Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Oct. 24-27, 2019.
Thursday, Oct. 24
Experience an evening of Fine dining La Posta style, with luxury tequila, amazing cuisine, live music and more at The Fine Art of Tequila Dinner, set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at La Posta de Mesilla.
The five-course meal of gourmet appetizers, savory green chile crab bisque, delectable Baja surf and turf, with a grand finale of dessert, Patrón Extra Añejo 7 Años luxury tequila, cigars and music under the stars. Enjoy creative tequila cocktails expertly paired with each course showcasing the impressive and unique flavors of Patrón — including Patrón, Roca Patrón and Gran Patrón.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend this unforgettable 80th celebration complete with swag — tickets are available at the La Posta Gift Shop, by phone 524-3524 or at bit.ly/2p99kbw.
Thursday’s live music includes Billy Kiesel at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Friday, Oct. 25
No Strings Theatre Company continues its production of “Boy Gets Girl” at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre. Directed by Autumn Gieb, “Boy Gets Girl” uses the story of what happens when a blind date turns into a living nightmare to examine stalking, sexism and the nature of the idea of romantic pursuit.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3; and 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Tickets are $15 regular admission, $12 students and seniors and $10 all seats for Thursday performances. For tickets and more, call 523-1223 or visit no-strings.org.
Friday’s live music schedule includes music in the courtyard with Damian Luna at La Posta de Mesilla (6-9 p.m.); Pherkad at The Game and Karlos y La Ley at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Chris Baker Band at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); Hudson River News at Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and The Casual Fridays at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.).
Saturday, Oct. 26
The City of Las Cruces and Las Cruces Downtown Partnership are inviting all ghouls, ghosts and goblins in the community to celebrate Halloween early at Spooky Downtown, a whole day of Halloween fun for ghouls of all ages, beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The event will feature vendors, food trucks, dance performances, live music and a laser show, events at participating downtown museums and businesses and, of course, the return of the annual Zombie Walk.
RoadRUNNER Transit and Dial-a-Ride paratransit service will offer free rides all day.
From 10 a.m. to noon, guests can enjoy a “Haunted Museum” Adventure at the Museum of Nature & Science. While there, make glow in the dark slime and assemble a skeleton; design a jack-o’-lantern out of clay; decorate gourds to ward off evil spirits with the Branigan Cultural Center; and learn about nocturnal animals in the Nature Center. The event is free and open to all, and costumes are welcome.
From 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Branigan Library will host a “Family-Friendly Halloween Flick.” For more on this children’s holiday-themed movie, contact the Media Desk at 528-4014 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The City of Las Cruces Parks & Recreation Department will hold its annual Pumpkin Splash Patch from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center, 1401 E. Hadley Ave. Children ages 4 to 12 will have the opportunity to pick out a pumpkin from the “water pumpkin patch” and decorate it for Halloween. The family event will be a part of the “Spooky Downtown” series and includes Halloween-themed activities and music. Admission is $3 per child; parents get in for free. Children must be accompanied by an adult during the event and parents of non-swimmers must accompany their children in the water. For more, call 541-2782.
From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Main Street will once again be home to the walking dead as the Downtown Las Cruces Partnerships hosts the annual Zombie Walk. The event features live music by The Beaux Peep Show, emcees from Bravo Mic DJ’s, dance performances by local high schools/dance troupes, food trucks, vendors and a laser show. Registration begins at 5 p.m. The entry fee for the Zombie Walk is $5 per zombie or $20 for a group of four or more walkers.
The Zombie Parade begins at 7 p.m. down Main Street. Trophies for the best costumes in the areas of Best Adult, Best Youth and Best Group will be announced immediately after. For more, visit downtownlascruces.org/zombie-walk.
Mesquite Historical Preservation Society will present Pachanga 2019 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday at Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite St.
The event, celebrating the Mesquite Historic District, the oldest part of Las Cruces, this free, family friendly event features food vendors, artists, retail vendors, car show, EP Young Ghostbusters, zoot suit contest, folklorico dancers, mariachis, DJ music, trunk-or-treat and live music with the area’s best musicians. Music starts at 11 a.m. and culminates with headliners Prime the Rockshow at 8 p.m., with the best 1970s, ’80s, classic rock and Latin dance hits.
For more, follow Pachanga 2019 on Facebook or call 386-5688 or 520-6600.
