Community Events

Yuletide Tree Lighting & Lighting of Ledoux

Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer as we celebrate the holiday season with three (3) family-friendly events on Friday, December 2, 2022!  

The community is invited to the Yuletide Tree Lighting, Lighting Ledoux and the Festival of Trees.  Please make sure to make the rounds to all three (3) events for local entertainment, farolitos, bonfires, hot beverages, children’s games and much more. 

Yuletide Tree Lighting

The 2022 Town of Taos Christmas Season officially kicks off with the lighting of our Town Christmas tree during the 36th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting Event on Friday, December 2, 2022, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Taos Plaza.  Join Mayor Pro Tem Darien Fernandez, our Town Council and the wonderful community of Taos at this annual event!  

 Mitch Miller, Town of Taos Facilities and Events Director, will be the MC.   

 Complimentary hot chocolate and cookies will be served.  

Events include Welcome by Mayor Pro Tem Darien Fernandez, Invocation and Holiday Greetings by Clyde M. Romero, Taos Pueblo Governor, and Fred Romero, Taos Pueblo Warchief. 

 Music and merriment will be provided by the Taos High School and Taos Middle School Choir under the direction of Joaquin Maestas-Manuel. The lighting of the Farolitos will be by the Town of Taos Management Team, Sarae Alise, Mental Notes, Taos Community Choir, the Fiestas de Taos Royal Court, Los Comanches de la Serna, Taos’s Own Julia Struck Classical Flamenco and Middle Eastern Dance (sparkly gifts sponsored by the Body Shop for the first 50 little girls after her show), and Danza Azteca de Anahuac.

 At approximately 5:30 PM, Mayor Pro Tem Darien Fernandez, will welcome in the Holiday Season with a special Holiday Greeting and the Countdown to the Lighting of the tree and Plaza.

Bring the kids to visit Santa! Santa will be handing out 300 treat-filled stockings to children, once again donated by the Taos Optimist Club Elves. 

Let us capture your memories with a picture with Santa!  There will be an advance sign-up with a QR code to retrieve your free downloadable photo on Saturday, December 3, 2022, after 5:00 PM.   If you would like a 4 x 6 photo, there will be an online offering to print your photo with a special holiday frame.  The special print frame and edit cost will be $3.00 to $5.00 depending on what you order. Photos with Santa will be provided by Taos Academy Charter.       

Edu@Work Café from Taos High School will be providing the Holiday Concession.  The menu includes: Posole with Pork and Red Chile - $5.00 per cup, Green Chile Corn Chowder - $5.00 per cup, Chocolate Cupcakes - $2.00 each, Chocolate Truffles (6) count - $5.00, Various Cookies - $8.00 per dozen and Coffee - $2.00 per cup. 

 Taos Plaza will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM; however, the Taos Plaza Merchants will be open to foot traffic. FREE event parking will be available at Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. AFTER 5:00 PM all metered parking lots will be free. For ADA parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, there will be extra parking next to McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old County Courthouse. 

 This event is sponsored by the Town of Taos, Taos Optimist Club and Taos Academy Charter School.

 Lighting Ledoux

The Ledoux Street Community will brighten the holiday fun with Lighting Ledoux from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. Traditional farolitos will light the way along the historic street, which will be closed to pedestrians for the evening. Ledoux merchants, neighbors, and cultural organizations will host bonfires, hot beverages, and plenty of cheer for all. Enjoy festive art making and free museum admission at the Harwood. 

“For over twenty years, Lighting Ledoux has helped kick-off the season for locals and visitors. We are excited to align two beloved traditions and offer the Taos community a fun night of family-friendly holiday cheer,” says Gwendolyn Fernandez, Curator of Education and Public Programs, Harwood Museum. Participating sites include Blumenschein Home & Museum, Inger Jirby Gallery, Reneux Consignment, Salon Marjorie, Stella’s Italian Restaurant, and Wumaniti Earth Native Sanctuary. The entrance to Ledoux Street is located one block from the southwest corner of Taos Plaza.

