Attractions & Entertainment
Discover Top Ruidoso Attractions
Ruidoso’s newest and most unique attraction, the new Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake, opens June 19th for the summer season! The floating, inflatable platform is perfect for family fun, birthday parties and special events. Come out for the day or purchase a season pass with swimming, boating, fishing, disc golf, and more available at Grindstone Lake located in the heart of Ruidoso. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wed. through Sun.
Work together in a race against the clock to solve a series of increasingly challenging puzzles. Be prepared to have your wits tested and your entertainment level raised. Escape Room Ruidoso sets the bar for experiential entertainment.
Join us on Saturdays in Midtown for MUSIC IN THE STREETS, a FREE community program featuring live performances by Ruidoso musicians. Saturdays 11 AM to 2 PM at Times Square on Sudderth Drive beginning June 1, 2019.
Head to the water for a day of paddleboarding, kayaking, biking, fishing and more. The Dam House at Grindstone Lake is open for boat and bike rentals, fishing equipment, food and drink at Grindstone Lake from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day. Open daily 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The Flying J Ranch Chuckwagon Supper and Western Show is one of Ruidoso's most popular summer activities, offering great food and excellent family entertainment. Opening day for the 2019 season is May 25th.
While much of the country is sweltering in summer heat, Ruidosoans are chilling out in the tall pines. No matter what a vacation means to you, a summer holiday is pretty cool in Ruidoso.
The All American Futurity (G1) is the richest race for 2-year-olds in North America, regardless of breed. Run every Labor Day at Ruidoso Downs in the mountain village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, the $3 million race is contested by 2-year-old American Quarter Horses. It will be run on September 3, 2018.
Enjoy a day of gallery hopping in Ruidoso's Midtown shopping district with this recommended art itinerary.
They say the best things in life are free. Save money on your next trip by taking advantage of these 5 free things to do in Ruidoso.
A 514-seat landmark performing arts center designed by Antoine Predock is a year-round venue for world-class performances in theater, music, and dance, along with four major glass installations by Dale Chihuly. Tours Tue & Thu at 10 a.m.
Food writer Lauran Monitz spent the weekend cowgirling it up at her first Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. Check out her tips for making the most of your visit.
Ruidoso and Lincoln County have long celebrated art and artisans past and present, so keep your eyes peeled for the many other artistic discoveries tucked away in unexpected places. Here’s a short sampling of Lincoln County art exhibits to help get you started.
Old West storytellers, musicians, western artists, and craftsmen come together for three days of events, cowboy competitions horse demonstrations, western swing dancing, a kids rodeo and more.
Dine in one of eight casual restaurants and bars. Enjoy the best gaming in the Southwest including; Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Roulette, as well as a comedy club and live entertainment. Elevate your game on the Inn's championship golf course.
Best Chuckwagon Show & Supper: Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, Ruidoso, NM: "Founded by legendary New Mexico cowboy singer Ray Reed in 1990, the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium has grown from its humble roots in Glencoe, New Mexico, to one of the biggest annual festivals celebrating the cowboy way of life. " - TRUE WEST MAGAZINE
Ruidoso, NM a majestic gem of a mountain getaway. Frequently on the list of stopovers from California to Texas and much shorter road trips. Come here for leisure and pleasure, or as a base camp to Southern New Mexico’s national parks and sights. There’s a reason Neil Patrick Harris calls this mountain mecca home! - BuzzFeed.com
Discover Upcoming Ruidoso Events and Entertainment
Rumours recreates the chart-topping 70s & 80s rock music of Fleetwood Mac, best known for lead vocalist Stevie Nicks' distinctive voice, mystical stage persona, and poetic, symbolic lyrics in signature harmonies like “Landslide,” “Dreams,” “Hold Me,” “Go Your Own Way,” “Rhianna,” “Think About Me” and “Tusk.”
This annual event brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, live music and a military ball which will have visitors dancing into the night! Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists and a variety of historical vendors to site to share their crafts and other handiwork. Local food vendors are on hand to provide sustenance for your day at the Fort.
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of New Mexico native Mine That Bird winning the Kentucky Derby at Ruidoso Downs Race Track. Take a picture with Mine That Bird, on Saturday, July 13 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., with the purchase of a commemorative poster or hat for $10. Proceeds benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Mine That Bird will parade on the track between the 5th and 6th race.
Don’t miss the second leg of the quarter horse triple crown! The $1 Million Rainbow Derby Finals runs on Saturday, July 20 and the $1.5 Million Rainbow Futurity runs on Sunday, July 21, 2019. $100k Corona Cartel on Saturday and the $100k Rainbow Juvenile on Sunday.
THE ULTIMATE ELO EXPERIENCE shares The Electric Light Orchestra’s ambitious and irresistible fusion of pop, melodic rock, classical arrangements, and futuristic iconography of the 1970s in ELO classics like “Don’t Bring Me Down,” “Xanadu,” “Shine A Little Love,” “Evil Woman,” “Telephone Line,” “Strange Magic” and more.
Fine art lovers from around the southwest make an annual trip to Ruidoso for this juried fine arts show that features over 100 of the nation’s most talented artists showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums, showcasing collectible art and jewelry.
Zia Festival Weekend- Over 60 vendors in Grandstand and Tent. Multiple New Mexico Stakes Races. Saturday night concert by Jake Hooker 7 p.m. Tickets $20 each, call 575-378-4431. New Mexico HBA party, Children’s Activities in tent.
See trailblazing country music star, Charley Pride, as he hits the stage on Friday, July 26 at Inn of the Mountain Gods.
A great family event starting & finishing at Wingfield Park using 2 different running trails at Grindstone Lake in midtown Ruidoso. It is sanctioned by USA Track & Field and the American Trail Running Association. Great Ruidoso carved bears as awards. It is a benefit for the Ski Apache Adaptive Sports & Ecoservants.
This is an opportunity for runners to train in the high altitude and cooler temperatures of the Sacramento Mountains. There are three runs: a 4-mile course, an 8.5-mile course & a half marathon. Each run will begin and end in Wingfield Park in mid-town Ruidoso.
Fort Stanton will be hosting its fifth annual March on Rome World War II reenactment and Living History display on Saturday, July 27, 2019, on the grounds of the fort. Authentic camps for both Allied and Axis forces will be open to the public between 4 and 6 p.m. with a public show battle beginning at 5:30 p.m. Attendance is free to the public, although donations to Fort Stanton are welcome.