Skip to content
Taos is New Mexico True
A Montage of works from Dixon Studio Tour Artists
Array ( [ID] => 36460 [url] => https://taos.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/header_dixon_studio_tour_graphic-1920x350.jpg [alt] => A Montage of works from Dixon Studio Tour Artists ) 1
A Montage of works from Dixon Studio Tour Artists

The Dixon Studio Tour is one of the oldest continuously run studio tours in the state. Dixon, nestled in the Embudo Valley in Northern New Mexico where the Rio Embudo flows into the Rio Grande, has been long known for its rich Native American and Hispanic heritage, productive farm lands and pastoral beauty. During the last 30+ years many artists moved to the valley to pursue their artistic talent and a simpler way of life.

The annual Dixon Studio Tour is always help the first full weekend of November. Dixon is located 50 miles north of Santa Fe and 25 miles south of Taos. Many artists, craftspeople, and local businesses will be displaying their wares.

Food will be available at the Dixon Coop and Deli and at various stands at the Mercados and at the Presbyterian Mission Cafe, and La Chiripada Winery, Vivac Winery, and Blue Heron Brewing Company will all be open for business during the Dixon Studio Tour.

Lighting a farolito on Taos Plaza

Taos’ Magical Time of Year

When: Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day
Where: Historic District of Taos and Surrounding Areas

Yuletide in Taos is the name we give to all the unique New Mexican celebrations that happen throughout the holiday season. With the falling of snow on candle-lit farolitos that line the streets in front of old adobe shops and homes, one is transported to another time and place. Yuletide is the entire holiday season and includes all the unique traditions of the holiday season here in the mountains of Northern New Mexico.

Sagebrush 2nd Annual Winter Jamboree Arts & Craft Fair

When:  November 25, 2022 / 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
November 26, 2022 / 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
November 27, 2022 / 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Sagebrush Inn & Suites
Chamisa Ballroom
1508 Paseo del Pueblo Sur
Taos, NM 87571

Arts and Craft Fair with a variety of local artists, with goods ranging from Jewelry to Quilts. Bring your holiday gift lists and shop for family and friends!
Call 575-758-2254 or visit Sagebrushinn.com for updates.


The Stakeout Holiday Maker’s Mart

When: December 17 & 18, 2022 / 11 AM – 5 PM
Where: The Stakeout
101 Stakeout Dr
Ranchos de Taos, NM

Diversify your holiday shopping with vintage clothing and locally handmade arts and gifts from New Mexico artists and makers. The event includes free entrance, food and drinks, live music, and all ages are welcome.


Twirl Aglow Party

When: November 25, 2022 / 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Twirl

Twirl Play and Discovery Space hosts their FREE annual Twirl Aglow Party. The courtyard at Twirl will be filled with sparkling lights and twinkling surprises. Share your wishes with Santa, enjoy warm drinks and sweet treats, make seasonal crafts and have your face painted by our talented elves. Experience the magic of The Holidays with Twirl and the Taos Community! twirltaos.org


TAOS FOLK

When: November 18 – December 24, 2022 / 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Opening Celebration: November 18, 2022 / 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Where: Stables Art Gallery
More info: taosfolkart.com

Taos’s favorite holiday pop-up store, Taos Folk, is popping up again! Featuring affordable, handmade crafts from over 50 artists. Choose from fantastic jewelry, winter wear, home décor, fragrant candles and lotions, and exquisite pottery, all made by Taos hands. Plus marvelous books by Taos authors, and much, much more! Don’t miss Taos Folk popping-up!


36th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting

When: December 2, 2022 / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Taos Plaza

The 2022 Taos Holiday Season officially kicks off with the annual lighting of the Town Christmas tree during the 36th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting. Join our Mayor Pro Tem Darien Fernandez and community. For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or e-mail [email protected].


Festival of Trees

When: December 2, 2022 / 3:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Where: Bataan Hall at 121 Civic Plaza Drive

The Taos Milagro Rotary Club is participating in this community event by hosting A Festival of Trees features 26 Christmas trees decorated by sponsors, 15 decorated wreaths, and many gift baskets – all available for purchase in a silent auction. Funds raised at this event directly benefit the community through the literacy program, scholarship program, or community grants.


Lighting of Ledoux

When: December 2, 2022 / 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Ledoux Street
More info: harwoodmuseum.org

The historic narrow Ledoux Street glows with the light from farolitos, luminarias and bonfires. Galleries, shops, and museums are open late, offering holiday food and drink. People gather around the fires and share their stories in the cool starlit night.


