1 Catch Music City in Santa Fe. 

Nashville’s Bluebird Café is known for hosting intimate concerts where famous musicians like Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Maren Morris drop in at the 90-person venue. Think of it as a listening room that launches careers.

For the second year, Bishop’s Lodge is partnering with the Bluebird to bring some of Nashville’s most exciting songwriters to the resort’s Bunkhouse. The Bluebird Cafe Songwriters Concert Series is a chance to see Music City’s best in a unique setting—the mountains of Santa Fe—and to hear stories about their chart-topping hits. J. T. Harding, who has written songs for stars like Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, performs alongside Marv Green, who wrote “True” for George Strait, and Emily Shackleton, the musician who created hits like “What He Didn’t Do” by Carly Pearce.

The concerts start at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. After the show, SkyFire hosts a special Nashville-BBQ-meets-Southwest dinner by Chef Pablo Peñalosa. The series returns March 15 and 16 with Victoria Banks, Phil Barton, and Emily Shackleton.

Experience a weekend of wine, art, live music, and local shopping at Vines in the Pines. Photograph courtesy of Unsplash/Kelsey Chance.

2 Sip local wine.

There’s more than wine to enjoy at Vines in the Pines, the annual wine and art festival held at the Ruidoso Convention Center on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The fest gathers 12 local wineries, two breweries; live music from Matthew Palmer, Poet’s Row, and Corina Zars; and local vendors and makers selling everything from artisanal chocolates to handmade jewelry. “It’s a long weekend,” says Deborah Douds, executive director at the Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce. "We have great local wineries, live music, and some great shopping.”  

The 2024 Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show features equipment demonstrations, boats, kayaks, off-road vehicles, fishing skills practice, and more. Photograph courtesy of New Mexico Department of Game & Fish.

3 Gear up for spring outings.

Cure your cabin fever at the 2024 Outdoor Adventures Hunting & Fishing Show, Friday through Sunday at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. Hosted by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, it brings together equipment demonstrations, boats, kayaks, off-road vehicles, a catch-and-release pond where you can brush up on your fishing skills, a pellet shooting range, and more. Competitors can show off their skills in things like archery and elk and turkey calls to win prizes.

Indulge in a beer lover's paradise at FeBREWary. Photograph courtesy of Tractor Brewing Company.

4 Unwind with a cold one.

The Lea County Event Center turns into a beer-topia for FeBREWary on Saturday at 1 p.m. The festival, which benefits the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce, features beers from Drylands Brewing Company, Tractor Brewing Company, Milton’s Brewing, and more. Patio Pizza will be there with delicious pies.

Discover a dazzling array of shiny rocks, jewelry, crafting supplies, raw minerals, and cut gems at the Museum ROCKS! Gem & Mineral Show. Photograph courtesy of the Museum Rocks! Gem and Mineral Show.

5 See beautiful rocks.

The Museum ROCKS! Gem & Mineral Show features shiny rocks at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, in Las Cruces. Shop jewelry, crafting supplies, raw minerals, and cut gems, and visit educational booths to learn about gemology on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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