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
The Annual El Rito Arts Festival: Traditional artisans, fine art Studio Tours,
music, food. Mid-May. See website for dates and map: elritoartassociation.org
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
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.