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The 305th Annual Fiestas de Santa Fe - Sep 1-10 | I am New Mexico

The 305th Annual Fiestas de Santa Fe – Sep 1-10

Santa Fe, New Mexico—The Fiestas de Santa Fe were created by a group of volunteers September 16, 1712. The fiestas were created to celebrate and benefit the people and businesses in Santa Fe. Basically, the people that make is such a great city. It’s also a celebration of our culture and arts.

If you have never been to the Fiestas de Santa Fe, then you’ll be in for a treat. Every day from the 1st of September to the tenth will be full of fun and entertainment. If you plan on attending, you’ll want to know what’s happening. Below, is this year’s itinerary.

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Pre-Fiesta Show

August 27 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Come, witness, hear and feel the excitement in the air as the 305th Fiesta de Santa Fe approaches. Join us in the Plaza de Santa Fe for music and fun at the Pre-Fiesta Show! This is a free all ages event. See you on The entertainment schedule for this event: To be announced.


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September 2017

Burning of Zozobra

September 1 @ 2:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Zozobra is a hideous but harmless fifty-foot bogeyman marionette. He is a toothless, empty-headed facade. He has no guts and doesn’t have a leg to stand on. He is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. He never wins. He moans and groans, rolls his eyes and twists his head. His mouth gapes and chomps. His arms flail about in frustration. Every year we do him in. We string him up and burn him down in ablaze of fireworks. At…

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Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market (Labor Day Weekend)

September 2 @ 9:00 am – September 4 @ 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event The distinctive open-air arts and crafts market features one-of-a-kind treasures from booths that line the historic plaza. Select from unique hand fashioned jewelry, pottery, chic clothing, stylish leather, paintings, photography, handsome wood products, hand blown glass, and countless other items. Meet the artist, discuss their work and take home a treasure. Entertainment Schedule for this event: To be announced.

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Mariachi Extravagaza

September 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr
Santa Fe, NM 87506 United States 
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Swirling dresses, stamping feet and ringing trumpets welcome participants to a passionate musical experience of traditional, contemporary and classical tastes. The piñon studded hills at The Santa Fe Opera set the stage for an extraordinary sunset and the vivid color, joyous sound and sheer cheer of internationally known award-winning artists and rising stars in the genre of mariachi. Purchase tickets by calling 1-800-280-4654 or 505-986-5900

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Fiestecita

September 5 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Sweeney Ballroom/Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St
Santa Fe, 87501 United States 
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Concierto de Mariachi Matinee (10 AM Show)

September 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Participants enjoy a concert featuring performances from well-known mariachi groups, dancers and alumni of The Santa Fe Fiesta Council’s Youth Mariachi Workshop. Immediately after the concerts participants are provided refreshments and biscochitos. These concerts sell out quickly, buy your tickets early.

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Concierto de Mariachi Matinee (2 PM Show)

September 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W San Francisco St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Participants enjoy a concert featuring performances from well-known mariachi groups, dancers and alumni of The Santa Fe Fiesta Council’s Youth Mariachi Workshop. Immediately after the concerts participants are provided refreshments and biscochitos. These concerts sell out quickly, buy your tickets early.

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Pregón de La Fiesta

September 8 @ 6:00 am – 7:00 am
Rosario Chapel, 540 Rosario Blvd
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz Free Fiesta officially begins at 6 AM at the Pregón de la Fiesta on Fiesta Friday. The faithful of Santa Fe gather to complete the promise made by Governor Don Diego de Vargas in September of 1692 upon his arrival in Santa Fe. The Mayor of Santa Fe issues the formal proclamation declaring the start of the annual festivity. The speech includes original text from September 16, 1712 when the City Council of Santa…

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Food Booths (Fiesta Weekend)

September 8 @ 9:00 am – September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Cruising the historic plaza for your favorite food, whether a chicharrón burrito, green chile cheese burger, fried bread with honey, corn-on-the-cob, candy apples or cotton candy is favorite past time for fiesta participants; it’s a staple of Fiesta weekend. Find your favorite food on the plaza.

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Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market (Fiesta Weekend)

September 8 @ 9:00 am – September 10 @ 5:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

This event runs from the 8th through the 10th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day. Free Event The distinctive open-air arts and crafts market features one-of-a-kind treasures from booths that line the historic plaza. Select from unique hand fashioned jewelry, pottery, chic clothing, stylish leather, paintings, photography, handsome wood products, hand blown glass, and countless other items. Meet the artist, discuss their work and take home a treasure. Cruising the historic plaza for your favorite food, whether a chicharrón…

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Bandstand on the Plaza (Sept. 8)

September 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event The Plaza Gazebo is transformed to a concert venue all of fiesta weekend featuring New Mexico’s most popular artiste’ that amuse and entertain guests. Whether it is historic dances by Pueblo Indians, feather and gilded Aztec dancers, vibrant costumes by Mexican folklorico dancers, or the ritual drama performed by Matachine dances, each convey the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico. Traditional northern New Mexico music and mariachi fill the air, and it’s not uncommon to see revelers break…

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City, County and State Official Opening of Fiesta

September 8 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz Free Event Join state, city and county dignitaries at the commencement of the weekend activities commemorating the longest continuous community event in the continental United States of a European kind.

