Sierra County’s Annual Events

The skinny on Annual Events in T or C, Elephant Butte, Hillsboro, Kingston, Cuchillo, Monticello, Winston, Chloride, and all of Sierra County New Mexico!

All dates are subject to change.

Kayak Fishing Tournament

May 13-15, 2022 | May 19-21, 2023
Annually: middle weekend in May

This catch-photo-release tournament is open to anglers in any kind of water craft that isn’t gas-powered — canoes, kayaks, rowboats, etc. Electric-powered watercraft is allowed.

Junior Open Fishing Tournament

June 18-19, 2022 | June 17-18, 2023
Annually: Father's Day Weekend

A tournament for K-12 youths, with awards, prizes and a cookout. Hosted by the Elephant Butte Bass Anglers.

Fireworks Show at Elephant Butte Lake

June 25, 2022 | July 1, 2023 (tentative)

The biggest fireworks show in New Mexico reflected on the waters of the state’s largest body of water.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta

August 5-7, 2022 | August 12-13, 2023
Annually: varies

Events begin bright and early, starting with mass ascensions every day of the event.


September 9-11, 2022 | September 8-10, 2023
Annually: 2nd weekend in September

A regional music festival featuring Americana music at an outdoor pavilion in historic Kingston.

Sierra County Fair

October 5-9, 2022 | October 4-8, 2023
Annually: the weekend after Southern NM State Fair

Fair exhibits are normally open to the general public Thursday afternoon through Sunday afternoon.

Chile Challenge 4-Wheel Drive Trail Event

October 12-15, 2022 | October 11-14, 2023 (tentative)
Annually: starts on the Wednesday after Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Open to 4WD vehicle operators of any experience level. Drive trails in a supervised, nationally recognized, 4-wheeling event.

Elephant Days

October 14-16, 2022 (tentative) | October 13-15, 2023 (tentative)
Annually: varies

A parade, live music, vendors, beer garden, chile cooking contest, baking contest, and more!

Veterans Day Car Show

November 5, 2022 | November 11, 2023 (tentative)
Annually: the Saturday before Veterans’ Day

Cars from all over the state on the spacious and beautiful grounds of the State Veterans Home.

Christmas in the Foothills

December 3, 2022 | December 2, 2023
Annually: the first Saturday in December

Visit scenic Hillsboro and stop in to the Black Range Museum for locally-made gifts and the Community Center for vendors and more.

T or C’s Old-Fashioned Christmas

December 9, 2022 | December 8, 2023
Annually: the night before Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

Tree lighting, bonfires, parade of lights, and holiday refreshments at downtown businesses.

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk & Floating Lights Parade

December 10, 2022 | December 9, 2023
Annually: 2nd Saturday in December

Luminarias, campfires serving posole and cocoa, and a lighted boat parade on the water near Marina del Sur.

Gathering of Quilts

February 24-25, 2023
Annually: last Friday & Saturday in February (pending venue availability)

Beautiful work by local quilters; demonstrations, vendors, and quilt appraisals.

Fiesta Golf Tournament

April 29, 2023 (tentative)
Annually: varies

One day only, 4 person scramble, beginners to advanced players welcome.

Truth or Consequences Fiesta

May 5-7 2023
Annually: first weekend in May

Held annually since 1950, this celebration includes all kinds of festivities including a parade, contests, parties, roping & barrel racing, and live music and vendors downtown.

Sierra County Recreation and Tourism
301 S. Foch, Truth or Consequences NM

New Mexico Tourism
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