Las Cruces, New Mexico, is a vibrant blend of cultures, offering a welcoming atmosphere to everyone. The city's rich past is reflected in its many local festivals, including Cowboy Days, Cinco de Mayo, and the Renaissance ArtsFaire. These events celebrate the region's history, from its oldest wine-growing region to its famous chiles, and the unique Whole Enchilada Fiesta features the world's largest example of this favorite food​​.

If you're planning a visit, the local business "Visit Las Cruces" provides information on events, conventions, sports, and tourism sales. You can find it at 336 S. Main Street​​. For accommodations, there are several options. The Hilton Garden Inn offers Mission style construction and décor with 114 Evolution rooms, free WiFi, HD televisions, and an on-site restaurant. Another option is Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces, which features 200 guest rooms and a grand Spanish colonial style overlooking the Mesilla Valley, with its own restaurant and nightclub. The Ramada Hotel & Conference Center also offers comfortable guest and meeting room accommodations​​.

For dining options, Las Cruces has a diverse range of eateries. The Bean is a coffeehouse that serves breakfast, lunch, and treats. Boba Café offers an Asian twist with lunch, dinner, and signature "boba" or tapioca pearl tea. Mezcla at the Hotel Encanto provides a traditional hacienda-style cocina with regional cuisine, and D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro offers a menu that features French Country dishes paired with New Mexico wines​​.

In terms of entertainment and nightlife, Amaro Winery produces premium wines from southern New Mexico grapes and is located near the historic downtown. The American Southwest Theatre Company features a mix of classic and contemporary plays. The Fountain Theatre and the Rio Grande Theatre offer alternative, foreign, and independent films and local and international performances, respectively. For wine lovers, Vintage Wines is a premier wine bar located in downtown Mesilla​.

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Popular gay events in Las Cruces, NM:

  1. Naked Man Pride Concert - This event, organized by the New Mexico Gay Men's Chorus, celebrates pride and the lgbtq+Q+ community through music. The chorus often holds concerts and events in various locations throughout New Mexico.
  2. ABQ Pride - While primarily centered in Albuquerque, ABQ Pride is one of the most significant pride events in New Mexico. They organize various events, including the PrideFest, which attracts participants from all over the state, including Las Cruces.
  3. Gay New Mexico Events Calendar - GoGayNewMexico offers an events calendar that lists various lgbtq+Q+ events happening throughout the state, including Las Cruces. It's a comprehensive resource for anyone looking to participate in lgbtq+Q+ events in New Mexico.

List of gay-friendly hotspots in Las Cruces, NM:

  1. The Game Sports Bar and Grill: This friendly neighborhood gay bar offers a laid-back environment where visitors can relax and socialize. The Game Sports Bar and Grill is known for its welcoming staff, pool tables, karaoke nights, and occasional drag shows, providing a mix of entertainment options for patrons.
  2. Salud! de Mesilla: Popular lgbtq+Q friendly resturant with great food and atmosphere.
  3. Pecan Grill & Brewery: While not exclusively a gay venue, Pecan Grill & Brewery is a popular restaurant and brewery that attracts a diverse crowd. With its delicious food, locally brewed beers, and comfortable ambiance, it has become a favorite gathering spot for lgbtq+Q+ individuals and their friends.
  4. Zia Comics: Zia Comics is a local comic book store that embraces diversity and inclusivity. It hosts lgbtq+Q+ events, comic book signings, and game nights, creating a welcoming environment for comic enthusiasts and members of the lgbtq+Q+ community.
  5. Drag Shows at local venues: Las Cruces occasionally hosts drag shows at different venues, providing an exciting opportunity to witness talented performers and experience the vibrant art of drag. Keep an eye out for announcements on social media or local event listings to catch these entertaining shows.
  6. lgbtq+Q+ Meetup Groups: Various lgbtq+Q+ meetup groups exist in Las Cruces, covering a range of interests and activities. These groups provide an avenue for lgbtq+Q+ individuals to connect with like-minded people, participate in shared hobbies, and form meaningful friendships.
  7. Palacio Bar Since 1936: lgbtq+Q - friendly bar in Mesilla, near Las Cruces. Great place to drink, dance, for variety of live music.

