ABOUT SANTA FE
Held over a long weekend in mid-August, the Santa Fe Indian Market includes 1,200 artists from about 100 tribes who show their work in over 600 booths. The event attracts an estimated 100,000 visitors to Santa Fe from all over the world. Buyers, collectors and gallery owners come to Indian Market to take advantage of the opportunity to buy directly from the artists. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Quality is the hallmark of the Santa Fe Indian Market.
A destination event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handcrafted traditional arts by 300 local Hispanic artists, continuous music, art demonstrations and regional foods. The oldest and largest exhibition and sale of Spanish colonial art forms in the United States, Spanish Market provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of New Mexico's vibrant Spanish culture, both past and present.
The traditional art forms featured each year at Spanish Market include the following:
- Santos - depictions of religious figures in the forms of bultos (carvings in the round),retablos (paintings on wooden panels), and gesso and wood relief-carved panels.
- Hide Paintings - religious images painted on deer or elk hide
- Straw Appliqué - crosses, chests and boxes decorated with applied straw
- Textiles - hand-woven on looms using handspun yarns
- Furniture - usually made from pine using mortise and tenon joints
- Colcha - unique regional embroideries employing the colcha stitch
- Tinwork - decorative and utilitarian objects of cut and punched tin
- Ironwork - tools, fastenings, and household objects forged from iron
- Precious Metals - silver or gold jewelry, utilitarian and devotional objects
- Pottery - hand-sculpted bowls, pots, and other ware made from micaceous clay
- Bonework - decorative items, anillos (rings) and tool handles carved from bones
- Ramilletes - decorative paper garlands
- Basketry - baskets hand woven from red and brown river willow
Spanish Market is organized and produced by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society which supports Hispanic artists through educational programs, grants, and the production of Spanish Market in July and Winter Spanish Market in December.
The oldest continually celebrated festival in the United States, Fiesta de Santa Fe is a favorite local event celebrated each September with music, parades, arts and crafts festivals and more.
Native American culture in Northern New Mexico is beautiful, ancient, strong, and very much alive and many area Pueblos are generous in allowing visitors to attend a limited number of events each year. Please click on the site to find a complete list of Northern New Mexico Pueblos, with a direct link to each one, and information on public events such as Feast Days and arts and crafts festivals.
Meet the colorful characters who put the “wild” in “wild west!” Mountain men and women demonstrate their skills and spin tales of the past at encampments throughout the ranch. Flint knapping, panning for gold, hide tanning and bow making are just some of the activities your family will be able to observe and participate in. The Peruvian Paso horses of La Estancia Alegre, the steeds of the Conquistadors of Peru, will perform routines and delight you with their unmatched gait and elegant tack.
The mission of the Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is to create a week of food and wine events that promote Santa Fe as a world-class culinary destination. This event takes place in the span of 5 days with a number of events to choose from. There are seminars, luncheons, cooking demonstrations/classes, wine tasting’s, a golf scramble with wine and food served every third hole, and winemaker dinners. Local chefs and wine experts as well as visiting vineyard representatives and chefs all contribute to this destined to be world renowned event.
Enjoy local and organic produce and products to your hearts content at Santa Fe’s amazing Farmer’s Market. Enjoy everything from organic lamb, to seasonal vegetables and fruits, herbs and flowers, to lovely handcrafts, during a pleasant morning stroll through the outdoor Santa Fe Farmer’s Market in late spring and summer. During late fall and winter months, the market moves indoors to continue the tradition of offering seasonal local produce and community experience.
|ArtFeast||February 20 - 22|
|Buckaroo Ball||June 19 - 21|
|12th Annual Santa Fe Botanical Garden Tour||TBA|
|Santa Fe Opera Season||July 3 - August 29|
|International Folk Art Market||July 11 and 12|
|Spanish Market||July 25 and 26|
|Haciendas…A Parade of Homes||Aug. 14 - 16 and 20 - 23|
|Indian Market||August 22 and 23|
|Thirsty Ear Music Festival||June 12 - 14|
|Santa Fe Fiestas||September 4 - 6|
|Wine and Chile Fiesta||September 24 - 27|
|Balloon Fiesta||October 3 - 11|
|Santa Fe Art Auction||November 6 - 7|
|Santa Fe Film Festival||December 2 - 6|
|Winter Spanish Market||November 28 - 29|
|Altermann Gallery Western Art Auctions||March 7, June 27, September 26, and December 5|
|Northern Indian Pueblo Artist and Craftsman Show||July 20 -21|
|Rodeo de Santa Fe||June 17 - 20|