Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally in Red River, N.M., from May 21 to 25 (redriver.org/
If that's not appealing, you can head south to Silver City for the 20th annual Blues and Bikes Festival (mimbresarts.org/
May seems to be a-boomin', as there's also the Mayfair in Cloudcroft, N.M (coolcloudcroft.com/
But if you're the outgoing type who wants to see some real-life extraterrestrials, then you might wanna skip on over to Roswell's 2015 UFO Festival.
And while we're on the topic of arts fests, why don't you head just a smidgen north toward the historic Santa Fe Plaza for the Challenge New Mexico Arts & Crafts Festival (challengenewmexico.com). Now in its 37th year, the juried art show displays the work of over 200 national and local artists. And the proceeds from the artists' booth fees go to Challenge New Mexico, a nonprofit organization that provides “therapeutic recreation possibilities for the disabled.” So if you're an artist with a charitable heart, get a booth space and give to a great cause. And if you're an art lover, head out to the Fe on June 13 and 14 to soak up some original works under the beautiful summer sun.
What are your plans for the Fourth of July? My plans include re-watching Independence Day while bingeing on Häagen-Dazs' dulce de leche ice cream and pretending I know how to barbecue. But if you're the outgoing type who wants to see some real-life extraterrestrials, then you might wanna skip on over to Roswell's 2015 UFO Festival (ufofestivalroswell.com). Happening July 3 to 5, the fest contributes such a massive variety of events, it's almost too much to take. There's live music, an alien pet contest, an alien chase, street entertainment, a light parade, a fireworks show on the Fourth, and that ain't the half of it. So do yourself a favor and try for this one, ya hear?
Besides motorcycles and art, we know what gets your heart pumping: music and beer, baby! So do yourself a favor on July 18, and head to the northwest for the Animas River Blues & Brews Festival in Aztec, N.M (animasriverblues.com). Held at Riverside Park, you get five fantastic blues bands for the mere price of $22, and that's just for starters. There'll also be food vendors, artists, crafters and, of course, some fine brews to sate anyone who likes a little craft beer with their blues. Featured musicians include the Michael Lee Blues Band, Kelly Richey, Harlis Sweetwater, Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry and the Austin Young Band. PS: There's free tent camping at the park if you wanna stay and make a weekend out of it.
If you're not quite ready to quit summer and go back to the mundanity of school and work (but you're also too impatient for Expo New Mexico's State Fair), then you can always head to Lovington, N.M., near the Texas border, any day from July 31 to Aug. 8 for the Lea County Fair & PRCA Rodeo (leacounty.net). The whole week includes concerts, a carnival, extreme bull riding, arts and crafts, food vendors (I hope they have funnel cakes), a Hispanic Heritage Celebration and much more. The gates open each morning at 8am, and admission is free until 1pm every day. If you're a late sleeper, prepare to pay $8 for adults and $6 for the kiddos. Not a bad deal, no?
These are just a few of the many events happening around New Mexico this summer. And if you're a homebody who doesn't like to leave the Duke City, be sure to check the Alibi calendars for events happening in Albuquerque over the summer. It's gonna be a good one; can you feel it?