Find a New Mexico fall festival to attend in 2021. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2021 has things to do across New Mexico including activities in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Roswell. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2021 dates on all festival events. Some websites had not been updated at all for this year, but where a date was available or a cancellation confirmed, we've updated our listing. We'll keep looking for new events to add, and we'll be working on updating Halloween and Thanksgiving events as well. We hope you find a fantastic event near you, enjoy!
All events showing 2021 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19, weather/natural disasters, or other reasons. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
New Mexico Comic Expo - Albuquerque, NM - Aug 13 to Aug 15, 2021
Bike MS: Pedal los Pueblos - Santa Fe, NM - Aug 21, 2021
Bike MS is more than a ride. It’s an experience grounded in camaraderie and marked by passion, inspiration, determination and pure enjoyment. It will be an experience you’ll never forget, shared with new friends and old.
Fiesta de Santa Fe - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 4 to Sep 12, 2021
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.
Fiesta De Los Ninos - Sante Fe, NM - Sep 4 to Sep 5, 2021
Fun for all ages, with storytelling, puppet shoes, crafts, archery, food and more!
New Mexico State Fair - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 9 to Sep 19, 2021
A large state fair complete with concerts, parade, midway, food, livestock show, horse show and more. Since 1881.
Gila River Festival - Silver City, NM - Sep 16 to Sep 19, 2021
Explore the future of the Gila River in relation to the changing climate, as well as our responsibility to act as responsible earth stewards, with keynote speaker activisit Tim DeChristopher and many renowned presenters.
Globalquerque - Albuquerque, NM - Sep 17 to Sep 18, 2021
Enjoy music and dance at the National Hispanic Cultural Center. Global village of crafts, culture and cuisine.
Santa Fe Renaissance Fair - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 18 to Sep 19, 2021
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.
Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Sep 22 to Sep 26, 2021
Annual event for 25+ years. Wine seminars, cooking demos, tastings, bike ride, golf classic and more.
Taos Fall Arts Festival - Taos, NM - Sep 24 to Oct 3, 2021
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.
Albuquerque Grecian Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 1 to Oct 3, 2021
Food, dancing demonstrations, fine art and gifts to celebrate Greek culture.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 2 to Oct 10, 2021
Hot air balloon launches, live music, flying competition, car show and more. Since 1972.
Harvest Festival at El Rancho De Las Golongdrinas - Sante Fe, NM - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
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 2 to Oct 3, 2021
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.
La Vina Winery Fall Harvest Festival - Anthony, NM - Oct 2 to Oct 3, 2021
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.
Red River Oktoberfest - Red River, NM - Oct 8 to Oct 10, 2021
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. You will also find the chicken dance, yodeling and brat eating. There’s live music, arts & crafts vendors, and family friendly activities, too. Admission is $5. Commemorative taster mug or stein glass is available. Location: 101 West Main Street, Red River, NM
Roswell Jazz Festival - Roswell, NM - Oct 13 to Oct 17, 2021
Multi-venue event celebrating jazz music and musicians.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 13 to Oct 17, 2021
Brings the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions to several venues in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe Comic Con - Santa Fe, NM - Oct 22 to Oct 24, 2021
New Mexico Tri Con featuring Horror, Sci Fi and Comic Books at the Buffalo Thunder Casino and Resort.
Taos Mountain Balloon Rally - Taos, NM - Oct 29 to Oct 31, 2021
A weekend of hot air balloons amid the fall colors in New Mexico. Typically hosts 35-50 balloons and crews.
Albuquerque Tango Festival - Albuquerque, NM - Nov 4 to Nov 7, 2021
Hundreds of dancers enjoy world class DJs and instruction in this classic dance form. Three days of group classes on giant main dance floor.
Festival of the Cranes - San Antonio, NM - Nov 18 to Nov 20, 2021
Workshops, seminars, birding tours and more at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge.
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival – Thanksgiving Holiday Show - Albuquerque, NM - Nov 26 to Nov 28, 2021
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 $12.
We know that you want current events. But we don’t always have dates for every event 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!
Hatch Valley Chile Festival - Hatch, NM - Aug 31 to Sep 1, 2019
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
Pojoaque River Art Tour - Sante Fe, NM - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
A Northern New Mexico tri-cultural art experience with different stops and 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.
Taos Ski Valley Oktoberfest - Taos, NM - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2019
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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 21, 2019
Hosted by Sierra Blanca Brewing Company.
Mimbres Valley Harvest Festival - San Lorenzo, NM - Sep 28, 2019
Harvest festival includes pie, live music, horseshoe tournament, horse deomonstration, silent auction, health fair, and more. Held at San Lorenzo Elementary School.
Boese Brothers Oktoberfest - Los Alamos, NM - Oct 10 to Oct 11, 2019
High Rolls Apple Festival - High Rolls, NM - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2019
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.
Albuquerque Tomato Fiesta - Albuquerque, NM - Aug 23, 2020
Canceled for 2021. Normally: Celebrate tomatoes in all their glory with tastings, food demonstrations, savings and more!
Corrales Harvest Festival - Corrales, NM - Sep 26 to Sep 27, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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.
Rio Grande Arts & Crafts Festival: Balloon Fiesta Show - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 2 to Oct 11, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: An arts & crafts festival with 225 juried artists during the International Balloon Fiesta, plus live music, culinary arts tent, artists demonstrations, a Kids’ Creation Station and more. Tickets are available at the door, $10 for a day pass; $16 for a festival pass (good both weekends); and $35 for a Grande Pass, good to all Rio Grande Art festivals, including the Holiday show in November, plus free parking. Kids 12 and under are free.
Socorro Oktoberfest - Socorro, NM - Oct 3, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: Annual Celebration to commemorate the founding of the Hammel Brewery and Museum. Food, drinks, vendors, and tours of the museum.
New Mexico Brew Fest - Albuquerque, NM - Oct 10, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: 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!
Ruidoso Oktoberfest - Ruidoso, NM - Oct 16 to Oct 17, 2020
Canceled for 2021, look for their return in 2022. Normally: There will be German food, beer, live German music, and dancing. The Kinderhall will have lots of activities for the kids, plus arts and crafts vendors and more! Annual event for 35+ years.
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