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Santa Fe Will Burn Zozobra and Our 2023 Gloom

Heads up! On Friday, September 1, 2023 will you be in Santa Fe to shout “BURN HIM!”?

New Mexico's one-of-a-kind 99-year-old celebration—the Burning of Zozobra––is a historic cultural tradition and Santa Fe’s unforgettable annual ending to summer. Since 1924, the City of Santa Fe has built and burned the Zozobra to the delight of a festive crowd. The mythic 50-foot-tall monster is stuffed with thousands of paper "glooms"––love letters, divorce documents, photos, parking tickets, bad habits, hurt feelings––which go up in smoke (and effectively disappear!) when the New Mexico icon goes down in flames. 2023 lets Zozobra rock the last year of Decades Project, back with a sweet visit to the 2000s and 2010s.

The 2023 Burning of Zozobra Event Schedule:

4:00 pm
Gates open and live entertainment

7:00 pm
The Official Zozobra Show opens

8:30 pm

  • Beach Ball Song and Toss

  • Welcome Remarks from Kiwanis President and Santa Fe Officials

  • National Anthem

  • Lights Out Song

Lights out at 9:10 p.m., weather permitting, and then it’s time for the Burning of Zozobra for the 99th time since 1924!


Want clarification on some nitty-gritty details? Read through the event FAQs, and be in the Zozo know!

Ready to shout? Let it all out: "BURN HIM!!!!"

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