 Festival of Trees

The Taos Milagro Rotary Club is participating in this community event by hosting A Festival of Trees in Bataan Hall at 121 Civic Plaza Drive. The Festival of Trees features 26 Christmas trees decorated by sponsors, 15 decorated wreaths, and many gift baskets - all available for purchase in a silent auction. The event starts at 3:00 PM, with children's games and entertainers from local schools. Attendees may wish to leave our event to see the tree lighting in the Plaza and stroll the Lighting Ledoux, and then return to Bataan Hall, where they can warm up with free hot tea, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider! This family-friendly event ends at 9:00 PM. Funds raised at this event directly benefit the community through our literacy program, our scholarship program, or our community grants. 

 John Dunn Shops will decorate their walkway with bonfires and farolitos to create a fun and safe walkway between Bataan Hall and Taos Plaza.

For more information regarding Yuletide Tree Lighting contact Judy Esquibel at 575.751.2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com. For more information regarding Lighting Ledoux contact Shemai Rodriquez at 575.758.9826 ext. 109 or at info@harwoodmuseum.org.  For more information regarding A Festival of Trees contact Angela Legh at 575.425.0731 or at angela@angelalegh.com.  

Taos Halloween Community Event:  The Town of Taos presents a Taos Halloween Community Event along with Taos Plaza Merchants, Teresina Lane Merchants, Juan Largo Lane Merchants, John Dunn Shops, Bent Street Merchants, Taos Milagro Rotary Club, Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, Taos High School Cheer, Taos Alive and Taos Dance Booster.  This huge FREE community-wide event is for children of all ages and their families.    

On Monday, October 31, 2022, from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, the ghoulish fun will spill from the Taos Plaza over to Teresina Lane, to Juan Largo Lane, slithering its way to the John Dunn Shops and Bent Street.  

Merchants from all around the Taos Historic District (Taos Plaza, Teresina Lane, Juan Largo Lane, John Dunn Shops and Bent Street) will be handing out treats to trick-or-treaters.  Local businesses, organizations and church groups will provide decorated “trunks” full of treats for trick-or-treating and various carnival games with prizes.  

We are excited to be hosting the annual costume contest for children up to 12 years old, teens, families, and pets (no registration needed).  Prizes will be awarded to the child, teen, family, or pet with the best costumes.   Judges will be roaming throughout the Taos Plaza from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.    This will allow everyone attending the event a chance to be part of the contest.   The judges will be wearing a sash labeled “Costume Judge” and will be handing out prizes to the winners.   

Free Halloween bags filled with treats and goodies will be handed out to the first 1,000 children.  DJ Miles Bonny from Taos Alive will be on Taos Plaza Gazebo providing music including Halloween dance mixes for all ages!  On the John Dunn pathway, Tatyana will be doing Free Face Painting compliments of the John Dunn Shops. 

NEW:  Thea’s Zoo carnival ride is a unique spin ride, every arm has a different animal in what they call ‘Thea's Zoo,' named after the owner’s daughter.  The four very colorful animals are a dog, a dragon, a monkey and a penguin.  The Thea’s Zoo carnival spin ride is the only one in the United States. There is a 36” height requirement with an adult for children to ride.     

Elephant Tower carnival ride is five flying pink elephants.  It has a high-rise up to 12’ moves in a clockwise motion.  There are only three in the United States.  There is a 36” height requirement with an adult or 42” without an adult for children to ride. Both rides are family friendly rides.      

Taos Plaza and Bent Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM; however, the Taos Plaza Merchants and Bent Street Merchants will be open to foot traffic. FREE event parking will be available at our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Loretto Parking Lot, Town Hall, and Taos Public Library. AFTER 5:00 PM all metered parking lots will be free. For handicapped parking and for people requiring ADA access to the event, there will be parking at the McCarthy Parking Lot directly behind the old County Courthouse. 

Every year this event keeps growing in attendees, games and “trunks” for an amazing Halloween Event for our community. We are super excited about the new addition of the carnival rides, and we cannot wait to see all the creative costumes on Halloween. As the Town of Taos Community Events Coordinator, I would like to thank everyone participating in this fun-filled event that is so magical and wonderful for the children and families of our community.  The event is made possible because of all the many volunteers, staff, judges, police, fire, security, merchants, business owners, organizations and sponsors that work together to bring the community a fun, safe, and supervised Halloween event.  

