5 Summertime Experiences You Can Only Have in the East Mountains

Goat Yogathrough September 10th

Certified yoga teachers lead yogis through a fun, interactive class alongside playful goats. Each class begins with the opportunity to bottle feed the goats. Then, relax your way through a yoga sequence that combines a variety of poses and styles – snuggle up with a goat during child’s pose or let a goat join you for plank – on your back! Classes are one hour in length, the first 15 minutes or so feeding the baby goats, the remainder of the time practicing yoga with the babies. Class size limited to 30 students, and parents are welcome and encouraged to join your kids in class (each participant needs their own ticket). Class times are 9:00am and 11:am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more details and tickets ($15), go to Wildlife West.

15th  Annual Edgewood Arts & Music FestivalJuly 28th & 29th

Six-time, Grammy-nominated musician John McCutcheon performs live Saturday, July 29th at Wildlife West Nature Park. One of the most respected and beloved folk singers, McCutcheon has produced 34 albums. He is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. Headline performances continue with Coral Creek, the Colorado band brings their high energy original music spanning rock, country, bluegrass, Cajun, folk and island music to the main stage. Authentic Kentucky Mountain old-time and bluegrass will fill the air when James Reams & the Barnstormers perform.

The full-day festival features seven more bands, hand-crafted works by inspired local artisans and performers, locally-crafted beer from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, hayrides, and an entire nature park with rescued wildlife to explore up close.

Friday night’s kick-off event (July 28) is not to be missed — New Mexico’s legendary Syd Masters and the Swing Riders light up the stage for a Chuckwagon Supper Show to remember! World-renowned falconer, Tom Smylie, shares his passion with visitors as he leads a free-flight falcon show – always a crowd favorite, be sure to come early to catch it before dinner.

Discounted advance tickets are on sale now ($12-$25). Weekend-long dry camping available on site. For full schedule and tickets, go to Wildlife West.

17th Annual Route 66 Run, Rally & RockAugust 5th

This annual hometown event celebrates both the anniversary of Edgewood’s incorporation and the significance of the Mother Road for local commerce historically and still today. The annual parade is one of the largest in the region, featuring a myriad of classic and unique vehicles, community groups, floats, music, horses and a variety of other four-legged friends. A carnival of games and inflatables, business and artisans EXPO, entertainment and food fill the day. An incredible fireworks show light up the night skies thanks to Rich Ford. This event is hosted at Rich Ford Edgewood with participation from numerous community groups and Town of Edgewood. FREE. More details available for EXPO booths and PARADE applications.

NM Arts TIME “Persistence” exhibit on Edgewood Arts Trailthrough August 30th

Five unique art installations available only for Summer 2017 have been created by New Mexico artists to interpret “Persistence” as a dynamic of our community. Each artists has provided an interesting take on that topic with surprisingly varied media and presentations – from sound, to light, to traditional straw clay sculpture. Enjoy all five of these installations and the resulting Edgewood Arts Trail they’ve created. Take photos and enter the Edgewood Art Trail “Persistence” contest by August 4 – you could win one of 20+ prizes offered by Edgewood Chamber of Commerce members! FREE. For more details, go to Edgewood Arts Trail.

Chuckwagon Supper Show & Free-flight Falcon ExperienceSaturdays ‘til September 2nd

You can’t call yourself an East Mountainer unless you’ve been to the Chuckwagon Supper Show. This is the only show of its kind in a nature park, featuring a free-flight falcon exhibition. And, that’s just the starter! Dinner is traditional BBQ with all the fixins’ followed by musical performances that will have your toes tappin’ and your hands clappin’!  A great mix of musical performers all summer long keep it fresh and fun. This is a fantastic activity to share with your out-of-town guests for an authentic New Mexico experience.  For more details and tickets ($12-25), go to Wildlife West.