Southwest Apple & Chile Fest

Southwest Apple & Chile Fest

Friday Oct 4 2024

All day

Historic Downtown Farmington
Join the fun and take part in Farmington's Southwest Apple & Chile Fest! This special event celebrates our thriving art scene and unique history with apples and chile via a family-friendly festival in Historic Downtown. The fun begins with the Maker's Market and Art Walk on October 4th. The fun continues Downtown with Chile in OctoberFest on October 5th. More information coming soon!

Event Information

Historic Downtown Farmington
105 N Orchard Ave Farmington, NM
Northwest New Mexico Arts Council / Chamber of Commerce
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Free / Fee for Chile Tasting
505-320-0615 or 505-325-0279

The Southwest Apple & Chile Fest is the annual signature event of Farmington’s Arts & Cultural District. A celebration of a bygone era when the local economy was based on produce, especially apples! San Juan County’s original historian and early leader of Farmington, Julie Gould Miller, wrote, “The first fruit trees were planted around 1880 as an experiment, but within a few years the most productive results followed. By 1891, approximately 23,000 standard varieties of fruit trees were planted, followed in 1892 by about 50,000.” While indigenous peoples in the southwestern desert had cultivated peach trees for hundreds of years, it was apples that become the primary fruit crop of San Juan County orchards. The shipping of fruit across the country was so central to the county’s economy; the local train service was dubbed the Red Apple Flyer! It was the orchards that provided jobs and income from farming, fruit picking, transport and canning.

2024 Southwest Apple & Chile Festival Schedule

Honor Farmington's agricultural roots and visit Artifacts, the Chile Pod, Three Rivers Brewery, and Locke St. Eats, showcasing special apple and chile items on their menus. 

Friday, October 4, 2024
3:00 - 8:00 PM Maker's Market at Orchard Park
5:00 - 8:00 PM Art Walk throughout Downtown Farmington
5:00 - 8:00 PM Free children’s activities at the Museum of Navajo Arts & Culture

Saturday, October 5, 2024
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Free children’s activities at the Museum of Navajo Arts & Culture 
11:00 - 3:00 PM Chile in October Chile Cook-Off along Main Stree in Downtown Farmington (Orchard to Locke Street). 

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