Annual Events

There's always something on the calendar, with festivals featuring food, entertainment, art and more, and with traditional annual ceremonies countywide.


ANNUAL PARK 'N THE PARK
 
Fun for the entire family takes place in April each year at Cabezon Park in Rio Rancho with the annual Park 'N the Park Car Show. The car show features over 300 cars of all makes and models (all made before 1982), and the fun continues with arts and crafts vendors, food, music and fun jumps for the kids. For more information, call 505.891.5015.

PLACITAS STUDIO TOUR
This annual event takes place Mother's Day weekend throughout scenic Placitas. Explore the unique studios scattered throughout the foothills of the northern Sandias, where you can meet and talk with the artists about their work. There's painting, wearable art, photography, ceramics, woodworking, glass art, jewelry, mosaics, sculptures, metalwork, and mixed media, including found and recycled objects. www.placitasstudiotour.com

ANNUAL OLD CHURCH ARTFEST
New Mexico is known as a hub for artists and incredible pieces of art. The Artfest, displayed at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales each May, showcases a wide variety of juried original arts and crafts by local New Mexican artists. 505.301.0042, www.villageinthevillage.org

ANNUAL CORRALES GARDEN TOUR 
Tour-goers over the years have enjoyed getting a close look at the gardens that often hide behind the ubiquitous adobe walls in Corrales. Organized by Corrales MainStreet, the self-guided tour includes six amazing gardens scattered throughout the Village. Held in early June, tickets go on sale in May and are also available the day of the event. www.corrales-gardentour.com

PORK & BREW
No summer visit to Sandoval County would be complete without a stop at the Pork & Brew BBQ State Championships at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho during the 4th of July weekend. The event brings together the best barbecue vendors from around the region for a three-day festival featuring food, beer, live music, local arts and crafts, dancing and interactive family activities. www.rioranchonm.org

ANNUAL CORRALES ART IN THE PARK
Get lost in the wondrous creations from talented local artists. Organized by the Corrales Society of Artists, this is a juried art and fine craft sale occurring on Sundays, June to October in the beautiful, tree‑lined La Entrada Park in the heart of Corrales. There's food, drink, entertainment and art activities. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule visit www.nmartistsmarket.org

SANDOVAL COUNTY FAIR
Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for the entire family at the fair. The experience is made complete with great food, dancing and live music, an exciting rodeo, youth events, livestock exhibits and a parade. Whatever your interests, there's something for everyone at the fair, which takes place in the Village of Cuba, New Mexico each year in late July–early August. www.sandovalfair.org

LAS FIESTAS DE SAN LORENZO
An integral part of Bernalillo's rich culture and history, Las Fiestas de San Lorenzo include a lively schedule of festivities such as a parade, rodeo, car show, and live entertainment. Held in early August at Rotary Park, Las Fiestas focus largely on the ritual dance drama known as los Matachines and is the largest such dance in the region, marking a significant factor in Bernalillo's identity as a community. For more information on this tradition, visit www.townofbernalillo.org

THE GREAT SOUTHWEST BREW FEST
As the leaves begin to change and the fall air becomes crisp, this exciting event, featuring beer from 25 New Mexico craft breweries and a dozen craft breweries from throughout the Southwest, is held in early September at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. With great options from local food trucks and New Mexico agricultural product producers, there will be interactive lessons on beer and food pairings as well as home brewing. Live music adds to the fun and excitement of the two-day festival. www.nmbeer.org

JEMEZ MOUNTAINS ELK FESTIVAL
The Festival is an opportunity to experience and learn about elk on the Valles Caldera National Preserve and to participate in activities throughout the Jemez Mountains. Free daily activities in September include elk viewing and education booths. Scheduled van tours daily and activities for kids. www.vallescaldera.gov

CORRALES HARVEST FESTIVAL
This annual event organized by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales, takes place the last weekend of September. Experience the charming Village of Corrales in all of its autumn beauty. Featuring a pet parade, growers market, free tours at the Casa San Ysidro: Gutiérrez/ Minge House and more. www.corralesharvestfestival.com

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA 
A world-renowned tourist and local favorite for kids and kids-at-heart, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a spectacular weeklong event, held the first week in October. Experience the magic of more than 700 hot air balloons ascending into the sky from Balloon Fiesta Park, enjoy an evening balloon glow, or watch as special shape balloons fill the sky and sail through the crisp air of early fall. www.balloonfiesta.com

WINTERFEST CELEBRATION
The Winterfest Celebration at the Rio Rancho City Center is a free way to kick off the holidays with family activities that celebrate the winter season. Expect a parade, including a visit from Santa and ice skating at the Santa Ana Star Center. For more information, visit www.rioranchonm.org

TASTE OF RIO RANCHO
Once the hustle and bustle of the holidays settles down, Rio Rancho restaurants have an array of savory treats to offer visitors at the Annual Taste of Rio Rancho at the Santa Ana Star Center. Twenty-five of Rio Rancho's finest restaurants provide attendees with free samples of their signature foods. A local and tourist favorite, this February food festival is a must attend. www.rioranchonm.org

SANTA ANA STAR EVENT CENTER
Those looking for the perfect event venue are sure to find incredible options at the Santa Ana Star Center, which encompasses 160 acres and is a major component of the City of Rio Rancho's new downtown. With a variety of options, the state-of-the-art facility features: 26 luxury suites, 500 club seats, a VIP lounge, a club lounge, and four club suites. The center is located at 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, Rio Rancho, NM 87144. For more information, call 505.891.7300.

 

EVENTS COMING SOON

June 4 - August 27, 2017
Summer Music in the Parks Series

August 20, 2017
12th Annual Rio Rancho Sunday is Funday   

September 2 & 3, 2017
Mountain West Brew Fest - Town of Bernalillo
Loretta Park, S Camino del Pueblo
$20 per adult

September 9, 2017
Pooch Plunge Adopt-a-Thon & Food Drive
Haynes Park & Pool, 10am - 3pm
$5 first dog and one person, $10 for two dogs, $12 for three dogs, $16 for four dogs

September 16, 2017
Toss no Mas - Keep Rio Rancho Beautiful
8 am – 12 noon
Followed by Thank you lunch at Cabezon Recreation center
Volunteer help clean up Rio Rancho
To register call 891-5015 

October 1 - 31, 2017
Galloping Grace Youth Ranch Pumpkin Patch
Santa Ana Star Center
9am - 6pm (closing at noon on October 31)
$3 per person (2 and under Free

October 21, 2017
Great Goblin Get Together
Star Heights Recreation Center
5pm - 7pm
$5 ages 1-12 (1 and under are free)
Parents entry free

November 18, 2017
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival
Sabana Grande Recreation Center
9am - 4pm, Free admission

November 18, 2017
12 Strays of Christmast Pet Event, Food Drive & Adopt-a-thon
Cabezon Community Center and Park
10am - 2pm, Free admission

December 9, 2017
Luminarias Under the Stars
A Park Above
5pm - 8pm, Free admission