Arts and Entertainment at the Gila River Festival


Musical Performance with Lucibela

Thursday, September 19, 6:30 pm, doors open 6:00 pm, FREE

WNMU Gardens & Light Hall Patio

A Production of WNMU Cultural Affairs

Lucibela hails from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde, off the coast of northwest Africa) and you can hear the islands in her lush, breezy voice. Her childhood home of São Vicente is a musical paradise thanks to the Brazilian, Cuban, British, and Portuguese sailors who sowed the seeds of morna and coladera there. Lucibela’s music is a Creole fusion of bossa nova, Brazilian pop, jazz, and rock. Although Lucibela now makes Lisbon her home, she still performs frequently in the squares and streets of the city, because, as she says, “Singing is a sharing, candid, face-to-face experience.”

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Michael P. Berman Studio Tour

Saturday, September 21, 9-10 am AND 1-2 pm; $10

114 West Market St. Silver City

Michael Berman will open his studio for visitors. He will show his large prints of the American West and northern Mexico and talk about landscape photography. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about large format black and white digital printing with monochrome inks and the making of Berman’s most recent of seven books, Perdido.  His work has been recognized in New Mexico with a Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and nationally with a Guggenheim fellowship.

For more info on Berman’s work, see His prints are available for purchase at Blue Dome Gallery at Bear Mountain Lodge, 60 Bear Mountain Rd. 


Drop In, Pitch In, Glaze a Bowl… to Alleviate LOCAL Hunger!

Saturday, September 21, 10 am-2 pm at Syzygy Tile 106 N. Bullard St.

Join this FREE event ….All materials will be provided.

Indulge your inner artist! Glaze a clay bowl with your own design. Syzygy Tile will fire the bowls to make them structurally sound and sealed. They will be sold (filled with soup!) during an Empty Bowls fundraiser on October 26th at The Commons. All proceeds are to raise funds for Grant County food distribution in Silver City, the Mining District, Gila, Cliff, Hatch, and the Children’s backpack program.

 All ages welcome: children under 10 must be be accompanied by an adult.

Facilitators: Zoe Wolfe and Judy Menefee


Send Off A GILA WISH -A Temporary Installation for the 2019 River Festival

Saturday, September 21, 2 pm - 4 pm, Gough Park

Join Zoe Wolfe in embellishing and writing a postcard in honor of our free flowing Gila River!

Postcards will be linked together and the installation will grow with every postcard. After the festival, all cards will be mailed to decision makers to voice our community’s love of our river.

All materials provided, and all ages are welcome to participate.


Monsoon Puppet Theater:  Mask Making & Parade

Saturday, September 21, 2:30 pm - 4 pm, FREE

Mask Making -  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm, Murray Ryan Visitor Center

Parade - 3:30 pm - 4 pm Start - Murray Ryan Visitor Center to Gough Park

Kick off the Gila River Extravaganza with a special Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade.  Join the zany Monsoon Puppet Theater for a family-friendly parade, full of fun costumes, music, dance, and giant puppets! At 2:30 p.m., we’ll do face painting and mask making, with all materials provided, and line up for the parade at 3:30. Show off your painted faces, puppets, and masks! When the parade ends at Gough Park, the party continues with more kid- and family-centered fun from 4:00–10:00 p.m. It’s all FREE!

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Gila River Extravaganza

Saturday, September 21, 4pm - 10 pm, Gough Park


The Gila River Extravaganza kicks off with a special Monsoon Puppet Theater Parade from 2:30 - 4pm (see left). The parade will lead revelers from the Murray Ryan Visitors Center to Gough Park where the party continues with more kid- and family-centered fun featuring music by Caliente and Auld Lang Syne, Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers, San Carlos Apache Singers, photo booths, food vendors, chill zone, merch, games, art and more!

Full schedule here.