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When is Zozobra this year?  The 94th Annual Burning of ZOZOBRA will take place on the Friday before Labor Day, August 31, 2018 at historic Fort Marcy Ball Park in beautiful downtown Santa Fe. Gates Open at 3 pm See event Map by Clicking here

Entertainment begins 3:00 pm; Official Ceremonies begin 7:00pm

We recommend you arrive in the venue by 8:30pm; Beachball Song at 9:00 pm, and Zozobra Showtime 9:30pmm weather permitting. 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!
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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  TBA.

How old do children need to be in order to become a Gloom?  Gloomies are children aged 10 to 14. Click here to learn more

When is the Zozobra Art Show?  The 14th annual Zozobra Art and Photography Event is part of the Sixth Annual ZozoFest, August 25-26, 2018 at Santa Fe Place Mall. Also on display and for sale will be historical artwork, photography & contemporary works by local Santa Fe artists, sculptors and photographers Signed posters and official Zozobra merchandise will be available!

What and when is ZozoFest?  THE FREE 6th ANNUAL ZOZOFEST TAKES PLACE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, 2017 AND SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018 AT SANTA FE PLACE MALL AND WILL INCLUDE:

  • On Saturday August 25, 2018, 10am-7pm:
    • 14TH ANNUAL WILL SHUSTER’S 2017 ART EXHIBITION
    • 2018 ZOZOBRA POSTER SIGNING
    • ADD YOUR GLOOMS TO ZOZOBRA
    • ARTS & CRAFTS TABLE WITH FUN FOR THE KIDS
    • MEET THE ARTISTS INSPIRED BY ZOZOBRA
    • MAGIC SHOW BY MONTE DAVIDSON
    • FACE-PAINTING BY MOMMY'S LITTLE MONSTER
  • On Sunday, August 26, 2018, 12pm-4pm:
    • 14TH ANNUAL WILL SHUSTER’S 2018 ART EXHIBIT CONTINUES
    • ARTS & CRAFTS TABLE READY FOR FUN

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.

ZOZOBRA PARKING AND FREE SHUTTLE:

The Santa Fe City Council has approved a streamlined parking & 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 31, 2018 when Old Man Gloom gets torched at Fort Marcy Park. All city bus routes will be FREE all day, thanks to the City of Santa Fe..

Park at the South Capitol Parking lot at St. Francis Drive and Cordova Road and take the FREE shuttle to the venue. PLEASE NOTE: 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.

 ZOZOBRA 2018 MAP

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2017 ZOZOBRA GROUND TRANSPORTATION MAP:

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

May I bring food and drink into the venue?  Small picnic food items are OK: sandwiches, bucket of chicken, etc. but 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. If you bring a refillable water bottle, it must be empty when you arrive.

Is there food available?  There are over 20 different food vendors on site. Local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water, sodas, and candy products.

May I bring pets?  NO, only assistance dogs are allowed.

May I bring lawn chairs?  No metal framed large lawn chairs, but umbrella-style folding fabric lawn chairs are allowed.

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May I bring a stroller?  Small, collapsible umbrella-style strollers only. You will be able to check in your stroller at the stroller check on Magers Field before proceeding into the ball park/main viewing area.  If you do not want to check in the stroller, you may view the event from the family area south of the ball park. See the event map by clicking here.

May I bring a cooler?  NO. Coolers are not permitted on the field.  See the event map by clicking here. Remember there are over 20 different food vendors including roasted corn, burritos and the other usual items. The local high school Key Clubs will supply bottled water, sodas, and candy products.

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

Are tickets available online?  Tickets for the 93rd burning of Zozobra on Friday, August 31, 2018 may be purchased online on at www.burnzozobra.com

Tickets at the following physical locations in Santa Fe only until Friday August 31 until 4pm 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 60,000 revelers saw the 93rd Burning of Zozobra in 2017!

What happens if it rains?  We let it rain… Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event and he WILL burn.

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 8:00 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 show time. Gloom boxes are also located at various locations in Santa Fe, and you can also stuff your own glooms into Zozobra during ZozoFest!

What is not allowed according to the Strict Rules and Regulations?  

THESE ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED INTO THE 2018 ZOZOBRA EVENT

  • NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND – THEY ARE SUBJECT TO CONFISCATION UPON SEARCH AND NO RETURN. NO CONCEALED OR OPEN CARRY WEAPONS.
  • NO ALCOHOL OR RECREATIONAL DRUGS ALLOWED.
  • NO OPEN CONTAINERS OR GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY KIND
  • OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINKS LIMITED TO SMALL PICNIC ITEMS
  • NO BACK PACKS OF ANY SIZE – EXCEPT CHILD CARE BAGS & MEDICAL BAGS
  • NO COOLERS OF ANY SIZE
  • NO ANIMALS - EXCEPT SERVICE ANIMALS
  • NO LARGE STROLLERS – ONLY SMALL UMBRELLA, COLLAPSIBLE STROLLERS. THESE CAN BE CHECKED IN AT EVENT
  • ONLY COLLAPSIBLE FOLDING CLOTH CHAIRS. NO METAL OR LOUNGE CHAIRS OF ANY KIND.
  • NO TABLES
  • NO TENTS OF ANY KIND
  • NO LASERS – ANY SIZE. THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
  • NO LARGE UMBRELLAS. ONLY FOLDED HAND UMBRELLAS ALLOWED.
  • NO BICYCLES – NO SKATE BOARDS – NO UNICYCLES.
  • UNAUTHORIZED VENDORS NOT LICENSED BY KIWANIS CLUB OF SANTA FE WILL BE CITED BY CITY OF SANTA FE CODE ENFORCEMENT AND ESCORTED OFF THE PREMISES.