Fall is such a beautiful time of year. It's so beautiful to watch the laves change, feel the weather cooling, and smell the chile roasting. It’s hard to deny that fall in New Mexico is magical. The beautiful colors of the turning leaves remind us of the good change can bring. And the balloons dotting the horizon always bring me a sense of peace and joy. To help you make some beautiful fall memories with your families, we’ve created this Ultimate Guide to Fall.

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Guide to Fall Leaves

How lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, vibrant landscape. Our seasons are distinct, and fall in New Mexico arguably takes the cake. With all of its changing colors, New Mexico’s fall leaves are not to be missed.

Guide to Fall Festivals and Fairs

It’s just about that time of year . . . when the weather is perfect for fairs and festivals. Fall in New Mexico means outdoor family fun, and there’s certainly no shortage of it. Check out the list of fairs and festivals in and around Albuquerque happening this fall.

Guide to Corn Mazes

Nothing says fall time like long stalks of corn to wander through. Some are scary and some are just fun.

Guide to Pumpkin Patches

There's no better way to celebrate Fall than a trip to the pumpkin patch. Let those kids pick out a perfect pumpkin and carve away!

Guide to Apple Orchards

Move over, pumpkin spice. Apples with cinnamon. Apples with caramel. Or just apples on their own are the fall flavor so many of us crave. There are so many apple recipe options and don’t even get me started on the smell — THE BEST.

Fall Eats and Treats

The flavors of fall are just a plentiful as the changing colors. There’s the front runner pumpkin and then crisp apples, cinnamon, caramel, and of course our very own New Mexico Green Chile.

Guide to Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta is a not-to-be-missed event for all Albuquerque families (and visitors, of course). But bringing kids to Balloon Fiesta can be a big undertaking. No worries though! There are certainly some things we can do to make it easier on ourselves.

Guide to Halloween

Here are some local happenings that are sure to be SPOOKtacular!

Fall Recipe Round-Up

When the air gets chilly and the leaves get crunchy, do you get the urge to turn on your oven and bake or maybe pull out the crockpot for a good soup? Well, so do the contributors for ABQ Mom.

Guide to Farmer's Markets

If you’re looking for locally made honey or Acoma round bread, Albuquerque’s farmers markets have exactly everything you never knew you needed. Do you need some beeswax chapstick or perhaps a pickle paleta?

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving conjures up all the homey smells and feels of fall and family. Whether you celebrate big or small, we hope we can provide you with lots of ideas and to help make your Thanksgiving a memorable one.

2023 Trunk or Treat

Check out these Trunk or Treat events around Albuquerque!