Five Santa Fe October Events You Shouldn’t Miss

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October always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the fall season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse cultural and outdoor experiences that are available. So join me in discovering a few of Santa Fe’s best October events.

Immerse Yourself In A Harvest Festival

Pumpkins and chile are part of the bounty at the Harvest Festival (Photo courtesy of Bill Todjno Photography)
Pumpkins and chile are part of the bounty at the Harvest Festival (Photo courtesy of Bill Todjno Photography)

The smell of roasting chile and autumn in the October air sets the perfect scene to celebrate the harvest season. One way to celebrate is by attending the Harvest Festival —one of the most popular celebrations at Rancho de las Golondrinas and recently voted one of the Best Fall Harvest Festivals in the nation by readers of USA Today!

Bring in the harvest with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot. If you have never strung a chile ristra, this would be a wonderful time to learn. Also, try your hand at making tortillas and baking bread. The harvest event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, from 10 am to 4 pm.

 

Enjoy Spectacular Fall Foliage From Your Chair Lift Seat

This is one fall experience you will never forget! (Photo courtesy of Ski Santa Fe)
This is one fall experience you will never forget! (Photo courtesy of Ski Santa Fe)

In the fall, Santa Fean’s and visitors gladly welcome the aspen’s changing colors and this is one experience not to miss. During the first week in October, Ski Santa Fe  will run their Super Chief Quad chair from 10 am to 3 pm.

The Santa Fe Ski Basin will also play host to fall music and activities such as the corn hole challenge and a kid’s treasure hunt. New this year, Ski Santa Fe has opened their 18 hole disc golf course for all to enjoy. Don’t miss the opportunity to also enjoy live, local music on the La Casa Lodge deck. See the event calendar  for more details.

 

Historic Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out

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See hundreds of artists paint en plein air on Canyon Road. (Photo courtesy of Pippin Contemporary)

The Annual Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out continues a tradition of painting “en plein air” that began a century ago when artists first arrived with early settlers. The event has evolved into one of the nation’s largest annual artist demonstrations. You will see hundreds of artists and thousands of art enthusiasts come together for the daylong outdoor artist demonstration. Meet the artists on Friday evening at several gallery receptions, previews and shows. There will also be special events that will take place at many of Canyon Road’s restaurants, boutiques, galleries and shops.

The events takes place on October 14 and 15, 2016 and are free and open to the public.

 

The Santa Fe Art Project

Presentations will be highly curated by the David Richards Gallery, DR Project and other curators. (Photo courtesy of David Richard Gallery)
Presentations will be highly curated by the David Richards Gallery, DR Project and other curators. (Photo courtesy of David Richard Gallery)

Are you looking for cutting edge art in Santa Fe? Look no further than The Santa Fe Art Project.  This annual event plays hosts to a series of highly curated presentations, lectures and guided tours featuring local artists and curators in a gallery setting.

Enjoy the work of nearly fifty artists exhibiting their paintings, drawings, sculptures, photography, videos and media art.  The Santa Fe Art Project runs through November 6, 2016.

 

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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

2016 is an exciting year for the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. This marks the eighth year of a growing festival for independent film.  From October 19 – 23, enjoy over 30 feature films, 60 shorts, five days and nights of community events, galas, educational panels and discussions, the hottest independent films of 2016 and much more—all in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. If you’re a film aficionado and want to learn more about the growing Santa Fe film industry, check out our “Fall into Santa Fe Film ” blog.

Why not add an October Santa Fe visit into your schedule? Between the harvest, film, and art events, you’ll find October is a beautiful time to visit the City Different. If you’re attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, why not make the short trip north to Santa Fe? It’s the perfect landing spot for a quick getaway. Start planning your fall adventure in Santa Fe with the 2016 Santa Fe travel guide.  Make your October adventure even more special by checking out our Deals and Specials.

 

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