Ruidoso Festivals and Annual Events
Ruidoso hosts many exciting festivals and annual events. Everything from the Wind Rider Music Festival to the Art Loop to AspenFest to Cowboy Symposium to the Festival of Lights! Check out our events calendar for more things to do throughout the year.
Ski Apache Adaptive Sports Benefit
January 28, 2017 from 6pm-9pm — There will be a silent and live auction and cash bar to raise funds for the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports program at the Ruidoso Convention Center. The Ruidoso Community has always supported this important fundraising event so come out and feel good about buying cool stuff. SAAS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to teaching people with cognitive and physical disabilities to ski and snowboard. SAAS gratefully relies on the support of Ski Apache Ski Resort, fundraisers, and volunteers to host approximately 200 students each year. The program turns no one away due to type or extent of disability or financial constraints. Students and their families come from throughout the country as well as from regional and local schools, disabled veterans groups, and development centers.
Savor the Flavor
TBD, 2017 — Featuring chefs of Lincoln County. Only 100 tickets being sold for Savor the Flavor. This dinner and silent auction proceeds to benefit HEAL and the Nest Domestic Violence Shelter. Come dine and enjoy wine for a worthy cause!
Vines in the Pines
February 10-11, 2017 — The Village of Ruidoso welcomes Vines in the Pines! The Village is excited to announce the newest festival to come to Ruidoso. It will take place the weekend just before Valentine’s Day! Take your time and enjoy wine by the glass while you shop through over 30 of our local vendors who feature handmade goodies such as gourmet chocolate and candies, handmade crafts, and specialty items showcased by each vendor. This will be a great opportunity for some last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for your special someone.
Last Month of the Season at Ski Apache
Ski Apache is southern New Mexico’s premier ski resort. Enjoy over 750 acres of terrain and more than 50 runs for every skill level. The mountain is a perfect place for kids and adults to learn to ski. The mountain also boasts Apache Bowl and other more advanced runs for seasoned skiers and snowboarders. For the last month of the season don’t forget to head up the mountain to create your end of season tracks. Other events being held include Apache Quest, Big Mountain Challenge, Apache Star Races, Pond Skimming & Beach Bod Contest and the Shamrock Relay.
Mountain Living Home & Garden Show
March 18-19, 2017 — The Mountain Living Home & Garden Show, held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, attendees will enjoy gourmet specialties, antiques, newest appliances, spas, flooring, windows and window treatments. There will also be cookware demonstrations, seminars, and ideas to update indoors and out.
Enjoy Ruidoso’s Entertainment Venues
Before the summer season gets into full swing (aka the calm before the storm) don’t forget to check what is happening at Ruidoso’s premiere entertainment venues: Inn of the Mountain Gods and Spencer Theater. Whether it is some boot stomping music, laugh out loud comedy, guitars on fire or a live musical these venues always offer plenty of good times for all ages. In April check out the Laugh Out Loud Comedy at the Inn of the Mountain Gods or Gentri at the Spencer Theater.
Smokey Bear Days
May 5-6, 2017 –– Smokey Bear Days started in 2004 to celebrate Smokey’s 60th birthday, Smokey Bear Days has become an annual 2-day event held the first Friday and Saturday of May. The Smokey Bear Days’ mission is to promote the fire prevention message and educate visitors to the Capitan area about the dangers of unwanted, human-caused wildfires.
AspenCash Motorcycle Rally
May 18-21, 2017 — Held at the Inn of the Mountain Gods come enjoy the shaded pines of the Sacramento mountains. The Aspencash Motorcyle Rally is an AMA Signature Series event that features a $10,000 poker run and a 4 day trade show with 33,000 square feet of vendors.
May 26 – September 4, 2017 — Enjoy the Race Track from Memorial Day through Labor Day! The Ruidoso Downs weekly racing schedule is Friday through Monday with a 1 pm first post time. There will be Thursday races over the 4th of July holiday. Learn more about this event!
