Hungry for More than Just a Meal?

In search of something more to accompany your meal? You're in luck

Santa Fe is well-known for its vibrant cuisine scene, but when you're in search of something more to accompany your meal, you're in luck. The city offers an impressive array of venues offering fantastic food and loads of fun to go along with it. From an Oktoberfest-style beer fest to a Renaissance fair, plenty of live music, brain games and more, Santa Fe will keep you and your lively spirit well-fed. Read on for a few suggestions.

September is a great time of year to get outdoors for plein-air dining, so let's start with a Santa Fe-style Oktoberfest celebration at SKI Santa Fe, the Buenofest Beer Festival held Saturday, September 15 from noon to 5 pm. You can savor grilled brats and schnitzel and hang out in the beer garden, tasting local craft ale along with cider and cocktails. Play lawn games and listen to the music of JJ & The Hooligans. Come dressed in your best lederhosen and dirndl and you may just win a prize. You can also ride the chairlift and play disc golf surrounded by stunning views.

If you head up to SKI Santa Fe on Sunday, September 16, you'll catch a concert by The Sean Healen Band, playing from 11 am to 3 pm. Enjoy grilled burgers and hot dogs, homemade soup, and other fare while you take in the tunes, play more disc golf view see the mountain from a chairlift.

The 11th annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair returns to El Rancho de las Golonddrinas Sept. 15-16, and along with all of the jolly jousting, court dancing, knighting ceremony and more, there will be some serious feasting. Yes, you'll find those giant turkey legs—a Renaissance fair staple—but you can also dine on roasted corn, crepes, cheesesteaks and hoagies, African homestyle fare, Italian ices, French baked goods and much more. Vegetarian options will be on the menu, too. To whet your whistle, there's beer and mead along with custom sodas, coffee and other beverages. In between snacking, ride a Spanish galleon, tour the Fairy Village where you can meet a unicorn, watch rapier fighting and fencing, take court dancing lessons and enjoy music and much more.

In the mood for some Neil Young music while you savor Sunday brunch? The Cowgirl BBQ's got you covered all month long with Sugar Mountain, the awesome Neil Young tribute band helmed by Andrew MacLaughlan. Listen to “Harvest Moon” and “Sugar Mountain” on the Cowgirl patio as you dig in to a Groovy Granola bowl or world-famous brisket hash with poached eggs and hollandaise.There's also huevos rancheros, breakfast burritos and other brunch delights. You could also have dinner at the Cowgirl every night this month and enjoy live music, with no cover, or compete in Cowgirl Karaoke, held ever Tuesday starting at 9 pm and hosted by Michelle Leidig.

You'll find more music to dine by at Amaya at Hotel Santa Fe, where Ronald Roybal plays Native American flute and Spanish classical guitar to relax you every Friday and Saturday starting at 7 pm. Take a seat in the lounge by the kiva fireplace, or in the restaurant dining room and savor regional food that often complements the music. Try such small plates as a poblano chile stuffed with corn, tomatoes and black beans and served over arroz con maize with almond chile negro mole, or a green chile duck confit quesadilla with fresh guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream. For heartier dishes, there's pan-seared cevina venison medallions with a soy-orange reduction, roasted purple potatoes, artichoke hearts, herbed tomatoes and baby carrots; or wild berry and guajillo glazed duck breast with spinach and berry veal reduction, flageolet beans and apple wood-smoked bacon. Leave room for perfect end notes such as apple-almond tart tatin and yogurt panna cotta with poached apricots, blood orange supremes and lemon oil.

If you're looking to challenge your brain, head over to Boxcar for dinner and a round or two of Geeks Who Drink, held every Tuesday from 8 to 10 pm. This pub trivia quiz is modeled after games that are popular in the U.K, and it's played in more than 800 restaurants and pubs in 46 states. You can play in teams of up to six and even by yourself, if you're game enough, answering questions that cover the gamut, from bad TV and celebrities gone bad to fun with words.There are prizes to be won and street cred to be gained, and while you're pondering the answers, why not dig into Boxcar's great gastropub fare, such as green chile mac'n'cheese, Parmesan truffled fries, shrimp and smoked gouda grits and bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers? In the mood for something more? Try the chicken and waffles with Guinness gravy, red chile butter and waffle syrup. Or the Omaha reuben with Guinness corned beef. You'll find plenty of food to fuel your brain as you compete to become a Master Geek Who Drinks.