The City Different has an incredible array of cultural celebrations and traditions that take place year-round. These events allow residents and visitors to immerse themselves in the rich history, art, architecture, and cuisine around town. One of the largest celebrations at the end of the summer is the Fiesta de Santa Fe. This string of events and festivals lasts for over a week and gives you a taste of some of our favorite parts of Northern New Mexico culture.
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Your Guide to the Fiesta de Santa Fe
What Is the Fiesta de Santa Fe?
The Fiesta de Santa Fe is a nine-day celebration that includes a series of event and festivities that commemorates an old Spanish tradition stemming form their conquests in the 1600s. Once they claimed the land that is now home to the City Different, they held a week-long fiesta to celebrate their victories. Today, Santa Fe residents and visitors revel in a variety of fun and exciting events that take place around town.
The Fiesta de Santa Fe kicks off on August 30th with the Burning of Zozobra. This bizarre showcase commemorates a tradition that began in the 1920s by a local art community that wanted to start fresh by burning away their worries and troubles with a 50-foot marionette puppet (i.e., Zozobra). The week continues with an arts and crafts market, various live music presentations and concerts, a food fiesta, and several other celebrations followed by the closing ceremonies and a Mass of Thanksgiving. For a full list of festival events, consult the calendar on their website!
When Is It?
The Fiesta de Santa Fe takes place from August 31st through September 8th. The weather makes this one of the best times of the year to visit the City Different. Temperatures range from the mid-50s to the mid-70s, and there is very little precipitation. This is also the offseason for tourists, so you don’t have to worry about large crowds, which is a great benefit if you want to explore the city. Rates and prices drop across the city, so you don’t have to burn a hole in your wallet to experience the best of the town.
Where Is It?
The Fiesta de Santa Fe takes place at a handful of places around town. Most of the festivities focus around Santa Fe Plaza and the Palace of the Governors. A couple of the events take place at the Santa Fe Opera, but other than that, you can walk to most venues from your room at Four Kachinas Inn!
If you’re searching for a convenient and authentic place to stay in Santa Fe, then you need to browse our accommodations at Four Kachinas Inn. Our bed and breakfast features plenty of Southwestern decor and locally-crafted furnishings. One of the best benefits of staying with us is our location. We are less than a 15-minute walk from the heart of town, so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of driving and finding parking.