Annual Events

There's always something on the calendar, with festivals featuring food, entertainment, art and more, and with traditional annual ceremonies countywide ... Sandoval County has an event to appeal to everyone! 

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SPRING EVENTS:

Jemez Springs Star Party - March 30, 2019: The Village of Jemez Springs and the Jemez Historic Site are working together to host a Star Party on Saturday, March 30 from 7-10 p.m., featuring telescopes for night sky viewing and Native American storytelling at two different times during the evening. The event is $5 per person for both adults and children. Cash preferred please. Profits from the event will support preservation of the Site ruins and exhibit renovations at the Site. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Complimentary hot cocoa will be provided at the event. Temperatures in Jemez Springs can dip as low as the upper 30s in October so participants are asked to wear a warm jacket, sturdy shoes, and bring water. Please do not use flashlights; rather, bring only red lights to preserve night vision. The star party takes place during a Waxing Moon – the transition between a New Moon and First Quarter Moon which indicates a darker night sky. The event is weather dependent. Visitors are asked to visit Facebook/JemezSprings for updates.

Annual Park 'N The Park - April 27, 2019: 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.

Corrales Artist Studio Tour - May 4 & 5, 2019: The first weekend in May is one of the most successful events in the state with more than 75 local and regional artists participating in this annual event. You can visit galleries and studios, learn about creative processes, and purchase from our local artists! Check out the artists beforehand in the Preview Gallery, where you can peruse the wide range of fine art and crafts, from representational to abstract, oil to pastels, bronze, stone and wood sculptures, metal and glass objects, fiber art, unique, one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and so much more.

Placitas Studio Tour - May 11 & 12, 2019: On Mother’s Day weekend in May, Placitas promotes artists who live locally or who locate their studios full-time in the community. The studio tour allows visitors to meet and speak with artists, learn about their creative work, and purchase unique treasures.

Heritage Day - May 18, 2019: Every May, Casa San Ysidro and the Old Church of Corrales celebrate the living traditions of New Mexico. This event honors Puebloan, Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo influences on the arts and histories that make up our state’s identity. Join local artisans demonstrating weaving and spinning, traditional blacksmithing, straw inlay, silver filigree, retablo painting, and much more. The day is also filled with performances by heritage musicians and entertainers.

 

SUMMER EVENTS:

Corrales Garden Tour - June 2, 2019: Wondering what is behind those walls in Corrales? Looking for new ways to perk up your garden or planning your first garden? Join us for the Corrales Garden Tour the first Sunday in June. The gardens on tour are amazingly varied and provide inspiration for gardeners at all levels. See how various landscape designers, installers, and homeowners have met the challenges presented by gardening in our arid Southwest, all within the historic Village of Corrales.

Pork & Brew - July 5, 6 & 7, 2019: No summer visit to Sandoval County would be complete without a stop at the Pork & Brew BBQ at the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho every July. This three-day festival features the best barbecue vendors from around the region, beer, live music, cooking demonstrations, and interactive family activities.

Sandoval County Fair - August 6-11, 2019: Enjoy good, old-fashioned fun for the entire family at the fair. The experience is made complete with great food, dancing to 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 starting on the first Tuesday in August, through Sunday.

Fiesta de San Lorenzo - August 9-15, 2019: An integral part of Bernalillo’s rich culture and history, las Fiestas de San Lorenzo, include a lively schedule of festivities that everyone can enjoy! This 325 year old tradition focuses largely on the ritual dance drama known as los Matachines and is the largest such dance in the region, marking a significant facet of Bernalillo’s community identity.

Mountain West Brew Fest - August 31 & September 1, 2019: As the leaves begin to change and the fall air becomes crisp, this exciting outdoor event, featuring New Mexico craft breweries and spirits from throughout the Southwest, is held on the last Saturday of August at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. Great food options from local food trucks and live music add to the fun and excitement of this wonderful craft beer-tasting festival.

 

FALL EVENTS:

Corrales Harvest Festival - September 28 & 29, 2019: Corrales is distinguished by its broad green pastures and orchards, its rich historic and artistic character, and of course the sounds and scents of roosters, cows, horses and sheep. At the end of September, the Village of Corrales, along with the Old Church and Casa San Ysidro Museum, promote the history and character of their community through a yearly educational and recreational event that showcases the local agriculture, merchants, arts, music, performing arts and historic culture throughout the Village, all accessible on our transit system – hay wagons!

National Public Lands Day - September 28, 2019: National Public Lands day is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands, held annually on the fourth Saturday in September. NPLD brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore America’s public lands. The event began in 1979, with the Bureau of Land Management as one of the original sponsors. Sandoval County is home to a range of public land offerings, including parts of the Santa Fe National Forest, Bandelier National Monument, and San Pedro Parks Wilderness Area.

Jemez Mountains Elk Festival - September 28 & 29, 2019: The Annual Jemez Mountains Elk Festival, held the last weekend of September annually at the Valles Caldera National Preserve, includes elk viewing, hiking and elk education booths where you can learn how elk antlers grow. Bring a sack dinner, blanket, and binoculars to enjoy the evening’s sights and sounds of bugling elk!

Galloping Grace Pumpkin Patch - October 1-31, 2019: For the community, fall isn’t complete without a trip to the Galloping Grace Youth Ranch (GGYR) Pumpkin Patch. This family-friendly event is open every day of October and features fall fun such as a 20’ X 40’ corn pit, harvest maze, scarecrow dress up, tractor races, roping arena, pumpkin bowling, duck races, mud pie kitchen, putt-putt golf, football toss, corn hole, basketball shoot, fall decor, and of course pumpkins! Plus, each weekend the Pumpkin Patch also hosts a petting zoo and a paintball target range. Attendees can select their very own pumpkin with hundreds of choices in all kinds= of sizes and colors including specialty pumpkins, gourds, and fall decorations.

Open Air Market - October 12 & 13, 2019: The Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center hosts an annual Open Air Market during the second weekend of October. At the market there are traditional dances, multicultural arts and crafts, bread-baking demonstrations in traditional ovens, the Jemez Farmer’s Market, and more. This a free event and fun for the entire family.

Jemez Mountain Trail Sale - October 19 & 20, 2019:  The longest yard sale in New Mexico at over 26 miles, the Jemez Mountain Trail Sale offers cheap new and used items and priceless fall color views. Anyone can sell items along NM-4 (the Jemez Mountain National Scenic Byway) from San Ysidro to La Cueva. Fall colors abound during the peak of leaf peeping season in the Jemez Valley.