Events in Santa Fe by MonthWhile there are numerous events happening in the Santa Fe area, below are a few key events to check out when staying at Hotel St. Francis.
Performances at the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theater in The Lodge at Santa Fe -Heritage Hotels & Resorts is honored to host excellent performances at The Lodge at Santa Fe. The Maria Benitez Cabaret Theater, named after one of flamenco's finest performers, features an intimate performance environment with 160 seats and beverage and tapas service. Come early to enjoy dinner or drinks at our hotel restaurant or rooftop patio bar featuring beautiful sunset views of the Santa Fe mountains. For details on performances during your visit, contact the Lodge at Santa Fe at 505-992-5800.
Volunteer with Cornerstones Community Partnerships -Spend part of your vacation volunteering with Cornerstones Community Partnerships to restore the oldest church in the US, the San Miguel Mission Chapel in Santa Fe. Learn more about making adobe bricks for the historic San Miguel Mission Chapel. Hotel St. Francis is supporting this through donations of our revenue to help preserve this historic chapel. Learn more
Artist Workshops and Events in Santa Fe -Santa Fe is a UNESCO designated Creative City due to the concentration and diversity of arts and culture in the area. Santa Fe Creative Tourism is a collection of hands-on artist workshops, lectures, studio tours, contests and other special events focusing on the arts in Santa Fe. Find special Santa Fe artist events during visit at santafecreativetourism.org
Local Summer Events
Rodeo de Santa Fe -The Rodeo de Santa Fe showcases the rodeo craft from barrel racing to bull riding and is a family-friendly event since 1949. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd. (505) 471-4300 www.rodeodesantafe.org
Santa Fe Pride -Santa Fe's annual Gay Pride parade and fair celebration that honors gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Railyard Plaza (505) 466-3253 www.santafehra.org
Thirsty Ear Festival -See a variety of musical acts including alt-country, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music, acoustic punk, indie rock and other surprises that broaden the music boundaries at New Mexico's premier roots music event. Various Santa Fe Venues: (918) 289-0482 www.thirstyearfestival.com
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market -The world's largest international folk art market features more than 130 artists from around the globe. There's no better city to host the market than Santa Fe, the only place in the U.S. designated by U.N.E.S.C.O. as a Creative City of Design & Folk Art.
Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo 505-992-7600 www.folkartmarket.org
ART Santa Fe -This prestigious contemporary art fair brings art collectors and artists from around the world. The fair showcases work by acclaimed masters and cutting-edge artists.
El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta 505-988-8883 www.artsantafe.com
Santa Fe Opera -The Santa Fe Opera is one of the premier opera performance venues in the world. Shows run annually from July to August, with five operas presented in rotating repertory. 301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, NM 87506 (505)986-5900 or (800) 280-4654 www.santafeopera.org
Book a Santa Fe Opera Hotel Package including dinner and transportation.
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 pancakes served on Santa Fe Plaza. Santa Fe Plaza (505) 982-2002
Garden Tours -"Behind Adobe Walls" tours by Westwind Travel visit different Santa Fe gardens and homes to see beautiful gardens in full bloom. 505-984-0022 or 800-283-0122 www.westwindtravel.net
Traditional Spanish Market & Contemporary Spanish Market -The world-renowned Traditional Spanish Market features an impressive array of Spanish Colonial art works handcrafted by New Mexican artists using tools and techniques that are truly traditional. Also, the annual Contemporary Hispanic Market features contemporary work by more than 100 artists. Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2226
www.spanishcolonial.org & www.contemporaryhispanicmarket.com
Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show -Hundreds of Native American artists from pueblos and tribes around the country gather to celebrate their heritage. The event features traditional Native American ceremonial dance performances and a variety of arts and crafts.
327 Eagle Drive, San Juan, NM 87566, (505) 747-1593 www.enipc.org
SOFA WEST -One of the country's premier contemporary arts and design fairs, the International Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fair features a variety of renowned contemporary artists and designers. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 www.sofaexpo.com
Whitehawk Antique Shows -The Annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show, showcases ethnographic and tribal art from around the world. The Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show is devoted to historic antique Indian art.
Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. (505) 992-8929 www.whitehawkshows.com
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival -This annual chamber music festival features sensational top-notch performances at various Santa Fe venues and runs July-August. Various Venues (888)221-9836 or (505)983-2075 www.sfcmf.org
Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous -Held in early August, this annual celebration of 19th-century life in New Mexico features period reenactments of like mountain men and women. Arts, crafts, games and activities for the whole family. Palace of the Governors Courtyard 105 W. Palace Ave. (505) 476-5100 www.nmhistorymuseum.org
Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival -This late August weekend festival showcases all kinds of bluegrass and old-time bands and musicians. It's a hoot and a holler. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds 3237 Rodeo Rd. southwestpickers.org
Santa Fe Indian Market -More than 1,000 Native American artists participate in this annual Mecca of Native American art and culture selling traditional and contemporary work.
