9 Events You Can’t Miss in Santa Fe This September

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.

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1. Fiestas de Santa Fe

August 31 – September 9

The Burning of Zozobra kicks off Santa Fe Fiesta
The Burning of Zozobra kicks off Santa Fe Fiesta

If there’s one tradition that captures the spirit of Santa Fe, it’s the annual celebration, Fiestas de Santa Fe. This event is the longest, continuously running celebration in the United States! With parades, dancing, concerts, and the Burning of Zozobra, Fiestas de Santa Fe is a feast for all the senses.


2. Outside Bike & Brew

September 1 – 2, 2018

Palates and pedals come alive during the Outside Bike and Brew Festival. (Photo courtesy of Outside Bike and Brew Festival)
Palates and pedals come alive during the Outside Bike and Brew Festival. (Photo courtesy of Outside Bike and Brew Festival)

Outside Bike & Brew has been touted as “one of the most exciting cycling and craft beer festivals in the country!” This event is filled with two days of cycling some of Santa Fe’s best terrain, bike building, craft beer drinking and listening to live music sure to soothe the soul.


3. Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown

September 8, 2018

One of the competitors looking to be crowned "Reigning Chomp"
One of the competitors looking to be crowned “Reigning Chomp”

It’s the battle of the burgers as local chefs go head to head to see who will win the title of Reigning “Chomp.”  Sample green chile cheeseburgers from around the state while sipping local craft brews, sure to quench your palate. This year’s Smackdown will take place at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing.


4. New Mexico Railroad History Celebration

September 13, 15 & 16, 2018

The New Mexico Rail Runner makes its final stop at the Santa Fe Railyard.

Celebrate New Mexico Railroad history in Santa Fe’s historic Railyard. This fun-filled weekend features model railroad layouts, art, a photography exhibit at El Museo, a train film festival at Violet Crown Cinema, living history reenactments and cultural demonstrations in the Railyard Park, and docent-led history tours at the historic La Fonda hotel organized with the New Mexico History Museum.


5. Santa Fe Renaissance Fair

September 15 – 16, 2018

Here’s your chance to witness a medieval joust, just one of the great events taking place! (Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas)
Here’s your chance to witness a medieval joust, just one of the great events taking place! (Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas)

Revel in medieval times with jugglers, dancers, vendors, kids’ games, delicious food, drinks & meadǃ Historic El Rancho de las Golondrinas is the perfect venue for this weekend outdoors with the family. Costumes strongly encouraged!


6. Studio Art Tours

Weekends from September 15 – 30, 2018

Potter/Sculptor/Painter/Jeweler Jeralyn Lucero in her shop “Sagebrush Deer Studio/Gallery”

September is a wonderful time to take in Northern New Mexico’s thriving art scene while enjoying some of the area’s most scenic drives. Take the opportunity to visit artists in their studios and see their process first hand.  In addition to Santa Fe’s bustling population of galleries, you may also follow the High Road to Taos Art Tour, Pecos Studio Tour, and the Pojoaque River Art Tour.


7. Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

September 26 – 30, 2018

The SFWCF Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera (Photo: Santa Fe Wine & Chile)

A five-day event celebrating the culinary traditions of Santa Fe! Events include wine seminars, cooking classes, guest chef luncheons, live auction, reserve wine tasting and silent auction, golf tournament, and the Grand Tasting with 79 restaurants and 90 wineries at the Santa Fe Opera.


8. Fall Events at Ski Santa Fe

September 1 – September 29, 2018

View beautiful fall foliage from the comfort of the chairlift. (photo courtesy Ski Santa Fe)

One fall experience not to miss is the Ski Santa Fe chairlift rides on their comfortable Super Chief Quad chair. Come enjoy the fresh mountain air while you take in the fall colors surrounding you. Plan your ride around live music, a beer garden, and activities for the whole family.


9. Northern New Mexico Fine Arts Craft Guild Show

September 29 & 30, 2018

Stroll through Cathedral Park and view some of the best craftsmanship in Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Artists Market)

Shop authentic New Mexican one-of-a-kind art in the shadow of the historic Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Jewelry, ceramics, paintings and sculptures are just a few of the handmade works of art you’ll find while mingling with the artists.


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