A glorious three-day weekend is just around the corner. Why not enjoy the last days of summer in Santa Fe? Get ready, because we have some ideas for your Labor Day weekend escape. Here are our favorite picks to help create your three day adventure.
Celebrate The 92nd Burning of Zozobra
Zozobra is a giant marionette effigy and is the inspiration of artist Will Shuster. (Photo courtesy of the Burning of Zozobra)
A not-to-be missed experience is The Burning of Zozobra, an annual cultural event staged by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe. The Burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot high marionette, represents the worries and gloom of the community that are released once it is set on fire amidst fireworks and the cheers of the crowd. As Zozobra goes up in flames, the chants of thousands of spectators fill Fort Marcy Ball Park—just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Fireworks light up the finale as the gloom and doom of the crowd goes up in smoke. Visitors not only get an unbelievable experience but also leave worry free! The burning of Zozobra takes place on Friday, September 2.
Kewa Pueblo Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Visit the Kewa Pueblo Annual Arts & Crafts Fair (formerly Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Arts & Crafts Fair) on September 3 and 4 and you’ll see over 300 Indian artists from across the United States showcasing their wares. This event, just a short drive south of Santa Fe, features authentic Indian art and crafts, food, fresh farm produce and best of all, Native American dances.
To download a full schedule of New Mexico Pueblo Feast Days, Tribal Celebration and other Native American events, click here .
Shop Unique Art Shows in The Plaza
Santa Fe Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts Show
Are you looking for one-of-a-kind arts and crafts during your stay in The City Different? The Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market is your place! You can select unique hand fashioned jewelry, pottery, hand-made clothing, stylish leather, paintings, photography, beautiful wood products, hand blown glass, and countless other items in this juried market.The distinctive open-air market takes place in the historic downtown Plaza on September 3, 4, and 5.
Santa Fe Society of Artists Art Show
The Santa Fe Society of Artists juried outdoor fine art shows afford visitors the opportunity to enjoy fine painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture and to meet the artists. The Outdoor Fine Art Show is located at 122 W. Palace Avenue, just west of the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
HIPICO Santa Fe Summer Series
Experience a world-class equestrian event this Labor Day weekend. (photo courtesy of HIPICO Santa Fe)
During Labor Day weekend, enjoy HIPICO Santa Fe ‘s Turquoise Trail Week . You’ll experience A-rated equestrian competitions, The Art of the Horse fine art show, artist demonstrations, and also marvel at the beautiful horses and their riders. Enjoy live music, delicious food and award-winning craft beer. You can also shop for jewelry, art and equine merchandise at the HIPICO Marketplace.
All events are free and open to the public with the top competitions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Be sure to check out all of the other HIPICO Summer Series events .
The Fence is one must-see outdoor photography exhibition you cannot miss during your Labor Day weekend stay. An international jury of photography professionals were called upon to review and select 40 photographers whose submitted work exemplifies the essence of “community” across cultural boundaries and geographical lines. The selected works this year are presented in a large-scale, curated outdoor exhibition at the Santa Fe Railyard Park. The exhibit ends on September 30. Don’t miss out!
We hope this helps you start to plan your Labor Day getaway. Be sure to check out all of the planning resources available to you! Our Must-See Events page helps visitors plan their travel to Santa Fe to coincide with some of our most popular annual events.
If you can’t wait until Labor Day to get here, read our recent blog Nine Santa Fe Must Go August Events and visit us in August!