ZozoFest at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe
At ZozoFest, the annual Zozobra pre-show, kids and adults can toss their glooms into the old man and get a look at his enormous head before it’s attached to his body and lit on fire. There is also an art show and sale of Zozobra-themed merchandise, including this year’s official Zozobra poster, as well as an exhibit of historical photographs linked to the Kiwanis Club’s Decades Project, which honors the historical events of each decade in which Zozobra has burned in Santa Fe, leading up to the one-century mark in 2024. The free event kicks off on Friday, Aug. 26, at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Familia, 505-992-0591) with a “Stuff the Old Man” party from 5 to 8 p.m., which features entertainment and $5 Frito pies. ZozoFest continues Saturday, Aug. 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an official program beginning at 6 p.m., and on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit burnzozobra. com/zozofest for details and a complete schedule.
In conjunction with ZozoFest and the burning of Zozobra, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, at Fort Marcy Park, the Kiwanis Club and the Santa Fe Jewish Center cohost a candlelight vigil in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust and to honor American citizens kept in the Japanese internment camp in Santa Fe during World War II. Two local Holocaust survivors — one who was sent to a concentration camp as a child and another who was hidden by a Christian family during the war — will make presentations at this ceremony, which is intended as a solemn, teachable moment before the revelry of Zozobra and Fiestas de Santa Fe begins. — Jennifer Levin
Children watching construction of Zozobra (Old Man Gloom), Santa Fe Fiesta, New Mexico; photo Steve Northup, 1959; courtesy Palace of the Governors Photo Archives (NMHM/DCA), Neg. No. 010909