The Essential Guide to Ruidoso in August

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Although the summer is moving towards a close, things aren’t slowing down in Ruidoso in August! There are tons of fun, adventurous, and inspiring things to do around the area this month. Whether you’re a history buff, an art aficionado, or an outdoorsman, there’s something for you.

Art & Culture

Ruidoso has a rich art and culture scene that includes music, drama, antiques, and so much more! On August 6-8, guests can experience local artists’ work at the Alto Artists Studio Tour, a summer favorite since 2003, and get a look behind-the-scenes of the local art community. This self-guided tour is a perfect opportunity to set your own pace and enjoy the area for a weekend while meeting the artists and enjoying their work. Find the tour map and a list of featured artists here.

CANCELLED* Into antiquing? The Ruidoso Valley Noon Lions Club Antique Festival is coming to town on August 27-29! Antique dealers from around the country will be joining guests in the cool pines to host this highly anticipated annual event at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Admission is only $6 for adults and free for children under 12. Add it to the calendar and plan your next trip to enjoy an excellent selection of antiquities!

Inn of the Mountain Gods always has something exciting planned for village guests and locals. On August 28, Justin Shandor, the ultimate Elvis impersonator will be delighting the crowd in his blue suede shoes! Get your tickets early for dinner and a show so you don’t miss a moment of the action. Doors open at 5:30 PM for a 6:00 meal and 7:00 performance!

Won’t be here for these special events? There’s always something to see in the village! Watch our Facebook account and events calendar to see an updated list of live music that’s happening each weekend at our favorite local venues. Can’t get enough of local art? We have an extensive list of local galleries to explore while you’re in town, like Mountain Arts Gallery & Framing and Galleria West. Look around our website to plan your perfect vacation!

Food & Drink

Green chile fans rejoice! You don’t want to miss the Chile the Kid Festival at Ruidoso Downs. Scheduled for August 6-8 at Ruidoso Downs Race Track, the festival will feature local wine and beer, as well as all the green chile roasting you could ever dream of. A $15 event ticket gets you in the door and includes a commemorative beer/wine glass and roasted green chile. There will also be vendors at the festival each day from 11 AM – 8 PM, as well as a live performance each night by Mirage – A Santana Experience at 6 PM. Get your tickets here!

Everybody knows vacation is for relaxing and eating well! Ruidoso restaurants can take care of that while you’re here. Take a day to shop around Midtown and experience some of our favorite summer treats in town, like Chill Out by Simple Sugars or Zocca Coffee and Tea. For a quick and delicious lunch, try out Village Buttery! And for dinner and a show, we highly recommend making reservations at Flying J Ranch. Whatever you’re in the mood for, you’ll be able to find all the best local eateries, wineries, and breweries on our website to help you decide.

Fun in the Sun

August signals and end to summer fun, so take advantage of the beautiful scenery around town while you’re here! Kids fish free at Grindstone Lake on August 14 as part of the 26th Annual Youth Fishing Day. Parking is free for attendees and you won’t have to worry about getting a fishing license if you attend. Even better, staff will be on hand to teach kids the basics of fishing and their are prizes up for grabs throughout the day! Fishing poles are provided, but quantities are limited, so if you’re planning on going, plan to bring your own fishing pole, line, and bait to ensure you’ll get to fish. We’re sure you’ll have a REEL-y great time, and as a bonus, Grindstone Lake is a beautiful place to spend the day.

Ready to run? Register for the White Mountain Half Marathon at Inn of the Mountain Gods on August 21. Enjoy the sights and sounds of Saturday mornings at the beautiful resort grounds as you participate in a half marathon, 5K, or kids K race. Participants will receive a cool t-shirt, race medal, certificate, and are invited to an after party with food and drinks. Race day starts at 6:30 AM!

The fun isn’t limited to special events, however. There’s plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy before the summer season is over! For water activities head to Grindstone Lake for the Wibit Water Park, boating, and fishing. You can also fish and enjoy the views at Alto Lake, but there’s no swimming. If you’re looking for something with more thrills, check out ziplining at Inn of the Mountain Gods and Ski Apache, or summer tubing at Screaming Eagle Enterprises. Finally, don’t forget to take advantage of all the natural beauty along our local trail systems and take a hike!

History & Culture

Don’t visit Lincoln County without experiencing our rich history and culture! You can’t spend much time here without hearing about Billy the Kid, so go relive his life for yourself at Old Lincoln Days and the Billy the Kid Pageant on August 6-8 in Lincoln, NM. The event will give guests a look back into the Wild West through historical reenactments and an immersive weekend in the historic New Mexico town. Tickets go on sale at 10 AM at the gate every morning and include the daily concert. This event has been going on for over 80 years, so make plans to attend and be a part of the history yourself.

The Lincoln Historic Site is only one of the many amazing museums and cultural sites around Ruidoso open for guests to visit year round. Learn something new by visiting Fort Stanton or the Smokey Bear Historical Park and Museum in Carrizozo. Spencer Theater is another amazing stop! The iconic architecture and amazing views make it a great stop any time, but the real beauty happens inside when you catch a show. Review their schedule of events to see what’s coming up!

What are you waiting for? Come see us! Don’t forget to tag #VisitRuidoso and share your photos on social media!