Annual Events

being well-known in lincoln county 2 Ruidoso hosts many exciting annual events... everything from the Art Loop to the Cowboy Symposium! For even more events, check out our events calendar for more things to do throughout the year, in addition to our festivals page.


Ski Apache Adaptive Sports Benefit

January 27, 2018, from 6pm-9pm -- There will be a silent and live auction and a 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. Consequently, SAAS gratefully relies on the support of Ski Apache Ski Resort, fundraisers, and volunteers to host approximately 200 students each year. Furthermore, 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.


Vines in the Pines

March 3-4, 2018 -- The Village of Ruidoso welcomes Vines in the Pines! The Village is excited to announce the newest festival to come to Ruidoso. Take your time and enjoy wine by the glass while you shop through over 30 of our local vendors. These vendors feature handmade goodies such as gourmet chocolate and candies, handmade crafts, and specialty items showcased. Check out our story on the Second Annual Vines in the Pines Festival here.


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 especially relevant 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 17-18, 2018 -- 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

eventsBefore the summer season gets into full swing (aka the calm before the storm) don't forget to check what is happening at Ruidoso's premier 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.


AspenCash Motorcycle Rally

May 17-20, 2018 -- Held at the Ruidoso Convention Center, come enjoy the shaded pines of the Sacramento mountains. The Aspencash Motorcycle Rally is an AMA Signature Series event that features a 4-day trade show. New in 2018, there will be live music!

Ruidoso Downs Race Track Season

May 25 – September 3, 2018 -- Enjoy the Race Track from May to September! 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!


Ruidoso Pickleball Championships

June 14-17, 2018 -- 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.


Smokey Bear Stampede

July 4-8, 2018 -- 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 BBQ cook-off, mutton bustin’, goat roping, evening rodeo, fireworks, and also a dance. You don’t want to miss this 4th of July celebration!

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances and Rodeo

June 30- July 4, 2018 -- Attend this annual event to witness the coming of age ceremony of Mescalero Apache maidens. There will be ceremonial dances, a rodeo, and also arts and crafts. Food vendors will also be present as part of the festivities held at the Mescalero Apache reservation over July 4th holiday.

Star Spangled Celebration

July 4, 2018 -- Capping off the day of star spangled family fun is New Mexico’s largest fireworks display. More than 10,000 fireworks illuminate the sky above Lake Mescalero.

Lincoln County Art Loop Studio Tour

July 6-8, 2018 -- In its 23rd 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 13-15, 2018 -- Enjoy a bridge tournament in the mountains of New Mexico. The tournament will be at Ruidoso High School. Contact: Johnny Glover at 575-491-4552

Fort Stanton Live!

July 14, 2018, from 9am-4pm -- 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. In addition, 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.


Alto Artists Studios Tour

August 2-5, 2018 -- This year the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour is celebrating its 15th anniversary. The public is invited to participate in free, self-guided tours to explore behind the scenes of the Alto art community.

Old Lincoln Days

August TBA -- 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

August TBA -- 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, and Indian and vintage costume jewelry are also available. There will also be fine porcelains and linens, decorative arts, and estate jewelry offered by a certified gemologist and appraiser. You don’t want to miss this antique show!


Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally

September 19-23, 2018 -- 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 TBA -- 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 TBA -- 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, and spurs. There are also 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; as a result, women can find jewelry, western collectibles, and décor for the home.


29th Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium

October 12-14, 2018 -- Take part in the nation’s finest cowboy festival at the annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium! Enjoy Old West storytellers, noted historians, poets, musicians, and chuckwagon cooks. In addition, there will be western artists and craftsmen for three days of events, cowboy competitions, and horse demonstrations. Western swing dancing, kids rodeo, and educational activities also will be available to encourage participants of all ages. Also during the symposium don’t miss the World Champion Chuckwagon Competition, featured on the Food Network’s All American Festivals and Cowboy Challenge! For our story on the 26th LCCS click here.


Christmas Jubilee

November 9-11, 2018 -- 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!


Parade of Lights

December TBA -- Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the Festival of Lights-Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through downtown 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 TBA -- 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. In addition, it is free admission with snacks and refreshments available. You can also enjoy hot food at the Main Lodge and adult beverage specials in the Spirit Bar upstairs!