Taos: 2015 Festivals & Annual Events


Taos Winter Wine Festival      January 28 – 31, 2015

This event combines world class skiing with fine wines and great cuisine. The four-day event includes seminars, wine tastings, wine dinners hosted by vintners paired with Taos chefs. Two Grand Tastings feature more than 75 different wines from 36 wineries and scrumptious treats from a dozen Taos and Taos Ski Valley restaurants. A silent auction of rare wines benefits the New Mexico Nature Conservancy. http://www.taoswinterwinefest.com
505-776-2291 ext. 1427

Taos Shortz Film Fest       March 19 - 22, 2015

In its eighth year in 2015, Taos Shortz Film Festival is rapidly becoming an internationally known short film festival and has been buzzed as "the Sundance for short films" and one of the “Top 50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee”. Taos Shortz Film Fest continues to innovate by bringing
outstanding global films to our funky artistic community. TSFF’s goal is to grow as a leader in presenting world-class indie cinema to our community and to put Taos on the map as a world-wide
cinematic destination! http://www.taosshortz.com

Taos Lilac Festival     May 11 - 24,

Grand Festival Weekend May 14 - 17, 2015

Taos has gorgeous annual lilac offerings - along ancient acequias (irrigation networks crisscrossing the region), hugging adobe walls, and lining roadways. In celebration of these heritage and
contemporary blooms, Taos’ 3rd Annual Lilac Festival is held the last two weeks in May. Groups
participating include Los Jardineros (Garden Club), Ace, Petree's, Arts & Culture District, La
Posada Inn, Taos Chamber of Commerce, Town of Taos, and many others. Check on updates for
2015 at http://www.taoslilacfestival.com/

Arts & Crafts Fairs
Throughout 2015 as follows. All events are in Kit Carson Park unless otherwise noted:

  •  The Taos County Chamber of Commerce 43rd Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Fair, May 8 - 10 

  •  Blue Skies Production’s Memorial Weekend Arts & Crafts Fair, May 23-25 (Sat - Mon)

  • The CAV Freedom from Violence Arts & Crafts Fair will be held July 3-4-5 (Fri-Sat-Sun)

  •  The CAV Summer Arts & Crafts Fair will be held August 8 & 9 (Sat & Sun)

  • Blues Skies Production’s Labor Day Weekend Arts & Crafts Fair, September 5 – 7 (Fri -Mon)

  •  The Taos County Chamber of Commerce 43rd Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, September 25 – 27, (Fri – Sun)

  •  Blues Skies Production’s Wool Festival Weekend Arts & Crafts Fair, October 2 – 4 (Fri-Mon)

  •  The CAV 2015 Yuletide Arts & Crafts Fair, Nov 27 - 29 (Fri - Sun), location TBD

Memorial Weekend Bike Rally (Motorcycles)
May 20 - 25, 2015

Motorcyclists from all over the nation converge on the area for this fun event that is centered in Red River. Learn more at http://www.redrivernewmex.com  


Northern New Mexico Mother’s Day Concert
May – Mother’s Day Weekend (May 9-10, 2015)

DMC Broadcasting’s free Mothers’ Day Concert/Celebration. This event sponsored by DMC’s four radio stations, Town of Taos, Taos County, and many other underwriters, features New Mexico's premier musicians, along with great food and fun for kids. Held in Filemon Sanchez Park.

TAOS.org 2015 Annual Calendar of Events in Taos page 2 Taos School of Music June 21 - August 9, 2015

Founded in 1963, Taos School of Music is one of the oldest and most respected summer chamber music programs in the country. Its alumni have served as members of such award winning chamber
groups as the Alexander, Borromeo, Brentano, Chester, Lark, and Muir quartets, the Eroica Trio, and Musicians from Marlboro. The faculty presents concerts throughout the summer and student concerts can be enjoyed for the unheard of price of $5 per ticket. 575-776-2388


Taos Solar Music Festival June 27 & 28, 2015

Since 1999, Kit Carson Park has been the site of this three-day music festival and sustainable energy fair. Event features regional groups and headliners as well as nationally renowned guest artists.575-758-9191

Rodeo de Taos          June 27 & 28, 2015

Activities include barrel racing, roping, bull riding and more. Takes place at the Taos County Rodeo Grounds, Camino de la Merced.


Town of Taos Fireworks Show and Arroyo Seco Parade
July 4, 2015

4th of July weekend, a $30,000 professional fireworks show by Taos Volunteer Fire Department can be seen from throughout area. Earlier in the day, watch the Village of Arroyo Seco’s Annual 4th of July Parade with beyond-unique floats (car and horse drawn), live music, and world-class people watching.


Taos Pueblo Pow Wow July 10 - 12, 2015

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.


