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Annual Events

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.

JANUARY

We do not currently have any annual events in January, but there are always things to do in Ruidoso, check our events calendar for events this January.

FEBRUARY

Vines in the Pines

February 16-17, 2019 -- 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. These vendors feature handmade goodies such as gourmet chocolate and candies, handmade crafts, and specialty items showcased. This will also be a great opportunity for some last minute Valentine’s Day gifts for your special someone.

 MARCH

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 TBD 2019 -- 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.

APRIL

12 Hours in the Wild West

April 13, 2019 -- This annual mountain bike race is held at the Grindstone Lake Trail System. The 12-hour trail is about 11.6 miles in length, however in 2019 a 6-hour ride will begin to be offered of about 7 miles if you aren't quite ready for the full ride! Register for 12 Hours in the Wild West starting in late November.

MAY

AspenCash Motorcycle Rally

May 16-19, 2019 -- Held at the Inn of the Mountain Gods come enjoy the shaded pines of the Sacramento mountains. The Aspencash Motorcycle 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.

Ruidoso Downs Race Track Season

Memorial Day - Labor Day Every Year -- 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 races over the 4th of July holiday. Learn more about this event!

JUNE

Ruidoso Pickleball Championships

June TBD 2019-- 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

Smokey Bear Stampede

July  TBD 2019  --  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 also a dance. You don’t want to miss this 4th of July celebration!

Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances and Rodeo

July  4-6, 2019  --  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.

Lincoln County Art Loop Studio Tour

July 5-7, 2019  --  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.

Fort Stanton Live! 

July TBD 2019  --  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.

AUGUST

Alto Artists Studios Tour

August 1-4, 2019  -- This year the Alto Artists’ Studio Tour is celebrating its 14th 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 TBD 2019  --  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 TBD 2019  --  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!

SEPTEMBER

Annual Golden Aspen Motorcycle Rally 

September 18-22, 2019 -- 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!

All American Gun and Western Collectible Show

September TBD 2019 -- 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.

OCTOBER

Annual Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium

October TBD 2019  --  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!

NOVEMBER

Christmas Jubilee

November TBD 2019  --  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

Festival of Lights Parade and After Party

December 1, 2018 --  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. For more info click here.

Torch Light Parade and Dummy Gelunde Contest

December 27th, 2018  --  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!