When is Zozobra this year? The 95th annual burning of ZOZOBRA is August 30, 2019, the Friday before Labor Day, at historic Fort Marcy Ball Park in beautiful downtown Santa Fe.
Please help make Zozobra a litter-free event by using recycling bins and trash barrels to Keep Santa Fe Beautiful!
The gates open at 4:30 p.m. See Event Map by Clicking here
Entertainment begins 4:30 p.m. Official ceremonies begin 7 p.m.
We recommend you arrive in the venue by 8:00 p.m. The Beachball song and toss is at 9:05 p.m. and Zozobra showtime starts at 9:33 p.m. weather permitting. The burning may start earlier or later depending on weather conditions, but rest assured that the Burning of Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event and he WILL burn!
General Admission $10 dollars per person, children 10 and under free! On Friday, August 30, 2019, the day of the event only, General Admission is $15.
Five Premium Viewing locations are available online only. On Friday, August 30, 2019, the day of the event only, Premium Viewing prices increase by 10%.
How tall is Zozobra? 50 feet 6 inches tall.
How much does Zozobra weigh? Approximately 2,000 lbs.
What is Zozobra made of? Wood, wire, poultry netting, muslin, nails, screws, pulleys, plywood, shredded paper, spray paint, pizza pans and duct tape!
How old do children need to be in order to become a Gloom? Gloomies are children from 11 to 14 years old. Click here to learn more
What and when is ZozoFest? The FREE 7th Annual ZOZOFEST & ZOZOBRA ART EXHIBIT is a welcoming, family-friendly community event taking place Friday-Sunday, August 23-25, 2019 in the former Sports Authority space, located on the western end of Santa Fe Place Mall.
When is the Zozobra Art Show? The Annual Zozobra Art and Photography Show is part of the 7th Annual ZozoFest, August 23-25, 2019. Also on display and for sale will be historical artwork, photography and contemporary works by local Santa Fe artists, sculptors and photographers signed posters and official Zozobra merchandise will be available!
2019 ZOZOFEST SCHEDULE:
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 from 6 - 9 pm
- Zozofest opens to the public with a first chance to see Zozobra 2019 and get down a 1970s playlist from DJ Shennon, “Shen-doh” Morgan
- Meet the 2019 Official Zozobra Gloomies
- Take a selfie with Old Man Gloom photobombing over your shoulder
- Stuff your glooms inside Zozobra to burn away your worries when he gets torched
- Enjoy fantastic Zozobra art by dozens of New Mexico artists
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019 from 10 am - 6 pm
- 10 am - 6 pm
- The Zozobra Art Exhibit on display
- FREE Arts and Crafts Table
- 10 am - 12:30 pm: DJ Badcat spins disco beats
- 10 am: Book giveaway, “Elvis Romero and Fiestas de Santa Fe: Featuring Zozobra’s Great Escape” by Author/City of Santa Fe Historian, Andrew Lovato
- 11 am - 3 pm Face-painting by Theresa Moñtano of Party Up
- 12:30- 1 pm: “Origins of Zozobra" Puppet Show” by Lauren Stutzman and Admiral Grey
- 1 - 2 pm: “Try It Out Zone” courtesy of Wisefool New Mexico: Hula hooping, disk spinning and puppeteering
- 2 - 3 pm: Youth Jazz Ensemble from the Santa Fe Youth Symphony Association
- 3 - 4 pm: Magic show by Monte Davidson
- 4 - 5 pm: Baile Ilusion, traditional Mexican folkloric dance
- 5 - 6 pm: Live music from Sol Fire, rock, pop, and Latin music
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2019 from 12 - 4 pm
- Last chance Zozobra Art Exhibit, as DJ Sin rocks the house in 70’s style
- 12:30 - 1 pm: “Origins of Zozobra Puppet Show” by Lauren Stutzman and Admiral Grey
- 1 - 2 pm: Children's Flamenco and Folkloric Dance by Aspen Santa Fe Ballet
Is there parking at the venue or the neighborhood? NO. Most people walk to the event from downtown and the plaza, and a park and ride program operates from the bus line locations and the RailRunner.
