October offers an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the autumn season. Here in The City Different, we appreciate the beauty of the mountains and the diverse cultural and outdoor experiences that are available this time of year. So please join us in discovering a few highlights of Santa Fe’s October events.
Enjoy Spectacular Fall Foliage From Your Seat
In the fall, Santa Fean’s and visitors gladly welcome the changing colors of aspen trees in the Santa Fe National Forest. 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 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ski Santa Fe will also play host to fall music and activities such as the cornhole challenge and a kid’s treasure hunt. New this year, Ski Santa Fe has opened their 18 hole disc golf course for those looking to play among the leaves. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy live music on the La Casa Lodge deck. See the event calendar for more details.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
For more than four decades, during the first week in October, guests from all over the world come to New Mexico to celebrate ballooning. Santa Fe is a short drive or train ride away from the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Consider catching the morning glow and mass ascension—marvel as 500+ balloons launch at the same time—early in the day and return to Santa Fe to fill the rest of your day with good food, a museum or shopping and some relaxation. The event takes place October 7 through October 17, 2017. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this is one of the most photographed events in the world!
Tickets are available by calling (855) 725-1824 or online.
General admission tickets may also be purchased at the gate on the day of the event.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
Santa Fe’s premiere film event presents over 100 films and events each October throughout Santa Fe. The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will commence on Wednesday, October 18 and close on Sunday, October 22, 2017. The festival presents five days of independent film screenings, community events, parties and educational workshops at several venues around the city, including: Violet Crown, Jean Cocteau, the Lensic Performance Arts Center, CCA, and The Screen.
Historic Canyon Road Paint and Sculpt Out
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 in the Southwest. The Canyon Road 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 experience. Meet the artists on Friday evening at gallery receptions, previews and shows.
The events takes place on October 14 and 15, 2017 and are free and open to the public.
Review Santa Fe International Photography Festival
The Review Santa Fe Photo Festival is the premiere photography juried portfolio review event in the world. The festival will feature a number of ways to connect and participate including workshops, artist talks, and a special event honoring a photo luminary. The reviewers and the Review Santa Fe 100 Photographers travel from around the world to participate in this prestigious juried portfolio review, exhibition openings, and receptions.
Make Santa Fe your home base and take a pleasant drive to the surrounding communities of Galisteo, El Rito and Abiquiú for each area’s annual studio tour.
The Galisteo Studio Tour, for instance, will guide you through the many studios where you’ll see photography, paintings, pottery and ceramic art, retablos, jewelry, bronze sculpture, weavings, and hand-crafted local arts as well as tasty local fare. The ancient cottonwoods that line the Galisteo River give portions of the tour a special New Mexico ambiance. The El Rito Studio Tour held in an early Spanish settlement located about an hour’s drive northwest of Santa Fe, features everything from blacksmithing to fiber arts and pottery. While in Abiquiú you can see the studios of more than 70 artists and also explore the gorgeous landscape where Georgia O’Keeffe once lived and worked. The tours run from October 1-15, 2017.
For more information on popular Northern New Mexico tours, please visit our website.
Why not add an October Santa Fe visit into your schedule? Between fall colors, film and artistic events, you’ll find October is a beautiful time to visit the City Different. If you’re attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, dedicate time for the short trip north to Santa Fe to complete your New Mexico getaway.