September in Albuquerque

A robust calendar of events makes it a great month to visit

Albuquerque skyline at sunset, downtown buildings, Sandia Peak in background
••• Albuquerque skyline at sunset, downtown buildings, Sandia Peak in background. Getty Images/Bob Thomason

Albuquerque makes a great vacation destination at any time of the year, but September ushers in fall with a full calendar of events. You can give thanks for abundant crops at several harvest festivals, lose yourself (temporarily) in a corn maze, spend the night with sharks, and get your fill of art, music, and culture. There's something happening every day; start planning your agenda around these main events.

93rd Annual Burning of the Zozobra

This event draws huge crowds for a reason. When Old Man Gloom goes up in smoke, so do all your worries and cares. Incorporating musical entertainment, pyrotechnics, and of course, fireworks, the burning takes place every year in Santa Fe. Though it's technically not an Albuquerque event, the proximity of the two cities makes this a not-to-be-missed spectacle.

September 1, 2017

Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque

At the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town, you can experience an intimate flamenco performance accompanied by a traditional Spanish meal. The show goes on every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Beginning September 1, 2017

79th Annual New Mexico State Fair

Rides, gadgets, dances, trains, giant vegetables, farm animals, and more make the venue every year at the New Mexico State Fair, one of the biggest and best events in Albuquerque. Show up more than once if possible, and go hungry so you can sample the fare.

September 7 - 17, 2017

Salsa Fiesta

The 13th annual Salsa Fiesta takes homemade salsa to another level. Enter your recipe to win cash prizes, with top prize bringing $1,000. Taste salsas and vote for your favorite, taste local wines, or just enjoy the salsa dancers. With entertainment for kids, art, music, stories, and games, this free event can be a family affair.

Salsa Fiesta runs from noon to 7 p.m.

September 9, 2017

Aquarium Overnight

Roll out your bedroll next to the sharks at the Aquarium - ABQ BioPark for an overnight experience that includes games, crafts, a touch-pool visit, and ocean-centric films. Guest under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent.

September 15-16, 2017


Globalquerque is New Mexico's annual celebration of world music and culture. This event features artists from Peru, Brazil, Cameroon, Ireland, and more. The Saturday Global Fiesta features workshops, hands-on activities, and presentations. Browse the diverse lineup and enjoy one of the most exciting musical events of the year.

September 22-23, 2017

Corrales Harvest Festival

The harvest festival will have a Hootenanny, pet parade, kids corner, and a grower's market. While at the Corrales Harvest Festival, visit  Casa San Ysidro, where there will be traditional New Mexico arts demonstrations, activities for children, blacksmithing demonstrations, and more.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Casa San Ysidro Harvest Weekend

During the Corrales Harvest Festival, Casa San Ysidro demonstrates traditional art, and shares stories and music in a free, family-oriented event. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, weaving, horno bread baking, and more.

Saturday, September 30, 2017