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Festivals & Events 2019

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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 Markets & Festivals

Giacomo Puccini
New Production. Last performed in 2011.
Sung in Italian
June 28th
July 3rd, 6th, 12th, 19th, 29th
August 3rd, 7th, 12th, 17th, 20th, 24th

Georges Bizet
Revival Production. Last performed in 2012.
Sung in French
June 29th
July 5th, 10th, 30th August 8th, 16th, 23rd

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
New Production. Last performed in 2007. Sung in Italian
July 13th, 17th, 26th
August 1st, 5th, 13th, 22nd

Leoš Janáček
New Production. A Company Premiere.
Sung in Czech
July 20th, 24th August 2nd, 6th, 15th

Poul Ruders, composer
Becky and David Starobin, librettists New Production. A World Premiere. Sung in English
July 27th, 31st
August 9th, 14th, 21st

with the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra Program:

Kevin Puts
Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs) Sung in English & German
August 10th

Santa Fe Opera Website

Milner Plaza at Museum Hill 1.7 mi from the Historic Downtown Plaza.

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 150 strictly selected folk artists from over 54 countries. The visitors can interact with the artists, purchase amazing crafts ranging from pottery to textiles, clothing, baskets, carpets, glasswork, jewelry and more.

Visitors attending the Market can also enjoy ethnic foods, artists’ demonstrations, international performances, and educational activities. The Market opens with a party on Friday, July 12th with international food, drink, live music, and the first opportunity to shop. Tickets go on sale May 1st 2019.

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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 on-going 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.

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Santa Fe will celebrate its 98th annual Santa Fe Indian Market in 2019. This spectacular festival brings over 150,000 people to Santa Fe every August, with its unique, exciting and inspiring events. The selection is very strict, and the market presents the best American Indian artists; winning a Market First Prize ribbon is a badge of honor. The quality of the works presented is impressive, and the collectors wouldn’t miss the pre-view reception on Friday, or the opening of the booths early Saturday morning. From families with young children to avid art collectors, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life. For many of them, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Most events are free and open to the public. Traditional music and dances take place during the whole weekend. Hoop dancers, as well as the children fashion show are favorites.

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Fall & Winter Festivals

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 demonstrations, 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.