September is coming to an end, which means Santa Fe October fall travel planning has begun! So, naturally, you are looking for things to do in Santa Fe in October. Santa Fe in the fall (like, right now) is the perfect time to visit. Busy summertime crowds have resided, cooler weather begins, and fall New Mexico festivities begin! Gorgeous fall foliage is every photographer’s dream and the smell of pinon scent as well as roasting chile fills the air. Each private guest room at Pueblo Bonito bed and breakfast begins to be prepared to host a romantic real wood burning fire in the corner kiva fireplace for a one of a kind traditional historic pueblo vacation experience! (see our gallery pages) Truly one of best times for Santa Fe Travel!
Below are some of the things to do in Santa Fe in October:
Santa Fe Wine/Chile Festival- Sept- Oct 1, 2018 –Popular Santa Fe Fall event- Pueblo Bonito b&b has limited availability call to inquire (800-461-4599)- Walking distance to participating restaurants and many events.
- El Rito Studio Tour – El Rito,NM (60 minutes from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn on 544) September 30 – October 1 2016. Meet more than 25 artists who live and work in this sleepy village that was an early Spanish settlement, located about an hour’s drive northwest of Santa Fe. The annual open studio tour features everything from blacksmithing, fiber arts and pottery to santos and retablos. El Farolito (restaurant) is located here- we highly suggest visiting this little treasure (excellent green chile).
Harvest Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas September 30 – October 1, 2017 Autumn is a vibrant time to visit Rancho de las Golondrinas? Taste syrup from our burro driven sorghum mill, help make cider by cranking a traditional apple press, and pick a pumpkin from our scarecrow-guarded patch. Children stomp grapes by foot,or make cornhusk dolls or roll a delicious tortilla by hand! Lot’s to do and experience as history comes to life at this long-running and acclaimed event?
Ski Santa Fe Fall Folige Chair Lift Rides September 30-October 1, 7 – 15 Ski Santa Fe runs their Super Chief Quad chair from 10am to 3pm (weather dependent) with Coffee Bar and La Casa Café open 9am to 4pm for spectacular aspen leave views! Last chairlift ride down is 3:30pm. Come to the Sport Shop for the annual sale- 60% off last years clothes and gear! Select days find live music, beer garden, and activities for the whole family.
International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park October 7 – 15, 2017 Hundreds of balloons fill the sky at dawn and dusk for nine days, with races, night flights, and more. Take the SF Rail runner (commuter train station 3 blocks from Pueblo Bonito b&b) to avoid the hassles of parking! This is definitely one of the great things to do in Santa Fe in October.
Abiquiu Studio Tour – Abiquiú, NM (50 miles from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn on US Highway 84/285) October 7 – 9, 2017 70+ artists welcome visitors to home studios in this annual tour. See paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and more> Explore gorgeous Georgia O’Keeffe country !
Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at Santa Fe Plaza October 9, 2017 Join in celebration of culture and community! Santa Fe proudly embraces the profound contributions its first peoples brought and continue to bring to the City Different. 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico are honored and celebrated on the plaza of historic Santa Fe! Dancing, food, storytellers and more. Is this one of the great things to do in Santa Fe in October? Most definitely!
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival October 18 – 22, 2017 The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival features 5 days of excellence in filmmaking.
STAR PARTY! (Valles Caldera National Preserve) October 14: Viewing the night sky from an expansive meadow far from city lights is a special experience. Grab your telescopes, camp chairs, and blankets and join preserve rangers and educators in mutual appreciation of the night sky! Learn about celestial objects while gazing through high-powered telescopes. Junior Rangers can participate in night-themed activities and earn their Night Explorers patch, making this free event a truly memorable one for all the kiddos in your family. Make a full day of it and day trip- see our Jemez Daytrip blog!
Galisteo Studio Tour in sleepy Galisteo, NM (20 min drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b Inn) October 14 – 15, 2017 30th anniversary- Galisteo always offers a unique New Mexico Studio Tour Experience! Photography, paintings, pottery, ceramic art, jewelry, bronze sculpture, custom knives and hand crafted traditional arts. Walk from studio to studio along the fall colored lined streets of gold, amber and rust colored cottonwood trees in the bosque- always a breathtaking experience!
Canyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out on Historic Canyon Road October 20 – 21, 2017 100+ artists creating new works in real time and you can watch as their work comes to life! This year marks the 7th Annual Paint & Sculpt Out which is become well known by locals and visitors alike. A must do for Oct 20, 21 visitors!
Review Santa Fe Photo Festival October 26 – 29, 2017 Review Santa Fe Photo Festival is the premier juried portfolio review event in the world! Featuring 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.
SPECIAL TOUR OF ARROWHEAD PUEBLO (Pecos National Historical Park) October 28: Join in on a free rare, ranger-led tour of the seldom-seen Arrowhead Pueblo. This one mile round-trip visit to the 14th century pueblo will explore the historical, archaeological, and cultural significance of this 100+ room ruin. Reservations are encouraged. This is the last tour of the season, so don’t miss out! 20 minute drive from Pueblo Bonito b&b inn- Santa Fe, NM.
Some things to do in Santa Fe in November:
Dixon Studio Tour November 4 – 5, 2017 The Dixon Studio Tour is one of the oldest continuously run studio tours in the state. Dixon, nestled in the Embudo Valley in Northern New Mexico where the Rio Embudo flows into the Rio Grande, has been long known for its rich Native American and Hispanic heritage, productive farm lands and pastoral beauty. During the last 30+ years many artists moved to the valley to pursue their artistic talent and a simpler way of life
Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Nov 17 – 19, 2017 location: Community Convention Center (walking distance from Pueblo Bonito b&b). From trash to treasures, this show is all about upcycling to make one-of-a-kind items. In addition to the art market, this event includes a Trash Fashion & Costume Contest. If you’re in town, might be a fun items to see!
Contemporary Clay Fair at Santa Fe Women’s Club November 18 – 19, 2017 More than 30 artists sell their fine pottery and unique clay art- impressive pieces of functional and whimsical pottery and other clay pieces at this free event.