Catch the creative spirit of New Mexico at celebrations, festivals, and events that engage the senses, treat the tastebuds, and make Fall fun.
In September, head to Santa Fe for the intriguing Burning of Zozobra; to Taos for music and the arts; and back to Santa Fe for superb food and wine. In October, be blown away by Albuquerque’s blockbuster balloon festival. In November, look for the Day of the Dead and life-affirming cranes.
Special Events in New Mexico: Worth the Detour
99th Annual: Farewelling bad energy, this traditional burning of a 50-foot marionette was begun by Will Shuster in 1924. Made from wood, wire, and shredded paper, it’s stuffed with ‘glooms’, unwanted written messages, and papers sent to burn with Zozobra.
Taos Celebrating female musicians and creatives. The lineup includes Shawn Colvin, Allison Russell, Andrea Magee, Gina Chavez, The Tiaras, and PAACK — and International Indigenous Choir.
Not-for-profit visual arts show, celebrating Taos County artists across a diverse range of mediums, cultures, traditions, and ages.
85th Annual: Join New Mexicans to celebrate local food, agriculture, culture, and creativity. Also: races, comedy, sideshows, and plenty of music and other entertainment.
32nd Annual: Begun in 1991 as a one-day event, wine and chile has grown to a full-on fiesta showcasing the city’s outstanding food and regional wine.
51st Annual: Fall brings blue skies, cooler mornings, and hundreds of colorful balloons of this fabulous annual spectacle. Also: skydiving, night glows, drone shows, dawn patrols, and the creative “Special Shape Rodeo.” See our itinerary to help you plan. See our itinerary to help you plan.
40th Annual: The high country colors are spectacular in the Fall, and the balloon festival adds another dimension, hosting around 35 balloons each year.
Annual procession and celebration held on the first Sunday of November to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
30th Annual: Takes place during crane migrations (from November). This annual event includes refuge tours, bird, geology, and art workshops, along with keynote speakers. Check the actual date after September 9.
Full Calendars of Events