Rally In The Weeds
Every year the little town of Weeds turns into the center of attention during its annual Rally In The Weeds. There will be live bands, DJs, food and retail vendors, as well as mud bogs. The town of Weeds is located eight miles West of Artesia on Highway 82. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Early Days gas engine and tractor show
The Pecos Valley Classic AG Tractor Club is hosting the 2017 Early Days Gas Engine & Tractor Association Southwest regional show at the Eddy County Fairgrounds. There will be antique tractors, machinery and engines from all over the Southwestern United States. Interested individuals can get further information from the Club website, at classicag.org or by contacting Ralf Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruidoso Wine and Art Festival
Starting this year a handful of New Mexico wineries are joining the festival. There are different choices for tickets. The tickets that include the wine tasting also includes a free wine glass and free tastings at each vendor. One hundred of the nation’s most talented artists will be showcasing a broad spectrum of mediums including sculpture, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and mixed media.
This year there will be a variety of new artists participating in the show. The festival takes place at the Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca Drive. For more information, visit ruidosonow.com.
July 21, 31, Aug. 5, 8, 12, 16 and 24
“Lucia di Lammermoor”
The Santa Fe Opera presents, Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Beauty and darkness collide in this bel canto masterpiece. The opera is sung in Italian with opera titles in English and Spanish. This is a new Santa fe Opera Production. The opera is located at 301 Opera Drive. For more information and tickets, visit santafeopera.org or call its box office at 800-280-4654.
National Day of the Cowboy
Artesia Arts Council invites the public to celebrate the National Day of the Cowboy at the First American Bank Parking lot, 303 Main St. There will be craft and food vendors, music and prizes. Learn how to rope and meet cowboy poet, W.C. Jameson at Bennie’s Western Wear. The festivities start at 9 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. A show with W.C. Jameson follows at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. Tickets for the evening show are $20. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Free Family Fun Day
The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle, invites the public to a free Family Fun Day — Summer of Love celebration — to remember the 50th anniversary of the summer of 1967 in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood. Families can enjoy crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including a tie-dye station with tie-dye bandanas for the first 200 people, a love-bead making station, face painting, mural painting, flower-making and at 2 p.m., the movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” will be shown. For more information, visit nmjc.edu/museum or call 575-492-2678.
July 24-July 29
Eddy County Fair
The 72nd annual Eddy County Fair takes place at the Eddy County Fairgrounds, 3402 S. 13th St. June 30 was the deadline for 4-H inside exhibits, 4-H and FFA livestock forms. Bull riding will take place at 8 p.m. on July 28. The carnival is open each day from 5 p.m. There will be a dance on July 27 and 28 starting at 8:30 p.m. On July 28 a Chili Cook-off takes place at 4 p.m.
2017 Downtown Sounds: Battle of the Bands
As part of the 2017 Downtown Sounds Summer Concert Series, the Lea County Commission for the Arts, Hobbs Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and City of Hobbs present, Battle of the Bands, from noon to 7 p.m. Six band compete for prizes. A large part of the judging will be based on crowd participation. Winner will get free studio recording time at the New Mexico Junior College’s new musical technology studio, as well as the opportunity to perform during the 2017 Hobbs August Nites Downtown Sounds Summer Concert. For more information, visit lccanm.org or call 575-397-2787.
Warrant and Winger in concert
Warrant and Winger are going to rock the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 8 p.m. Warrant is a metal band formed in 1984 in Hollywood, which experienced success with five albums reaching international sales of over 10 million. The band first came into the national spotlight with their two times platinum debut album Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich and one of its singles, “Heaven,” reached No. 1 in Rolling Stone and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The band continued its success in the early 1990s with the two-time platinum album Cherry Pie, which provided the hit album titled song and music video. Winger is a rock band that has combined elements of glam metal and progressive metal. Formed in New York City, Winger gained popularity with two platinum albums, Winger and In the Heart of the Young, along with charting singles “Seventeen,” “Headed for a Heartbreak” and “Miles Away,” put the band on the top of the charts by the early 1990s. In 1990, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for “Best New Heavy Metal Band.” Tickets start at $25. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. For more information and tickets, visit innofthemountaingods.com.
Old Lincoln Days
The Old Lincoln Days include “The Last Escape of Billy the Kid” at the pageant grounds next to the museum. Their will be also free wagon rides in the village, arts and crafts, music and colorful characters from the wild days when Lincoln was the center of the Lincoln County War. For more information, visit billythekidpageant.com.
Aug. 7 – 12
Missoula Children’s Theatre “Peter and Wendy”
Due to the popularity of the Aladdin-Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp, a second camp was added. Children who have registered for “Aladdin” are welcome to register for “Peter and Wendy” as well. Participation fee is $65 and includes a T-shirt, one Love Note (additional Love Notes, $2) and lunch for all participants on Friday and Saturday. It is open to all school age children 5 years and up. Rehearsals are from Aug. 5 – 11, 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Performance is Aug. 12 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. To register or for more information, call the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center at 575-746-4212.
The Zuni Show 2017: Art of the Pueblo
The Zuni Show 2017 takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple, Aug. 19 from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Aug. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Zuni is the largest of the pueblos in New Mexico and most of the Zunis’ income is from the sale of their artwork. This second annual show expands exposure to the public, and once again artists will receive 100 percent of the proceeds from their sales. This is a fair trade event. Ethnographic films from 1924 depicting the Zunis’ past will be screened continually in the auditorium of the Scottish Rite facility. For more information, to donate or to volunteer, call Robin Dunlap at 505-660-0981 or visit TheKeshiFoundation.org.
Red Dirt Black Gold Festival
The free all-day festival takes place downtown Artesia and celebrates the oil and gas industry. This year’s concert lineup is as follows: Whiskey Myers, Bri Bagwell, Dalton Domino, The Statesboro Revue and Callahan Divide. For more information, visit artesiaacd.com or call 575-746-4212.
San Jose 52 Family Fair
The San Jose Catholic Church Carlsbad, 1002 Debaca St. is hosting its San Jose 52 Family Fair. Doors open on Aug. 25 at noon and on Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. Music will be provided by Michael Salgado and La Sombra. For more information, call 575-885-5792.
Ongoing until Sept. 25
Owls in the Land of Enchantment
Revered and feared in folklore, owls are found throughout New Mexico. From open desert to mountain forest, these powerful hunters have evolved extraordinary senses to pinpoint their prey. For a limited engagement, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, 1801 Mountain Road NW, reveals this world in the Owls in the Land of Enchantment exhibition. For more information, call 505-841-2800.