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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: Annual Junior Open Fishing Tournament

June 19-20, 2021
Annually: Father's Day Weekend

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

Kayak Fishing Tournament – Still On – Pending Reopening of Elephant Butte Lake

July 2020 (date tbd) | May 14-16, 2021
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, be it canoe, kayak, rowboat, or etc.

CANCELLED FOR 2020:July 4 Fireworks Show at Elephant Butte Lake

July 3, 2021
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.

CANCELLED FOR 2020: Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

August 13-15, 2021
Annually: varies

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

Pickamania

September 11-13, 2020 | September 10-12, 2021
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 | September 19, 2021
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 7-11, 2020 | 2021 dates TBD
Annually: the weekend after Southern NM State Fair

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

Elephant Butte Chile Cookoff

tentatively rescheduled for October in 2020 and 2021
Annually: moved from early June to October

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!

30th Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

October 14-17, 2020 | 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.

Veterans Day Car Show

November 7, 2020 | November 6, 2021
Annually: the Saturday before Veterans’ Day

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 | 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 11, 2020 | 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 12, 2020 | 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 26-27, 2021
Annually: last Friday & Saturday in February (pending venue availability)

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

Fiesta Golf Tournament

April 24, 2021
Annually: varies

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

Truth or Consequences Fiesta

May 1-2, 2021
Annually: first weekend in May

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

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