In 2017 we hosted 38,000 aliens in Roswell! We were so amazed! Our surveys indicated people from 43 states and 16 different countries. 27 media groups, 24 live coverage network shows, and countless printed stories. We were featured on The Travel Channel’s Expeditions Unknown, The Food Network’s Carnival Eats and more!
We realize 2017 will be hard to beat, but we are working hard on some exciting additions in 2018 to make this festival even bigger and better than ever. Be sure to join over 32,000 subscribers at the bottom of the page for updates!
This year the Festival will be held July 6-8, 2018 – start making plans to attend now! Many hotels are already taking reservations and are usually booked, so we recommend making reservations now! We are currently in the process of scheduling all the entertainment and events, so check back often.
The City of Roswell invites UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of one of the most debated incidents in history. The three-day event will feature guest speakers, authors, live entertainment, a costume contest, parade, a pet costume contest, parade, family-friendly activities and more.
The majority of big events are free. These include the Free Movie, Pet and Human Costume Contests, Light Parade and so much more. No charge to take selfies in the NASA suit, free alien autopsies, alien hat making and crafts. Some of the vendors, the UFO Musuem and the Roswell Planetarium charge nominal fees.
Amazing Events in Roswell the 4th of July Holiday!
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8:30pmFriday, July 6, 2018
We are excited to announce that Curtis Grimes will be performing at the 2018 UFO Festival in Roswell, New Mexico! Grimes has 6 #1 songs under his belt and has played hundreds of shows across the US. His most recent album “Undeniably Country” was released in November of 2016 and debuted at #16 on Billboard Heatseekers. The album features songs such as fan favorite "From Where I'm Standing" co-penned by Chris Janson and his most recent #1 single "Right About Now". Learn more about Curtis and listen to a few of his hits. Keep updated on our website at www.ufofestivalroswell.com and subscribe for email updates. We continue to add more entertainment and amazing events!Learn more
8:30pmFriday, July 6, 2018
In the epic adventure film `Independence Day,' strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies ignite. Terror races through the world's major cities. As these extraordinary events unfold, it becomes increasingly clear that a force of incredible magnitude has arrived, its mission: total annihilation over the Fourth of July weekend. The last hope to stop the destruction is an unlikely group of people united by fate and unimaginable circumstances. What a perfect movie to show at the official 2018 UFO Festival Independence Day weekend! Join us at the 3rd St. Station pavilion for a FREE showing of this critically acclaimed movie. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. The floor is concrete, so plan accordingly. Remember to bring your:
- Bug spray
THIS IS A NON-SMOKING EVENT. WELL BEHAVED PETS ARE ALLOWED.Learn more
6:45amSaturday, July 7, 2018
The City of Roswell Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the Alien Chase Saturday, July 7. The Alien Chase features a 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run, and a 5K walk. Participants in each race will compete in nine age divisions for men and women. The 10K races will start at 6:45 a.m. and 5K races will start at 8:15 a.m. at the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center at 807 N. Missouri Ave. Age divisions are 10 & under, 11-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. Overall men’s and women’s winners in each race will receive awards. First- through third-place finishers in each age group will receive medals. Commemorative T-shirts will be given to all participants and drawings for door prizes will take place following the races. Entry forms are available at the Adult and Recreation Center or online at athlinks.com. Registration on race day will be from 6 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. at the Adult and Recreation Center. Packet pick-up will be July 6 at the Adult and Recreation Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. or on race-day morning from 6 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Registration cost for each race is $35 through May 31. Cost is $45 June 1 through July 6, and $50 on race day. Costs include chip timing. For more information, call (575) 624-6719.Learn more
10:00amSaturday, July 7, 2018
Join us for the Cielo Grande Veterinary Center Alien Pet Contest. Saturday, July 7, 2018, 10 am Pet Contest outdoors on Courthouse Lawn at 10 am Human Contest inside Pearson Auditorium (NMMI Campus - approx 1500 block of N. Main St.) at 3 pm DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS AND RELEASE Every year the Alien Costume Contest grows and the competition gets tougher. With this world renowned event, you are guaranteed a great time! All ages and costumes are invited to enter. There is no charge to enter! This isn't only a costume contest, it is a full-out stage performance. Because it’s more than just posing on stage: it’s about portraying characters too, a show full of spectacle, beauty, awe, comedy. We want you to have fun with it. Woo the crowd and the judges and you have a better chance of winning! With a costume for pets in the morning and the adults in the early evening - it is a great day of fun and entertainment! Pets are required to be restrained in some way and owners must clean up after their pets. We welcome all contestants to travel the festival, you will be surprised at how many people will stop you just to take a photo!Learn more
3:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018
Join us for the Alexa Person Alien Costume Contes. Saturday, July 7, 2018, 3 pm Human Contest inside Pearson Auditorium (NMMI Campus - approx 1500 block of N. Main St.) at 3 pm DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORMS AND RELEASE Every year the Alien Costume Contest grows and the competition gets tougher. With this world renowned event, you are guaranteed a great time! All ages and costumes are invited to enter. There is no charge to enter! This isn't only a costume contest, it is a full-out stage performance. Because it’s more than just posing on stage: it’s about portraying characters too, a show full of spectacle, beauty, awe, comedy. We want you to have fun with it. Woo the crowd and the judges and you have a better chance of winning! With a costume for pets in the morning and the adults in the early evening - it is a great day of fun and entertainment! Pets are required to be restrained in some way and owners must clean up after their pets. We welcome all contestants to travel the festival, you will be surprised at how many people will stop you just to take a photo!Learn more
5:55pmSaturday, July 7, 2018
For an amazingly unique music event, you won't want to miss the Brothers of Alien Rock! They are as excited about joining us as we are of having them: "Friends of Earth! We have reached an apex, an historical moment in our existence here on your planet ✊👽🔥 We are on a journey JULY 1ST to return to our point of origin to play the biggest baddest UFO festival on the planet at The Amazing Roswell UFO Festival !!! Join us as we document every step along the way in our multi media interactive event; #Road2Roswell !!!"Excel Energy UFO Electric Light Parade. Learn more
8:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018
9:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018
Thank you, Xcel Energy for sponsoring this event! One of the favorite events of the UFO Festival is the evening light parade. Our summer evenings are beautiful and families love to come out and enjoy the creative floats full of aliens and spaceships. The parade begins at 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7 and runs south from 9th St. to 3rd St. Come early to guarantee a great seat! There is no entry fee and all aliens and pets from the costume contest are encouraged to ride on the float provided.Learn more
One morning around Independence Day 1947, about 75 miles from the town of Roswell, New Mexico, a rancher named Mac Brazel found something unusual in his sheep pasture: a mess of metallic sticks held together with tape; chunks of plastic and foil reflectors; and scraps of a heavy, glossy, paper-like material. Unable to identify the strange objects, Brazel called Roswell’s sheriff. The sheriff, in turn, called officials at the nearby Roswell Army Air Force base. Soldiers fanned out across Brazel’s field, gathering the mysterious debris and whisking it away in armored trucks. On July 8, “RAAF Captures Flying Saucer on Ranch in Roswell Region” was the top story in the Roswell Daily Record. But was it true? On July 9, an Air Force official clarified the paper’s report: The alleged “flying saucer,” he said, was only a crashed weather balloon. However, to anyone who had seen the debris (or the newspaper photographs of it), it was clear that whatever this thing was, it was no weather balloon. Some people believed–and still believe–that the crashed vehicle had not come from Earth at all. They argued that the debris in Brazel’s field must have come from an alien spaceship.The site is reached only by private tours on the Bogle ranch. Be the first in 71 years to take a tour of the Brazel crash site. LEARN MORE OR PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINELearn more
You won’t want to miss this amazing ‘curious collection’ of retrobots at Roswell’s newest museum -the Miniatures and Curious Collections Museum (MCCM), 320 N. Richardson – beginning June 29, 2018. RETROBOTS: Vintage toy robots, rockets, saucers, astronauts, spacemobiles and moviebots! RETROBOTS: A selection from the personal collection of Howard Vasquez, Carlsbad, NM. Howard has been collecting since the late 1990s, finding treasures at yard sales, secondhand stores and even a missing arm on E-bay. His collection includes tin and early plastic toys from Japan, Germany, Russia, Romania, Korea and the United States, starting from the late ‘40s. MCCM Mission and Features: To preserve a permanent collection of quality miniatures and tell the story of their makers, to continue the craft of miniature making and foster appreciation, and to entertain visitors with rotating exhibits of curious collections. MCCM features miniature room boxes, houses, and group displays; individual items such as Julie Hinkle’s Poco Pots; a dollhouse play area for children; a gift shop; miniature workshop and meeting room area. RETROBOTS OPENING & UFO FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30, 3-9 p.m. Sunday, July 1 thru Thursday, July 8, 3-8 p.m. Friday, July 6 thru Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. ADMISSION: $2 to MCCM only; $10 for Mars 2147 experience (at same location) which includes MCCM
This event is not hosted by 2018 UFO Festival CommitteeLearn more
We are so pleased to have the amazing Runyan Ranches Petting Zoo join us at our Festival this year! Runyan Ranches will provide a variety of animals for the zoo, numbering between 45-60. These animals are all experienced petting zoo participants. They have hands on interaction with the public daily, whether home based or traveling. They are used to being in different locations, unusual smells, sights and sounds. You will even be able to feed them! Learn more about Runyan Ranches!Learn more