Venues and Lodging



Las Cruces UkeFest 2019, except for the Friday evening concert, will be held at the beautiful New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. This state-run facility offers us several workshop spaces. In your free time, you can explore the indoor and outdoor exhibits, with everything from art and history to goats and milking cows.

We’ve arranged to cover the cost for festival attendees to explore the museum Saturday if you find yourself with some free time. Just show your festival name badge and you’re set to wander the exhibits. On Sunday the museum opens to the public at noon and admission is $5.

The museum is located just off Interstate 25 in Las Cruces at 4100 Dripping Springs Road. Take the University exit (Exit 1) and go east 1.5 miles.

The Friday night concert will be held at the New Mexico State University Atkinson Center for the Performing Arts, giving us plenty of room for ukulele lovers to attend the concert. It is located in the NMSU Music Building, just south of the new Center for the Arts, off University on Espina. Parking is indicated in the second map below.

Map of locations

NMSU Atkinson Recital Hall parking detail:

The yellow star on the map below indicates the NMSU Music Building, in which you will find the Atkinson Recital Hall, home of our Friday evening concert. The orange and burgundy spaces are parking lots, which are free and open after 4:30 p.m. on Friday. There are also spaces along North Horseshoe Circle and just west of the Music Building (mostly handicapped spots).


Catered lunch:

A catered hot lunch is provided for those who signed up for the full festival. An alternate meal is available for those with special dietary needs. We’ll let you know the menu as the date gets closer.

Hilton Garden Inn

2018 information – we will update this soon as needed: Our host hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, is located about a mile from the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum. Discounted rooms are available for $99, plus tax, single or double. The block will be held until May 5, so don’t delay in making your reservations! To reserve your room, call (575) 522-0900 and ask for the Las Cruces UkeFest rate.

The Hilton Garden Inn is located at 2550 Don Roser Drive, just off the University exit.


New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum


Hilton Garden Inn guest room