Fiestas de Taos July 17 - 19, 2015

The annual Fiestas are so important to the people of Taos, New Mexico that they have four different names -- las 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 tradition passed from generation to generation, a way of preserving the rich tri-culture that has developed in Taos over the last four centuries. It is a culture unique to Taos, encompassing both pueblo and plains Indians, Spanish explorers, conquistadores, French fur trappers and American mountain men. http://www.fiestasdetaos.com


UNM Taos Summer Writers Conference  July 12 – 19, 2015

Ranked in the top 10 of all writers’ conferences in the U.S., this annual event draws attendees from all over the country. Learn more on UNM's website. http://www.unm.edu/~taosconf


Taos Garden and Home Tour    First Saturday of August (August 1, 2015)

Los Jardineros Garden Club of Taos sponsors a self-guided tour of a handful of Taos' most beautiful homes and garden. Learn more at the club's website, http://www.gardencluboftaos.org


Music from Angel Fire        August 21 – September 6, 2015

International artists gather in the summer in the magnificent mountains of Northern New Mexico for 14 chamber music concerts featuring the great works of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and
Contemporary masters. Artists include Ida Kavafian, Artistic Director, violin; Anne-Marie McDermott, piano; Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; and cellist Peter Wiley, among others, as well as rising stars with
extraordinary talent who perform and traverse Northern New Mexico to provide information and inspiration in the schools during the Festival. 575-377-3233, 888-377-3300, http://www.musicfromangelfire.org


19th Annual Taos Autumn Run Car Show   August 21 – 22, 2015

Hot Rods, Customs Classics, and more. Bring Your Favorite Car, Family and Friends. Watch a
Free Drive-In Movie. Enjoy a Rock & Roll Dance. The events take place in Taos Plaza and Kit
Carson Park, Taos, NM. Funds raised by the Taos Auto Enthusiasts, sponsors of the event, are
donated to benefit area youth. 575-758-2889  http://taosautoenthusiasts.com/


Taos Chamber Music Festival   August 13, 2014 – April 19, 2015


Recognized for innovation and excellence, the Taos Chamber Music Group presents concerts from
September through June. Its roster of performers - which includes some of New Mexico's finest
musicians as well as guest artists from around the world - is dedicated to sharing with audiences a
musical experience that is both intimate and powerful, and one that reflects the unique cultural and
geographic setting of its home in Taos. http://www.taoschambermusicgroup.org


Taos Fall Arts Festival September 25 - October 4, 2015

This festival is the oldest art festival in Taos, starting in 1974. It includes two major art shows – a
juried exhibit titled Taos Selects includes a much anticipated "Distinguished Achievement Award
Series." The other is Taos Open, as its name implies, an exhibit open to all artists working in Taos
in all media. This year, events will be held at various locations throughout the Historic District along
with museum and gallery openings, a huge arts and crafts fair, street art, film, Art in Public Places
and other events presented by local businesses. Each year a limited edition poster is printed to
commemorate the arts festival. http://www.taosfallarts.com


The Paseo @ Taos Fall Arts Festival        September 25 & 26, 2015

The Paseo made its debut last year, Sept. 26, 2014 in Taos, NM. Thousands of people came out to transform the streets of Taos. This year they have announced a selection of 24 installation pieces, presented by 48 artists, that will be part of the 2015 outdoor art festival in Taos. "The vision for The Paseo has strengthened this year with installations that employ the architecture of our town, and performance art that engages with the community - individually as well as collectively." Find out more at www.paseotaos.org



25th Annual Old Taos Trade Fair                 September 26 & 27, 2015

La Hacienda de los Martinez, 10am-5pm
A mountain man rendezvous reminiscent of the late 1800 gatherings that happened in Taos every
fall. Today the Hacienda's twenty-one rooms surrounding two courtyards provide the visitor with a
rare glimpse of the rugged frontier life and times of the early 1800s. The trade fair includes music,
crafts, and demonstrations that present the continuing traditions of northern New Mexico.
www.taoshistoricmuseums.org, 575-758-0505


Taos Storytelling Festival  October 23 & 24, 2015

A good storyteller can weave a tale that combines a spectrum of emotion and creates an image that
returns months and years later. Being engaged with a fine storyteller is a work out for the soul; a
bright mode of communication and connection in this quick throw away society. S.O.M.O.S.
(Society of the Muse of the Southwest) has created an event that provides just this kind of outlet
and opportunity. The two-day event offers an impressive lineup of tellers spinning their weave in
concerts, children stories, tales of the weird, and in visits to our locals schools.
575-758-0081, 877-758-7343, http://www.somostaos.org

Taos Wool Festival             October 3 & 4, 2015

Immerse yourself in the more than 400 years of wool tradition as New Mexico, Colorado and Texas
breeders and fiber artists celebrate for Taos Wool Festival. Join us in Kit Carson Park for two days
of family fun ~ a look at traditional and contemporary fiber artistry, an opportunity to get up close
and personal with sheep, goats, rabbits, alpacas and llamas, and an invitation for kids to try their
hand at a fiber project. http://www.taoswoolfestival.org

Taos Mountain Balloon Rally     October 23 – 25, 2015

This invitational hot air balloon event features approximately 50 balloonists each year. The two-day
event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.

