EVENTS IN SANTA FE WILL ENRICH YOUR STAY IN THE CITY DIFFERENTSanta Fe plays host a variety of unique and enjoyable events throughout the year. A few of these take place in the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre at our sister hotel, the Lodge at Santa Fe. Below is a listing of many Santa Fe events to help you plan how to spend your time when you visit the City Different. Many of the tickets for these New Mexico events are conveniently available at ticketssantafe.org.
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YEAR-ROUND SANTA FE EVENTS
The Lodge at Santa Fe’s Maria Benitez Cabaret TheatreDesigned on an intimate scale to showcase the art of Flamenco, the theater was established to honor the great Flamenco artist Maria Benitez. All of the theater’s 150 seats have great views, and a number of performances include beverage services and tapas. Additional Santa Fe performing arts groups use the theater throughout the year. Make an evening of it by arriving early to enjoy dinner or drinks at the Lodge’s restaurant or rooftop patio bar with its scenic mountain views. Learn more about events at the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre at our sister property the Lodge at Santa Fe.
WINTER EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO AND SANTA FE
This traditional Santa Fe religious event plays out the plight of Mary and Joseph as they search for Bethlehem lodgings on Christmas Eve. The players walk around the Plaza in a procession, joined by members of the community, before finishing at the Palace of the Governors, where everyone is served refreshments.
Palace of the Governors, 105 E. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100 palaceofthegovernors.org
Canyon Road Farolito Walk
Farolitos, which are paper bags filled with sand and lit by votive candles, line the adobe walls and neighborhood streets of this art community on Christmas Eve.
An annual soup competition between local chefs, held on the day before the Super Bowl. Buy a ticket, taste the soups, and vote for your favorite, or participate in the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Northern New Mexico food bank.
Various venues 505-471-1633 thefooddepot.org
Ski and Snowboard in Santa Fe
Only 16 miles from Santa Fe’s downtown Plaza, Ski Santa Fe enjoys the distinction of being among the highest ski areas in the continental U.S. Come experience the clear air and beautiful snow at this base elevation of 10,350 feet, with a stunning surroundings of the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. skisantafe.com
FEBRUARY AND MARCHARTFeast
This colorful winter festival pairs fine art from local galleries with complementary fine foods created by local chefs. This fundraiser supports the public school art programs in Santa Fe.
Santa Fe galleries 505-982-1648 artfeast.com
Santa Fe encourages everyone to try a new restaurant or two during this city’s version of New Mexico’s Restaurant Week. Restaurants tempt diners with special three-course meals served at discounted prices.
Various restaurants 505-847-3333 restaurantweeknm.com
SPRING EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO AND SANTA FE
MAYSanta Fe Film Festival
This festival focuses on films made in the Southwest, art films and documentaries, also sponsoring a variety of film-related panels, workshops, parties, and awards.
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival
Benefiting the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, this event features the creative work of almost 200 Native Americans, both up-and-coming artists and those well-established in their fields.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy Street 505-476-1250 nativetreasuressantafe.org
Santa Fe Century
2,500 or more bicyclists arrive in Santa Fe to take part in the scenic 100-mile journey through the communities around Santa Fe, or the "out and back" routes of 25, 50 and 75 miles.
Outside Bike & Brew
May 13-17, 2015. Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe present the inaugural Bike & Brew Festival, a five day celebration of craft beer culture and exceptional road and mountain biking in beautiful Santa Fe. More info.
LOCAL EVENTS IN NEW MEXICOA UNESCO-designated Creative City, Santa Fe boasts an amazing concentration and diversity of arts and culture. Santa Fe Creative Tourism provides chances for visitors to experience this rich diversity through hands-on artist workshops, studio tours, contests, lectures, and special events which focus on the arts in Santa Fe. Learn more at santafecreativetourism.org.
SUMMER EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO AND SANTA FE
JUNESanta Fe Pride
Santa Fe's yearly Gay Pride celebration features a parade and fair that recognizes the value of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, their supporters, friends and families.
Railyard Plaza 505-466-3253 santafehra.org
Rodeo de Santa Fe
A family-friendly event, Rodeo de Santa Fe has been celebrating the rodeo craft for 65 years, with everything from bareback and bull riding to barrel racing.
Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd. 505-471-4300 rodeodesantafe.org
Thirsty Ear Festival
Featuring alt-country, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music, acoustic punk, and indie rock, this is Santa Fe's premier music event. Come expand your musical understanding.
Various Santa Fe Venues, 918-289-0482 thirstyearfestival.com
JULYSanta Fe International Folk Art Market
Hosted by the world's largest international folk art museum, this market provides shoppers with the chance to purchase unique folk art from more than 130 artists whose work spans the globe.
Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo 505-992-7600 folkartmarket.org
ART Santa Fe
A contemporary art event of major scope that connects art collectors with both acclaimed masters and up-and-coming artists from around the world.
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta 505-988-8883 artsantafe.com
This gathering of over 100 Native American artists, from local pueblos and tribes around the country, features arts, crafts, and dance performances by traditional Native American ceremonial groups.
327 Eagle Drive, San Juan, NM 87566, 505-747-1593 enipc.org
July 4th Pancakes on the Plaza
Sponsored by the United Way, this community gathering includes live music and dance, entertainment for the kids, a car show and art booths—and also tasty pancakes and other breakfast favorites, served on Santa Fe Plaza.
Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2002 pancakesontheplaza.com
Santa Fe Opera
With its stunning outdoor theater, the Santa Fe Opera ranks among the premier opera performance venues in the world. The season, which begins in late June and runs through August, presents five operas in a rotating repertoire.
301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, NM 87506 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654 santafeopera.org
Santa Fe homes and gardens open their doors for "Behind Adobe Walls" tours organized by Westwind Travel.
505-984-0022 or 800-283-0122 westwindtravel.net
Traditional & Contemporary Spanish Market
Santa Fe's world-famous Traditional Spanish Market showcases a wide variety of handcrafted Spanish Colonial art works, created using only traditional techniques, materials and tools. Alongside this Traditional Market, the Contemporary Hispanic Market introduces work by over 100 New Mexican artists working in contemporary arts.
Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2226 spanishcolonial.org & contemporaryhispanicmarket.com
Two concurrent events showcase tribal art. The first, the Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show, focuses on ethnographic and tribal art from around the world. The second, the Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show, exhibits historic antique Indian art.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. 505-992-8929 whitehawkshows.com
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
Featuring stellar performances at a variety of Santa Fe venues, this summer festival of professional-level chamber music takes place during July and August.
Various Venues 888-221-9836 or 505-983-2075 sfcmf.org
Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous
Bringing nineteenth-century New Mexico to life, this fair in early August showcases period reenactments of Western mountain life. The entire family will enjoy the games and activities, arts and crafts.
Palace of the Governors Courtyard, 105 W. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100 nmhistorymuseum.org
Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival
Come tap your feet or take a turn on the dance floor during this late-August festival featuring a variety of bluegrass and old-time bands and musicians. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds 3237 Rodeo Rd. southwestpickers.org
AUGUSTSanta Fe Indian Market
Located in the historic Santa Fe Plaza on the third weekend in August, Native treasures abound as the Indian Market offers a stunning variety of traditional and contemporary native art, including textiles, jewelry and crafts from over 1,000 Native American artists as well as live entertainment. The week prior to the Market itself, various Santa Fe venues host events featuring Indian films, music and fashion.
Santa Fe Plaza 505-983-5220 swaia.org
AUTUMN EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO AND SANTA FE
SEPTEMBERBurning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta
The Santa Fe Fiesta is the oldest community event in the U.S. commemorating the re-occupation of Santa Fe by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692, the party includes food, music, dance and religious ceremonies. A 49-foot-tall marionette called Zozobra, or Old Man Gloom, is set on fire as part of the festivities.
Santa Fe Plaza and various venues 505-988-7575 santafefiesta.org
Artist Studio Tours
A handful of Santa Fe communities host September artist studio tours, which allow visitors to meet the artists in their own studios and see the artwork in progress. September tours include High Road to Taos, Pojoaque River, Pilar and Pecos.
Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org
Food and wine aficionados gather from around the country to embrace the natural affinity of wine and chile through seminars, demonstrations and culinary events sponsored by wineries and chefs.
Various venues in Santa Fe 505-438-8060 santafewineandchile.org
OCTOBERSanta Fe Independent Film Festival
This festival focuses on the independent film, screening a variety of features and shorts and hosting panel discussions and parties.
Held at the Spanish Colonial living history museum El Rancho de las Golondrinas, people of all ages will enjoy learning more about New Mexico’s heritage and culture by stringing chile ristras, crushing grapes for wine, and grinding sorghum (with some help from burros).
El Rancho de las Golondrinas, 334 Los Pinos Rd. 505-471-2261 golondrinas.org
Artist Studio Tours
Three Northern New Mexico communities host their annual artist studio tours this month, giving visitors the opportunity to meet artists on their home turf. Tours include Galisteo, El Rito, and Abiquiú.
Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org
NOVEMBERSanta Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (which produces the Indian Market each summer), presents an event featuring the work of acclaimed Native artists, amongst them some of the Indian Market award winners.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. 505-983-5220 swaia.org
Artist Studio Tours
Two more of Santa Fe’s neighbors host annual artist studio tours this month, giving visitors the opportunity to meet artists and see their works in progress.
Tours are to Dixon and La Cienega. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org