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The Heritage Center: Calendar of Events

Visit our Heritage Center in Alcalde, NM to experience these exhibitions. 

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Rio Grande National Heritage Area Event Listing

For a more indepth view of what's going on in each of the three counties please visit these calendars:

Rio Arriba
Taos County
Santa Fe

Here is a list of ANNUAL events. Please check websites for updated information.


Labor Day Weekend
Fiestas de Santa Fe - including the annual burning of Zozobra on Friday night, followed a week later by parades, music on the Plaza, arts and other events.

Chama Valley Studio Tour

September 11
Enchanted Circle Century Tour - a major bicycle road race beginning and ending in Red River.

September 9 - 11
Rio Costilla Valley Studio Tour

September 17, 18, 24, 25
High Road Studio Tours along NM 76 and NM 518 between Nambé and Taos.
866 343 5381

Late September
Española Valley Arts Festival on the Española Plaza with a focus on regional visual artists

September 21 - 25
26th Annual Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta - the city's major event of its kind

September 23-24
Third annual 'The Paseo' a free festival on Taos streets featuring performance art, installations, interactive arts, live music, and more - from 1-10pm.

September 23 - October 2
Taos Fall Arts Festival with exhibitions, talks, live music and more.

September 26 - October 2
Santa Fe Street Fashion Week with Southwestern and Western emphasis.


October 1 -2
El Rito Studio Tour.

October 1 - 2
Harvest Festival, El Rancho de Golindrinas, in La Cienega just south of Santa Fe. $8 adults, $6 teens and seniors.

October 7 - 9
Octoberfest in Red River with fall color tours, microbrews, music and more.

October 8 - 10
Abiquiu Studio Tour with more than 50 participating artists.

October 19 - 23
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival with screenings, panels and parties.


November 5 - 6
Dixon Studio Tour
505 579 4671

November 19 - 20
Fall Fiber Festival at Santa Fe's Scottish Rite Temple

Thanksgiving Weekend
Typical opening of regional ski areas, which remain open through Easter.


December 2 - 4
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival

December 7 - 11
Santa Fe Film Festival

December 11
Evening staging of Las Posadas on the Santa Fe Plaza.

Christmas Eve
Taos Pueblo activities including bonfires, traditional dancing and midnight mass.
575 758 1028

Farolito Walk in Santa Fe's Canyon Road neighbourhood.


Last Weekend
Taos Winter Wine Festival in town and in the Taos Ski Valley.


Late February
Santa Fe Restaurant Week with special meals, edible art tours and more.


Late April
Tierra Wools Spring Harvest Festival in Los Ojos, with demonstration shearing, wool cording, weaving and dyeing, plus music and more.
575 588 7231


Late May:
Annual launch of Cumbres & Toltec Narrow Gauge Railroad operations between Chama and Antonito, Colorado. The train runs through mid-October.

Memorial Day Weekend
Native Treasures Art Festival, with some 200 juried Indian artists.

Red River Motorcycle Rally for gearheads nationwide.

May to September
Taos Plaza Live, a series of free music shows on Taos Plaza on Thursdays from 6 - 8pm.


Early June:
Spring Festival & Fiber Arts Fair, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe; $8 adults, $6 teens and seniors.

Santa Fe International New Media Festival.

Third week in June:
Peace Prayer Day/Solstice Retreat, hosted near Española by the American Sikh community.

Late June:
Taos Solar Music Fest, with national and regional bands.

Rodeo de Santa Fe, the region’s largest such gathering.


Early July:
Annual launch of the world-famous repertory-style Santa Fe Opera. It usually closes about the third week of August.

International Folk Art Market returns to Santa Fe for the largest event of its type in the world.

July 4:
Chama Fireworks Train & Show

Taos Pueblo Pow Wow

Española Valley Fiesta on the Espanola plaza.

Start of annual, world-class Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, which runs through mid- to late August.

Late July:
Fiestas de Taos,

July 30–31 (last full weekend in July):
Spanish Market in Santa Fe, the nation’s largest and most renowned festival of its kind.


August 20 - 21
Santa Fe Indian Market - the world's largest and most prestigious event of its kind.