LAS CRUCES — Celebrations for Mexican Independence Day, the White Sands Balloon Festival, Oktoberfest festivities and more are planned in and around southern New Mexico this weekend. Find out what’s happening in the community.
White Sands Balloon and Music Festival in Alamogordo
The White Sands Balloon Festival is back this year starting Friday at Alamogordo. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. Friday at Ed Brabson Balloon Park, 700 Lavelle Road, with live music, food and vendors.
A mass balloon ascension will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at the park. A balloon glow is planned for this evening with other entertainment throughout the day. A second mass balloon ascent is scheduled for Sunday at 7 a.m. at White Sands National Park, weather permitting.
Admission ranges between $20 and $125 depending on the day you attend. Children 5 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online at balloonmusicfestival.com.
Diez y Seis from September to Mesilla
Mesilla will host its annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration over the weekend, in honor of Mexico’s independence from Spain. The historic Mesilla Plaza will be filled with mariachi music, folk ballet, other live bands, piñatas and a greased pole for the kids.
The festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday on the esplanade. The full calendar of events is available online at www.mesillanm.gov.
Noche de Fiesta at Amador LIVE
The International Mariachi Conference of Las Cruces will host the Noche de Fiesta gala at downtown Amador LIVE on Saturday, to celebrate the start of Hispanic Heritage Month and Diez y Seis de Septiembre. Thursday, September 15 is the official start of the Hispanic Culture Month Recognition.
The theme of the evening is “Nuestras Tradiciones”. Attendees will enjoy a fashion show of Mexican mariachi and folkloric ballet costumes, dinner, dances, performances and a silent auction. Bárbara Padilla, a classical crossover soprano, will headline the event.
Proceeds from the event will support the Las Cruces 2022 International Mariachi Conference, scheduled for November.
Noche de Fiesta is 6-10 p.m. at Amador LIVE, 302 S. Main St.
National Dance Day with Dance Circles Contemporary Dance
Dance Circles Contemporary Dance will celebrate National Dance Day on Saturday with a free community masterclass. They explained in a newsletter that the annual celebration encourages people from all walks of life to “integrate dance into their lives and shows their support for dance as a valuable art form and form of exercise”.
People ages 12 and up with all ability levels are invited to participate in the masterclass, led by choreographer Joshua L. Peugh. The class takes place from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 17 at their studio at 301 N. 17th St. Suite B.
Mayfield High vs. Las Cruces High football game
Southern New Mexico’s biggest high school rivalry game will take place on Friday, with teams from Mayfield and Las Cruces High battling it out at the Field of Dreams.
Mayfield is 2-2 this season while LCHS is 0-3.
The game starts at 7 p.m. at Field of Dreams, 2501 Tashiro Road. Step out in your green and gold or red and blue suit.
15th Young Park Motor Show
Las Cruces Transplant Group is hosting its 15th annual car show in Young Park on Saturday with food, music and classic cars. The event takes place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the south end of the park, 1905 Nevada Ave. Event day registration is $25 and $80 for vendors.
Boxtoberfest at Icebox Brewing
Icebox Brewing Company kicks off its Boxtoberfest Marzen Style Lager from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at 2825 W. Picacho Ave. Local bands will provide live music, Kind Bread Company will provide pretzels and Calhoun Flower Farms will be among the vendors. Oktoberfest-themed games will be available for attendees.
Oktoberfest is a traditional celebration in German-speaking countries comprising beer and wine festivals and carnival festivities.
The men who cook at the Las Cruces Convention Center
The annual Men Who Cook event returns to the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave., from 6-10 p.m. Saturday. Local businessmen, celebrities, leaders and others will use their cooking skills for attendees to taste. Tickets are $100 each and proceeds go to support Mesilla Valley Hospice.
In addition to food, there will be an auction and entertainment for attendees. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Mesilla Valley Hospice at 299 Montana Ave.
Zia Rumble at Blue Moon Bar & Grill
Zia Martial Arts hosts a submission grappling event at the Blue Moon Bar & Grill, giving children and adults an opportunity to develop their skills. Championship belts and cash prizes are up for grabs.
Public admission is $5 per person and children 8 and under will be admitted free.
The rumble begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at 13060 N. Valley Dr.
Bands of America Contest at Aggie Memorial Stadium
New Mexico State University will host a regional Bands of America marching band competition Saturday at Aggie Memorial Stadium. High school artists from all over New Mexico, Arizona and Texas will be performing. NMSU’s The Pride of New Mexico Marching Band will also perform.
Members of the public can purchase tickets ahead of the event online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Doors open at 9 a.m. and performances begin at 9:30 a.m. Doors reopen later that evening at 6:30 p.m. for the final performances.
Ruidoso Kite Festival
People are invited to the mountain town of Ruidoso this weekend for the Ruidoso Kite Festival at the White Mountain Sports Complex, 687 Hull Road. Attendees will have the chance to build and fly their own kites and see kite demonstrations at the resort.
The event is free for participants of all ages.
The resort will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Virtual LUNAFEST by Soroptimist of Las Cruces
The third annual LUNAFEST in Las Cruces kicks off Saturday with a program of short films created by and featuring women and gender non-conforming people. The viewing is virtual and tickets are $15 each. Students can consult for free.
Proceeds support Soroptimist International of Las Cruces programs to empower women and girls. One of these programs, called Live Your Dream, offers grants to women heads of households who wish to obtain an undergraduate degree or technical training.
Movies are generally appropriate for ages 13 and up. Tickets can be purchased online at watch.eventive.org/lunafest. Films can be viewed between 7 p.m. September 17 and 7 p.m. September 19.
MEGA Challah Bake at Chabad of Las Cruces
The Chabad of Las Cruces is hosting a Mega Challah Bake on Sunday before the major Jewish holiday Rosh Hashanah, which begins at sundown on September 25.
Participants will have the chance to knead, mix, fill and shape their own challah breads and enjoy them in a challah bar. People can also enjoy a Rosh Hashanah farmer’s market and music.
Interested persons should RSVP online at www.chabadlc.org. The organizers are asking for a $15 cover charge. People aged 8 and over are welcome. The Chabad of Las Cruces is at 2907 E. Idaho Ave.