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Entrada de Don Diego De Vargas

September 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event Witness the accurate account of General Don Diego de Vargas and his Cuadrilla along with his American Indian allies who assisted in the peaceful resettlement of Santa Fe in September 1692. This re-enactment provides a detailed insight into the true meaning behind Fiesta de Santa Fe, based on a promise made to Nuestra Senora de La Paz, La Conquistadora, the Marian figure enshrined at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, who came to…

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Desfile de Los Niños (Pet Parade)

September 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:45 am
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event All members of the Santa Fe family are included in our annual commemoration of the Pet Parade. The local favorite, Desfile de Los Niños, or otherwise known as the Pet Parade has been an annual tradition since the early 1920’s. This event is free to children and citizens. About 2,000 children in costumes participate in the parade, with thousands of supporters and tourists looking on. This event culminates with an awards ceremony on the historic Plaza de Santa…

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Bandstand on the Plaza (Sept. 9)

September 9 @ 10:45 am – 10:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event The Plaza Gazebo is transformed to a concert venue all of fiesta weekend featuring New Mexico’s most popular artiste’ that amuse and entertain guests. Whether it is historic dances by Pueblo Indians, feather and gilded Aztec dancers, vibrant costumes by Mexican folklorico dancers, or the ritual drama performed by Matachine dances, each convey the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico. Traditional northern New Mexico music and mariachi fill the air, and it’s not uncommon to see revelers break…

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Gran Baile

September 9 @ 7:30 pm
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W Marcy St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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The Gran Baile de la Fiesta has been a much-loved tradition for over a century. Held in honor of the Fiesta royalty, the Gran Baile attire is intricate, historical, and extremely colorful. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Pre-Fiesta Show (3 PM / Aug., 26/ Plaza), the Information Booth (Labor Day and Fiesta Weekend), and at the Entertainment Bandstand at the Gazebo on the Plaza (Labor Day and Fiesta Weekend). No refunds or cancellations.

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Solemn Procession

September 10 @ 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Palace of the Governors, 105 W Palace Ave
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Procession will travel from the Palace of the Governors to the Cathedral Basilica. Free Event Retrace the footsteps of New Mexico’s ancestors as they process with the image of the La Conquistadora from the oldest capital building in the United States – the Palace of the Governors, constructed in 1607, to the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi for a pontifical mass with the 11th Archbishop of Santa Fe, The Very Reverend Michael J. Sheehan. The procession is…

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Pontifical Mass

September 10 @ 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Pl
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz Free Event A celebration of the Eucharist officiated by the 11th Archbishop of Santa Fe, The Very Reverend Michael J. Sheehan, as called for in the City of Santa Fe Proclamation of September 16, 1712 establishing Fiesta de Santa Fe. The mass is infused with beautiful traditional music, dance prayer by Native American community members, mariachi and the individuals portraying the notable Don Diego de Vargas, his Cuadrilla and the Royal Court.

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Bandstand on the Plaza (Sept. 10)

September 10 @ 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event The Plaza Gazebo is transformed to a concert venue all of fiesta weekend featuring New Mexico’s most popular artiste’ that amuse and entertain guests. Whether it is historic dances by Pueblo Indians, feather and gilded Aztec dancers, vibrant costumes by Mexican folklorico dancers, or the ritual drama performed by Matachine dances, each convey the rich cultural heritage of New Mexico. Traditional northern New Mexico music and mariachi fill the air, and it’s not uncommon to see revelers break…

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Desfile de la Gente – Historical Parade

September 10 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Free Event The Desfile de la Fiesta is a popular event that features local marching bands, mariachi, sports teams, queens, floats, and politicians of every color… all of whom make their way to the Plaza. Also called the Historical / Hysterical Parade, anything and everything goes at this lively event. Registration will be $30.00 per vehicle per entry Event Registration Registration for this event is on the day of the parade at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and North…

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Closing Ceremonies

September 10 @ 5:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Santa Fe Plaza,

Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz Free Event Closing ceremonies will be at the Santa Fe Plaza at the Plaza Gazebo.

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Mass of Thanksgiving and Candlelight Procession

September 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, 131 Cathedral Pl
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States 
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Rev. Adam Lee Ortega y Ortiz Free Event Perhaps the most visually stunning event is the final event of the Fiesta. A candlelight procession follows a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi. Hundreds of participants make their way through the historic downtown streets from the cathedral and up the hill to the Cross of the Martyrs, where luminarias, a small festival or vigil bonfire, dot the hill and light the way of participants. The lights…

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