The Top Mescalero, NM Events in July

The Top Mescalero, NM Events in July

There’s plenty of events in and around the Mescalero Apache Reservation near Ruidoso NM this July, including 4th of July celebrations, arts and crafts exhibitions, free movies, and adrenaline pumping rodeos. If you’re going to be in town this July, check out these family-friendly festivals and events that you won’t want to miss!


Sunday Under the Stars | Inn of the Mountain Gods | Ongoing

Head to Inn of the Mountain Gods every Sunday night at 8 pm for a free movie under the stars! Every Sunday throughout the month of July, Inn of the Mountain Gods will showcase a family-friendly movie out on the lawn; just remember to bring your own blanket or lawn chair!

Movies for July include:

  • Cars 3 – July 1st
  • Boss Baby – July 8th
  • Wonder – July 15th
  • Lego Batman – July 22nd
  • Coco – July 29th

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free to attend.


Wine Down Wednesdays | Apache Tee | Ongoing

Every Wednesday at 6 pm through September, Apache Tee restaurant at Inn of the Mountain Gods hosts live music, delicious appetizers, and wine throughout the night. Hungry? Apache Tee offers fabulous meal options including barbecue-style sandwiches and yummy side dishes for lunch and dinner, and boasts gorgeous views of the on-site golf course. Tickets are $25 per person and guests must be 21 years or older.



people watching fireworks

Star-Spangled Celebration | Inn of the Mountain Gods | July 4th, 3 pm

This Independence Day celebration takes place right at the Inn of the Mountain Gods property. All of the excitement begins at 3 pm with face painting, rock climbing, obstacle course slides, jumping balloons, and more! Family-friendly entertainment begins at 5 pm, culminating in “New Mexico’s largest fireworks display!” More than 10,000 pyrotechnics will light up the New Mexico sky above Lake Mescalero, capping this 4th of July celebration. This family-friendly event is free to attend. Wristbands are available for $10 and grant access to jumping balloons and other activities.


Mescalero Apache Ceremonial Dances & Rodeo | Mescalero Ceremonial Grounds| July 4th – 7th

From July 4th through July 7th, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the many ceremonial dances of the Mescalero Apache. Each day at 1 pm will feature a rodeo with bull riding, barrel racing, calf roping, and much more! Other activities include:

  • Mescalero Apache Fire Rescue Challenge Run – July 6th at 8 am; includes a 5k walk and 5k/10k run
  • 39th Annual Mescalero Celebration Parade – July 7th at 10 am

Native American arts and crafts, traditional and modern games and free lunch and dinner will also be available. Admission is $3 for children and $7 for adults. Rodeo admission is $5 for children and $12 for adults. For more information, contact (575) 464-4494.


rodeo cowboys wrangling a bull

Smokey Bear Stampede | Captian, NM (near Ruidoso) | July 4th – 8th

The Smokey Bear Stampede is the nation’s largest open rodeo weekend, with ranch rodeos, traditional rodeos, and goat roping every day of this five-day event. Each night will also feature a rodeo dance headlined by a DJ or live band. The festival will also be brimming with patriotic festivities, with a 4th of July parade starting at 10 am, a BBQ cook-off and dinner, a 4th of July rodeo dance at 9 pm, and a fireworks extravaganza to end the night at 10:30 pm. Rodeo admission starts at $10 per adult and $6 per child ages 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.


Fort Stanton Live! | Fort Stanton, New Mexico | July 14th, 9 am – 4 pm

Fort Stanton Live! is an action-packed 1800s era reenactment that includes demonstrations, concert, presentations, and a military ball at the historic Fort Stanton in New Mexico. Historical vendors, including crafters, and local food vendors will be on hand to enhance the day’s excitement. This year’s activities include:

  • Authors, speakers, and tours
  • Cavalry, artillery, and infantry demonstrations
  • Games for kids
  • Live entertainment
  • And much, much more!

For more details, contact (575) 354-0341.


jewelry on display at an art festival

Ruidoso Art & Wine Festival | July 27th – 29th

For the 47th year, the Ruidoso Art & Wine Festival will take over the Ruidoso Convention Center with more than 100 of the countries most talented artists displaying their crafts. Artistic mediums include:

  • Photography
  • Paintings
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Jewelry
  • And much more!

This year’s festival will also feature wine tastings from New Mexico area wineries. Admission is $1 for children under the age of 10 and $6 for adults. Two- and three-day passes are also available. Times for each day is July 27th, Friday Noon – 6 pm; July 28th, Saturday 10 am – 6 pm; and July 29th, Sunday 11 am – 5 pm. For more information, call (575) 257-7395.


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