When the short, cool winter turns to long days of abundant sunshine, we know it’s time for summer. But one other thing lets us know the season has changed—festivals. Although there are many great festivals to visit throughout the year, nothing says summer like loading up your friends and family to explore the surrounding fun festivities packed into a few short months. With numerous summer fiestas happening in this great state, you’ll want to have them all on your radar. Here, we’ve touched on just a few of the crowd favorites.
June 9-16, 2018: Albuquerque, NM
Happening right now, the 31st annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque brings flamenco artists from all over the world. New Mexico, with its extraordinary event and culture, is regarded as the flamenco capital of the U.S. For eight days, the city brings over 5,500 dancers to learn, teach, and experience the intense and beautiful human expression of flamenco. With over 30 workshops and lectures, there is plenty of time to discover and witness what this traditional art form is all about.
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July 6-8, 2018: Roswell, NM
Just as you’d expect, the UFO capital of the world hosts its own out-of-this-world gathering, where theories and aliens come to life. For its 23rd year, the town welcomes you to join in on the family fun, costume contests, and live entertainment for one of the most debated phenomenon of modern history. With a 25-day countdown, you won’t want to miss this extraterrestrial event.
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July 16-21, 2018: Silver City, NM
This unique festival has its roots, quite literally, in New Mexico’s land and people. Bringing together artists, collectors, and those from all walks of life, this event serves as a collective pit for the appreciation of one of human’s most ancient forms of art. Browse the current wares for sale, watch the craft of live exhibitions and demos, or sit back and listen to the live music with good company.
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August 18-19, 2018: Santa Fe, NM
Immerse yourself in a sea of historical and cultural art with this annual event. Drawing over 150,000 people from around the world, the Santa Fe Indian Market is an opportunity not only to view and purchase beautifully crafted items, but it is a weekend event that all are sure to enjoy with music and dance performances, a live auction, gala, and Native American cinema. Support your local artisans at this spectacular cultural celebration.
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June 16-17, 2018: High Rolls, NM
Come out and pick your own cherries at the High Rolls Cherry Festival. Browse the fruits and crafts of the more than 65 vendors at this great mountain escape. Fun for the whole family, you’ll be rolling out of this mountain town full of the freshest fruits! Children will find their fun with pony rides, bouncy houses, and sweets alike. Come all and come hungry!
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