Celebration of Global Arts & Culture: The Prado in Santa FeThis summer, Santa Fe welcomes 92 masterpieces from the renowned Museo del Prado, in Madrid, Spain, recreated as public art. This unique public exhibition in Cathedral Park is part of Santa Fe's Celebration of Global Art & Culture, happening from May through October. Hotel packages featuring admission to fantastic Santa Fe museums are available now.
On the first Saturday of the month in conjunction with this exhibition (June through October), our sister hotel Eldorado Hotel & Spa will host free screenings of the documentary Bosch and the Garden of Dreams, exploring masterpiece The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. Learn more about these screenings here.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts is a proud sponsor of this exhibition and documentary screenings.
EVENTS IN SANTA FE TO ENRICH YOUR STAYSanta Fe hosts a variety of unique and enjoyable events every week of the year. Some of these take place at our sister hotel, the Lodge at Santa Fe, in the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre. Below are some year-round Santa Fe events highlights to give you a sense of how you can spend your time when you visit. For those who prefer to plan ahead, these New Mexico events tickets are conveniently available by visiting ticketssantafe.org.
YEAR-ROUND SANTA FE EVENTSMaria Benitez Cabaret Theatre, the Lodge at Santa Fe
Just five minutes from Santa Fe Plaza is our sister property, the Lodge at Santa Fe and the on-site theatre there features performing arts year round. Built to honor the legendary Flamenco artist Maria Benitez, this theater was designed on an intimate scale specifically to highlight the art of Flamenco. Every one of the theater’s 150 seats has great views, and certain performances include tapas and beverage services. Additionally, a variety of Santa Fe performing arts use the theater year-round. Arrive early and enjoy dinner or drinks at the award-winning hotel restaurant or scenic rooftop patio bar. Find out more and buy tickets for upcoming events.
LOCAL EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO
Santa Fe has been designated a UNESCO Creative City because of the concentration and diversity of arts and culture in the area. Santa Fe Creative Tourism has developed a collection of hands-on artist workshops, studio tours, lectures, contests and special events focusing on the arts in Santa Fe. Find out how you can join the fun during your Santa Fe visit at santafecreativetourism.org.
This annual soup competition amongst local chefs is held on the Saturday of Super Bowl Weekend. Participants taste and vote for their favorite soups, and also participate in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Northern New Mexico's food bank. Various venues 505-471-1633 thefooddepot.org
Ski and Snowboard in Santa Fe
Only 16 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza is Ski Santa Fe. Among the highest of ski areas in the continental U.S., with a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, enjoy skiing and snowboarding in in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit skisantafe.com for more information.
FEBRUARY AND MARCHARTFeast
This midwinter festival pairs fine art with fine food prepared by local chefs in Santa Fe galleries. This fundraising event supports Santa Fe's public schools art programs. Santa Fe galleries 505-982-1648 artfeast.com
Santa Fe restaurants have recently joined New Mexico Restaurant Week, encouraging locals and visitors to try new restaurants by creating special three-course meals and serving them at discounted prices. Various restaurants 505-847-3333 restaurantweeknm.com
MAYSanta Fe Film Festival
The Santa Fe Film Festival screens films made in the Southwest, documentaries and art films, as well as workshops, panels, parties, and awards. 505-988-7414 santafefilmfestival.com
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival
This festival, which benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, features the unique work of almost 200 established and emerging Native American artists. Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy Street 505-476-1250 nativetreasuressantafe.org
Santa Fe Century
Over 2,500 bicyclists descend upon Santa Fe to participate in a scenic 100-mile ride through communities around Santa Fe. Riders can also opt for "out and back" journeys of 25, 50 and 75 miles. santafecentury.com
Five Days of Bikes, Beer & Beyond
Five days of brew-infused events are topped off with a full-on Brewfest featuring craft breweries from New Mexico and Colorado. Group bike rides are available for all ages and abilities, including road, mountain and cruiser tours. Art, music, film, bike-in movies, bowling and brewery grand openings complete the picture. Outside Bike & Brew, 1607 Paseo de Peralta Santa Fe NM 87501 outsidesantafe.com
JUNERodeo de Santa Fe
Rodeo de Santa Fe is a family-friendly event that has been showcasing the rodeo craft since 1949, with everything from barrel racing to bareback and bull riding. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd. 505-471-4300 rodeodesantafe.org
Santa Fe Pride
Santa Fe's annual Gay Pride celebration includes a parade and fair that honors gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, as well as their friends and families. Railyard Plaza 505-466-3253 santafehra.org
Thirsty Ear Festival
Featuring a wide variety of musical acts, including alt-country, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music, acoustic punk, and indie rock, the Thirsty Ear is New Mexico's premier music event. It is sure to expand the musical boundaries of everyone within hearing distance. Various Santa Fe Venues, 918-289-0482 thirstyearfestival.com
JULYSanta Fe International Folk Art Market
The world's largest international folk art market, with more than 130 artists participating from across the globe. Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo 505-992-7600 folkartmarket.org
ART Santa Fe
A significant contemporary art event that brings together art collectors and artists from around the world. This fair presents work by both acclaimed masters and up-and-coming artists. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta 505-988-8883 artsantafe.com
Native American artists, from local pueblos as well as tribes around the country, gather in celebration of their heritage with an event that features arts and crafts by over 100 artists along with traditional Native American ceremonial dance performances. 327 Eagle Drive, San Juan, NM 87566, 505-747-1593, enipc.org
