EMPTY BOWLS PROJECT
The 8th annual Empty Bowls Project, which benefits the St. James Food Pantry, will be held from noon to 2pm at St. James Episcopal Church. For a $25 ticket, patrons can choose a hand-crafted ceramic bowl donated by local potters, a light lunch and the opportunity to bid on over 100 auction items all donated by local establishments. For more information, visit taoschamber.com.
Location: St. James Episcopal Church, 208 Camino de Santiago
TAOS HOME & GARDEN EXPO
Don’t miss the 15th annual Home & Garden Expo, a chance for you to meet with exhibitors of all things home and garden. The event will be from 9am to 3pm, and it is free to the public. For more information, visit taoschamber.com.
Location: Taos Youth & Family Center, 407 Paseo del Canon East
MET LIVE IN HD: CAVALLERIA RUSTICANA (MASCAGNI)/ PAGLIACCI (LEONCAVALLO) NEW PRODUCTION
Opera’s most enduring tragic double bill returns in an evocative new production from Sir David McVicar, who sets the action across two time periods but in the same Sicilian village. Marcelo Álvarez rises to the challenge of playing the dual tenor roles of Turiddu in Cavalleria Rusticana and Canio in Pagliacci. Rae Smith (War Horse) has designed the moodily atmospheric 1900 village square setting of Cavalleria, which transforms to a 1948 truck stop for the doomed vaudeville troupe of Pagliacci. Eva-Maria Westbroek (Cav) and Patricia Racette (Pag) sing the unlucky heroines, and Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi is on the podium. The show starts 10:30am, and tickets are $25 for general admission, $20 for TCA Members, and $10 for kids 18 and under. For details, visit tcataos.org.
Location: Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
May 1 – July 6
ART OF NONVIOLENCE EXHIBIT
The Taos Center for the Arts is proud to partner with NonviolenceWorks in presenting the “Art of Nonviolence.” The exhibition is just one of the ways that Taos students have been given a voice. With the theme of nonviolence, the students explore and utilize art as a means to express, process, and convey their feeling toward the social and personal effects of violence and why nonviolence works. The exhibition is a celebration of our youth, a voice for our youth, and a showcase of their creativity. The opening reception will be held on May 1st from 4pm to 6pm. The juried art will be displayed, and the young artists will make statements about the meaning of their work to the attendees. Musicians Michelle Stanley and YorikoMorita will provide background music to emphasize the vitality of these artists. For more information, visit tcataos.org.
Location: Encore Gallery, Taos Community Auditorium, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
KENTUCKY DERBY DAY AT ANGEL FIRE RESORT
Enjoy a fun afternoon with all the excitement and fanfare of the Kentucky Derby, watch racing, eat great food, and even don hats. Visit Angel Fire Resort and get swept up in the same level of excitement of being at Churchill Downs. The party will be from 3pm to 7pm. For more information, visit angelfirefun.com.
Location: Angel Fire Resort Country Club, 101 Country Club Dr.
MOTHER’S DAY RIO GRANDE WHITEWATER FESTIVAL
Celebrate Mother’s day with a one-of-a-kind event: The Mother’s Day Rio Grande Whitewater Festival, brought to you by the New Mexico River Outfitters Association. The festival is packed with three days of fun, including whitewater races, river-side rendezvous, rodeo events, guided hikes and competitions for rafts, kayaks, canoes and paddle boards. For details and a full schedule of events, visit raftnewmexico.org.
Location: Rio Bravo Campground, Orilla Verde Recreation Area
NORTHERN NEW MEXICO MOTHER’S DAY CONCERT
Mother’s Day is a time of celebrating those who hold a special place in our hearts—our mothers. Celebrate this year with a truly New Mexico experience. A yearly tradition attended by thousands of families, this two-day concert features New Mexico-style music from incredible artists for no charge. Book your calendars now to treat your mother to a special celebration with high quality entertainment, great food, and fun for the entire family this Mother’s Day. For more information, visit taos.org.
Location: Kit Carson Park
TAOS LILAC FESTIVAL
Celebrate the beginning of spring, as lilacs blossom abundantly in Taos and peak during the last two weeks of May each year. The three-day festival at Kit Carson Park celebrates Taos’ heritage of lilacs and has something for everyone, with activities such as arts and crafts, a pet parade and costume contest, a vintage car show, live music, a carousel, and much more. There will be specialty food vendors and opportunities for festivalgoers to plant lilacs and mingle with the talented artisans at the arts and crafts fair. For more information, visit taoslilacfestival.com.
