October 7-8, 2017 The theme for this year’s parade is HOCUS POCUS.
Celebrate Autumn in Ruidoso with a weekend of cool cars, hot chili, and a festive parade!

AspenFest, Ruidoso’s annual fall celebration, the first weekend in October, allows residents and visitors alike to participate in the celebration of our caring community, the cool crispness of the coming fall and the beauty that is Ruidoso. AspenFest weekend is kicked off every year with a parade Saturday at 10 a.m. through Midtown Ruidoso. “Everybody loves a parade and mixing with chili, cars and crafts is a home run. The fall is a time for tradition and friends and our mountain is the perfect spot.”

More Info:

Paul Mulkey: (Chili Cookoff) 575-390-6184

Ron Duscha (Car Show) 915-598-0621

Mirissa Good (Parade and Festival) 575-257-7395


Mescalero Princess - photo by Mark Doth

2017 Aspenfest Sponsor – Thank you to PNM for sponsoring the Aspenfest Parade!


Aspenfest Parade

Date: Oct. 7, 2017

When: 10:00 AM

Where: Parade begins at the top of Sudderth & Mechem and finishes in front of Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Info: 575-257-7395

Theme:  Hocus Pocus

Download AspenFest Parade Application

Festival in Wingfield Park with NM Wine, Craft Beer and Spirits

When: October 7, 2017

When: 11 am to 6 pm

Where: Wingfield Park

Admission: $5 for general admission; $15 includes entry, beer/wine tasting and complimentary wine glass;
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets

Info: Ruidoso Valley Chamber of Commerce: 575-257-7395

2017 NM State Open Chili Cook-Off and Chile Society Pod Chili Cook-Off

Date: Oct. 7, 12pm, Public Tasting Oct. 8, 12pm

Where: Ruidoso Downs Racetrack & Casino

What: Chili Cook-off! Tasting cups available for donation.

Info: For Info Call Paul Mulkey at 575-390-6184

Rod Run & Car Show

Date: Oct. 7

When: 8 AM to 4 PM

Where: Inn of the Mountain Gods

What: Hot rods and classic cars on display

Admission: FREE

Info: 915-598-0621