Ongoing until Nov. 5
“The Beauty in Energy”
“The Beauty in Energy” is a new photography exhibit of oil and gas landscapes at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame, 1 Thunderbird Circle. The photographer, Bob Callender, is an internationally-recognized oilfield photographer. For more information, call 575-492-2678.
Ongoing until Jan. 21
The Museum of International Folk Art will host the national touring exhibition “Quilts of Southwest China,” which started July 9 and is scheduled to run through Jan. 21, 2018. While both highly-valued and culturally significant, Chinese quilts have received little attention from scholars, collectors, and museums and little is known about them outside of the communities that make them. They embody layers of history, identity, expertise, and culture. MIFA is located at 706 Camino Lejo. For more information, visit internationalfolkart.org or call 505-476-1200.
October Ramble Night — “Richard Harris”
Mas Art, 126 S. Main St. (at the Downtown Mall), opens its doors at 5 p.m. for an exhibit of English artist Richard Harris, who resides in Las Cruces. Harris works in watercolor, acrylic and soluble oil paints. His work is inspired by his encounters with nature. His dramatic paintings of birds, animals and plants capture both the spirit of the subjects and the spontaneity and gift of nature. For more information, call 575-526-9113.
Gala of the royal horses
The gala of the royal horses returns to the Santa Ana Star Center in Rio Rancho at 7:30 p.m. Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, René Gasser has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools in Vienna, Austria and Spain. Gala of the royal horses will feature performances to include Lippizaner stallions, the Spanish Andalusian, Friesian and the intelligent Arabian breeds, as well as the American Quarter Horse, which was recently added. For more information, call 888-694-4849.
Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker
Charlie Daniels and Marshall Tucker are coming to the Inn of the Mountain Gods stage. Tickets are now on sale. For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 1-800-545-9011.
Aspenfest Parade and Festival
The Aspenfest Parade and Festival takes place at Wingfield Park, 300 Center St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This event is the new addition to an already fun-filled weekend in Ruidoso. The Aspenfest Festival will be held at Wingfield Park in Midtown Ruidoso. On Saturday immediately following the parade, you can head up to Wingfield Park, a block away from Midtown, to take part in all kinds of activities including wine- and craft-beer-tasting, live local music, food by local and out-of-town vendors and a nice mix of crafters and artists of all types displaying their work. Contact the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce for more information at 575-257-7395 or Mirissa@RuidosoNow.com
Artesia has Talent
The Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., is hosting Artesia has Talent from 3 to 7 p.m. The Artesia Arts Council wants to find the best of the best. The AAC is hosting a fundraiser to find the most talented youth and adults in its community. Two divisions, youth and adult, will be judged by a panel of experts. There is also a People’s Choice Award. Each act is encouraged to bring as many fans as possible and after all the participants have performed, the votes will be cast. The person with the most votes will win People’s Choice. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Comedian George Lopez is performing at Isleta Resort & Casino — The Showroom, 11000 Broadway Blvd. SE at 8 p.m. For more information, visit isleta.com.
Ruidoso / Mescalero
Wait For What?!
The music duo T David Wiggins and Elane Wiggins are known as Wait for What?! They are going to perform on Friday in the 1852 Treaty Room at 8 p.m. and on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Wendell’s Lounge at the Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page of Wait for What?!
Murder at the Skull Manor Costume Ball
The annual Skull Manor Costume Ball is hosted by the Artesia Community Theatre and begins at 7 p.m. at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St. The event is an interactive murder mystery. Characters will be assigned per reservation. For more information, email email@example.com or call Linda VanDerVeen at 575-703-7766.
Toss No Mas
The Ruidoso Friends of Parks and Recreation are hosting the annual Toss No Mas environment event from 1 to 3 p.m. at 100 Robin Road. When everyone thinks littering isn’t a big deal, it becomes one. Trash bags, gloves, snacks and drinks will be provided, along with prizes and youth group fundraising opportunities. Registration begins at noon. The event is free for the public. For more information, visit its Facebook event page or ruidoso-nm.gov/parks-and-recreation.html.
Carlsbad MainStreet in partnership with Carlsbad Municipal Schools is hosting Heritagefest from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Carlsbad. The event will feature DJ music, food booths, entertainment such as the Barbershop Quartet, roping demonstrations, a mariachi band, line dancers and as finale at 7:45 p.m. two-step dance lessons followed by a street dance. For more information, visit carlsbadmainstreet.org or call 575-628-3768.
Art in the Park 40th Anniversary
The Artesia Arts Council is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its Art in the Park, Seventh and Quay Streets. The Artesia School bands will be having a cake walk. Artisan vendors will be selling handmade arts with the artists being there themselves. The event is held at Central Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 575-746-4212 or visit artesiaartscouncil.com.
Fiesta of Cultures
The Coronado Historic Site, 485 Kuaua Road, celebrates the cultures of New Mexico with an art festival featuring native artists, cowboy singers, Aztec dancers and food trucks. The event and admission to the site are free of charge. The event starts at 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. For more information, visit nmhistoricsites.org or call 1-800-495-1279.
Zombie Walk 2017
The NMSU Carlsbad American Criminal Justice Association will be holding the annual Zombie Walk at 7 p.m. Lineup and registration starts at 5:30 p.m. on the corner of Canyon and West Shaw Streets. The parade ends at the beach and awards will be given to the best zombies. NMSU Carlsbad Creative Media Technology will be showing the halloween classic, “Night of the Living Dead,” by George A. Romero after the awards. This event is open to all ages. For more information, contact Tamara at 575-234-9219.
Lovington MainStreet is holding its Oktober Fiesta at the Lea County Courthouse, 100 N. Main Ave., from 11 a.m. to midnight. The event includes Baja Grill’s green and red posole cook-off, pumpkin painting, cornhole tournament, Drylands Brewery Co’s Homebrew competition, food vendors and live music. For more information, visit lovingtonmainstreet.org or call 575-396-1418.