HOW TO GET TO ZOZOBRA:
The Santa Fe City Council has approved a streamlined parking and transportation plan for Zozobra.
The City of Santa Fe will charge visitors a flat fee of $7 to park in all city downtown parking facilities from 6 p.m. until midnight on August 30, 2019, when Old Man Gloom gets torched at Fort Marcy Park. City parking meters will operate on the usual schedule, becoming free after 6 p.m.; please do not park at any meters that are red-bagged.
SANTA FE TRAILS BUSSES WILL BE RUNNING ON ALL ROUTES ON NORMAL SCHEDULES and thanks to the City of Santa Fe and funding from the North Central Regional Transit District through the Regional Transit Gross Receipts Tax, riding a Santa Fe Trails bus on any route is FREE on the day of the burning. Click here to view Bus Route!
Please park at the South Capitol Parking lot at St. Francis Drive and Cordova Road and take the FREE shuttle to the venue.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are riding the New Mexico Railrunner Express, While the inbound Railrunner will drop passengers off at the Santa Fe Depot in the Santa Fe Railyard, THE OUTBOUND RETURN TRAIN WILL NOT PICK UP AT THE SANTA FE DEPOT; DEPARTURE FROM SOUTH CAPITOL LOT ONLY. Railunner passengers can ride the free shuttle to and from the venue, and the last train will always be held until all Zozobra-goers are aboard to return to points south.
SHUTTLE PICK-UP AND DROP-OFF
If you are riding the free shuttle to Zozobra from the South Capitol Parking Lot, the shuttle will drop you off at the on the east corner of Washington Avenue and Paseo de Peralta.
If you are riding the free shuttle back to the South Capitol Parking Lot, please look for the return shuttles stationed on the south side of Paseo de Peralta just east of Washington Avenue
UBER AND LYFT
If you are riding Uber or Lyft, you will be dropped off and picked up on Lincoln Avenue south of Federal Place
ADA & SENIOR PATRONS
Please park at the South Capitol Parking lot on St. Francis Drive and Cordova Road, and ride the FREE ADA shuttle to the venue! Please look for specifically marked accessible shuttles; we request one companion only for ADA and seniors.
At the venue, there will be a specific area for ADA and wheelchair patrons. Please note that this will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we request that it be reserved for ADA and wheelchairs only.
THE NEW MEXICO RAILRUNNER HAS A SPECIAL ZOZOBRA SCHEDULE!
Zozobra fans down south can ride the New Mexico Railrunner and skip the driving hassle! On Friday, August 30, 2019, the Rail Runner Express will adjust the train schedule so people can easily attend the 95th Annual Burning of Zozobra. Passengers traveling to Santa Fe for the event can take advantage of a later post-event departure time, as well as the addition of a second late-night southbound train. FREE Santa Fe Trails Shuttles take passengers from the South Capitol Station to Fort Marcy Park and then back to the station after the celebration. The last train is held until all ticketed passengers have boarded. This free shuttle service is funded by the North Central Regional Transit District through the Regional Transit Gross receipts Tax.
Locals and Santa Fe visitors, you can also make your life easy! Park your car and pick up the New Mexico Railrunner at the Santa Fe County, NM 599 station (approximately 11 miles south of Santa Fe) and take the round-trip shuttle from South Capitol to the venue. Buy a round-trip ticket for just $4.00!
CLICK HERE TO MAKE THE MAP LARGER
All guests will go through a security check before entering the venue.
FRIDAY AUGUST 30, 2019 ROAD CLOSURES BY TIME OF DAY:
12 AM (midnight):
- Murales Road closes from Valle del Sol Drive to Cuesta del Norte Drive
- Murales Road closes from Bishop’s Lodge Road to Old Taos Highway
- Calle Estado /Governor Dempsey Drive, and Mansion Drive close from Old Taos Highway to Bishop’s Lodge; local traffic only
- Bishop's Lodge Road closes from Paseo de Peralta to Valley Drive
- Murales Road closes completely from Bishop's Lodge Road to Old Taos Highway.
