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June is one of the best times to be in Santa Fe, whether you're here for a wedding, a weekend or a week of serious art shopping. This is the start of Santa Fe's high season, usually without the crowds of July and August. With an average high temperature of 83 degrees and low temperature of 51 degrees, the sunny days are ideal for getting out and exploring the city. There's no end to the choices you have, from hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding to river rafting and playing golf on excellent courses around the city.
The visual art scene flourishes with traditional Friday evening gallery openings around town and along Canyon Road, the city's famous mile-long stretch of art galleries, boutiques and other distinctive shops. And every other year, SITE Santa Fe's biennial opens in June, drawing artists and art collectors from around the world. If you want to meet talented New Mexico artists working with traditional forms or pioneering new techniques, take one of the many studio tours held throughout the summer and fall.
Rodeo fans are wild about the mid-June Santa Fe Rodeo, with its traditional parade and array of events for all ages. The Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company, an internationally renowned company of flamenco dancers, musicians and singers, presents passionate performances from late June through late August at the Maria Benitez Theatre. The Santa Fe Dance Festival, presented by Moving People Dance, Santa Fe's contemporary dance company, features world-class choreographers and dancers in June. And the Thirsty Ear Festival, two celebratory days devoted to roots music, takes place in mid-June on multiple stages on the Eaves Movie Ranch south of Santa Fe.
With summer in full swing, July is a major month for Santa Fe. It begins with a bang on the Fourth of July, when locals and visitors alike gather for the annual Pancake Breakfast on the Plaza, with live music, dancing and a classic car show, followed that evening by a dazzling display of fireworks.
July is a big month for the performing arts. The world-famous Santa Fe Opera's annual season begins in early July with a traditional tailgate in the parking lot, where creative dress is required. (You'll see everything from black tie to jeans and bolo ties and evening gowns paired with cowboy boots.) The season runs through late August, offering exceptional performances of classic and world premier operas.
The prestigious Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale's Summer Festival both begin in mid-July and run through mid- to late August. And the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company offers exhilarating flamenco performances all month long. Music fans of every genre will find their favorite sounds all around town, in piano bars, brewpubs and nightclubs offering live jazz, flamenco, country, indie.alt and good old rock and roll to theaters presenting local, national and internationally famous musicians and bands.
July is also filled with exciting art events, including the incredibly popular International Folk Art Market; and the impressive international contemporary art fair, ART Santa Fe.
The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts and Crafts Show, an outdoor festival organized by Native Americans and held on the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, takes place in mid-July. The Traditional Spanish Market draws crowds to the Plaza in late July, showcasing work by artists using techniques handed down from their ancestors to create Spanish Colonial woodwork, tin, jewelry, furniture, weavings, and other prized pieces. Contemporary Hispanic Market, the largest Hispanic art event in the country, takes place at the same time.
If you need a break from the whirlwind of events, walk the calming fields of fragrant lavender at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a living history museum that presents the annual Lavender and Herb Fair. The museum also hosts a wine festival this month that features New Mexico wine, celebrating the state's heritage as the country's oldest wine-producing region.
This is also a great month to hike or bike the inspiring wilderness that surrounds Santa Fe, raft the waters of the Rio Grande and play a round of golf on some fantastic fairways. Temperatures average 86 degrees for a high and 56 degrees for a low. Although Santa Fe is in the desert, the region has a rainy season known to locals as the monsoon season. It typically lasts from July through September, Santa Fe's wettest months, and it usually brings welcome afternoon thunderstorms and rain showers each day.
August is one of the most popular months to visit Santa Fe. That's because the city's biggest event, the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, draws an estimated 100,000 visitors from around the globe. The world's largest gathering of Native American artists, held on the Plaza toward the end of August, brings more than 1,000 artists from around the country to Santa Fe to sell their traditional and contemporary work. Native Roots & Rhythms, an annual Native American and Indigenous performing arts festival, takes place during Indian Market weekend. Numerous galleries and other venues around the city host special events during the market as well. August also features an annual Antique Ethnographic Art Show and an annual Invitational Antique Indian Art Show. Traditional Friday night art openings happen throughout the month at galleries across the city and the country's premier fair for contemporary decorative arts and design, SOFA West: Santa Fe takes place at the Santa Fe Convention Center.
The classical music season continues with performances by the world-renowned Santa Fe Opera, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Enjoy sensational flamenco performances by the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. An impressive array of other music is performed around the city, from jazz, country and rock to acoustic, alternative, Spanish guitar and native flute.
August is also a great time to shop the Santa Fe Farmers Market, where dozens of area farmers sell incredibly fresh corn, tomatoes, greens, garlic, oyster mushrooms, organic chicken and beef and other edible delights.
Nature enthusiasts love August. The high temperatures average 83 degrees and the lows a cool 54, so early mornings and evenings are a great time to hike or bike into the mountains and admire the amazing array of wildflowers on display. August can be a prime time for families to enjoy river rafting excursions, guided astronomy tours and fishing trips to serene mountain lakes and streams.