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.

Sierra County Fair

October 6-10, 2021
Annually: the weekend after Southern NM State Fair

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

Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

October 13-16, 2021
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.

Elephant Days

October 15-17, 2021
Annually: varies

A parade, live music, vendors, beer garden, chile cooking contest, baking contest, and more!

Hillsboro’s Christmas In The Foothills

December 4, 2021
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 10, 2021
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 11, 2021
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 25-26, 2022
Annually: last Friday & Saturday in February (pending venue availability)

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

Fiesta Golf Tournament

April 30, 2022
Annually: varies

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

Truth or Consequences Fiesta

May 5-7 2022 (tentative)
Annually: first weekend in May

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

Kayak Fishing Tournament

May 20-22, 2022
Annually: middle weekend in May

This catch-photo-release tournament is open to anglers in any kind of water craft that isn’t gas-powered — canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc. Electric-powered watercraft is allowed.

July 4 Fireworks Show at Elephant Butte Lake

July 2, 2022
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 12-14, 2022 (tentative)
Annually: varies

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


September 9-11, 2022
Annually: 2nd weekend in September

A regional music festival featuring Americana music at an outdoor pavilion in historic Kingston.

CANCELLED for 2021: Veterans Day Car Show

November 5, 2022
Annually: the Saturday before Veterans’ Day

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

Sierra County Recreation and Tourism
301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences NM

New Mexico Tourism
Scroll to Top