 94th time since 1924!

Wagon Mound Bean Day Celebration

The historic event of Bean Day began in 1909 when Higinio Gonzalez and his crew cooked up a pot of beans in wash boilers behind the school house for what was then called the “Mora County Farmers Harvest Jubilee”. The following year, the name “Bean Day” was born to honor the crop that was once staple of the local farming economy. In those days, Wagon Mound was a major center for the production of pinto beans.

Presently, the event kicks off Friday evening at the Wagon Mound Firehouse with a bean-cleaning party to remove rocks and dirt from the dried beans hauled down from Colorado. The 300 lbs. of beans and 800 lbs. of meat are cooked under the ground in a pit that has been dug at the rodeo grounds. The pit is filled with wood and charcoal and burned all afternoon. At dusk, the beef and beans are placed in the pit, supports and metal are placed over the pit and covered with dirt. In the morning, the pit is uncovered, the temperature of the meat is checked, the feast unearthed and taken to the village park for a free giant outdoor meal of 1,500 or more meals.

Schedule of Events
Friday – August 31st
Saturday – September 1st
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Veterans Memorial Park
Railroad Avenue
Rodeo Grounds
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Sunday – September 2nd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
S. Catron Avenue
Rodeo Grounds
WMHS Old Gymnasium
Monday – September 3rd
All Day
Railroad Avenue
All Day
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
Following Parade
Railroad Avenue
12 noon
Railroad Avenue
Railroad Avenue
12 noon – 3pm
Santa Clara Parish Hall
Rodeo Grounds

Elephant Butte Annual Balloon Regatta

Date(s) – Saturday August 25, 2018 – Sunday August 26, 2018
6:45 am – 10:00 am

Ride Info:
We are  selling tether rides. The ride takes about 10 minutes and you do not actually get out over the lake. The ride costs: $20 per Adult (ages 13+) and $15 per child (ages 4-12). Under the age of 4 cannot ride (due to safety concerns). Book rides by clicking below. *this is a weather permitting event**

What does the event cost? Where can I camp?
So the event is free to see! However the Elephant Butte State park does charge per vehicle.

Our launch site is scheduled to be on Lions Beach inside the main gate. We will arrive onto the beach around 7 am or shortly after. You can camp anywhere along the coast line you can find room.

What to do while the balloons take off?
Please do not park your 2 wheel drive vehicle on soft sand! You will get stuck and be responsible to find a way to become un-stuck. We ask that you do not park your vehicle near a balloon trailer, or truck as we are trying to set up safely and take up quite a bit of room for each balloon. Listen to anyone with a crew shirt or pilot shirt on as to we again are just looking out for everyone’s safety. Please take as many pictures as you want and post them to our Facebook page. Our flights will be done around 9 am at the latest on both days. We will not be having any afternoon or evening events as to the weather does not allow us to.

Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Contact: Jimmy McCarthy | Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta Organization
The Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta© (EBBR) provides an opportunity for balloonists, skippers and sponsors to get together and have fun at Elephant Butte Lake New Mexico. Additionally, it provides the communities of Elephant Butte, Truth or Consequences and Williamsburg additional visitors after the summer season. The EBBR traces its history back to the 1970’s when balloonists would come to Elephant Butte for the Mother’s Day weekend, or in some years, the Easter weekend. The timing of the rally was generally dependent on when the balloonists decided that spring had arrived and it was time to go to “The Lake” and fly. The “Cloudbouncer” The official monthly publication of the Albuquerque Aerostat Ascension Association (AAAA or Quad A) March 1980 issue Announced “The Elephant Butte Mothers day Campout” to be held May 10 and 11. The March 1981 issue of the “Cloudbouncer” announced “The Greater Mesilla Valley Aerostat Ascension Association Annual Easter Fly-in” would be held April 18 and 19. In 1989 Oppenheimer industries donated $500 for prize money if the balloonists would fly over the lake to the Champagne Hills subdivision. The Coast Guard Auxiliary became concerned that balloons flying over the lake might get into trouble and provided five chase boats to ensure safety. This concern for safety lead to the formation of the EBBR and the Balloon Boat Relay Race© (BBRR). The BBRR provided a chase boat for each balloon forming a racing team. The skipper carried the drop marker, baton, for the balloon race out onto the lake. The balloonists then do a water landing, known as a “Splash and Dash”, to receive the baton and carry it to the designated drop area. Prizes and/or prize money is then awarded to both the winning pilots and skippers. The Flying and boating has continued this tradition over the years. On July 1st 1998 the city of Elephant Butte was incorporated as the 101st city in the State of New Mexico. The new city chartered their own Chamber of Commerce in September 1999 and one of their first acts was to purchase the rights and copyrights to the Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta by unanimous vote. In 2007, the Chamber decided to stop running the rally, and the rights were transferred to Kevin Cloney and Al Lowenstein

Great American Duck Race – Deming

39th Annual
Great American Duck Race
August 23rd – 26th, 2018
McKinley Duck Downs, Courthouse Park, Deming, New Mexico

Great American Duck Race

Thursday, August 23
Evening Luna County Skate Competition Deming Skate Park (Matt Robinson 575-546-0494)
6:30pm  Mizkan America, Inc Duck Royalty Pageant

Friday, August 24
4 pm Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day (some open) Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
4-8 pm Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
6:30pm Mizkan America, Inc. Sponsor Party/Dinner Mimbres Valley Special Events Center

Saturday, August 25
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Solitaire Homes Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
9am-2pm Desert Classics Car Show District Court Parking Lot on Poplar & Platinum (Robert Welch 575-543-5120)
10am Columbus Electric Co-Op Tournament of Ducks Parade Downtown Deming
10am Great American Horseshoe Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
11am-2 pm 1st United Methodist Church Barbecue Granite & Buckeye – delivery available- 546-2791
12N-8p Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-9p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N-4 pm ($5 entry) Luna Energy Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
2pm Great American Tortilla Toss Poplar Street
5:30pm Great American Outhouse Race Silver Street
5:30-7pm ($5 entry) Luna Energy Evening Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
8:00pm Duck Dance Adobe Deli ($10 Admission, Free Admission for sponsors wearing sponsor shirt)
**Pets, with the exception of service animals with paperwork, are not allowed at the Park. 

Sunday, August 26
All Day Carnival Courthouse Park
All Day Duck Mart/Vendors Courthouse Park
All Day Slow Pitch Tournament Hooten Complex
7am Solitaire Homes Hot Air Balloon Mass Ascension Deming Soccer Field
10 am Great American Washers Tournament Courthouse Park (Tommy Esquivel 575-494-1890)
12N-6p  Capital Power Entertainment/Stage Area Courthouse Park
12N-6p St. Clair Winery Beer & Wine Garden Courthouse Park
12N ($5 entry) Luna Energy Live Duck Race/Water Race McKinley Duck Downs
3pm Luna Energy Duck Race eliminations/finals McKinley Duck Downs