For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com.  Visit us at Town of Taos Events Facebook.      

Touch- A- Truck:  The Town of Taos invites you to join us in celebrating the 21st Annual Town of Taos Touch-A-Truck!  The event will take place at the Taos Youth & Family Center located at 407 Paseo del Canon East, on Saturday, August 27, 2022, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  This is a FREE family event! 

Come climb into your favorite big rig, police car, fire truck, construction truck and many other vehicles! ALL vehicles will be available for hands-on inspection and exploration, and there will be an opportunity to talk to the operators and drivers! 

The first 400 children will receive a free drawstring backpack filled with goodies.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY INCLUDE:

  • Common Grounds: A Taos Teen Co-Op & Café hosting the free barbequed hot dogs and refreshments. 
  • Taos Lions Club providing Tio Vivo Flying Jenny Carousel.

 ADDITIONAL FREE ACTIVITIES, GAMES AND FUN BOOTHS INCLUDE:

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region providing a general recruitment and informational booth.
  • Community Volunteers providing create your own “Tart Art” you can eat, temporary tattoos, an Emergency Rescue and a Magical Mermaid jumbo floor puzzle.
  • Figure Skating Club of Taos providing a bean bag toss game, distributing information and give-a-ways.
  • Lewis Vending providing billiards for the day. 
  • LULAC Council 79 providing cotton candy and popcorn give-a-way.
  • Millicent Rogers Museum providing free books for kids (limited supply), literacy activities, and give-a-ways.
  • New Beginnings Taos providing a carnival game and give-a-ways.
  • Paso a Paso Network distributing information and activities. 
  • Taos Academy State Charter providing Introduction to coding with Ozobots! This is a hands-on activity where children will be able to program the Ozobots using colored markers.  
  • Taos Alive providing youth engagement. 
  • Taos County Crime Stoppers distributing information.  
  • Taos County Democratic Party providing give-a-ways. 
  • Taos County DWI/Teen Court providing alcohol and drug awareness, give-a-ways and Fatal Vision Googles (when worn the participants get a perception of an individual that has been drinking)  
  • Taos Dance Booster providing face painting and sidewalk chalk art.
  • Taos Youth Hockey Association providing registration, Q & A, equipment, jersey collection, and Try Hockey.  
  • Taos Mountain Bike Association providing free stickers, mountain biking videos on a laptop, and a raffle for six (6) Taos Mountain Bike Association T-shirts.
  • Twirl providing an activity, raffle, and information distribution.  
  • Valencia Community Action Network (VCAN) distributing information to voters.  This is a non-lobbying and nonpartisan group.
  • Victoria Gallegos- Abeyta Realty providing an informational booth, listings with business cards, and a foam building block game. 
  • Vista Grande High School providing an informational booth, community needs assessment and give-a-ways.

BE SURE TO MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 27, 2022, AND BRING THE ENTIRE FAMILY TO THIS FUN – FREE – COMMUNITY EVENT CREATED FOR YOU AND YOUR KIDS!

Sponsored by:  Local Truck Drivers and First Responders, Taos Dance Booster, Common Grounds: A Taos Teen Co-Op & Cafe, and Town of Taos

For more information: Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com

Visit us at www.TaosGov.com or Town of Taos Events Facebook.

Taos Youth Flight Rally:  Taos area youth ages 8-17 will have a chance to take to the skies on Saturday, September 10, 2022, for the 12th Annual Taos Youth Flight Rally at the Taos Regional Airport. 

The Taos Youth Flight Rally event is brought to you by Taos Local Pilots, Taos Aviation Services, Taos Regional Airport, Town of Taos Visitor Center and Town of Taos Community Events.  This event was created to interest our youth in aviation.  We hope to build one-on-one relationships between our Taos Local Pilots and young people, giving new generations a chance to learn more about the possibilities that exist in the world of aviation.

