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Book Travel with America The Beautiful Top 10 Annual Events in New Mexico for 2014!

When it comes to special events, fairs and festivals, New Mexico has something for everyone. Whether it's honoring food, history, heritage, or one of the four seasons, New Mexico celebrations are known for their authentic charm. The following is just a sample of our favorite  events taking place during 2014.

Roswell UFO Festival

July 4-6, 2014 Weekend  in Roswell, New Mexico

The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more.  Each year the City of Roswell is invaded by more than 50,000 visitors – wannabe aliens, UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike – who come to celebrate one of the most debated incidents in history: the mysterious object that crashed in 1947 30 miles north of the city. The four-day event features guest speakers, music, authors, lectures, food, live entertainment and family-friendly activities. Visit: UFO Fest

Santa Fe Spanish Market

July 21 - 27, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

This annual, traditional Spanish Market features more than 250 acclaimed Hispanic artists whose hand-carved figures and painted images of saints on wood panels, tinwork, weavings, straw appliqué, furniture and other items highlight the Spanish heritage of northern New Mexico. Attractions of the popular Santa Fe event include regional foods and live music. A similar event hled in winter takes place in downtown Santa Fe. Visit:

Santa Fe Indian Market

August 18-24, 2014 in Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Santa Fe Indian Market is a 92-year-old Native art market. It is the largest and most prestigious Native arts market in the world and the largest cultural event in the southwest. The yearly event is held during the third weekend of August. Over 1,100 Native artists from the U.S. and Canada sell their artwork. The Indian Market attracts 150,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality and authenticity are the hallmarks of the Santa Fe Indian Market. Visit:

Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial

August 7-11, 2014  in Gallup, New Mexico

The 93rd annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial showcases Native American arts, cultures, and traditions. Attractions include tribal ceremonial dances, a contest pow-wow, indoor and outdoor arts and crafts markets, all Indian rodeos, a world class juried art show, authentic Native American art and jewelry, parades, Native American foods, a ceremonial queen contest, and crafts demonstrations.  Visit:

New Mexico State Fair

September 10-21, 2014  in  Albuquerque, New Mexico

Also known as “the Biggest Show in New MExico”, the New Mexico State Fair is an annual state fair held at the 236-acre Expo New Mexico in the heart of Albuquerque. Attractions include concerts, competitions, rodeos, carnival rides, games, farm animals, horses, agriculture and art. Visit:

Whole Enchilada Fiesta

September  in Las Cruces, New Mexico

For the past 32 years, the three day event has been attracting community members and business people.  The event showcases the areas finest artists, businesses, organizations, and services. A celebration centered around the making of the largest enchilada by Chef and founder of the fiesta, Robert V Estrada, this three-day fiesta celebrates southern New Mexico’s traditions, people and great food. Recognized as one of the top 100 events in the USA, the Whole Enchilada Fiesta attracts more than 70,000 visitors and has the third largest attendance of any annual event in New Mexico. Activities over the three day schedule include crafts booths, carnival, car and motorcycle show, New Mexico’s largest parade and cultural and headliner entertainment. Visit:

The Hatch Valley Chile Festival

September  in Hatch Valley, New Mexico

A two-day celebration of Hatch Valley’s world-famous chile crop, this festival attracts over 30,000 visitors from all over the world, including the Food Network and the BBC. Chile lovers can enjoy a wide array of activities from tasting chile recipes and watching a chile cook-off, to tractor pulls and the Chile Queen parade. The fiesta also showcases the work of local artists and a carnival. Visit:

International Balloon Fiesta

October 4-12, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta countdown is underway as we get closer to the 43rd, "Enchanted Sunrise"  Balloon Fiesta, October 4-12, 2014! Albuquerque is the premier ballooning city due to the crystal skies, perfect October climate and a phenomenon called the "Albuquerque Box." With a combination of weather patterns and geographic landscape, the box allows balloonists to control and even retrace their adventure. Each year balloons come from around the world to participate in the event and news coverage originates from more than 50 countries. It has become the most photographed event in the world. Visit:

FIESTA  - The Festival of the Cranes

November 18- 23, 2014 in Socorro, New Mexico

Celebrating the return of the cranes, this popular festival focuses on the work of the world-famous Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge. Highlights of the festival include tours of the refuge to areas not commonly open to the public, lectures on a wealth of different wildlife topics by keynonte speakers, exhibits and demonstrations along the main Promenade. Visit:

UFO Festival - July, 2014 in Roswell, New Mexico!  
Inter Tribal Indian Ceremonial - Gallup, New Mexico
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2014 Favorite New Mexico Events!
2014 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque is in October!  
Photo Credit: Marlon Long-Gas
New Mexico State Fair - September 2014!