Events in Santa Fe

Events in Santa Fe this September

Summer has come to a close, and the monsoon rains have rolled in providing some much-needed precipitation. Summer may have ended, but there’s still plenty of fun and exciting events in Santa Fe this September. Check out the list of activities and events below for things do while vacationing in this wonderful city.

Events in Santa Fe this September


When: August 31st, 2018
Where: Fort Marcy Park
490 Bishops Lodge Road
Santa Fe, NM

The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe on the Friday before Labor Day as an exciting and fiery kick-off to the historic Fiestas de Santa Fe.      

Zozobra, also known as Old Man Gloom (OMG), is the creation of Will Shuster, one of  a group of artists known as the Cinco Pintores, who made their way to New Mexico in the 1920s. Shuster’s creation first appeared in his backyard in 1924 as a six-foot puppet, and over the years, has grown to a towering 50-foot high marionette. Made of muslin and stuffed with hundreds of bags of shredded paper, Zozobra is a dark and eerie character, part ghost and part monster, who was introduced publicly as part of Santa Fe Fiesta events in 1926. Since that time, the people of Santa Fe, families and friends new and old, have annually made their way to Fort Marcy Park, a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, to view this one-of-a-kind Labor Day Friday pageant.

Fiesta Fine Arts & Craft Market

When: September 1st– 3rd, 2018
Where: Santa Fe Plaza
Santa Fe, NM

The distinctive open-air arts and crafts market features one-of-a-kind treasures from booths that line the historic plaza. Select from unique hand fashioned jewelry, pottery, chic clothing, stylish leather, paintings, photography, handsome wood products, hand blown glass, and countless other items. Meet the artist, discuss their work and take home a treasure.

Santa Fe Renaissance Faire

When: September 15th– 16th, 2018
Where: El Rancho de las Golandrinas
334 Los Pinos Road
Santa Fe, NM

The Santa Fe Renaissance Faire is a community event whose proceeds help fund the educational programs of El Rancho de las Golondrinas and the Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences.

Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences (SFSAS) is a preschool to 8th grade nonprofit school committed to academic excellence in an environment of respect, inclusion and diversity using expeditionary learning, global perspectives and a multicultural art and science enriched curriculum.

The 25thAnnual Pojoaque River Art Tour

When: September 15th– 16th, 2018
Where: Various Santa Fe Locations

Join us for the 25th Annual Pojoaque River Art Tour and discover the wealth of creative talent of the three cultures of the beautiful Pojoaque River Valley. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of quality art and craft by Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo artists along the tour route, which can be navigated in a single day.

Enchanting Rancho Jacona serves as our central hub and artist exhibition area, as well as the location of our Saturday evening 25th Anniversary Celebration from 5:30-8:30 pm. Food and entertainment will add to the festivities.

The Tower Gallery and Roxanne Swentzell will be hosting our Silent Auction and join us as Stop #1, and Barbara Gonzales’ Sunbeam Arts at San Ildefonso Pueblo will anchor the western end of the Tour.

A downloadable tour map in pdf will be available here soon, and also in Friday’s (September 14th) Pasatiempo, as well as ads in other papers. One can also follow the yellow directional signs with the familiar black crow logo, off Hwy 502, and obtain printed maps at individual artist’s studios during the tour.

Progressive Arts Fair

When: September 17th, 2018
Where: Santa Fe Railyards Plaza
1607 Alcaldesa Street
Santa Fe, NM

The AHA Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico features three events throughout the year, The Art of The Machine in the Siler-Rufina Nexus in July, the Progressive Arts Fair in the Railyard in September, and String of Lights: A Holiday Market in Downtown Santa Fe in December.

AHA believes that the arts should move people forward–as a community, as artists, and as the recipients of the experience of the work. When art and art forms get locked into boxes of commoditization and control, they can hold a community back. The progressive arts are about exploring ways to strategically remove the constraints that communities may inadvertently place upon the arts in order to create an inclusive space for exploration, allowing the arts to move everyone forward.

In an approach to honor this phenomenon, which is both local and global, the festival aims to create a platform for artists to experiment with showing and performing work free from the requirements that are often laid out by traditional art markets, performance venues, and gallery environments. At AHA, artists are not responsible for paying for booth space, drumming up their own audience, or generating revenue. We do not select artists based on their accomplishments–in many cases, we aim to showcase the work of people who do not self-identify as artists at all. Rather, we invite multidisciplinary forms of expression that embody interactivity, cross-pollination, social impact and community connection above the cost-benefit analysis that so often drives the creation of opportunities in the arts.

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

When: September 29th, 2018
Where: 217 east Marcy Street
Santa Fe, NM

The Wine Event with all the Great Santa Fe Restaurants beckons you to spend a glorious Fall afternoon at The Santa Fe Opera, featuring tastes from 75 of Santa Fe’s finest restaurants and sips from 100 world-class wineries. The most fun you can have with a wine glass!

No Parking available without an electronic Parking Pass.

Free continuous shuttles starting at 11:30 AM from, and returning to, the PERA Building at Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail (with free parking).