Find a New Mexico fall festival to attend in 2018. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2018 has things to do across New Mexico including activities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Las Cruces. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
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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.
Boese Brothers Oktoberfest - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 17, 2016
Oktoberfiesta Fundraiser Charity Bash - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 15 to Oct 16, 2016
Old Town Salsa Fiesta - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 9, 2017
Annual event for 10+ years. Find out who makes the best salsa and enjoy salsa dancing.
Oktoberfest Car Show - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 30, 2017
Hosted by NM Desert Fest and NM Euro Collective.
La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival - Anthony, NM - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
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 - Oct 18 to Oct 22, 2017
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.
Fiesta de Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM - Aug 26 to Sep 9, 2018
Commemorates Don Diego De Vargas peaceful reoccupation of the City of Holy Faith in 1692. A whole week of various events, including live entertainment, burning of Zozobra (a bogeyman marionette), fine arts & crafts market, mariachi with dancing, mariachi concert, fiesta, food booths, pet parade, and more! Full schedule of events is on the organizer’s website.
Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta - Albuquerque, NM - Aug 26, 2018
Taste heirloom tomatoes, attend free plant clinics and cooking demonstrations, shop, kids activities and more.
Hatch Valley Chile Festival - Hatch, NM - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
More than 30,000 attend this Labor Day weekend festival to sample chile recipes, shop from artisan and food booths, watch crowning of the chile festival queen or participate in the chile ristra contest. Lots of kids activities including a carnival. $10 per carload
Fiesta De Los Ninos - Sante Fe, NM - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2018
Fun for all ages, with storytelling, puppet shoes, crafts, archery, food and more!
New Mexico State Fair - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 6 to Sep 16, 2018
A large state fair complete with concerts, parade, midway, food, livestock show, horse show and more.
Pojoaque River Art Tour - Sante Fe, NM - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
25th annual. A Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience with sixteen stops and twenty-four artists celebrating Native American, Hispanic, and Angle artists along a tour route (which can be navigated in a single day). Enjoy a reception on Saturday night at Rancho Jacona and Silent Auction at Tower Gallery.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Travel back in time to go on a knight’s quest, ride in a Spanish Galleon (and other kids activities/games), learn about Renaissance arts and sciences, enjoy amazing performances and delicious food and craft vendors, Celtic games, sword fighting, belly dancing, other live entertainment and more, at New Mexico’s premier Renaissance Fair.
Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest - Taos, NM - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Visit the Bavarian Restaurant on Saturday & Sunday for the Oktoberfest Celebration. This is a FREE event for all ages. Authentic Schuplatter band, German beer and food, activities and crafts for kids, yodeling contest, alpenhorn blowing contests and more.
Oktoberfest Party - Moriarty, NM - Sep 15, 2018
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company.
Gila River Festival - Silver City, NM - Sep 20 to Sep 23, 2018
The 14th annual festival is celebrating the 50th anniversary of National Wild and Scenic Rivers. Explore the bountiful native foods, plants, and medicines found throughout the Gila River and its watershed. Presented by the Gila Conservation Coalition.
Globalquerque - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
Enjoy music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Global village of crafts, culture and cuisine.
Taos Fall Arts Festival - Taos, NM - Sep 21 to Sep 30, 2018
See the works of 250+ Taos County artists, plus film festival, youth art show, demonstrations and more.This is the oldest art festival in Taos, first held in 1974.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 23 to Sep 30, 2018
Annual event for 25+ years. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.
Corrales Harvest Festival - Corrales, NM - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
Organized by the Kiwanis Club of Corrales, proceeds are re-invested into children’s programs in the community. Enjoy a fun run, pet parade, pony promenade, dancing and dance performances. Since 1985.
Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival - San Lorenzo, NM - Sep 29, 2018
Harvest festival includes pie, live music, horseshoe tournament, horse deomonstration, silent auction, health fair, and more. Held at San Lorenzo Elementary School.
Rio Grande Arts & - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 5 to Oct 14, 2018
30th annual. An arts & crafts festival with 225 artists during the International Balloon Fiesta, plus live music, culinary arts tent, artists demonstrations, a Kids’ Creation Station and more.
Red River Oktoberfest - Red River, NM - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
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
Albuquerque Grecian Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
Food, dancing demonstrations, fine art and gifts to celebrate Greek culture.
Harvest Festival at El Rancho De Las Golongdrinas - Sante Fe, NM - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Popular community festival with grape stomp, tortilla making and food plus fresh syrup, cider, pumpkin picking and more!
Wool Festival at Taos - Taos, NM - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
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.
Socorro Oktoberfest - Socorro, NM - Oct 6, 2018
New Mexico Brew Fest - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 13, 2018
More than 3,000 attend this craft beer and live music event held during the International Balloon Fiesta. More than 20 breweries offering complimentary tastes and purchases, live music, food trucks, and some attendees even don traditional Oktoberfest garments!
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 17 to Oct 21, 2018
10th annual. Brings the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions to several venues in Santa Fe.
Albuquerque Tango Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2018
Hundreds of dancers enjoy world class DJs and instruction in this classic dance form. Three days of group classes on giant main dance floor.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 18 to Oct 14, 2018
Hot air balloon launches, live music, flying competition, car show and more. Since 1972.
Santa Fe Comic Con - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
New Mexico Tri Con featuring Horror, Sci Fi and Comic Books at the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.
Ruidoso Oktoberfest - Ruidoso, NM - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Sponsored by the Special Events Resource Group and Admiral Beverage Corporation. There will be German food, beer, live German music, and dancing. Annual event for 35+ years.
High Rolls Apple Festival - High Rolls, NM - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
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.
Taos Mountain Balloon Rally - Taos, NM - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
36th annual. A weekend of hot air balloons amid the fall colors in New Mexico. Typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews.
JDRF Ride to Cure Diabetes- Sante Fe - Sante Fe, NM - Nov 1 to Nov 4, 2018
Ride one of multiple routes up to 100 miles through moderately hilly, scenic terrain around Sante Fe, while raising money for Juvenile Diabetes research.
Festival of the Cranes - San Antonio, NM - Nov 14 to Nov 17, 2018
Workshops, seminars, birding tours and more at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – Thanksgiving Holiday Show - Albuquerque, NM - Nov 23 to Nov 25, 2018
Indoor festival at Expo NM Fairgrounds. Arts & crafts, live entertainment, food sampling, artists at work, and Santa Claus. One day pass is $8. Admission for the entire weekend is $11.
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
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
River of Lights – Albuquerque – Starts Nov 28, 2015
New Mexico’s largest walk-through light show at ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden.
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