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Albuquerque Harvest Festivals


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Fall is a time of year for getting outdoors and celebrating the bounty of the season. Find the special event or activity you're looking for, whether it involves pie eating or riding a haywagon. Find an Albuquerque harvest festival and enjoy some of the area's most delicious foods.

Mountainair Sunflower Festival
If you're a folk art lover, you'll find it here. There are arts and crafts, entertainment, food, activities for the kids and a huge celebration of sunflowers. This is a free event. Wear your sunflower hat and you just might win a prize
For 2013: August 24

Stinking Rose Garlic Festival
Garlic will be celebrated at the Rio Rancho flea market. There will be face painting, food made with garlic, and oldies but goodies for music. It's a free event.
For 2013: August 24 - 25

Wildlife West Nature Park Harvest Festival
The area east of Albuquerque celebrates is agricultural roots with a harvest festival that features locally grown products such as raspberries, honey, pumpkins, and of course, corn. The park has a wild west theme, and wildlife exhibits. Visitors can see blacksmith demonstrations, a falcon show, activities for children and lots of live music. On Saturday the 24th, there is a special chuckwagon dinner show with live music. Anasazi Fields winery will be on hand for wine tasting. On the 25th, take part in the Pronghorn Run, a 5K event. New this year will be snake identification with the New Mexico Herpetological Society.
For 2013: August 24 - 25

Tomato Fiesta
Celebrate the greatness of the humble tomato from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be cooking demos, recipe tastings, fresh produce for sale, a kids' corner, live music and more. Admission is $5, with kids under 12 free. Find it at the Albuquerque Garden Center.
For 2013: August 25

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 2013: August 31 - September 1

New Mexico Wine Festival
Every Labor Day weekend, Bernalillo hosts this great event. Find music, arts and crafts, summer foods and wine. The Rail Runner will take you there and home again, so enjoy the bounty.
For 2013: August 31 - September 2

Viva New Mexico Chile Festival
Some of the best chile in New Mexico is grown in the central valley. Celebrate the state's number one crop In Los Lunas at this annual event. There will be food, entertainment, arts and crafts, contests and fresh produce from local chile farmers. The event is free.
For 2013: September 6 - 8

Salsa Fiesta
Salsa for tasting, recipe contests, salsa dancing, food, music, it's all happening in Old Town at this hot event. It's free and runs from noon to 7 p.m.
For 2013: September 14

Urban Farm and Harvest Festival
In 1977, the city of Albuquerque purchased the Candelaria Farm, the beginning of what has grown to 366 acres of farmland within the boundaries of the city. Join in the celebration of the city's agricultural roots with haybale rides, garden tours, workshops, presentations, wildlife demonstrations, and more. There will be kid activities, a kids' costume contest, and more at the Open Space Visitor Center. This is a free event, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For 2013: September 15

Fundraising Harvest Dinner
The annual dinner benefits the Rio Grande Agricultural Land Trust. The feast will consist of locally-farmed meats, grains, fruits, veg, and spirits. This year, it happens at Old Town Farm. Enjoy it from 3 p.m. to starlight.
For 2013: September 15

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta
This huge event features chef demos, food tastings, seminars, throwdowns, walking tours, wine tastings, auctions and more. The Grand Tasting takes place at the Santa Fe Opera, where you can taste food from Santa Fe's restaurants and wine from 100 top wineries.
For 2013: September 25 - 29

Oktoberfest will feature German food, beer, a German car show and of course, German music. There will be vendors, a kids' fun zone with face painting and jumpers, and local non-profits will be doing a little fundraising. Get out and eat, drink and listen to live music. There will also be a Petanque tournament.
For 2013: September 28 - 29

Corrales Harvest Festival
Since 1986, Corrales has held a harvest festival to celebrate its agricultural community and the bounty of the season. For two days each fall, this small village becomes a mecca for celebrating autumn. Find arts and crafts, a Kids Zone, music, entertainment, a food court, pet parade and a chance to vote for the Pet Mayor. Take part in the Corrida De Corrales run. And a visit to the village wouldn't be complete without a ride out to Wagner's Farm for some fresh produce. This is a free event.
For 2013: September 28 - 29

El Rancho de las Golondrinas Harvest Festival
This annual event features hands on fun, such as grape crushing by foot, making molasses from sorghum, and stringing chile ristras. Enjoy biscochitos from a horno oven, live music, dancing, and lots of arts and crafts. The festival takes place in the historic living history museum that is also an old agricultural village.
For 2013: October 5 - 6

New Mexico Brewfest and Music Showcase
Taste local beers, eat great food and hear great music. Fee includes tastings from nearly 20 breweries, a commemorative pint glass and live music. It's happening at Villa Hispana, New Mexico Expo.
For 2013: October 6

Hops and Harvest Festival and Fundraiser
The annual fundraiser for the Downtown Growers Market will take place at Marble Brewery. A portion of proceeds from beer purchases benefit the market. Contests, raffles, music, prizes and more.
For 2013: October 12

Heritage Farm Harvest and Cider Festival
The Rio Grande Botanic Garden's Heritage Farm recreates what life was like on the farm in Albuquerque many years ago. The barn opens up for cider pressing on site, and if you've never had fresh cider, here's your chance. The Farm's kitchen garden, orchard, vineyard and house come alive with games, arts and crafts, demonstrations and interpretive activities.
For 2013: October 12 - 13

Pinto Bean Fiesta
Just east of Albuquerque, Moriarty grows lots and lots of pinto beans. We couldn't have New Mexican cuisine without them! Join the festivities to celebrate this small culinary wonder, where there will be food, arts and crafts, fun jumpers, sack races, games for the kids, vintage tractors, corn, pumpkins, honey, and a fresh crop of pinto beans at the Farmer's Market. Live entertainment will be on hand. Begin with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at the Lions Club. A parade starts at 10 a.m., followed with festivities at the park.
For 2013: October 12

From Field to Feast
The annual celebration includes an agriculture and health information fair, lectures by Pueblo farmers, demonstrations on Pueblo farming and cooking and dance performances. There will also be a chili cook-off, family activities, and a traditional pueblo throw.
For 2013: October 12

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