Located in southern New Mexico, Las Cruces has the perfect climate for fall fairs and festivals. The Renaissance Artsfaire is an annual festival that has steadily grown since 1971. It brings over 25,000 people to Las Cruces the first weekend of every November to celebrate one of the largest cultural events in southern New Mexico. It is set in Young Park, which features several play areas, a fish pond, and picnic areas with plenty of shade trees. People of all ages can delight in the festivities.
A juried art show showcases local and regional artists and crafts makers. Take a stroll around the fair to admire the fine works. A wide array of mediums such as paintings, jewelry, and pottery are for sale. While there, be entertained by the live action including belly dancing, jousts, reenactments, fortune tellers, and more. A vast assortment of food vendors will be selling spices, baked goods, candied pecans, roasted turkey legs, roasted corn, and herbed goat cheese, as well as a wide variety of international cuisine. If you are feeling adventurous, try henna body art, face painting, or have your fortune told through the tarot cards.
The Children’s Realm offers entertainment and enjoyment for the younger visitor. Age-appropriate games, craft activities, and art stations are available throughout the fair and are offered by local nonprofit organizations, public service agencies, church groups, and school groups.
All proceeds from the artist booths fees, nonprofit information booth fees, food booth fees, and donations at the gate go to support the Arts Council programs and other cultural events in the community.
Insider Notes From a Regular
– Arrive early for good parking.
– Eat lunch early or late to avoid lines at food vendors.
– If you love kettle corn, go there first! The line gets really long.
– The fair is set up in a huge circle around the park. Go left and you will have a break mid-point to watch live entertainment.
– Bring a stroller for the young ones. It is a long walk for their little legs.
– Bring a backpack for all the great stuff you are going to want to bring home!
Las Cruces Renaissance Artsfaire
Saturday, November 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, November 3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Young Park — one block south of intersection of Lohman and Walnut avenues
Admission $6 (12 and under free)
Free parking and shuttle
For health and safety reasons, no pets except service animals are allowed.
For more details: http://las-cruces-arts.org/events/renaissance-artsfaire