Aug. 16 to 18
New Mexico Comic Expo
Hobbits, Aquaman, Harry Potter — it’s a who-is-who of stars attending the New Mexico Comic Expo, which takes place at the Albuquerque Convention Center, 401 Second St. NW. The convention kicks off Friday at 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Saturday it’s 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, doors open at 4 a.m. for those who purchased the VIP tickets for Jason Momoa, Aquaman. For everybody else the event will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other stars attending are Elijah Wood (”Lord of the Rings,” “Wilfred” and “Dirk Gently”); John Bernthal (”The Punisher,” “Walking Dead” and “Baby Driver”); Kayley Atwell (”Agent Carter” and “Avengers: Endgame”); Tom Felton (”Harry Potter,” “The Flash” and “Origin”); Jason Isaacs (”Harry Potter,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “The Patriot” and “Star Wars Rebels”). There will also be guest artists, writers, creators and cosplayers. For more information, visit nmcomicexpo.com.
Aug. 16 to 18
Carrizozo Arts Weekend
During the Carrizozo Arts Weekend, local studios and galleries are open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 40 artists are participating, from painter Joan Malkerso, woven copper painter Suzanne Donazetti, to mixed media sculpture artist Cynthia Clark and woodworking artist Chuck Riley, to name a few. A free preview party on Aug. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. takes place at Tularosa Basin Gallery of Photography, 401 12th St. For more information, visit carrizozoarts.com or its Facebook event page.
Free movie on the stage
The city of Alamogordo is hosting a family-friendly movie night on the third Saturday of August at the Washington Park Stage. The movie, “How to Train Your Dragon 3: The Hidden World,” will start at dusk. The public should bring chairs, blankets and snacks.
Bosque Chile Festival
The annual Bosque Chile Festival takes place at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, 1701 Fourth St. SW, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This event will offer entertainment, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, beer, wine, agricultural workshops and chef demonstrations. For more information, visit its Facebook page, email email@example.com or call 505-468-1418.
Aug. 19 to 30
Free clogging classes
Learn to clog to all kinds of music. Instructor Shirley Donaldson is having beginner and intermediate classes at the Ruidoso Community Center, 501 Sudderth Drive, Monday thru Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. For more information and pre-registration, call 850-723-8527.
Aug. 22 and 23
Mark Chesnutt concert
Consummate classic country singer, a Country Music Award-winning superstar will perform at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, on both days at 8 p.m. For more information, call 575-336-4800.
Red Dirt Black Gold Festival
The Red Dirt Black Gold Festival is a free one-day festival celebrating the oil and gas industry in Artesia. The event includes an oilfield olympics competition at Eagle Draw from 9 to 11 a.m., Oilfield Cook-off, kid zone. The New Mexico BrewFest takes place from 5 p.m. and includes food vendors and the free Red Dirt country music concert. Headliner this year is Casey Donahew with Cory Morrow. For more information, visit reddirtblackgold.com.
Aug. 27 to 28
Free for veterans (and for non-veterans): small business seminar
Registration is open for the Southern New Mexico Small Business Success Seminar at the Doña Ana Community College Workforce Center, 2345 Nevada Ave., Room 121, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on both days. The seminar is for any entrepreneurial-minded individuals interested in starting their own small business. The event is also for non-veterans. For more information, visit nmsbdc.ecenterdirect.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 575-527-7676.
Aug. 29 to Sept. 1
Hawgfest — The New Ride
Hawgfest, at Walter Gerrells Performing Arts Center, 4012 National Parks Highway, is one of the biggest motorcycle rallies in New Mexico. Established over a decade ago, Hawgfest made its name by offering an event like no other. Live entertainment, the coolest motorcycles, games, rides and just an all-around great time; these were the principles of the Hawgfests of old. The event is free to the public. Vendors and musicians can still sign up by visiting hawgfest.net. For more information, visit its Facebook event page.
Albert Hammond concert
Albert Hammond is a legendary folk-rock and cinematic pop music writer, performer and recording artist whose treasure trove of songs have won every award imaginable. Hammond will perform at the Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts, 108 Spencer Road, at 8 p.m. For more information, call 575-336-4800.
Sept. 5 to 15
New Mexico State Fair
The New Mexico State Fair takes place at the New Mexico State Fairgrounds, 300 San Pedro NE, with this year’s theme, “Love is in the Fair.” Vendor forms are now available. New this year is the Amazon wonders photo booth, which offers fair-goers the unique experience to take photos with exotic animals. Also new, a salsa steel drum band will perform as a roaming attraction. Also new is Play with Giants — a giant game and fun zone where family and friends can have fun together. Fair-goers can challenge friends to giant chess, or attempt to build the biggest tumble tower ever. It’s giant games and giant fun for everyone. Canine Stars is a daily high energy stunt dog show featuring the greatest canine athletes in the world. The show features agility racing, high jumping, freestyle dancing, big air frisbee tricks and dock diving. Most of the Canine Stars are rescued or adopted from the streets or from shelters all over the world. The show features a huge emphasis on the importance of pet adoption and highlights Canine Stars with special adoption stories. There will be canine meet and greet after each show for 15 minutes. Entertainment is provided by Aaron Watson, Pepe Aguilar: Jaripeo Sin Fronteras, Mitchell Tenpenny, Eli Young Band, Clay Walker, Smash Mouth and Spin Doctors. For more information, visit statefair.exponm.com.
until Oct. 10
The Carlsbad DownTown Farmers’ Market takes place at the Eddy County Courthouse lawn, corner of Mermod and Canyon streets. There will be local produce, handmade crafts, food trucks, art and music. It happens every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is sponsored by Carlsbad MainStreet. For more information, visit carlsbadchamber.com.