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Return of Meow Wolf’s Monster Battle
Since 2008, humans and monsters of all kinds have gathered in Santa Fe Plaza.
BY
Jordan Rumsey
August 10, 2022

Imagine seeing a horde of monsters descending on the 400-year-old historic heart of Santa Fe, preparing for battle.

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Photos by Kate Russell

By battle, of course, we mean the battle of dance. After two long years of not enough dancing, Monster Battle is coming back this summer!

Mischievous monsters, mutants, beasts, gargoyles, and creatures of all kinds and ages, get your claws out and your tails on for a freaky dance clash at the Santa Fe Plaza!

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Gather your pack, channel your inner-beast, and show off your funniest, scariest, cutest, or most monster-y, dance battle-y costumes. Really though, this is your chance to be extra creative, be yourself, and have fun with it!

person covered in straw and twigs at Monster Battle at the Santa Fe Plaza
from left to right: kid in orange NASA space suit, kid riding a t-rex, kid dressed as a pirate, kid in Red Sox uniform and hat

Although some of the details of the mysterious beginnings of this tradition are lost to “ancient” history, we do know that this spontaneous dance-off started in 2008 with a colorful assembly of monster style mayhem and music. It has turned into a yearly (minus 2020-21), family-friendly tradition ever since.

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Here’s what you need to know:

  • Feel free to bring chairs.
  • This is an alcohol-free event.
  • Bring your water bottle, as we will have water stations on site.

Get details for Monster Battle on August 25, a free event at the Santa Fe Plaza with DJ Snaggy & Spoolius Melange.

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small child in red costume with three rounded horns on the top of the head
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