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Festivals and Events


Eagle Count: This annual bald eagle survey documents the number of seasonal bald and golden eagles at Abiquiú Lake. Volunteers observe and document eagle sightings from fixed land points and watercraft. Abiquiú Dam. 505-685-4371



Rio Arriba County Rodeo: Individual & team events: bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping with the best rodeo athletes in the state, sanctioned by the New Mexico Rodeo Association. Special events for local young people. Managed by Rio Arriba County Fair Association. Abiquiú Rural Events Center. 505-685-4523

Abiquiú Chamber Music Festival: June through August. Renowned artists, fine classical music and an incomparable setting on the Rio Chama. Ticket information: 505-685-0076



Lavender in the Valley Festival at Purple Adobe Lavender Farm

Held in July each year, the Festival is the place to be for all things lavender. Enjoy music, the lavender gift shop, fabulous local artists, and tours through the lavender fields.  Learn about lavender and the story of the farm. Visit the tea house for yummy lavender scones and desserts, lavender teas,  lavender gelatos all made fresh at the farm.  Take a walk through the labyrinth,  or just sit under the giant cottonwood trees.  Any way you look at it there is plenty to do at the lavender farm. Located off of Rt 84 in Abiquiu, between mile marker 210 & 211, just look for the purple flags to find us. 505-685-0082


Rio Arriba County 4-H and FFA Fair: Contests of locally grown vegetables, fruits, and salsa; open livestock shows. Fun activities for all ages; local food and craft vendors; livestock auction. Sponsored by the Rio Arriba County Fair Association. Abiquiú Rural Events Center. 505-685-4523

Fiesta of Santa Rosa de Lima: Celebrated with Mass in the chapel ruins. Spiritual leaders on horseback, carrying traditional bultos, lead a procession walking in prayer up to the Pueblo de Abiquiú. Food booths, music, and games on the plaza. Festivities end with a dance in the gym. No pets, please. Commercial photographs must be cleared in advance by Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish. 505-685-4462


National Public Lands Day: Volunteers help revitalize public recreation areas with shoreline cleanup, native landscaping, and trail maintenance. Abiquiú Dam. 505-685-4371


The Annual El Rito Studio Tour and Village Arts Festival: See the art and meet the artists in this traditional northern New Mexico village. Experience the beauty of open skies and autumn colors while you explore studios of world-renowned and emerging artists.

Abiquiú Studio Tour: Enjoy spectacular fall landscapes, local food, and art studios.  Free maps are available for the self-guided tour


Fiesta de Santo Tomás el Apostol: Genízaro ceremonial songs, prayers, and dances by youth and elders wearing traditional attire and celebrating their indigenous Native American heritage. Pueblo de Abiquiú. No pets. Commercial photographs must be cleared in advance by Saint Thomas the Apostle Catholic Parish. 505-685-4462

INDIAN PUEBLO FEAST DAYS (throughout the year)

Pueblo communities celebrate seasonal cycles through prayer, song, and dance. Visitors are welcome to attend dances that are held on feast days.  Visitors should call pueblos at least 2 days in advance to confirm with each Pueblo that the feast day dances will take place. Events may be cancelled due to weather or other tribal events. 

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