Espanola, New Mexico The Jewel of Northern New Mexico. Espanola was founded in 1598 by Spain as the first capital of New Mexico. It sits in the northern Rio Grande Valley between the Jemez Mountains and Truchas Peaks, and is a very convenient base for exploring northern New Mexico.  Espanola has many lodging options and the best selection of restaurants. Don't miss the world-class local artists.  Let us be your tour guide through the Beautiful Espanola Valley.



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6 Three Kings Day Celebration. All Eight Northern Pueblos. Various dances in honor of new Tribal Officers.  
22-23 San Ildefonso Feast Day. Comanche, Buffalo and Deer dances. Late evening vespers. Procession on January 22. Mass followed by dancing on January 23. No booths. San Ildefonso Pueblo
25 St. Paul's Feast Day. Picuris Pueblos. Picuris Pueblos
(505 587-2519

16 President's Day  
22 Deer Dance. Ohkay Owingeh
San Juan Pueblo
(505) 852-4400


27 Various Dances - Easter Bow and Arrow Dance at Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo, San Ildefonso Pueblos and Nambe Pueblos.  

Ongoing Al-Anon Meeting
A support group for families and friends of an alcoholic or drug addict are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the New Moon Lodge in Ohkay Owingeh
formerly San Juan Pueblo. For more information, call Dottie at 852-4560 or Esta 852-4711.

5 Cinco de Mayo  
6 Nurse's Day  
31 Memorial Day  
May 28 thru Oct 16 Opening day in Chama. Opens May 28 through October 16. For information call (505) 756-2151 or visit WWW.CUMBRESTOLTEC.COM  Chama

June – Oct. Espanola Farmers Market Every Mon. 11 am to dusk. Information call Sabra 505 685-4842 Espanola
Espanola Valley Rodeo Espanola
For Information (505) 753-3405  & (505) 588-7423
2 Nursing Assistant Day  
13 St. Anthony’s Feast Day -Corn Dance
Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan (505) 852-4400
Santa Clara (505) 753-732
San Ildefonso (505) 455-3549
Tesuque (505) 983-2667
Taos (505) 758-9593
Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
Santa Clara Pueblo
San Ildefonso Pueblo
Tesuque Pueblo
Taos Pueblo
23-24 Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Feast Day – Sunset Dance - at San Juan Pueblo. Buffalo and Comanche Dance and footraces. For information, call (505) 852-4400. Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
24 Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Feast Day - Corn Dance - at Taos Pueblo. For information, call (505) 758-1028. Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo

4 Independence Day  
TBA 35th Annual Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Craftsmen Show - at Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo. Over 500 booths. Open setting. Dances, music, traditional food. For information, call Reanna Aguino at (505) 747-1593. Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
Santiago’s Day Corn Dance Taos. No Photographs
Call (505) 758-1028

12 Santa Clara Feast Day Santa Clara Pueblo For Information (505) 753-7326 Santa Clara Pueblo
21 We Believe 2010 - This free community event will include live music, free food, free concession, a Kid'z Fun Zone with inflatable jumpers, obstacle course, climbing wall, face painting and more, free giveaways, and People's Choice Car Show.

The event is sponsored New Creation In Christ Ministries, and the goal is to remind the people of Northern NM, that we believe there is still a God that values and loves them!
Contact:  (505) 927-3139 Raul Archuleta
 Valdez Park, Espanola, NM
12:00 p.m.
TBA 13th Annual Espanola Valley Spirit Day - Family fun as businesses and organizations compete in tug of war, wheelbarrow, and tricycle races. Free races for kids. Booths and entertainment. For information, call (505) 753-2831. Espanola

TBA New Mexico State Fair Albuquerque
TBA Harvest Dance Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo (505) 852-4400 Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
6 Labor Day  
18 - 19 and
25 - 26
13th Annual High Road Art Tour -
10 am to 5 pm each day. Over 60 artists, galleries, studios, and shops
From Chimayó to Vadito
Phone:   1-866-343-5381
Chimayó to Vadito

11 Columbus Day  
2 - 3 Annual EL RITO STUDIO TOUR - 21 stops, including 3 venues on the New Mexico Fiber Arts Trails, will display work of over 50 artists and craftspeople in the settings in which it was created. These locations will show both traditional and contemporary media including sculpture, pottery and basketry; weaving and welding; tin and iron work; painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and collage; jewelry, handmade books and note cards.  Read more... El Rito
2 - 3 Espanola Valley Arts Festival - Espanola Plaza, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: Mike Hibner (505) 927-13334 - (505) 685-4856 Espanola Plaza
3 As an independent film that was filmed in New Mexico, partially in Espanola, and features New Mexico based artists Variance Films' SPOKEN WORD is coming to Espanola, NM on September 3rd at the Storyteller Theatres Dreamcatcher 10. SPOKEN WORD is also currently playing through 8/26 in Santa Fe at the CCA Theatre, and will begin its run in La Cruces, NM on 9/10! Espanola
9 - 11 Abiquiu Studio Tour. Local artists open their studio from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: Kathie (505) 685-4454 or Arin (505) 685-4200  
11 Columbus Day  
TBA Espanola Valley Fiber Arts Center - Holiday showcase and sale. Featuring fine hand-woven, hand knits, ornaments, handspun yarn and many one of a kind creations. Contact Diane Bowman at
(505) 747-3577.
11 Veteran's Day  
12 San Diego Feast Day - Tesuque Pueblo
(505) 983-2667
Tesuque Pueblo
20 25th annual Toy Run.  Motorcyclists will start to gather at Valdez Park at 11 a.m. Bikers are encouraged to bring a new educational toy to donate. Espanola Valdez Park
25 Thanksgiving Day  
26 - 27 Chimayo Holiday Gallery and Studio Tour -
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TBA Espanola Main Street Electric Light Parade - Española's annual Light Parade will begin at dusk on Industrial Park Road. The parade travels down Paseo de Oñate to Española's Main Street district and finishes on Hunter Street. Espanola
24 - 29 Various Christmas Celebrations: Spanish Dance drama "Los Matachines" at Picuris and San Juan Pueblos; Pine torch Processions at San Juan and Taos Pueblos; Basket, Buffalo, Deer, Harvest, Rainbow and Turtle Dances at Acoma, Cochiti, San Ildefonso, Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos.  
TBA Buffalo, Deer & Antelope Dance - After Mass
(505) 455-2036
Nambe Pueblo
TBA Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers
Picuris 505-587-2519
Taos 505-758-9593
Nambe 505-455-2304
Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan 505-852-4400
Tesuque 505-983-2667
Picuris, Taos, Nambe, Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan, Tesuque
25 Christmas Day  
24-25 Christmas Celebrations
Spanish dance drama "Los Matachines" &
Pine Torch Procession

(505) 852-4400
Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
24-25 Christmas Celebrations
Spanish Dance drama "Los Matachines"

(505) 587-2519
Picuris Pueblo
25 Christmas Celebrations
Harvest, Rainbow, Deer, Basket, Buffalo and Turtle dances

(505) 753-7330
Santa Clara Pueblo
25 Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Feast Day
Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo dances
(505) 843-7270
Tesque Pueblo
26 Turtle Dance
(505) 852-4400
Ohkay Owingeh formerly San Juan Pueblo
at Santa Clara Pueblo. For information, call (505) 753-7326.
Santa Clara Pueblo