events in Truth or Consequences, Elephant Butte, Hillsboro, Caballo, Chloride

Saturday, October 14

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown commercial / hot springs district,

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, more info

Sunday, October 1

Black Cat Poetry Reading

1-2:15pm, Ingo’s Art Cafe, 422 Broadway,

The Black Cat Poets have been meeting since 1991. Anyone can join the monthly gathering and enjoy a noncritical, appreciative atmosphere and either listen or read poetry or prose to the group (5 minutes-worth, or about 3 poems). The event repeats every 1st Sunday of the month. Admission is free.

Contact: Alice Hutchins, Black Cat Poets,

Thursday through Sunday, October 4-8

2023 Sierra County Fair

Exhibits open at 9am, Sierra County Fairgrounds, 2953 S. Broadway,

Each year, the Sierra County Fair provides a family-and-community-oriented experience promoting agriculture and entertainment. It showcases livestock, produce, crafts and community groups. Fair exhibits are open to the general public from Thursday through Sunday afternoon.

Contact: Diane Ham, Sierra County Extension Service, 575-894-2375, full schedule

Friday, October 6

“Galactic 04” Flight

8:30am, Spaceport America, southeast of T or C,

Virgin Galactic plans to launch its fourth commercial spaceflight from Spaceport America on October 6. While you cannot go and watch first-hand, a live stream is available, and you might hear the sonic boom if you are in Sierra County on the day of the flight.

Contact: Virgin Galactic,

Saturday, October 7

Sierra County Farmers Market

8:30am-noon, Ralph Edwards Park, Riverside at Cedar,

Find fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, prepared foods, and handmade items each week at the market! Pay with EBT, DUFB, debit, or cash. Vendor spots available.

Contact: Sierra County Farmers Market,

Sunday, October 8

T or C Story Lab

12-1pm, El Cortez Theater, 415 Main,

Each Second Sunday, October through March, Story Lab brings community-building and literacy to rural New Mexicans, all in the beautiful setting of the historic El Cortez Theater on Main Street in Truth or Consequences, NM.  Email for details or to participate.

Contact: T or C Story Lab,

Wednesday through Saturday, October 11-14

Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

6am-10pm, Caballo Lake State Park, Highway 187,

The Chile Challenge provides an opportunity for four wheel drive vehicle operators of all experience levels to drive trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event. Each day’s trail rides are overseen by experienced leaders who manage the runs and assist participants. There is no competition, just the challenge of the trail. Trails vary from easy rides, accessible in a stock 4×4, to some of the most extreme trails in New Mexico. Camp at Caballo Lake State Park’s Riverside Campground (camping reservations are highly recommended) and enjoy riding trails during the day, and at night, campfires and camping in the beautiful Caballo Lake State Park.

Contact: Kayla Malakowsky, more info

Join Turtleback Coworking for a panel discussion and Q&A between fellows of the New Mexico Indivisible Young Artists Fellowship, their mentors, and the public on the subject: “How does one find an artistic voice during challenging social times?”

Contact: Chantal, NMIYAF,

Saturday, October 14

NMIYAF “Young at Art” Showcase

5-9pm, Rio Bravo Ice House, 110 N. Broadway,

NMIYAF is proud to present the first group art showcase of the five talented individuals selected for the 2023 Young Artists Fellowship. The showcase will feature a diverse collection of artworks by Domm Izaac, Shea Brill, Gustavo Ramirez, Hazel Batrezchavez and Shundiin Desbah Nakai.

Contact: NMIYAF, RSVP / learn more

Saturday, October 14

Second Saturday Art Hop

6-9pm, downtown commercial / hot springs district,

Participating businesses include galleries, studios, shops and restaurants on Broadway, Main, and points in between.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences, more info

