[custom_frame_left][/custom_frame_left]Fall means that most kids are back in school and your family’s schedule is probably packed with homework, fall sports, and back-to-school activities. But there are many opportunities in Santa Fe to take advantage of the cooler weather and have some family fun. Here is a list of fall activities in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
Santa Fa Fiesta:
The Santa Fe Fiesta is a four-day celebration of Santa Fe’s multicultural heritage. The fiesta runs from September 6 -9, and has activities for children and adults, which includes dancing, music, food booths, craft booths, parades, ceremonies, and a pet parade. You can find more information here: http://www.santafenm.info/fiesta.htm
Santa Fe Public Library:
The Santa Fe Public Library has a variety of programs for children for the fall. They have weekly story times for babies and preschoolers. They are also offering a “Family Bedtime Stories” program. Finally, their fall schedule includes programs such as “Indiana Bones “Keeper of Legends” and “Science After School.” There are also crafts for school age children which include milagro art, day of the dead craft, pop-up books, paper airplanes, and a holiday gift box. Find out more here: http://www.santafelibrary.org/
Museum of International Folk Art:
The Museum of International Folk Art is offering a “Day of the Dead” or Dia de Muertos event on October 28th. This event includes seasonal hands-on art making for children and adults of all ages. You can find more information here: http://www.internationalfolkart.org/eventsedu/diademuerto.html
New Mexico State Fair:
The New Mexico State Fair starts on Wednesday, September 12 and ends on Sunday, September 23. It includes carnival, exhibits, livestock shows, rodeos, concerts, a parade, food and drinks, and more. Find more information here: http://exponm.com/2012-state-fair/.
Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival:
The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival is celebrating its 24th year and coincides with the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Visitors can shop from about 280 artists and craftsmen from all over the country. There is also entertainment, artist demonstrations, food booths, and other activities for both adults and children. Find out more here: http://www.riograndefestivals.com/.
Albuquerque Trolley of Terror
Halloween is, of course, synonymous with fall. The Albuquerque Trolley of Terror offers a 90-minute tour of all of Albuquerque’s most famous “haunted” spots. You can find more information here: http://www.abqtrolley.com/index.php/TrolleyofTerror.
Great Pumpkin Chase
The Great Pumpkin Chase offers a 10k, 5k, and kids run through the historic Albuquerque Country Club. . Held on October 28, participants are encouraged to wear a costume. Find out more here: http://www.active.com/running/albuquerque-nm/great-pumpkin-chase-10k-5k-and-kids-k-2012