Pueblo jewelry at Bandelier’s Fall Festival. Courtesy/NPS
This Saturday, Oct. 8, there will be two special annual events at Bandelier National Monument: Fall Fiesta and International Observe the Moon Night.
Fall Fiesta is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Frijoles Canyon near the Visitor Center, with more than a half dozen local Pueblo artists offering their handmade crafts for sale, including pottery, drums, kachinas and jewelry.
There also will be a dance group presenting traditional dances in late morning and early afternoon. There is no charge for the event beside the regular park entry fee. Visitors arriving after 9 a.m. and before 3 p.m. need to remember to take the free shuttle buses from the White Rock Visitor Center.
That night, rangers and visitors will join sky enthusiasts worldwide in International Observe the Moon Night. There will be a talk on the moon, “Lunacy”, at 7 p.m., followed by telescope viewing, in the shuttle parking area in Juniper Campground. Nights are turning chilly, so warm clothing is encouraged, and viewing will depend on cloud cover.