Yuletide in Taos  Thanksgiving, 2015 through New Years Day, 2016

This community-wide celebration of the holiday traditions of Northern New Mexico includes arts and
crafts fairs, the lighting of the farolitos around Taos Plaza and historic district, and ceremonies at
Taos Pueblo. Taos Ski Valley celebrates with a beer festival, a torchlight parade and fireworks.
Local museums and galleries host holiday exhibitions. Restaurants plan special holiday wine

Master Taos Events Calendar: www.Taos.org

Taos Pueblo Annual Dances, Ceremonials, and Events:

Jan. 1, Turtle Dance
Jan. 6, Deer or Buffalo Dance
Feb - Mar (approx.), Spring Closure
May 3, Santa Cruz Feast Day, Foot Races
June 13, San Antonio Feast Day, Corn Dance
June 24, San Juan Day, Corn Dance
July (second weekend), Annual Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
July 25, Santiago Day, Corn Dance
July 26, Santa Ana Day, Corn Dance
Last week of August, Closed
Sept. 29, San Geronimo Eve Vespers
Sept. 30, San Geronimo Day Feast Day
Dec. 24, Procession of the Blessed Mother
Dec. 25, Deer or Matachines Dances
Picuris Pueblo Annual Dances, Ceremonials, and Events:
Jan. 1, Transfer of Canes, Ceremonial Dance
Jan. 6, King's Day Celebration/Reyes Day, Ceremonial Dance

Jan. 25, St. Paul's Feast Day, Ceremonial Dance 

Feb. 2, Candelaria Feast Day, Ceremonial Dance

June 13, San Anthony's Feast Day, Children's Traditional Foot Races
Aug. 9, San Lorenzo Sunset Dance & Vespers
Aug. 10, San Lorenzo Feast Day, Traditional Foot Races, Ceremonial Dance, Traditional Pole Climbing
Dec. 24, Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers, Matachina Dances
Dec. 25, Matachina Dances
Dec. 28, Holy Innocent's Day, Children's Dance




    The town of Taos lies in the north-central region of New Mexico, seated on the high desert mesa at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. The word Taos means "red willow" in the Tiwa language. A place of wide open spaces and incredible views, Taos County is composed of many small communities that are spread over 50 square miles.

Towns in Taos County:

Incorporated: Taos, Red River, Questa, Taos Ski Valley
Unincorporated: Amalia, Costilla, Ojo Caliente, Pilar, Penasco, Ranchos de Taos, Talpa, Tres Piedras, Valdez
Angel Fire is located in Colfax County, 23 miles east of Taos.


Temperatures: Semi-arid continental climate. Annual precipitation in Town of Taos, 12 inches. Sunshine 70 percent of possible hours annually. Daytime during warmest month averages in 80's. Low winter temperatures average near 10 degrees.
Average Annual Snowfall: Taos Ski Valley - 312 inches. Town of Taos - 35 inches. Angel Fire - 140 inches.
Elevation: Town - 6,950 feet. Taos Ski Valley - 9,207 feet. Wheeler Peak - 13,161 feet. Angel Fire: 8,382 feet.

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Public School Information - Taos Municipal School District:


Arroyos Del Norte Elementary? 405 Hondo Seco Rd., Arroyo Seco, NM 87514 (575) 737-6175
Chrysalis Non-Violence Center 522 Evergreen Ln, Taos, NM 87571 (575) 751-7291
Enos Garcia Elementary? 305 Don Fernando St., Taos, NM 87571 (575) 737-6070 
Ranchos Elementary? 200 Ranchos Elementary Road, Ranchos de Taos, NM 87557 (575) 737-6150??
Taos Cyber Magnet?? School??? 310 Camino de la Placitas, Taos, NM 87571 (575) ?758-5221 
Taos Middle School? 235 Paseo del? Canon, Taos, NM 87571 (575) 737-6000? 
Taos High School 134 Cervantes St., Taos, NM 87571 (575) 751-8000


Continuing Education:

University of New Mexico, Taos, Community college education, two-year comprehensive educational center, eight associate of arts, three associate of applied science, six customized training and 15 certificate programs. 758 -7667 University of New Mexico North offers graduate and upper division programs .

