To celebrate the upcoming arrival of our new Las Cruces location, we thought we’d put together a handy guide of the fun things coming to the area this spring. Whether you’re a film buff, a foodie, or an adventurer, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Las Cruces this spring.
March 25th: The 12th Annual Las Cruces Arts Fair
The 12th annual Las Cruces Arts Fair, sponsored by Doña Ana Arts Council, will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center from March 25th to 26th, 2023. Over 75 artists will display jewelry, mixed media, fabric, paintings and drawings, print-making and photography, porcelain, pottery, glasswork, recycled materials, woodwork, and metalwork sculptures. The show also features a silent auction, entertainment, and food and beverages for sale in the Exhibition Hall.
April 12th: Las Cruces International Film Festival
Independent film screenings, panels, workshops, VIP after-parties, and celebrity appearances are hallmarks of the Las Cruces International Film Festival. Whether it’s narrative features, documentaries, short films, animation, or foreign films you crave, LCIFF has got you covered. Whether you’re a local filmmaker, a student of cinema, or just an avid movie-goer with a taste for the unusual, this is your chance to celebrate and support film in southern New Mexico!
It all kicks off the weekend before, with the 48-Hour Film Challenge, where teams of filmmakers from Las Cruces, El Paso, and Juárez vie for cash prizes, as they attempt to write, shoot, and edit a complete short film within the prescribed 48 hours. Sounds impossible, but it can be done and the finished products are screened during the festival.
April 20th: Laughing Grass Festival
The second annual Laughing Grass Festival in Las Cruces will be something you do not want to miss. With great live music, live art, vendors, and food trucks there’s something everyone will enjoy. There will even be giveaways and vendor samples throughout the day! The Laughing Grass Festival is one to remember where you and your friends are sure to have lots of laughs and good times. Come see what a cannabis festival is all about and support local companies!
May 5th: New Mexico Tamale Festival
Get ready for the largest annual tamale sampling festival in the Land of Enchantment. The 1st ever NM Tamale Fest will be on Cinco De Mayo in downtown Las Cruces featuring samples from your favorite local food trucks, Mexican beer gardens, a night Mercado, music, games, and more!
May 26th: Silver City Blues Festival
Every summer, over Memorial Day weekend, the historic mountain community of Silver City becomes a mecca for Blues enthusiasts nationwide. Encompassing three full days, the Silver City Blues Festival takes over Gough Park with music, food, arts and crafts, car shows, and more to lift the spirits and welcome the summer months ahead.
Presented by the Mimbres Region Arts Council, with support from local businesses, individual blues lovers, and donations from attendees, the Blues Festival has something for everybody. Included in the event are local and national performers, unique vendors from Silver City’s own Makers Market, food and beverage vendors, and beer gardens provided by local breweries.
Anytime: White Sands National Park
White Sands National Park is the world’s largest gypsum sand dune in the world at 275 square miles and is just an hour from Las Cruces. The first thing you’ll notice when you step foot on the dune is that the sand is brilliantly white and cool, nothing like the sand you would find on the beach. That’s because of the high water table and the sand’s reflective ability. Thanks to this, you can walk barefoot along these sandy dunes without the fear of scorching the soles of your feet.
White Sands National Park is a long-cherished jewel in the New Mexico desert landscape. For visitors near and far, White Sands has plenty of activities to let you experience the wonder of its unique landscape. One activity in particular that will leave you in awe is the Sunset Strolls at White Sands. These strolls have been ongoing since the 1970s. It’s a ranger-guided tour that starts about an hour before sunset and highlights the panoramic views of the area. The stroll is included with the monument fees, which are $5 for those 16 and older. The stroll gives visitors a chance to learn more about the gypsum dunes while enjoying breathtaking scenery that will live in your memory forever.
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