Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces from June 13-16, 2019.
Saturday, June 15
The Kiwanis of Las Cruces will host the annual summer tradition, Raft the Rio, with launch at 10 a.m. Saturday from La Llorona Park, 3440 W. Picacho Ave.
Hundreds will construct their own rafts and compete for prizes — or just enjoy a float down the river on an inner tube. Food and drinks are available for purchase at the finish.
Registration and more is available at kiwanis-lascruces.org.
The Las Cruces Police Department will host a Backyard BBQ Cookoff and Cornhole Tournament benefiting New Mexico Special Olympics on Saturday at Apodaca Park.
Registration for the Backyard BBQ Cookoff begins at 8 a.m. at Apodaca Park, 801 W. Madrid Street. Chefs can begin cooking their best pork or beef ribs at 9 a.m., with judging to begin at 3 p.m. The entry fee for the cookoff is $50 per entry with prizes to be awarded to the champion chef. Participants must provide their own grill and ribs for the cookoff.
Registration for the Cornhole Tournament will start at 9 a.m. that day with the tournament is set to begin at 10 a.m. The double-elimination, two-person team tournament has a $40 entry fee and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.
All proceeds from the Backyard BBQ Cookoff and Cornhole Tournament will benefit New Mexico Special Olympics. T-shirts and other items will be available for purchase, and donations can be made to New Mexico Special Olympics.
The public is invited to the daylong, free event that will feature refreshments, activities and DJ Mike Gamboa providing music. Las Cruces Codes Enforcement will also have a Bicycle Rodeo safety course for children. As with all city parks, alcohol is not permitted during the event.
For more, call 528-4517
The New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum will host its Crafts for Kids program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Children of all ages are welcome to come to the museum and create their own craft to take home. This week, crafters will create salt dough ornaments in honor of Father’s Day. The program is free with paid museum admission of $5 adults, $4 senior citizens and $3 for children 4-17.
The City of Las Cruces’ Summer Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of “Aquaman” at dusk — around 7:30 p.m. — Saturday at Young Park. The series continues with free, family-friendly movies each week; call 541-2550 for more.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Julio Ortiz at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5 p.m.); Eric Silva at Amaro Winery (7 p.m.); Sage Gentle Wing at The Game and UnLyshed at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and jazz with Derrick Lee Group at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, June 16
The City of Las Cruces’ Music in the Park series will continue with performances by Nataaja and Mariachi Aguilas, both from Las Cruces, beginning at 7 p.m. Sunday at Young Park. Free and family-friendly, Music in the Park continues on Sunday evenings all summer long — call 541-2550 for more.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Baku at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and back-porch simple tunes with Doug Adamz at Vintage Wines (noon to 5 p.m.).
Next Weekend: June 20-23
Next weekend, the village of Tortugas hosts its annual San Juan Turtle Fiesta; the Rio Grande Theatre presents a Juneteenth Celebration; the Crosstown Car Show takes over Plaza de Las Cruces; and the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum hosts its annual Fiber Fiesta.