Sierra County Events—May 2017

Friday, Saturday & Sunday May 5-7

68th Truth or Consequences Fiesta

Truth or Consequences at-large

Held since Hot Springs changed its name to “Truth or Consequences” in 1950, the annual Fiesta is a weekend full of fun for the whole family. Following Saturday morning’s Fiesta Parade, Ralph Edwards Park serves as the event’s epicenter, offering 2 days’ worth of live music and vendors, as well as the junk boat race, a skateboard competition, and more. Friday night events include a Friends of the Pool fundraiser at Healing Waters Plaza (Daniels between Mims & McAdoo) with live music by 24/7 Blues Band ($5); a Belly Dance performance at Pelican Spa ($5) (part of the Floralia Belly Dance Festival, ongoing through the weekend); and live music by Shiny Penny with Odd Lab Fire Troupe at The Austin Art Factory (sponsored by Goat Heads). Saturday evening, country music fans won’t want to miss Gene Watson at the Civic Center with local favorites Tudy Romero & The Silver Bullet Band and the Yarbrough Band ($26 in advance, $30 at the door; buy tickets on the KCHS Radio website). Another fun Saturday night option is Art Jam at Point Blanc Winery, Taproom and Pizzeria. It’s free to the public, starts at 7pm, and will feature live music by Ellen Griffin and Shaq Ferguson, with live art by Chantal Elena. Sunday’s Fiesta events begin back at the park with the Kids’ Fishing Derby followed by more live music and your last chance to splurge on turkey legs, funnel cakes and curly fries. The Geronimo Spring Museum will hold its annual Open House throughout the three-day weekend, offering free admission and refreshments. Forms to participate are on the Fiesta website Forms page. Contact: Fiesta on Facebook or

T or C Fiesta Schedule 2017

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, May 12-14

Hot Springs Festival

Truth or Consequences, Animas Creek, and Kingston

MainStreet Truth or Consequences has put together an amazing slate of events for the 2017 Hot Springs Festival, beginning with a drumming ceremony Friday night with New World Drummers and concluding on Sunday afternoon with a sustainable building tour in Kingston. In between, a lineup of instructional workshops, thought-provoking lectures, live art demonstrations, diverse music offerings, recreational activities and personal-care sessions with a spectrum of healing arts practitioners provides multiple opportunities for education and fun. Three other events taking place concurrently — the second-ever T or C Film Fiesta, a recycled art exhibit at Geronimo Spring Museum (which continues through Monday May 15), and Second Saturday Art Hop — expand the already-rich array of options available to Festival goers. New this year: tent camping will be available at Evelyn Renfro Park downtown. For a complete schedule of events, visit Updates will also be posted on the Facebook event page, and print brochures will be available at Healing Waters Plaza—Festival central—in downtown Truth or Consequences. Most of the events are free. Contact: Linda deMarino, 575-740-6180,

Saturday, May 20

Navajo Taco Fund Raiser

11am-2pm, Moose Lodge, 202 W. Smith Street, Truth or Consequences

Enjoy yummy homemade Navajo Tacos at this fund raiser for Sierra County Cancer Assistance, a group whose mission is to provide, at no cost, transportation to doctor appointments, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments for cancer survivors. Navajo Tacos are similar to tacos but use Navajo fry bread instead of tortillas. A limited number of tickets ($10 each) will be available, so buy tickets early! You don’t have to be a member of the Moose Lodge to attend, and carry-out is also available. All proceeds go to SCCA. Contact: Steph Ross, 575-740-3971 or Kathryn Ross, 575-740-0117.

Friday through Sunday, May 19-21

Kayak Fishing Tournament

Elephant Butte Lake

Nine prizes will be awarded in this Catch-Photo-Release fishing tournament. Anyone with a watercraft that floats and is propelled without a motor can enter. A captain’s meeting will be held Friday at 7pm at the Elephant Butte Community Center. Fishing is on Saturday, and Sunday an Awards Ceremony will be held at Zia Kayak. Cost to enter is $65 per entrant (get a Kayak Fishing Tournament Entry Form here). For complete info check out the Facebook event, or contact Russ Trager: 575-744-4189,

Saturday, May 20

Stargazing: Constellations of Ancient Cultures

7-10pm, Black Range Lodge, Kingston

Presenter John T. Stocke, a retired professor of astronomy from the University of Colorado, will explain how the sky looks and moves and the positions and appearances of some of the most conspicuous constellations of stars. He’ll also explore myths and legends that many cultures have told about the sky. Enjoy wine or beer from Black Range Vineyards as you gaze skyward. General admission is $10, or $5 for seniors, children under 12, and members of the Sierra County Arts Council. Contact: Catherine Wanek, 575-895-5652,

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