The days are shorter and the nights are colder, but there’s still plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the great events in Santa Fe this October. When you spend your vacation at Heart’s Way Ranch of Santa Fe, you’ll want to explore all that Santa Fe has to offer. Whether it’s a hike in the National Forest, or strolling Canyon Road, there’s beauty and magic to be found in this amazing city.
Events in Santa Fe this October
Santa Fe Indigenous People Day Celebration
When: October 6th– 8th, 2018
Where: Downtown Santa Fe Historic Plaza
Santa Fe, NM
Join in for a Celebration of Culture and Communityǃ
In 2016, the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe passed an historic resolution to establish the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. Santa Fe is deeply proud to embrace its rich cultural diversity and the prolific and profound contributions that its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City. Visitors from all over the world come to “The City Different” to experience authentic Native American art and culture throughout the year. On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to remember, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, our urban Indian citizens and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place and make it one of the most popular travel destinations in the world.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
When: October 6th– 14th, 2018
Where: Balloon Park
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will launch from Balloon Fiesta Park, October 6-14, 2018. The 47th annual event, themed “Carry Me Away,” will feature more than 500 hot air balloons, of which nearly a hundred are anticipated to be special shape. Pilots from all over the world have been invited to fly in the popular international event.
El Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival
When: October 6th– 7th. 2018
Where: 334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM
Autumn is a vibrant time to visit the Rancho! Taste syrup from our burro driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from our scarecrow-guarded patch. Children can stomp grapes by foot, make cornhusk dolls or roll their own delicious tortilla by hand. There’s a lot to do at this long-running and acclaimed event!
When: October 7th, 2018
Where: El Dorado Taphouse
Santa Fe, NM
Join the Santa Fe Brewing Company Eldorado Taphouse on Sunday, October 7th from 1-4 PM for the “Harvest Hoedownǃ” Live music from the Half-Broke Horses and grub from the Uncle DT’s Smokehouseǃ Bring camp chair and shade if you have itǃ
When: October 13th, 2018
Where: Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch
15 Bonanza Creek Lane
Santa Fe, NM
The Whiskey Classic is an immersive event experience designed for whiskey, bourbon, and scotch aficionados, industry professionals, as well as those who want to discover the art behind these beverages. Our event is housed at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch, home of one of the most famous western movie sets in the film industry. Reflecting a bygone era, we’ve filled the set with whiskey distilleries, breweries, musicians, mixologists, and whiskey experts for a truly unforgettable experience!
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
When: October 17th– 21st, 2018
Where: Various Theaters in Santa Fe
The 10th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will commence on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 and close on Sunday October 21, 2018. SFIFF presents five (5) days of independent film screenings, community events and educational workshops.
The Magnificent Cider FestWhen: October 20th, 2018
Where: J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch
4801 Lange Ave NE #110
Welcome to the inaugural “Magnificent Cider Festival”. Showcasing New Mexico’s emerging artisanal cider industry in a truly unique environment that accentuates and amplifies the senses, this is an event you will not want to miss!
Located near the Cerrillos Hills just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico the J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch was constructed in the early 1960s to serve as the backdrop for both film and television productions. To date over 250 productions have filmed at this classic movie set including The Cheyenne Social Club, Chisum, Easy Rider, the 1960’s Magnificent Seven, and the 2016 remake, and most recently the Cohen Brothers television series the Ballad of Buster Scruggs to be released in the coming year.
New Mexico Wine has round up seven hard cider producers, a cowboy chuck wagon cookout, western vendors and plenty of children’s activities to ensure an event for everyone in your family
October 20th happens to coincide with the 10thAnnual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival! We are excited to work with their organizers to bring additional film buffs for tours of the movie set. Santa Fe County Tourism and the New Mexico Tourism Department are both sponsoring the event!
There will be family friendly activities and food including pumpkin carving, fresh pressed apple juice, apple pie and other harvest festival activities for children and adults alike.
Spirits of New Mexico’s Past
When: October 27th, 2018
Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM
Meet the ghosts of history who lived and died in the land of enchantment! Step back in time and encounter a diverse assortment of characters from New Mexico’s illustrious and often little known past. Listen to their amazing stories and experience intriguing bygone events. Lit by lantern light and campfires, our wondrous historic site takes on a family-friendly but spooky Halloween atmosphere.