Why not celebrate Labor Day weekend this year with an end of summer getaway to The City Different? Instead of the beach or a theme park, think Santa Fe, New Mexico this time! Enjoy the last days of summer with some of our favorite picks to help you create your three day adventure. Keep reading and start planning!
The Burning of Zozobra Kicks Off Labor Day Weekend
You made it to Santa Fe and your first stop should be the Burning of Zozobra on Friday, September 1, 2017! What a way to kick off your Labor Day weekend. The annual Burning of Zozobra , is an exciting kick-off to Fiestas. Last year the event attracted over 55,000 spectators who gathered at Fort Marcy Park to view the ritual and fireworks display. Get acquainted with this giant marionette and join the thousands who gather to dispel the hardships and travails of the past year. Want to know more about Zozobra? Click here to read our recent blog that offers a glimpse into the history behind this annual Santa Fe tradition.
Santa Fe Fiestas 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 is held in the historic downtown Plaza on September 2, 3, and 4, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This is a free event.
Santa Fe Society of Artists Art Show
The Santa Fe Society of Artists juried outdoor fine art show affords visitors the opportunity to buy fine painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture directly from the artists. The Society was founded in 1981 and has remained a premier juried fine art group in Santa Fe. Outdoor art shows like this provide an opportunity to experience firsthand an important part of Santa Fe’s culture—the artists!
The show takes place on September 2 and 3, 2017. You will find the artists at 122 W. Palace Avenue, just west of the historic Santa Fe Plaza.
Are you a fan of mariachi music? Does your heart beat faster at the sounds of strumming guitars, ringing trumpets and strong vocals? If so, you’ll want to be a part of the passionate musical experience at the Mariachi Extravaganza. This year Garibaldi will perform at the beautiful Santa Fe Opera. The event takes place on September 2, 2017 starting at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets here.
Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return is an explorable, immersive art installation filled with technology and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages. The wildly imaginative art space is a collaboration of more than 135 local artists and is a unique combination of art gallery, jungle gym and fantasy novel. Meow Wolf is Santa Fe’s newest attraction for the whole family and is a must see on your Labor Day getaway.
Fall Chairlift Rides
Beginning on September 2 through October 15, 2017, the Santa Fe Ski Basin will be offering fall chairlift rides on their comfortable Super Chief Quad chair. The disc golf course will also be open starting Labor Day weekend. The last chairlift down is at 3:30 p.m. Plan your ride around live music, a beer garden, and activities for the whole family offered on select days.
Santa Fe Margarita Trail
Your adventure starts with purchasing the Margarita Trail Passport at any TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Center. The Passport is your invitation to explore Santa Fe’s love and connection to this classic cocktail. There are 31 amazing margaritas on the Trail to tantalize your taste buds, so you’re sure to find a favorite or two! As an added bonus, with your Passport you will receive $1 off the signature Margarita Trail cocktail.
The Margarita Trail promises to be one of your most memorable Santa Fe culinary adventures. Click here for all the details for how the Trail works. Remember you must be 21 or older to participate. Santa Fe’s high altitude of 7,200 feet above sea level means the air is thinner. Go nice and slow. Enjoy the Trail but always drink responsibly.
We hope this helps you plan your Labor Day getaway to Santa Fe. Be sure to check out even more planning resources available to you! Our Must–See Events page helps visitors plan travel to Santa Fe to coincide with some of our most popular annual events. Keep that in mind!