Pilots will give free airplane rides at the event and will explain more about their airplanes allowing young people to discover how airplanes work and how pilots ensure each flight is conducted in a safe manner.  Pilots volunteer their time, fuel and aircraft so the flights can be provided free of charge for interested young people.  Flights will begin at approximately 7:30 AM through 11:00 AM.  

Registration forms need to be picked up, completed, and returned to the Town of Taos Visitor Center located at 1201 Paseo del Pueblo Sur by Friday, September 2, 2022.  The Town of Taos Visitor Center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

A drawing will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.  Seventy (70) participants selected at random will be contacted on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, to schedule a flight time. 

All youth must be pre-registered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.  This event is weather permitting and depends on pilot availability.  

Movies on the Green Community Day  The Town of Taos presents Movies on the Green Community Day along with LOR Foundation, Taos Public Library, Friends of the Taos Public Library, Youth & Family Center and the Taos News.  We will be hosting the first annual Movies on the Green Community Day, a family-focused event to celebrate our community, on Wednesday, July 27, 2022, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at the Historic Kit Carson Park located at 211 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.  

Movies on the Green Community Day is a part of Movies on the Green weekly program which provides our community family-oriented movies on the Video Wall.  This is an alcohol-free event.   

A special guest appearance from Clifford the Big Red Dog, the American children’s book series about the adventures of a precocious girl named Emil Elizabeth and her titular pet, a giant, red-furred dog name Clifford.  Clifford is known for the great stories and learning activities that help youth learn to read and enjoy reading.  

Bring the kids to visit Clifford! Clifford, with help from our very own Mayor Maestas and Sonya Struck, LOR Foundation Taos Community Officer, will be handing out 200 Clifford Reading Books to the community youth attending the event! Taos Academy Charter High School Student Advisory Council will provide a photo opportunity with Clifford. If you would like a 4 x 6 photo, the cost will be $3.00.  

Live music by local talent Gabriella Salazar y Su Grupo Concepto on the George Chacon Stage from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM and the movie Clifford The Big Red Dog showing at 7:30 PM on the Video Wall.  Short films from students of Film Prize Junior New Mexico will screen before the movie.  Community exhibits will be set up with information, games, fundraising, etc., including a Meet and Greet with Little Miss Rodeo NM, Olivia Tafoya.  Come and enjoy the offerings of: Taos High School Cheer and Loteria Paleteria Local food vendors 

If you are an organization or business, it is not too late to reserve your FREE exhibit space.  Community Day is a day for our community.  We are inviting our community, local businesses, organizations, churches, charities and the school district to have booths that include information, activities, crafts, etc. Local charities and organizations rely on community events to help them gain exposure and aid their fundraising efforts. This event will also be great publicity for local businesses.  Sign up early to secure your exhibit booth space as applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Application deadline is July 26, 2022.  

Together as a community we want the first annual Movies on the Green Community Day to be remembered, where our youth will have great memories of visits with Clifford and will have pictures and their own reading book.  Other memories will be watching the movie on the Video Wall, the entertainment, spending time with friends, family and our community!    We strongly feel this event will be a huge success and are planning on scheduling the Movies on the Green Community Day once a month next season.  

Note the time change of the movie Clifford The Big Red Dog showing starts at 7:30 PM instead of its regular scheduled time during Movies on the Green.   

For more information regarding an exhibit space or regarding the event, contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2027 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com.

Visit us at Town of Taos Events Facebook.  

2022 Bike Rodeo

The Town of Taos and Field Institute of Taos present the 2022 Bike Rodeo along with Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Taos Cyclery and Walmart.  We will be hosting the second annual Bike Rodeo to promote safe riding practices for our community youth.  This FREE community-wide event is for youth 17 and under and will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the Taos Police Department located at 400 Camino de la Placita.

The goal is to provide our community with a fun, safe, and supervised bike rodeo for youth and promote cycling for fun, transportation, safe biking practices, skills and fitness. Statistics reveal that many young people are involved in bicycle-related crashes. We need to find ways to ensure that our participants are better informed about road safety. We hope to successfully convey this type of message to the participants during the 2022 Bike Rodeo. Riding safely is fun.  This event will expose the participants to the skills they need to be safe cyclists.

