Celebrating May 17 The Dennis Hopper Day

Taos to Honor Former Resident & Hollywood Icon Dennis Hopper with Celebration

 (Taos, NM) The Town of Taos announced today that it plans to celebrate the life of the late actor, filmmaker, artist and former Taos resident, Dennis Hopper, with a day of events. The celebration will take place on May 17, Hopper’s birthday and the day designated as Dennis Hopper Day in New Mexico. This year’s Dennis Hopper Day celebration will feature a motorcycle rally and ride, live music and screenings of Hopper’s most famous films.

Hopper was a major Hollywood star throughout the late 1960s and 1970s, writing and starring in several high-profile films of the time. Despite the appeal of the Hollywood lifestyle, Hopper was a lifelong resident, advocate and enthusiast of Taos, leaving many Taoseños with great stories of his early and later years in the community.Activities, festivities and celebrations will take place at the Taos Community Auditorium and will kick off at 5 p.m.with the Easy Rider Rally. Following the rally will be an Easy Rider Ride across the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge and a post-ride buffalo barbecue and concert. Films, “Out of the Blue” and “Easy Rider,” both directed and written by Hopper, will be screened by the Rebel Film Festival.

“Dennis Hopper was and remains a legend to the people of Taos,” said Karina Armijo, director of marketing and tourism for the Town of Taos. “It’s a great thing to see the town come together to celebrate the life of a man who made such an impact on our community.”