Memorial Day weekend is generally recognized as the unofficial official start of summer. Around here, though, summer starts when the outdoor festivals get underway. And that’s this weekend.

While the majority of music festivals will take place between Memorial Day and Labor Day, a few warm-weather and special-event type fests are getting a jump on things beginning Friday. So get ready to sip, dance and party the weekend away -- but try not to party too hearty because there’s many more to come.

Las Cruces Country Music Festival

Friday through Sunday April 29-May 1, Lee Ann Womack and Nitty Gritty Dirt Band headline this year. Tickets & More Info

Sun City Craft Beer Festival

Saturday April 30, Dozens of local, regional and national craft breweries showcase and share their brews. Tickets & More Info

El Paso Burger + Craft Beer Festival

Saturday April 30, Local burger joints + local craft beers, and live local bands. Tickets & More Info

La Vina Wine Festival

Saturday and Sunday April 30-May 1, Music, crafts, food and more than 20 award-winning New Mexico wines available for tasting. Tickets & More Info