- Artist/Hyde Park Road closes from Bishop's Lodge to Gonzales Road. Through traffic will be able to pass on Gonzales Road, but with adjacent road closures, streets may experience congestion, so please allow extra time.
- Old Taos Highway from Paseo de Peralta to Murales Road
- Rosario Boulevard closes from Griffin Street to Old Taos Highway
- Paseo de Peralta closes from North Guadalupe Street (east of DeVargas Mall) to East Marcy Street.
- Guadalupe Street, Alamo Drive to Paseo de Peralta, southbound lane closed
- Guadalupe Street, Catron Street to Paseo de Peralta, northbound lane closed
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019 ROAD CLOSURES BY ROAD NAME
- Closes at 12 AM from the east of fire station to the tennis courts
- Closes completely at 7 AM from Bishop's Lodge Road to Old Taos Highway
CALLE ESTADO/GOVERNOR DEMPSEY ROAD/MANSION DRIVE
- Close at 7 AM from Old Taos Highway to Bishop’s Lodge; local traffic only
BISHOP'S LODGE ROAD
- Closes at 4 PM from Paseo de Peralta to Valley Drive
ARTIST/HYDE PARK ROAD
- Closes at 5 PM from Bishop's Lodge to Gonzales Road. Through traffic will able to pass on Gonzales Road, but with adjacent road closures, streets may experience congestion, so please allow extra time.
OLD TAOS HIGHWAY
- Closes at 5 PM from Paseo de Peralta to Murales Road
- Closes at 5 PM from Griffin Street to Old Taos Highway
- Closes at 5 PM from Griffin Street to Old Taos Highway
- Closes at 5 PM from Paseo de Peralta to East Marcy Street
- Closes at 5 PM from Paseo de Peralta to East Marcy Street
PASEO DE PERALTA
- Closes at 5 PM from Rosario Boulevard to South Federal Place
- Closes at 5 PM from Park St./Catron St. intersection to Alamo Drive, change of direction
As always, our City of Santa Fe safety officials may make revisions as necessary to ensure pedestrian safety.
Your Santa Fe Kiwanis Club is excited to welcome you to the 95th Annual Burning of Zozobra, Santa Fe's most unique and historic tradition! We ask for your understanding and cooperation in abiding by the following guidelines for a fun and safe event.
We always try to make things as easy as possible, but we're stadium-size now, so NFL policy applies. NFL rules ban all bags, purses, or backpacks over 4.5” x 6.5” in every professional football stadium. The NFL allows you to bring your belongings in your pockets, in a clutch bag roughly the size of your hand, or in a clear plastic bag.
WE LISTENED TO YOU, SO YES YOU CAN:
YES, bring a refillable water bottle; it needs to be empty when you arrive, but there are FREE water stations on the field for you to refill!
YES, bringing outside picnic food is OK: sandwiches, etc., but food must be in a clear plastic bag for search the same as NFL stadium style.
YES, you can find over 20 different food vendors on site. Water bottle refill stations are available at the event venue and free of charge.
YES, help us make Zozobra a litter-free event!
YES, take selfies with Zozobra
YES, share the fun with the family and the kids
YES, bring your small, collapsible umbrella-style strollers and view from the family viewing area in Magers Field south of ballpark and the arroyo or check it in before proceeding into the ball park/main viewing area. Sorry, no large strollers or wagons. See the event map by clicking here.
YES, rock out to Easy D and Grupo Fantasma!
YES, get your Zozobra T-shirts, posters and bobbleheads!
YES, eat all the cotton candy and turkey legs your heart desires!
YES, break the world record by singing!
YES, be ready to toss beachballs!
YES, shout “Burn Him, Burn Him!”
YES, feel gloom-free when Zozobra goes down in flames!
YES, see New Mexico’s best fireworks display!
YES, go home in the best mood ever!
