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Smokey Bear Stampede continues through Sunday

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Capitan

Until July 7

Smokey Bear Stampede

The Nation’s largest open rodeo weekend includes ranch rodeos, Old West Ranch Rodeo, bull riding, saddle bronc, team roping, tie-down roping and women’s barrel racing at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. Every evening will be a dance with a DJ or live band. There will be also at 10 a.m. Capitan’s 64th annual Smokey Bear Independence Day Parade. Fireworks begin around 10:30 p.m., depending on when all livestock is secured. For more information, visit smokeybearstampede.com or email info@villageofcapitan.com.

Mescalero

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Until July 7

Mescalero Apache Tribe Ceremonial and Rodeo

The annual Mescalero Apache Tribe ceremonial and rodeo takes place on all four days from 8 a.m. until midnight. The four-day coming-of-age ceremony is for young Mescalero Apache maidens entering an important milestone in their life. The Mescalero Apache Tribe welcomes family, friends, guests and visitors from across Indian country to witness and participate in this celebration. Other events include daily and nightly cultural dances, a parade and challenge walk/run. Free lunch and dinner will also be served each day. The rodeo is held in conjunction with the Mescalero Ceremonial each day at 1 p.m. The 40th annual Mescalero Celebration Parade takes place on July 6 at 10 a.m. with the theme Honoring Native American Women. There will also be a wild horse race on Sunday as well as the Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run. Other festivities are a run and walk Native American arts and crafts. For more information, visit mescaleroapachetribe.com or call 575-464-4494.

Alamogordo

July 5

Free Launch Pad Lecture

The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the New Mexico Museum of Space History’s first floor. The museum is located at 3198 State Route 2001. Where Were You: Apollo XI with museum executive director Chris Orwoll. For more information, visit nmspacemuseum.org or call 575-437-2840.

Rio Rancho

July 5 to 7

Pork & Brew

Pork & Brew will return to the Santa Ana Star Center, 3001 Civic Center Circle NE, for the 16th year. This year, the event will have an indoor and outdoor format. There will be award-winning barbecue and more than 20 microbreweries. Entertainment is provided with live music and daily a kid’s watermelon and adult pie-eating contests. Times are Friday from 2 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit santaanastarcenter.com.

Ruidoso/Lincoln County

July 5 to 7

Art Loop Studio Tour

The 24th annual Art Loop Studio Tour honors some of the finest artists in Lincoln County. Twenty-four artists open their studios in 19 locations this year demonstrating their craft and discussing their creative process. Communities are Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, San Patricio, Lincoln, Capitan, Nogal and Alto. For more information, visit artloop.org.

Dexter

July 6

Independence Day Fireworks at the Lake

The Dexter Fire & Rescue will have its annual fireworks at Lake Van, as soon as the sun sets. For more information, visit its Facebook page or call 575-734-5401.

Cloudcroft

July 6 and 7

July Jamboree Arts & Crafts Show

The Cloudcroft July Jamboree Arts & Crafts Show take place daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Zenith Park. There will be entertainment and music. For more information, email chamber@coolcloudcroft.com or call 575-682-2733.

Hobbs

July 11, 18, 25 and Aug. 1

Free Thursday evenings with Rodin

The Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame presents its free Thursday evenings with Rodin from 5 to 8 p.m., starting at 6:30 p.m. with various activities including films, lessons and gatherings coinciding with the current traveling exhibit: Rodin: Truth Form Life, Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections. On June 27 and July 25, artists are welcome to join in the exhibit for an evening of sketching. For more information, visit nmjc.edu/museum or call 575-492-2678.

Carlsbad

July 12 and 13

A.C.T. Follies

The Artesia Community Theatre presents its A.C.T. Follies at Balzano Family Vineyard & Pumpkin Patch, 5230 7 Rivers Hwy., every day at 7 p.m. The public can expect an evening of music and laughs. For more information, visit the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W Main St. or ACTfollies.brownpapertickets.com. Updates will be on its Facebook page.

Fort Stanton

July 13

Fort Stanton Live

The annual Fort Stanton Live event brings costumed re-enactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the fort for demonstrations, presentations, live music and a military ball. Additionally, the event brings authors, historians, photographers, artists and a variety of historical vendors to site. There will also be local food vendors. The event starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. For more information, visit fortstanton.org or call 575-354-0341.

Radium Springs

July 13

A Summer’s Night with La Llorona

A Summer’s Night with La Llorona takes place at Fort Selden Historic Site, 1280 Fort Road, at 6 p.m. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.

Artesia

July 20

National Day of the Cowboy

Artesia celebrates its annual National Day of the Cowboy festivities with the show “Patsy & Friends” at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 300 W. Main St., a free Equine Petting Zoo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., free lunch at Bennie’s Western Wear and the free movie, “Spirit.” Downtown Artesia will have vendors, a canvas painting class and all shops will be open. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.

Carlsbad

July 20

Dawn of the Bats

Dawn of the Bats event at Carlsbad Caverns National Park starts at 5:15 a.m. and in the evening at sunset around 7:15 p.m. More than 100,000 of Brazilian free-tailed bats call Carlsbad Caverns home from April through October. It’s tradition to watch their mass exodus from the cave each evening. But one day each year, the public can gather at dawn to watch their return. Seating is in the Bat Flight Amphitheater to watch these creatures of the night dive back into the darkness of the cavern. After the bats return, there will be bat-related activities throughout the day in the visitor center. The day ends with the Bat Flight Program in the Bat Flight Amphitheater around 7:15 pm. For more information, visit nps.gov/cave/planyourvisit/dawn-of-the-bats.htm.

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