1 Celebrate Native art and culture.
Indigenous artwork comes to downtown Farmington during the 34th annual Totah Festival & Indian Market, Friday through Sunday at the Farmington Civic Center. The weekend of Native art, music, and culture includes a Navajo rug auction, a 5K run, dance performances, an outdoor music festival, and the biggest-ever cash prizes for juried artists. “The festival gives a sense of unity and community for our artists and vendors,” says Robert Felson, treasurer for the festival’s board of directors. “It ties the community in the Four Corners area together.” Attendees can see works by more than 70 juried artists and over 80 vendors on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
2 Drink in summer’s final days.
The Harvest Wine Festival uncorks more than 200 local wines at Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park. The three-day event also features lots of fun activities, like mini-golf, lawn games, silent discos, and a huge artisan market from noon to 6 p.m. Master vintners like Gruet Winery, Tularosa Vineyards, Wines of the San Juan, Noisy Water Winery, and Sheehan Winery pour samples of their best blends, while on-site food trucks serve bites ranging from tacos to noodles. The Las Cruces edition of the Harvest Wine Festival brings 19 wineries to the Doña Ana County Fairgrounds for Labor Day weekend. Tickets come with a commemorative “Viva Vino” wine glass.
3 Bask in the beauty of Chama.
There’s an abundance of creativity on display in Chama during the 16th annual Chama Valley Arts Festival & Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The two-part event brings artists, food trucks, and live musical performances together in Triangle Park, while galleries and studios are open to visitors throughout the Chama area. “We have almost 30 artists at Triangle Park working in practically every medium you can imagine,” says Anita Massari, executive director of Chama Valley Arts. Plus: award-winning singer-songwriter Lara Manzanares performs bilingual New Mexican music at 2 p.m. Saturday at Triangle Park.
“Every studio tour in New Mexico is so special because of the landscape,” says Massari. “We are at 8,000 feet in a lush mountain valley. The temperatures are cool, there is wildlife all around. You can see deer and eagles. Every route you take here is magnificent.”
4 Put on your dancin’ shoes.
A woman-led and women-focused event, She Rises music festival brings an impressive lineup of female musicians from around the world to perform at Kit Carson Park for the first time this weekend. “We are over the moon that it’s taken off like it has,” says Andrea Magee, an Austin-based musician from Ireland and founder of the festival. “We really want to uplift women.”
The festival hosts an impressive lineup, including Grammy-nominated KT Tunstall (who performs Friday at the VIP opening party), folk-pop singer-songwriter Allison Russell, three-time Grammy winner Shawn Colvin, and the Chicana sister trio the Tiarras. “Having an eclectic mix of heritage was important to me,” Magee says. “I wanted it to be vibrant. All of these artists have an element of their roots in their music. They truly have something to say.”
The festival offers a full bar, yoga, a self-defense workshop, and a dance party under the moon.
5 Rock out in Ratón.
Ratón hosts the 8th annual Gate City Music Festival with live musical performances on Saturday and Sunday. The free music starts Saturday at 10 a.m. on First Street with DJ Josh Martinez and lasts until CappTon Reid takes the stage from 8 p.m. to midnight. Latin pop group Gonzalo plays live from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
The festival culminates in a final ticketed concert with Colfax Reunion, Crystal and Will Yates, and country musician Mark Wills at the Historic Shuler Theater at 7 p.m.