IT'S ZOZOFEST TIME!
Break out the disco balls and the bell-bottoms! The Annual Burning of Zozobra may be the most far-out show in town, but before the Old Man goes up in smoke, the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe is stoked for celebrating his impending doom with a retro 1980’s themed party! AND IT'S ALL FREE!
Gather the gang and head Southside to be among the first to meet Zozobra at the FREE Annual ZozoFest and Zozobra Art Show, Friday through Sunday, August 28-30, 2020, at Santa Fe Place Mall, located at 4250 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507, just across from Applebee’s and Flying Tortilla.
Come get a first-look preview of Santa Fe’s most freaky character, before his ginormous head and cavernous body are joined together and hauled up the pole to meet his fate at the 96th Annual Burning of Zozobra at Fort Marcy Park on Friday, September 4, 2020. You can even put your own glooms right into ZOZOBRA and view his enormous head before it is joined to his body!
The ZozoFest Art Exhibit recognizes the importance of Zozobra, aka “Old Man Gloom” as an icon for the city of Santa Fe. The Burning of Zozobra is an unforgettable spectacle that has inspired artwork for over nine decades, and ZozoFest brings hundreds of inspired depictions of Old Man Gloom to one place. Old Man Gloom's dedicated fans can purchase one-of-a-kind artwork, limited edition prints, sculptures, photographs, and creative works in a variety of media to take home. Hundreds of drawings created by Santa Fe Public School students will also be on display, showcasing the enduring love for Santa Fe’s oldest grouch.
“When the Kiwanis Club builds Zozobra, we accept that we have to get rid of him,” says Zozobra Event Chair, Ray Sandoval. “This is his entire purpose, but the artwork created in his likeness gives him a chance to stay alive year-round, existing as an important element in our history and culture. The art show is also extremely inclusive. We’ve never had to turn down any artists and the entry fee is $0. It doesn’t matter if it’s an artist's first time showing in an art show or their 100th––all are welcome.”
This year, ZozoFest sends Zozobra into Year Seven of the Decades Project for a visits to the go-go 1980s, when we all wanted to go Back to the Future! ZozoFest caps off the City of Santa Fe’s Southside Summer celebration with the following fun ways to connect to this iconic tradition:
Friday, August 28, 2020
- 6 - 9 pm
- Look for an invasion by the 2020 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 29, 2020
- 10 am - 6 pm:
- The FABULOUS Zozobra Art Exhibit on display
- FREE Arts and Crafts Table
- Entertainment schedule TBD
Sunday, August 30, 2020
- 12 - 4 pm: Last chance Zozobra Art Exhibit as an 80s playlist rocks the house
The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe will have lots of fun items on display: historical artwork; photography & contemporary works for sale by local Santa Fe artists; and signed posters and Zozobra merchandise including the 2020 Official T-shirt and poster will be available!