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!

Sierra County Fair

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 11-14, 2023
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.

Veterans Day Car Show

November 11, 2023 (tentative)
Annually: varies

Cars from all over come to this show.  The event moves in 2022 from the State Veterans home to the Albert J Lyon Events Center. It is now sponsored by the Hot Springs Women’s Club.

Christmas in the Foothills

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 8, 2023
Annually: the night before Elephant Butte's Luminaria Beachwalk

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

Elephant Butte Luminaria Beachwalk & Floating Lights Parade

December 9, 2023
Annually: 2nd Saturday in December

Luminarias, campfires serving posole and cocoa, and a lighted boat parade out on the water.

Gathering of Quilts

February 23-24, 2024
Annually: last Friday & Saturday in February (pending venue availability)

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

Fiesta Golf Tournament

April 27, 2024
Annually: varies

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

Truth or Consequences Fiesta

May 3-5, 2024
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.

Kayak Fishing Tournament

May 17-19, 2024
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 15-16, 2024
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

July 6, 2024 (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 2-4, 2024
Annually: varies

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


September 6-8, 2024
Annually: 2nd weekend in September

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

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