Music, Sun and Fun – SolFest Music Festival Returns to Mariposa in Rio Rancho June 10

Music, Sun and Fun – SolFest Music Festival Returns to Mariposa in Rio Rancho June 10

Posted on May 24, 2023

Surrounded by five mountain ranges and all the enchantment of New Mexico’s high desert, the community of Mariposa is set to welcome music fans to its signature music festival, SolFest. Mariposa’s East Commons Park at 2501 Parkway Ave., in Rio Rancho provides the perfect venue to spread out, grab a bite to eat, meet the neighbors and jam to the sounds of The DCN Project, Lani Nash and Mariachi Tierra Del Encanto. All are welcome to attend this free, family-friendly event on Saturday, June 10, from 3 to 7 p.m.

This year Mariposa is pleased to feature headliner, The DCN Project. This versatile trio covers a range of genres including R&B, Jazz, Soul and Funk. The show will kick off with Lani Nash, a regular favorite at M’Tucci’s and quickly building a following in the Albuquerque area. New Mexico favorites, Mariachi Tierra Del Encanto rounds out the festival line-up with an eight-piece group delivering their signature big sound and tight orchestration. The event will be emceed by KOB TV 4 anchor and Mariposa resident, Tessa Mentus. Rio Rancho Mayor Gregg Hull will be on hand to welcome fans to the show as well. And the music is just the beginning of the fun. Eight food trucks will be on-site with treats to please all taste buds, while an adjacent beer garden will feature a variety of adult beverages. Lawn and children’s games will add some extra entertainment for the crowd and local vendors will join the fun with clothing, food, home décor items and more for purchase.

SolFest also provides visitors their first opportunity to tour models and quick move-in homes

in our newest neighborhood, Seasons at Monarch by Richmond American homes. This includes homes with the UltraGarage®, perfect for storing outdoor vehicles of all types. A free shuttle is provided for overflow parking and to take visitors to the models throughout the festival. And be sure to check out the amazing amenities at Mariposa, including a fully equipped fitness center, indoor lap pool and outdoor pool, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views of the adjacent 2,200-acre Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains.

Mariposa is located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Just 30 minutes from Albuquerque, the city is already a paradise for nature lovers with hiking trails, bird watching spots and spectacular landscapes. It is also quickly gaining a reputation as an art and foodie hot spot, and with SolFest you can now add music to the cultural mix. Mariposa’s own family-owned Cool Beans Café will also be open during the festival, serving up delicious food and beverage as well as several food trucks and additional vendors.

Anticipated SolFest Food Trucks/Vendors*:

  • Laura’s Flamin’ Enchis-n-More: Serving enchiladas, tortas, burritos, nachos and more.
  • A Plus Creperie: Offering crepes, waffles, frapes, mini pancakes and shakes
  • Simply Delicious: with fresh-squeezed lemonade, burgers, nachos and hot dogs
  • Food LLC:  Burgers and fixings
  • Mi Taco Su Taco: Serving a wide variety of authentic Mexican food
  • Rolling Coal 505 BBQ: With sweet and savory BBQ
  • Ordinarily Beautiful: Cotton Candy
  • Karibu Café: Offering African-fusion cuisine

So, grab a blanket or lawn chair and join us at East Commons Park in Mariposa June 10 for an evening of lively music, scrumptious food and family-friendly fun with SolFest 2023.

Tips to Enjoy the festival:

  • Bring a blanket or lawn chair
  • Use sunscreen
  • No dogs please (While we love our pets, the crowds and noise can be too much for them)
  • Food trucks will be on-site, but feel free to bring your own food
  • Bring your own water, or there will be water for purchase by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central New Mexico.
  • Porta-potties will be available on site
  • For easiest parking, park near the Richmond American models at Seasons at Monarch, a shuttle to the East Commons Park will run throughout the event.

*Anticipated food truck vendors, subject to change or cancellation prior to event.

Looking for a new home in New Mexico? Mariposa is a master-planned community 30 minutes north of Albuquerque in the appealing town of Rio Rancho. Near so much of what New Mexico offers, Mariposa is designed for living naturally. Mariposa offers a fully equipped fitness center, indoor lap pool and outdoor pools, parks, sports courts, miles of trails, abundant open space and endless views at the 2,200-acre Mariposa Preserve and surrounding mountains. Learn more at

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