Santa Fe invites visitors and locals alike to celebrate the unique richness of the city’s extraordinary past and even more extraordinary present in ¡Viva Santa Fe!—a month-long celebration of the best of The City Different. ¡Viva Santa Fe! caters to all ages with live music, dancing, art, traditional ceremonies, parades, and outdoor adventure all fueled by world-renowned savory Santa Fe cuisine. And, throughout Santa Fe, you’ll hear the locals exclaim… “Que Viva!”
¡Viva Santa Fe! Events Include:
The Burning Of Zozobra – September 4
The Burning of Zozobra is one of the most anticipated events of the year. The 91st annual burning is Friday, September 4 at Fort Marcy Park. The 50-foot, 2,000-pound marionette Zozobra, also known as “Old Man Gloom,” is stuffed with divorce decrees, bankruptcy filings, tax receipts and other paper manifestations of stress. Zozobra is then set ablaze by torches amid fireworks and ceremonial dances of ghosts and fire to dispel the hardships of the year and to banish any feelings of gloom or doom.
Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown – September 10
Edible Santa Fe will host the 3rd Annual Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, a competition that puts top chefs and restaurants head-to-head to compete for the title of the ultimate green chile cheeseburger. Fans vote online for the city’s best and the eight establishments that receive the most votes will advance to the final cook-off. Chefs will fire up their grills at The Santa Fe Railyard and present their best burgers to the public and a panel of food critics from across the country for the chance to reign as the “Green Chile Cheeseburger Champ.”
Fiesta de Santa Fe – September 11 – 13
Fiesta de Santa Fe is the oldest continuous celebration in the county and the 303rd annual event takes place September 11 – 13. The Fiesta celebrates the vibrant culture and rich colonial history of Santa Fe through a variety of festivities including traditional Spanish dancing and mariachi music, parades, authentic New Mexican cuisine and religious ceremonies. The three-day fiesta marks the resettlement of Santa Fe by the Spanish in 1692.
”All Trails Lead To Santa Fe” Three Trails Conference 2015 – September 17 – 20 "All Trails Lead To Santa Fe" is a joint conference of three historical trail associations—El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, The Old Spanish Trail, and The Santa Fe Trail—to learn new ways of evaluating the trails and their impact on our identity. The conference will explore environmental and sociological aspects of the trails and their connections, as well as their history as three of the most significant trails in North America. There will be field trips and evening events as well. Many activities have limited capacity so please check the website for details and registration.
Renaissance Fair at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas – September 19 – 20
The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair is a community event at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish colonial outdoor living history museum, with 200 acres of historical recreations including working gristmills, a blacksmith and a wheelwright. Visitors are invited to dress in their finest medieval costumes and experience all aspects of life in the old village.
Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon 2015 – September 20
The point-to-point course starts in the heart of Santa Fe at historic Fort Marcy, follows the Old Taos Highway, and finishes at the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in the Pueblo of Pojoaque. The USATF-certified course is a net 1,000 foot downhill run that features spectacular views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains while it drops into the colorful Rio Grande Valley. Runners will enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the route—a historical trail that the city’s ancestors have utilized for centuries.
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta – September 23 – 27
The 25th Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta celebrates five days of events featuring 90 national wineries and 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants. The festivities include cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The fiesta culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all participating restaurants and wineries will serve samples of their best food and wine.
Santa Fe Concorso – September 25 – 27
The 2015 Santa Fe Concorso—the Southwest’s premier gathering of more than 110 rare and exotic cars and motorcycles—will take place September 25 – 27 on the grounds of The Club at Las Campanas, 15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe. The Concorso is a three-day celebration of mechanical motion: seminars, an evening gathering at Hangar K at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, a Mountain Tour for entrants, and culminating with a judged exhibition of "rolling works of art," including classic cars, racing champions and speed-record seekers, as well as legendary motorcycles.
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