Ruidoso Festivals and Annual Events
Ruidoso hosts many exciting festivals and annual events. Everything from the All American Country Music Festival to the Art Loop, AspenFest to Cowboy Symposium and the Festival of Lights! We invite you to browse our diverse selection of year-round opportunities to experience art, music, and culture that makes Ruidoso such a great place to live and to visit. Find an archive of Ruidoso festivals and events HERE.
The All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs has a purse of $3 million and is the richest race for a two-year-old of any breed in North America. Arrive early as the race track fills to capacity to watch all the exciting stakes race action on closing weekend.
Join Inn of the Mountain Gods in saying farewell to summer with food, music and fireworks at the End of Summer Bash on Sunday, September 1, 2019. The free family-friendly event begins at 3 p.m. with jumping balloons for $10 and concessions starting at 3 p.m. Guests can enjoy live music on the lawn. Once dusk settles in, fireworks will light the sky over Lake Mescalero as live music continues to play.
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
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.
Great food, great beer, great music, arts & crafts - and "dressing for the occasion" is encouraged! Don't miss our very own Kinderhall featuring all kinds of fun and games for the kids! Food booths feature delicious German staples such as Bratwurst, schnitzels and sauerkraut.
Don't miss this lively annual community Day of the Dead celebration in Lincoln, NM, honoring the stories, lives, and legacies of those who passed away. Come and join the fun with music, dance, family activities, face painting, altar-offerings, arts and crafts, plus food and drink. This community event is free to the public.
Embrace the season and join the Ruidoso Greeters for a timeless and treasured tradition, the Christmas Jubilee at the Ruidoso Convention Center. Admission is only $2.00 and active military are free.
Beautifully lit and fantastically festive, the Festival of Lights–Parade of Lights starts at 5:30 pm from the corner of Sudderth/Mechem, through Midtown. The Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Toys for Tots and encourage everyone to bring a new, unwrapped toy to the Parade of Lights. During the parade Toys for Tots will have a float and will be collecting toys. Marines will be walking along the float picking up the toys that are brought to the parade.