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

Local artists, engaged in creating fine art in Santa Fe County, open their studios annually on the last two weekends in June for the Santa Fe Studio Tour.  Open to the public, a free event, this is an unique opportunity for the public to see the artists’ latest work and their  working environment.  Most studios have an artist demonstrating their techniques and all studios have art for sale.

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The World’s Largest Folk Art Festival Celebrates 15 Years. The 2018 Market is an event the world’s art and culture lovers won’t want to miss as 39 first-time artists join 123 returning artists, and two countries never before represented at the Market—Azerbaijan, and Greece—step onto the global folk art stage. Twenty-eight artists will again provide Innovation Inspiration in a special exhibition area, translating traditional folk art materials and techniques into works of modern meaning. Collectively, these creators’ eye-dazzling forms, textures and designs—textiles, jewelry, beadwork, basketry, sculpture, ceramics, rugs, metalwork, clothing, home accessories and more—blur borders in colorful displays of cultural dignity, beauty, and hope.

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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.
Many opera fans come early for tailgate parties in the parking lot; the preview buffet dinner on the opera grounds, which includes an informative talk about the evening’s performance; or the prelude talks which offer a lively introduction to the evening’s opera, and are free to ticket holders.
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The New Mexico Jazz Festival is a collaborative project of the Outpost Performance Space, the Lensic, Santa Fe’s Performing Arts Center, and the Santa Fe Jazz Foundation, all 501(c)3 non profit organizations. The two week Festival takes place each year in the latter part of July and features local as well as world renowned artists and jazz masters while bringing together the two major New Mexico cities- Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  For more details check their website.

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Chamber Music concerts are multiple days, every week. All performances begin at 6:00pm

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Approximately 250 Spanish Colonial Artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this enchanting event, bringing to downtown Santa Fe a critical mass of exponents of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork. The Spanish Colonial Art of New Mexico features authentic artistic traditions which can be traced directly back over 400 years. Skilled artists and craftspeople create these breathtaking expressions of a living tradition, and many of them count their art as their only source of income. Styles and quality are very different and far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces commonly sold elsewhere. All Adult Market artists are juried into the Market and the youth are mentored by current Market artists in their categories.

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The Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. Begun in 1922, Indian Market attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the world, to buy art directly from roughly 900 artists from 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada.

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The Santa Fe Concorso, The Southwest’s Premier Automotive Gathering, has achieved everything it hoped it would be: fantastic cars, trucks and motorcycles from all over the country, appreciative owners and enthusiasts with the attendance growing every year and giving support to Santa Fe County children’s charities.

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Fall & Winter Festivals

Santa Fe Artists in Residence is an art experience connecting visitors with New Mexico artists in our culturally inspired hotels. Meet, interact, and watch the artists as they create their masterpieces and experience first-hand their creative process.

Artwork will be available for purchase. Check the Event Calendar for additional events ranging from meet & greet wine receptions to gourmet dinners with the artist.

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The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts – here in New Mexico, regionally and globally. The Santa Fe Film Festival focuses on bringing together distinguished industry specialists and all movie lovers through accessible screenings, panels, workshops and parties! The Festival will continue to grow as the leading exhibition and portal for all things cinematic in New Mexico.

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The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta is an annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in over 75 of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of over 90 national wineries. By bringing 90 national wineries to Santa Fe to collaborate with 75 of Santa Fe’s best restaurants, a five-day schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons, and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.

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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. The Balloon Fiesta attracts more than 700 balloons and 1000 pilots. The Balloon Fiesta has not only grown in numbers of balloons and guests, but in the number of unique events as well. In addition to the spectacular Mass Ascensions, the Balloon Fiesta has added the annual Balloon Glow, the Night Magic GlowTM, and the Special Shape RodeoTM. The Balloon Fiesta is a uniquely beautiful and show stopping.

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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.

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There are 19 Pueblo tribes in New Mexico, and each Pueblo is a sovereign nation. Today Pueblo people are located primarily in New Mexico, however, at one time our homeland reached into what is now Colorado and Arizona, where we established incredible dwellings and trading centers like those located at Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico and Mesa Verde in southwestern Colorado.

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Celebrate Opening Day at Ski Santa Fe, let’s get this season started! We have Blues Revue playing live at Totemoff’s as we kick off our expanded music lineup for this winter. So make sure those skis and boards are tuned and let’s enjoy the first day of the 2018/2019 winter season!

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Round up the family and friends and lift your spirits by welcoming a new year to the City Different at the Historic Downtown Plaza!

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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.