Event Information

The 92nd Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra takes place on the Friday before Labor Day, September 2, 2016

The Decades Project Holocaust Memorial takes place on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Fort Marcy Park

2016, Year Three of the Decades Project, brings Zozobra into the 1940s WW2 era, steeped in history and cultural significance for our city, our country, and the world at large.In recognition of the profound and far-reaching consequences of the era, the Kiwanis have joined together with the Santa Fe Jewish Center - Chabad to add to the Zozobra events a special Holocaust Memorial, taking place at 6pm on Thursday, September 1, 2016.

“Kiwanis is about kids and this years 1940's Zozobra Decade allows for a teachable moment, It is in our best interests to never forget. Never again should we silently stand by while genocide is conducted,” said Ray Sandoval, event chairman for Zozobra.

September 1 is the 77th anniversary of the start of WWII and the 75th anniversary of the date when the Jewish population of Germany was ordered to wear a yellow Star of David, and gays, gypsies and outsiders were similarly marked and publicly shamed.

“In honoring the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, let us recommit ourselves individually and collectively to do everything to prevent future acts of antisemitism and crimes against humanity, whenever and wherever they may occur,” said Rabbi Berel Levertov of Santa Fe Jewish Center – Chabad.

The Burning of Zozobra Event Times: Friday, September 2, 2016

Gates Open at 3:00 pm
Official Events begin with Live Entertainment at 7:00 pm
Lights out at 9:30 pm (weather permitting)
Burning for the 92nd time since 1924 on Friday, September 2, 2016

The Burning of Zozobra Event Location

The Burning of Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event, taking place annually on the Friday before Labor Day at Fort Marcy Park, located a few short blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

For a detailed map of the event, click here.

Event Schedule

The 2016 Zozobra Schedule of entertainment is as follows, weather permitting:
3:00 pm Gates Open
7:00 pm Live music begins with Boomroots Collective
7:45 pm Santa Fe Swing Dance Performance
8:00 pm Tobias Rene headlines the 92nd Burning of Zozobra
9:00 pm Beach Ball Song
9:25 pm Singing of the National Anthem
9:30 The 92nd Zozobra begins...

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