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New Mexico Jazz Festival
Jul 11 – Jul 28 all-day

14th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival Kicks Off This Week with Doug Lawrence; NM Jazz Latino Orchestra; Frankie Vasquez; Marcia Ball & More!

It’s Here! The 14th Annual NM Jazz Festival! And the grand opening weekend kicks off this Thursday, July 11 at Outpost with the Doug Lawrence New Organ Quartet; followed by the fabulous NM Jazz Latino Orchestra with Frankie Vasquez at the ABQ Museum on Friday, July 12, 7pm! Then, it’s the NM Jazz Fest on Civic Plaza with Marcia Ball, Leyla McCalla & hONEyhoUSe on Saturday, July 13, 5:30-9:30pm! What a great opening weekend! The festival continues through Sunday July 28. Coming up after the opening weekend, it’s Cha Wa in Santa Fe and Albuquerque; 6th Annual John Lewis Celebration featuring Aaron Diehl & Warren Wolf, plus a Youth Clinic and Film Screening of George Schuller’s The Modern Jazz Quartet: From Residency to Legacy (see the trailer here!); the Route 66 Summerfest Jazz Fest Stage featuring the Albuquerque Jazz Orchestra with Hillary Smith & more; Edmar Castaneda in Albuquerque and Santa Fe; Dafnis Prieto’s Proverb Trio at Outpost; Kenny Barron-Dave Holland Trio + Stanley Clarke Band at the Lensic; Joey Alexander Trio at AAPAC and more! Get Your Tickets Today! Don’t wait, as many shows will sell out ahead of time!  Check it all out here!

Fiestas de Taos @ Taos Plaza
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day




A centuries old fiesta celebrating the gathering of generations to enjoy delicious cuisine, traditional music, and fellowship, while honoring the cultural uniqueness of Taos.


Little Beaver Parade and Rodeo, Dulce
Jul 20 all-day


A faded comic strip character bursts to life with an annual parade in northern New Mexico.

TROY VICENTI SAYS HE BECAME the chosen one not long after birth. Fred Harman, who was famous for his Red Ryder comic strip, lived on a Colorado ranch not far from the Vicentis’ home in Dulce, a little town that lies a bit west of Chama and serves as the tribal headquarters of the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. Vicenti’s family and their neighbors were friends with Harman and visited him regularly. “I was still wrapped in a cloth and everything, and my mother took me up to his ranch,” Vicenti says. “And he told her: ‘This boy is going to be Little Beaver.’”

“Even as Red Ryder faded from the national consciousness, the Jicarilla Apache tribe never forgot Vicenti’s role as Little Beaver, and the parade, which began in his honor in 1958, has continued to the present day. The event now includes a rodeo, a powwow, races, competitions, and live music. In 2017, many of the elaborate parade floats featured horse-related scenes for the year’s theme, Honoring the Horse. Little Beaver’s likeness grinned from the sides of pickup trucks, banners, and horse trailers. Native celebrities, especially tribal beauty queens, punctuated the scene. There was Miss Jicarilla Apache, Miss Junior Jicarilla Apache, even little Miss Head Start. And finally, there was 2017’s Little Beaver himself, a boy no more than seven, smiling shyly and waving to his cheering fans.”

SATURDAY, 07/20/19

Little Beaver Parade

Parade line up at Dulce School Administration parking lot. Parade will start at 10:00 am, proceed on Hawks Drive to US 64 and end at the Dulce Park. Contact Parade Coordinator Nancy Callady at (575) 235-8273 or Little Beaver Committee (575) 759-4378 for more information.


Hawks Drive & Highway 64

61st Annual Little Beaver Roundup Rodeo

AIRCA Performance at 10:00 am; NNRA Performance following.

Admission into Fairgrounds, Per Session: Adults $10.00 per person, Children $5.00 (6 yrs to 13 yrs), Senior Citizens 65 & Older-FREE


Rodeo Grounds

Route 66 Summerfest @ Nob Hill
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:00 am

Route 66 Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Route 66 Summerfest - Magic Giant on Wood

Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 5-10 p.m. | Historic Nob Hill 

This free event features fun for the whole family including the Old Route 66 Car Show, Mother Road Art Market, Kids Zone & Youth Central, food trucks and live entertainment in Nob Hill on Central Ave. from Girard Blvd. to Washington St. Join us!


