Fall in Albuquerque brings crisp air, beautiful changing foliage on the cottonwoods and plenty of fun, seasonal activities for the family. Here are our top picks for fall fun in and around Albuquerque.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin
Weekends, September 21 – October 27
McCall’s Pumpkin Patch was recently named the Best Pumpkin Patch in New Mexico by Reader’s Digest, and for good reason. The one-stop-shop for all things fall boasts a corn maze, hay rides, produce market and of course an impressive pumpkin patch. And when the sun goes down at McCall’s, the haunting begins.
Get your Chills in Old Town
Take a fun and informative stroll through the quiet, darkened streets of Old Town and experience the eyewitness accounts of spirits who make Old Town their eternal home of haunting during a Ghost Tour of Old Town! Professional Tour Guides are sure to entertain with tales mixed with chills and chuckles. The historic buildings and dark alleys conceal the long-forgotten secrets of lost loves, Civil War battles, murders, hangings, and hidden cemeteries. Everyone loves a good old-fashioned Ghost Story!
Pick Your Own Apples
Tuesdays – Fridays, 10a – 5:30p
Weekends 10a – 4p
Costanza Orchard in Belen boasts a wide variety of apples on their u-pick farm. The orchard is home to approximately 1000 frees and grows Gala, Early Golds, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Winesaps, Granny Smiths, and Arkansas Blacks.
Bring in the Season in the Village
Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
The Corrales Harvest Festival is a two day event celebrating the season with everything from live music, arts & crafts shows, a pet parade, hay rides, food tasting to a beer garden. Get fresh roasted green chile, take home a pumpkin and eat a caramel apple all while enjoying our perfect start of fall weather.
Every year during the Corrales Harvest Festival, Casa San Ysidro celebrates the living traditions of our state by highlighting artists helping to keep cultural arts relevant and vital today. Retablos, bultos, incrusted straw crafts, tinwork, pottery, colchas, and jewelry are just some of the traditional heritage arts that will be demonstrated.
Pick Your Own Pods
Daily until October 21
Big Jim Farms invites visitors to pick their own chile pods directly off the plant, does it get any fresher than that? The traditional variety chiles promise massive flavor and are organically grown. Visit the 9 acre farm, pick your own green and red chile and get it roasted onsite.
Get Your Greek On
Friday, October 4 – Sunday, October 6
Immerse yourself in the sounds of the bouzóuki, the tastes of authentic Greek cuisine, and the eye-catching sights of dancers streaming by in colorful costumes at the Grecian Festival. Enjoy shopping for imported jewelry, gifts, foods and pastries.
Take in the Sights of the Balloon Feista
Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 13
It wouldn’t be fall time in Albuquerque if we didn’t mention the International Balloon Fiesta. Featuring over 500 hot air balloons, the Fiesta is one of the most famous balloon festivals in the world.
Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit
Friday, October 11 & Saturday, October 12
Rio Bravo Brewing’s two day Oktoberfest is self-proclaimed as “Albuquerque’s Official Oktoberfest.” Enjoy dancing, special Oktoberfest brews, German bands, and huge fresh pretzels. The celebration is organized by the German American Club and Albuquerque Sister Cities.
Sip on Craft Beer
Saturday, October 12
Held during the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the New Mexico Brew Fest is expecting thousands of thirsty craft beer lovers. This year promises to deliver another round of great live music and the biggest selection of NM craft beer along with some of the finest local food trucks and specialty food producers.
Spend a Day on the Farm
Weekends, October 11 – November 1
The Rio Grande Community Farm springs to life in the fall with tons of fun seasonal activities. The 21st annual, 3.8 mile Maize Maze runs from October 11th to November 1st on weekends. On October 17th, the Fall Feast pairs seasonal eats with wine in the enchanting farm land-scape. The past will roar to life at the first ever Vintage Truck & Tractor Festival on October 20th. The Maize & Music Festival brings together New Mexico’s premier bands, a Beer & Wine Garden, a Costume Contest, Food Trucks, for an all around spooktacular time on October 26th.
Savor the Flavors of Autumn
Saturday, October 12 & Sunday, October 13
Enjoy a perfect autumn day making memories with your loved ones at Wagner Farms 6th Annual Apple & Pumpkin Festival. Sip fresh apple cider, tour the orchard on a hayride and pick enough apples for all your favorite Fall dishes! Then, journey to the pumpkin patch to pick the perfect pumpkin. The market area will feature even more produce for purchase plus green chile roasting, ristras, live entertainment, and more.
Celebrate Harvest Season
Saturday, October 26
Each year, Mandy’s Farm hosts a community Harvest Festival for all ages and abilities. Filled with food, fun, music, and seasonal activities, it’s the place to be to kick off your holiday season. This year, the farm is offering tons of seasonal activities like pumpkin painting, a petting zoo, haunted barn, food trucks, a beer garden and so much more.
Mandy’s Farm is a nonprofit organization based out of the South Valley of Albuquerque. Throughout the year the farm supports over 200 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they navigate independent living, community involvement, and employment.
Tour the Constellations at a Star Party
Saturday, November 9
Join the Albuquerque Astronomical Society for a Cosmic Carnival & Star Party with interactive exhibits from Explora, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science and other local organizations. Star and planet observations with telescopes from the Albuquerque Astronomical Society and constellation tours of the heavens.
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