Las Cruces Weekly Calendar of Events (June 20-23th 2019)

June 18, 2019 Carlos Arreola

Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces from June 20-23, 2019

Thursday, June 20

Thursday’s live music schedule live music in the courtyard with Grace Marks at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); and acoustic rock with Chicago’s Benny Bassett at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Friday, June 21

The Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe will host the annual San Juan Turtle Fiesta Friday through Sunday in the village of Tortugas.

The Turtle Fest begins with the 14th Annual Tortugas Open Golf Tournament, set for 8 a.m. Friday at Sonoma Ranch Golf Course. Registration for the four-person scramble tournament is $110 per person or $440 per team. There will be a special Player’s Raffle for $250. The field is limited to 36 teams. Hole sponsorship is available. The tournament will also feature a hole-in-one opportunity to win a car donated by Sisbarro.

To register, call David Fierro at 575-496-1693 or Frank Torres at 575-640-4354.

The Rio Grande Theatre will host a Juneteenth Celebration at 6 p.m. Friday.
Recognizing the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, the evening will feature performances by the NMSU Gospel Choir, Voices of Bethel, Greater St. John Male Chorus, New Life Missionary Baptist Church, Randy Granger, Orlando Antonio-Jiminez and the New World Drummers. Admission is free, doors open at 5 p.m.

For more, visit

The Las Cruces Community Theatre production of “Glorious! The True Story of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Worst Singer in the World” enters its final weekend at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

In 1940’s New York, the performer everyone wanted to see live was Florence Foster Jenkins — an enthusiastic soprano whose pitch was far from perfect. Referred to as “the first lady of the sliding scale,” she warbled and screeched her way through the evening to an audience who mostly fell about with laughter. But this delusional and joyously happy woman paid little attention to her critics, and was surrounded by a circle of devoted friends who were almost as eccentric as she was.

Based on a true story, the play spins from Jenkins’ charity recitals and extravagant balls, through to her bizarre recording sessions and an ultimate triumph at Carnegie Hall.

Tickets are $15 adults, $12 seniors, students and military and $10 children 12 and younger. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22; and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 23.

For tickets and more, visit

Friday’s live music schedule includes live music in the courtyard with Dan Lambert at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Chris Baker at Amaro Winery (7 p.m.); Blaze the Nation at The Game and The Grooves at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); honest and raw singer-songwriter Calista at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and XKE Band at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.).

Saturday, June 22
The Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe will host the annual San Juan Turtle Fiesta through Sunday in the village of Tortugas.

The weekend fun continues with a tardeada, or dance, featuring UnLyshed from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday ($6 per person) and the Sunday turtle races, with registration beginning at 11 a.m. and races to begin at 2 p.m. The festival also features food and vendors, children’s games and activities, a rummage sale, raffles and more. All Sunday activities are free and open to the public.

For more, call the Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Office at 575-526-8171.

St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church’s Annual Summer Antique and Collectible Show and Sale is set for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in the Parish Hall. Admission is just $2, good for both days.

For more, call 915-479-3537 or 575-522-8003.

View and learn about the beautiful creations produced locally by fiber artists at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum’s inaugural Fiber Fiesta, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

Fiber Fiesta demonstrations for this first-annual event include spinning, knitting, felting, quilting, Colcha embroidery, tatting, bobbin lacing, several types of weaving, and contemporary coiled basketry. Tye Lightfoot, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Southwestern Cotton Ginning Research Lab, will do cotton ginning demos with mini gins.

Local fiber arts groups will have informational booths and demonstrations.

The documentary video, “Colcha Circle: A Stitch in Northern New Mexico Culture,” will be shown in the museum’s theater as well as informational talks. The day also includes food trucks including Nacho Mommas and Fresh Made Food, as well as the museum’s weekly Crafts for Kids program — featuring paper plate looms — from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also make plans to attend the Health & Fitness Expo, which also will be at the museum on the same day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The Health & Fitness Expo is sponsored by the Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Electronic Caregiver and the Las Cruces Sun-News. The expo features informational booths and more.

Admission to the Fiber Fiesta, the Health Expo and all regular museum offerings on this day are free.

For more about these programs and more, visit

The Rio Grande Theatre will host an evening of classic American doo-wop, R&B and rock ‘n’ rolll featuring The Drifters and Remember Then! at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Drifters’ impressive catalog features the hits “Save The Last Dance For Me,” “There Goes My Baby,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “Up on the Roof” and “On Broadway.”

Admission is $35; doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions will be served including snacks, refreshments, beer, wine and spirits.

For tickets and more, visit

The City of Las Cruces’ Summer Movies in the Park series continues with a screening of “Hotel Transylvania” at dusk — around 7:30 p.m. — Saturday at Young Park. In “Hotel Transylvania,” Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenaged daughter. The series continues with free, family-friendly movies each week; call 541-2550 for more.

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Line Five Band at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5 p.m.); live music in the courtyard with Daniel Sanchez at La Posta de Mesilla (6 to 9 p.m.); Stone Sugar Shakedown at The Game and Cold Cash at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); indie-rock-folk with Alister M at Vintage Wines (8 to 10 p.m.); and blues and rock with The Smokin’ Blue Band at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.).

Sunday, June 23

On Sunday, the San Juan Turtle Fiesta enters its final day, with food booths, live music, a dance and, of course, the 31st annual San Juan Turtle Races.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with races at 2 p.m. All participants must register their turtles prior to the race. To begin the event, local celebrities will participate in the annual Celebrity Turtle Race. Live music will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the local group Los Latinos. After the turtle races, another tardeada will follow with music provided by Animmo from 3 to 7 p.m.

For more, call 526-8171.

The Alzheimer’s Association: New Mexico Chapter will host the Crosstown Benefit Car Show from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday downtown at the Plaza de Las Cruces. This benefit car show will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, a pinup fashion show and more. Car registration is just $25, and all proceeds go to support the continued work of the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more, visit

The City of Las Cruces’ Music in the Park series will continue with performances by Las Cruces’ Rockabilly Strangers and Cimarron, New Mexico’s Gary Reynolds, 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 Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); and an open jam at Vintage Wines (noon to 5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: June 27-30

Next weekend, the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso, el Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso del Norte, The University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University will host “Los Pachamama y Flor Amargo” at NMSU’s Atkinson Recital Hall; the Rio Grande Theatre’s Classic Film Series continues with a screening of “The Maltese Falcon”; and children can learn all about life on the frontier at Fort Selden’s Summer Kids Class.

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