IT’S LITERALLY COLORED by the presence of Georgia O’Keeffe in the sacred space that so inspired her,” says Lensic 360 director Jamie Lenfestey of the Blossoms & Bones Ghost Ranch Music Festival. Now in its third year, the extravaganza takes its name from one of the artist’s most famous paintings. Featuring two evenings of music August 25 and 26 at Ghost Ranch, O’Keeffe’s summer home and studio near Abiquiú, the stacked lineup of nationally known artists includes Spoon, Japanese Breakfast, Toro y Moi, the Breeders, Yola, Rising Appalachia, and the Beths. “The festival is clearly women-centric in its approach,” Lenfestey says, “but the appeal is very broad.” With 30 glamping tents and two camping areas, Blossoms & Bones invites visitors to bask in the stunning Piedra Lumbre Basin landscape between performances. “We want people to also embrace the silence and beauty of the place,” he adds. Here are a few tips for concertgoers.

Make connections. Lenfestey counted festival attendees from at least 45 states last year, but Blossoms & Bones remains a relatively intimate experience. “We’re on a path to do about 2,000 people this year,” he says. “It’s not overcrowded. There’s plenty of room to sit in the back, put your lawn chairs up, enjoy food and beverage, and just kind of soak it all in.”

Don’t miss the DJs. “The New Mexico DJ collective Team Everything is on both Friday and Saturday nights. After the main stage goes down, the party will go on with dancing until one in the morning.”

Eat and drink locally. Lenfestey advises packing snacks, but the Ghost Ranch dining hall and other vendors are also serving local delights, including exclusively New Mexico–based wine, spirits, and beer. “We’re keeping everything homegrown,” he says.

Japanese Breakfast will perform at Blossoms & Bones Ghost Ranch Music Festival. Photograph courtesy of Japanese Breakfast.


Check out a weekend of Native artistry in Santa Fe.

IndigenousWays Festival with Joy Harjo, Santa Fe Railyard Park
August 18

Free Indian Market, Federal Park
August 19 & 20

Santa Fe Indian Market, Santa Fe Plaza
August 19 & 20

Don't miss the 4th annual Pirate Viking Summer Festival happening in Edgewood. Photograph by Wendy Hayes.


These concerts suit all tastes.

Burque Rock City Fest, Albuquerque
August 4 & 5

Nashville to NM ’23, Eagle Nest
August 5

8750' BBQ and Music Festival, Red River
August 17-19

Billy the Kid Pageant features Billy the Kid re-enactors portraying Billy the Kid's last escape. Courtesy of Billy the Kid Pageant.

Elephant Butte Balloon Regatta
August 4-6

Watch a fleet of hot-air balloons launch from Lions Beach and float over Elephant Butte Lake.

Billy the Kid Pageant and Old Lincoln Days, Lincoln
August 4-6

The annual reenactment of the outlaw’s last escape is joined by live musicians, food vendors, arts and crafts, and a parade.

New Mexico Comic & Film Expo, Albuquerque
August 11-13

Round up the nerd squad for photo ops and autographs from your favorite stars at the Albuquerque Convention Center—and stick around for the cosplay contest.

Pirate Viking Summer Festival, Edgewood
August 19 & 20

Don a costume for a wild weekend of mermaids, entertainers, storytellers, crafts and food vendors, pub crawls, and much more.

That’s not all August has in store! Go to for more.