Annual Regional Events

Planning an Event? Capitan has Lodgers Tax Funds Available to provide revenues for the purpose of advertising, publicizing and promoting tourist-related attractions, facilities and events that bring visitors & tourists to Capitan. Apply at Village Hall.

68th Smokey Bear Parade

 Saturday July 1st, 2023

Annual Smokey Bear Independence Day Parade - Capitan, NM - begins at 10am.

A Capitan tradition, join the hundreds that line the street to celebrate authentic western heritage. Military, antique & custom cars, horse-drawn  wagons, fire trucks, pets, cowboys on horseback, rodeo queens and Smokey Bear. It's the biggest and best 4th of July parade in all of Lincoln County.


Smokey Bear Stampede

July 1st-4th, 2023

The Nations Largest Open Rodeo Weekend. Cowboy Ranch Rodeo - Youth Ranch Rodeo - Nightly Western. Swing Dance - Fireworks Display on the 4th! Visit website for more info.

Call to artists

 The 28th Annual Lincoln County Art Loop

July 1st–3rd, 2023

This is a self-guided tour. Spend the day enjoying the majestic mountain views and take your time visiting each artist's studio location. Some artists will be demonstrating so that you can see, first hand, the skills they use when creating their artwork. Read more about the Art Loop

Civil war re-enactment

Fort Stanton Live!

Check their website for 2023 Dates

If you are looking for action, look no further than Fort Stanton where the annual Fort Stanton Live! event brings costumed re-eanactors from the Civil War and Indian Wars era to the Fort for demonstrations, presentations, concert and a military ball. Click for Details and Schedule at Fort Stanton Live


Old Lincoln Days

Check their website for 2023 Dates

Old Lincoln Days in Lincoln, NM – Old Lincoln Days is a folk pageant with re-enactors portraying Billy the Kid’s last escape and the notorious Lincoln County War - plus food vendors, live music, food and a parade. Watch for event details at


Lincoln County Fair

August 2nd - 6th, 2022

Livestock Exhibitions, Auctions, Arts & Crafts displays, Bakery Goods, Pet Show, Contests. Schedule and fair details – Lincoln County Fair website

Ranch Rodeo Flyer

14th Annual Ranch Rodeo Benefit

September 3rd, 2022

Annual rodeo benefitting the Lincoln County Cowboy Crisis Fund, held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Capitan.


All American Cowboy Fest

September 29th - September 30th, 2023

Previously the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium, the All American Cowboy Fest will continue to host vendors and the chuckwagon competition. Live rodeo and musical performances at the Ruidoso Downs Racetrack venue.

To learn more, visit

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Capitan Country Christmas Bazaar

December 3rd, 2022
10am to 4pm at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds

A wonderful gathering of a variety of arts, crafts and a few home-based businesses. All proceeds from the Bazaar will benefit the Capitan Women’s Club. To register as a vender, please go here.