dennis hopper day

When: Thursday 17, 2018
Where: Taos Community Auditorium
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Dennis Hopper Day was first proclaimed by the 30th Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson on May 17, 2010. In 2014, Taos Pueblo recognized May 17 as Dennis Hopper Day annually. A proclamation of the people of Taos County and of the Town of Taos proclaimed May 17 to be hereto annually known as Dennis Hopper Day and designated a street “Hopper Highway” after the counter-culture icon.

Dennis Hopper Day is an Eagle Thunder Presents event supported by the Hopper Art Trust.


“Dennis Hopper Day is about celebrating the iconoclastic spirit of one of the most creative, courageous artists of our time in the artistic multicultural community he loved and called home”  said Robby Romero, musician and founder of Dennis Hopper Days. “As rumors swirl, no one ever really knows who is going to show up at the Hopper happening. In the spirit of Hopper, you just have to be there.”

Taos plans to celebrate the life of the late actor, filmmaker, artist and former Taos resident, Dennis Hopper, with a day of events. The celebration will take place on May 17, Hopper’s birthday and the day designated as Dennis Hopper Day in New Mexico. This year’s Dennis Hopper Day celebration will feature a motorcycle rally and ride, live music and screenings of Hopper’s most famous films.

Hopper was a major Hollywood star throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, writing and starring in several high-profile films of the time. Despite the appeal of the Hollywood lifestyle, Hopper was a lifelong resident, advocate and enthusiast of Taos, leaving many Taoseños with great stories of his early and later years in the community.

Activities, festivities and celebrations will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium and will kick off at 5pm with the Easy Rider Rally. Following the rally will be an Easy Rider Ride across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and a post-ride buffalo barbecue and concert. Rebel Film Festival will be screening the 1988 indie film drama Colors directed by Dennis Hopper, starring Sean Penn and Robert Duvall with special guests.


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