Calendar: Here are some upcoming events happening Oct. 3 through Oct. 9

Mike Easterling
Farmington Daily Times
Durango's Travis Brown, front, and Las Vegas, N.M., rider Michael Palmer, left, fly down the first big turn during the long-course race at the 38th annual Road Apple Rally Oct. 6, 2018, at Lions Wilderness Park in Farmington. The event returns this weekend.

The 108th Northern Navajo Nation Fair takes place Oct. 3-6 at the fairgrounds in Shiprock. Hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Oct. 3-4, 8 a.m. to midnight Oct. 5 and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 6. The event includes a carnival, a rodeo, dancing, horticulture and livestock exhibitions, parades, live music and more. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 55 and older and children ages 6 to 12, and free for kids age 5 and younger, and veterans with valid ID.

The Downtown Makers Market takes place from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in downtown Farmington. The event features vendors of various local products, including produce, jams and jellies, leather goods, baked goods and repurposed items. Admission is free. Call 505-599-8442.

A historic downtown Farmington walking tour takes place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Palmer House, 210 N. Allen Ave. Participation is free. Call 505-599-1400.

Trivia Night returns at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 to the Multipurpose Room at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave. Bring your own team or come as an individual and join a group. Prizes are awarded to the winners. This is a free event. Visit or call 505-566-2210.

An opening reception for "The San Juan College Fine Arts Committee Invitational" featuring Matthew Bahe and Jon Von will take place at 5 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Henderson Fine Arts Center Art Gallery on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. The show will remain on display through Oct. 25. Admission is free. Call 505-566-3464.

The AstroFriday series continues at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 in the Planetarium at San Juan College, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington, with the program "The Aurora Explained," a video focused on the northern lights. Admission is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, and no one will be admitted after the programs have begun. A free, public stargaze with telescopes will follow in the courtyard. Call 505-566-3361.

San Juan College Theatre presents its fall comedy, "The Revolutionists," at 7 p.m. Oct. 4-5 in the Little Theatre on the college campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and $8 for children age 12 and younger at or at the box office. Call 505-566-3430.

Comedy Night returns at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 to SunRay Park & Casino, 39 County Road 5568 between Farmington and Bloomfield, with performances by Ron Morey and Paul Diedrich. Cover is $10. Call 505-566-1205.

The one-man show "Churchill" starring and written by Andrew Edlin will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. Tickets range from $8 to $18. Call 505-599-1148.

The Road Apple Rally, the longest-running annual mountain bike race in the United States, begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 5 at Lions Wilderness Park, 5800 College Blvd. in Farmington. Registration for the seven divisions ranges from $45 to $60. Call 505-599-1197.

The Farmington Growers Market takes place from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 in the parking lot adjacent to the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The event features locally grown food, hand-made crafts and live entertainment. Admission is free. Call 505-599-8442.

The ninth annual Aztec Highland Games & Celtic Festival take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6 at Riverside Park, 500 S. Light Plant Road in Aztec. The event features athletic competitions, live music, concessions, games, vendors, dance competitions, bag pipe exhibitions, vendors and clan tents. Tickets are $15 for the day or $20 for the weekend in advance at or $17 for the day and $22 for the weekend at the gate. Call 505-716-3003.

The Common Grounds Coffee Tasting takes place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 5 in the Multipurpose Room at the Farmington Public Library, 2101 Farmington Ave. The event includes a discussion about the roasting process and the taste nuances of coffee, as well as samples. Admission is free. Visit or call 505-566-2210.

The annual Pumpkin Festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5-6 at Sutherland Farms, 745 County Road 2900 north of Aztec. The event features fresh produce, tractor and hay rides, face painting, a corn maze, food and more. Admission is $5 for ages 12 and older, free for children 11 and younger. Call 505-334-3578 or visit

The Chile in October Challenge takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in Berg Park, 400 Scott Ave. in Farmington. The event features a chile cookoff in five categories, live music and a beer garden. Admission is $10 at the gate, free for children age 10 and younger.

Oktoberfest, a fundraising celebration for the Farmington Museum Foundation, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 E. Main St. The event includes live music by the Brahaus-Polka Band, and food and beer vendors. Tickets are $35, and admission is limited to those 21 and older. Visit or call 505-599-1173.

Caliente's Cabaret will be presented at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Totah Theater, 315 W. Main St. in Farmington. The event includes performances of material from the Great American Songbook by the Caliente Community Chorus, as well as light appetizers. Tickets are $15 in advance at 505-486-4188.

Education specialist Donna Thatcher leads the Tuesday Birding session at 8 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Riverside Nature Center in Animas Park off Browning Parkway in Farmington. A leisurely 1- to 2-mile walk through Animas and Berg parks is included. Participation is free. Call 505-599-1422.

The Fall Financial Aid FAFSA Fiesta will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 in Room 9012 of the Henderson Fine Arts Center on the San Juan College campus, 4601 College Blvd. in Farmington. Students and prospective students will receive aid in completing their financial aid forms. The event also includes free popcorn and drinks, door prizes and giveaways. Call 505-566-3564 or visit

"Knowing the 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease," a free presentation of the New Mexico Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, will be offered at 10 a.m. Oct. 9 at the San Juan Center for Independence, 1204 San Juan Blvd. in Farmington. Call 1800-272-3900.

The San Juan County Historical Society meeting at 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St., will feature Judy Cline delivering a presentation on "The Cline Family & Memories of the Fruitland Trading Company. Everyone is welcome, and admission is free.

The San Juan Jazz Society Jazz Jam will be presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St. in Farmington. Admission is free. Call 505-599-8442 or visit