For 10 years people have been coming to the Socorro area just to celebrate music. In an extravaganza weekend, Socorro will light up with the sound of music of all kinds, including harmonica.
SocorroFest kicks off with a street dance at the Plaza at 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Doug Figgs and the Cowboy Way will lead off the evening until 8 p.m. when The Remedy takes the stage.
On Saturday, Oct. 13, music will fill the town from three venues, the Plaza, the Old Town Bistro and the Capitol Bar.
According to organizer Jennifer Gonzales, not only is the weekend about music but offers plenty to do for the younger set, with plans for a jumping balloon, obstacle courses, a train ride and the classic sand box. All family activities are free.
Then there is the Spirit Tent, offering tastes from three New Mexico wineries and two New Mexico breweries. For a $5 entry cost, guests receive a SocorroFest glass and tastes of whatever the businesses have to offer.
“Everybody has to have an ID to get in the Spirit Tent,” Gonzales said. “Even your 80 year old grandfather.”
The music itself can be found on three different stages, she said. The Old Town Bistro is hosting a stage which will feature area groups of all kinds. The Capitol Bar is hosting the harmonica contest and some groups from around the state. And the Plaza stage will have a wide variety from some of the biggest groups in New Mexico to local bands and performances by the Et Alia belly dancing troupe and fire dancer Emily Woolsy.
Of course there will be plenty in terms of food, arts and crafts available. The Bumble Bee Corn Roaster will be on hand, Esocndida Grill with burgers and more and Flamigo Steve and his Italian Ice are just a beginning.
In the arts and crafts line-up there will be everything from purses, jewelry and pottery to photos and candles.
“This is your chance to come to buy your Christmas presents early,” Gonzales said.
In fact, she said, this is a great time to visit the Socorro area with so much happening this weekend including a National Wildlife Refuge Week celebration at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge; the Enchanted Star Party; Alamo Indian Days; a pet parade and an astrophotography competition.
“It is a great time to bring relatives to visit,” Gonzales said. “You will have something to do all day long. It’s going to be tons of fun.”