25th Annual Holiday Community Day at Millicent Rogers Museum

When: December 3, 2022 / 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Taos Dance Academy excerpts from the Nutcracker at 11:30 AM
Santa Visit from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Taos Jewish Center Hanukkah Music at 1:00 PM
Where: Millicent Rogers Museum
More info: millicentrogers.org

Free community event. Activities for children. Face painting, community performances, Hanukkah room, Fiesta Court visit, Santa visit, and more!


Ornament and Craft Making

When: December 16, 2022 / 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Where: Taos Youth & Family Center located at 407 Paseo del Canon, East

Ornament and Craft Making with Mrs. Claus and her Elves. Christmas is coming and the Town of Taos would like to help children of all ages create Christmas ornaments for their Christmas tree or to give as presents.

This event is FREE! An adult must accompany children under the age of eight. Materials and examples will be provided, just bring your imagination. Come and have some creative fun! For more information contact Judy Esquibel at (575) 751-2037 or [email protected].


Stray Hearts 2022 Gala Year End Fundraiser

When: December 9, 2022 / 5:00 PM
Where: WildFlower Playhouse at 1339 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur, Taos NM 87571

Stray Hearts Animal Shelter is hosting their 2022 Gala with a fabulous French dinner catered by local gourmet chef Gabriel Farkesh, an exciting live art auction featuring some of Taos’ most celebrated painters and photographers, passion-filled entertainment from Ballet Taos, and a chance to mingle with friends and supporters – well, this is an evening that will leave you howling for more!

All proceeds that evening will directly benefit the Stray Hearts shelter.

Ticket prices beginning at $250

Visit strayhearts.org for tickets and more information


Bonfires on Bent Street

When: December 10, 2022 / 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Where: Bent Street

Hosted by the John Dunn Shops and Bent Street merchants. Bonfires and farolitos will warm you up and light the way. Shops will be decorated for the festivities and offer snacks and specials all day. Any evening full of blessings, caroling, entertainment, food and hot beverages.


Las Posadas

When and Where: December 16-18, 2022 / 5:30 PM at San Francisco de Asis Church
December 19, 2022 / 5:30 PM at Llano Capilla – Nuestra Senora de Mount Carmel
December 20, 2022 / 5:30 PM at Talpa Capilla – Nuestra Senora de San Juan de Los Lagos
December 21-23, 2022 / 5:30 PM at San Francisco de Asis Church
December 24, 2022/ 5:00 PM San Francisco de Asis Church

There will be no Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.

A nine day celebration of religious observance beginning December 16 and ending December 24.

Learn more: Las Posadas


Christmas Eve Procession at Taos Pueblo

When: December 24, 2022 / 5:00 PM
Where: Taos Pueblo

Mass will start at 5 pm (approximately), procession proceeds  after mass, as well as the burning of the bonfires, lasting 2 hours or so.  Parking is limited, showing up early would be ideal, dress warm! (FREE ADMISSION after a designated time) Please keep in mind there is no guaranteed handicap parking.

No where else on Earth can you experience this magical event. A stunning contrast between massive bonfires and the Procession of the Virgin with rifle salutes from the rooftops of the 1000 year old adobe pueblo buildings. A pageant of beauty, heritage, and awe inspiring imagery.
For details visit taospueblo.com


Taos Chamber Music Group Concerts

Arthur Bell Auditorium at the Harwood Museum of Art taoschambermusicgroup.org


Christmas Eve Torchlight Parades

When: December 24, 2022
Where: Local Ski Resorts

A great way to kick-off your Christmas Eve celebrations! Watch as skiers make their way down the mountain in the dark with flares as their only means of light. All the area ski resorts – Taos Ski Valley, Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.


Taos Pueblo Deer or Matachinas Dance

When: TBD

Witness this ancient Native American ceremonial dance honoring the depths of winter, as danced and drummed by the people of Taos Pueblo. No cameras, cell phones, or video cameras allowed.
taospueblo.com


New Year’s Eve Torchlight Parade & Fireworks

When: December 31, 2022 / 6:00 PM

Watch the trails of light as skiers with torches in hand glide down the famous Taos Ski Valley mountain under the starry skies. Firework displays light the winter sky in celebration of the new year. All the area ski resorts – Angel Fire, Sipapu, Enchanted Forest, and Red River – have torchlight parades and fireworks during the holiday season.


Taos Jazz Festival Performer

For jazz lovers in northern New Mexico, it doesn’t get any better than this!

