Are you wondering what to do in November in New Mexico? There is no shortage of events, from the last of the Día de los Muertos celebrations to the return of the sandhill cranes and two circuses opening up for Thanksgiving weekend. There’s a lot going on this month, and we’re going to help you stay on top of it. Check out these things to do and places to go in November in New Mexico.
Last of the Día de los Muertos Celebrations
The October events and Halloween may be over, but Día de los Muertos lasts until November 2; and the celebrations don’t stop then. This is especially true in the festive city of Albuquerque. On Friday, November 3, the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque is holding a free Despedida or ‘Farewell’ event for the holiday from 5pm to 7pm. They’ll be sharing information about the culture, the meaning, and the traditions of Día de los Muertos. Then, the Día de los Muertos celebrations continue with the South Valley Muertos y Marigolds Parade & Celebration on Sunday, November 5. It starts at 2pm at the Westside Community Center and ends at 6pm. It’s an exciting and popular event with live music and plenty of fun family activities and entertainment.
In Los Lunas, the celebrations don’t stop until November 5 either. That’s the last day of the Día de los Muertos Show at the Tome Art Gallery. This is among the most popular events at the gallery, and lasts from October 21 to November 5, from 10am to 5pm. It’s free for all ages, with many fun, hands-on activities for everyone.
Final Days of the New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival
The New Mexico Chinese Lantern Festival started on October 6 at Expo New Mexico in Albuquerque. Fortunately, it doesn’t end until November 12, and you still have time to experience the magic. There are a variety of shows and performances each night, from 5 to 9:30pm. They share Chinese culture and art, along with dozens of incredible Chinese lanterns on display. You’ll even find a range of unique, handcrafted, traditional creations to purchase.
Return of the Sandhill Cranes in November in New Mexico
In mid-November, we’ll all be celebrating the return of the sandhill cranes. The 30th Festival of the Cranes celebration at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in San Antonio is from November 14 to 19. Along with the sandhill cranes, the snow geese are also returning to the refuge at this time. The event will be six days of celebration of New Mexico wildlife, photography, and birding.
With 156 different events in that time, you’ll find all kinds of incredible things to experience and learn. There are guided hikes, a nighttime Star Party, Duck Banding, and a Young Birders Walk for kids. You can attend photography workshops, learn about conservation, and go on BRANT Nature Tour. In the Wildlife Zone Booths, you and your family can view rescued wildlife and get your face painted. There will be archery activities, spear throwing, contests, and informative workshops. View a full list of the Festival of the Cranes events and prices online.
Visit the Circus in November in New Mexico
There are two great circus events going on during Thanksgiving weekend. The Cirque Italia Water Circus will be at Cottonwood Mall in Albuquerque. It starts on Thanksgiving day at 4:30pm, with another performance at 7:30pm. It lasts until November 26, with performances at 1:30pm, 4:30pm, and 7:30pm. Buy tickets online for $20 to $40 for adults and $10 to $35 for children. Children under two are free (sitting in a lap).
Those who are closer to Santa Fe will want to check out Wise Fool New Mexico’s Circus Luminous at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. It starts on the day after Thanksgiving, November 24 at 7pm. On Saturday the 25th, you can go at 2pm or 7pm. The last show is on Sunday the 26th at 4pm. Buy tickets online for $20 to $40.
The Famous Taos Pop-Up Store Opens in November
The Taos Folk Pop-Up Store opens on Saturday, November 25, and will be open until Christmas Eve. They’ll be behind the Taos Inn and Cafe Renato from 11am to 5pm. You’ll find local, handcrafted items with a unique appeal, an at prices that are surprisingly affordable in light of the high quality craftsmanship. The products are stunning and make excellent gifts if you can bear to part with them.
What Else is Going on in November in New Mexico?
Readers and writers will want to spend November celebrating National Novel Writing Month in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. These cities have author events, writing workshops, and writing challenges scheduled for the month, and the 2017 Author Festival is happening in Albuquerque. After Thanksgiving, you can wrap up November in New Mexico by welcoming the Christmas season. Attend a local light show or one of the magical celebrations and events that will switch on the holidays in New Mexico during Thanksgiving weekend.
Let us know in the comments what you’re doing in November in New Mexico!