Sierra County’s Annual Events

The skinny on Annual Events in T or C, Elephant Butte, Hillsboro, Kingston, Monticello, Winston, Chloride, and all of Sierra County New Mexico!

All dates are subject to change.

Cancelled for 2020: Fiesta Golf Tournament

April 25, 2020
Annually: varies

One day only, 4 person scramble, beginners to advanced players welcome.

Cancelled for 2020: Truth or Consequences Fiesta

May 1-3 2020
Annually: first weekend in May

Held annually since 1950, this celebration includes a parade, contests, rodeo, and music.

Kayak Fishing Tournament

May 15-17 2020
Annually: early May

This catch-photo-release tournament is open to anglers in any kind of motorless water craft: canoe, kayak, rowboat, and etc.

Elephant Butte Chile Cookoff

June 13, 2020
Annually: early June

Red or Green? That’s the question of the day at the Elephant Butte Chile Cook-Off. Enter to win, or just go to taste the chile!

Annual Junior Open Fishing Tournament

June 20-21, 2020
Annually: Father's Day Weekend

A tournament for K-12 youths, with awards, prizes and a cookout. Hosted by the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers.

July 4 Fireworks Show at Elephant Butte Lake

July 4, 2020
Annually: Saturday night of July 4 holiday weekend

The biggest fireworks show in New Mexico reflected on the waters of the state’s largest body of water.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

August 21-23, 2020
Annually: varies

Events begin bright and early, starting with mass ascensions every day of the event.


September 11-13, 2020
Annually: 2nd weekend in September

A regional music festival featuring Americana music and Apple Pie

Elephant Day

September 12, 2020
Annually: varies

A parade, car and motorcycle shows, live music, arts & crafts, food vendors, and more!

C.A.S.T. for Kids Fishing Tournament

September 19, 2020
Annually: varies

This fishing tournament unites volunteers who love to fish with disabled and disadvantaged children for a day of fishing in the outdoors.

Sierra County Fair

October 1-4, 2020
Annually: October

Fair exhibits are open to the general public Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

October 14-17, 2020
Annually: starts on the Wednesday after Columbus Day

Open to 4WD vehicle operators of any experience level. Drive trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event.

Veterans Day Car Show

November 7, 2020
Annually: weekend closest to Veterans Day, unless Veterans Day falls on a Saturday

Cars from all over the state on the spacious and beautiful grounds of the State Veterans Home.

Hillsboro’s Christmas In The Foothills

December 5, 2020
Annually: the first Saturday in December

Events at the Hillsboro Community Center include a silent auction, vendors, and the $49.99 sale.

T or C’s Old-Fashioned Christmas

December 11, 2020
Annually: the night before Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

Tree lighting, bonfires, parade of lights, and holiday refreshments at downtown businesses.

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk & Floating Lights Parade

December 12, 2020
Annually: 2nd Saturday in December

A beach lit with thousands of luminarias, campfires serving posole and cocoa, and a lighted boat parade.

Gathering of Quilts

February 26-27, 2021
Annually: last Friday & Saturday in February (pending venue availability)

Beautiful work by local quilters; demonstrations, vendors, and quilt appraisals.

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