Friday July 6


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.


MainStreet Roswell announces the 2018 UFO Festival will be held July 6-8 in Roswell, New Mexico. This year marks the 23rd year of the Festival and 71st anniversary of the “Roswell Incident.” Roswell welcomes UFO enthusiasts and skeptics alike to join in the celebration of the much-debated 1947 incident that many believe involved a UFO crashing on a ranch near Roswell.

The largest UFO Festival in the world hosted 38,000 visitors from 43 states and 16 countries during the 2017 Festival that gave them all a chance to explore questions such as: Did aliens crash in Roswell? Do UFOs exist? How was Roswell instrumental in developing modern-day space exploration?

This event was highlighted by coverage from 27 media groups, including the Travel Channel’s “Expeditions Unknown,” Food Network’s “Carnival Eats,” National Geographic and more. The worldwide attention for our wonderful small city and this event continues to grow year after year.

“This year we are highlighting space exploration. New Mexico and Roswell have been instrumental in developing modern-day space exploration,” said Juliana Halvorson, event organizer. “Dr. Robert H. Goddard tested his rockets near Roswell, and the Roswell Museum and Art Center has preserved his legacy with a re-creation of his workshop. The International UFO Museum and Research Center is located here as well. New Mexico is home to SpacePort America, the New Mexico Museum of Space History and White Sands Missile Range. We would like people to realize how important our state is to developing space history.”

This three-day event will also include the popular events that are huge draws and include the Cielo Grande Veterinary Center/Rio Pecos Kennel Club Alien Pet Contest, the Alex Persons Alien Costume Contest, the Xcel Energy UFO Electric Light Parade and Pioneer Bank Alien Hat Making/Family Craft Area. This year’s entertainment includes musicians Curtis Grimes and the Drake Hayes Band. Adding to the musical fun, the Brothers of Alien Rock will be appearing. A free movie will also be showing on Friday night.

Street entertainment will include the Star Wars 501st Dewback Ridge Garrison; crowd favorite street entertainer Obediah; and an occasional visit by aliens. Visitors are also encouraged to dress as aliens for the Festival. The Runyan Ranch Petting Zoo will be a new feature to the Festival this year.

Other entertainment will include: The Goddard Planetarium will be hosting laser light shows; Way Way Off Broadway will be holding dramatic readings of “War of the Worlds” and a UFO/USO show; The Roswell Community Little Theatre will be holding the FooDeeney family play.

Downtown will be filled with local merchants, street vendors and amazing food. Vendors are encouraged to download the vendor form at www.ufofestivalroswell.com, although all food spaces are taken. Local merchants will be participating in the UFO Passport program. Visitors can pick up a passport at the information booth and visit the various venues to get official stamps. Once a visitor has acquired the allotted amount, the passport can be brought back to the information booth to obtain free Festival memorabilia.

The Roswell Galacticon will also be hosting its event at the Roswell Mall July 6-7, 2018. This event features vendor booths, comic-book collectibles, artists, Cosplay, gaming, workshops and panels. It also includes a Sci-Fi Film Festival and Steampunk Ball. Cosplay participants are encouraged to enter the Alien Costume Contest July 7.

“Stanton Friedman, who was instrumental in highlighting the Roswell Incident, will be retiring this year,” notes Karen Jaramillo, Deputy Director of the International UFO Museum and Research Center. “We will be dedicating Friday, July 6, as Stanton Friedman Day. Mr. Friedman will also be the Grand Marshal of the Xcel Energy UFO Electric Light Parade.”

The principal sponsor of the UFO Festival is the City of Roswell, which provides funding for the event through lodgers’ tax revenues. MainStreet Roswell is a local non-profit organization dedicated to developing and enhancing a strong local economy and is the event organizer for the 71st Annual UFO Festival. In addition to visiting the event website (www.ufofestivalroswell.com), more information about this year’s UFO Festival can be obtained from MainStreet Roswell at (575) 914-8018. Media photos are available for use at www.ufofestivalroswell.com
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Planetarium Show: Phantom of the Universe

3:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

3:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

$5: Adults (ages 16-59) $3: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free: Museum Members & Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Rush 2112

5:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

5:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Led Zeppelin

7:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

7:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Curtis Grimes

8:30pmFriday, July 6, 2018

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!

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FREE Movie – Independence Day

8:30pmFriday, July 6, 2018

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:

  • Chairs
  • Snacks
  • Bug spray

THIS IS A NON-SMOKING EVENT.  WELL BEHAVED PETS ARE ALLOWED.

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Laser Show: Pink Floyd

9:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

9:00pmFriday, July 6, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Planetarium Show: Universe

1:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

1:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

$5: Adults (ages 16-59) $3: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free: Museum Members & Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Country

3:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

3:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Metallica

5:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

5:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Pink Floyd

7:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

7:00pmSaturday, July 7, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Car Show

12:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

12:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

Don't miss the 2018 UFO Festival Car Show.  See amazing new and vintage cars and low-rider bikes.  Fun for the whole family!  This will be in the Sunwest [...]

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Planetarium Show: Two Small Pieces of Glass

1:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

1:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

$5: Adults (ages 16-59) $3: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free: Museum Members & Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: Beatles

3:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

3:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)  

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Laser Show: U2

5:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

5:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)

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Laser Show: Genesis

7:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

7:00pmSunday, July 8, 2018

$8: Adults (ages 16-59) $5: Children (ages 4-15), Roswell Residents with ID, Seniors (age 60+), and Active Military Free:  Tots (ages 3 and under)

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