Last Chance for “Cowboys Real and Imagined”

Cowboy Hoedown

Music, dancing and crafts




Ticket Info

Free with admission; Sundays free to NM residents

Event Description

Saddle up for the last two weekends of the New Mexico History Museum’s popular exhibit, Cowboys Real and Imagined, closing March 16. Besides learning about more about 400 years of cowboying in the Land of Enchantment, you can enjoy free, family-friendly activities.


Dance to the western music of Holy Water and Whiskey in the lobby from 2–4 pm. Bonus: Free dance lessons by folks in threads inspired by 19th-century cowboys. From 1–4 pm, bring the kids to the classroom to craft a take-home collage of cowboy lingo and words of wisdom. Head upstairs for hat-fitting demonstrations by J.D. Noble of the Hatsmith of Santa Fe, and more. (Can you lasso the dummy calf?)

Holy Water and Whiskey is an Albuquerque trio performing traditional cowboy, bluegrass and miscellaneous whiskey tunes. Maggie Washburne plays bass, Scott Altenbach, guitar, and Bruce Washburne, guitar and banjo. The group has performed at the Albuquerque Folk Festival and as the opening act for Michael Martin Murphey and Arlo Guthrie. Their CDs include Better Late than Never, Spirits of All Kinds, and Miners, Outlaws, and Other Relatives, which won two 2011 awards from the New Mexico Music Association.