Local Favorites near Hotel St. Francis
The world-famous Indian Market is held every August in Santa Fe Plaza, and features more than a thousand artists selling paintings, pottery, weaving, jewelry, baskets, traditional handcrafts, and more. Demonstrations, dancing, and live entertainment take place daily, and there are food booths offering native delicacies from fry bread to Navajo tacos Pueblo dances. For more information, visit www.swaia.org
Historic Santa Fe Plaza -
Anchoring the historic heart of downtown Santa Fe for nearly 400 years, the Plaza is an important part of Santa Fe's cultural identity, offering year-round events, festivals, American Indian and Spanish markets, and concerts, as well as hosting a variety of New Mexico artisan shops and regional restaurants in the surrounding neighborhood. The venerable Hotel St. Francis is ideally located just one block from Santa Fe Plaza, with stunning architecture and design elements that recall Santa Fe's early missionary days.
Burning of Zozobra & Santa Fe Fiesta -
The Santa Fe Fiesta at the Plaza marks the oldest community event in the United States every September. Weeklong festivities commemorate the reoccupation of Santa Fe in 1692, and commence with the Burning of Zozobra, when a 49-foot tall marionette is set aflame and fireworks fill Fort Marcy Park, burning away everyone's troubles from the past year. The Fiesta continues with music, dance, food, religious ceremonies, and a children's pet parade.
Traditional Spanish Market -
The yearly Traditional Spanish Market in July brings an impressive collection of "santos" (saint depictions), art, tinwork, textiles, furniture and handcrafts by New Mexican artists to Santa Fe Plaza. Using traditional tools and techniques, artisans gather and demonstrate native craft traditions.