Other Continuing Education:

  • Taos Institute of Arts

  • Fechin Institute

  • Southern Methodist University/Fort Burgwin

  • Taos School of Natural medicine and Massage

  • Intuitive Training Center of Taos

  • El Valle Technologies

  • many creative workshops available throughout the year.


Public: The Chile Line transit system: Two routes that run six days a week, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m., every half hour. One runs north and south from the Ranchos de Taos Post Office to Taos Pueblo. The second is an east-west route that serves the public facilities of Taos. Fifty cents per person or $1 a day. 751-4459

TNM&O Bus: National connection and shuttle services to and from Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque International Airport.

AIR: Rio Grande Air: Flights departing daily from gate D-2 at the Albuquerque International Sunport. 877-I-FLY-RGA or 737-9790

Taos Municipal Airport: Open 24 hours, 5,800 foot runway. Two approaches, one NDB and one VOC/DME. Elevation 7,091. 758-4995

Taos Aviation Services: The only full-service FBO in northern New Mexico. 100LL AV Gas and Jet-A-Fuel. Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. 737-0505

Police/Emergency Support:

Town of Taos. Emergency: 911 Non Emergency: 758-2216. area: Town of Taos Limits
NM State Police: Emergency: 911 Non Emergency: 758-8878 Serves: All Taos County area north to Colorado, east to Colfax County, south to Rio Arriba County, west to Tres Piedras
Taos County Sheriff: Emergency 911 Non Emergency: 751-8593 Area: Same as NM State Police.
Taos Search and Rescue: Call New Mexico State Police
Fire Emergency 911 Non Emergency 758-3386 5 paid firefighters and 19 volunteers 5 engines at the main station, 3 at the substation and 1 at Taos Airport.

Medical Facilities:

  • Holy Cross Hospital: 115,000 square foot hospital with 43-bed acute care facility, 69 consulting, active, allied health, temporary and associate professionals serve the hospital Environmentally sensitive rooms. Physician always available.

  • Clinics and in-home care: Medical clinics in some outlying communities. 24-hour ambulance available throughout Taos County. Homebound services through Mountain Home Health Care

  • Pharmacies: 4

  • Senior Citizen support services: Plaza De Retiro: Lifetime care facility/retirement home. 758-8248

  • Ancianos Inc. Senior Citizens Center: Offers meals five days a week, Meals on Wheels, walking program, health lectures, blood pressure checks, Foster Grandparents program and Senior Companions program and more. 758-4091

  • Taos Living Center: 100-bed skilled facility with outpatient rehabilitation services, specialized Alzheimer's program. 758-2300.


  • Public: Rafting, ice skating, baseball/softball, rodeo, skiing, tennis, swimming, hiking, biking, fishing, hunting, camping, horseback riding, boating, golf, rock climbing, windsurfing and more.

  • Private: Skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, spas/clubs, tennis, ballooning, horseback riding, llama treks, golfing, biking and more.

  • Kit Carson Park and Historic Cemetery: Located 1 1/2 blocks north of Taos Plaza, is a 25-acre park with waling and running track, baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts and playground.

  • Fred Baca Park: On Camino del Medio, one mile west of Taos Plaza. A 17-acre park with playground, basketball and tennis facilities and a 5-acre Wetlands Project. Call 758-8234 for information.

Community Facilities

  • Taos Public Library: new $2.2 million library 50,000 volumes. Receives 1,000 volumes a year. 758-3063

  • Taos County Association of Retarded Citizens: new 7,300 square foot complex with comprehensive early childhood evaluations. Adult services. 758-4274.

  • Humane Society of Taos has new enclosed 2,400 square foot space for 30 dogs and 20 cats. Adopt-A-Pet Program available 758-2981

  • Taos Youth & Family Center Opened fall 1999 with ice arena arcade and concessions. 758-4160

  • Don Fernando Pool recreational swim, lap swim. 737-2622

  • Guadalupe Sports & Recreation Center. 751-9456


Business Support:

Taos Business Alliance for Economic Development assists businesses interested in relocating in the Taos area, supports education and training of businesses and the workforce and promotes business expansion through traditional marketing and e-commerce programs. 758-2103

Taos County Chamber of Commerce provides leadership in promoting economic development and business. The chamber runs the Taos visitor Bureau to promote tourism, collect and distribute tourism related data and fulfill visitor requests. Members: 650.
Taos County Economic Development Corporation helps local residents benefit from diversified economic opportunities through a small business incubator, business assistance and a 25,000 square foot business park. Including Taos Food Center, working toward sustainable development of traditional land-based cultures. 758-8731.