Nestled in the Rocky Mountains at 7,000 feet, Santa Fe is a world all its own. From immersive art experiences and world-class performances, to vibrant local cultures and timeless traditions. Explore this guide and discover the can’t-miss experiences that make Santa Fe The City Different.
November always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse experiences that are available. Join us in discovering a few of Santa Fe’s best November events.
Santa Fe has a strong connection with the Native Pueblo people of Northern New Mexico. For the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration groups representing many of the 23 Tribes in the area will be sharing traditional performances on the Santa Fe Plaza. Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
Each year, thousands flock to New Mexico to visit our southern neighbors and experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event, taking place October 6-14, 2018, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
Albuquerque hotels fill quickly for the event and it can be congested driving around. Those willing to make the 60 mile trek north will find a little bit more space and less traffic. Great lodging deals are available as well. Temps are a bit cooler, the air a bit crisper and the colors a bit more vivid. Here are a few recommendations to help you to experience the event in a whole new way, The City Different way.
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!
The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is an annual seven-day collection of events highlighting the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication of wines from around the world.
By bringing 100 wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of the city’s best restaurants, a week long schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 100 wineries serve samples of their best offerings. The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta takes place September 23–30, 2018—with the Grand Tasting taking place on Saturday, September 29.
September in The City Different is a magical time. The smell of roasting green chile fills the crisp mountain air, while the golden aspens begin dancing in the breeze. Temperatures begin to drop, but the Autumn event season really begins to heat up! Here are just a few of the must-see events taking place this September.
Ask 25 locals what their favorite Santa Fe restaurant is and you very well may get 25 different answers. The flavors you find will surprise you — a mix of traditional and local ingredients like blue corn and New Mexico’s world-famous chile create unique flavors that have never crossed your palate before — while Santa Fe’s global recognition as a culinary mecca attracts the brightest chefs looking to show off their talents. This list is designed to get you started and is a combination of the “tried and true” of the Santa Fe culinary scene, but it is far from complete. Explore, follow your nose, and remember that there is no wrong answer to the official state question, “Red or Green?”
In many places, Labor Day is seen as the end of summer and a time to begin winding down for autumn. That’s not how we see things in The City Different… Labor Day is a time to celebrate the kick-off of the autumn event season. We wash our gloom away in a fiery ritual, embrace the cooler temps as we run to the mountains for recreation, celebrate our harvest of regional staples including world famous Hatch green and Chimayo red chile, and still find time to celebrate the oldest continuous civic celebration in North America. Here are a few of our tips to enjoying Labor Day weekend in Santa Fe.