October Highlights in Santa Fe

October is a beautiful time of the year in Santa Fe.  The Aspen trees have changed color, the weather is marvelous and there are a variety of fantastic festivals and events to attend.  Here are a few of October’s highlights…

Harvest Festival

harvestfestivalMark your calendars October 4th and 5th for the Harvest Festival which takes place at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas.  This is a living history museum where visitors can find out more about Spanish Colonial life.  Visitors will have the chance to help with the harvest, taking part in tasks such as crushing grapes to make wine, grinding sorghum and stringing chile ristras.  Those who do come along can also spend some time sampling local cuisine and listening to live music. To find out how you can take part, visit the event’s official website.

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

From October 15th-19th, you’ll get the chance to see some great independent movies as part of the 6th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.  There are various venues throughout the city for this event, which will be showing around 80 feature films this year.  There will be panels and workshops and even a handful of parties!  Visitors come to the film festival from all over the world and it has grown each year.  This year is not expected to be any different.  As thousands of visitors will be expected in the city for this, accommodations need to be booked in advance and make sure to reserve tickets early for the screenings you want to attend.  Find out more about the film festival by visiting their official website.

7th Annual Historic Canyon Road Paint Out and Sculpt Out

 canyonroadThis is the event for you if you’re looking to unleash your inner artist!  It takes place on October 18th this year and the artists of Canyon Road work outdoors, inviting the public to watch. This is one of the historic parts of the city, home to more than 100 stores including galleries, jewelry stores and boutiques.  You can browse the artists’ galleries and dine in a variety of the gourmet restaurants.  The type of art that you can see and buy here ranges from traditional Native American art to more contemporary pieces and photography.  Sculpture is very popular with many people who visit and hardly anyone leaves empty-handed.  Santa Fe has long been known as an artists’ colony and this is a particularly special event, not to be missed.  Additional details can be found on he official website.