The application for this event is closed for vendors.


National Headliner – Magic Giant

Los Angeles based American indi-folk band Magic Giant was described “Cool as Folk” by LA Weekly after their Coachella performance. The band has been thrilling growing crowds at every stop along its 70-city North American and European tour, celebrating the release of its debut album In The Wind. Magic Giant’s style has been described by NPR as “upbeat, passionate indie-folk” and by Billboard as inspiring “mass dance-alongs.” The band’s current single “Window” leaped into the Top 40 on Billboard’s Hot Adult Contemporary and Adult Pop charts; and the new acoustic album debuted in the iTunes Alternative top 25.

Entertainment Schedule

Main Stage: Central Ave. & Girard Blvd. 

NM Jazz Festival Stage: Nob Hill Shopping Center

Route 66 East Stage: Central Ave. & Graceland Dr.

Food & Snacks

Great food and delicious beverages can be found on just about any corner in Nob Hill. Grab a bite to eat from a local food truck or relax in one of the many restaurants in the area for libations, ask about their specials.

Mother Road Art Market

Shop local! Browse through a variety of local handcrafted artisans ranging from pottery, housewares, and baked goods to clothing, body products and jewelry. There will be plenty to choose from and these local artisans have what you’re looking for.

Don’t forget to stop by local boutiques and businesses throughout Nob Hill, in and around the event.

Kids Zone & Youth Central

The kids’ area is full of fun activities including free face painting, an inflatable bounce house, slides and games and two 25-foot rock climbing walls, presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Old Route 66 Car Show

Car enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy seeing the variety of show vehicles parked down Central Ave. in the Old Route 66 Car Show.

All show cars are welcome! If you would like to participate, entries may register the day of the event on-site for $20 or preregister for $15: 2019 Old Route 66 Car Show Registration Form. For more information call Nob Hill Main Street at: 505.923.0759.

Nob Hill Main Street Logo Nob Hill Main Street

Visit the area of Tulane Dr. from Central Ave. to Silver Ave. and see it transform as Tractor Brewing Co. hosts Chalk Art Fest, a battle of the sidewalk. Seven artists will create sidewalk chalk art prior to Route 66 Summerfest and compete during the event for a cash prize. See which local artist will prevail as the champion.

Stay tuned for more Nob Hill Main Street announcements.

Getting There

Free Park & Ride

Parking is available at the lot on the southwest corner of Lomas Blvd. and University Blvd. (View Map) Free buses will run from the lot to Johnson Field throughout the event.


Parking lots and street parking is available in the surrounding area, please be sure to follow all parking laws.

Bike Valet

Skip traffic on the road, stick to the trails and take advantage of the free Bike Valet provided by Esperanza Bicycle Education Center.

Event Specifics

Route 66 Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. This is a rain or shine event.

Best of Rio Rancho Party @ The State at the Star
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Rio Rancho The Magazine invites you to come celebrate THE BEST OF RIO RANCHO 2019. Please join us Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7 PM at The Stage at Santa Ana Star Casino Hotel. This is a free 21+ event open to the public, you must bring valid ID to attend. We will be honoring the winners of this year’s inaugural Best of Rio Rancho awards. There will be happy hour drinks and food available. You will not want to miss it!!

Las Vegas Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally
Jul 27 – Jul 29 all-day

Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally (July 27–July 29): Inspired by Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders, and their reunion held in 1899 in Las Vegas, this annual gathering of motorcycle riders from all over the country honors that camaraderie and sense of honor. There are lots of iron horses, interesting characters, three days of live music, a motorcycle rodeo, a bike show, and competitions.

About Us

Welcome to the 13th Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Always held on the last full weekend of July, this Rally was started by local motorcycle riders who came together in 2005 to plan a Rally around the area’s history and special environment. The name was chosen because Rough Riders had a long tradition in Las Vegas.

