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.
Join us for Midtown Trick-or-Treating and a Haunted Halloween on October 31st from 3:00 - 6:00 PM. There will be Halloween photo booths, pumpkin decorating contests, FREE hot dogs, FREE hot cocoa, book giveaway, costume contests, trick or treating, and more!. We will be closing Sudderth between Chase and Country Club in order to create a safer environment for our community. See you there!
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.
Gear up for this free family event featuring food, entertainment, and raffles as Ski Apache kicks off the 2019-2020 ski season. Enjoy gondola rides, hiking, the Apache Wind Rider ZipTour, mountain biking and discounted rates on gear. Plus, a special one-day-only discounted rate for season passes.
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.
Ruidoso is the perfect place to ring in 2019. Wine, dine and dance the night away with a New Year's Eve celebration. Check out our summary of New Year events with options for every budget.
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!
Ride spectacular, purpose-built mountain bike trails while staging from a great sheltered camping area. The event is 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!