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Red River Memorial Weekend Motorcycle Rally
May 23 – May 27 all-day

When: May 23 12:00 AM –  May 27 12:00 PM, 2019
Where: Red River and Around the Enchanted Circle
More information: www.redriver.org/memorial-day

Join us in Brandenburge Park on Saturday, May 25th for special ceremonies honoring our nation’s veterans and fallen soldiers.

Find Lodging at Where to Stay

South Dakota may have Sturgis, Texas the Thunder on the Colorado, and the nation the Annual Run for the Wall, but Taos County boasts one of the oldest motorcycle rallies in the nation; for over 30 years the Annual Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally has filled the Red River for 5 outrageous days of fun! Live music can be found all over town, along with vendors carrying everything from leather and lace, to food and fun.”

The surrounding communities of Taos, Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, and Questa get in on the action with special Memorial Weekend events and plenty of additional lodging and dining. Monday morning
everyone heads out together to visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire before riding back to the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

This event is held annually from Wednesday-Monday over Memorial Day weekend.

Albuquerque Wine Festival @ Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
May 25 – May 27 all-day


  • Dates: May 25 – May 27, 2019
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Location: Balloon Fiesta Park
  • 5000 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy., Albuquerque, NM 87113
  • Phone: 505-768-6050
  • Time: 11:30am-7pm
  • Price: $20 for ages 21+

Sip into Summer at New Mexico’s biggest wine event: The Albuquerque Wine Festival.

We invite you to join us for another fabulous event at Ballon Fiesta Park.

This three day event features a wide selection of red, white and sparkling wines that range from soft and sweet to bold and dry. Share the experience with friends and family or grab a date for this annual Memorial Day Weekend tradition.


ABQ Blues & Brews @ Sandia Resort and Casino
May 26 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Sunday, May 26, 2019 (Memorial Day Weekend)
General Admission 3p-6p
Early Access Hour 2p-3p


Sandia Resort & Casino
Click here for directions


• Live Music – TOP BLUES BANDS
• Dozens of Regional Craft Breweries
• Collectible quality event program featuring bands & breweries
• Raffles, Games, Homebrew Demonstrations, Vendor Booths, and more!


ABQ Blues & Brews is a project of Feel Good Festivals.


No one under 21 admitted.

No Pets
No Coolers

Heights Summerfest @ North Domingo Baca Park
Jun 8 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Heights Summerfest

Free, family, fun, concert-series.

2019 Heights Summerfest - Dumpstaphunk on Wood

Saturday, June 8, 2019 | 5-10 p.m. | North Domingo Baca Park 

Join us as we kick-off the annual Summerfest series with Heights Summerfest. This free family-friendly event features fun for the whole family including an artisan market, microbrew garden, food trucks and live entertainment from local and national acts.


National Headliner – Dumpstaphunk

Dumpstaphunk stands out among New Orleans’ best as one of the funkiest bands to ever arise from the Crescent City. Born on the Jazz & Heritage Festival stage, and descended from Neville family bloodlines, these soldiers of funk ignite a deep, gritty groove that dares listeners not to move. Their performances combine ingenious musicianship and complex funk and jazz   arrangements with soulful melodies that are simple enough for anyone to enjoy. In Big Easy tradition, audiences can expect dueling baselines with the dirtiest rhythm sections on the planet, while keys and funky guitar riffs send the groove into overdrive. With three studio albums under their belt, Dumpstaphunk stands on their own merit of material. Songs like “Dancin’ to the Truth” off their latest record, Dirty Word, offer an escape into the funky sublime, sharing the true spirit of New Orleans with every note.

Food & Drink

Grab a bite to eat from your choice of many local food trucks. Adults can unwind from the week in the Microbrew Garden with the best local brews, spirits and wines from local establishments.

Artisan Market

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

Children’s Activities

The kids’ area is full of fun activities including free face painting, inflatable obstacle courses and a 25-foot rock climbing wall presented by the City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Department.

Getting There


Free parking is available at La Cueva High School, with free shuttles taking event-goers from La Cueva parking lots to North Domingo Baca Park throughout the event. (Map)

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

Heights Summerfest is free to the public. Pets are welcome on leashes. Event goers can bring coolers. Glass containers and alcohol are prohibited. This is a rain or shine event.

