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. In 2017, attend 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.
Burning of Zozobra: September 1
Zozobra will go up in smoke on Friday, September 1, 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.
Harvest Wine Festival: September 2–4
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 will be arts and crafts vendors and bottles sales for those who like what they taste. The festival takes place at Balloon Festival Park from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Monday. Tickets available online.
Mountain West Brew Fest: September 2 and 3
The annual Mountain West Brewfest takes place Labor Day weekend at Loretto Park in Bernalillo, New Mexico. The fest runs from noon to 7 p.m. Admission includes a complimentary glass for sampling wine and beer and 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.
Food on a Stick Festival: September 3 and 4
The annual Food on a Stick Festival takes place at Cliff's Amusement Park in Albuquerque from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy on-a-stick treats such as sausage, jerk chicken, banana and cheesecake, jalapeno poppers, bratwurst, frozen pickles, and more foods that it only takes 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.
'Driving Miss Daisy' at Albuquerque Little Theatre: Through September 10
For more than 80 years, the Albuquerque Little Theatre has presented great live productions. This year's presentation is "Driving Miss Daisy," a Pulitzer Prize-winning story that tells of the relationship between an elderly Jewish matron and her African-American chauffeur. Check online for performance days and times and to purchase tickets.
'The Savannah Sipping Society' at Adobe Theater: Throug September 3
On its schedule for this year, Albuquerque's Adobe Theater presents the laugh-out-loud comedy "The Savannah Sipping Society." This play peeks into the lives of four modern women from the South brought together by fate. Tickets available online.
University of New Mexico Lobos Football: September 2
The University of New Mexico Lobos opens the football season when they play the Abilene Christian Wildcats in a home game at Dreamstyle Stadium in Albuquerque. The game begins at 6:06 p.m. If you can't make it to the game, check the website for media outlets.
Hatch Valley Chile Festival: September 2 and 3
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.
Cleveland Millfest: September 2 and 3
Come out this 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. Come see this three-story, water-powered flour mill in action on a tour. The arts and crafts fair is free, but there's a fee for parking at mill tours. The festival opens at 10 a.m. in Cleveland, New Mexico. Stop by the nearby historic Salman Ranch in Mora and pick raspberries while you're there.
Kewa Pueblo Annual Arts & Crafts Market: September 2–4
The Kewa Pueblo (formerly Santo Domingo) Arts & Crafts Market near Sante Fe, New Mexico, will have native pottery, jewelry, dances, and many delicious native foods. This is one of the largest Native art fairs in the country.