Summer Feast Days at Local Pueblos

A comprehensive list of Feast Days and Celebrations at local Pueblos for 2019

New Mexico's 19 Pueblos and wide swathes of tribal lands offer visitors an unrivaled glimpse into Native American culture, both historical and contemporary. Very often, access to these pueblos comes in the form of feasts days, dance ceremonies, festivals and many other special events. Below you’ll find about 100 ways to explore this essential element of this region’s cultural history

(Learn more about pueblo dances and feast days.)

(Learn more about pueblo etiquette.)

Pueblo feast days usually take place on the same date every year, while other special events take place during specific weekends throughout the year. Please note that event dates can change and/or be closed to the public with little or no notice. Many dances and events are scheduled based on the decisions of pueblo leaders, and scheduling can be inconsistent from year to year. “It’s up to the tribal war chiefs to decide what dances are going to be held and when,” according to one pueblo visitor center representative.

When planning to attend a pueblo event, contact the visitor center or pueblo office beforehand. Find a complete list of pueblo telephone numbers and websites below.

The following list is compiled from SantaFe.com sources, NewMexico.org and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center website. If you notice anything missing, or have additional information, please contact editor@santafe.com.

January 

1

  • Turtle Dance – Taos Pueblo
  • Transfer of Canes to new officials and various dances – Picuris Pueblo
  • Pueblo Corn Dances – Cochiti Pueblo

6

  • King's Day Celebration in honor of new tribal officers: Antelope, Buffalo, Deer dances – Most pueblos
  • Evening Firelight Dances (Occasional) – San Ildefonso Pueblo

23

25

February

2

  • Candelaria Feast Day – Picuris Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo

First Weekend

  • Governor's Feast Day and various dances – Old Acoma Pueblo

Second Weekend

  • Deer dances – San Juan Pueblo

End of the Month

March

19

April

Easter Weekend Dances

  • Many Pueblos

23-25

  • Gathering of the Nations (One of the country’s largest powwows) – Albuquerque Convention Center

May

1

  • St. Phillip Feast Day – San Felipe Pueblo

3

  • Santa Cruz Feast Day with Corn Dance, blessing of the fields and foot races – Taos Pueblo

Memorial Day Weekend

  • Jemez Red Rocks Arts and Crafts Show – Jemez Pueblo

June

First Saturday in June

  • Blessing of the Fields – Tesuque Pueblo

13

  • San Antonio Feast Day (various dances) – Sandia Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Picuris Pueblo, Taos Pueblo, Santa Ana Pueblo

24

  • San Juan Feast Day – Taos Pueblo
  • St. John the Baptist Feast Day – Ohkay Owingeh

29

  • St. Peter/St Paul Feast Day: Santa Ana Pueblo, Corn Dance

July

4

  • Celebration of the Waterfall – Nambe Pueblo

14

  • St. Bonaventure Feast Day – Cochiti Pueblo
  • Second weekend in July
  • Annual Intertribal Powwow – Taos Pueblo

Third Weekend in July

  • Little Beaver Celebration with pro-Indian and open Rodeo, powwow, pony express race, parade, dances and more – Jicarilla Apache

25

26

  • Santa Ana Feast Day – Santa Ana Pueblo, Taos Pueblo
  • Seama Village Feast – Laguna Pueblo

August

First Week

4

  • St. Dominic Feast Day – Santo Domingo Pueblo

9

9-10

10

  • San Lorenzo Feast Day with foot races, dances and pole climbing – Picuris Pueblo
  • San Lorezo Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo (Acomita), Laguna Pueblo

12

  • St. Clare Feast Day – Santa Clara Pueblo

15

Third Week

September

First Week

2

  • St. Stephen Feast Day – Acoma Pueblo

4

  • St. Augustine Feast Day – Pueblo of Isleta

8

Labor Day Weekend

14-15

  • Go-Jii-Yah Feast, annual celebration with foot races, powwow and country rodeo – Jicarilla Apache
  • Annual Tour de Acoma Bike Race – Acoma Pueblo

19

  • St. Joseph Feast Day with Buffalo, Eagle and Social Dances – Laguna Pueblo

25

29

  • San Geronimo Eve Vespers – Taos Pueblo

30

  • San Geronimo Feast Day with dances, races, pole climb, arts and crafts fair – Taos Pueblo

October

First week

4

  • San Francisco de Assisi Feast Day – Nambe Pueblo

5

  • Ancient Way Fall Festival and Arts Market – Zuni Pueblo

13-14

17

November

12

  • San Diego Feast Day – Tesuque Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo

27

Last week of November

December

First Week

  • Shalako dance and festival (Closed to public) – Zuni Pueblo

12

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day – Pojoaque Pueblo
  • Bow and Arrow, Comanche and Buffalo Dances – Tesuque Pueblo
  • Matachina Dances – Jemez Pueblo

24

  • Procession of the Virgin Mary – Taos Pueblo
  • Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Dance – Tesuque Pueblo
  • Christmas Eve Mass and Buffalo, Deer and Antelope Dances – Nambe Pueblo
  • Sundown Torchlight Procession of the Virgin Vespers and Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo
  • Luminarias display (2,000 paper bag lanterns line the road leading to Acoma Pueblo)

25*

  • Various Dances and Matachinas Dance – Taos Pueblo
  • Matachina Dances – Picuris Pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh
  • Various Dances – Jemez Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, San Felipe Pueblo, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara Pueblo, Tesuque Pueblo, Zia Pueblo

*Many pueblos offer Christmastime events. Please see our phone list at the bottom of the page to contact specific pueblos.

25-28

  • Traditional Dances inside San Esteban del Rey Mission on the mesa – Acoma Pueblo

25-29

26

  • Turtle Dance – Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo
  • Buffalo Dances – Jemez Pueblo

28