Red River Art & Wine Festival @ Brandenburg Park
Jun 14 – Jun 16 all-day

Come experience wining & dining in the Red River Valley, featuring artists and wineries with unique Southwestern flair!

Art & Wine Festival

Red River Art and Wine Festival

The annual Art & Wine Festival is presented by the Red River Chamber of Commerce every Father’s Day weekend in Brandenburg Park. This event features art, pottery, photography, wine sampling, silent auction, and live music.

Art & Wine Festival

Art & Wine Festival

The Red River Chamber of Commerce is celebrating the Art & Wine Festival, Father’s Day weekend, June 14-16, 2019 in Brandenburg Park. Come experience the picturesque Town of Red River while tantalizing your taste buds with fine wines and delicacies. This event features both silent and live auctions, art, pottery, photography, wine sampling, and live music.

Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more details
Located in the Conference Center, 101 W. River St, Red River, NM 87558
Telephone: (575) 754-2366
Fax: (575) 754-3104
Email: rrinfo@redriverchamber.org

Albuquerque Folk Festival @ Bosque School
Jun 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is focused on public participation. It is about teaching, not just entertainment. Our goal is to pass on knowledge, skills, and traditions to ensure the survival of folk activities. We enlist organizations and individuals to demonstrate and teach wide-ranging folk activities that include old American, New Mexican, Middle Eastern, and other international traditions. We see the teaching of folk activities as a process of encouraging creative expression and fostering a sense of community. Participation in folk activities can reconnect individuals with their neighbors, and participation in folk activities across cultures may encourage cultural tolerance. We aspire to remind people of the days when they could create their own entertainment by going to the community dance, telling stories to their families, or playing music on the front porch with friends. We seek to create alternatives to the public trend of relying on passive entertainment: participation instead of observation.

The Folk Ethic

The Albuquerque Folk Festival is committed to the Folk Ethic. The Folk Ethic is focused on self-expression, community, friendship building, and social consciousness. It is non-commercial. It embraces acoustic music with the focus on open participation rather than virtuoso talent. Enjoyment is sought through personal involvement rather than fame through performances and recordings. Those who are skillful at an activity are willing to teach beginners, for they were once beginners themselves who learned from others willing to help without cost. The Folk Ethic believes that enriching others through sharing in folk activities and sharing of each other’s resources is the best form of self-expression

Our Mission

The Albuquerque Folk Festival provides an opportunity for the public to experience and participate in folk music, song, dance, and storytelling through educational workshops, demonstrations and performances. Folk activities enhance community expression and the continuance of cultural traditions. Festival. Remember, the Festival is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so the donation is tax deductible.

The Folk Festival will run from 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM on Saturday, June 15 at the Bosque School in Albuquerque.

If you want an overview of everything that’s going on during the day, download a complete schedule as a PDF file.

Friday, June 14

Saturday, June 15

  • 8:00 AM – Instrument Checkroom available
  • 10:00 AM – Gates open, arts and craft vendors and food vendors open
  • 10:00 AM – Sandia (Outdoor) Stage performance kicks off with Peter Chase and the Quadrupeds
  • 10:00 AM – Start signing up for the Band Scramble
  • 10:00 AM – KUNM starts broadcasting live from the festival grounds
  • 10:00 AM – Signups start at the Sign-up Stage.
  • 10:00 AM – New Mexico Music Guild’s Musical Petting Zoo opens
  • 10:30 AM – All venues open
  • 3:45 PM – Final deadline for Band Scramble signup
  • 4:15 PM – Band Scramble assignments announced
  • 4:30 PM – Some venues close for Band Scramble practice
  • 4:00 PM – Instrument Petting Zoo closes
  • 5:00 PM – Band Scramble at the Outdoor Stage
  • 6:00 PM – Singalong at the Outdoor Stage
  • 7:30 PM – FolkMADS Contra Dance with the Albuquerque Megaband and Erik Erhardt begins in the Cafeteria Dance area.
  • 9:00 PM – Last call to get your instruments from the instrument check room.
  • 9:30 PM – Raffle drawing (hope you bought a bunch of tickets!)
  • 10:00 PM – The party’s over…until next year!
  • Perfomance StagesMany great performers are scheduled on three stages from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

    Back this year: Several performers are performing more than once, so you’ll have more choice balancing all the other things there are to do at the Festival.

