August 28 & August 29, 2015
The Sunflower Festival, a major cultural event for the community and surrounding area, features:
- Arts and crafts show featuring over 100 local and regional artists and artisans;
- Live entertainment by musical groups including Rye Creek, Erineo, and more;
- Food and other street vendors;
- Walking Tour of Mountainair murals and mosaics as shown in the new art council brochure;
- Art raffle;
- Sunflower hat competition with prizes awarded;
- Fun things for kids (NM Van of Enchantment history exhibit, hands-on painting of sunflowers on a large canvas, photo face board)
- Sunflowers everywhere—both at the festival and along the town’s main streets and back-country roads.
The event is free and sponsored by the Manzano Mountain Art Council, supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
NOTE: All artist info is here.
August 28 Sunflower Events
MMAC is kicking off the 2015 Mountainair Sunflower Festival, 4 - 6 p.m., Friday, August 28, with a free art exhibition opening celebrating our 20 years as an organization. The three Friday evening events listed will be held at at Mountain Arts on Broadway (Hwy 55 and 60, Mountainair, NM).
St. Clair Winery is holding a wine tasting featuring eight different wines ($10) with cheese and snacks from 4 - 6 p.m., to benefit the community art center. Tickets will be sold at the door. Your favorite wines also will be available by the glass and bottle.
Then at 6:30 p.m., please join us for our opening “International Music Festival” concert featuring 2015 NEA National Heritage Fellow honoree and two-time Grammy-nominated virtuoso Iraqi oud musician and composer, Rahim AlHaj. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the door (pending availability). If you are concerned about availability send an email requesting "will call".
Sunflower Festival Events
Dr. Saul Center: Juried Vendors, Information Booth, Restrooms Raffle items and tickets (Drawing at 3pm – do not need to be present to win.)
Street in front of Center: Food Vendors, booths, more restrooms
- 10:00 a.m. – National Anthem
- 10:05 a.m. – Rye Creek Band
- 12:30 p.m. – Sunflower Hat Contest
- 1:00 p.m. – Mountainair High School Band
- 1:30 p.m. – Erineo
- 3:00 p.m. – Le Chat Lunatique
Indigenous Clay – demo and participate in ancient pottery art! Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument Headquarters Parking lot – (US 60) – all day
Sunflower Fence – Help paint a mural! Back of B Street Market Parking lot (US 60)
“20 Years of Enchantment” juried art show – Mountain Arts on Broadway (corner of NM 55 & US 60)
Collectibles Sale (fundraiser for MMAC) – Mountain Arts on Broadway (corner of NM 55 & US 60).
Roving Musicians – Lenora Romero & Gloria Zamora – all over!
Sunflower Face Photo Op – east side of post office
Student Sunflower Art – US 60 business store fronts
Galleries in Mountainair: Cibola Arts and Gypsy Raven on US 60 (Broadway).
Art Raffle at the Sunflower Festival
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Accommodations — Make a weekend of it!
Come for the Sunflower Festival and stay for the weekend at one our comfortable accommodations listed below. Mountainair offers the best access to the Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, consisting of ruins at three sites: Quarai, Abó, and Gran Quivira. Because of its proximity to these ruins, Mountainair is known as the “Gateway to Ancient Cities.” Also, visit our interesting shops and restaurants and enjoy a stroll through town to see our community murals featured in the Walking Tour Brochure.
Turner Inn & RV Park (Pet Friendly)
This independently, American owned motel and RV park is situated at the east end of Mountainair and offers a friendly and inviting atmosphere at affordable prices. Rooms come with refrigerators, microwaves, coffeemakers, DirecTV, WiFi, and free long-distance phone. An on-site patio area with BBQ, a laundry facility, and a hospitality/exercise room are available for guest use. The RV park comes with full hook-ups, free WiFi, and a shower house. Tent campers are welcome. Big rig parking is available. Reservations and Rates: 505-847-0248.
Casa Manzano Bed & Breakfast
Casa Manzano Bed & Breakfast is located on a foothill overlooking the Manzano Mountains. Accommodations open onto a central garden courtyard. The design synthesizes environmentally sound construction, traditional Southwest materials, and innovative contemporary features. Owner Guy Seiler will happily welcome you to his lovely retreat. Reservations and Rates: 505-384-9767.
Two Ponyz Ranch
Two Ponyz Ranch is a spacious 40-acre ranch adjacent to the Cibola National Forest. Situated among plentiful piñon and juniper on red-colored land that rolls and climbs towards the Manzano Mountains, Two Ponyz offers a real taste of New Mexico’s best — brilliant blue skies along with mountain and mesa views that stretch for miles. The guest house features a kiva fireplace, heated stone floors, jetted tub, FREE WiFi and FREE Dish TV. There is also a stable, should you want to bring along your horses. Check the website for special offers. Reservations and Rates: 505-847-0245.