Happy Valentine’s Day! Check out ways to celebrate the holiday in Las Cruces this year.

LAS CRUCES – Tuesday is the holiday of love, and Las Cruces-area businesses, restaurants and organizations are offering ways to celebrate with your special someone.

Free weddings in Las Cruces

Morning Star United Methodist Church is offering free weddings on the Plaza de Las Cruces for the second year Tuesday. Drop by with your partner and exchange vows anytime between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 100 N. Main St. Photos, cupcakes and a toast will all be provided by the church.

To make the marriage legal, bring an marriage license from the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office.

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The clerk’s office, in partnership with the county probate judge’s office, is also offering free weddings Tuesday at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Blvd. Appointments are required for ceremonies during the day, however a collective wedding ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. Valentine’s Day for anyone to join. A blank marriage license is required and couples are asked to arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Valentine’s Day pop-up markets

Shop and support local vendors this holiday at several pop-up markets planned in Las Cruces. Rare Tea, located at 4660 Sonoma Ranch Blvd., Suite 160, is hosting a pop-up shop at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Attendees can grab a boba tea drink and find vendors offering flowers, jewelry and sweet treats.

Livingston Bridal and Dry Point Distiller, located at 1680 Calle de Alvarez, are also hosting a weekend pop-up market for Valentine’s Day. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, customers can enjoy perusing what vendors have to offer and partaking in a signature cocktail by Dry Point Distiller. Food by Laney’s Lunchbox will also be offered at the event.

Dinner reservations for you and a loved one

Many Doña Ana County restaurants are offering a special Valentine’s Day meal this month. Luna Rossa Winery & Pizzeria is offering a Valentine’s Winemaker dinner Feb. 14 with seatings at 5:30 and 8 p.m. Chefs will present a seven-plate meal with five wine pairings. Reservations are $70 per person and can be placed by calling 575-526-2484.

Head south to Sunland Park to enjoy a four-course meal at Ardovino’s Desert Crossing, located at 1 Ardovinos Dr., Sunland Park. Seating begins at 5 p.m. El Paso’s Johnny Louis will provide entertainment from 6 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 575-589-0653, extension 1.

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Las Cruces Dock Diving Lovers Splash Indoors 2023

Show some love to your favorite canine by taking them to a dock diving competition. Registered competitors will be judged on their distance jumps, air retrieves and hydro dashes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Dog Diving Titles are up for grabs at this event.

If you and your dog are new to dock diving, “try-its” will be available as space and time allow. Try-its are $10 for two tickets that can be used any day of the competition.

Las Cruces Dock Diving is located at 335 S. Valley Dr. Friday events begin at 12:30 p.m. while events Saturday and Sunday begin at 9 a.m. and continue throughout the day.

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Joing the 15th annual Cupid’s Chase

Runners, joggers, walkers and sponsors are all welcome to join the 15th annual Cupid’s Chase race Saturday Feb. 11 at the Mesilla Plaza. This annual race is part of a national series with the goal of raising funds and awareness for people with disabilities and to support them with housing and employment.

All are welcome – the race is fully accessible, including pets. The certified 5K will begin at 9 a.m. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. Participants will receive a finisher medal, swag bag and a Cupid’s Chase shirt while supplies last. Trophy awards will be given to the top three finishers and medals will be handed out to first place of each age group.

Registration is $35 until Feb. 10. Same-day registration is $40. People can register or donate online at https://allittakes.comop.org/event/2023-cupids-chase-5k-las-cruces/e414569.

Plutomania! In downtown Las Cruces

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Celebrate the 93rd anniversary of the founding of Pluto this weekend at the annual “Plutomania” event downtown. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 11, enjoy various fun, educational activities at the City of Las Cruces’ Museum of Nature & Science, located at 411 N. Main St. The event is free, open to the public and family friendly.

Las Cruces International Film Festival Poster Reveal Party

The eighth annual Las Cruces International Film Festival will reveal the collectible 2023 commemorative poster from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, located at 4100 Dripping Springs Rd. Join artist Rush Allen for the unveiling and a signed poster. Attendees will also enjoy food, drinks and music. Admission is $25. Original artwork will also be auctioned off the night of the event.

Allen hails from Las Cruces where he graduated from New Mexico State University. His work has been shown across the country and in France.

VIP tickets to the film festival will be sold for $100 at the poster party, a special rate only available at the party. The festival is scheduled for April 12-16 and will include a special appearance from actor Giancarlo Esposito who will receive the festival’s “Outstanding Achievement in Entertainment” award for 2023.

Art Obscura event in support of National Alliance on Mental Illness

Music, poetry and comedy performers will take over Art Obscura Saturday, Feb. 11 for a show in support of Southern New Mexico’s chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Local performers will take over the art gallery space beginning at 6 p.m. A cover charge of $5 will go toward supporting the local NAMI chapter in their work to provide resources and support to people living with a mental illness.

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