Spring, summer and fall are filled with cultural fairs, festivals and sporting events. National sporting competitions bring top talent to the area. Everything from travelling Broadway shows to a regional symphony orchestra make the rounds of San Juan County’s multiple indoor and outdoor performing arts venues.
And, a fantastic representation of the region’s cultures is found at the County’s many restaurants, breweries and wineries.
Fairs, Festivals & Theater
The people of San Juan County represent a fortunate blend of several different cultures – making the area rich in heritage. Many fairs, festivals and theater productions representing those cultures can be found throughout San Juan County year-round.
Riverfest is a celebration of the three rivers that are the lifeblood of the region: the San Juan, Animas and LaPlata. This Memorial Day weekend festival of music, food, raft rides and other entertainment takes place along the City of Farmington’s Animas river trails, from Berg Park to Animas Park. The family celebration is 30 years old, with over 24,000 people attending annually.
Totah Festival & Indian Market
The annual Totah Festival celebrates the craftsmanship and friendship of regional artists through a Native American art market, a Pow-Wow contest, cultural dance expo and authentic Navajo rug auction. The Labor Day Weekend Juried Art festival is in its 31st year and features quality Native American art from across the southwest. It is held in Farmington’s Civic Center. (The Navajo name for Farmington is Tótah, literally meaning the land “between the waters.”)
Northern Navajo Nation Fair
Northern Navajo Nation Fair, or Shiprock Fair, is the oldest and most traditional of the fairs on the Navajo Nation. Each fall, the Navajo people celebrate the harvest in Shiprock with a rodeo, market, traditional songs and dances and other entertainment.
San Juan County Fair
The August San Juan County Fair is held at San Juan County’s McGee Park with livestock shows, a parade, vendors and live musical performances. It is the largest county fair in the State of New Mexico.
San Juan River Balloon Rally
The annual weekend-long San Juan River Balloon Rally occurs in Bloomfield each summer complete with a Mass Ascension each morning. The Saturday evening Balloon Glow, where the balloons light up the evening sky, is a “can’t miss” event!
Chile in October
The 2020 Chile in October Restaurant Challenge runs October 14 - 24. Patrons get a "Chile Tasting Passport" from participating restaurants/breweries/eateries and vote on their favorites, providing an opportunity to support local restaurants.
Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival
The Aztec Highland Games and Celtic Festival is the Four Corners region's premier event celebrating Celtic culture through traditional athletic competitions, music and dance performances, clan representation, and food and merchandise vendors. Who says a little bit of the British Isles can’t be found in San Juan County?
Sandstone Productions produces Farmington’s outdoor summer theatre amidst a natural sandstone venue on the Lions Wilderness Park Amphitheater stage. Dinner and a show all accompanied by a New Mexico summer sunset can’t be beat.
Outdoors athletic endeavors are popular throughout the Four Corners Region. For those wishing to watch instead of participate, several opportunities exist in San Juan County.
Connie Mack World Series
The American Amateur Baseball Congress Connie Mack World Series has been held at Ricketts Park in Farmington for 55 years through 2019 until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation this year. The A.A.B.C. provides activities for youth and young adult baseball players through seven league divisions in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Many of major league baseball’s up and coming stars work all summer long on teams throughout the nation for a shot at taking the Connie Mack World Series title in Farmington. Farmington is a baseball-loving town!
World Extreme Rock Crawling
The World Extreme Rock Crawling Grand Nationals Championship, or W.E. Rock, is held in Farmington and offers participants a week of 4x4 Week activities without the crowds of Moab, Utah. Competitors in World Extreme Rock Crawling build amazing vehicles to drive over extreme rock obstacles that are difficult to imagine. Spectators will see vehicles conquer (or attempt to conquer) large boulders, steep climbs, rock ledges and massive drops in machines that you have to see to believe.