Art, festivals and Taos are synonymous — a bonded trio that feeds off each other, keeping history alive, traditions intact and unparalleled creativity strong. Online, you can view the full issue of The Fall Festivals Guide.
Fall in Taos, when nature's colors erupt the final time before settling down for hibernation. The air is as fresh and cool as the creative sights and sounds. Possibly no other season presents a greater diversity of activities and a more packed schedule of events.
Beginning with the 43rd Annual Taos Fall Arts Festival from Sept. 22 to Oct. 1, to studio tours peppered throughout Taos County into November, painters, sculptors, carvers, weavers, photographers, jewelers, potters, glass workers and more put the finishing touches on inspired creations in preparation for their exhibit, while others are readying for the many exploring eyes to come through their usually off-limit-studios.
But art in Taos isn't limited to the fine arts. Music festivals all around the Enchanted Circle — like the popular Michael Hearne's Big Barn Dance — an annual hot air balloon rally, food-inspired happenings, environmental films, craft fairs and cultural classics such as the Old Taos Trade Fair and SOMOS Storytelling Festival offer something for everyone. A children's favorite, artisans bring their handcrafted woolens to town, along with their sheep and funny-faced alpacas for the annual Taos Wool Festival. For music seekers, guitarists to cellists put in final practices before releasing bluegrass sounds to chamber arrangements up to the clouds.
Considered most traditional and ceremonial is San Geronimo Feast Day at Taos Pueblo, which has been celebrated for a few hundred years.
Whether you're a long-time fair and festival lover or getting your feet wet for the first time, you've come to the right place at the most beautiful time.