Two Rivers All Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Festival
May 27-29, 2017 — The organizers are excited to be celebrating the 3rd year of the All Handcrafted Art shows. Due to the overwhelming response from artists wanting to participate and customers coming to visit us, we are moving to Wingfield Park which is a much larger park. It also has the convenience of one stop shopping. You can park and walk over to our show and then check out our downtown merchants. There are plenty of places to park and also the Village is creating additional parking for the downtown area. The village is making lots of new improvements to Wingfield Park. A new playground has been added and there is a nice walking path. We will be setup around the path so that we can be accessible to the handicap. It is free to the public so please come visit us and check out the wonderful artists showcasing their work.
Wind Rider Music Festival
May 26-28, 2017 — Get amped for the 3rd Annual Wind Rider Music Festival at Ski Apache. In addition to live music, the one-day festival will also feature food and beverage booths and vendors. Overnight camping will also be available, as well as RV spaces. Those interested can pick up a camping passes at the ticket window (Campsites $10, RV Site $20, free parking). Fire restrictions will be in effect. Children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Campsites are $10 per tent in each site.
Ruidoso Pickleball Championships
June 10-12, 2017 — It is that time of year, the Ruidoso Pickleball Championships are upon us. Watch as teams and singles tear up the pickleball court to rise to the top of the rankings. This tournament is sanctioned by the USA Pickleball Association. Singles divisions will be played on Friday, men’s and women’s doubles will be played on Saturday, and mixed doubles will be played on Sunday.
July 1 – 4, 2017 — Eight rodeos in four days! The nation’s largest open rodeo weekend includes four nightly rodeos, two-day ranch rodeo, youth ranch rodeo, kid’s rough stock rodeo, cook-off, kids events, and nightly dances. On July 4th, enjoy a full day of Independence celebration with a campfire dutch oven competition, mutton bustin’, steer riding, evening rodeo, fireworks, and a dance. You don’t want to miss this 4th of July celebration!
Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances and Rodeo
July 1-4, 2017 — Attend this annual event to witness the coming of age ceremony of Mescalero Apache maidens. There will be ceremonial dances, a rodeo, arts and crafts, and food vendors as part of the festivities held at the Mescalero Apache reservation over July 4th holiday.
Lincoln County Art Loop Studio Tour
July 7-9, 2017 — In its 22nd year, Art Loop began as a creative venture amongst artists and continues to be one of the most successful studio tours in New Mexico. Visit over 20 Lincoln County artists’ studios during the annual Art Loop and meet over 30 artists. Watch them demonstrate their craft and discuss their creative process. Our hope is that your inner artist will come alive as you enjoy the finest art Lincoln County has to offer and let us give you a little glimpse into what makes us tick as artists.
Christmas in July Bridge Tournament
July 7-9, 2017 — Enjoy a bridge tournament in the mountains of New Mexico. Tournament will be at Ruidoso High School. Tentative schedule of sessions are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, 9 am, 1 pm , and 7 pm, and Sunday, 10 am and TBA. Contact: Johnny Glover at 575-491-4552
Fort Stanton Live!
July 8, 2017 from 9am-8pm — An annual event that brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, a concert and a military ball. This event also brings authors, historians, photographers, artists, and a variety of historical vendors to share their crafts and handiwork. Local food vendors will also be on hand at the Fort.
Ruidoso Art Festival
July 21-23, 2017 — Over 100 of the nation’s most talented artists will be set up at the Ruidoso Convention Center showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry, mixed media and more! The annual festival will be held July 21 and 22 noon-6 pm, and July 23, 10 am-5 pm.
Alto Artists Studios Tour
August 3-6, 2017 — This year the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour is celebrating its 14th anniversary and the public is invited to participate in free, self-guided tours to explore behind the scenes of the Alto art community.
August 4-6, 2017 — Enjoy a weekend of folk pageants with re-enactors portraying Billy the Kid’s last escape and the notorious Lincoln County War. As well as the pageants, enjoy great food, live music, shopping and a parade. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children.
Ruidoso Antique Show
TBD, 2017 — The Ruidoso Antique Show has some of the best choice antiques, collectibles, and decorative arts selected and presented by many outstanding antique dealers from all over the United States. At this show you can find everything from Tin to Tiffany and all the in-between. Large mission furniture to small early American and European, sterling flatware to Native American and early American artifacts. Primitives, mercantile, pottery, rugs, Indian and vintage costume jewelry; fine porcelains and linens to decorative arts and estate jewelry offered by a certified gemologist and appraiser. You don’t want to miss this antique show!
