Labor Day Weekend in the Albuquerque Area

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Labor Day Weekend Events

The Labor Day weekend traditionally waves goodbye to summer. That doesn’t mean there isn’t still a whole lot of fun going on. The New Mexico Wine Festival kicks off the Labor Day weekend with delicious New Mexico wines, and there are a lot of other events taking place. Find a concert or a picnic, but celebrate the precious time off. After all, that’s what you’re supposed to do.

For more Labor Day weekend events, see Best Weekend Bets.

Burning of Zozobra
Zozobra will go up in smoke on Friday, September 4 in Fort Marcy Park in Santa Fe. The burning of Old Man Gloom is an annual event in Santa Fe. Park downtown and take a $5 shuttle to the event. For those who can't make it, you can see Zozobra burn via the internet.
For 2016: September 2

New Mexico Wine and Jazz Festival
Taste wine from the state's top wineries while listening to live jazz music. There will be food and arts and crafts vendors, and bottles sales for those who like what they taste. The festival takes place at New Mexico Expo's Villa Hispana from noon to 6 p.m.
For 2016: September 2 - 5

New Mexico True Fest
The New Mexico Tourism Department will have its first True Fest at the New Mexico Expo on Labor Day weekend. There will be a specialty food showcase, food truck rally, arts and crafts and a True Brew Beer Garden.

Local music, carnival games and more.
For 2016: September 3 - 4

Mountain West Brew Fest
The annual brewfest takes place Labor Day weekend at Loretto Park in Bernalillo. The fest runs from noon to 6 p.m. Admission includes a complimentary glass for sampling wine and beer. A V.I.P. admission includes entry to the festival grounds and the V.I.P.

tent. Take the Rail Runner to and from the festival, or use an Uber lift, with the first ride free up to $15 with a special code. Musical entertainment includes hONEyhoUSe, Rebecca Arscott and more.
For 2016: September 3 and 4

Food on a Stick Festival
The 2nd annual food on a stick festival takes place at Cliff's Amusement Park on Monday, September 5 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy treats that include sausage on a stick, roasted corn, kebabs, spam, and even cinnamon waffle roll on a stick.
For 2016: September 5

Auntie Mame
Follow the roaring twenties socialite Mame Dennis as she teaches her young nephew how to live a more carefree life. See the musical weekends at the Albuquerque Little Theatre. There will be a special show where ASL sign language interpreters will be present, on Saturday, September 3 at 2 p.m.
For 2016: Weekends through September 11

Gravity Games & Bikes, Blues and Brews Festival
The Labor Day weekend in Angel Fire features a brewfest, music, motorcycle riding and a mountain bike competition.
For 2016: September 2 - 5

The Gavones of Philadelphia
The Adobe Theater presents a comedy about the traditional Italian-American values of love, family, greed and deceit. See it weekends August 26 - September 18.


For 2016: Through September 18

Lobo Football
The Lobos will open the season when they play South Dakota in a home game at University Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m.
For 2016: September 1

An Evening with Marc Maron
Marc Maron performs thought-provoking comedy. His podcast WTF with Marc Maron featured conversations with Conan O'Brien, Terry Gross, Robin Williams, Keith Richards, Ben Stiller, Lorne Michaels and Barack Obama. The show at the National Hispanic Cultural Center is a special benefit for the Endorphin Company, which helps the homeless. Doors open at 7  and the show is at 8 p.m.
For 2016: September 3

Hatch Valley Chile Festival
Celebrating chile in every form, the festival features food, arts and crafts, contests, a carnival and a chile festival queen. This event draws people from around the world.


For 2016: September 3 and 4 

Cleveland Millfest
The early 20th century adobe roller mill hosts a festival of arts, crafts, food, music and more. The mill operates for demos, and tours are part of what's available. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Cleveland, New Mexico. Stop by the nearby Salman Ranch in Mora and get raspberries while you're there.
For 2016: September 3 and 4

Kewa Arts & Crafts Market
The arts and crafts market at Kewa (formerly Santo Domingo) Pueblo will have native pottery, jewelry, dances and lots of delicious native foods. Native American dances can be seen on the hour. The festival runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday. The market is free.
For 2016: September 3 - 5

Free Fall Music Fest
The one-day music festival features Maverick, Asleep at the Wheel, Silver Smoke and Sim Balkey. Hear them perform at the Buffalo Thunder Resort. Gates open at noon.
For 2016: September 4