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. The gates open at 4 p.m. See event Map by Clicking here

Entertainment begins 4 p.m. Official ceremonies begin 7 p.m.

We recommend you arrive in the venue by 8:30 p.m. The Beachball song is at 9:05 p.m., and Zozobra showtime starts at 9:33 p.m., weather permitting. If there is a weather delay, the festivities may run a little longer, but rest assured that the Burning of Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event and he WILL burn!

Admission $10 dollars per person, children 10 and under free!
Buy Tickets by Clicking here

How tall is Zozobra?  50 feet 2 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!

When is Gloomie Sign Up?  Auditions and sign up for Gloomies is annually TBA.

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 6th ANNUAL ZOZOFEST & ZOZOBRA ART EXHIBIT is a welcoming, family-friendly  community event taking place Friday-Sunday, August 23-25, 2019 at TBD.

When is the Zozobra Art Show?  The 15th 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!


FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2018 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. 

Public Preview and Poster Signing

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2018 from 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.


SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2018 from 12 - 4 p.m.
12-4 p.m. ZozoFest continues

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.


The Santa Fe City Council has approved a streamlined parking and transportation plan for Zozobra.

The city will charge visitors a flat fee of $5 to park in all city downtown parking facilities from 6 p.m. to 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 BUSES WILL BE RUNNING ON ALL ROUTES ON NORMAL SCHEDULES  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 AFTER 5:00PM 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 DEOPT; 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.


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 the specifically marked accessible shuttle; we request one companion only for ADA and seniors. This year, we are also trying a new way to serve and include our ADA & senior patrons via side-by-side golf-cart delivery into the venue. Please allow extra time to use this service; we request one companion only. At the venue, there will be a raised platform for wheelchair patrons. Please note that this raised platform will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we request that it be reserved for wheelchairs only.


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 94th 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!





All guests will go through a security check before entering the venue.

TBA if FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2019  ROAD CLOSURES BY TIME OF DAY are the same for 2019

6 AM

  • Murales Road closes from east of fire station to the tennis courts.

4 PM

  • Murales Road closes from Bishop's Lodge Road to the tennis courts.
  • Bishop's Lodge Road closes.

5 PM

  • 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 closes.
  • Rosario Boulevard closes from Old Taos Highway to Rosario Hill Road, just east of Griffin Street.
  • Paseo de Peralta closes from North Guadalupe Street, east of DeVargas Mall, to Marcy Street.

TBA if FRIDAY,AUGUST 30, 2019 ROAD CLOSURES BY ROAD NAME are the same for 2019


  • Closes at 6 AM from the east of fire station to the tennis courts
  • Closes at 4 PM from Bishop's Lodge Road to the tennis courts
  • Closes completely at 5 PM from Bishop's Lodge Road to Old Taos Highway


  • Closes at 4 PM


  • 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.


  • Closes at 5 PM


  • Closes at 5 PM from Old Taos Highway to Rosario Hill Road, just east of Griffin Street


  • Closes at 5 PM from North Guadalupe Street, east of DeVargas Mall, to Marcy Street

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 94th 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.


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, bring outside picnic food is OK: sandwiches, etc., but food must be in a clear plastic bag for search. NO coolers, and all packages will be searched for alcohol and recreational drugs, which are strictly prohibited. NO glass containers or open containers are allowed.

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, bring backpacks; please be aware that they will be searched, which may slow your entry to the venue

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 the arroyo or check it in before proceeding into the ball park/main viewing area. Sorry, no large strollers - they will need to be checked in at the stroller check-in. See the event map by clicking here.

YES, rock out to Tobias Rene and Al Hurricane, Jr.

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 Hey Jude

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


NO backpacks - we tried but we're stadium size now, so stadium rules

NO coolers

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

NO open containers or glass containers of any kind

NO large umbrellas; small folding umbrellas only

NO metal or lawn chairs. Collapsible cloth camper chairs only

folding chair

NO tables

NO tents of ay kind

NO pets except certified service animals

NO lasers of any size; they will be confiscated on search and not returned

NO drones of any size; they will be confiscated on search and not 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

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 ball park if you feel your your little one may not be ready for the spectacle. See the event map by clicking here.

Will Zozobra sell out?  NO. Tickets are available up to the showtime at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting)

Are tickets available online?  YES. Tickets for the 94th Burning of Zozobra on Friday, August 30, 2019 may be purchased online on at www.burnzozobra.com

Tickets at the following 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 94td 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 p.m. 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 show time.

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
What's the entertainment line-up? 
  • Gates open at 4 p.m.
  • 2019 Entertainment TBA
  • 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 inspired musical pairing of Presleigh Casaus and Weston Winkler
  •  9:33 p.m. Lights Out (weather permitting, early or late) for the Zozobra Show!