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!

Last Major Update:


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.

Hatch Valley Chile Festival – Hatch, NM – September 5-6, 2015
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.

New Mexico State Fair – Albuquerque, NM – September 10-20, 2015
Midway, food, livestock show and horse show.

Old Town Salsa Fiesta – Albuquerque – Sept 13, 2015
11th annual event. Find out who makes the best salsa and enjoy salsa dancing.

Santa Fe Renaissance Fair – Sept 19-20, 2015
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.

Pojoaque River Art Tour – Santa Fe – Sept 19-20, 2015
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.

Taos Fall Arts Festival – Taos, NM – September 25 – October 4, 2015
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.

Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival – Santa Fe, NM – September 23-27, 2015
25th annual event. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.

Clovis Music Festival – Clovis, NM – September 10-12, 2015
Annual event for 25+ years.

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

Globalquerque – Albuquerque, NM – September 25-26, 2015
Enjoy music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Global village of crafts, culture and cuisine.

Corrales Harvest Festival – Corrales, NM – September 26-27, 2015
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.

October 2015:

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

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta – Albuquerque, NM – October 3-11, 2015
Hot air balloon launches, live music, flying competition, car show and more.

Wool Festival at Taos, NM – Taos, NM – October 3-4, 2015
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 3-4, 2015
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 – October 2-4 and 9-11, 2015
An arts & crafts festival with 225 artists during the International Balloon Fiesta.

Roswell Jazz Festival – Roswell, NM – October 7-11, 2015
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.

New Mexico Brew Fest – Albuquerque – October 10, 2015
More than 3,000 attend this craft beer and live music event held on the second weekend of the International Balloon Fiesta.

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

La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival – La Union, NM – October 10-11, 2015
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.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival – October 14-18, 2015
Brings the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions to Santa Fe.

Taos Maountain Balloon Rally – Taos, NM – October 23-25, 2015
A weekend of hot air balloons amid the fall colors in New Mexico. 33rd annual event. Typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews.

Santa Fe Comic Con – October 23-25, 2015
2nd annual event. New Mexico Tri Con featuring Horror, Sci Fi and Comic Books at the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.

Albuquerque Tango Festival – Oct 28 – Nov 1, 2015
Hundreds of dancers enjoy world class DJs and instruction in this classic dance form.

November 2015:

Festival of the Cranes – Socorro, NM  – November 17-22, 2015
Workshops, seminars, birding tours and more.

Southwest Bacon Fest – Albuquerque – Nov 7, 2015
3rd annual event. 50 restaurants present 100+ food dishes involving bacon while breweries serve craft beer and 7 bands play live music. Cooking contest, eating contest, poetry contest.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Holiday Show – Albuquerque, NM – November 27-29, 2015
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.

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

Last Year’s Events:

Carlsbad Music Festival – Carlsbad, NM – September 20-21, 2014
Gila River Festival – Silver City, NM – September 18-21, 2014

High Rolls Apple Festival – High Rolls, NM – October 18-19, 2014
Organized by the High Rolls Mountain Park Lions Club

ABQ Breaking Bad Fan Fest – Albuquerque, NM – Nov 7-8, 2014
Albuquerque Peoples Festival – Albuquerque, NM – Nov 8-9, 2014

Fall festivals in New Mexico where we haven’t found dates yet:
Botanic Garden Harvest Festival – Albuquerque, NM – October 12-13, 2013
AARP NM Fall Festival – Albuquerque, NM – October 22, 2013

Zuni Harvest Festival – Zuni, NM

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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