Location: Kit Carson Park
2ND ANNUAL JICARILLA APACHE ARTS SHOW & SALE
Historically, Jicarilla Apache artists would visit Taos several times a year to sell their artwork. Today, Millicent Rogers Museum celebrates this rich and diverse culture by reviving the tradition with their annual Jicarilla Apache Artists Show and Sale. For more information, visit millicentrogers.org.
Location: Millicent Rogers Museum, 1504 Millicent Rogers Rd.
RED RIVER HIGH MOUNTAIN HALF MARATHON & 5K RUN
The Red River High Mountain Half Marathon and 5K is a challenging, high-altitude race hosted in the scenic mountain town of Red River, New Mexico. The 13.1 mile race begins in town at 8,750 ft. and climbs over 700 ft. with a turnaround point at just above 9,400 ft. elevation. Runners take in amazing views, including Wheeler Peak, the highest point in New Mexico at 13,161 ft. Prices for the event are $50 for the half marathon and $35 for the 5K. For more information, visit redriver.org.
Location: Red River
RED RIVER MEMORIAL DAY MOTORCYCLE RALLY
Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend with this iconic, annual event. Visit Red River and experience the rumble of 20,000 motorcycles lining Main Street. The event is one huge party, complete with vendors, food, fun, and great live music. On Monday morning, join the 25-mile parade to the Vietnam Memorial. For details, visit redriver.org.
Location: Red River
STEVE STUCKER’S RALLY IN THE VALLEY
Join New Mexico’s favorite meteorologist, Steve Stucker, on a charity ride during the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally. All proceeds benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation of New Mexico and Up B4 the Son Charities. Steve will lead you through incredible scenery at Bobcat Pass, The Moreno Valley, Cimarron Canyon State Park & Eagle Nest with a stop at the amazing Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire. Each rider and passenger gets a 5th annual, limited edition long sleeve t-shirt, lunch and a drink, plus three raffle tickets for thousands of dollars in prizes, all for just a $25 donation. For more information or to register, visit redriver.org.
Location: Red River
THE PETER AND WILL ANDERSON TRIO
The Harwood Museum of Art is proud to present one of the most extraordinary duos in jazz performing today. The New York Times calls Peter and Will Anderson, “Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone.” They attended Juilliard in New York City, and have performed with Wynton Marsalis, Jimmy Heath, Wycliffe Gordon and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. They’ve headlined at New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, the New Orleans Jazz Fest, Sarasota FL Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, and Iowa’s Bix Beiderbecke Festival. The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are $20 for the general public and $16 for Museum Alliance Members. For more information, visit harwoodmuseum.org.
Location: Arthur Bell Auditorium, Harwood Museum of Art, 238 Ledoux St.
MUSIC ON THE MESA
Music on the Mesa, known as MOM, is three days of great music at Taos Mesa Brewing. The concert offers a unique musical experience, combining amazing music and the comfortable, laid-back atmosphere of the brewery, and set amongst the scenic Sangre de Cristo Mountains. With top-notch bands, such as Turnpike Troubadours, Justin Townes Earle, Band of Heathens, Paula Nelson, Grace Askew, Zoe Muth and the Lost Highrollers, Robyn Ludwick, The Far West, The Rifters, and more, this outdoor music festival will be one of a kind. For details, visit taosmusiconthemesa.com.
Location: Taos Mesa Brewing, #20 ABC Mesa Rd.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL AT KTAOS SOLAR CENTER
In their 45th year, Asleep at the Wheel continues their traditions of great music and traveling the road. They’ve been around Texas, across Route 66, and all throughout the west performing with their western swing genre. This March, they released a new tribute album, “Still the King: Celebrating the Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys.” On May 30th, they’ll be bringing their one-of-a-kind show to Taos, performing at KTAOS Solar Center. The concert begins at 9:30pm and tickets are $25. For more information, visit ktao.com.
Location: KTAOS Solar Center, #9 State Road 150
FISHING DERBY AT RED RIVER
Mark your calendars for Red River’s annual Fishing Derby on Saturday, May 30th. The Town Ponds will be stocked with Rainbow Trout. Catch a red tagged fish and win guaranteed cash prizes. For more information, visit redriver.org.
Location: Red River