New Mexico Native American Feast Days, Pueblos Dances, Festivals

New Mexico’s 19 Pueblos and wide swathes of tribal lands offer visitors an unrivaled glimpse into Native American culture, both historical and contemporary. Very often, access to these pueblos comes in the form of feasts days, dance ceremonies, festivals and many other special events. Below you’ll find about 100 ways to explore this essential element of this region’s cultural history

Pueblo feast days usually take place on the same date every year, while other special events take place during specific weekends throughout the year. Please note that event dates can change and/or be closed to the public with little or no notice. Many dances and events are scheduled based on the decisions of pueblo leaders, and scheduling can be inconsistent from year to year. “It’s up to the tribal war chiefs to decide what dances are going to be held and when,” according to one pueblo visitor center representative.

When planning to attend a pueblo event, contact the visitor center or pueblo office beforehand. Find a complete list of pueblo telephone numbers and websites below.



  • Turtle Dance – Taos Pueblo
  • Transfer of Canes to new officials and various dances – Picuris Pueblo
  • Pueblo Corn Dances – Cochiti Pueblo


  • King’s Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers: Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances – Most pueblos
  • Evening Firelight Dances (Occasional) – San Ildefonso Pueblo






  • Candelaria Feast Day – Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo

First Weekend

  • Governor’s Feast Day and various dances – Old Acoma Pueblo

Second Weekend

  • Deer dances – San Juan Pueblo

End of the Month






Easter Weekend Dances

  • Many Pueblos

Every Fourth Weekend

  • Gathering of the Nations (One of the country’s largest powwows) – Albuquerque Convention Center




  • St. Phillip Feast Day – San Felipe Pueblo


  • Santa Cruz Feast Day with Corn Dance, blessing of the fields and foot races – Taos Pueblo

Memorial Day Weekend

  • Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show – Jemez Pueblo



First Saturday in June

  • Blessing of the Fields – Tesuque Pueblo


  • San Antonio Feast Day (various dances) – Sandia Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo


  • San Juan Feast Day – Taos Pueblo
  • St. John the Baptist Feast Day – Ohkay Owingeh




  • Celebration of the Waterfall – Nambe Pueblo


  • St. Bonaventure Feast Day – Cochiti Pueblo

Second weekend in July

  • Annual Intertribal Powwow – Taos Pueblo

Third Weekend in July

  • Little Beaver Celebration with pro-Indian and open Rodeo, powwow, pony express race, parade, dances and more – Jicarilla Apache



  • Santa Ana Feast Day – Santa Ana Pueblo, Taos Pueblo
  • Seama Village Feast – Laguna Pueblo



First Week


  • St. Dominic Feast Day – Santo Domingo Pueblo




  1. San Lorenzo Feast Day with foot races, dances and pole climbing – Picuris Pueblo
  2. San Lorenzo Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo (Acomita), Laguna Pueblo


  • St. Clare Feast Day – Santa Clara Pueblo


Third Week


First Week


  • St. Stephen Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo


  • St. Augustine Feast Day – Pueblo of Isleta


Labor Day Weekend


  • Go-Jii-Yah Feast, annual celebration with foot races, powwow and country rodeo – Jicarilla Apache


  • St. Joseph Feast Day with Buffalo, Eagle and Social Dances – Laguna Pueblo



  • San Geronimo Eve Vespers – Taos Pueblo


  • San Geronimo Feast Day with dances, races, pole climb, arts and crafts fair – Taos Pueblo



First week


  • San Francisco de Assisi Feast Day – Nambe Pueblo


  • Ancient Way Fall Festival and Arts Market – Zuni Pueblo

Second Weekend


  • St. Margaret Mary’s Feast at Paraje Village – Laguna Pueblo




  • San Diego Feast Day – Tesuque Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo


Last week of November



First Week

  • Shalako dance and festival (Closed to the public) – Zuni Pueblo


  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day – Pojoaque Pueblo
  • Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances – Tesuque Pueblo
  • Matachina Dances – Jemez Pueblo


  • Procession of the Virgin Mary – Taos Pueblo
  • Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Dance – Tesuque Pueblo
  • Christmas Eve Mass and Buffalo, Deer and Antelope Dances – Nambe Pueblo
  • Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers and Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo
  • Luminarias display (2,000 paper bag lanterns line the road leading to Acoma Pueblo)


  • Various Dances and Matachinas Dance – Taos Pueblo
  • Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh
  • Various Dances – Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo
  • *Many pueblos offer Christmastime events. Please see our phone list at the bottom of the page to contact specific pueblos.


  • Traditional Dances inside San Esteban del Rey Mission on the mesa – Acoma Pueblo



  • Turtle Dance – Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
  • Buffalo Dances – Jemez Pueblo



Phone Numbers and Websites

Acoma: 1-800-747-0181 |

Cochiti: 505-465-2244 |

Isleta Pueblo: 505-869-3111 |

Jemez Pueblo: 575-834-7235 |

Laguna Pueblo: 505-552-6654 |

Nambe Pueblo: 505-455-2036 |

Ohkay Owingeh: 505-852-4400 |

Picuris Pueblo: 575-587-2519 |

Pojoaque Pueblo: 505 819 2276 |

Sandia Pueblo: 505-867-3317 |

San Felipe Pueblo: 505-867-3381 |

San Ildefonso Pueblo: 505-455-2273 |

Santa Ana Pueblo: 505-867-3301 |

Santa Clara Pueblo: 505-753-7330 |

Santo Domingo Pueblo: 505-465-2214 |

Taos Pueblo: (575) 758-1028 |

Tesuque Pueblo: 505-983-2667 or 505-455-2467 |

Zia Pueblo: 505-867-3304 |

Zuni Pueblo: 505-782-4481 |

Here’s a link to a good list of contacts for tribal government offices from the New Mexican Indian Affairs Department.

This list was compiled from independent sources and information on and

Postcard images from The Tichnor Brothers Collection of the Boston Public Library

This article was posted by Cheryl Fallstead

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