Events in Sierra County New Mexico

October! Trinity Site Tour, Okoberfest, County Fair, Natural Building Workshop

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tour Spaceport America


Spaceport America Tours

9am, from Spaceport America Visitor Center, T or C

Sierra County Farmers Market


Sierra County
Farmers Market

8:30-11am, Ralph Edwards Park, Truth or Consequences

Saturday Night Dance


Dance at the Fiddlers Playhouse

Old Time Fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm, Truth or Consequences

Water Aerobics


“I Love Water Aerobics”

4-5pm, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort (30-day pass required)

Yoga with Char


Yoga with Char

9-10am, Elephant Butte Lake RV Resort, Elephant Butte

Yoga with Char


Mainstream Square Dance

6-8:30pm at the Old Time Fiddlers Playhouse, 710 Elm Street, T or C

Tour the Trinity Site

Saturday, October 3

Trinity Site Tour

Stallion Gate is open from 8am-2pm, site closes at 3:30pm, White Sands Missile Range

The Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. The 51,500 acre area was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1975. The site is open to visitors twice a year on the first Saturday in April and October. Visitors are usually granted access to Ground Zero, the “Jumbo” bomb casing, the McDonald House, one of the old instrumentation bunkers, historical photos, a Fatman bomb casing, and part of the original crater left by the explosion. Enter and exit via the Stallion Gate gate between 8am and 2pm on tour day. The site closes at 3:30pm. No food, water or other services are available along the route, so visitors are asked to come prepared. Picture ID is required. Port-a-johns are available at the gate and at the Trinity site. Photographs may be taken at the Trinity Site but not anywhere else along the route. Contact: White Sands Missile Range, 575-678-8800.

Oktoberfest in Elephant Butte

Saturday, October 3


1-7pm, Sierra del Rio Golf Course Patio, 101 Clubhouse Drive, Elephant Butte

Come hungry! Come thirsty! Come ready to polka & party at an event put on by the City of Elephant Butte! There will be beer, food and Polka music by the Oom-Pah-Sters. $10 for admission and a commemorative beer stein. Children under 12 get in free.Tickets are available at Elephant Butte City Hall (103 Water Avenue, Elephant Butte). Contact: City of Elephant Butte, 575-744-4892,

Sailboat Regatta

Saturday & Sunday, October 3-4

Overnight Raftup & Pot Luck

10am-6pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

Join the Rio Grande Yacht Club for a two-day sailing event. Contact:

Sierra County Fair

Thursday through Sunday, October 8-11

Sierra County Fair

9am-8pm, Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 South Broadway, Truth or Consequences

Arts, crafts, livestock, food vendors, community groups, a dance, and many other fun events are held each year as part of the County Fair. Anyone can enter and potentially bring home a ribbon. A complete slate of events is published in both local papers (copies are available around the county) the week of the event. Contact: Sierra County Extension Service, 575-894-2375.

classic car show at Cedar Cove RV Park in Elephant Butte

Saturday, October 10

“In The Park” Classic Car Show

9am-5pm, Cedar Cove RV Park, Highway 195 at Yapple Canyon Road, Elephant Butte

Join Cedar Cove RV Park for a day of fun including classic cars,wine from Shattuck Vineyards, and music by 2 bands (HSHS Marching Band and “Just Passing Thru”). Bratwurst, hot dogs and burgers will be available. Car entries will be placed at 9am, the car show begins at 11am, and awards will be presented a 3:30pm for people’s choice, best paint, best interior, best custom car, best custom truck and best non-modified restoration. Contact: Eileen McGuire, 575-744-4472,

Sailboat Regatta

Saturday & Sunday, October 10-11

Sail Regatta: Second Fall Series

10am-6pm, Elephant Butte Lake State Park

A two-day sailing event sponsored by the Rio Grande Yacht Club. Contact:

Landscape Letter

Saturday, October 10

Landscape Letter: A Dance Performance

5:30pm, Healing Waters Plaza, 300 N. Daniels, Truth or Consequences

An original modern dance show choreographed by Cydney Wilkes and Mike Barber, with music by Heather Perkins. Sponsored by the Sierra County Arts Council. Contact: Rebecca Speakes, 575-894-0615,

Second Saturday Art Hop

Saturday, October 10

2nd Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown Truth or Consequences

