The morning air is crisper and the leaves are changing hue which can only mean one thing…fall is coming to town! As a result, we find it only fitting to dive into the fun fall activities happening in Las Cruces. Whether you plan to stop by the state fair or just want to saunter down Main Street, we’ve compiled everything right here for you. So, keep reading to find out how to spend your fall!

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo

Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo Logo

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When: Sept. 27th – Oct. 1st
Where:  Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds | 12125 Robert Larson Blvd, Las Cruces, NM

The first event on our list of fall activities in Las Cruces is the Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo. This state fair is fun for all ages and will be host to several different exhibitions and activities. Below we’ve listed a couple of events that are planned for the fair, but stay tuned to the official website as more events and exhibitions get added!

North American Diving Dogs

A North American Diving Dog mid-air diving into water

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Get ready for three action-packed days, Friday-Sunday, featuring some of the most amazing canines in the country. Diving dogs is a canine sport in which dogs are enticed to run the length of a dock and leap as far out into the water as possible to compete for height or distance. They’re motivated to fly with a prized toy, which is thrown just out of reach in order to help them keep their momentum and get the best launch angle possible

Kent Family Circus

Kent Family Circus Performing Hula Hoop and Mouse Trap Tricks

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The Kent Family Circus is made up of a real father and daughter duo who perform high-quality, family-friendly, clean circus arts and magic. Prepare to be amazed by a wide variety of performances such as magic, juggling, aerial silk, and more!


Southern New Mexico State Fair Rodeo in Las Cruces

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On Thursday, September 28th, the fair will be hosting a traditional Ranch Rodeo. Here, contestants compete as teams from ranches, instead of as individuals like a “regular” rodeo. While the number of team members can vary, 4 or 5 members per team is common.  These cowboys and cowgirls will “Ride for the Brand” on Thursday night as they participate in events that duplicate the type of work they perform on a daily basis.

Cowgirl at The Southern New Mexico State Fair and Rodeo in Las Cruces

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Afterwards on Friday and Saturday, the Pete Domenici Arena will be the home of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association with contestants coming from all over the US to compete.  A third performance has been added at noon on Saturday to provide more professional rodeo action than ever before.  HiLo ProRodeo, one of the fastest-growing stock contractors in the nation, will be bringing the best in bucking stock and the fastest roping and doggin’ animals to add to the excitement. The SNMSF has a reputation for putting on an outstanding rodeo, and this year will be even bigger and better! Finally, on Sunday, there will be a fast-paced open barrel race.  You’ll be amazed by the speed and agility of these cowgirls and their horses.

Full Moon Night

Full Moon Night at the Las Cruces White Sands National Park New Mexico

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When: August 30th, 7 am-11 pm
Where: White Sands National Park

Coming up next on our list of fall activities in Las Cruces is the Full Moon Night. Be prepared to bask in the beauty of the White Sand dunes beneath a full moon with live music, ranger programs, and special guest presenters and artists. Full Moon Nights share the cultural legacy of Southern New Mexico and Northern New Mexico, as well as the rich natural resources of the White Sands National Park.

Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces

Las Cruces New Mexico Farmers and Craft Market on Downtown Main Street

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When: November 12th from 8:30 am-1 pm (recurring weekly)
Where: Downtown Main Street

Moving along our list of fall activities in Las Cruces we have the Farmers and Crafts Market of Las Cruces. For over 50 years, the Farmers and Crafts Markets of Las Cruces has featured hundreds of vendors selling locally made food, craft, and produce. From southwest-inspired art to chile-infused foods and live music, the market is family-friendly and offers visitors an opportunity to experience the people and culture of Mesa Valley.

Handmade Crafts

Las Cruces New Mexico Farmers and Craft Market Woman Shopping for Jewelry

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All of the goods sold by their vendors are hand-made and local. Everything from the jewelry and metalwork to the paintings and fiber art has been produced in the state of New Mexico. Certainly, the city of Las Cruces takes pride in its large supply of local artists and craftspeople. If you are looking for something to remind you of the beautiful landscape and rich culture of New Mexico, you can find it at this market.

Local Produce & Food

Las Cruces New Mexico Farmers and Crafts Market Food Vendor

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In addition to hand-made goods, New Mexico has a rich farming tradition that is on display at the farmer’s market. There is a steady supply of local produce that growers offer, including organic options. They have farm-fresh eggs along with grass-fed pork and beef. Additionally, they have a large supply of prepared food vendors serving everything from traditional New Mexican food to kettle corn.

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