LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Wine Festival returns this month to Las Cruces and Albuquerque over Memorial Day weekend with a variety of wineries participating.
New Mexico’s Las Cruces Festival is held annually in late spring at the Southern New Mexico State Fairgrounds, west of the city. Hundreds of people come to taste red, white and sparkling wines made by winemakers from across the state.
Food trucks, craft vendors and musicians also took to the grounds to provide a weekend of fun in the sun. This year, the festival will take place from noon to 6 p.m. May 28-30 at the Fairgrounds at 12125 Robert Larson Blvd., off Interstate 10.
The musical lineup for the three-day event includes:
- 28 May: Sangre Gitana and Radio Altivo
- May 29: Frank Zona and Urban Edge
- May 30: Chris Baker and Proud Pete
Here are some tips to consider before heading to the fairgrounds.
Where can I buy a ticket?
Tickets can be purchased in advance online at nmwine.com/nm-winefestival-lascruces-2022. General admission tickets for people 21 and older are $30 online or $35 at the door. New Mexico Wine will donate $5 from every ticket sold to help rebuild communities charred by wildfires this year. Military discount tickets are $25 and designated driver tickets are $10. Children 15 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
One ticket is good for admission to one day of the festival. Valid IDs are required to enter the festival. Vertical identifiers will not be accepted.
General and military discount tickets also come with a commemorative glass of wine for tasting. The glass will also give you a $5 discount on the purchase of a bottle of wine.
What IDs will be accepted?
Vertical ID cards issued in New Mexico or other states will be accepted. Department of Defense ID cards and passports will be accepted. Expired driver’s licenses will only be accepted if you also bring the state-issued or paper ID. New Mexico vertical IDs will not be accepted under any circumstances.
What else should I take with me to the wine party?
The wine festival takes place in late May as the weather in southern New Mexico historically warms. Umbrellas, hats and sunscreen are good things to bring. A factory sealed water bottle is also permitted on the course. Blankets, carts and strollers are also useful, especially if you are bringing children.
Will pets be allowed inside?
Pets will not be permitted inside the fairgrounds gates unless they are service animals specified by federal or state law. All service animals will need to be registered at the gate.
What is bottle control?
Participants who purchase bottles of wine but do not wish to take them with them can leave them at the bottle control until it is time to leave. A tag with a person’s name and phone number will be attached to the bottle and a matching tag will be given to the person. People will have 24 hours to claim unclaimed bottles after the festival ends.
Will I be searched before entering?
All participants will be searched before being allowed to enter the festival. This includes any bags you bring. Prohibited items that are handed over to security will not be returned.
What is not allowed at the festival?
Prohibited items include:
- Weapons or harmful objects of any kind, including pocket knives and corkscrews
- Mace or pepper spray
- Outside alcohol
- Food or drinks outside
- Open bottles
- Fireworks or explosives of any kind
- Unauthorized sales or solicitation materials, including promotional stickers, flyers and products