Fall for these 7 October Events in Santa Fe

Shhh! Here’s a little secret: October is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe. Temperatures drop and the crowds dissipate, a “secret season” visit lets you take part in some of the city’s most exciting happenings. So here are the must-see events and activities in The City Different during the month of October!

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Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration

October 6 – 8, 2018

Indigenous Peoples Day
Indigenous Peoples Day

Santa Fe is deeply proud to embrace its rich cultural diversity and the prolific and profound contributions that its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City. On Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day, we reserve the day to remember, honor and uphold our valued Native American neighbors. Observe traditional dance and drum performances on the Historic Plaza daily.


El Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival

October 6 – 7, 2018

A fall chile harvest is part of the bounty at the Harvest Festival.
A fall chile harvest is part of the bounty at the Harvest Festival.

Celebrate the harvest at New Mexico’s top living history museum! Taste syrup from a burro driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from the scarecrow-guarded patch. Children can stomp grapes by foot, make cornhusk dolls or roll their own delicious tortilla by hand.


The Whiskey Classic

October 13, 2018

The Whiskey Classic takes place this October at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch. Photo: Inspire People Media
The Whiskey Classic takes place at Bonanza Creek Movie Ranch. Photo Courtesy: Inspire People Media

The Whiskey Classic will debut in Santa Fe, on October 13, 2018 at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a location often utilized for Western movie filming. The festival will highlight craft whiskey, bourbon and scotch as well as wine, beer and cider produced in New Mexico.  Informative sessions during the event will include whiskey pairings, Hot Mixology, Cigars 101, Independent bottlings vs. Distillery bottlings and more.


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

October 17 – 21, 2018

The Lensic Performing Arts Centers is one of the many venues for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. (Photo courtesy: Santa Fe Independent Film Festival)

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival presents five days of independent film screenings, community events and educational workshops. The festival features over 100 films in various venues across Santa Fe.


Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out

October 20, 2018

Marshall Noice of Waxlander Gallery gets his teeth into the art experience on Canyon Road! (Photo Courtesy: visitcanyonroad.com)

Experience art as it comes to life and engage in informative conversations about creative processes with more than 100 artists creating new works in real time. The 8th Annual Paint & Sculpt Out continues a tradition “en plein air” that began a century ago, when artists first arrived with early settlers.


Review Santa Fe International Photography Festival

October 25 -28, 2018

(Photo courtesy; Review Santa Fe)

Review Santa Fe Photo Festival is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world. The festival will feature a number of ways to connect and participate including workshops, artist talks, and a special event honoring a photo luminary. The reviewers and the Review Santa Fe 100 Photographers travel from around the world to participate in this prestigious juried portfolio review, exhibition openings, and receptions.


Spirits of New Mexico’s Past

October 27, 2018

Exploring the passageways between the adobe buildings of El Rancho de las Golondrinas. (Photo courtesy: Atsuna Matsui)

Meet the ghosts of history who lived and died in the land of enchantment! Step back in time and encounter a diverse assortment of characters from New Mexico’s illustrious and often little known past. Listen to their amazing stories and experience intriguing bygone events. Lit by lantern light and campfires, El Rancho de las Golondrinas takes on a family-friendly but spooky Halloween atmosphere only one night each year.


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