Celebrate Belen is about community events in Belen, New Mexico and our surrounding communities. Belen (Spanish for Bethlehem) was founded by Spaniards in 1740 along the Rio Grande and is on the historic Camino Real. Our New Mexico roots are deep and our traditions alive and vibrant. The railroad arrived in 1880 and remains a vital presence in our community. Belen is a major railroad hub for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad -- the reason for our nickname Hub City. Belen is easily accessible from Interstate 25 and is the southern terminus for the Rail Runner Express commuter trains. Our Alexander Municipal Airport serves those who travel here by plane.
There's LOTS going on in our community including Rodeos, Art & Music Festivals, Farmers Markets, Wine & Brews Festivals, Balloon Fiestas, Traditional New Mexico events such as our famous Matanza (pig roast) and Cinco de Mayo celebration, Food Festivals, Sports, Car & Bike Rallies, Free Movies and Live Theater at the Library, the Valencia County Fair, and more! Christmas is a special time in Bethlehem with both traditional Spanish and contemporary events.
Railroad fans can ride the Rail Runner to the Belen station where it's a short walk to our historic Harvey House Museum and it's fascinating exhibits. Take a walking tour of the nearby Becker Street historic area with its Arts district, restaurants, pubs, and -- SOON - the restored Central Hotel featuring New Mexico wines. Becker Street hosts our exciting Street Festivals. Other events are held at Anna Becker Park, Eagle Park, and a host of other venues.
Area attractions near Belen include the Abo National Monument, Vista del Sol Golf Course, ancient Spanish churches and villages, Isleta Pueblo with its casino and golf course, Nature Preserves and bird watching, and outdoor adventures in the Monzano Mountains. We have fine hotels and good restaurants - including some of the tastiest New Mexican food to be found anywhere. And, from Belen you can hop the Rail Runner and head north to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, or points beyond!
Belen is a friendly and welcoming place. Many people have strong roots in the area and they embrace everyone, especially folks who love the area and make it their home. The old-fashioned values in the greater Belen area bring citizens together to support each other and their community. The traditional courtesy and good natured wit of our residents is charming and refreshing in today's hectic culture. Come to Belen and join the fun!
Celebrate Belen is a nonprofit corporation founded in 2013 to coordinate and organize events, teaming with partner organizations including the City of Belen, Greater Belen Chamber of Commerce, Belen Main Street Partnership, and area businesses, churches, community groups, and individuals. Our mission is to promote economic development and offer cultural opportunities for Belen and our surrounding communities. Celebrate Belen's directors, members, and volunteers are not compensated. Our Federal 501(c)3 tax exempt status is pending IRS approval. Join us and have some fun!
Check out our website: www.celebratebelen.com
HOW TO GET HERE
Coming south from Albuquerque, take Interstate 25 to Exit 195. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.
Coming north from Socorro, take Interstate 25 to Exit 190. Travel time is approximately 40 minutes.
Coming west from Mountainair, head west on Route 60 and then north on Highway 47. Turn west at River Road. Travel time is approximately 25 minutes.
Take the New Mexico Rail Runner Express south to Belen. Once at the Belen Station, walk west over the Reinken Avenue overpass into downtown. During major events, Belen will provide shuttle services between the Belen Station and the event site.
Land at Belen Alexander Municipal Airport, approximately three miles from downtown Belen.