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It is a grand tradition in Santa Fe this time of year to attend the fiestas. There is more to it than the Burning of Zozobra. Here are some highlights of what to expect this year.
Santa Fe Pre-Fiesta Show. 3-7 p.m. Aug. 24, Santa Fe Plaza, 80 East San Francisco St.
Prepare for Fiesta at a free Plaza Bandstand concert that features performers in traditional dance costume, mariachi groups singing ballades, local treats and prepare to dance when the dance bands take center stage. Mingle with the individuals selected to portray the historic roles of Don Diego de Vargas, his cuadrilla and the members of the Royal Court.
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An evening with Zozobra and Will Shuster: A fundraiser gala. 6:30-9 p.m., Aug. 29 at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 555 Camino de la Familia in Santa Fe. Featuring never before seen works of art and handwritten journal entries by Zozobra’s creator Will Shuster. “The Lore of Zozobra” talk will be presented by actor Wes Studi. Tickets available for $50 at holdmyticket.com. “Ticket prices will go to help ZozoFest remain a free event,” Event Coordinator Ray Sandoval said. The art and journals will be on display for public viewing during ZozoFest.
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The First Annual ZozoFest. Be there to see the birth of a new Santa Fe Tradition, 3-10:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Railyard. See the unveiling of this year’s poster designed by Sebastian “Vela” Velazquez. Walk through the Zozobra art show in El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, which ends with the public able to put their own glooms into Old Man Gloom’s body to be burned at the big event. Outside is live entertainment with La Junta, under the water tower. The night ends with a family movie under the stars “Rise of the Guardians.” This event is free to the public.
Fiesta Fine Arts and Crafts Market. Aug. 31, 9 a.m. and Sept. 2, 5 p.m. at Santa Fe Plaza, 80 East San Francisco St.
The distinctive open-air arts and crafts market features one-of-a-kind treasures from booths that line the historic plaza. Select from unique hand fashioned jewelry, pottery, chic clothing, stylish leather, paintings, photography, handsome wood products, hand blown glass and countless other items. Vendors contact 913-1312.
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Mariachi Extravaganza de Santa Fe.™ 7:30-10 p.m., Sept. 1 at the Santa Fe Opera, 301 Opera Dr.
Swirling dresses, stamping feet and ringing trumpets welcome participants to a passionate musical experience of traditional, contemporary and classical tastes. The Santa Fe Opera has internationally known, award-winning artists and rising stars in the genre of mariachi. Contact the Santa Fe Opera for ticket information.
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Concierto de Mariachi Matinee, 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 4 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco St. Featuring performances from well-known mariachi groups, dancers and alumni of The Santa Fe Fiesta Council’s Youth Mariachi Workshop. Immediately after the concerts participants are provided refreshments and biscochitos.
For tickets contact Tickets Santa Fe at 988-1234. $5.
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Concierto de Mariachi Matinee, 2-4 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 West San Francisco St. Participants enjoy a concert featuring performances from well-known mariachi groups, dancers and alumni of The Santa Fe Fiesta Council’s Youth Mariachi Workshop. For tickets contact Tickets Santa Fe at 988-1234. $7.
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Historical Fiesta Lecture, 6-7 p.m., Sept. 4 at the New Mexico History Museum, 113 Lincoln Ave. 17th Century New Mexico Two families, two continents and the divided loyalties of the architect of the 1693 Spanish reconquest. State Historian Rick Hendricks delivers the New Mexico History Museum/Palace of the Governor’s annual Fiesta Lecture at 6 p.m., Sept. 4, in the auditorium. This annual lecture is free to members of the Palace Guard; $5 for others and at the door. Come early: There are no reservations, and seating is limited.
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The Burning of Zozobra, 2-11 p.m., burning at dusk. Sept. 5 at Fort Marcy Park. Zozobra is “Old Man Gloom,” a 50-foot bogeyman marionette. Every year he is burned among a barrage of fireworks . $10 for adults, children under 10 free.
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Pregón de la Fiesta, 6-7 a.m., Sept. 6 at Rosario Chapel, 540 Rosario Blvd.
Fiesta officially begins at 6 a.m. at the Pregón de la Fiesta on Fiesta Friday. The faithful of Santa Fe gather to complete the promise made by Governor Don Diego de Vargas in September of 1692 upon his arrival in Santa Fe. Free.
Food booths and Fine Arts and Crafts Market (Fiesta Weekend), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 6 on the Santa Fe Plaza, 80 East San Francisco St. Cruising the historic plaza for favorite foods, whether a chicharrón burrito, green chile cheese burger, fried bread with honey, corn-on-the-cob, candy apples, or cotton candy it is staple of Fiesta weekend. Food booth vendors call 913-1308.
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Desfile de Los Niños (Pet Parade). 10 a.m., Sept. 7.
All members of the Santa Fe family are included in our annual commemoration of the Pet Parade. Desfile de Los Niños, considered a local favorite, is also known as the Pet Parade and has been an annual tradition since the early 1920’s.
This event is free to children and citizens and about 2,000 children in costumes participate in the parade, with thousands of supporters and tourists looking on.
For more information, call 913-1517.