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Saturday, September 18

Saturday Farmers Market

8:30-11:30am, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside at Cedar,

The market happens Saturdays from June through October. The 2021 Farmers Market is back at Ralph Edwards Park! Find fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and handmade items. Pay with EBT, DUFB, debit, or cash. Vendor spots available.

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Contact: Colleen Davis, The Bountiful Alliance, 575-894-9375,

Saturday, September 18

Hillsboro’s Farm Market

10am-3pm, Farmers Market Corner, Highway 152,

The Hillsboro Farm Market happens Saturdays in season, across from the Black Range Museum on Highway 152.

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Contact: Cindy Yarmal,

Saturday, October 2

Trinity Site Open House

8am-2pm, White Sands Missile Range, east of San Antonio NM,

The Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. Visitors on the Trinity Site Tour usually see Ground Zero, “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 revealing “Trinitite.” Anyone can drive to the tour on their own. Bring car registration, proof of insurance, and a photo ID. If you are in a rental car, bring the rental car agreement and a photo ID. The Stallion Gate will be open for entrance from 8am to 2pm and the site closes at 3:30. There is no food or water or other services along the route, so come prepared. Port-a-johns are available. Riders must not leave the road due to the presence of unexploded ordnance. Photographs may be taken at the Trinity Site but not anywhere else along the route. Dogs are welcome but they must be well-behaved, leashed and picked up after. Bring bags for dog waste. Due to ongoing updates to COVID restrictions, please watch the Trinity Site FAQ page.

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Contact: 575-678-1134, . FAQ

Thursday through Sunday, October 8-10

2021 Sierra County Fair

Exhibits open at 9am, Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway,

Each year, the Sierra County Fair provides a family-and-community-oriented experience promoting agriculture and entertainment. It showcases livestock, produce, crafts and community groups. Fair exhibits are open to the general public from Thursday through Sunday afternoon. The 2021 Fair will feature a beer garden sponsored by TorC Brewing Co. A dance on Saturday night follows the junior livestock sale.

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Contact: Diane Ham, Sierra County Extension Service, 575-894-2375, full schedule

Saturday, October 9

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown commercial / hot springs district,

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between. Check the Second Saturday Art Hop page on Facebook for late-breaking information.

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Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences,

Tuesday through Saturday, October 12-16

Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

6am-10pm, Caballo Lake State Park, Highway 187,

The Chile Challenge provides an opportunity for four wheel drive vehicle operators of all experience levels to drive trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event. Each day’s trail rides are overseen by experienced leaders who manage the runs and assist participants. There is no competition, just the challenge of the trail. Trails vary from easy rides, accessible in a stock 4×4, to some of the most extreme trails in New Mexico. Camp at Caballo Lake State Park’s Riverside Campground (camping reservations are highly recommended) and enjoy riding trails during the day, and at night, campfires and camping in the beautiful Caballo Lake State Park.

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Contact: Duke Knight, 575-649-2205, more info

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 15-17

Elephant Days

9am, Elephant Butte Event Grounds, 102 Water Avenue,

Elephant Days 2021 kicks off Friday night with a beer garden and music by Suthern Blend, and continues on Saturday and Sunday with the parade, chile cooking contest, 5k run, baking contest, and more! Free admission, with entry fees for vendors and contests.

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Contact: City of Elephant Butte, 575-744-4892, . more info

Friday, Saturday & Sunday, October 22-24

T or C Film Fiesta

El Cortez Theater, 415 N. Main,

Highlights will include special appearances by actor Anthony Michael Hall (Halloween Kills, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles), actor/director/filmmaker Jerry Angelo, baker Queneesha from Q’s Cakes in Albuquerque and the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” and producer/director Steve Maez (“Caffeine and Gasoline”). The event will include film screenings, panels, a movie set item sale, karaoke after-party, and more. Tickets are available online.

