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Events Along The Turquoise Trail

The following list of events are occurring along The Turquoise Trail. Please use the contact information provided for each if you have additional questions.

If you would like to have your Turquoise Trail event included in the list below, please contact Patricia Brown by phone (505) 438-3008 or .

    “Old Main” Prison Tour

    May 8 - October 3, 2015
    The New Mexico Corrections Department will be offering tours of the "Old Main" prison over the summer to a limited number of people. These tours are to inform visitors about what happened during the February 2, 1980 riot and teach them more the Corrections Department. The money from these tickets will go back into revitalizing the facility.

    For dates and reservations please use the link to schedule tours of The Old Main - New Mexico State Prison on Highway 14.

    July Music & Events at The Mine Shaft Tavern

    July 10-31, 2015
    FRI 10 PAW & ERIC bluegrass on the deck 5pm

    SAT 11 JIM & TIM soulful blues on the deck 3pm
    SAT 11 "Townie Productions" inside the Tavern 8pm

    SUN 12 ANTHONY LEON Alt/country rock on the deck 3-7pm
    SUN 12 GENE CORBIN American in the tavern 1:30pm

    TUE 14 CACTUS SLIM & the GoatHeads blue jam 7pm

    THUR 16 OHIOAN folk/rock on the deck 5pm

    FRI 17 MA & PAW COAL folk on the deck 5pm
    FRI 17 TRUCKSTOP HONEYMOON bluegrass meets punkrock7pm

    SAT 18 KEY FRANCES blues 3pm on the deck
    SAT 18 IYAH jamican in the tavern 7pm

    SUN 19 DANDELION LIBERATION FRONT witchy-gypsy songs about whiskey, Heaven 3pm
    SUN 19 PETE AMAHL & SARA blues/jazz in the Tavern 6pm

    MON 20 BO DEPENA country/Americana on the deck 4pm

    TUE 21 CACTUS SLIM & the GoatHeads blue jam 7pm

    FRI 24 MIKE WOJNIAK alt/folk on the deck 5-7pm
    FRI 24 GLENN NEFF hosting OPEN MIC with 7pm

    SAT 25 DOS GATOS folk fusion on the deck 3pm
    SAT 25 GLEEWOOD in the tavern 7pm

    SUN 26 THE RUEBARBS soulful blues on the deck 3pm

    TUE 28 CACTUS SLIM & the GoatHeads blue jam 7pm

    FRI 31 CYGENE on the deck 5-7pm
    FRI 31 SHINERS CLUB Jazz in the tavern 7pm

    The Mine Shaft Tavern Winner of the Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger People’s Choice Award!
    2846 Hwy 14
    Madrid NM 87010
    (505) 474-0344

    The Wonder of Nature: Rachel Carson

    Saturday, August 1, 2015
    Ann Beyke presents the story of Rachel Carson who became a marine biologist when few women dared even tread the water. Her lifelong love of nature and science led to research on how uncontrolled chemical use devastated wildlife and food sources. Co-sponsored by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs, this program is made possible by the generous support of the Amigos de Cerrillos Hills State Park.

    Program starts promptly at 2pm.

    Cerrillos Hills State Park Visitor Center
    37 Main Street
    Cerrillos, NM 87010
    (505) 474-0196

    Cerrillos History Hike

    Saturday, August 8, 2015
    A fun Saturday morning walk with local historians who will talk about the towns early history. Members of the Cerrillos Historical Society share mining history & happenings from the prehistoric era to the 20th century. Bring your hat, water, walking shoes and camera! 10am-noon. For more information (505) 438-3008 & visit http://www.cerrillosnewmexico.com

    Saturday Aug 15 at noon
    Meet at First & Main St.
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Snakes of New Mexico

    Saturday, August 15, 2015
    The New Mexico Wildlife Center’s resident snake expert Tom Wyant brings live snakes including rattlers to the park.

    Program starts promptly at 2pm.

    Meet in the main parking lot, ½ mile north of Cerrillos village on County Road 59.
    $5 exact change cash or check per vehicle or free with a valid New Mexico State Parks pass.

    Cerrillos Town Wide Yard Sale event

    Saturday, August 22, 2014
    The town of Cerrillos hosts an annual town wide yard sale event. There are booths and tables of treasures scattered through the town streets. Special sales benefiting the Cerrillos Hills State Park Amigos and Las Candelas community organization.
    From 9-4 on Saturday. For more info (505) 438-3008.

    Town of Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Turquoise Trail Arts Festival

    August 29-30, 2015
    The first annual Turquoise Trail Arts Festival will be held on August 29 and 30, 2015 from 10:00am-4:00pm. A collaboration of local artists will display their work along the Turquoise Trail. The venues will begin at The Church, an Art Sanctuary in El Cedro, Tijeras (5.5 miles south of the intersection of Rt. 66 and NM 333) and extend north to Henderson’s General Store in Golden. Turquoise Trail continues north through Madrid and Cerrillos.The many stops between will include the Scissors Village porch and parking lot, Tom and Jerry’s porch and parking lot, Contemporary Southwest and their generous parking area at the corner of the Sandia Crest Road and N 14, to Tinkertown, and the Paako Events Center.