    Back this year: We’re staggering the schedule of the Sandia (Outdoor) and Jemez (Indoor/Theatre) stages to allow even more flexibility in planning your day. The Sandia (Outdoor) Stage will begin at 10 a.m. and run on the hour all day; the Jemez (Indoor/Theatre) and Bosque (Indoor/Band Room) stages will begin at 10:30, running on the half-hour. Now you can catch performances that might otherwise overlap!

  • Sign-up StageThis year, the Sign-Up Stage will have performances from 10 am to almost 10 pm, with a new performer every 45 minutes.
  • Dance ProgramGet moving with dance workshops in two venues plus an evening contra dance on Saturday night.
  • Jam With The Band!Here’s where musicians can play or sing along with a few of our great bands. It’s ok just to listen too. Come on out and play with many of our main stage performers.
  • Hosted Jams:At the hosted jams, hosts are there to encourage musicians to pick a song or start a song and to make sure that everyone gets an opportunity to participate. In addition, hosts bring their own unique flare to the jam.
  • Band Scramble:Our popular Band Scramble gives musicians and dancers of all levels a chance to be a Main Stage Performer at the Albuquerque Folk Festival.
  • Music Workshops:Participation is the name of the game at our wide variety of music and song workshops. Bring an acoustic musical instrument and/or your singing voice and join the fun.
  • Storytelling:Hear a wonderful tale from some of our best local storytellers.
  • Children’s Tent:While all of our workshops are open to participants of all ages, sessions at the Children’s Tent are tailored to get kids and families started enjoying home made music.
Red, White, and Balloons @ Anderson Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum
Jul 4 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Celebrate Independence Day at the Balloon Museum for the best family-friendly 4th of July experience in Albuquerque! Enjoy the sounds of the Albuquerque Concert Band at our exclusive patriotic concert on the lawn. Relax and enjoy the best view of Fireworks in Albuquerque!


5:00 pm – Gates and parking open.
5:00-6:00 pm – Lawn activities and purchase your tasty treats and beverages.
6:00-7:00 pm – Stars-N-Stripes Reserved Ticket Dinner in our VIP vewing gallery. Hurry – this will sell out.
7:00-8:00 pm – Performance by the Albuquerque Concert Band.
8:00-8:30 pm – Lawn activities and enjoy the summer evening with your family and friends!
8:30-9:00 pm – Exclusive Balloon Glow by Rainbow Ryders. (weather permitting)
9:00 pm – Fireworks! Enjoy the best view of the fireworks in all of Albuquerque!
Red, White, and Balloons Package Options

Your LAWN TICKET PACKAGE is the perfect way to experience 4th of July from the Balloon Museum lawn! You will have access to:

The Balloon Museum
Lawn Activities
The Albuquerque Concert Band’s concert
You can bring a picnic or purchase food from food trucks on the lawn. Glass containers and alcohol are not allowed.

A cash bar will be available with all of your favorite drinks to quench your thirst!

Don’t want to sit on the ground? Rent a table for your party! Tables of 4 are $10 each, and tables of 8 are $20 each. Limited number available.

The exclusive STARS & STRIPES DINNER PACKAGE includes all of the above, plus tasty 4th of July fare catered by The Cooperage. Dinner menu:

Garden Salad w. Fresh Vegetables, Cherry Tomatoes, Ranch Dressing & Homemade Croutons

Fresh Fruit Salad

Sliced Beef Brisket offered w. BBQ Sauce on the side

BBQ Glazed Chicken

BBQ Glazed Hot Links

Mac & Cheese

BBQ Beans

Dinner Rolls & Butter

Peach Cobbler

Chilled Watermelon Slices

Cherry Lemonade

Iced Tea

Iced Water

Please note: Red, White & Balloons is a rain or shine event. No Refunds. Due to Fireworks, please leave pets at home. Only service animals will be allowed.

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.

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.

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