August Highlights

August events in Santa Fe

If you want to visit Santa Fe at one of the most colorful times in its calendar, then August is the time to do it. There are plenty of events taking place throughout the month and the only difficulty you might have would be to narrow down your choices!

Fiesta de los Ninos: A Children’s Celebration

This is an event that will appeal to all members of the family, but particularly the children.  There are games, crafts and a number of entertainments as part of this event.  Children aged 12 and under can attend free of charge and it is the perfect end to the summer.  The event is set to be held on the last weekend of the month, the 30th and 31st of August.  Tickets for the event cost just a few dollars and more information can be found on the El Rancho de las Golondrinas website.

Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous

If you should happen to be in Santa Fe at the beginning of August (2nd and 3rd) then you can experience a real taste of the Old West at the Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous.  This event will take you right back to the 19th century and you can buy a variety of authentic souvenirs such as buffalo and elk pelts, leatherwork, hand-made ironworks, traditional blankets and knives.  You can also pick up antiques such as guns.  This re-creation of an event from the 1830s features people dressed in authentic costumes, live music performances, activities and games for children, a variety of entertainments and plenty of good food and drink.  Visit the official website for more information.


zozobra santa feThis is actually a celebration that the city is returning to the locals as the tourist season comes to an end but it is a unique event that should not be missed if you do happen to be here on 29th August.  Zozobra is a giant 55 foot tall puppet that has been filled with thousands of pieces of paper.  The locals write on these with information about everything that has not worked out over the last 12 months.  The puppet is raised high and there is a ceremony with live music and dance before it is burned as night falls.  The crowds cheer and all their worries from the last year are dealt with by the fire.  This is a unique tradition and has been taking place since 1924.  Zozobra is a character created by an artist named Will Shuster who took inspiration from the celebrations of the Yaqui Indians in Mexico.  To find out more visit the official event website here.

Santa Fe during August has so much to offer and every year thousands of people flock to the city to find out what makes it tick. Events that celebrate our culture are among the most popular and as there is always something happening here it does not matter when you visit, you are sure not to be disappointed. With that in mind, remember, it is the high season and so accommodation reservations should always be made in advance.