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Southside Summer

Looking for summer fun? Come to SOUTHSIDE SUMMERǃ Parties, Events, Movies, Concerts and more are happening May through August. Save the dates and bring the whole family to SOUTHSIDE SUMMERǃ

(Dates, times and events subject to change. Check back often for all the latest details and informationǃ)


Join us for fun-filled events this summer, all FREE and all family friendlyǃ

Coming Next:


July 20, 5 PM - 10 PM
Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club, 6600 Valentine Way

The Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA) and the Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club are collaborating this summer for Community in Action, a CCA outreach program designed to connect Santa Fe communities to contemporary art and cinema through education and community programming. CCA and the Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club will provide educational arts programming throughout June and July to serve southside youth. On July 20th CCA and Santa Fe Boys and Girls Club will host a community celebration at 6600 Valentine Way. Join us on Friday, July 20th from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for a free evening of art, live music, Mexican food, dancing, hands-on art activities, poetry, and an outdoor screening of "Tesoros" directed by Maria Novaro.


Saturday, August 25, 10AM - 8PM
Santa Fe Place Mall

The City of Santa Fe partners with Santa Fe Downtown Kiwanis Club and the Santa Fe Place Mall for a fantastic day of fun and activities to celebrate back to schoolǃ Check out the 6th Annual Zozofest Art Show in the former Sports Authority space – take a selfie with Old Man Gloom’s head, get your face painted, check out art from five decades of Zozobra and stuff your worries into Zozobra’s body to burn at Fiestas this yearǃ Kids activities, performances and more will be happening throughout the day.

Take advantage of back to school specials and offers throughout the mall all day long, and join us for a DRIVE-IN MOVIE once the sun goes downǃ Admission for the whole day is FREE – so bring the family, finish up your back to school shopping and enjoy more fun on the Southsideǃ

THANK YOU to all who have come out for the various Southside events as well as our Sponsorsǃ The FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS event was a huge success with many families enjoying the eveningǃ Our School's Out Celebration at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center on May 25th—What a turnoutǃ Over 500 people came and enjoyed kicking off summer with us. Many thanks to the various organizations who participated in Southside Summer Wheels lowrider & custom car show - over 5,000 visitors came and enjoyed the day.


July 13-15 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) at 10 a.m.
The Screen, 1600 St. Michaels Drive (on the former SF University of Art and Design)

Pixar has become one of the most inspiring film studios of all time. Alongside their classics like FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES, WALL-E and CARS, they have made a series of fast, funny, moving short films, which you’ll usually see before the features. Here’s a chance to see them again, and catch the ones you missed. The first in two programs features the Oscar-winning films TIN TOY, GERI’S GAME and FOR THE BIRDS, along with ONE MAN BAND, LIFTED, KNICK KNACK and several others. Total run time is approximately 60 minutes.

July 20-23 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) at 10 a.m.
The Screen, 1600 St. Michaels Drive (on the campus of the former SF University of Art and Design)

You’ve probably seen some of Pixar’s short films—they play before films like Pixar’s FINDING NEMO, THE INCREDIBLES, WALL-E and CARS. Here is a rare chance to see them again, along with the ones you've missed, on the big screen. This program includes classics including PRESTO, YOUR FRIEND THE RAT, BURN-E, DUG’S SPECIAL MISSION, PARTLY CLOUDY, DAY & NIGHT, LA LUNA and others. Total run time is approximately 70 minutes


FREE CONCERTS at SWAN Park Saturday evenings in July brought to you by Santa Fe Bandstandǃ Mark your calendar and grab your friends for outstanding live music Saturdays:

July 7th Nosotros

July 14th The Tylor Brandon Band

July 21st Ley Line and Jenny and the Mexicats

July 28th Changui Majadero


Thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the first three great movies, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid and Jumanji along with all of the extra fun activities and foodǃ

NEXT UP, don't miss:


Saturday, July 14, 6-10PM
Midtown Campus Bandstand (formerly Santa Fe University of Art and Design)

Enjoy an intergenerational evening at the Midtown Campus Bandstand (formerly Santa Fe University of Art and Design; accessible from 1600 St. Michaels Drive or Alumni Drive, opposite Yucca Street and Siringo Road). Celebrate The Center for Contemporary Art reviving The Screen on campus, bring your grandparents or just come out to a free outdoor showing of the classic "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"ǃ There will be food trucks, activities provided by Santa Fe Community College and Axle Contemporary and fun for the whole family including Swing dance lessons. Free camping chairs to the first 50 familiesǃ Free popcorn from Parks and Recreation and free soft drinks provided by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Santa Fe.

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" is "the best film of its sort since "The Wizard of Oz"...delightful, funny, scary, exciting, and most of all, a genuine work of imagination. A surely and wonderfully spun fantasy" according to film critic Roger Ebert. Gene Wilder starts as Willy Wonka and Jack Albertson as the loving grandfather. (1971) The film will begin at 8:30 p.m.


Friday, August 3, Time TBD
SWAN Park, Jaguar Drive @ Highway 599

What movie will it be? Come back here for details about how to cast your vote and pick the movie.


August 17, 6PM-9:30PM (Film at 7:45 p.m.)
Midtown Campus Bandstand (formerly Santa Fe University of Art and Design)

Outdoors at the bandstand on the campus of the former Santa Fe University of Art and Design, enjoy a screening of "Aventurera" in Spanish with English subtitles. Food Trucks and entertainment, including tango lessons from 6 p.m. Accessible from 1600 St. Michael’s Drive or Alumni Drive, opposite Yucca Street and Siringo Road.

Upon its rediscovery in 1996, this 1950 cabaretera—an noir-ish musical—was immediately recognized as a masterpiece of Mexican cinema. Conceived as popular entertainment, the film has become known for its celebration of a powerful Mexican woman, played by legendary Ninon Sevilla, who, finding herself trapped into a criminal life, fights her way back to safety. With its perfectly staged, inventive musical numbers, tense drama and rich social satire, it remains moving nearly 70 years after its completion. (Mexico, 1950, 101 minutes)

Be sure to bring your SUMMER YOUTH CULTURE PASSPORT to the movies to collect Passport Stampsǃ


The party doesn’t stop all summer long – click HERE to see what else is happening on the Southside - from story time at the Southside Library to live opera performances, plays and more – it’s all here on our Southside calendar of events.

Having a free or low-cost, family friendly event on the south side? Submit it for possible inclusion on the calendar HERE.


The hunt for art is onǃ There are 76 pieces of City of Santa Fe public art and we want to see them allǃ Visit our interactive public art map to find where they are located, then go get your best shotǃ Simply use the hashtags #CultureConnectsSantaFe and #SantaFeAIPP to be entered to win great prizesǃ

Contest starts May 25, 2018 and runs through September 3, 2018. Entries posted before or after these dates will not be eligible.

Complete rules available HERE.

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