1 Welcome the year of the dragon.
On the second new moon after the winter solstice, Asian countries and cultures around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year. In Santa Fe, the Museum of International Folk Art kicks things off with snacks, performances by the Quang Minh Lion Dance Group from Albuquerque, Taiko drumming by Santa Fe Wadaiko, and an all-ages art activity Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. “It’s a celebration of hope and prosperity,” says Leslie Fagre, director of education at the museum.
2 Sip wine in the snow.
The Taos Winter Wine Festival brings vintners from around the world to the mountain town for chef luncheons, wine seminars and tastings, après-ski events, and a grand tasting Thursday through Saturday at Taos Ski Valley. More than 25 wineries and many of northern New Mexico’s best restaurants are participating this year.
3 See songwriters in action.
Catch intimate performances in local venues at the Red River Songwriters’ Festival, held through Saturday. Founded in 2012, this year’s fest brings musicians to the ski town for solo performances and jam sessions with troubadour Walt Wilkins, Texas-based singer Kelley Mickwee, fiddle player and vocalist Phoebe Hunt, and many more.
“The thing that makes this festival different is that it is owned entirely by performing songwriters,” says Drew Kennedy, a founding member. “Because we’ve played festivals all over the country, we make it a point to treat our artists the way we want to be treated. People love playing this festival.” Intimate venues throughout Red River host the concerts, making for a cozy experience for both attendees and artists. “It’s small, and we love that,” he says. “We get to say hello to most everyone who purchases a ticket.”
On Saturday night, the festival culminates in a collaborative concert showcasing the five founders at the Motherlode Saloon. “We get together and put on a big show. People say that’s one of their favorite parts of the festival.” Tickets are very limited, so purchase in advance.
4 Get crafty.
Expo New Mexico hosts the Albuquerque Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival, a showcase of textile art and artists from Thursday through Saturday. In addition to handmade quilts, blankets, and more, you can peruse and purchase crafting supplies, fabrics, quilting patterns, embroidery, and sewing machines. Find inspiration for your next project, and all the things you need to make it.
5 Set the mood for a month of love.
The Historic Serf Theatre Hall in Las Vegas hosts a romantic set of weekend concerts for their pre-Valentine’s Day celebration, All You Need is Love. On Saturday at 8 p.m., take your honey to see Cuarenta Y Cinco, a beloved New Mexican ensemble who play traditional, upbeat cumbias, rancheras, oldies, and country hits. Join Danny Duran on February 10 for more country love tunes.