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95th Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra

El Hombre Llameante Esperanzado

Image courtesy of Sanata Fe Kiwanis Club
The Burning of Zozobra is about as made up as anything in the mythology of the European West. Created by the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club to broaden the audience for the previously somber, religious toned Fiestas de Santa Fe that happen in the second week of September, the event has grown into a world class attraction with its own mythology, timeline, characters y todo. And it's not as associated with Fiestas as it was in decades past. This year, it happens on the weekend preceding the annual celebration of De Vargas' reconquista of New Mexico and its capital city in particular. Anyway, in the rite of Zozobra, magical dancers appear, loud music commences, fire is played with, rockets soar into the air and a huge, hand-constructed puppet representing fear and regret is put to the torch. It's fun and certainly a “must” to earn your Nuevo Mexicano wings. It all happens at Fort Marcy Park in Santa Feon Friday, Aug. 30, beginning at sunset. General admission tickets to this all-ages, authentic state spectacle are $10 in advance or $15 on the day he burns. (August March)

Friday Aug 30, 2019

490 Bishops Lodge Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Phone: (505) 955-2500
Website: Click to Visit

More events at Fort Marcy Park


2019 Zozobra T-shirts and posters just got a whole lot more exciting! Download the free RealityX2 app, and you can watch Zozobra comes to life right on your device! Who knows what Santa Fe’s most iconic villain will do? Find out for yourself with one simple download, and you can be the first to amaze and amuse your family and friends! 


Download Reality x2 on the App Store for IOS or GooglePlay for Android to see Zozobra in living color––and save the date, because Old Man Gloom is definitely coming back to Santa Fe, NM, on Friday, August 30, 2019, for summer’s hottest party! 


The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe has dedicated itself to keeping Zozobra as Santa Fe’s most affordable, fun, family-friendly event. General Admission Tickets are still only $10, with kids ten and under still absolutely free! With an additional $10, you can upgrade to our new express check-in, which makes getting into the venue even easier. 

BUY EARLY! On the day of the event, Friday, August 30, 2019, General Admission tickets increase to $15 per person, with kids 10 & under still free.

We’re psyched that we’ve been able to hold down the cost of attending, but we’ve also fired up some exciting new Zozobra viewing experiences! Consider upgrading to one of five distinct premium viewing areas, each of which offers a unique vantage point for watching Zozobra go down in flames. Last year’s premium viewing sold out in just 11 days! And if you’re celebrating your own special occasion, choose the Ultimate Zozobra Experience – only twenty tickets available, so act fast!

BUY EARLY! On the day of the event, Friday, August 30, 2019, Premium Viewing tickets increase by 10% per ticket class.EXPRESS CHECK-IN UPGRADE

For a mere $10 dollars more, or $5 dollars on the day of the event, cut the line with our express ticket to go to a separate express ticketing gate.  Your separate express check-in pass streamlines entrance to the event, taking you through security and into the venue quickly to find your sweet spot for watching Old Man Gloom go down in a blaze of glory! Children 10 and under accompanied by adults with express check-in passes receive the same express entry.


Coming to Santa Fe from points south? The purchase of any  ZOZOBRA TICKET (General Admission, Express Check-in or any of four Premium Viewing Tickets) entitles you to enjoy a reduced round-trip fare to get to the event on the New Mexico Railrunner! Buy your NM RAILRUNNER ZOZOBRA ADD-ON TICKET HERE AND IT WILL SERVE AS YOUR RAILRUNNER ROUND TRIP train TICKET ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Simply add $10 to purchase a DISCOUNTED round-trip ticket from Albuquerque/Belen to Santa Fe and back. And the last train is always held until all Z passengers are aboard! And if you purchased Premium Viewing Tickets, your ticket comes with an automatic Express Check-in!

Zozobra is a rain-or-shine event, and although the show is scheduled to start at 9:30 pm, weather conditions can result in an earlier or later start time. We don't want our NM Railrunner riders to miss any part of this historic event, so we encourage you to take an earlier train to Santa Fe so that you arrive in plenty of time to enjoy the show!

95th Burning of Will Shuster's Zozobra™

Want to win an upgrade to a fun Premium Viewing spot for Zozobra 2019? Just complete our Zozobra Survey! If you’ve been to Zozobra previously, you’re eligible to be entered in a drawing to win one of twelve upgrades to Premium Viewing - Ten (10) Front and Center upgrades and two (2) upgrades to The Z Club! Take the Zozobra Survey Here

Bringing your little ones to Zozobra? Please register them in advance for our LOST KIDS BOOTH, so that we can easily reunite you if you become separated. Just click on this link to attend Zozobra worry-free!


Purchase of this ticket is a license for a single admittance to the production of Will Shuster’s Zozobra 2019 produced and presented by The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe. Licensee agrees by use of this ticket not to transmit, aid in transmitting any description, account, picture, or reproduction of Will Shuster’s Zozobra by any means. This ticket is not transferable or redeemable for cash. It is unlawful to reproduce this ticket in any form. The rules regarding the event are posted at all entrances, failure to abide by the posted rules will result in your dismissal from the event. Local and State law prohibits the possession of alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, and weapons of any kind inside the venue. Security measures will be in effect including hand-held metal detection, and bag checks. Licensee acknowledges consent to search their person and possessions upon entry or while in the venue. Unless otherwise determined by the event promoter, the event is considered RAIN or SHINE. No refunds will be given due to inclement weather. The Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe, may at its own discretion, close the venue, change the listed start time, or cancel the event, due to acts of nature or other events that disrupt the event, or cause safety concerns for their members, guests, employees, volunteers, and the licensee. This ticket is a revocable license and admission may be refused.

The unauthorized reproduction of this ticket, or its unlawful resale are prohibited. Tickets obtained from unauthorized sources are void. By the purchase of this ticket the Licensee voluntarily assumes all risks and damages incidental to the production of Will Shuster’s Zozobra. Licensee expressly understands that the production of the event involves the use of pyrotechnics, a powerful audio system, and other potentially dangerous devices. Licensee assumes ALL risks, and holds that the promoters, their affiliates their agents, and the City of Santa Fe, are expressly released by the Licensee from any damages whatsoever. Unauthorized use of Will Shuster’s Zozobra, in any form, may result in civil or criminal prosecution, and this ticket does not allow or grant authorization for any such actions.

No Refunds or Exchanges except as provided herein.