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2014, January Santa Fe Summer

SANTA FE, N.M. January 8, 2014: Food, festivals and fun will be in full force this summer in Santa Fe as the city comes alive with special events showcasing the city’s heritage, indigenous cuisine, distinctive art markets, acclaimed opera and more. The following is a sampling of Santa Fe’s 2014 summer happenings:

Santa Fe Bike & Brew, May 16-18 – Cyclists will gather for a weekend of group rides and cycle-centric events, then cool down with beers from New Mexico brewmasters, as well as food from some of Santa Fe's best restaurants. Additional details to come.

Santa Fe Bandstand, June 23- August 23 – A free music festival on the Santa Fe Plaza, this event features over 80 live performances throughout the summer. Voted Santa Fe’s Best Community Event of 2013 by the Santa Fe Reporter, all types of musicians participate, ranging from indie and jazz to country and alternative. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic and socialize with friends. A full roster of scheduled performers will be available in early February. More information is available at

Santa Fe Opera, Opening June 27 – The season begins with Carmen, one of the world’s most popular operas, and will continue with a series of notable shows including Don Pasquale, Fidelio, The Impresario & Le Rossignol and Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. Surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez Mountains, this special venue allows patrons to take in breathtaking sunset views alongside a magnificent show. More information is available at

14th Annual Art Santa Fe, July 10-13 – Galleries from around the world combine for a powerful collection of art featuring hundreds of artists. The salon-booth format, artist-styled VIP lounge, prestigious lecture series and numerous cultural and educational events make the annual fair an engaging experience for art lovers. This event takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. More information is available at

SITE Santa Fe Biennial, July 10-13 – After a brief respite, SITE Santa Fe’s groundbreaking Biennial series returns with a new mission. “SITElines; New Perspectives on Art of the Americas” is the museum’s reimagined, signature biennial show exploring contemporary art in the Americas, from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. Unsettled Landscapes will be the first edition of this six-year commitment with exhibitions taking place in 2014, 2016 and 2018. Each exhibition will be organized by a different team of curators from throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, July 11-13 – The largest international folk art market in the world, this annual three-day event connects international cultures as established traditional artists from across the globe come together to display and sell their work. The days are filled with international music, food and customs at beautiful Milner Plaza on Museum Hill. Sales from the show positively affect thousands of lives in dozens of countries. More information is available at

63rd Annual Traditional Spanish Market, July 21-27 – This popular annual event celebrates the rich Hispanic heritage of Northern New Mexico. The market includes handmade, traditional Spanish Colonial arts created by more than 200 local and regional artists and is the most significant market of its kind in the country. Components of the market include continuous live music and dance, art demonstrations and foods. More information is available at

28th Annual Contemporary Hispanic Market, July 26-27 – Held during the same weekend as the Traditional Spanish Market, this market features many of New Mexico’s most popular and respected Hispanic artists in a show and sale of original artwork. This event takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza. More information is available at

36th Annual Whitehawk Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Show, August 15-18 – An annual show with more than 150 dealers, items for sale range from a multitude of time periods and locations around the world. This event takes place at the Santa Fe Convention Center and show admission starts at $10 per day. More information is available at

93rd Annual Santa Fe Indian Market, August 18-24 – More than 1,000 gifted Native American artists from across the United States travel to Santa Fe to showcase their skills at the largest Native American art show and sale in the world. Time-honored forms, innovative contemporary art, fashion, music, dance and food are all part of the festivities the week prior, followed by the sale which takes place over the weekend, August 23-24.This event takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza and side streets. More information is available at

302nd Annual Santa Fe Fiesta, August 30-September 7 – The oldest continuously celebrated community event in the country, Santa Fe Fiesta commemorates the return of the Spanish to Santa Fe in 1692. For a week the Santa Fe Plaza is filled with music, food and dance while the city takes part in events like the burning of Zozobra, the Children’s Pet Parade, the Historical Hysterical Parade and a long list of ceremonial processions, concerts and events. Fiesta is the city’s most enduring tradition and one of the summer’s most anticipated weeks.

Santa Fe Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown, September 6 – After a successful inaugural run, this culinary competition is back for a second year as Chefs from local restaurants compete to determine which restaurant’s green chile cheeseburger is the best in town. Judged by a panel of notable food experts, this event takes place at the Santa Fe Farmer's Market and is free to the public. Additional details to come.

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