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Calendar of Events in New Mexico

The majority of events listed below are Pueblo celebrations. We have nineteen pueblos in New Mexico and they each have feast days in addition to other dances and celebrations. The Feast Days are named after the Pueblos' patron saint and bring together tribal members to celebrate their culture. Most Pueblos open up their respective Feast Days—and even their homes—to the public. The families prepare food for the celebration and to share with invited visitors and even sometimes those who stop by. Pueblo Feast Day dates do not change and are held on the same date each year. We also have Navajo and Apache reservations in the state. The events below are not all inclusive, but what I could ferret out of different sites.

JANUARY

  • Jan 1st
    • Most Pueblos have various dances; Transfer of the Canes of Authority to new Tribal Officers
    • TAOS Pueblo: Turtle dance, marking the beginning of the new year
    • JEMEZ Pueblo (**), afternoon dances (Matechines)
  • Jan 6th
    • Most Pueblos: King's Day Celebration in honor of new Tribal Officers; Buffalo, Deer, Eagle and Elk Dances
  • Jan 12th
    • POJOAQUE Pueblo, Reyes Day Dance
  • Jan 22nd
    • SAN ILDEFONSO: Evening Firelight Dances
  • Jan 23rd
    • SAN ILDEFONSO Feast Day
    • Comanche, Buffalo and Deer dances
  • Jan 25th
    • St. Paul's Feast Day
    • OHKAY OWINGEH (San Juan) and PICURIS Pueblos

FEBRUARY

  • Feb 2nd
    • Candelaria Day Celebration
    • PICURIS and SAN FELIPE Pueblos
  • First Weekend of February
    • OLD ACOMA, Governor's Feast Day, various dances
  • Second Week of February
    • SAN JUAN Pueblo, Deer dances
  • Mid to late February
    • COCHITI, Buffalo Dances

MARCH

  • March 19th
    • LAGUNA Pueblo, Saint Joseph's Feast Day, Harvest and various other dances

APRIL

  • Easter Weekend
    • Dances at most pueblos. Please call ahead.

MAY

  • May 1st
    • San Felipe Pueblo Feast Day and Corn Dance
  • May 3rd
    • Santa Cruz Feast Day
    • TAOS and COCHITI Pueblos, Blessing of the Fields and Corn Dance
  • May 7th
    • ACOMA Pueblo, Santa Maria Feast Day

JUNE

  • First Saturday of the Month
    • Tesuque Pueblo, Blessing of the Fields, Corn Dance
  • June 13th, San Antonio Feast Day
    • PICURIS, SANDIA, SAN ILDEFONSO, OHKAY OWINGEH, SANTA CLARA, TAOS
    • Comanche or Corn Dances
  • June 24th, San Juan Feast Day
    • TAOS Pueblo, Corn Dance
    • OHKAY OWINGEH (San Juan), Buffalo, Comanche, and Corn Dances
  • June 29th, San Pedro Feast Day
    • SANTO DOMINGO and SANTA ANA Pueblos, Corn dances

JULY

  • July 4th
    • MESCALERO APACHE Maidens Puberty Rites and Mountain Spirits Dance
    • NAMBE Pueblo, Waterfall Ceremonial and Bow and Arrow, Buffalo, Corn Harvest and Snake Dances by visiting tribes at Nambe Pueblo
  • Second Weekend
    • Toas Pueblo, Annual PowWow
  • July 14th
    • COCHITI Pueblo, San Buenaventura Feast Day (Santa Cruz Feast Day), Corn dance
  • July 25th and July 26th
    • Santiago and Santa Ana Feast Days
    • SAN ILDEFONSO, TAOS, LAGUNA, SANTA ANA Pueblos, corn dances

