Attractions & Entertainment
Discover Top Ruidoso Attractions
Whether you’re in the mood for beer and barbecue, live music, or the opportunity to discover new art and artists, these annual Ruidoso events are worth traveling for.
Don’t miss Ruidoso’s newest and most unique attraction, the new Wibit Water Park at Grindstone Lake, a floating, inflatable platform perfect for family fun, birthday parties and special events.
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
For 50 years, the village of Ruidoso in the southern mountains of New Mexico has hosted riders and enthusiasts for the Golden Aspen (Est. 1969) and AspenCash (Est. 1997) motorcycle rallies. In 2019, the Golden Aspen Rally returns to the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack September 18 - 22, 2019. To learn more, visit MotorcycleRally.com
Raw, dirty, melodic, sonic watershed. Dirty Brown Jug Band is an evolution of musical styling; the lovechild of outlaw country, rock, blues and something completely new to the aural pathway. Dirty Brown Jug Band is bringing something fresh to the stage in Ruidoso at Sacred Grounds and it goes down smooth. Get your tickets now.
Build & fly your own kite, food & drinks, and kite demonstrations at the White Mountain Sports Complex. Spend a Sunday with family and friends. See the kites fly, see them swirl and see them do acrobatics in the sky. A perfect way to kick off fall with outdoor fun in a park setting. For more information call Parks & Recreation at: 575-257-5030
Do you love rockin’ blues, hot BBQ and ice-cold beer? Then don’t miss the 4th annual Brews, Blues & BBQ on September 21 from Noon – 6 pm. Enjoy some of the tastiest BBQ around and choose from over 200 beers. $25 gets you 10 4-ounce pours of your favorite brews. Plus, enjoy free live music on the lawn next to the beautiful shores of Lake Mescalero.
With a world-class horn section, a rocking rhythm section and sky-high vocals, Brass Transit transports audiences back to the freewheeling days of the 70s and the multi-platinum songbook of Chicago, arguably the greatest jazz-rock band of all time.
Each year at the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium there is ALWAYS stellar entertainment, ALWAYS a chuckwagon cook-off, ALWAYS great family fun, and ALWAYS a great exhibition of western wares with over 100 vendors and their unique products for you to buy. Plus mounted shooting competition and equestrian demonstrations.
See the award-winning country band Sawyer Brown as they take the stage at Inn of the Mountain Gods on Friday, October 11th.
Foodies won’t want to miss this evening of gourmet food and cooking demonstrations by Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse! Known for his hit shows on the Food Network, the Amazon original series Eat the World with Emeril Lagasse and as the food correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America, Emeril is the chef and proprietor of 11 restaurants and the bestselling author of 19 cookbooks. Tickets are $70 and include a delectable dinner. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 8 pm.