Funtober Fall Festivals

Fall New Mexico Festivals

Attend one of these fall festivals in New Mexico this year.  I wouldn’t have expected New Mexico to celebrate fall or the harvest, given its climate.  But I was wrong.  Of course, if you pass on the opportunity to attend one of the hot air balloon festivals that happen in New Mexico, in favor of a fall festival, then I think you are crazy.  Or still recovering from Oktoberfest in New Mexico.  In order to make the most of these festivals, look closely at the dates and start planning your schedule now!

We hope you enjoyed last year’s list.  We will be updating this information for 2016 over the next few weeks.  Stay tuned!

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Carlsbad Music Festival – Carlsbad, NM – August 26-28, 2016
Annual event with 3 days of “adventurous music by the beach”.  Over 60 free performances plus special tickets events also.

Hatch Valley Chile Festival – Hatch, NM – September 3-4, 2016
More than 30,000 attend this Labor Day weekend festival to sample chile recipes, watch crowning of the chile festival queen or participate in the chile ristra contest.  Lots of kids activities including a carnival.

New Mexico State Fair – Albuquerque, NM – September 8-18, 2016
A large state fair complete with concerts, parade, midway, food, livestock show and horse show.

Clovis Music Festival – Clovis, NM – September 9-10, 2016
Annual event for 25+ years.  It hosts American Bandstand at Marshall Auditorium with classic hits, rock, and country entertainers.

Old Town Salsa Fiesta – Albuquerque – Sept 10, 2016
12th annual event. Find out who makes the best salsa and enjoy salsa dancing.

Pojoaque River Art Tour – Santa Fe – Sept 17-18, 2016
22nd annual event. A Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience with sixteen stops and twenty-four artists. Reception and Silent Auction on Friday evening at Than Povi Fine Art Gallery.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair – Sept 17-18, 2016
10 AM to 6 PM. Celtic games, sword fighting, belly dancing, other live entertainment. Slogan: A Renaissance Festival with Spanish Flair! Parking is free. Adult admission is $10. Teens and seniors are $8.

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival – Santa Fe, NM – September 21-25, 2016
26th annual event. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.

Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM – September 23-24, 2016
Enjoy music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Global village of crafts, culture and cuisine.

Taos Fall Arts Festival – Taos, NM – September 23 – October 2, 2016
See the works of 250+ Taos County artists. This is the oldest art festival in Taos, first held in 1974. Film festival, youth art show, demonstrations and more.

Corrales Harvest Festival – Corrales, NM – September 24-25, 2016
Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales, proceeds are re-invested into children’s programs in the community. Fun run, pet parade, pony promenade, dancing and dance performances.

New Mexico Brew Fest – Albuquerque – October 1, 2016
More than 3,000 attend this craft beer and live music event held during the International Balloon Fiesta.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, NM – October 1-9, 2016
Hot air balloon launches, live music, flying competition, car show and more.

Wool Festival at Taos, NM – Taos, NM – October 1-2, 2016
Wool market, live animals, demonstrations, workshops, contests, food vendors, kid’s activities and more. Held in Kit Carson Park and sponsored by the Mountain and Valley Wool Association.

Harvest Festival at El Rancho De Las Golongdrinas – Sante Fe, NM – Oct 1-2, 2016
Popular community festival with grape stomp, tortilla making and food. Adults are $8. Teens and seniors are $6.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festivals – Albuquerque, NM – Sept 30-Oct 2 & Oct 7-9, 2016
An arts & crafts festival with 225 artists during the International Balloon Fiesta.  Expo is held at New Mexico’s Racetrack infield.

High Rolls Apple Festival – High Rolls, NM – October 15-16, 2016
Organized by the High Rolls Mountain Park Lions Club.  Features cherries and apples, children’s activities, free parking, free admission, apples, arts and crafts, and lots of food choices.

La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival – La Union, NM – October 15-16, 2016
Taste and purchase more than 20 wines from noon to 7 PM. Adult admission is $20 which includes souvenir glass and choice of 9 wines. $10 admission for ages 12-20 years old.

Roswell Jazz Festival – Roswell, NM – October 19-23, 2016
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – October 19-23, 2016
Brings the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions to Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Comic Con – October 21-23, 2016
Annual event. New Mexico Tri Con featuring Horror, Sci Fi and Comic Books at the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

Albuquerque Tango Festival – Oct 27-30, 2016
Hundreds of dancers enjoy world class DJs and instruction in this classic dance form.  Three days of group classes on giant main dance floor.

Taos Maountain Balloon Rally – Taos, NM – October 28-30, 2016
A weekend of hot air balloons amid the fall colors in New Mexico. 33rd annual event. Typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews.

Festival of the Cranes – Socorro, NM  – November 15-20, 2016
Workshops, seminars, birding tours and more.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Holiday Show – Albuquerque, NM – November 25-27, 2016
Indoor festival at Expo NM Fairgrounds. Arts & crafts, live entertainment, food sampling, artists at work, and Santa Claus. One day pass is $7. Admission for the entire weekend is $9. A $1 off coupon is available on their website if you provide your email address.

Future Events – 2017

If we find the dates for a festival next fall (September or October 2017) which does not have an event in 2016, we will post them here.

Past Events

We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!

September 2015:

Fiestas de Santa Fe – Sept 4 – 13, 2015
Commemorates Don Diego De Vargas peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692.

The Whole Enchilada Fiesta – Las Cruces, NM – September 25-27, 2015

October 2015:

Albuquerque Grecian Festival – Oct 2-4, 2015
Food, dancing demonstrations, fine art and gifts to celebrate Greek culture.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival – Mimbres Valley, NM – October 10, 2015

November 2015:

River of Lights – Albuquerque – Starts Nov 28, 2015
New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.


Find other fun things to do in New Mexico in October:

Oktoberfest in New Mexico
New Mexico Corn Mazes
New Mexico Ghost Tours
Haunted Houses in New Mexico
New Mexico Pumpkin Patches


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