Annual Events

Saturday June 17, 2023 - Sunday June 18, 2023

Annual Junior Open Fishing Tournament

6:00 AM, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte
This popular Father's Day Weekend fishing tournament for any kid K-12 with access to a boat is sponsored by the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers. read more
Cost: $15 per angler
Contact: Darrell Arthur or Mike Kmatz | Elephant Butte Bass Anglers | 575-740-2261 |
Saturday July 1, 2023

2023 Elephant Butte Fireworks Extravaganza

9:00 PM, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte
Fireworks are launched from Rattlesnake Island to celebrate the founding of our country. Come and see the state's biggest fireworks show reflected off the largest body of water in New Mexico! Park fees waived for… read more
Contact: Friends of Elephant Butte Lake State Park | Elephant Butte State Park | 575-744-5923
Friday August 4, 2023 - Sunday August 6, 2023

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

6:45 AM, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte
Held at the main area of Elephant Butte Lake State Park and around Elephant Butte. In 2021, everything happens at Lions Beach. Friday September 13: 7:15-8am—Balloons Launch Saturday September 14: 7:15-8am—Balloons Launch 7:30-9pm: Balloon Glow… read more
Cost: park entrance fee or park pass
Contact: Jimmy McCarthy | Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta Organization | 505-908-0909
Friday September 8, 2023 - Sunday September 10, 2023

Pickamania 2023

5:30 PM, The Black Range Lodge, 50 Kingston Main Street, Kingston
A regional music festival featuring Americana music and Apple Pie read more
Cost: $50 for the weekend
Contact: Catherine Wanek | Sierra County Arts Council | 575-895-5652 |
Wednesday October 4, 2023 - Sunday October 8, 2023

Sierra County Fair

9:00 AM, Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 South Broadway, Truth or Consequences
Arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups, a beer garden, dance, and other fun. FULL SCHEDULE read more
Cost: free for spectators
Contact: Sierra County Extension Service | 575-894-2375 |
Wednesday October 11, 2023 - Sunday October 15, 2023

Annual Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

7:00 AM, Caballo Lake State Park, hwy 187 - Riverside Campground, Caballo
An opportunity for four wheel drive vehicle operators of all experience levels to  drive trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event. Family Oriented Trail Rides to Extreme Trail Challenges Riverside Camping on the Rio Grande… read more
Contact: Chile Challenge chairperson | Las Cruces Four Wheel Drive Club
Saturday December 2, 2023

Hillsboro’s Christmas in the Foothills

10:00 AM, Hillsboro Community Center, 316 Elenore Street, Hillsboro
Hillsboro’s annual holiday festival, Christmas in the Foothills, usually occurs on the first Saturday in December from 10 am to 4 pm, at the Hillsboro Community Center. The festival features the famous $49.99 art sale,… read more
Cost: free
Contact: Ann Anders | CITF Committee of the HCC |
Friday December 8, 2023

Old-Fashioned Christmas

6:00 PM, Downtown Truth or Consequences, Main, Broadway, Foch, Austin, Truth or Consequences
Downtown Truth or Consequences The evening begins with the annual Christmas Tree lighting in Evelyn Renfro park, after which all can enjoy bonfires, carolers and other performers, and holiday refreshments in downtown T or C.… read more
Cost: free
| Truth or Consequences MainStreet |
Saturday December 9, 2023

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk

5:00 PM, Elephant Butte Lake State Park, Highway 195, Elephant Butte
The Luminaria Walk, sponsored by Elephant Butte Lake State Park and Friends of Elephant Butte Lake, features thousands of luminarias lining paths on the beach leading to community‐sponsored campsites with posole, chile, cocoa, cookies, s’mores,… read more
Cost: park pass or day use fee
Contact: Jasen Kershaw | Elephant Butte Lake State Park | 575-744-5923
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