Two Rivers All Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Festival
September 2-4, 2017 — The organizers are excited to be celebrating the 3rd year of the All Handcrafted Art shows. Due to the overwhelming response from artists wanting to participate and customers coming to visit us, we are moving to Wingfield Park which is a much larger park. It also has the convenience of one stop shopping. You can park and walk over to our show and then check out our downtown merchants. There are plenty of places to park and also the Village is creating additional parking for the downtown area. The village is making lots of new improvements to Wingfield Park. A new playground has been added and there is a nice walking path. We will be setup around the path so that we can be accessible to the handicap. It is free to the public so please come visit us and check out the wonderful artists showcasing their work.
Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally
September 13-17, 2017 — The Golden Aspen Rally will feature live music, stunt rider, $10,000 poker run, vendors, trade show, bike judging, free meals, and a NEW bike giveaway — a weekend a bike lover won’t want to miss!
11th Annual Tour de Ruidoso Century Ride
September 23, 2017 — Once again, the annual Tour de Ruidoso is offering athletic challenges. The event will start and finish at the majestic Spencer Theater. All event options will have the same starting time, and take the same route as prior years, minus the difficult Swiss Chalet hill.
All American Gun and Western Collectible Show
September 2-3, 2017 — As part of the All American Festival, the Gun and Western Collectible show is one of a series of events and festivities surrounding the $2 million All American Futurity. This show has 180 tables of everything that relates to guns as well as hunting equipment, knives, cowboy gear, saddles, blankets, spurs, western relics, Indian artifacts, jewelry, coins and so much more. As well as buying items you may also trade with vendors or sell your guns or collectibles in exchange. This show is not just a “man’s” show; women can find jewelry, western collectibles and décor for the home.
October 7-8, 2017 — Rod Run and Car Show, Arts and Crafts Fair, Parade! Aspenfest kicks off with a parade through Midtown Ruidoso, followed by an arts and crafts fair, a rod run and car show and the New Mexico State Open Chili Cook-Off.
New Mexico State Open Chili Cook-off
October 7, 2017 — During Aspenfest weekend enjoy some of the best chili around at the Open Chili Cook-off. The chili cook-off is open for public tasting beginning at noon.
October 13-15, 2017 — Take part in the nation’s finest cowboy festival at the annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium! Enjoy Old West storytellers, noted historians, poets, musicians, chuckwagon cooks, western artists and craftsmen for three days of events, cowboy competitions, horse demonstrations, Western swing dancing, kids rodeo and educational activities. Also during the symposium don’t miss the World Champion Chuckwagon Competition, featured on the Food Network’s All American Festivals and Cowboy Challenge.
October 20-21, 2017 — Based on the German Oktoberfest, Ruidoso celebrates with great food, beer, music, arts and crafts and a kinderhall. “Dressing for the occasion” is encouraged! Tickets: Adults $10.00 for One Day or $18.00 for Two Days. Young Adults 13 – 18 $6.00 for One Day $10.00 for Two Days. Children under 12 FREE
TBD, 2017 — Get a head start on your holiday shopping at Christmas jubilee! 80 local merchants make it a one-stop shop for all your gifts. Bring the kids to meet Santa and enjoy storytelling while you shop until you drop!
December 2, 2017 — Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the Festival of Lights-Parade of Lights starts at 5:30pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through dowdown to the Chamber of Commerce. Everyone is encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys for Tots. So, bring out the family for an evening of twinkling lights, hot chocolate and togetherness in the Winter Wonderland of Ruidoso.
Torch Light Parade
December 27th, 2017 — Join the fun on Capitan Trail to witness veteran skiers and their lighted torches ski down the mountain starting at 6:30 pm, with beautiful fireworks to follow. Listen to the Apache Drum Group play traditional ancient Apache tribal music on the plaza. Free admission and snacks and refreshments available or enjoy hot food at the Main Lodge and adult beverage specials in the Spirit Bar upstairs!