NOW THAT WE GAVE YOU THE YESSES, PLEASE HELP US MAKE THIS A SAFE, FUN FAMILY EVENT BY COOPERATING WITH A FEW NOS:
NO backpacks of any kind.
NO purses larger than 4.5" x 6.5" and childcare and medical supplies must be in a clear plstic bag.
NO camera bags except for photographers with valid "PRESS" credentials
NO containers, all picnic food brought with you must be in clear plastic bags the same as NFL stadium policy.
NO coolers are allowed.
NO glass containers or open containers are allowed.
NO bottled liquids. Please empty your refillable water bottle before entry and refill it at the free water stations at the venue.
NO weapons of any kinds; NO concealed or open carry weapons. Any weapons found during search will be confiscated and not returned.
NO alcohol or recreational drugs, which are strictly prohibited.
NO large umbrellas; small folding umbrellas only are allowed.
NO metal or lawn chairs are allowed. Collapsible cloth camper chairs only.
NO tents of ay kind.
NO pets or animals, except for service animals as defined by ADA regulations.
NO lasers of any size; they will be confiscated on search and will not be not returned.
NO drones of any size; they will be confiscated on search and will not be returned.
NO bicycles, unicycles or skateboards.
UNAUTHORIZED VENDORS not licensed by the Santa Fe Kiwanis will be cited by City of Santa Fe Code Enforcement and escorted off the premises.
Please help make Zozobra a litter-free event.
Is the event suitable for children? Most kids love Zozobra, but a 50-foot marionette can be intimidating for some and fireworks always come with noise. You can watch from the family viewing area south of the ballpark if you feel your little one may not be ready for the spectacle. See the event map by clicking here.
What happens if you and your child get separated? We have a Lost Kids Booth!
Will Zozobra sell out? NO. Tickets are available up to the showtime at 9:30 p.m. weather permitting; start time may be earlier or later due to weather conditions.
Are tickets available online? YES. Tickets for the 95th Burning of Zozobra on Friday, August 30, 2019, can be purchased online on at www.burnzozobra.com
Tickets at these physical locations in Santa Fe only until Friday, August 30 until 4 p.m. at the Del Norte Credit Unions, State Employee Credit Unions and U.S. Eagle Credit Unions locations listed here. After that, tickets may be purchased online.
How many people attended the event? Over 62,000 revelers saw the 94th Burning of Zozobra in 2018!
What happens if it rains? We let it rain! Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event and he WILL burn. Sometimes rain comes early and we delay, sometimes later and we go early if we must.
May I bring things to put in Zozobra? Yes, a gloom box is placed near the TV stage at the Lost and Found KBAC Tent up until 8 pm. Many people bring notes, divorce decrees and other legal papers, photos, and other flammable mementos, but no dangerous items are allowed. The items are placed in Zozobra right before showtime.
You can add your glooms to the Santa Fe New Mexican's online gloom box at this link and they will burn with Zozobra.
Gloom boxes are also located at the following places in downtown Santa Fe;
- The Santa Fe Convention Center Visitors Office located at 201 West Marcy Street
- The Tourism Santa Fe Visitors Center in the Plaza Galeria located at 70 East San Francisco Street
- The Tourism Santa Fe Visitors Center at the Santa Fe Railyard Depot
- The New Mexico Tourism Visitors Center at 491 Old Santa Fe Trail
- Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
- 4:30 p.m. 2019 Pre-show Entertainment includes New Perspective, Dream Noise, the Schoen-Sand Duo, Smooth, and the Santa Fe Youth Mariachi Ensemble
- 7 p.m. New Mexico's own Easy D heats things up
- 8 p.m. Grupo Fantasma makes you wanna get up and dance
- 9:05 p.m. The Beachball Song & Toss - you know you love it
- 9:21 p.m. Official Welcome Remarks
- 9:25 p.m. The National Anthem performed by the amazing Cat Powdrell
- 9:33 p.m. Lights Out (weather permitting, may start early or late depending on weather conditions) for the Zozobra Show!