Visitor Information
Visit Las Cruces: Local business and event information including convention, sports and tourism sales and coordination efforts. 336 S. Main Street (Corner of Amador Avenue and Main Street), (575) 541-2444

Lodging in Las Cruces

• Hilton Garden Inn: Mission style construction and décor featuring 114 Evolution rooms with Garden Sleep System bed, 2900 square feet of meeting and banquet space, free WiFi, HD televisions and the Great American Grill restaurant. 2550 S. Don Roser Drive, (575) 522-0900
• Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces: 200 guest rooms, public and function space appointed in the grand Spanish colonial style overlooking the Mesilla Valley with restaurant and nightclub.
705 South Telshor, (575) 522-4300
• Ramada Hotel & Conference Center: Comfortable guest and meeting room accommodations from professional meetings to intimate gatherings, carefree and grand celebrations.
2010 E. University Avenue, (575) 526-4411

Dining in Las Cruces

• The Bean: Coffeehouse open for breakfast, lunch and treats. 2123 Calle de Guadalupe. (575) 523-0560
• Boba Café: Café with an Asian twist, lunch and dinner, signature “boba” or tapioca pearl tea, cabaret shows with dining. 1900 Espina Street, (575) 647-5900 or 647-9767
• Mezcla: Reminiscent of a traditional hacienda style cocina, Linger, taste, savor and enjoy discovered regional cuisine. 705 South Telshor Blvd. in Hotel Encanto, (575) 522-4300 or toll-free (866) 383-0443
• Salud! de Mesilla: Great food, great atmosphere, and great service with infusion of many cultures. 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, (575) 323-3548
• Santorini: Flavors of the Greek Islands. 1001 East University Avenue, (575) 521-9270
• Spirit Winds Coffee House: gift source extraordinaire and coffee bar. Unusual greeting card selection and several rainbow items. Indoor and outdoor seating for a light lunch or dessert treat. 2260 Locust Street, (575) 521-0222
• D.H. Lescombes Winery & Bistro: Winemaker and Master Chef collaborated to create a menu that features French Country dishes paired with award winning New Mexico wines. Comfortable dining room and refreshing outdoor patio make your dining experience a true pleasure. 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, (575) 524-2408

Entertainment/Nightlife in Las Cruces

• Amaro Winery: Located near historic downtown, Amaro produces premium wines from southern New Mexico grapes. 402 S. Melendres Street, (575) 527-5310
• American Southwest Theatre Company: Features a mix of classic and contemporary plays performed by students and guest professionals. 1000 E. University Avenue, (575) 646-4515
• Boba Café: Café with an Asian twist, lunch and dinners, cabaret shows with dining. 1900 Espina Street, (575) 647-5900 or 647-9767
• Fountain Theatre and Mesilla Valley Film Society: Presenting alternative, foreign and independent films to southern New Mexico. 2469 Calle de Guadalupe, (575) 524-8287
• Rio Grande Theatre: Completely refurbished 422-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility in the heart of downtown featuring events and performances by local and international stars. 211 Downtown Mall, (575) 523-6403
• Vintage Wines: Premier wine bar located in downtown Mesilla, tasting room for Black Range Vineyards in Hillsboro. 2461 Calle de Principal, (575) 523-9463

Shopping in Las Cruces

• Casa Camino Real Cultural Center: Home of the Border Book Festival a community resource center and store offering first edition, out-of-print, bi-lingual books and local art housed in historic Las Cruces.
• Ed Breeding, artist: Artistic story-telling through film and paintings, DVDs available. By appointment only at 308 West Madrid Avenue, (575) 524-4193, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Home & Flower, Domenic Metta: Home planning and interior decoration, furnishings, lighting and landscaping concepts. (575) 312-5027
• Spirit Winds Gifts: Gift source extraordinaire and coffee bar. Unusual greeting card selection and several rainbow items. Indoor and outdoor seating for a light lunch or dessert treat. 2260 Locust Avenue, (575) 521-0222
• Wild Birds Unlimited: Not just a birdseed store but Your Backyard Birdfeeding Specialist that brings you, your family and nature together. 2001 East Lohman Avenue, Suite 130, (575) 523-5489

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