Guide to Festivals & Fairs in the Albuquerque Area


It’s just about that time of year . . . when the weather is perfect for fairs and festivals. Fall in New Mexico means outdoor family fun, and there’s certainly no shortage of it. Check out the list of fairs and festivals in and around Albuquerque happening this fall.

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We’d like to thank Manzano Day School for sponsoring this Guide to Fairs & Festivals.

Manzano Day School is dedicated to innovative child-centered education, excellence in teaching, and Joy in Learning® to prepare children for a life of discovery and community involvement in our diverse world.

Founded in 1938, Manzano Day School is an independent, nonprofit elementary school for children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The school’s historic six-acre campus borders Old Town and downtown Albuquerque.

Get a jump-start on the 2022-2023 academic year by attending Manzano Day School’s first Open House of the season. Back by popular demand, this event will be virtual on Wednesday, September 29 at 9 a.m. Prospective parents will learn about Manzano Day School’s core values, how outstanding faculty inspire Joy in Learning® through our curriculum, the one-of-a-kind Fenton Ranch environmental education, and service learning projects, as well as the admission process and financial aid.

Check out these local fairs and festivals. They’re listed below by date.

The 97th Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra

September 3

The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event staged annually by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, NM, on the Friday before Labor Day as an exciting and fiery finale to the last days of summer. Tickets are limited this year. Learn more about this event here.

2021 Harvest Wine Festival

September 4-6

Explore fine arts, food, and wine, of course, from New Mexico’s artisans and wineries. And don’t forget to check out the live music schedule.

New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival

September 4 & 5

The 3rd annual New Mexico Prickly Pear Festival live & in person. This festival is for eaters and cooks as well as growers, ranchers, and gardners.

New Mexico State Fair

September 9-19

Since 1938 the New Mexico State Fair has been a favorite gathering place for New Mexicans to celebrate local food, competition, culture, creativity, and our rich agricultural heritage. It’s time to get back to the fair!

Somos Albuquerque 2021

September 16-26

SOMOS Albuquerque is a city-wide festival that will showcase the very best Albuquerque has to offer, including world-class entertainment, food vendors & local restaurants, craft brewing, arts and culture organizations, nonprofits, technology companies, and so much more.


September 17 & 18

¡Globalquerque! is New Mexico’s annual celebration of world music and culture.

Southwest Chocolate & Coffee Fest

September 25 & 26

The nation’s largest festival dedicated to chocolate, coffee, and gourmet foods returns to EXPO NM. If ever there were a festival for moms, this one might be it!

Albuquerque Grecian Festival

October 1-3

Albuquerque Grecian Festival is back! Enjoy Greek music, dancing, shopping, and the best Greek food you’ve ever feasted on.

Botanic Gardens Harvest Festival

October 2 & 3

The ABQ BioPark is excited to host the Harvest Festival for two fun-filled days at the Botanic Garden in October. Explore a variety of landscapes throughout the Garden, listen to live music, enjoy festival treats and local brews, and celebrate the beauty of the season.

El Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival

October 2 & 3

Stomping grapes, pressing apple cider, and picking pumpkins are just a few of the many activities this fall festival has at the gorgeous Ranch of the Swallows.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

October 2-10

Albuquerque is known for a lot of things that are unique to us. The International Balloon Fiesta is arguably one of the most popular of those things. There’s not much more awe-inspiring than hundreds of hot air balloons launching in the blue New Mexican sky. This is one festival you don’t want to miss. If you’re taking kiddos, don’t miss our Guide to Balloon Fiesta.

Rio Rancho Fall Festival

October 23

Join the City of Rio Rancho for its inaugural Rio Rancho Fall Festival, a free family-friendly event on Saturday, Oct 23 from 2-8pm. There will be live music, a beer garden, a costume contest, games for kids, trunk or treat, and food trucks.

Crane Fiesta 2021

November 18-20

The returning of the sandhill cranes to their winter home is a unique event and one that attracts photographers from all over. This year the Festival of the Cranes is going virtual one more time. Enjoy webinars and live virtual events at Bosque del Apache all from the comfort of your own home.

Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival Holiday Show

Nov. 26-28

This annual festival showcases arts, crafts, and traders from all across the state and beyond. Grab your girlfriends and discover some unique shopping finds.

Let us know of any other fairs or festivals in the Albuquerque area by emailing info {at} abqmom {dot} com.

This post is sponsored by Manzano Day School. Albuquerque Mom strives to partner with businesses we feel bring value to our readers.
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Vanessa loves her people and loves Albuquerque and has lots to say about both. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Nate, and they have three kids (Micah, Corban, & Evangeline). Originally from Florida, she’s lived in Albuquerque since 2009 when she and her family relocated to start a new church. Even though she misses wearing flip-flops year-round, New Mexico has truly enchanted her, and the desert feels like home. When she is not chauffeuring children about town, Vanessa works as the Director of Strategy and part-owner of Truly Social Digital Marketing Agency, enjoys volunteering at church, loves watching college football, and drinks a little too much coffee. She is passionate about connecting women with each other, loving her people, and finding the good in her place. Follow her on Instagram @vanessamaebush.