1 Experience art in Roswell.

Mexican folklore, pop culture, food, and family history inspire striking prints and drawings by Juana Estrada Hernández, a Mexican American who focuses her creative powers toward telling stories about Latinx communities. Her first solo exhibit, Las semillas, el sol, y los que sacron a delante/ The seeds, the sun, and those that brought me forward, opens at the Roswell Museum with a reception and artist talk Friday from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

As a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient, Estrada Hernández has first-hand experience of the tenuous existence many first-generation immigrants in America live within. “The show has to do with her identity, and her own experiences,” says Aaron Wilder, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Roswell Museum. “It was really important to Juana to celebrate her identity. There is a playfulness to her work.”

The exhibit includes 12 works, two of which are large-scale pieces that Estrada Hernández extended beyond their frames, creating murals on the museum’s walls. Another piece is a handmade paleta cart with woodblock carvings that can be inked to create prints. (It will also be filled with paletas at the opening.) Many of Estrada Hernández’s works include handwritten notes, including ¡Nopalaso en Nombre de Nuestras Familias! Nopalazo on Behalf of Our Families, which includes instructions for individuals when immigration agents show up at their homes. Written in Spanish, the piece is meant to be seen differently depending on the gaze of its viewer.

Yayoi Kusama's "Pumpkin, 2015," is one of the works on view at Vladem Contemporary. Courtesy of the Tia Foundation

2 Visit the Vladem Contemporary.

The New Mexico Museum of Art Vladem Contemporary—the much-anticipated new museum in the Santa Fe Railyard—opens this weekend featuring its inaugural exhibit, Shadow & Light. The exhibition centers around New Mexico’s alluring natural light, which has drawn artists from around the world to capture its unique magic. Shadow & Light, which runs through May 28, 2024, takes over two galleries in the new space with works by nationally acclaimed creatives like Judy Chicago, Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin, Virgil Ortiz, and Helen Pashgian. Enjoy free admission and 30-minute docent-led tours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be plenty of high-flying fun at the Ruidoso Kite Festival. Photograph courtesy of the Ruidoso Kite Festival.

3 Let your spirit soar.

Remember the mid-run thrill when your kite catches air and lifts into the sky? The Ruidoso Kite Festival offers plenty of chances to recreate that childhood joy at the White Mountain Sports Complex on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes a space where attendees can build their own kites, professional kite-flyers performing their skilled tricks, food vendors, and acres of space for flying.

See the Los Luceros Historic Site decked out in fall colors. Photograph courtesy of Rebecca Ward.

4 Pick the sweetest apples.

Leap into the autumn bounty at Los Luceros Historic Site, north of Alcalde, during the annual Fall Harvest Festival, held Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include apple picking, a beer and wine garden, sheep shearing demonstrations, live art demonstrations, and music. The Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, and Winesap apples are so sweet, they make the trip more than worth it. Get your pie pans ready.

Violinist Sarah Tasker performs in the New Mexico Philharmonic's first Coffee Concert of the season. Photograph courtesy of the New Mexico Philharmonic.

5 Fuel up with classical music.

The New Mexico Philharmonic premieres its 2023–2024 Coffee Concerts with a morning performance featuring 18th-century classics by Vivaldi and Bach in addition to contemporary compositions by Michael McLean. Led by NM Philharmonic’s music director Roberto Minczuk, Something Old, Something New showcases Sarah Tasker on violin and Nancy Granert playing the organ on Friday at 10:45 a.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Albuquerque.

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