Ask someone about Roswell, New Mexico, and they're likely to think of aliens, Area 51, and UFO encounters. Even the local McDonald’s looks like a flying saucer. But dig a little deeper and you’ll discover a community committed to its artistic and historical Americana roots. You’ll find Roswell in Chaves County in the southeastern corner of the state, about 3 hours from the state capital of Santa Fe. Roswell is a fun and relaxed destination with a diverse selection of local festivals and eateries, a variety of nearby wildlife areas, and a thriving local art community.

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Sure, there’s more than alien attractions in Roswell. But you can’t—and shouldn’t—ignore the city’s sci-fi attractions and events. Taking place in July, Galacticon is a yearly summer convention that celebrates all things alien. A steampunk ball, costume contests, cosplay, art booths, workshops, and famous guests are just some of the usual events. Don’t miss out on Galacticon’s partner event, the Roswell SciFi Film Fest, which features international sci-fi films.