Ruidoso Festivals and Annual Events
Ruidoso hosts many exciting festivals and annual events. Everything from the Wind Rider 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.
Calling all foodies and wine lovers: This is a great opportunity to sample New Mexico wines while enjoying local art, crafts, food, boutique vendors and local brews for those who aren't wine drinkers. Fun for everyone!
Families and children of all ages are invited to join our community Easter Egg Hunt to search for Easter Eggs at Cedar Creek Campground while enjoying fire engine rides and a visit with the Easter Bunny and Smokey Bear.Please be on time. The Egg Hunt starts 10:00am sharp!
12 Hours in the Wild West is New Mexico’s season opener for endurance mountain biking! The event has moved to the Village of Ruidoso and the Grindstone Lake Trail System. The move is awesome for many reasons: spectacular, purpose-built mountain bike trails and a great staging/camping area that will be more sheltered from the dust and wind. We will also be right in town with easy access to Ruidoso restaurants, hotels, and services. Seriously, you could roll to the start from several hotels in Ruidoso. Come see why everyone raves about the Grindstone Lake trail system! This move is going to make the 12 Hours in the Wild West your new favorite Zia Rides event.
Join Smokey Bear as he is celebrated in his hometown of Capitan! Free fun for all ages; enjoy a Parade, Chainsaw Carving Auction, arts, crafts and food vendors, Live Music, a Street Dance, the Firefighters Challenge, a Smokey Bear Memorabilia Auction and to top if off, have your picture taken with Smokey!
For a true "western" experience join the Flying J Wranglers, complete with gunfights, pony rides, stage show, gold panning, gift shops and a chuckwagon style BBQ dinner. The Flying J Ranch is Monday through Saturday from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and on Saturdays September through mid-October.
Mark your calendars for June 23 and 24, 2018 as we get set to hit the roads of Ruidoso New Mexico! And as an added bonus, Ruidoso will be having its First Annual Brewdoso after the races!
Art Loop began as a creative venture amongst artists 18 years ago and continues to be one of the most successful studio tours in New Mexico. Throughout Lincoln County artists will open their studios, demonstrate their craft and discuss their creative process creating much more than simply a vibrant art market
If you are looking for action, look no further than Fort Stanton where the annual Fort Stanton LIVE! event brings costumed reenactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, concert 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 as well, so bring a healthy appetite for knowledge, food and fun.
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.
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.
A folk pageant with re-enactors portraying Billy the Kid's last escape and the notorious Lincoln County War - plus food vendors, live music, food and a parade.