11 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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Fiestas de Santa Fe
August 31 – September 8, 2019

Fiestas de Santa Fe take place each September
The Santa Fe Fiesta parade is loved by many. (courtesy of Salvador Zapien)

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 U.S.ǃ With a Pet Parade, Mariachi Extravaganza, the Burning of Zozobra, concerts and more, Fiestas de Santa Fe is a feast for all the senses.


Fall Activities at Ski Santa Fe
August 31 – October 13, 2019

Enjoy the Fall Colors this September
Take an upper-level tour of the mountainside on the Ski Santa Fe scenic chair lift service. (photo courtesy of Ski Santa Fe)

During weekends and holidays in September and during Balloon Fiesta week, Ski Santa Fe will run their Super Chief Quad chair for scenic rides through the aspens. Fuel up at The Coffee Bar and La Casa Café and play the 18-Hole Disc Golf Course starting Labor Day weekend through October 13. On select days enjoy live music, a beer garden, and activities for the whole family. Visit skisantafe.com to view the daily schedule of activities.


Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown
September 7, 2019

The Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown takes place September 7, 2019
Plan to be a People’s Taster at the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown.

It’s the battle of the burgers as local chefs go head to head to see who will win this year’s best green chile cheeseburger title. Local breweries will be offering tastings to go with your burger taste test.


Cloudtop Comedy Festival
September 12 – 15, 2019

Join us for Santa Fe’s first-ever CloudTop Comedy Festival. The festival features over 40 comedians and includes headliners Maria Bamford, Fortune Feimster, and The Second City. Numerous regional and local comedians will also perform, including Santa Fe favorite Carlos Medina.


12th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Faire
September 14 – 15, 2019

The Santa Fe Renaissance Faire takes place September 14-15, 2019
Here’s your chance to witness a medieval joust! (Photo courtesy of El Rancho de las Golondrinas)

Immerse yourself on a majestic journey back in time in the Kingdom of Golondrinas. Travel with the fairies to their enchanted village, cheer on the knights of the Order of Epona, laugh with Clan Tynker, play in the kids game area, eat delicious foods, dance to medieval music, and buy unique arts and crafts at New Mexico’s premier Renaissance Fair.


Pojoaque River Art Tour
September 14 – 15, 2019

The Pojoaque River Art Tour takes place September 14-15, 2019
Pueblo of Pojoaque Bison Herd

Discover the wealth of creative talent of the three cultures of the beautiful Pojoaque River Valley. Visitors will enjoy a wide variety of quality art and craft by Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo artists along the tour route, which can be navigated in a single day.


Theatre Walk Santa Fe
September 14, 2019

The Lensic Theater celebrated its Grand Opening in 1931. (Courtesy of Palace of the Governors Photo Archives. Lensic Theater, San Francisco Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico Negative 050969)

Stroll between performances presented every half hour by over 20 theatre companies at multiple venues in the Rufina Arts District. $5 wristbands cover all performances. 12 and under are free.


Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon
September 15, 2019

Run this marathon in scenic splendor! (Courtesy of Santa Fe Thunder)

Dropping a net 1,000 feet into the Rio Grande Valley, the USATF certified point-to-point course is as fast as it is scenicǃ Come share the culture, history, flavor and vistas that make Santa Fe unique.


High Road Art Tour
September 21 – 22, 2019 & September 28 – 29, 2019

Sally Delap-John’s painting “Cordova” captures the essence of a trip on the High Road Tour.

The High Road Art Tour is a destination and an event. Each fall in northern New Mexico artists on the High Road to Taos open their studios and galleries. The High Road Art Tour allows visitors to see multiple arts and crafts, traditional and contemporary, created by local artists. This is a great opportunity to purchase directly from the artists.


29th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
September 22 – 29, 2019

This annual event highlights the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication of wines from around the world. Enjoy a week of food and wine events 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.


Pecos Studio Tour
September 28 – 29, 2019

Studio Tours give you the chance to visit the artist in their working environment.

The Pecos Studio Tour is made up of a loosely knit group of artists living in and around the village of Pecos in northeastern New Mexico. Located 20 minutes from Santa Fe (I-25 North), this small community hosts a blend of unique people. Besides artists in all media, many residents have long historic and cultural ties to the area.


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3 thoughts to “11 Events You Can’t Miss in Santa Fe This September”

  1. Please forward your Sante Fe Travel Guide asap.
    We are looking at the weekend of 9/14 and want to know the following:
    1) How do we get signed up for the Street Theater Walk?
    2) Do we need to make reservations for the Pojoaque River Valley Art Tour?
    3) What can we expect weather-wise that time of year?
    Does the travel guide include lodging listings?
    We love to hike and are wondering if the guide includes suggested hikes that are rated?
    Thanks so much!

    1. Judy- You can sign up for the visitor guide at https://santafe.org/visitors_guide
      Reservations are not required for the Pojoaque River Valley Art Tour
      By Mid-September, temps are typically cooling down in the evening, but can still be warm during the day. A light jacket/sweater should be the heaviest garment you will need.
      Lodging listings can be found at https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Accommodations/Hotels_and_Motels/index.html
      A quick guide to some of the most popular hikes in the area can be found at https://santafe.org/blog/santa_fe_countytrails/

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