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 Hawgfest’s 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.
Aug. 31 – Sept. 1
Labor Day Hoopla
The Cloudcroft Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Labor Day Hoopla with entertainment and street dance on Burro Avenue on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.
The event will feature singer and songwriter CW Ayon, and on Sunday, there will be hot dogs for the family. An ice cream social will be held at noon at Zenith Park followed by a pie auction at 2 p.m.
For more information, visit coolcloudcroft.com or call 575-682-2733.
End of Summer Bash
The Inn of the Mountain Gods, 287 Carrizo Canyon Road, celebrates the end of the summer with food, music and fireworks at its End of Summer Bash.
The family-friendly event kicks off at 3 p.m. with jumping balloons and concessions opening. There will be live music on the lawn. Once dusk settles in, fireworks will light the sky over Lake Mescalero as music continues to play until 10 p.m.
For more information, visit innofthemountaingods.com or call 575-464-7059.
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. 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.
‘Our ancestors and the animal connection’
Ray Pawley will be giving the powerpoint lecture, “Our ancestors and the animal connection,” at the Hubbard Museum of the American West, 26301 U.S.-70, at 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 7 and 8
White Sands Balloon and Music Festival
The 28th annual White Sands Balloon Invitational includes for the first time a music festival.
The events take place on Saturday at Ed Brabson Balloon Park, 223 La Velle Road, which opens at 6 a.m., with the music festival beginning at 2 p.m. and continues on Sunday at White Sands National Monument on U.S. Route 70, at 7 a.m., close to the Holloman Air Force Base.
All activities are weather permitting, and all mentioned times are approximate.
For more information, visit alamogordonmtrue.com.
Summer movies in the park
The last movie of the season, “Coco,” will be shown at the Halagueno Arts Park at dark.
For more information, visit carlsbadchamber.com.
The traditional Irish instrumental group Lúnasa is one of the finest of recent times. The band performs at 7 p.m. at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St.
For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com or call 575-746-4212.
Sept. 13 and 14
Living history events
The Sacramento Mountain Historical Museum and Pioneer Village, 1000 U.S. Highway 82, presents two days of living history events.
From Morris Code operators to spinners, weavers, blacksmiths, teachers, train conductors, Civil War soldiers and World War I history, guests get to experience the unique lifestyle of our ancestors. Doors are open on both days from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 575-682-2932 or visit cloudcroftmuseum.com.
Lobo Cancer Challenge
The third annual Lobo Cancer Challenge is a fundraiser walk, ride or run. All of the funds raised go to the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center. The event takes place at Dreamstyle Stadium, 1414 University SE. Packet pick-up opens Sept. 13 at the south entrance at 4 p.m. Celebration kick-off will be at 5:30 p.m. in the End Zone Club by RSVP only. Sept. 14 packet pick-up opens at the south entrance at 6 a.m. Walk-in participants or registration on the day of the event will not be accepted. The opening ceremony is at 7 a.m. Spectators are welcome. There will be concession stands available for spectator and family activities, including Jumbo Jenga, cornhole and hula hoops. For more information, visit lobocancerchallenge.org. Volunteers are needed for several positions from Sept. 12 to 15.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oil and Gas Festival
Camp Washington Ranch, 18 Rattlesnake Springs Road, is hosting its Oil and Gas Festival from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The event celebrates the men and women working in the “patch.” There will be live music and The X Patch Games,” an extreme game competition. There will be equipment displays, food booths, vendors, a kids’ area, a fishing contest, a car show and a beer pavilion.
All proceeds go to Carlsbad’s CARC Inc., who owns the ranch. In 1986, CARC purchased Washington Ranch to provide expansion capabilities for CARC’s primary mission of serving people with developmental disabilities. CARC has since built two group homes on the property. These group homes support the mission and values of CARC.
Camp Washington Ranch is first and foremost the home of our special clients. However, CARC, Inc. was founded in 1973 in Carlsbad by co-founder Bob Forrest, who saw a need for others like him to find a place for his son with developmental disabilities.
For more information, visit campwashingtonranch.org or call Danny C. Fletcher at 575-706-1937 or 575-785-2228.
Sept. 14 and 18 to 22
Otero County Fair and Rodeo
The largest event in Otero County, featuring five fun-filled days of livestock shows, rodeos, food and carnival midway and exhibits, will draw visitors from across the region.
Exhibits open Wednesday at 5 p.m. The Exhibit Building, as well as the Pavilion and amusement rides on the Midway, are open Thursday through Sunday.
There will be a street dance in the Pavilion on Friday at 10 p.m.; James Ethington performs Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion, followed by a street dance at 10 p.m.
For a full schedule of events, visit oterocountyfair.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.
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