During the best of times, New Mexico offers a plethora of unique, picturesque, and cultural events during any season.
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As New Mexico, natives know, and visitors soon find out, we can celebrate anything! Green chile? Aliens? Hot Air Balloons? There are festivals dedicated to all of them. From Indian Markets to Santa Fe’s own Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Markets, we’ve got it going on. Not to mention traditional dances at pueblos across the state.
Although many states are starting to lift COVID travel restrictions, it is still unfortunately not necessarily a great idea to travel at the moment, let alone have to have a huge fiesta in the town square. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many events across the state of New Mexico are remaining virtual through the summer.
So if you are looking for an excuse to soak up some culture during the month of March, head over to the New Mexico Department of Tourisms’ Events, Fairs, and Festivals page for a list of virtual events that you can attend right from your couch.
Here is a list of the virtual events happening this month, and where to find them! For a full list and more information, head over to NewMexico.org.
From April 1st until May 31st, the Alumni and Student Art Exhibit will be available online. The Kennedy Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University will be hosting the exhibit virtually, as the Gallery is temporarily closed.
On April 7th, the New Mexico PBS and National Dance Institute of New Mexico will present a short film titled VASTNESS: A Socially Distanced Film for a Global Pandemic. VASTNESS features more than 50 advanced student dancers from Albuquerque and Santa Fe! The film also contains original music, choreograph, and the script was written and created by the staff and students of the National Dance Institute of New Mexico. The film was shot at three iconic New Mexico outdoor locations. The film will premiere on April 7th at 6:30 pm, on Facebook and Youtube.
The popular Third Thursday Event has gone virtual! This month, it will occur on April 15th. AMP Concerts is collaborating with the Albuquerque Museum to help virtualize this program. April’s virtual event will be filmed inside the Only in Albuquerque exhibit and includes a performance by Felix y Los Gatos.
April is Earth Month! Celebrate Earth Day virtually at the Los Luceros Historic Site! Ranger Rebecca and other staff will broadcast the virtual event for Earth Day (Día de la Tierra). So make sure to tune in for a virtual tour around the bosque, Rio Grande, and blossoming apple orchard at the Historic Site. Earth Day 2021 is April 18th.
On April 18th, bop over to the Spring Virtual Concert Series for some culture. This performance will take you to two of Santa Fe’s historical sites. The performance premiers a collection of modern, classical, and folk music. All music is performed by the Santa Fe Symphony in unique historical settings!
On May 9th, catch the next session of the Spring Virtual Concert Series. The Santa Fe Symphony will perform a the Casa Rodeña Winery - a beautiful locale in Albuquerque’s North Valley. This performance will feature music by Beethoven, Rossini, Handel, Martin, and more!
So which of these fantastic virtual experiences are you marking down on your calendar? The fact that New Mexico offers these immersive cultural programs completely for free is such a fantastic resource!
These concerts, webinars, and events would be great for anyone homeschooling or wanting to supplement their children’s education. They’re also great for anyone just wanting a little more culture in their lives, or for anyone looking for a way to feel a little less isolated right now.