Santa Fe Plaza (505) 983-5220 www.swaia.org
Burning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta -"Viva la Fiesta", the oldest community event in the U.S. commemorates the reoccupation of Santa Fe led by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692. The Burning of Zozobra, sets a 49-foot tall marionette up in flames. The Santa Fe Fiesta features music, dance, food and religious ceremonies. Santa Fe Plaza and various venues (505) 988-7575 www.santafefiesta.org
Artist Studio Tours -Several Santa Fe communities host their annual artist studio tours in September. Visitors can venture out to meet the artists on their turf. Tours include: Pilar Studio Tour, Pojoaque River Art Tour, High Road to Taos Art Tour and the Pecos Studio Tour.
Surrounding Santa Fe Communities www.santafe.org
Wine & Chile Fiesta -This paring of wine and chile is loved by food and wine connoisseurs across the country. The event has seminars, demonstrations, culinary events with wineries and chefs. Various venues in Santa Fe, special wine dinner at Tabla de los Santos in Hotel St. Francis (505) 438-8060 www.santafewineandchile.org
Santa Fe Film Festival -The Santa Fe Film Festival showcases a variety of films. The festival includes workshops, panels, parties, awards and more. (505) 988-7414 www.santafefilmfestival.com
Harvest Festival -This annual harvest festival is at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum dedicated to the heritage and culture of Spanish Colonial New Mexico. String chile ristras, crush wine grapes and grind sorghum with the help of burros. El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos Rd. (505) 471-2261
Artist Studio Tours -Several Santa Fe communities host their annual artist studio tours in October where visitors can venture out to meet the artists on their turf. Tours include: El Rito Studio Tour, Abiquiú Studio Tour and the Galisteo Studio Tour. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities www.santafe.org
Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase -Presented by the producers of Santa Fe Indian Market, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, the Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase features unique pieces by acclaimed Native artists, including Indian Market award winners. Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. (505) 983-5220 www.swaia.org
Artist Studio Tours -Several Santa Fe communities host their annual artist studio tours in November where visitors can venture out to meet the artists on their turf. Tours include: Dixon Studio Tour and the La Cienega Studio Tour. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities. www.santafe.org
Santa Fe Harvest Festival-Special events featuring top restaurant chefs, bartenders and Sana Fe's culinary elite. Attend cooking classes and get discounts at special restaurants. Various venues around Santa Fe in November. harvestfestival.santafe.com
Winter Spanish Market -Santa Fe's Winter Spanish Market is just in time for Holiday Shopping, showcasing an impressive array of Spanish Colonial art works handcrafted by New Mexican artists using traditional tools and techniques. Santa Fe Convention Center 505-982-2226 www.spanishcolonial.org
Las Posadas -This Santa Fe holiday event is a traditional Spanish play that follows the troubles of Mary and Joseph as they searched for lodgings in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. The characters set off from the Palace of the Governors, joined by the community, and walk in a procession around the Plaza before returning to the Palace, where refreshments are served.
Palace of the Governors 105 E. Palace Ave. (505) 476-5100 www.palaceofthegovernors.org
Canyon Road Farolito Walk -The Canyon Road Farolito Walk features paper bags filled with sand and votive candles that glow on Christmas Eve as they line the neighborhood streets and adobe wall.
JANUARY - 2012
Souper Bowl -Santa Fe's finest chefs, prepare soups to vote on. This annual soup competition, held each Saturday of Super Bowl Weekend, also includes a silent auction. The event benefits Northern New Mexico's food bank.
Various venues (505) 471-1633 www.thefooddepot.org
Ski and Showboard in Santa Fe -Skiing and Snowboarding in Santa Fe is available just 16 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Ski Santa Fe is among the highest ski areas in the continental United States With a base area elevation of 10,350 feet. skisantafe.com
ARTFeast -Santa Fe galleries are paired with fine art and fine food prepared by local chefs. The event raises money to support art programs in Santa Fe's public schools. Santa Fe galleries (505) 982-1648 www.artfeast.com
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival -Around 200 established and emerging Native American artists showcase their work and crafts. This festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy Street (505) 476-1250 www.nativetreasuressantafe.org
Santa Fe Century -More than 2,500 bicyclists flock to Santa Fe for a scenic 100-mile ride in communities around Santa Fe. Riders can opt for "out and back" journeys of 25, 50 and 75 miles, too. www.santafecentury.com
OTHER SEASONAL SANTA FE AREA EVENTS
El Rancho de Las Golondrinas -
This living history museum dating as historic ranch from the early 1700s was an important stop along the famous Camino Real, the Royal Road from Mexico City to Santa Fe. The museum features several seasonal annual events including harvest festivals, reenactments, renaissance fairs and other fiestas and celebrations. 334 Los Pinos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (505) 471-2261 golondrinas.org
Events are subject to change or cancel, please check with individual events for complete details including ticket costs, dates, times and locations.
December 31st from 9pm to 1am