Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort hosts the free Music on the Rocks festival on Saturday August 4, 2012, from 1 – 9 pm, featuring popular New Mexico and Colorado bands. Admission is free to the family-friendly concerts in the mountains, and although times and acts may change, the concert schedule at time of writing is:
- Jenne McIntosh 1 pm – singer, guitarist and pianist performing original and cover songs
- Cali Shaw Band 2:15 pm – Albuquerque-based Cali Shaw co-founded the southwest funk contingent Felonious Groove Foundation
- Monkey Feeders 3:30 pm – voted Best Band in Taos in 2012
- Main Street Garage Band 5:15 pm – a Boulder pop band
- Last to Know 7 pm – The Taos band is the final headline act of the day, performing until 9 pm
Sipapu is 20 miles southeast of Taos, about 90 minutes north of Santa Fe, and a 2.5 hour drive from Albuquerque. Get directions to Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort.
The annual Gordons’ Concerts series of free music concerts in various parks around Los Alamos has returned for the summer through September 15, 2012.
The Los Alamos free concerts take place on Friday evenings at 7 pm, with music ranging from classic rock to world rhythms, from bebop to bluegrass. There is no admission charge, just turn up to enjoy the free music concerts and have a dance, or take a lawn chair and chill out, enjoying the sunset and views! Forthcoming concerts are:
June 15: The Police Experience at Ashley Pond
June 22: Guy Forsyth Band at Ashley Pond
June 29: Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express at Pajarito Ski Hill
Find the Los Alamos Gordons’ Concerts schedule for the rest of the summer plus maps to the venues.
The D.H. Lawrence Ranch north of Taos will be open to the public for a free tour on June 16, giving Lawrence fans a rare opportunity to get a guided mosey around this historic property.
The free tour of the D.H.Lawrence Ranch takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012, between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, led by Bill Haller, president of the Friends of D. H. Lawrence. The ranch is truly a beautiful place, I’ve often visited and taken writing workshop students there in the past.
The location and views are lovely, and you can see Lady Dorothy Brett’s cabin complete with typewriter, the ponderosa pine famously depicted by Georgia O’Keeffe in her painting The Lawrence Tree, and walk the zig-zag path up to the Lawrence memorial, where Lawrence’s ashes are mixed into the altar. Take your camera – it’s a very photogenic and unique memorial!
The D.H. Lawrence Ranch is 17 miles north of Taos off Highway 522 near San Cristobal. Find a map to the Lawrence Ranch at the Friends of D. H. Lawrence website.
Free talks at Taos Public Library before and after the tour tie in with this event. Dr. Katherine Toy Miller will present ‘Native American Connections: The Early Moderns, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Taos Pueblo, and the D. H. Lawrence Ranch’ on June 16 at 10 am and repeated at 2 pm at the Taos Library, 402 Camino de la Placita, Taos.
New Mexico Centennial Summerfest takes place on Saturday June 16, 2012 in Albuquerque, as a celebration of New Mexico’s Statehood Centennial.
The free New Mexico Summerfest Centennial promises a great line-up of entertainment, culminating in free evening concerts at the Albuquerque Downtown Harry E. Kinney Civic Plaza:
- Country singer Will Banister from Clovis NM at 5:30 pm
- Taos Pueblo Grammy award-winning musician Robert Mirabal at 6:30 pm
- Grammy award-winning band Los Lobos at 8 pm
The day’s events starts at 12 noon, offering live entertainment at various Summerfest locations along Central Avenue, with pavilions and stages dedicated to performers reflecting New Mexico’s cultural mix: a Hispanic Heritage pavilion, a Native American stage with Gathering of Nations Inter Tribal Dancers, a New Mexico Office of African American Affairs stage, a World Pavilion, and a Rock and Rockabilly stage in honor of the classic era of Central Avenue as part of New Mexico’s historic Route 66.
Other event highlights include an arts and crafts show by New Mexico artists, a vintage car show, a Youthfest with activities for youngsters, plus storytellers, a cowboy poet, chautauquas on New Mexico history, gunfighters, drumming, dancing, and of course plenty of food vendors offering a feast of New Mexican foods!
A Science and Technology Center will feature exhibitors Spaceport America, Explora, White Sands National Monument, Sandia National Labs,the National Museum of Nuclear History & Science, the Fractal Foundation, and other New Mexico science organizations.
All entertainment is free, and the full schedule for New Mexico Centennial Summerfest gives performance and event details and a map of the various locations.
Summerfest starts at 12 noon on June 16, and the ABQ Trolley Co will provide free trolley rides in a shuttle along Central Avenue from noon to 6 pm.
This will be a very busy event, so if you’re visiting Albuquerque from out of town, it’s worth checking the options for New Mexico Summerfest public transportation, parking, and park and ride services.
And you might also want to check out our sister site Albuquerque on the Cheap, for local dining and attraction deals once you’re in the Duke City!
The Roswell Museum and Art Center runs an International Winter Film Series, with free admission to all. They do however accept donations. The series continues this February 2012, and the next two Roswell Museum and Art Center free movies both start at 7 pm and both are PG rated:
- Thursday, February 9 at 7 pm: Agatha and the Storm, a comic Italian film with English subtitles, about a woman who owns a bookstore in Genoa.
- Thursday, February 16 at 7pm: Rabbit Proof Fence. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this Australian movie, although I haven’t seen it yet. It’s meant to be very uplifting, but a bit of a tear-jerker, so take your Kleenex!
The Roswell Museum and Art Center is a beautiful space with some terrific art collections, and museum admission is free. Current opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, and just the afternoon from 1 – 5 pm on Sunday and holidays. Location: 11th and Main Streets next to the Roswell Convention and Civic Center, in downtown Roswell, New Mexico.
Mariachi Real de Chihuahua performs in the next in the series of free concerts at the Rio Grande Theatre, Las Cruces.
The one-hour Mariachi Real de Chihuahua concert is on Tuesday January 24, 2012, at 6:30 pm. Admission is free and the doors open at 6 pm.
This is part of the Every Other Tuesday free concert series featuring different artists and performers each time. Entertainment includes a wide range of music, drama, and musical theatre – every other Tuesday!
Rio Grande Theatre is located at 211 N Downtown Mall, Las Cruces.
Get a $10 Subway gift card and two movie tickets for $24 for a limited time in a national deal. (Choose National when purchasing in the drop down box requesting the Deal City.)
The two movie tickets can be redeemed via Fandango for movie theaters with Fandango ticketing – there are dozens of New Mexico Fandango theaters so check the list to see if there’s one near you.
They’re calling the deal the 2 Footlongs and a Flick promotion, available via Saveology for a limited time, while supplies last. You need to select ‘National’ when purchasing, at the point when they request your deal city.
New Mexico Subway locations are (just about) everywhere: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Farmington, Alamogordo, Clovis, Carlsbad, Hobbs, Taos, Gallup, Silver City, Las Vegas, Espanola, and elsewhere.
The Tony Hillerman Writers Conference takes place in Santa Fe this weekend, and even if you’re not participating in the conference, it opens with a free public event on Thursday November 10 at 7 pm, at Hotel Santa Fe.
Author and retired CIA agent E. B. Held will give a talk on A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe. He’s the author of A Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and the Director of Intelligence and Counterintelligence at the Department of Energy in Washington DC. He’ll be talking about Santa Fe’s Cold War and KGB history, and the people and places behind the espionage.
There’s no need to be registered for the Tony Hillerman Writers Conference to attend the free Spy’s Guide to Santa Fe talk.
Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa is located at 1501 Paseo de Peralta, by Santa Fe’s Guadalupe Railyard District.