AUGUST

  • August 2nd
    • JEMEZ Pueblo (**) Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles Feast Day and Corn dance
  • August 4th
    • SANTO DOMINGO, Saint Dominic Feast Day, Corn dance
  • August 9th
    • PICURIS Pueblo, San Lorenzo Feast Day, Sunset Vespers
  • August 10th
    • San Lorenzo Feast Day
    • ACOMA, COCHITI, LAGUNA
    • (At Laguna, this is Throw Day and dancing, whyere people named Lawrence or Lorenzo throw items from rooftips to visitors.)
  • August 12th
    • SANTA CLARA Feast Day, featuring Buffalo, Comanche and Corn Dances
  • August 15th
    • Assumption of Our Blessed Mother's Feast Day
    • LAGUNA Pueblo (Village of Mesita), Harvest and other dances
    • ZIA Pueblo (San Antonio Feast Day), corn dance
  • Usually third weekend
    • SWAIA, Santa Fe Indian Market
  • August 28th, San Augustine Feast Day
    • ISLETA Pueblo San Augustine Feast Day, featuring a mass in the morning and a procession following the mass, with dances in the afternoon.

SEPTEMBER

  • September 2nd
    • ACOMA Pueblo, San Estevan Feast Day, Harvest Dance and Corn dance
  • September 4th
    • ISLETA Pueblo, Saint Augustine Feast Day, Harvest Dance
  • September 8th
    • Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Feast Day
    • LAGUNA Pueblo, Harvest and Social Dances
    • SAN ILDEFONSO, Corn Dance
  • Second or Third Weekend
    • JICARILLA APACHE, Go-Jii-Yah Feast Day (for date and time call 575-759-3242 or 575-843-7270)
  • September 19th
    • LAGUNA Pueblo, St. Joseph's Feast Day, Buffalo, Eagle, and Social Dances
  • September 25th
    • LAGUNA Pueblo, St. Elizabeth Feast Day, Harvest and Social Dances
  • September 29th and 30th
    • TAOS Pueblo, San Geronimo Feast Day, Buffalo, Comanche and Corn Dances

OCTOBER

  • October 4th
    • NAMBE Pueblo, St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day, Corn or Elk Dance
  • October 5th - 13th
    • BALLOON FIESTA
  • October 17th
    • LAGUNA Pueblo, St. Margaret Mary's Feast Day, Harvest and Social Dances

NOVEMBER

  • November 12th
    • San Diego Feast Day
    • TESUQUE and JEMEZ (**), Buffalo, Comanche, Corn, Deer and Flag Dances

DECEMBER

  • December 11th
    • Nuestra Senora de Guadelupe Feast Day
    • POJOAQUE and JEMEZ (**) and TESUQUE and SANTA CLARA
    • Vespers at Pojoaque usually held at 6 pm
    • Dances include Bow and Arrow, Buffalo and Comanche Dances
    • Jemez Pueblo, Los Matachinas Dance
  • December 24th, 25th Christmas Celebrations
    • SAN JUAN and PICURIS, Spanish Dance drama “Los Matachines”
    • SAN JUAN and TAOS, Pine Torch Procession
  • December 24th
    • TAOS Pueblo, Sundown procession with bonfires
    • ACOMA Pueblo, lit with luminarias beginning at scenic viewpoint
    • LAGUNA, After 10 pm Mass and various dances
    • SAN FELIPE, SANTA ANA, TESUQUE, after midnight Mass
    • NAMBE, after Mass Buffalo, Deer & Antelope dance
  • December 25th
    • TESUQUE, various dances
    • TAOS, Deer or Matachina dance
    • SAN ILDEFOSO, Matachina dance
  • December 25th - 28th
    • LAGUNA, Christmas Eve Mas, Deer, Harvest, Arrow and other dances after mass. Harvest dances continue for 3 more days
    • ZIA Pueblo, dances

** Please NOTE about JEMEZ Pueblo: Jemez has a CLOSED Village Policy out of respect for those who live there, open only on feast days, but the Pueblo chooses NOT to publicize feast days. Please visit the Walatowa Visitors Center to learn more about Jemez.