Participating downtown businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants. books by Sherry and CindySpecial events for October include a book signing with Sherry Fletcher and Cindy Carpenter, authors of new books on Hatch Valley and Elephant Butte Dam, at Grapes Gallery, 409 N. Main; and a “Friends of the Pool Benefit” for the TorC City Pool (raffle, silent auction, music, food, and a 7pm Cake Walk) at Jagger’s Place, 201 N. Main. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for any late-breaking information. Contact:

Hillsboro Community Center

Sunday, October 11

Classic Bluegrass Concert

4-6pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Hillsboro

Enjoy lively acoustic music from an all-star band of faculty and students, fresh from the Desert Night Acoustic Music Camp in Kingston, featuring the Hard Road Trio. Admission: $5 donation at the door. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

Chile Challenge 4WD Trail Event

Wednesday through Saturday, October 14-17

25th Annual Chile Challenge 4WD Event

8am-8pm, Caballo Lake State Park

4WD vehicle operators of all experience levels will ride trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event. Each day’s trail ride is directed by an experienced leader who helps drivers complete the run, oversees climbs over significant obstacles if needed, and stays in communication with the group via a CB radio. There is no competition, just the challenge of the trail! Most participants camp at the park and enjoy pot luck meals and story-telling around a fire pit during the evening. Trails vary from very easy, accessible in a stock 4×4, to some of the most extreme trails in New Mexico. Sign up (first-come-first-served) at the event, and get in on the fun! Vehicle inspections are required and available on-site. Cost: $125 for the weekend (register online by October 1) or $50 per day. Sponsored by the Las Cruces Four Wheel Drive Club. Contact: Dan Pettit,

American Mule Trainer

Friday through Sunday, October 16-18

American Mule Trainers Challenge

10am-6pm, Sherifif’s Posse Arena, 901 Rodeo Arena Road, Truth or Consequences

4 untrained mules meet 4 top mule trainers. The event is geared for clinical information, entertainment and competition. Trainers will work with the mule they draw over the course of 2 and half days. On Sunday afternoon the trainers will compete in trail class, general colt starting benchmarks, and a freestyle challenge. Other equine entertainment will be provided during intermission. This is a great platform for like-minded people to meet, talk mules, gain clinical knowledge, and for others to gain an appreciation for the American Mule. Trainers: Chris French, Bedford Iowa; Button Criswell, Stinnett Texas; Paul Garrison III, Medina Texas; Ty Evans, Chester Utah. Cost: $54 for the weekend, $25 per day. Additional information is on Facebook.

Black Range Lodge, Kingson NM

Saturday, October 24

Art of Natural Building Faire

10am-4pm, Black Range Lodge, 119 Kingston Main Street, Kingston

Got mud? You’ll find it here, along with straw bales, stones, locally-harvested lumber and more, plus experienced practitioners who will demonstrate the art of natural building. See how a home can be constructed from local healthful materials from the ground up!

Activities will include straw bale home tours, book signings by more than a dozen natural building authors from across the US and Canada, hands-on demonstrations and presentations about straw bale building, cob (earthen) construction, clay plasters, bottle wall building, earthbag building, greywater, rainwater harvesting, wood-fired cooking and heating. Resources for sustainable living will be available, as well as live music and wine tasting. The events is sponsored by Builders Without Borders. A $5 donation for admission will help support BWB’s efforts to rebuild homes and schools after the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Contact: Catherine Wanek, Builders Without Borders, 575-895-5652,

Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce Casino Night

Saturday, October 24

Desert Diamond Casino Night

6:30-11pm, Elephant Butte Inn & Spa, 401 Highway 195, Elephant Butte

Join the Elephant Butte Chamber of Commerce for an evening of fun at the 11th Annual Casino Night. Play roulette, craps, poker, black jack and maybe win one of the many prizes—gift baskets, boat rentals, golf certificates, hot spring soak certificates, hotel packages, dinners at local restaurants, spa treatments and more. Cash bar with drink specials all night! Donations only. Contact: 575-744-4708,

banjo virtuoso Tim Weed

Sunday, October 25

Concert in Hillsboro: Banjo Virtuoso Tim Weed

2-4pm, Hillsboro Community Center, Hillsboro

Singer/songwriter/composer and multi-instrumentalist Tim Weed performs a charismatic blend of original up-beat songs on banjo—everything “from bluegrass to Bach”—with inspiring vocals Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

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