Early in 1898, Theodore Roosevelt recruited the 1st Volunteer Calvary Regiment from the western territories—New Mexico wouldn’t become a state for fourteen more years. He chose to enlist these men because of his confidence in their ability to adapt, their self-sufficiency and their spirit. The regiment’s performance during the Spanish-American War proved his belief in the frontier character. The men he chose came from various backgrounds and circumstances. Even so, these men all formed strong personal ties. Led by Theodore Roosevelt, the first reunion of the regiment was held in Las Vegas in 1899. Over 600 of the original 1000 soldiers attended. During the next 70 years, Rough Rider reunions were held to honor the regiment’s military service, but especially to celebrate the camaraderie and unique personalities that defined the Rough Riders.

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders

For the past twelve years, the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally has brought motorcyclists from all walks of life, where camaraderie, unique bikes and personalities characterize the western spirit. Las Vegas’ historic Bridge Street which enters into our expansive Plaza is the backdrop for the Rally. Shops, businesses, vendors and restaurants provide rally goers the opportunity for unique experiences. The roads radiating out of the town and wind thru amazing scenery and villages give riders of the iron horse a variety of options. The roads radiating out of the town and wind thru amazing scenery and villages give riders of the iron horse a variety of options.

Check out the schedule of events for updates. Don’t forget to support the Rally and purchase a ticket for a round trip for two, to Las Vegas, Nevada with $500 spending cash. Be part of the tradition started by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders over 100 years ago and ride in on your iron horse on the last weekend in July.

Madrid Gypsy Festival @ Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park
Aug 10 all-day


Annual Gypsy Festival children’s benefit is a time honored New Mexico tradition. Performers, artists, merchants, friends, skilled entertainment, and live music will be featured at this family friendly event.

Set in the charming and historical former mining town and artist haven of Madrid, NM. The festival will be held on the grounds of the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark. The stage will feature multiple acts, including local bands, circus themed entertainment,belly dancing, and more.

Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: This will be an all day festival, starting at 11am and ending at 8pm.

Location: Oscar Huber Memorial Ball Park in Madrid, NM 87010

As in past years there will be many vendors offering their wares to attendees.

  • Food and Drink
  • Henna Tattoos
  • Tarot Readings
  • Jewelry
  • Clothing
Hatch Valley Chile Festival
Sep 3 – Sep 4 all-day

Hatch Valley Chile Festival

As summer cools down, the Village of Hatch heats up. Labor Day weekend heralds the annual Hatch Chile Festival, a two-day celebration of our world-famous crop. The festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the United States, including such notables as the Food Network and the BBC. Festival goers can sample famed chile recipes, watch the crowning of the chile festival queen, or toss a horseshoe in celebration of our most famous crop. The event also features chile ristra contests, artisan and food booths, and a carnival. Visit our events page.

“Celebrate the Future” Day
In 2006, we began “Celebrate the Future” day in honor of Spaceport America. Science, engineering and aeronautic organizations present demonstrations and displays to educate our citizens on the impact and employment possibilities of the Southwest Regional Spaceport.

Pick a direction… Any direction…
The surrounding areas hold your next adventure. With New Mexico State Parks in every direction, you can rock hunt, boat, bike, hike or ski. With Leasburg State Park and Fort Seldon to the south and Caballo Lake State Park, Percha Dam State Park and Elephant Butte Lake State Park to the north, outdoor enthusiasts are sure to find the perfect opportunity for their recreation! Click here to get directions!

Hatch Business
Located off Interstate 25, between Las Cruces and Truth or Consequences, the Village of Hatch has experienced steady but moderate growth. In 2007, the town population registered a little over 1,600 people. The Village of Hatch also serves seven unincorporated communities with a combined population of 5,000 people.

With four banks, two grocery stores, a pharmacy, a few retail stores, and a smattering of restaurants, Hatch offers all the amenities of small-town life. The Ben Archer Health Center meets the community’s healthcare needs with doctors, a dentist, an ambulance service and emergency medical technicians. Our local Municipal Airport was awarded the “most improved small community airport” and continues to improve.

