Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for Labor Day weekend, Aug. 29-Sept. 2, 2019.
Thursday, Aug. 29
Thursday’s live music includes music in the courtyard with Alison Reynolds at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); and alt-country with Richmond, Virginia’s Ban Hatton at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.)
Friday, Aug. 30
The Doña Ana Arts Council will host its monthly brown bag educational and networking meeting Promoting Art in the Mesilla Valley from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the DAAC Arts & Cultural Center, 1740 Calle de Mercado, in the Bulletin Plaza. The topic for the August meeting will be The Border Artists and Public Art, presented by local artist Andrew Nagem. For more, visit daarts.org or call 523-6403.
Friday’s live music schedule includes music in the courtyard with Nicole Osborn at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Daniel Sanchez at Amaro Winery (7-10 p.m.); Caribe at The Game and Perfect on Paper at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); and Memphis Band at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.).
Saturday, Aug. 31
The annual Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival, set for noon to 6 p.m. daily Saturday through Monday at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, will feature more than 150 wines from 30 of New Mexico’s best wineries available for sample — in a commemorative glass — along with live music, vendors, food trucks and more.
Tickets are $20 and include a wine glass and unlimited samples.
For tickets and more, visit bit.ly/2NCyDg2.
The Franciscan Festival of Fine Art, sponsored annually by the Holy Cross Retreat Center to promote appreciation for fine artists and their work, is set for 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holy Cross Retreat Center, 600 Holy Cross Road, Mesilla Park.
The annual festival features nearly 100 fine artists displaying and selling work including paintings, photography, sculpture, ceramics, wood works, jewelry and more.
Beyond the art, the festival features an enchilada dinner and other food options, silent auction, raffle, live music on two stages and a beautiful beer and wine garden.
For more, visit holycrossretreat.org/festival.
Hatch Chile Festival
Kids of all ages are invited to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s Crafts for Kids program, set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. This week, participants will create cotton ball sheep. Crafts for Kids is free with regular admission of $5 adults, $4 seniors and $3 children ages 4-17.
The NMFRHM will also hold a Felted Dryer Balls Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday. Wool dryer balls are easy to make and serve a very practical purpose: they help decrease drying time by separating clothes in the dryer to allow more air flow using less energy. Participants will make a set of three felted dryer balls to take home. All materials will be provided with the $10 class fee. To register, call 575-522-4100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday’s live music schedule includes Dora Reyes and Jose Sandoval at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 6 p.m.); music in the courtyard with Alan Kuncel at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Memphis Band at Amaro Winery (7-10 p.m.); Stepping Up at The Game and Chris Baker at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); DogBrain at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.); and Slow Motion Cowboys at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).
Sunday, Sept. 1
On Sunday, catch the final day of the Franciscan Festival of Fine Art and the Hatch Chile Festival, along with day two (of three) of the Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival.
Sunday’s live music schedule includes Paper Moon Shiners at Little Toad Creek (5 to 7 p.m.).
Monday, Sept. 2
If you didn’t have a chance to make it Saturday or Sunday, you can still make it to the Las Cruces Harvest Wine Festival, set for noon to 6 p.m. Monday at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.
Next Week: Sept. 5-8
Next weekend, a new month means new art during the First Friday Downtown Art Ramble; the 28th annual Balloon Invitational returns to Alamogordo, rebranded and all-new as the 2019 White Sands Balloon and Music Festival; and the Doña Ana Arts Council will host a Shibori Japanese fabric dyeing workshop.
The town of Mesilla’s Diez y Seis de Septiembre celebration — commemorating the Mexican War of Independence against Spain — is set for Sept. 14-15 on the town’s iconic plaza. Expect two days of food, vendors, live music, mariachis, folklorico dancers, games and kids activities and more.
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