1 See Indigenous art.

Reflective Presence, a new visual art exhibition at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, in Albuquerque, features work by Indigenous artists Jessie Littlebird (Laguna/Kewa Pueblos) and Jonathan Loretto (Walatowa/Koyiti Pueblos). A reception in the Artists Circle Gallery celebrates the new works on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

A painter, writer, and filmmaker, Littlebird continues his culture’s strong traditions of storytelling through his pieces. “My work is inspired by teachings, prophecies, and stories that are commonplace among my people,” says Littlebird in a press release. His works feature desert landscapes with symbols floating in the sky that create an ethereal feeling. “My work remixes various elements from Western and Indigenous thought and histories, provoking critical reflection and serving as a testament to the enduring spirit of Indigenous cultural realities.” 

Loretto, a recent graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, was born in Santa Fe. He comes from a family of artists and carries on their legacy in his clay works. He’s best known for making storyteller bobbleheads. Loretto has tackled other mediums including jewelry, creating pieces with brands like Ralph Lauren. See this dual exhibition through June 23.

Experience a vibrant display of rocks showcasing the entire spectrum of colors at the Treasures of the Earth Gem & Mineral Show in Albuquerque's Expo New Mexico. Photograph courtesy of the Albuquerque Gem & Mineral Club.

2 Shop the rainbow.

Rocks with all colors in the spectrum are on view at the Treasures of the Earth Gem & Mineral Show at Expo New Mexico, in Albuquerque. More than 60 gem and mineral vendors will be selling everything from fossils to jewelry to craggy rock slabs. It’s open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you arrive at Expo New Mexico, enter through Gate 3. 

Kick off the St. Patrick's Day fun at Sycamore Park Community Center in Farmington. Photograph courtesy of Visit Farmington.

3 Celebrate the Celts.

Bonito Valley Brewing Company

Live music, Irish grub, and free-flowing brews take over Lincoln’s Bonito Valley Brewing Company all weekend during the St. Patrick’s Day Hullabaloo. The pub has a variety of beers on tap, including an Irish stout made with hops from the Pacific Northwest. The Billy the Kid Amber Ale is inspired by the legendary Wild West bandido—who was a McCarty, after all.

Sky Railway

Ride the rails between Santa Fe and Lamy and savor the sunset with an Irish cocktail in hand on Sunday, when Sky Railway celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a special trip launching from the Santa Fe Depot with passengers 21 and over. Find tickets here.

Two Fools Tavern

Beef stew made with Guinness, bacon, and cabbage meets live music by Mac-Tire of Skye Pipes and Drums, all making for a veddy Irish Sunday funday at this Nob Hill bar on St. Patrick’s Day, in Albuquerque.


Head to the Sycamore Park Community Center on Friday and kick off the St. Patrick’s Day fun in a sparkling green outfit at St. Patrick’s Day Madness from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participate in family-friendly games and stick around to see who wins the “most creative green worn” contest at 6:30 p.m.

NM Shamrock Shuffle

Grab your running shoes and hit the Rio Rancho pavement on Sunday for the NM Shamrock Shuffle, a fun run that offers participants paths ranging from 10 to 4 miles in length. There’s a kids’ K happening, too. Sign up here.

Catch "The Break In" at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center. Photograph courtesy of the Artesia Arts Council.

4 Have a laugh. 

Set in 1995, The Break In is a comedy that turns the horror trope of exploring an abandoned orphanage on its head as four friends wander into an empty building and encounter many laughs. It takes the stage at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, in Artesia, on Friday at 6 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the Artesia Arts Council; it starts with a cocktail and social hour before the play.

"ArtsThrive" features more than 300 works by some of New Mexico’s best-known artists. Photograph courtesy of the Albuquerque Museum Foundation.

5 Support artists.

The Albuquerque Museum opens its newest exhibition, ArtsThrive, which features more than 300 works by some of New Mexico’s best-known artists, on Sunday. The exhibit, which runs through April 14, includes large-format works by photographer Natalie Christensen, who captures the architecture and geometry of the Land of Enchantment in simple but striking detail, and Diné painter Tony Abeyta, whose flourishing technique and style set his landscape paintings in a league of their own. Works sold give 60 percent of the proceeds back to the artists and help support the Albuquerque Museum Foundation. A Saturday Gala allows attendees to view and purchase works before the exhibit opens to the public, sip cocktails, enjoy light bites, and dance to a DJ set from 9 to 10 p.m.

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