    For more information call Gloria Casale at 505-286-8567 or email

    Gypsy Fest

    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    Family fun at Gypsy Fest at the Oscar Huber Memorial Ballpark in Madrid.

    Fiesta de Cerrillos

    Saturday, September 19, 2015
    Activities for all ages. Food & Beverages, Patriotic Moments, Live Music on stage, Children's Activities, Arts & Crafts Booths, Turquoise Trail Volunteer Fire Department, Cerrillos Hills State Park displays.
    Saturday from 9-4:00pm.

    Sponsored by Cerrillos Community Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church and Las Candelas de los Cerrillos.
    Cerrillos, NM 87010

    Interested art & craft venders, call Susan (505) 660-2348.

    Madrid Blues Festival

    Sunday, September 27, 2015
    NM Jazz Workshop presents a Blues Festival in Madrid, NM.

    Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour

    Saturday & Sunday October 3rd & 4th and Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th
    The Madrid and Cerrillos Studio Tour, established in 1999, celebrates its 10th season! Meet local artist working in their studios. Mediums include: ceramics, encaustic, glass, jewelry, mixed media, photography, painting, sculpture and more.

    2015 Special Events:
    This year’s 10th annual celebration promises to be the most exciting tour yet with over 20 studios along the Turquoise Trail, the National Scenic Byway, Highway 14. In lieu of the usual pre-tour auction, there will be an ‘in studio’ auction on the first weekend of the tour where tour goers can see auction items online and go to studios and bid on special works by each artist or they can buy the auction piece outright at a pre-determined price. 50% of the proceeds will go to the Madrid Cultural Projects, the tour’s sponsoring organization, and will be used to support the studio tour.


    Madrid Chile Festival

    Oct 2-11, 2015
    Great live music, roasting of chiles with New Mexican food specials and theatrical events at the Mine Shaft Tavern and Engine House Theatre. Check website for event times. Oct. Weekdays during the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. 10-6pm

    Hosted by the Mine Shaft Tavern
    (505) 473-0743

    Madrid Christmas Open House

    Every weekend between December 5-24, 2014
    Festivities each weekend 'til Christmas
    Christmas Parade followed by Town of Lights – 4PM on December 5th
    Madrid Christmas Open House - 11am-7pm every weekend through December 20th

    Madrid, New Mexico 87010

    Museum exhibition of “Madrid’s Famous Town of Lights” Weekends in the Engine House Theatre

    Businesses Open Late on Sat. & All Day Sundays Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus /Town of Lights / Santa Contest

    Horse & Carriage Rides Live music and yuletide spirit

    Madrid is “New Mexico’s Christmas Town” Beginning in the early 1920's, Madrid miners lit up the town with 150,000 Christmas lights powered by 500,000 kilowatt hours of electricity. The event was published nationwide in newspapers. It was so famous and impressive that Walt Disney visited and he was inspired create Disneyland!

    Visit the Madrid Old Town Museum exhibition to learn more about Madrid’s Famous Christmastime past!

    Madrid Merchants offer unique gifts for shoppers, often handmade by local artisans and one-of-a kind treasures. Bring the family and visit with Santa as you stroll down our historic village.

    Breakfast with Santa

    December 5, 2015
    East Mountain Chamber of Commerce 15th Annual Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 5, 8:30 - 11:30 am, Los Vecinos Community Center, Tijeras. Santa is expected to arrive about 9:00 am. Full hot breakfast $5 for adults, $3 for kids. Booths will be set up for face painting, pottery painting and other games.

    Los Vecinos Community Center
    478 New Mexico 333
    Tijeras, NM 87059
    (505) 314-0240

    The Hot Chocolate Trail

    Saturday, Dec 12 & Sunday, Dec 13, 2015
    Travel the Chocolate Trail from Tijeras, through Cedar Crest Saturday, December 12th and Madrid to Cerrillos December 13th – both sides of Route 14. Stop by as many participating businesses as you like and have some Hot Chocolate, or Hot cider and some cookies. Get the map. Some businesses are giving away freebies – no limit to the number of stores you can visit! Get a playing card & a map from at least 5 participating businesses between 11:00-3:00 pm. Cards must be stamped by one of the businesses to be valid. One poker hand per family. Participants must be 18 years old or older.

    Saturday, December 12 - Tijeras/Cedar Crest - find participating businesses like Just to Cute, Triangle Grocery, Trailrider Pizza, Tijeras Subway, Greenside Café, Davis True Value Hardware, Coffee at Dawn or Legacy Mortgage to name a few and get the map for Saturday. Pick up your playing card stamped by the business.

    Sunday, December 13 - Madrid/Cerrillos - find participating businesses like Shugarman's Little Chocolate Shop, The Mine Shaft Tavern, Jezebel's, Lori Musil's Art & Antiques, Cerrillos Hills State Park visitor center, Casa Grande Trading Post and get the map for Sunday. Pick up your playing card, stamped by the business.

    For more info: Rachel (505) 328-4792

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