Late October in Santa Fe is a great time to visit our Inn. The weather is considerably more autumn-like and the city really belongs to its locals again which makes the pace of a visit more relaxing. Fall can arrive late here in Santa Fe so there is still time to take in the fall foliage and changing colors of Cottonwood, Coyote Willow, New Mexico Olive and Aspen trees as the light changes. It is possible, too, that you can experience a light snowfall on the city’s earth-colored adobe buildings which really sets the mood for those who love the first snowfall of the year.
November is a great time to visit without the crowds that summer brings. You can shop for holiday gifts, refresh your body and spirit with rejuvenating spa treatments, attend world-renowned performances and savor memorable meals without waiting in long lines.
November days are usually chilly with plenty of sunshine. The average high reaches 52 degrees, and the nights turn cold, with the low averaging 26 degrees. It’s perfect weather for hiking, biking and exploring the city’s ancient streets, visiting galleries, museums and historic sites that reflect 400 fascinating years of Santa Fe’s history.
The Inn on the Paseo would love to see you visit us during that magical time of year between fall and the first snowflake.
We put together a list of popular events/things to do at this time of year.
The Harvest Festival takes place on Oct. 5th & 6th at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. The ranch is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 1700s. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. Villagers clothed in the styles of the times show how life was lived on the frontier in early New Mexico. Bring in the harvest with villagers as they crush grapes for wine by foot, string chile ristras, make tortillas, and bake fresh bread.
Autumn on Horseback
Horseback riding has been a way of life here for centuries, and the state is covered in historic trails. In mid to late autumn, it is a great way to immerse yourself in the natural beauty, history and unique cultural heritage of New Mexico.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air of New Mexico . Literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque – about 40 miles from Santa Fe – this year Oct. 5th through 13th, 2013.
Because of the events 38-year safety record, they are one of the only balloon (aviation) events where you are actually able to walk among the balloons and talk to the pilots.
Historic Canyon Road Paint Out on Canyon Road
Over 100 artists participate in this not-to-be missed outdoor event that stretches the length of Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road. The sixth annual Paint Out on Oct. 18th and 19th continues a tradition of painting “en plein air” that began a century ago on this fabled Santa Fe road when artists first arrived with early settlers. Although the event is called “Paint Out”, you’ll see artists working in a variety of media at the event – including sculptors, weavers, jewelers, and carvers who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the painters.
Visit the Pinto Bean Capital of the World
Every October the question asked all over the State, and in the Estancia Valley, Moriarty area is – “Are the New Crop of Pinto Beans Ready?” Since 1981, the town of region has been known as the Pinto Bean Capital of the World.
Moriarty is about 50 miles south of Santa Fe and has been host to the “Pinto Bean Fiesta” each fall. This year the event is held on Sat. Oct. 12th with a 10am parade on Moriarty’s Main Street Old Route 66, ending on the East end of Moriarty. The festivities continue with activities at the Moriarty City Park –under the Water Tower – and it is a true celebration of the Pinto Bean crop.
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
This year the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will run between Oct. 16th & 20th. This film festival offers five days of independent film screenings, community events and educational workshops for those who make and love films.
Day of the Dead Celebration
Late fall marks the celebration of the Día de Muertos/Day of the Dead which is rooted in both indigenous Mexican and Catholic religious beliefs. The sugar skulls, papel picado, food, paper flowers, skeleton puppets, dance and processions that occur during this time are worth seeing. On Sunday, Oct. 27th, the Museum of International Folk Art offers a chance to decorate sugar skulls, make muertos nichos (memory boxes), sample Pan de Muerto, (Sweet bread), and enjoy live music.
World Blacksmith Championship
During Oct. 25th-27th, over forty blacksmiths from all over the world will be competing at the 4th annual world blacksmith championship at Wildlife West Nature Park in Edgewood, NM which is just a one hour drive from Santa Fe and it is within Santa Fe County. The event will include horseshoeing demonstrations.
Halloween in Santa Fe
As the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe has its fair share of ghosts. From historic hotels to Victorian homes, government buildings and ancient crooked streets, this city is full of spirits. Santa Fe is a great place to be for Halloween.
San Diego Feast Day
San Diego Feast Day is a tribal celebration that occurs near Santa Fe on Nov. 12th in Tesuque Pueblo. Located in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Tesuque Pueblo is a native town that is situated around a large central plaza. There is evidence that the pueblo has stood on this site since 1200 A.D. and it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The feast day includes Flag, Buffalo, Corn, Comanche and Deer Dances performed by local natives.
Dixon Studio Tour, Dixon, NM
In early November, visitors will find an abundance of artists (50 or more) open studios for this annual art walk event and tour in nearby Dixon. A stunning 45-minute drive north of Santa Fe, you can travel through the Embudo Valley to Dixon, NM. Creative works not limited to ceramic, wearable art, local wines, roving musicians, photography, and jewelry are featured in this picturesque village.
Festival of the Cranes
About an hour drive from Santa Fe, The Bosque del Apache is a birder’s destination and is the winter home to thousands of birds. The Festival of the Cranes (Nov. 13-18) draws avid birders from around the country to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Reserve south of Santa Fe to celebrate the annual return of thousands of sand hill cranes and Canadian snow geese to their winter quarters.
SWAIA Santa Fe Winter Indian Market
Held in late November/early December (Nov. 30th & Dec 1st), this is an ideal time to buy a holiday gifts. There are treasures of all kinds created by over 175 Native American artists from around the United States and Canada. The Santa Fe Market event features popular artists showing off one-of-a-kind pieces.
Christmas Tree Lighting in the Plaza
On November 29th, the historic downtown area of Santa Fe will have its annual Christmas Tree lighting. The festivities include live entertainment, a speech from the Mayor, and a special visit from Santa Claus. The tree lighting will be around 6:00 pm at the Santa Fe Plaza.