Taos Jazz Bebop Society created the Festival in 2015 to honor the late, great alto saxophonist, Frank Morgan, who called Taos home. Every year since the beginning, its roster of world-class jazz artists has attracted capacity crowds from Taos and beyond. If you’re a jazz fan, this is a not-to-be-missed event.

Balloons getting ready to take off at the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally

The Taos Mountain Balloon Rally has truly been a Taos community event. Every year on the last full weekend in October, as the trees in the high country erupt into a painter’s canvas of oranges, reds, ambers and yellows, even more color is added to the vista as the Taos skies are filled with dozens of brightly colored hot air balloons lifting into the clear, cold dawn of a Taos Mountain sunrise.

Smaller than many such events, the Taos Mountain Balloon Rally is an invitational and typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews each year. The rally – primarily because it is smaller and more intimate – has become a popular stop for balloonists, families and crews, Taoseños and visitors alike. Parents and kids get up-close and personal” with the balloonists every morning as the crews prepare for launch. The three‐day event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.

Schedule of events: https://www.taosballoonrally.com/schedule.html

Knitting wool yarn

The Wool Festival has moved to Santa Fe for 2022. For more information, visit www.mavwawoolfest.org

Immerse yourself in the more than 400 years of wool tradition as New Mexico, Colorado and Texas breeders and fiber artists celebrate at the Wool Festival. Take a look at traditional and contemporary fiber artistry, an opportunity to get up close and personal with sheep, goats, rabbits, alpacas, and llamas. Kids can try their hand at a fiber project.

The Festival includes:

  • An outstanding regional wool market featuring Juried Artists, Crafters and Vendors offering their wool, fiber, yarns,
    fiber arts-related tools and equipment as well as finished items and other artistic, fiber creations.
  • Fiber Critter Corner that includes live sheep, alpacas, goats, angora rabbits, and more.
  • Demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, shearing sheep and many other fiber related skills.
  • Juried Shows for handspun yarn, hand dyeing, fleeces (wool and alpaca), and finished garments and home accessories.
  • Silent Auction Saturday Oct. 2nd, featuring many unique donated items.
  • Hands-on activities for kids of all ages.
  • Workshops before the festival weekend.
  • Food vendors offering a variety of beverages, snacks, lunch items including regional lamb, and other delicious choices.
  • With the added ambience of live music, the festival is unique and fun for the whole family.

Find more information: mavwawoolfest.org

Taos Mountain in Fall

Founded in 1973 by a group of artists and gallerists. Over the years, other art events have set their dates to coincide with Fall Arts. The season has come to be known as “Grand Fall Arts” and it’s a most exciting time to visit.

Nestled amongst breathtaking vistas, blanketed under luminous skies, and steeped in an enticing blend of cultural diversity, Taos has inspired artists for over a century and risen to prominence as a world class art destination. Each autumn, both locals and visitors gather in anticipation of the Taos Fall Arts Festival (TFAF), an opportunity to experience and celebrate all the artists of Taos.

For over forty years the Taos Fall Arts Festival has been successful because of our artists and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer in capacities from take-in art days to greeting our many visitors please contact our volunteer coordinator, Anna, at [email protected].

A pile of recycled materials

The Glam Trash Fashion Show in Taos is a free public art event featuring a runway contest of recycled wearable art! Contestants sashay to the music of a live band in a glitter filled, smile inducing, all ages celebration of recycling, fashion and creativity.

The Glam Trash Fashion Show has been an iconic Taos event since 2001. Everyone is invited to create a wearable piece made of at least 90% reclaimed materials- no recycled clothing, but instead materials rescued from the waste stream such as saved coffee bags, film negatives, billboard, book pages, pop tops and the like. There are 3 age groups based on the age of the designer/creator of each piece. 12 & under, 13 to 19, Adults 20+. There is a small entry fee for each group that goes 100% towards prize money and insurance. Glam Trash is organized and created by unpaid volunteers as a labor of love.

Entry forms are available by emailing [email protected] or coming by Seconds Eco Store to pick up a paper copy of the entry form.

If you are interested in donating to, volunteering or supporting this great event, please contact Sara Basehart at [email protected]

Classical musicians perform during Music From Angel Fire

Music from Angel Fire was founded in 1983 by a group of chamber music-loving friends and families in Angel Fire and Taos who were inspired to bring chamber music to the region on an annual basis.

We look forward to bringing our usual world-class music and musicians to the wonderful audiences in magical Northern NM, with world-renowned artists performing an impressive array of works from great classical, romantic, baroque and contemporary masters.

Performances will take place at various venues around Northern New Mexico.

Dancers in traditional clothing at Fiestas de Taos

¡QUE VIVAN LAS FIESTAS!

