As expansive as the term “arts and crafts” may be, its umbrella encompasses a lot of history, a lot of tradition in Northern New Mexico. 

From the earliest Native artists painting on stone, to the artists lining the plazas in Santa Fe and Taos, to the fairs and festivals that add life and color to our communities every autumn, art and craft are woven into the fabric of this land.

Often taking the form of traditional folk art, the fall arts and crafts festivals of Northern New Mexico are known around the world as places to find one-of-a-kind pieces from unique artists.

In Red River, enjoy live music as you browse the jewelry, pottery and other crafts. Or head to Taos Wool Festival. No matter what, don’t miss the mother of all area arts and crafts fairs, the Taos Fall Arts Festival.

Northern New Mexico’s arts and crafts fairs offer something for everyone at all price points. The craftsmanship of handmade indie wares is unparalleled and the artistic creations are inspired.

Red River Folk Festival at Aspencade

Sept. 16-19

Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.    |    Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.    |   Admission: FREE

The vendor booths are going up, the artists are bringing out their best, and the Red River Folk Festival at Aspencade is back!

Browse through booths of hand-crafted items, jewelry, home furnishings, food, art, pottery and specialty goods while you enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and the crisp air and changing colors of fall in Red River.

For more event information or for a lodging list please contact the Red River Chamber of Commerce at 800-348-6444 ext .1 or log on to redrivernewmex.com.

Taos Fall Arts Festival

Sept. 24, 5-8 p.m.

TFAF Opening Reception

Sept. 25, 1 p.m.

Charles A. Strong Lifetime Achievement Award, artist talk

Sept. 26, 1 p.m. 

2020/2021 TFAF Poster Artist  talk

Oct. 2, 10 a.m.- noon 

Watercolor Society Demonstration

Oct. 3, 5 p.m.

Group Photo of Participating Artist

Admission: FREE

After a year's hiatus, the 46th Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival returns in 2021, Sept. 24-Oct. 3. The Taos Fall Arts Festival Open exhibition takes place in the Guadalupe Parish Gym, 205 Don Fernando Street, a block west of the Taos Plaza. 

The 2021 festival will reprise the 2020 theme Return to the Earth, Sky, Water / Regresso a la Tierra, Agua, Cielo, chosen in 2020 by the Taos arts consortium to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the return of Blue Lake to Taos Pueblo and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. 

The exhibition is open to all artists residing in Taos or exhibiting work in a Taos art gallery. The exhibition is open, unjuried and accepts all media. Artist submissions are in person Friday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. See taosfallarts.com for details.

Again this year, Taos Fall Arts Festival celebrates the artistic achievements of some extraordinary artists with recognition and monetary awards. These include awards for the poster artist, lifetime achievement, visionary artists and Kids Give Back.

There is much more, all interspersed with food and live music. No admission fee. For more information, go online to taoschamber.com or call 575-751-8800.

Taos Wool Festival

Oct. 2-3  |  Kit Carson Park

Admission: FREE

The wool tradition of the Southwest stretches back more than 400 years, and now it is time to celebrate that fact. 

Breeders and fiber artists from all over the world will come together to celebrate at the Wool Festival of Taos. 

“Join in at Kit Carson Park for two days of family fun. Take a look at traditional and contemporary fiber artistry, and this opportunity to get up close and personal with sheep, goats, rabbits, alpacas and llamas. Kids can try their hand at a fiber project,” the organizers said in a news release.

Taos Wool Festival includes:

  • An outstanding regional wool market.
  • Fiber Critter Corner that includes live sheep, alpacas, goats, angora rabbits and more.
  • Demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, sheep shearing and many other fiber-related skills.
  • Juried Shows for hand-spun yarn, hand-dyeing, fleeces (wool and alpaca); finished garments and home accessories.
  • Silent Auction, Saturday, Oct. 2, featuring many unique donated items.
  • Hands-On Activities for kids of all ages.
  • Workshops before the festival weekend.
  • Food vendors offering a variety of beverages, snacks and lunch items, including regional lamb and other delicious choices.
  • With the added ambience of live music, the festival is unique and fun for the whole family.

Find more information: Visit taoswoolfestival.org.

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