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!

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Hatch Valley Chile Festival - Hatch, NM - Sep 3 to Sep 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.

Fiesta de Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 3 to Sep 11, 2016
Commemorates Don Diego De Vargas peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692.

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

Clovis Music Festival - Clovis, NM - Sep 9 to Sep 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, NM - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
12th annual event. Find out who makes the best salsa and enjoy salsa dancing.

German Air Force Oktoberfest - Alamogordo, NM - Sep 10 to Sep 10, 2016
Holloman Air Force Base.

Pojoaque River Art Tour - Jaconita, NM - Sep 17 to Sep 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 - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 17 to Sep 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.

Boese Brothers Oktoberfest - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest - Taos, NM - Sep 17 to Sep 17, 2016

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

Gila River Festival - Silver City, NM - Sep 22 to Sep 25, 2016

Globalquerque - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 23 to Sep 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 - Sep 23 to Oct 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 - Sep 24 to Sep 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.

Oktoberfest Party - Moriarty, NM - Sep 24 to Sep 24, 2016
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company.

Rio Grande Arts &amp - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 30 to Oct 9, 2016
An arts & crafts festival with 225 artists during the International Balloon Fiesta.  Expo is held at New Mexico’s Racetrack infield. Runs Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Albuquerque Grecian Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 30 to Oct 2, 2016
Food, dancing demonstrations, fine art and gifts to celebrate Greek culture.

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

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

Wool Festival at Taos - Taos, NM - Oct 1 to Oct 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.

Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival - San Lorenzo, NM - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

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

Socorro Oktoberfest - Socorro, NM - Oct 1 to Oct 1, 2016

Red River Oktoberfest - Red River, NM - Oct 7 to Oct 9, 2016
Authentic German food, craft beers & New Mexico wines. A themed “Mega Mustache” pub crawl takes you to participating bars with beer and food specials. Brewery contest awards Best Amber, Best Lager and People’s Choice to attending brewers. Miss and Mr Oktoberfest competitions feature stein holding and obstacle course. There is also a keg karry contest for men, where they carry full kegs from Brandenburg Park to the Bull o’ the Woods Saloon. Ladies carry pony kegs. Bratwurst buffet upon completion of keg karry is free for participants and $5 for spectators. You will also find the chicken dance, yodeling and brat eating. There’s live music, arts & crafts vendors, and family friendly activities, too. Music will feature Eurofest Polka Band and Red River Schnitzels. Admission is free. Commemorative taster mug is available for $10 or stein glass for $20. Event t-shirts are $25. Location: 101 West Main Street, Red River, NM

Ruidoso Oktoberfest - Ruidoso, NM - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2016
The 35th Anniversary of the Ruidoso Oktoberfest, brought to you by the Special Events Resource Group and Admiral Beverage Corporation. There will be German food, beer, live German music, and dancing.

High Rolls Apple Festival - High Rolls, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 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 - Anthony, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 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.

Oktoberfiesta Fundraiser Charity Bash - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016

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

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 19 to Oct 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 - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 21 to Oct 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 - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 27 to Oct 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 Mountain Balloon Rally - Taos, NM - Oct 28 to Oct 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 - San Antonio, NM - Nov 15 to Nov 20, 2016
Workshops, seminars, birding tours and more.

Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Nov 25 to Nov 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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