Visiting Santa Fe’s Historic PlazaSanta Fe history centers on its ancient Plaza, which has been a designated National Historic Landmark, and is just steps from Hotel Chimayó. Stroll its colonnaded sidewalks, admire the traditional adobe architecture of buildings that date back over two hundred years or relax on shady park benches in the midst of well-manicured greens. With a performing art stage that hosts live concerts, traditional dances, and other entertainment, this pleasant public space also hosts the Santa Fe Bandstand and Fiestas de Santa Fe.
Around the perimeter of the Plaza, visitors can also explore history in Santa Fe through the New Mexico History Museum and the Palace of the Governors, which is the oldest U.S. public building. The Plaza is also home to a variety of unique galleries, shops and restaurants.
Free Santa Fe Plaza Historic Walking Tours
Hotel Chimayó offers complimentary guided walking tours of Historic Santa Fe Plaza every Saturday mornings (seasonally available). Learn More
Santa Fe Indian MarketWith 1,100 artists representing over 100 tribes, the annual Santa Fe Indian Market is a local event with international prestige. Held for two days every August, over 600 art booths transform the Santa Fe Plaza into a Native American trove of baskets, textiles, jewelry, sculptures, wood carvings, leather goods and more. Special events complete the experience, including contests, galas, live auctions and dance performances by Native American artists.
Santa Fe Spanish MarketNew Mexico history is also evident in the work of over 200 emerging and established Hispanic artists who showcase their arts and crafts during the Traditional Spanish Market. This two-day event is held each July on the Santa Fe Plaza and is filled with traditional dance performances, concerts, food booths and amazing artworks created with traditional colonial methods and materials. Pick up retablos, baskets, jewelry, tinwork, woodcarvings, weavings and much more.
Admission for the Traditional Spanish Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market festivals is free.