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.

Here’s the museum layout with workshop rooms indicated. This will also be in the printed program you receive at the festival.


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:

Ignore all those dire warnings about the closed road near the NMSU Music Building, where the Atkinson Recital Hall is located. It is freshly paved, striped, and ready for driving! Here’s the latest and greatest parking map, both as an embedded image and a downloadable PDF to take with you.



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. The menu is available on the Register page under the T-shirt design.

Hilton Garden Inn

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 2, so don’t delay in making your reservations! To reserve your room, call (575) 522-0900 and ask for the Las Cruces UkeFest rate.

Here’s the link to the Hilton Garden Inn reservation page for the UkeFest:

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