Festivals & Events
Each season offers festivals and pageants, steeped in colorful tradition. The history, culture, art, and natural setting offer something for every taste. From sportsperson to shopper, whatever your passion, you can indulge it to the fullest in Santa Fe. It is natural to find a diverse and dynamic performing arts scene in Santa Fe. Audiences are wowed just about every night of the week.
Summer Festivals & Events
Music lovers are invited to gather on the Plaza for The Santa Fe Plaza Concert Series throughout the summer season for an array of wonderful outdoor concerts, all of which are complimentary. Be sure to check the schedule as performance days vary throughout the summer.
Enjoy stellar performances under a starry Santa Fe sky with beautiful music, compelling drama and stunning sunsets. Since 1957, newcomers and opera lovers alike have enjoyed world-class productions by one of America’s premier summer opera festivals. The 2022 lineup includes:
- Carmen (July 1 – August 27)
- The Barber of Seville (July 2 – August 26)
- Falstaff (July 16 – August 25)
- Tristan Und Isolde (July 23 – August 22)
- Butterfly (July 30 – August 24)
The Folk Art Market is the largest international folk art market in the world. Its mission is to foster economic and cultural sustainability for folk artists and folk art worldwide, as well as to create intercultural exchange opportunities that unite the peoples of the world. The Market takes place on Museum Hill, adjoining the Museum of International Folk Art (just a short shuttle ride from the Inn) and features 160 strictly selected folk artists from over 50 countries. The visitors can interact with the artists, purchase amazing crafts ranging from pottery to textiles, clothing, baskets, carpets, glasswork, jewelry and more.
Experience performances at The Benitez Cabaret by New Mexico’s very own star of Flamenco: Summer shows will feature performances by La Emi with special guest appearances by Vicente Griego with Gabriel Lautaro Osuna, Eloy Cito Gonzales, Javier Saume Mazzei.
The Annual Traditional Spanish Market takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza and the directly adjoining streets. A popular event for residents and visitors alike, the Spanish Market features high-quality handmade traditional art from hundreds of local Hispanic artists, as well as ongoing live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods throughout each day. This famous Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts over 70,000 visitors and collectors from all over the world.
Celebrate Native art and culture at the largest and most prestigious intertribal art market in the world. Purchase jewelry, textiles, baskets, beadwork, carvings, sculptures, and drums directly from more than 1,000 of the “best of the best” Native artists, representing dozens of Tribes. And don’t miss the Indigenous fashion show, as well as the music, dance, storytelling, and comedy performances.
Featuring local and national artists in venues across the city, Santa Fe Music Week offers free performances every afternoon and evening in the historic Plaza, ranging from jazz to latin, rock and country.
Fall & Winter Festivals & Events
The Burning of Zozobra is a unique cultural event on the Friday of Labor Day weekend in Fort Marcy Park, a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza, as an exciting and fiery finale to the last days of summer.
The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in as many as 75 of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of up to 90 national wineries. The event features cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, winery luncheons, and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where Santa Fe restaurants and wineries serve samples of their finest food and wine.
From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become the largest balloon event in the world. For nine days in October, the New Mexico skies are painted as hundreds of balloons lift off from Albuquerque’s Balloon Fiesta Park. Nothing rivals the power of Mass Ascension on crisp early mornings as these graceful giants leave the ground to take their place in the cerulean desert sky. For ballooning fans worldwide, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a pilgrimage. There’s something for everyone to enjoy . . . whimsical special shapes filled with equal parts of hot air and wonder, and Balloon Glows that create a magical night landscape for spectators to wander. No matter who you are, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta will leave you awestruck and wanting more.
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival advances independent, innovative, and cutting edge cinema and brings 5 days of excellence in filmmaking to the inclusive and diverse community of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Celebrate Opening Day at Ski Santa Fe, let’s get this season started! Just 16 miles from The Five Graces and a base elevation of 10,350 ft, Ski Santa Fe is the launching point for a ski experience you will never forget, whether cruising the perfect groomers or exploring the extensive gladed runs. Ski Santa Fe prides itself on being family-friendly.
A celebrated holiday tradition in Santa Fe, the Farolito Walk incorporates thousands of flickering votive candles in paper bags, lining historic neighborhood streets and adobe walls on Christmas Eve. The result is a warm inviting glow and a spectacular New Mexico tradition on Canyon Road.
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Day Trips & Pueblos
Northern New Mexico offers some of the most diverse, beautiful terrain and varied landscapes to be found find anywhere in the world. You can make a variety of day trips to explore everything from ancient ruins and historic mountain towns to rushing rivers ripe for rafting and fishing.
Every summer since 1957 opera lovers have come from all over the world to enjoy The Santa Fe Opera. A wide-ranging repertory of new, rarely performed and standard works are performed in a dramatic theater with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.
Visit Santa Fe’s museums and wake up the artist within youǃ Whether you are 7, 17 or 70 years old, get inspired by the rich blend of history, arts and cultural heritage with more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe.