If Father’s Day weekend is going to be the pits then it may as well be cherry pits.

Nichols Ranch and Orchards in La Luz, New Mexico is hosting the 2023 Nichols Ranch Cherry Festival over the Father’s Day weekend, so if you’re feeling the need to get out of town for a fun day trip with the family consider taking a road trip to the orchards just outside Alamogordo for the 4th Annual Cherry Festival, Saturday and Sunday, June 17-18.

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Eat, Drink, and be Cherry!

Nichols Ranch and Orchards
Nichols Ranch and Orchards

The festival is all about celebrating the annual cherry crop, so, naturally, it’s all things cherry: cherry pie, cherry cider, cherry jams, and baskets and baskets of just-picked cherries.

Listen to live music, spend some time in the beer and wine garden, have lunch at one of the food booths or food trucks, and peruse the wares of arts and crafts vendors while celebrating the more than 100-year history of red, ripe, and ready to pick cherries grown in the Sacramento Mountains.

There will be activities to keep the kids entertained, too, like the Runyan Ranch Petting Zoo, and train rides.

Runyan Ranches
Runyan Ranches

Music Lineup

Saturday, June 17:

West Texas 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Phil Hamilton 12:30-3:30
Justin Kemp Band 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 18:

Doso Dirtbags 9:30-12:15
Hooks and the Huckleberries 1:30-4:45

What to Know If You Plan to Go

• June 17-18, 2023
• $10 ages 12 and up
• Pets must be well-behaved and on a leash at all times

How to Get There

Nichols Ranch and Orchards is located 7 miles outside Alamogordo in La Luz, New Mexico.

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