Just in time for Dia de Los Muertos, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Heritage Cooking Program: Day of the Dead Bread, set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, will feature baking the festive, celebratory dessert bread in an 1890s vintage wood-burning cook stove. Visitors of all ages are welcome to join in the making of these classic loaves, which they can take home and share with friends and family, while supplies last. Complimentary copies of the traditional recipes also will be available, and supplies are furnished by the Museum. Activity is free with paid admission — $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and $3 children 4-17.
For more, visit nmfarmandranchmuseum.com or call 522-4100.
The Las Cruces Arts Association Art Market, set for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Café de Mesilla, 2190 Highway 28, will feature work from more than 15 LCAA artists including jewelry, ornaments, small paintings, art prints, stationary and other handcrafted items in time for holiday giving.
Admission is free, call 530-559-2765 for more.
Operation Kidsafe will be in Las Cruces from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at Sisbarro Buick GMC, partnering with The Las Cruces Fire Department, Las Cruces Police Department, Doña Ana Sheriff Department, Border Patrol, Mesilla Valley Search & Rescue and Operation Kidsafe for a free child safety event, with special gift bags for the first 100 kids, cookout, truck-or-treat and more.
Parents can attend this event and at no charge get a lifetime record of their child’s digital fingerprints and a form that is ready to hand to law enforcement in an emergency. Parents will also get valuable safety tips. Operation Kidsafe uses the latest equipment like the FBI and Secret Service.
The Southwest Environmental Center and the New Mexico State University Arts Museum will hold a Dia de los Muertos Extinct Species Workshop that will honor extinct and endangered species in southern New Mexico from noon to 2 p.m. in Room 106 of Devasthali Hall — NMSU’s new art building.
The workshop is in partnership with 516 Arts, a contemporary museum in Albuquerque that is responding to the global extinction crisis and how it relates to the area’s watershed with a regional collaboration called “Species in Peril along the Rio Grande.”
Members of the community are invited to create altarpieces that pay homage to our extinct and nearly disappeared Rio Grande species. The works will reference the traditional style of Mexican retablo ex-voto paintings, using paint and collage on metal to memorialize species in peril. The final works will be presented Nov. 1 on an extinct species altar in Old Mesilla during the Día de los Muertos celebration. Participants in the workshop will also learn about local endangered and extinct species, and what we can all do to help prevent extinction in our area.
Admission is free; visit bit.ly/2N4iQ7I for more.
Just in time for Halloween, bat biologist Rachel Burke will lead the Southwest Environmental Center’s Back by Midnight: Demystifying Bats beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday on the NMSU campus. Guests will tour through an urban area to uncover just how many bats are lurking in the shadows. Look forward to seeing live bats up close and detect echolocation calls of bats overhead. A captivating walk for kids and adults alike.
Admission is free; call 522-5552 or visit wildmesquite.org for more information.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jessica Flores at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); Sage Gentle Wing at The Game and Los New Mexico Playboys at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Karlos y La Ley at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); BOYZ of Fall at Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); jazz with Coolside Collective at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.); and the Zombie Walk afterparty with DJ Smooth at Little Toad Creek (9 p.m.).
Sunday, Oct. 27
La Viña Winery, in Anthony, NM, will host its fourth annual Howl-O-Wine Dog Walk from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, featuring a 1-mile dog walk around the “boo-tiful” grounds of La Viña, as well as music, contests, prizes, food vendors, pet products and gifts. All proceeds will benefit local spay and neuter programs.
Onsite registration begins at noon, with the walk beginning at 1 p.m. Registration is limited to two dogs per person. Advance registration is $15 for one dog, $20 for two dogs; add $5 the day-of the event, or register now petsaliveelpaso.org.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Line Five Band at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); Calista at Vintage Wines (3:30-5:30 p.m.); and Alison Reynolds at Little Toad Creek (5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: Oct. 31-Nov. 3
Next weekend, once you’ve finished trick-or-treating, visit the town of Mesilla for its annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration; then head to Las Cruces’ Young Park for two-days of 18th century mirth and merriment at the Doña Ana Arts Council’s 48th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire.
In November, the Mesilla Valley plays host to the annual Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference, celebrating its 24th year with activities, educational workshops in mariachi music and folkloric dance, performance opportunities, spectacular concerts and a park fiesta; the Artists of Picacho Hills host their annual Holly Day House at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church; and the town of Mesilla will host the seventh annual Native American Market, featuring Native American dancers, arts and crafts vendors, food and more. Later in the month, the New Mexico Farm & Heritage Museum will host its annual HomeGrown: A New Mexico Food Show & Gift Market, showcasing foods and food products grown and produced in New Mexico.