Super Wild Weekend in Las Cruces (Oct 17th to Oct 20th)

October 17, 2019 Carlos Arreola

This will be a busy Weekend! Here’s a quick look at events in Las Cruces for the weekend of Oct. 17-20, 2019.

Thursday, Oct. 17

The NMSU Dance Program will present the 12th season of its popular Look Who’s Dancing, set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Pan American Center. 

Ten DanceSport students have partnered with community celebrities to compete for the chance to win a Mirror Ball trophy. Tasked with creating unique choreography and hours of practice, the couples will compete in front of a live audience, which votes on its favorite performers. 

Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and students and $5 children 12 and younger. For more, call 646-2070 or 646-1420.

Thursday’s live music includes music in the courtyard with Nicole Osborn at La Posta de Mesilla (6-9 p.m.); and folk/pop with Alan Raintree at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.)

Friday, Oct. 18

The 27th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser to benefit El Caldito Soup Kitchen is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 225 W. Griggs Ave. 

Las Cruces Potters’ Guild members make more than 1,000 bowls for the event, more than 50 local restaurants donate gallons of soup, NMSU students collect the soup, Sam’s Club donates drinks, St. Paul’s offers its facilities and El Caldito kitchen volunteers serve the public their “soup kitchen” lunch; even the live music and the potters’ clay are donated.  Each ticketed guest will take home a bowl crafted by a local artist to remember those who do not have enough to eat in our community. 

Tickets are $20 for lunch and a handmade bowl, or $12 for lunch only, and are available at the door as well as Bernina Sewing, Boudreau Jewelers, Mountain View Market, NM Spanish Kitchen, Color Your World, Save Mart, The Potteries, Wild Birds Unlimited, Spirit Winds, New Digs, Go Burger, Aprendamos, Spence Asset Management, Cuttin’ Loose, The Shed, Starah’s Jewels & Gifts, Rosie’s Café, Terry’s Barber and S.W. Healthcare.

For information, call 525-3831 or visit

No Strings Theatre Company will open 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. 18, 19, 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

Friday’s live music schedule includes music in the courtyard with Daniel Sanchez at La Posta de Mesilla (6-9 p.m.); Chris Baker at The Game and Smokin’ Mirrors at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Perfect on Paper at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); Adrianmuzik at Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and Frontera Bugalu at Little Toad Creek (8 to 11 p.m.).

Saturday, Oct. 19

Branigan Cultural Center’s ninth annual Cultural Bazaar is set for 10 a.m to 1 p.m. Saturday. 

This family event features the traditions, art, dance, clothing and customs of more than a dozen cultures represented in Las Cruces. Traditional dance, music and songs from different cultures will be performed throughout the day. Activities, arts and crafts and performances for all ages will be presented by NMSU student organizations such as the Bangladesh Student Association, Confucius Institute, Indian Student Association and more. Enjoy all the opportunities to appreciate the wide range of diverse cultures and nationalities found within Las Cruces.

Admission is free; for more, call 541-2154.

La Viña Winery’s Harvest Wine Festival is set for noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at La Viña Winery, located at 4201 S. Highway 28, Anthony. 

With more than 20 wines available for tasting and purchase along with great live local music, the annual festival is a perfect welcome for fall.

Admission is $20 and includes a souvenir glass and either nine samples or a full glass; guests 12-20, with guardian, are $10.
For more, visit

The Southwest Environmental Center will hold another volunteer opportunity at its La Mancha Wetland Project from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. 

Located on approximately six acres of land adjacent to the Rio Grande near Mesilla, the project aims to create a habitat and nursery for native fish, native and migratory birds, and create plenty of habitat for mammals as well as amphibians and reptiles to thrive. This area is now a wildlife sanctuary, and provides the public to view wildlife in their natural habitat. Volunteers are needed to remove weeds, perform trail maintenance, trim trees and cattails, install tree fencing and clear pond debris. 

For more, call 522-5552 or visit 

The 2019 Wings & Wheels Festival, featuring Young Eagles rides, kids activities, airplanes, helicopters, hotrods, some of the best food trucks in the state and other family fun, is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Las Cruces International Airport.

Hosted by EAA Chapter 55 “The Triple Nickel,” Wings & Wheels is free and open to the public; for more, visit or call 640-0312. 

Fort Selden Historic Site, located in Radium Springs, will host the Voices from the Past Moonlight Tours from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, with the last tour leaving at 8:15 p.m.

This year we will tell the story of the diphtheria outbreak of 1886. Guests will meet the women who worked to care for the sick, the families who lost children and the soldiers who were busy renovating the fort. Tours leave every 15 minutes.

Cost is $8 adults, free for children 16 and younger. 

For more, call 202-1638 or visit

Saturday’s live music schedule includes Jerry & Ed at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30 to 5:30 p.m.); CW Ayon (3 p.m.) and Memphis Band (7 p.m.) at Little Toad Creek; music in the courtyard with Travis Manning at La Posta de Mesilla (6-9 p.m.); Latin Funktion and Old Skool at The Game and Caliente at The Game II (7 to 11 p.m.); Wildhorse at Pecan Grill & Brewery (8 p.m.); RG Bluegrass Band at Vintage Wines (8-10 p.m.); and jazz and blues with Jamie O’Hara at High Desert Brewing Co. (8 to 11 p.m.). 

Sunday, Oct. 20

Sunday’s live music schedule includes The Two of Us at Sombra Antigua Winery (2:30-5:30 p.m.); CL Smith at Vintage Wines (3:30-5:30 p.m.); and Christopher Smith-Escarcega at Little Toad Creek (5 p.m.).

Next Weekend: Oct. 24-27

Next weekend, the Las Cruces Arts Association Art Market will feature member-made items great for the holidays; and ghosts, ghouls and goblins galore will fill downtown Las Cruces to celebrate Halloween early at Spooky Downtown before the annual Zombie Walk steps off.

Plan Ahead:

Plan ahead — the town of Mesilla will host its annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration Nov. 1-3 on the historic plaza; and the Doña Ana Arts Council’s 48th Annual Renaissance ArtsFaire is set for Nov. 2-3 at Young Park. 

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