July 4th Pancakes on the Plaza
This annual community feast, hosted by the United Way, includes live music and dance, kid's entertainment, art booths and a car show along with piping hot pancakes served on Santa Fe Plaza. Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2002 pancakesontheplaza.com
Santa Fe Opera
One of the premier opera performance venues in the world the Santa Fe Opera runs annually from July through August, with five operas presented in rotating repertory. 301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, NM 87506 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654 santafeopera.org
"Behind Adobe Walls" tours, organized by Westwind Travel, arranges opportunities for visitors to explore different Santa Fe homes and gardens in full bloom. 505-984-0022 or 800-283-0122 westwindtravel.net
Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Market
Santa Fe's renowned Traditional Spanish Market features an extraordinary array of handcrafted Spanish Colonial art works, created using traditional tools and techniques by New Mexican artists. Alongside the Traditional Market, the annual Contemporary Hispanic Market features work by over 100 New Mexican artists. Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2226 spanishcolonial.org & contemporaryhispanicmarket.com
AUGUSTSanta Fe Indian Market
Located in the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Indian Market showcases a stunning variety of traditional and contemporary native art, including textiles, jewelry, and crafts of various sorts crafted by over 1,000 Native American artists. Held during the third weekend in August, visitors are also treated to live entertainment. The week prior, Santa Fe hosts a week filled with Indian films, music, and fashion. Santa Fe Plaza 505-983-5220 swaia.org
Two simultaneous events showcase tribal art: the Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show is devoted to ethnographic and tribal art from around the world, while the Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show focuses on historic antique Indian art. Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. 505-992-8929 whitehawkshows.com Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival Featuring magnificent performances at various Santa Fe venues, this annual festival of top-notch chamber music runs during July and August. Various Venues 888-221-9836 or 505-983-2075 sfcmf.org
Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous
Celebrating nineteenth-century life in New Mexico, this early August fair showcases period reenactments of life for mountain men and women. The whole family will enjoy the arts, crafts, games and activities. Palace of the Governors Courtyard 105 W. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100 nmhistorymuseum.org
Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival
Come hoot and holler with this late August weekend festival featuring all types of bluegrass and old-time bands and musicians. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds 3237 Rodeo Rd. southwestpickers.org
SEPTEMBERBurning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta
This oldest community event in the U.S. commemorates the re-occupation of Santa Fe by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692. Zozobra, a 49-foot tall marionette, is set on fire as part of the celebration. The Santa Fe Fiesta also includes food, music, dance, and religious ceremonies. Santa Fe Plaza and various venues 505-988-7575 santafefiesta.org
Artist Studio Tours
Several Santa Fe communities host annual artist studio tours, allowing visitors to meet the artists on their turf and see the studios where present and future masterworks are being created. Tours include Pilar, Pojoaque River, High Road to Taos, and Pecos. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org
Wine and chile have a natural affinity, and this event includes seminars, demonstrations, and culinary events with wineries and chefs. Food and wine connoisseurs across the country gather to feast on this paring of wine and chile at various venues in Santa Fe. 505-438-8060 santafewineandchile.org
OCTOBERSanta Fe Independent Film Festival
This festival showcases the independent film with a variety of features and shorts as well as panel discussions and parties. 505-349-1414 santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
Held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial New Mexico living history museum, everyone in the family can learn more about New Mexico’s heritage and culture while stringing chile ristras, crushing wine grapes, and grinding sorghum with the help of burros. El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos Rd. 505-471-2261 golondrinas.org
Artist Studio Tours
This month, several more Northern New Mexico communities host annual artist studio tours, which allow visitors to meet the artists on their home turf. Tours include El Rito, Abiquiú, and Galisteo. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org
NOVEMBERSanta Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase
The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which also produces the Santa Fe Indian Market, presents this event featuring unique pieces by acclaimed Native artists, many of whom are also Indian Market award winners. Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. 505-983-5220 swaia.org
This month, more of Santa Fe’s neighboring communities host their annual artist studio tours, giving visitors a chance to meet the artists and see works in progress. Tours include Dixon and La Cienega. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities santafe.org
This traditional Santa Fe holiday event features a Spanish play illustrating the plight of Mary and Joseph as they search for lodgings in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Joined by crowds from the community, the players walk in a procession around the Plaza before ending at the Palace of the Governors, where refreshments are served. Palace of the Governors 105 E. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100 palaceofthegovernors.org
Canyon Road Farolito
Walk Farolitos are paper bags filled with sand and votive candles, which set the bags aglow as they line the neighborhood streets and adobe walls on Christmas Eve.