UFO Festival Events at the Roswell Museum

July 1-3

Looking for things to do during UFO Festival Weekend? Click here for a listing of events at the Roswell Museum during the Festival, including the summer exhibition Future Shock, laser shows, retro film showings, the Future Shock Happy Hour and Film Screening, a performance by Nicole Banowetz, and a space-inspired String Quartet Concert!


Kate Turner: Somewhere That's Green 

Meditative Performance

Saturday, June 4, 11 am 

join us for a meditative sound performance within the exhibition Kate Turner: Somewhere That's Green. Sound artist Althea Baird will curate a relaxing score using digital sounds, resonating crystal instruments, field recordings, voice, and story to get the listener out of their element and into a calm and receptive space. The performance is shaped by the visible June 2022 planetary movements in the morning sky. It will be approximately 30 minutes long with visitors encouraged to bring a mat for lying under the rotating sparkling corn, or sit or lay on the grass.

Admittance to this event is included in the cost of museum admission. As always, Roswell Museum members receive complimentary admission. 

Second Saturday events

Second Saturdays

Free Family Activities, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Free Planetarium Special Screening, 11:00 a.m.

Free museum admission for Roswell residents, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

June 11: Pew! Pew!
Join us for some out of this world fun and make your own Claylien! The 75th Anniversary of the Roswell incident is right around the corner; we need to be prepared! Help us build an army of Clayliens (air-dry clay, aliens) to stave off any future attacks. Bring your best creature making ideas and build your own.

Second Saturdays offer free museum admission to Roswell residents along with an art or science activity from 10 am to 1 pm. A free, kid-friendly planetarium show is offered at 11 am. Non-Residents may participate with museum admission. Second Saturdays are generously supported by the RMAC Foundation.

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Members' Future Shock Opening Party

Friday, June 24, 5-8 pm

Come celebrate the opening of the Museum’s special summer exhibition Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow, and be among the first to view this dynamic science-fiction-inspired experience. Future Shock features 16 national and international artists whose work explores humanity’s shared future and our relationship to science, space and technology. Enjoy live jazz music, cosmos-inspired food by Chef Kerry Moore of B’wiches, a cash bar with Peppers Grill and Bar, door prizes and more.

This event is free to current Members and their guests. 

Gratton Workshop: 
Laura Wacha: Creating Character with Cast-Off Materials

June 25-26
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Artist Lecture: 
Sat, June 25, time TBA 


Adults of all artistic experience levels are invited to participate in a two-day workshop with Belen-based artist Laura Wacha exploring simple, recycled materials and papier-mâché. In this workshop, Wacha will demonstrate the step-by-step process as you create a colorful sculpture filled with personality. The workshop will take place at the Roswell Museum and Art Center on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

or at the museum 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily, or call 575-624-6744
Sliding scale $0 - $125 
Lecture is open to the public | Members free | Non-members welcome with price of admission

2022 UFO Festival Laser Shows and Retro Sci Fi Movies

Robert H. Goddard Planetarium

July 1-3, 2022

Join us during the UFO Festival in the Goddard Planetarium as we combine legendary music with laser light visuals. Enjoy music hits from Queen, Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and more, all under the Planetarium’s 40-foot dome. New this year, relax and take in a retro sci-fi movie projected on the dome at 1 pm on Friday and Saturday. Click for more information and tickets.


Future Shock Happy Hour and Film Screening

Friday, July 1 

Happy Hour, 5-7 pm

"A Machine to Live In Film Screening", 7 pm

Tickets: $20/person

Come to a museum-style happy hour and enjoy the new science-fiction-inspired summer exhibition: Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow. Relax in the courtyard and get a drink at the bar with exhibition-inspired cocktails, while enjoying a street taco buffet by local chef Melinda Creamer. Future Shock features 16 national and international artists whose work explores humanity’s shared future and our relationship to science, space and technology through a variety of formats including virtual reality, video, sculpture, installation, drawing and collage. Happy Hour tickets include food, a cash bar, after-hours gallery access and the 7 p.m. film screening in the museum’s auditorium. Future Shock and Denver-based artist Nicole Banowetz will also stop in for a performance. 

Drinks for sale by credit card at the bar. Only ages 21+ may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. 


About the Film
A Machine to Live In is about the imaginative and material processes of building one’s utopia. The hybrid documentary/art film documents the history of the highly-controlled modernist planning in Brazil alongside radical projects in cult and mystical architecture. The film’s attention radiates outward from architects Oscar Niemeyer and Lucio Costa’s capital, Brasília, to the flourishing landscape of UFO cults, pyramids, monuments, and futurist projects.

The film unfolds through the Brazilian novelist Clarice Lispector’s writings on the inauguration of Brasília in 1961 and subsequent interviews with Niemeyer. Her literature describes a fraught ideology embedded in the city’s concrete design and the film attempts to show how the desire for myth and reason can be expressed in building utopian spaces. It collects vignettes and stories from architects and builders as they describe their ideal cities, both real and transcendent.


2019, 87 minutes
Portuguese with English subtitles 
Directed by Yoni Goldstein 
& Meredith Zielke 
A Machine to Live In Website & Trailer


A Space-Inspired Evening with 
the Giovanni String Quartet

Saturday, July 2, 7:00 p.m.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15/person 

The Roswell Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Roswell Museum and the RMAC Foundation present the Giovanni String Quartet of Albuquerque for an after-hours performance in the Roswell Museum’s galleries during the 2022 UFO Festival. Music will be a space-themed arrangement inspired by the special summer exhibition Future Shock: (Re)Visions of Tomorrow and will feature classical music and compositions from popular films and television. Music will include Holst’s monumental masterpiece, The Planets. Written between 1914-1916 and 15 years before Pluto was discovered, its seven movements take listeners on an epic journey around the solar system.

There will be a 15-minute intermission during the concert with a selection of desserts by local bakery Sweet Baby J’s. Tickets include the performance, after-hours gallery access, dessert and a selection of non-alcoholic beverages. All ages welcome.