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Meet Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe

In 1965, The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe formed The Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Foundation in order to protect, preserve and promote the unique arts, music, and cultural traditions of Santa Fe through Zozobra, an iconic arts event created in 1924 by Will Shuster, one of Santa Fe’s Los Cinco Pintores and gifted in perpetuity to the Santa Fe Kiwanis.

The Foundation has provided college scholarships to deserving high school seniors, and in the mid-1990s, the Foundation added consideration of scholarships for students of two-year degree programs. In 1978, the Foundation also began making grants to Santa Fe County non-profit organizations that meet the basic needs of youth: Health and medical; food, clothing and shelter; education, arts, and recreation.

All these accomplishments have been made possible by the net proceeds from our annual production of the Burning of Will Shuster’s Zozobra. Over the years, Zozobra has given back $3.4 million to help the children of the community grow and thrive. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is currently engaged in active planning for the 100th Annual Burning of Zozobra.

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Día de los Muertos Santa Fe

Say ¡Bienvenidos! to Santa Fe’s second annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Said to have originated in Mexico, Día de los Muertos represents a time to honor and reconnect with the dead in a uniquely beautiful and meaningful manner. Join the commemorative events on the Santa Fe Plaza October 27 – 29, 2023. The event is free and all are welcome to honor loved ones who have passed and create new memories with family and friends. Día de los Muertos History … Read More

Where to Eat on Zozobra Weekend
Zozobra Santa Fe New Mexico

This Labor Day Weekend brings a feast of fanfare and fun to Santa Fe, kicking off on Friday with the annual demise of Old Man Gloom. The festivities continue over the weekend with the celebration and ceremony of Fiestas de Santa Fe then wind down with the Labor Day holiday on Monday. Throughout it all, food plays a big role in celebrating these events. You’ll need some sustenance as you await the fiery end of Zozobra, the 50-foot puppet that … Read More

The Burning of Zozobra
Zozobra close up

Every year, The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe says goodbye to summer with the Burning of Zozobra, a 50-foot high marionette signifying the darkness and despair created within the City Different, due to all the nefarious and woeful deeds done throughout the year. For almost a century, this unique cultural event has drawn families and friends from near and far, to watch as evil is vanquished for another year during this one-of-a-kind Labor Day pageant. The 99th Burning of Will … Read More

14 Things You Should Know About Zozobra

Each year, Zozobra — or Old Man Gloom — meets his fiery fate in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He burns away people's worries and glooms while raising funds for worthy causes. Learn 14 things you should know about the Burning of Zozobra.

ZozoFest 2023

The Annual Burning of Zozobra is the most historic show in town, and before Old Man Gloom goes up in smoke, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is stoked for celebrating his date with destiny at a chill retro 2000s-themed party! Gather the gang and be among the first to meet Zozobra at the FREE Annual ZozoFest and Zozobra Art Show, Friday – Sunday, August 25 – 27, 2023, at Santa Fe Place Mall, 4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, in … Read More