Full Moon Nights

Felipa Ruibal

Full Moon Night performers on the dunes

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Enjoy the shimmering dunes beneath a full moon!

Join us this summer for special full moon programs in celebration of the National Park Service's 100th birthday, coming up in 2016.

Cost: Full moon night programs are free and do not require reservations.

Seating: There are no seats provided in the Evening Program Area. Visitors are encouraged to bring camp chairs, blankets, and even coolers with food and drink with them to the show.

Pets: Pets are allowed as long as they are friendly. Pets must remain on a leash and be under their owner's control at all times.

The 2015 Full Moon Night Schedule

Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Santa Fe and El Paso Youth Symphony Orchestras
Enjoy a moon-lit evening of classical music performed by the Santa Fe Youth Symphony under the direction of Mr. William Waag and the El Paso Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Mr. Andy Moran. Both ensembles feature our region's moth talented young musicians performing masterworks of the orchestral repertoire. Dr. Christopher Hughes, Director of Instrumental Studies at NMSU, will guest conduct the combined ensembles in "Toreador Song" from Georges Bizet's "Carmen."

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 8:30 pm
Mariachi Fuego del Sol
Founded in mid-2013, Mariachi Fuego del Sol has been dubbed the "happiest Mariachi in the Southwest." Bound together by a deep passion for Mariachi music, this nine-person band has gone on to win three awards from Western New Mexico University and the League of United Latin American Citizens Council. Come join us as they share their love of Mariachi music beneath the full moon.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 8:30 pm
La Cella Bella
Join La Cella Bella, a cello quartet that exploits the range and timbre of the cello, on the dunes for this full moon night. They will entertain the audience with innovative and sparkling original arrangements of a wide variety of familiar tunes—ranging from folk songs to jazz ballads to alternative rock hits. La Cella Bella generates a musical experience that is new, fresh, and highly entertaining. It is both familiar and truly different, a unique and enjoyable sound.

Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:00 pm
Dana Falconberry Band
Dana Falconberry and her five-piece band will present rusticated chamber music using banjo, cello, and staggered voice harmonies. This Austin songwriter is best known for her eloquent interpretations of nature and wildlife in her music. Dana Falconberry's band has played festivals like ACL Fest, SXSW, and Noise Pop Festival. Enjoy the sounds of Dana's music with the inspirational setting of the moon-lit dunes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Shock Action, 1st Armored Division Band
Shock Action is the 1st Armored Division Band's highly versatile and energetic pop/rock band. The group comes prepared with a wide repertoire of music ranging from R&B, Hip Hop, Old School Rap, Classic/Alternative Rock, and Country. Shock Action has performed across southwestern Texas and abroad, entertaining deployed troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Join Shock Action and its innovative style and boundless energy under a moon-filled night.

Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm
Intrigue, Science, & Discoveries in the Sands
Do you love microscopes and learning amazing things? We do, too! Come join us for some hands-on interactive fun, all in the name of science. From bugs and footprints of Ice Age giants to microbiology and mineralogy, rangers and researchers will be presenting different aspects of the science of the dunefield. This engaging science program will showcase why White Sands is a living library. This program will provide everyone with an opportunity to explore the monument through the eyes of a scientist and learn how to make your own discoveries in the world's largest gypsum dunefield.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 6:00 pm
Dia de los Muertos by Diana Molina
Join photographer, writer, and artist Diana Molina for a moonlit night filled with tradition, history, contemporary culture, and nature. Learn about New Mexico's heritage and the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos through symbols and iconographic representations. These include calacas and calaveras (skeletons and skulls), the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mimbres rock art, and other popular symbols, including those less familiar, that help create New Mexico's rich heritage. This program is made possible in collaboration with and generous support of the New Mexico Humanities Council.

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