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Contact: NaNi Rivera, Friends of NM Film, more info

Starting from TorC’s Rotary Park, cross the Rio Grande on foot to run a combination of jeep roads and trails; meander up and down scenic arroyos featuring unique flora and pass by old mining sites, all while winding through the foothills of the Caballo Mountains. Meanwhile at Rotary Park, enjoy live music, vendors, a beer garden, and delicious food provided by local restaurants. Soaks in Truth or Consequences’s famous healing hot springs are available a few blocks from the park. Registration closes October 27.

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Contact: John Masterson, Run T or C, 575-297-9797, register

Weekly Events


Community Wellness Clinic

10am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Weekly in July: reserve a slot for a half hour massage with Teina or walk in to check availability. Suggested donation: $25+ per half hour.

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Contact: Teina, 760-336-9189,

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays September 7-23

Kids Creative Dance

3:30-4:15pm & 4:30-5:30pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Get groovy with Abigail — wiggle your fingers! Shake your booty two shoes! Scramble your legs and dance to the beat! Drop it like it’s hot and fly through the air like you didn’t have feet!  This 3-week summer intensive is open to kids age 3-5 (3:30-4:15pm) and 6-10 (4:30-5:30pm). Each week has a different theme. The entire series is $90 per child or $144 for 2, but kids can also attend for one week only ($36) or drop in and pay $15 per session.

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Contact: Abigail Nace, 503-997-5147,


Square Dancing

This alcohol-free social activity is great for staying in shape. The only requirements are the ability to walk, and knowing your right from your left. No partner is needed; experienced dancers will “angel” any new dancers. Singles, couples, and families (9 yrs+ minimum age) welcome.

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Contact: Carole Wheeler, Sierra Twirlers, 575-313-9971,


Karoake at Sierra del Rio

5-8pm, Sierra del Rio, 101 Clubhouse Drive,

Sing all your faves and cheer the others on from 5-8pm weekly! Dinner is served from the restaurant until 8pm; bar is open until 9pm. No cover.

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Contact: Janine Sjostrom, 505-463-2274,


Community Wellness Clinic

4-7pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

The Hands-on Community Wellness Clinic offers massage and reflexology at affordable rates to the community, creating a safe, welcoming space for healing. Sessions are 30 minutes for $25/up donation. Licensed body workers from the community will be offering their work with generosity and care. Time slots are available to schedule in advance, and walk-in appointments are welcome!

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Contact: Abigail Nace, 503-997-5147,


Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Dance

Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun, refreshments and a door prize weekly at this family friendly event. No alcohol or smoking are allowed in the building. All are invited to come and dance or just listen to the music. $4 at the door. Proceeds support the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler’s Association. Repeats weekly on Saturdays.

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Contact: Manion Long, New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association, 575-744-9137, .

Chloride – this month’s featured escape!

Visiting Chloride is an excellent way to learn about life in the 1880s. After the discovery of Silver Chloride in 1879 and the subsequent “silver rush,” Chloride grew to a substantial town of almost 3,000 people. The town had multiple saloons, shops and hotels.

Chloride NM Doodle Dum, photo by Moshe Koenick
photo: Moshe Koenick

Today, Chloride is home to just 11 residents. Taking a walk down Wall Street, visitors will see that many of the original structures still stand. The old Pioneer Store is a museum; the “inventory” of the store, closed in 1923, remains on the shelves for us to peruse. Don’t miss a visit to the Monte Cristo Gift Shop and Gallery where you will find art and textiles hand made by local artists; be sure to visit with Linda Turner to learn about Chloride’s history and the evolution of this ghost town into an “off the beaten track” visitor destination. Don’t want to drive back to civilization quite yet? You can stay in Chloride at one of their three available cabins, or at the Apache Kid RV park.

Want to know more? Check out this New Mexico True TV segment!

Located just 40 miles west of Truth or Consequences, Chloride welcomes visitors from 10am-4pm 7 days a week. For more info call 575-743-2736.
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