Favorite Festivals in Angel Fire

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There always seems to be something exciting going on in Angel Fire. While we offer a wide array of activities to keep you busy any time of year, our favorite festivals always bring a series of fun events, exceptional food and wine, arts and crafts, and plenty of smiles all around! Be sure to plan your visit to the Enchanted Circle to line up with one of our favorite festival events and you’re sure to have the time of your lives!


Each year, we kick off our annual tradition with the Polar Bear Plunge and Stomp at Eagle Nest Lake on January 1st. This annual event starts at 10 a.m. If the water in the lake isn’t at adequate depth, it transitions to a Polar Bear Stomp, followed by a Disc Golf Championship. Finish off the festivities with hot beverages and cookies to warm back up.


Grab a shovel and some adrenaline and enjoy a fun run at the Championship Shovel Races, located at the Angel Fire Resort. Each competitor sits on the scoop of a standard snow shovel with the handle pointed downhill. Kick up your hands and feet and allow gravity to do its thing. Be prepared for a thrill since top speeds have been known to exceed over 60 miles per hour! This event usually takes place the first weekend of the month.


Mid-June brings one of our favorite festivals of the year to Frontier Park! It kicks off with our annual Habla Tamale Cook-off and Festival, where you’re sure to fill your bellies with some of the best-tasting tamales you can find! The competition offers the opportunity for you to sample each entry in the Tamale contest. You can choose to participate in the Tamale eating contest, sample local wines and brews, and walk around enjoying the arts and crafts displays. The festival even offers a Kids Zone to entertain the littles!

Father’s Day weekend brings one of the biggest events of the year. Balloons over Angel Fire is located at 3555 NM Hwy 434. This is an annual hot-air balloon festival featuring balloon enthusiasts from all over the world. You can enjoy the daily take-off of the balloons or catch a ride in a hot-air balloon to enjoy the amazing views of the Enchanted Circle.


4th of July: Enjoy fireworks over Eagle Nest Lake State Park. Come out and celebrate Independence Day with live music, grilled goodies, and vendors’ fair.

July 7-8, 2018 brings the 37th Annual Arts Fest. This highly favored art show offers a plethora of art from local artists and artists of neighboring states. You’re sure to have a ball enjoying the food, art, and entertainment offered these two days. The festival is located at the Angel Fire Community Center.

July 28-29, 2018 is the 35th Annual High-Country Arts & Crafts Festival at Enchanted Eagle State Park. This art festival is another opportunity to enjoy one-of-a-kind art by qualified artisans and crafters around our region. Enjoy sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, jewelry, handcrafted and recycled items. Food and brew vendors, live music, and auctions will also be onsite.  


Angel Fire’s Summer Music Festival takes place at the Angel Fire Community Center, August 17-September 1, 2018. This festival celebrates musicians from local communities performing an array of melodies from classical, baroque, romantic, and contemporary genres.

Each Friday from June 15-August 31, 2018, head down to Frontier Park in the heart of Angel Fire to enjoy live music, beer, food vendors, and cool Summer evenings. Be sure to bring your own chairs and blankets. This family-friendly event is free for all to enjoy.

Each Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can enjoy a weekly showcase of local and regional artists and farmers offering a diversity of arts, crafts, and foods to purchase. Just head on down to Frontier Park to enjoy this weekly event. These weekly markets run from June 17-September 2, 2018.

There are many more events to enjoy around our area. To be sure you don’t miss anything while you’re here, be sure to check the events calendar for Angel Fire’s Community Center. We know you’ll enjoy yourselves while vacationing in beautiful Angel Fire, New Mexico!

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