what's happening

October through December

SHOWHOUSE SANTA FE
October 6, 6–9 PM, Black & White Gala
October 7–8, 11 AM–5 PM; October 14–25, 11 AM–5 PM
5200 Old Santa Fe Trl, Santa Fe
$125 opening night gala; $30 weekend tour tickets

As a fundraiser for Dollars4Schools, the Santa Fe ShowHouse brings 18 design teams together to turn a large estate into interior designer event, with each team or individual updating a room or outdoor area. This year’s theme “West of Contemporary: A Journey in Black & White” in the unifying undercurrent. The opening night gala offers food, drinks, and entertainment, as well as a boutique to purchase incredible pieces for the home. The property is then open for tours for two weekends. showhousesantafe.com

28 TH RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—BALLOON FIESTA SHOW
October 6–8 and 13–15, 9 AM–5 PM daily
In the Big White Tent, Sandia Resort & Casino
30 Rainbow Rd, ABQ
$10 one-day pass, under 12 free, $12 festival pass, free covered parking

This arts and crafts festival, now ranked number 10 in the nation, also offers various demonstrations, a Kid’s Creation Station, entertainment and music at the outdoor pavilion, a culinary arts tent, and more. riograndefestivals.com

ALBUQUERQUE INTERNATIONAL BALLOON FIESTA
October 7–15, times vary
Balloon Fiesta Park
$10 general admission, under 12 free, $15 general parking, other prices vary

The 46th annual International Balloon Fiesta takes places over nine days and draws an eclectic crowd of ballooning enthusiasts and novices alike. Located at Fiesta Park, there are family-friendly events, laser light shows, fireworks, evening “glows,” and multiple mass ascensions of over 500 balloons. balloonfiesta.com

SPIRITS OF NEW MEXICO’S PAST
October 28, times TBA
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
334 Los Pinos, Santa Fe
$6–8, kids under 12 free

For a fun and not too spooky Halloween event, check out El Rancho de las Golondrinas’s newest event. By the light of campfires and lanterns, meet the ghosts of history and step back in time to experience events and characters from New Mexico’s colorful past. golondrinas.org

ALBUQUERQUE AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS FESTIVAL
October 7–8, 9 AM–5 PM
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
2401 12th street NW, Albuquerque
$6–$9, under 5 free, museum members free

The 5th annual Albuquerque American Indian Arts Festival is a two-day Native American art show. Fifty invited artists showcase their work, including pottery and jewelry, while chatting with visitors about their art and process. Artist demonstrations and a full schedule of traditional dances also take place. indianpueblo.org

CIDER FESTIVAL
October 14, 10 AM–3 PM
ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden
2601 Central NW, Albuquerque
$5–$15, free for 2 and under

The ninth annual Cider Festival takes place for one day only at the Botanic Garden’s Heritage Farm. Discover how apple cider is made and sample it fresh from the press. Buy cider, apple cider vinegar, grape juice, mums, and more at this family-oriented event. There will also be hands-on activities, crafts, wagon rides, cooking demos, and farm animals of all kinds. cabq.gov/culturalservices

RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL—HOLIDAY SHOW
November 24–26, 10 AM–5 PM Friday and Saturday, Sunday 10 AM–4 PM
Expo New Mexico’s Manuel Lujan Building
300 San Pedro NE
$8 one-day pass, under 12 free, $11 festival pass, $5 parking

Start your holiday shopping on Thanksgiving weekend at the Rio Grande Holiday Show. Shoppers can find everything from pottery and jewelry to leather goods, photography, fine art, and more. Live music, food, photo ops with Santa, and a face-painting elf make this a magical time for all. riograndefestivals.com

RIVER OF LIGHTS
November 26–December 30, 6–9:30 PM
(Closed December 24 and 25)
ABQ BioPark
2601 Central NW
$12 adults, $6 children ages 3-12

Named one of the 15 most spectacular holiday light shows in the United States, Albuquerque’s River of Lights display is an amazing treat to enjoy with family, friends, groups, or a special someone. Other attractions include holiday nature crafts, a G-scale model railroad, and the Polar Bear Express. bioparksociety.org

OLD TOWN HOLIDAY STROLL
December 1, 5–9 PM
Historic Old Town
303 Romero St NW, Albuquerque
Free

Kick off the holiday season with an enchanting evening in Old Town. Over 130 different trees are placed together to create one giant Christmas tree, which is lit at 6:15 PM in Plaza Don Luis. Live music, dining, shopping, free museum admission, and more round out this festive event. cabq.gov/culturalservices

GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
December 16, 2:30 PM
Dreamstyle Stadium, University of New Mexico
1414 University Blvd SE, Albuquerque
$25–$40

The 12th annual Gildan New Mexico Bowl is scheduled to feature teams from the Mountain West Conference and Conference USA. The Gildan New Mexico Bowl game marks the traditional opening day for college football’s bowl season. gildannewmexicobowl.com

CANYON ROAD FAROLITO WALK
December 24, begins at dusk
Canyon Road, Santa Fe
Free

A beloved Santa Fe tradition, the Canyon Road farolito walk takes place on Christmas Eve, beginning at dusk. Expect to see farolitos, luminaries, musicians, and carolers while you enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos and smell the burning piñon logs. farolitowalk.com

PERFORMANCE SANTA FE NEW YEAR’S EVE ORCHESTRA CONCERT
December 31, 5 PM
Lensic Performing Arts Center
211 W San Francisco, Santa Fe
$15–$110

Classical violinist Augustin Hadelich will join Performance Santa Fe’s Orchestra to play Mendelssohn’s lyrical and flowing Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. Led by conductor Joe Illick, this performance is a perfect ending to the year. ticketssantafe.org