Labor Day Weekend Events in the Albuquerque Area

The Labor Day weekend traditionally waves goodbye to summer. However, that doesn’t mean that's the end of fun events in the Albuquerque area. Labor Day offers special festivals where you can try some delicious New Mexico wines or even food on a stick, and there are many other events scheduled. Be sure to celebrate some precious time off this weekend—after all, that’s what you've worked for.

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    USA - Celebrations - Zozobra
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    Every year, Zozobra goes up in smoke in Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The burning of Old Man Gloom is an annual event in  Santa Fe. To make getting to the event easier, park downtown and take a shuttle. Uber and Lyft are also available. For those who can't make it, you can watch Zozobra burn via the internet.

  • 02 of 07

    At the Harvest Wine Festival in Albuquerque, you can try more than 100 wines from the state's top wineries while listening to live music and sampling some tasty food. There are arts and crafts vendors and bottles sales for those who like what they taste. The festival takes place at Balloon Festival Park starting the Saturday before Labor Day through Monday. Tickets are available online.

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    Mountain West Brew Fest

    The annual Mountain West Brewfest takes place at Loretto Park in Bernalillo, New Mexico. Admission includes a complimentary glass for sampling wine and beer plus sample tokens. Take the Rail Runner or Uber to and from the festival. Enjoy live music, barbeque, and some great craft brews from New Mexico distilleries and breweries. This is a ticketed event.

  • 04 of 07

    The annual Food on a Stick Festival takes place at Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque. Enjoy on-a-stick treats such as sausage, jerk chicken, banana and cheesecake, jalapeno poppers, bratwurst, frozen pickles, and more foods that it takes only one hand to eat. In addition to vendors serving food on a stick, admission includes a carnival ride pass and access to waterslides. Advance tickets available online.

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  • 05 of 07

    Celebrating chile in every form, the Hatch Valley Chile Festival in Hatch, New Mexico, features famous chile recipes, arts and crafts, contests, a carnival, and a chile festival queen.​

  • 06 of 07

    Come out Labor Day weekend for the Cleveland Millfest, an early 20th-century adobe roller mill that's hosting exhibits, arts and crafts, food, music, and more. Take a tour to see this three-story, water-powered flour mill in action. The arts and crafts fair is free, but there's a fee for parking at mill tours. Stop by the nearby historic Salman Ranch in Mora and pick raspberries while you're in the area.

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    The Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo) Arts & Crafts Market near Sante Fe, New Mexico, boasts native pottery, jewelry, dances, and many delicious native foods. This is one of the largest Native American art fairs in the country.