Live Music Festivals Variety of Entertainment Options

Events for Every Visitor, Every Season

El Monte Sagrado is at the heart of Northern New Mexico, an age-old destination that has alway been very current and very authentic; a unique and world-class center of events and festivals.

For up-to-date information and links on things to do in Taos, NM, visit the following resources:


YEAR ROUND PUEBLO CEREMONIALS

Taos Pueblo and Picuris Pueblo both welcome visitors to some of their ceremonial dances. Visit their websites for details and please, remember, while they open their community to visitors, it is their home.

 

FALL

Taos Fall Arts and Crafts Festival (SEPTEMBER)

With over 250 Taos County artists working in a variety of mediums, this annual event offers art for sale throughout town and in galleries. Proceeds from the shows benefit art programs for Taos County children.

PASEO Project (SEPTEMBER)

This celebration of art in Taos features outdoor exhibits, performances and installations throughout Taos.

Enchanted Circle Century Bike Tour (SEPTEMBER)

This 100-mile tour around the famed Enchanted Circle with a side trip to Angel Fire and Black Lake. Shorter rides are available. 

Bluegrass and Old Time Music Festival (SEPTEMBER)

Red River hosts a three-day celebration of bluegrass, Americana bands, workshops and more.

Oktoberfest Celebrations (SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER)

Taos Ski Valley celebrates Oktoberfest Sept. 16 & Sept. 17, 2017, with an authentic Schuplatterr band, Germin beer and food, a yodling contest, an alpenhorn blowing contest and more. Red River's Oktoberfest Oct. 6 & Oct. 7, 2017, with authentic German food along with music art games and microbreweries and wineries.

Taos Grand Fall Arts (SEPTEMBER - OCTOBER)

The oldest arts festival in Taos, "Fall Arts" now includes many separate events and exhibits.

Farmers Market (MAY - OCTOBER)

Local farmers and artisans bring their wares every Saturday, across from the Taos Public Library, the local farmers bring in their produce and handmade gift items for sale. The atmosphere is festive and friendly, with music, and sometimes a puppet show for the children.

Taos Wool Festival (OCTOBER)

Two days of family fun at Kit Carson Park, including wool vendors, animal showcases, music and food.

Somos Storytelling Festival (OCTOBER)

Since 1999 — The art of story telling in concerts, seminars, workshops, a story swap, and in schools.

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally (OCTOBER)

Mass dawn ascensions, balloon glows in the evening, a parade, and a grand ball over the course of two fun-filled days.

Fireworks in the Taos Mountains

A torchlight parade and fireworks show on New Year’s Eve beginning at 7 p.m., followed by a free, Old Fashioned New Year’s Eve party from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at the Red River Community House. 

WINTER

Yuletide in Taos (NOVEMBER - DECEMBER)

Holiday season celebrations in the mountains and a place like no other — from tax free shopping, to tree decorations, performances and more.

Taos Winter Wine Festival (JANUARY)

Restaurants throughout Taos pair fine wine with extraordinary menus, and seminars allow vintners to explain their processes.
SPRING

Taos Short Film Fest (April)

Featuring quality juried short films from around the globe, local Taos filmmaker night, film forums.

Northern NM Mother's Day Concert (MAY)

A free family event sponsored by DMC's four radio stations, the concert features traditional New Mexico-style music.

Memorial Weekend Motorcycle Rally (MAY)

One of the oldest motorcycle rallies in the USA, Red River Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally fills the area with five outrageous days.

Taos Lilac Festival (MAY)

Established to celebrate our heritage of lilacs and to promote their care and planting throughout the Taos area.

SUMMER

Taos Plaza Live! & Concerts in Kit Carson Park (MAY – SEPTEMBER)

Free music — Native American music, jazz, country and more — on the Taos Plaza, every Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. This summer's fantastic lineups include Dwight Yoakam & The Mavericks (July 29) and Michael Franti and Spearhead and The Wailers (Sept. 30)

Taos Solar Music Festival (JUNE)

Two days of epic music, and the latest solar energy technologies, in Kit Carson Park.

Chamber Music Festival (JUNE – AUGUST)

Chamber music concerts and seminars sponsored by the Taos School of Music at Taos Community Auditorium or Hotel St. Bernard. Admission fees apply.

Fiestas de Taos (JULY)

Four fiestas in three days, celebrating Taos' patron saints and unique ethnic heritage. Festivities include parades, music, dance and more.

Taos Pow-wow (JULY)

A celebration of Native American culture in Taos with singing and dancing contests, Native vendors, and other traditional Native American activities (traditional events take place year-round at Taos Pueblo).

Music from Angel Fire (AUGUST – SEPTEMBER)

Three weeks of extraordinary chamber music in Angel Fire, Taos, Raton and Las Vegas.

Cool Summer Nights Concert Series (JUNE –SEPTEMBER)

This series of free concerts and kids' activities brings acts including Dana Cooper and Bill Palmer's TV Killers to Angel Fire's Frontier Park.

Summer Wine Festival (AUGUST)

The inagural Summer Wine Festival at Taos Ski Valley happens August 18-20.