A mysterious object fell on a ranch north of Roswell, New Mexico, in early July 1947. First, the authorities informed that they recovered a crashed “flying disk,” but later changed their statement claiming the object was just a weather balloon. Nevertheless, thousands of people still believe that it was a UFO crash and mark its anniversary every year with AlienFest (formerly known as The UFO Festival). The world’s largest gathering of UFO enthusiasts and hunters feature parades, a fair, movie screenings, cosplay, and even a petting zoo. About 45,000 fans attend the festival, held at the site of the "Roswell Incident" in early July.
For three days the city of Roswell is invaded by aliens, star troopers, magicians, and various movie characters. The Alien Human and Pet Costume Contest is one of the main highlights of the festival. Spectacular Electric Light Parade, a Sci-Fi Film Festival, and Steampunk Ball are worth attending too. In addition to entertainment, there is also an extensive educational program: meeting with world-renowned UFOlogists, Planetarium Laser Light Shows, UFO Museum, crash site tours, and more.
Kids will definitely enjoy the alien hat-making workshop, crazy alien hair, and various alien masks. The Galacticon at the Roswell Civic Center features vendors with hundreds of comic books, collectibles, and games. The most sportive attendees of all ages can join the Alien Chase, that features a 10K run, 10K walk, 5K run, and a 5K walk.