As they have for centuries, the people of Taos celebrate the Feast of St. Anne and St. James. The annual event, popularly referred to as “The Taos Fiestas,” allows the local population to put aside their labor for two days and bask in the leisure of the holy days.

The annual Fiestas are so important to the people of Taos that they have four different names – Lasspanish-band Fiestas de Taos, Las Fiestas de don Fernando de Taos, Las Fiestas de Santiago y Santana and Las Fiestas de la Gente.

What are Fiestas? They are a celebratory tradition passed from generation to generation, a way of preserving the rich tri‐cultural way of life that has developed in Taos over the last four centuries. This culture is unique to Taos, encompassing pueblo and plains Indians, Spanish explorers, conquistadores, French fur trappers and American mountain men.

A band play on the Plaza during a Fiesta celebration of the past

Today the Fiestas encompass a roster of activities. A Fiestas Queen is selected from among the local beauties, musical and dance performances are scheduled on the Plaza every hour. A commemorative Mass and procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church officially opens the event on Friday evening. Plenty of food, drink and curios are available at vendor booths ringing the Plaza’s streets.

¡QUE VIVAN LAS FIESTAS!

Dancers at Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

EVENTS AT TAOS PUEBLO ARE CANCELLED UNTIL FUTRTHER NOTICE

Members of Indian tribes throughout the country gather in Taos to compete in traditional dance competitions. Crafts booths and food vendors ring the pow wow circle during the three-day event.

The Taos Pueblo community is very proud that this widely attended event achieved a very significant milestone of 33 years in existence in 2019. There are only a handful of pow wow’s in the United States that have reached this mark.

A pow wow is a gathering of Indian Nations in a common circle of friendship. Indian Country is made up of many tribal nations, bands, villages, and pueblos, each with their own traditional tribal beliefs and practices. A powwow is the common fiber which draws Indian people together. It is a time for sharing with old friends and making new friends; a time for singing and dancing. It is also a time for trading — trading craft goods and trading songs.

Originally, Indian tribes held celebrations to commemorate successful hunts or harvests. Many tribes had ceremonial dances to prepare for war and to celebrate victories. The old tribal War Dance as it was known and is still called today, evolved over the last four or five decades into a contemporary social dance and the pow wow into a social gathering and celebration time.

A pow wow usually begins with a Grand Entry of the dancers. All participants dance into the circle in their respective categories, led into the arena by a tribal elder or veteran carrying a staff of eagle feathers. The eagle feather staff is the universal symbol and “flag” of Indian people throughout North America. When all dancers are in the circle in their respective categories, a flag song or the national anthem of the Indian people is sung, followed by an invocation by a tribal elder. Then the dance begins with intertribal dancing. This is a time when all dancers, competing or not, can “strut their stuff” displaying their best dancing abilities.

The dance competition for women and men is divided by age group and dance style. For men these include the traditional, fancy, grass, and most recently, chicken dances. For women the styles include traditional, fancy shawl, and jingle dress dances. The “traditional” dance style can sometimes be separated or combined into a Northern and Southern dance style. Age categories include: Golden, Adult, Teens, Juniors, and sometimes Tiny Tots.

Excerpted from AROUND THE DRUM, by Richard Archuleta, Taos Pueblo

Many performers take the stage at Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance

Celebrating 20 amazing years of music at Kit Carson Park, in the heart of Taos, New Mexico. Michael Hearne’s Big Barn Dance Music Festival boasts a lineup of the best artists in Americana, Folk, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter and everything in between. Known for it’s intimate concert hall setting, as well as two dance floors, the Barn Dance is a beloved tradition that music lovers and two-steppers alike look forward to year after year.

The Big Barn Dance stage has hosted both legendary songwriters and young up-and-comers.

A listening room experience in a festival setting, this event has an atmosphere unlike any other. With a large tent and two covered dance floors, the festival is a phenomenal experience whether you’re enjoying the beautiful mountain sunshine or a refreshing New Mexico rain. Enjoy the seated listening room setting throughout the weekend. Then on Saturday evening, the chairs are cleared and the tent becomes the finest dance hall in New Mexico.

With restaurants, lodging, shops and local art galleries just a short walk away from the festival grounds, attendees not only get to experience incredible music but explore the vibrant culture unique to Taos.

Taos Pride Logo

Taos Pride creates community events to celebrate diversity, increase awareness, and provide a safe place to be exactly who you are!

Community events for equality and self-expression: Taos Pride’s mission is to build a diverse, inclusive community through interactive events, programming, and services promoting equality and self-expression.