Saturday, October 21

Trinity Site Open House

8am-2pm, White Sands Missile Range, east of San Antonio NM,

The Trinity Site is where the first atomic bomb was tested at 5:29:45 a.m. Mountain War Time on July 16, 1945. Visitors on the Trinity Site Tour usually see Ground Zero, “Jumbo” bomb casing, the McDonald House, one of the old instrumentation bunkers, historical photos, a Fatman bomb casing, and part of the original crater left by the explosion revealing “Trinitite.” Anyone can drive to the tour on their own.* Bring car registration, proof of insurance, and a photo ID. If you are in a rental car, bring the rental car agreement and a photo ID. The Stallion Gate will be open for entrance from 8am to 2pm and the site closes at 3:30. There is no food or water or other services along the route, so come prepared. Port-a-johns are available. Riders must not leave the road due to the presence of unexploded ordnance. Photographs may be taken at the Trinity Site but not anywhere else along the route. Dogs are welcome but they must be well-behaved, leashed and picked up after. Bring bags for dog waste.

Contact: White Sands Missile Range, 575-678-1134, . more info

Saturday, October 28

T or C Desert Ultra

7am, Rotary Park and south of the Rio, 450 W. Riverside,

Starting from TorC’s Rotary Park, cross the Rio Grande on foot to run a combination of jeep roads and trails; meander up and down scenic arroyos featuring unique flora and pass by old mining sites, all while winding through the foothills of the Caballo Mountains.

Rotary Park is event HQ. A few camping spots are here. Find lodging, shops, restaurants and hot spring soaks in Truth or Consequences’s famous healing hot springs a few blocks from the park. See the website for info.

Contact: John Masterson, Run T or C, 575-297-9797, register

Bring an instrument and a song and share your talent at this monthly open mic, hosted by Burt Ferguson. Sign-ups start at 3:30pm.

Contact: 575-297-0289,

Tuesday, October 31

Trick or Treat Downtown

6-7pm, downtown T or C, Main, Broadway, Foch, and Healing Waters Plaza,

MainStreet Truth or Consequences presents “Trick or Treat Downtown” on Tuesday, October 31, 2023. Events include a costume contest at Healing Waters Plaza and trick or treating on Broadway, Main and Foch.

Contact: MainStreet Truth or Consequences,

Weekly Events

Almost Daily

Yoga, Pilates, Movement

Check out the calendar on the Studio de la Luz website for the month’s offerings! Classes are held most days of every week.

Contact: Marlena, 845-807-2265,


Tuesday Wellness Clinic

10am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Call ahead to schedule or walk in and check availability for massage by Roger Swanson (505-459-5607). Suggested donation: $25+ per half hour.


Tuesdays, Thursdays

Free Chair Yoga

11am, T or C Civic Center, 400 W. Fourth Street,

The class is held inside the roomy Civic Center or — when weather allows — outside on the lawn under shade trees.

Contact: Sherry Veglia, 228-671-9667, .

Call for info


Times vary, Gene Speer Tennis Courts, 100 Block of W. Third Street,

Anyone is welcome to join the group and play. Introductory sessions are available too. Call for the schedule and other info.

Contact: Lisa Rupard, 575-621-0803, .

Thursday through Tuesday

City Pool open for laps, open swims, water aerobics & more

schedule varies, J.H. Hodges Swimming Pool, Daniels at Charles,

The T or C city pool opens annually on Memorial Day. Admission for 2023: $5 per adult, $4 for seniors and kids, $2 for non-swimmers, and free for anyone age 2 and under.

Contact: City of T or C, 575-894-6151, .


Thursday Reiki Clinic

10am-1pm, Studio de la Luz, 308 S. Pershing,

Silvia Villanueva is a Reiki master practitioner who combines a variety of Reiki techniques alongside shamanism, angelology, and Buddhist healing mantras for wellbeing. Call her to schedule a session, as appointments are required.

Contact: Sylvia Villanueva, 915-274-6495, .


Old Time Fiddlers Saturday Dance

Live music provided by NMOTFA Fiddlers and Friends. Toe-tapping fun, refreshments and a door prize weekly at this family friendly event. No alcohol or smoking are allowed in the building. All are invited to come and dance or just listen to the music. $4 at the door. Proceeds support the New Mexico Old Time Fiddler’s Association. Repeats weekly on Saturdays.

Contact: Manion Long, New Mexico Old Time Fiddlers Association, 575-744-9137, .
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