The opening of Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, brings the exciting frontier of commercial space travel to our backyard. The entrance to Spaceport America is only nine miles south from the Village of Hatch, which makes us the “New Gateway to Space.”

Hatch History
Born from an extension of the Santa Fe Railroad Company in 1880, Hatch, New Mexico, began as an adobe post office and a railroad flag station. Named after General Edward Hatch, Commander of the Southwest military, the town grew until a flood in 1921 destroyed many of the adobe buildings constructed of earth and wood.

The village rebuilt, and continues to prosper as an agricultural community to this day. The advent of the nearby Spaceport America, the nation’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, promises an exciting new chapter in the history of Hatch. Visit some of our affiliates here.

Santa Fe Wine & Cheese Festival – EXPENSIVE @ The Santa Fe Opera
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Grand Tasting, 1:00pm to 4:00pm at SF Opera, $175

The Wine Event with All The Great Santa Fe Restaurants beckons you to spend a glorious fall afternoon at The Santa Fe Opera, featuring tastes from 75 of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants and sips from 100 world-class wineries. The most fun you can have with a wine glass! No one under 21 admitted to any event (including infants)

GRAND Tasting Pass (Early Bird Special only $175 | price after Sept 1st $195 1:00-4:00 pm | Santa Fe Opera | $175 Until September 1st (limit 10)

  • Free continuous shuttles starting at 11:30am from, and returning to, the PERA Building at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail (with free parking).
  • No Parking available without an electronic Parking Pass. Parking Pass $30​

Santa Fe Opera​

Sat, Sep 28, 2019 | 1:00-4:00 pm | Santa Fe Opera | $175 Until September 1st then $195 (limit 10)​



OMG, I rarely comment on these events and I believe in capitalism, but these prices are outlandish.

  1.  It says the event is at the Santa Fe Opera, but unless they set up tents inside the opera, I am guessing this takes place on the grounds in a tent, i.e. potentially hot
  2. Whether you pay $175 in advance or $195 at the door, this is a 3-hour event.  I couldn’t eat enough caviar or drink enough Dom Perignon in that amount of time to justify a fraction of that price, not that they will be offering Dom or caviar
  3. $30 for parking or be shuttled from some free parking somewhere?  Does that include a car wash and detailing or the use of a 10-20′ space for 3 hours and paying $10 an hour for the priviledge.
  4. Seems to me the 100 wineries and 75 Restaurants are there for the publicity.  They are gaining value and I suspect aren’t given anything for attending, maybe they even have to pay to be there.

So, if you like wasting your money, go for it, but you want catch me there.

Red River Oktoberfest @ Red River Conference Center
Oct 11 – Oct 13 all-day


Meet Ms Oktoberfest


Authentic German food & music, craft beer & New Mexico wines, arts & crafts vendors, entertaining games & contests, ski trip giveaway, family friendly activities, changing colors, and more!

Admission is only $5 for the whole weekend! You can buy your commemorative taster mug for $10 or stein glass for $20 when you get to the park: includes beer tastings.


Oktoberfest Beard/Mustache Competition

“No shave November” now starts in October! Come show us the hairs on your chin-y chin chin!
Prizes for Best Overall Beard and Best Overall Mustache

Children’s Pumpking Painting

Live Polka Music

Come experience Live Polka Music by the band Eurofest

DJ JP will be spinning your favorite polka (and non-polka) hits all weekend long!


Get out your loveliest dirndl or heartiest lederhosen and come compete for $100 in cash. The Miss Oktoberfest competition will begin at 12pm and include a stein holding contest and an obstacle course. Immediately following, the Mr. Oktoberfest competition begins.  This event includes a stein holding contest, an obstacle course, and maybe a special surprise category. Sign up at the Chamber of Commerce booth when you arrive at the park. Viel Glück (good luck)!

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more details
Located in the Conference Center, 101 W. River Street
Telephone: (575) 754-2366
Fax: (575) 754-3104
Email: rrinfo@redriverchamber.org