The beginning of the most interesting time of the year in Taos is Fall!
Three Days of Two-Steppin’ Fun
Enjoy world-class music from talented songwriters and musicians at the Big Barndance Music Festival. The annual event will take over the Taos Ski Valley September 4-6 with 3 days of live music, dance lessons and fun for the kiddos. Music genres span traditional country, Americana and folk by several artists including headliner Michael Hearne as well as Max Gomez, South by Southwest, Jimmy Stadler, Trout Fishing in America and more. Tickets range from $25 to $100 and lodging discounts are available.
Honor San Geronimo, Taos Pueblo’s Patron Saint
Engross yourself in the centuries old tradition of honoring San Geronimo. The festivities start on the evening in late September with vespers and continue with ceremonial pole climbing as well as an arts and crafts fair with traditional American Indian goods, in the Taos Pueblo Plaza. No cameras are allowed on feast days. Admission is free.
Due to the celebratory air around Taos during the Fall Arts Festival, many other art events have set their dates to coincide with the festival. Late September to early October, when leaves turn from green to gold and the air gets crisp, has become known as Grand Fall Arts. Festivities include the TCA’s Quick Draw and Live Art Auction, in which visitors can watch creativity in action then bid on their favorite creations, the Taos Milagro Rotary Club Annual Chile Challenge, the Battle of the Breweries, and the High Road Art Tour, among others.
Fabulous Fiber Fun
Celebrate the Southwest’s wooly traditions with the annual Taos Wool Festival. Visitors can check out juried vendors and their fabulous fibers and crafts, demonstrations of shearing, spinning, dyeing, and other wool related skills, competitions, live music and food delicacies. In addition there will be fiber themed projects for the kids and an opportunity to get up close and personal with sheep, goats, rabbits, alpacas, and llamas. Admission is free for the first week of October event, which takes place at Kit Carson Park and throughout town.
Watch Balloons Fill the Sky
It’s a bird, it’s a plane – it’s a hot air balloon! Watch balloons fill the skies at the annual Taos Mountain Balloon Rally during the last weekend of October. The intimate event attracts between 35 and 50 balloonists each year, which allows crowds to get a close-up view of the balloons. The event includes mass ascensions at dawn, balloon glows in the evening, a parade and a grand ball.