All participants must complete required forms at the Registration booth.  All youth must be registered and accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Parents, please bring your children’s bikes and helmets as there will be a limited number of bikes available for youth to borrow so they can participate.  Bikes and helmets will be inspected for safety.  Free helmets will be provided for children needing a helmet while supplies and sizes last.  Helmets are required for all riders. 

There will be skilled cycling activities, cycling games and Rules of the Road lessons provided by the Field Institute of Taos coaches and instructors.  A limited number of loaner bikes will be available provided by the Field Institute of Taos.  Two hundred fifty gift bags will be given to the youth completing the activities and visiting the booths and games.  Mayor Pascualito Maestas will read the Bike Month Proclamation.  Lunch will be provided. 

We will have free drawings for thirty-one (31) bicycles for participating participants youth.  Booths promoting a healthy community are provided by the Taos Mountain Bike Association, Taos Youth and Family Center, Taos Police Department/Taos Police Bike Team, Taos Fire Department, Taos Alive, and Taos County Fire and EMS.  Event parking will be available at the Taos Public Library and Enos Garcia East parking lot/school administration parking lots.  For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com.  Visit us at Town of Taos Events Facebook.      

Movies On the Green 2022 Summer Series:   We are excited to welcome back our families, friends, neighbors and youth to the Historic Kit Carson Park for the annual MOVIES ON THE GREEN 2022 Summer Series!  This FREE family-focused event is scheduled on Wednesday nights starting June 1, 2022, through August 10, 2022. The fun-filled evening begins when the doors open at 5:00 PM and the movies start at 6 PM. 

We’ll have local food vendors, the latest and greatest family-oriented movies, and a wonderful evening enjoying great weather, good company, and a movie! You are welcome to bring a picnic and to set up your chairs and blankets to make yourself comfortable.  Each week we will feature a different food and dessert vendor from our community. Come and enjoy the offerings of:  Common Grounds:  A Taos Teen Co-Op & Café, J & J’s Lunch Box, Taos High School Cheer, Chokola Bean to Bar and Loteria Paleteria (check the weekly Tempo ad to see who’s serving that week).  This is an alcohol-free event.  All film events are weather permitting.      

2022 Summer Series includes:  

  • June 1   Encanto
  • June 8   Dora And The Lost City of Gold
  • June 15   Sonic the Hedgehog
  • June 22   Think Like A Dog
  • June 29   Sing 2
  • July 6   Jungle Cruise
  • July 13   Luca
  • July 20   Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • July 27   Clifford The Big Red Dog
  • August 3   Raya And The Last Dragon
  • August 10   Spider-Man:  Far From Home

The Movies on the Green is presented by the Town of Taos and is sponsored by The Taos News.   For more information contact Judy Esquibel at 575-751-2037 or at jesquibel@taosgov.com.  

 Visit us at Town of Taos Events Facebook.    

Wildlife of New Mexico Program:


Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run:

Area Youth to Compete in Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run Competition 


 Hoppin’ Easter Celebration 


Kid's Page "Color Me Bunny" Contest

A contest for children ages 3-13

TELL ME A STORY CONTEST

A contest for children ages 8-13

 

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party 



Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive  


Holiday Magic on Civic Plaza Drive with Santa and Mrs. Claus


Farolito Lighting 2022 at Historic Taos Plaza

Farolitos are scheduled to be lit at the Historic Taos Plaza for 30 evenings during the Holiday Season starting Friday, November 26, 2022.  Thanks to all the businesses, organizations and families participating, we are able to give our community and visitors a season filled with lights of love and Holiday Cheer!

 Dates/Businesses/Organizations/Families


Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Free Celebration and Pig Roast Dinner  

Explora


Wet N’ Wild Easter: 

“This Is Me” Self-Portrait Contest and A Kid’s Virtual Art Show

For The Health of It! Cancer Support "Virtual" Walk

Albuquerque BioPark’s Discover the BioPark:  

Be part of the community tradition "El Viboron":  

34th Annual Yuletide Tree Lighting: 

Ornament & Craft Making:  

Town of Taos New Year’s Eve Celebration