Las Cruces, NM Attractions: Festivals, Musuems

By Hannah Bulla on July 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Ben Chrisman

Las Cruces, a vibrant city rich with Mexican-American culture, uses every excuse to celebrate. Each year, the city has more than 25 annual festivals celebrating everything from Christmas and the Wine Harvest to Cinco De Mayo and El Dia de los Muertos. Film, hot air balloon, book and jazz festivals are just a few of the other celebrations in the city.


Las Cruces, only 50 miles from the Mexican border, maintains Mexican culture and tradition with some of its annual festivals.

One popular festival is the Whole Enchilada Fiesta, which has brought the town together every September for more than 30 years.

Las Cruces also celebrates El Dia De Los Muertos, El Cinco De Mayo as well as the annual White Sands International Film Festival in late August. The city also has several wine festivals throughout the year, such as the La Vina Wine, the New Mexico Wine Harvest and the Southern New Mexico Wine festival.


Las Cruces has several museums for visitors and residents alike. The Branigan Cultural Center offers a comprehensive exhibit of local history, and the Museum of Art has a variety of exhibits that regularly change. Both museums are located along Main Street.

The Museum of Natural History’s showcases the local wildlife and landscape and is found in the Mesilla Valley Mall, while the Railroad Museum, located on North Mesilla Street, focuses on the local history of the railroad.

An added bonus for checking out the museums is all museums are free of admission.


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