11 Reasons to Visit Santa Fe This July

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There’s no shortage of things to see and do in Santa Fe this July. We are known as “The City Different” and within one visit, you will know why. If you’ve heard or  read about our beautiful city and you are ready to visit, consider a Santa Fe summer getaway.  Here are a few festivals, music events and markets in the month of July to get your itinerary started.

Santa Fe Wine Festival

If you crave the tickle of terroir on your tongue, then take note that New Mexico is the nation’s oldest wine-growing region. Long before the union of states, settlers tended vines and crushed grapes in the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe has the distinction of being home to a few vineyards and wineries.

At 23 years, the Santa Fe Wine Festival is “old enough to drink,” as the organizers cleverly put it, and there’s plenty to sniff before sampling. The festival takes place July 1-2, 2017 at Rancho de las Golondrinas.

Santa Fe Bandstand 

Santa Fe Bandstand is a free annual summer long festival on the Plaza. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand)

More than 60 musical performances come to life in the heart of Santa Fe starting July 5 through August 26, as part of the 2017 Santa Fe Bandstand season. Plan to be entertained by local, regional and national acts on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. If you love to dance, bring your dancing shoes for the Plaza dance-a-thon. The Bandstand brings two months of amazing almost-nightly performances, all genres and all absolutely free.

 

ART Santa Fe

ART Santa Fe is a juried contemporary art show in the heart of Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of ART Santa Fe)

While Santa Fe has a verifiable reputation as the art capital of the Southwest, the art is by no means all Western-style. We have our share of cowboy painters —and darn good ones, too — but cutting edge modern work shows up all the time. And nowhere is this more evident than at ART Santa Fe. The international, contemporary art fair from July 13-16, 2017 brings the newest, boldest, most original works to Santa Fe in its 17th show.

 

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market 

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market celebrates living folk art from around the world. (photo courtesy of Santa Fe International Folk Art Market)

From July 14-16, the 2017  Santa Fe International Folk Art Market will celebrate its most diverse Market yet. Meet with 160 master artists from 53 countries and shop a global gallery of the finest handmade folk art. Some are honored tradition-bearers, while others are young creators reinterpreting ancient art forms. Treasures can be found in all price ranges.

 

HIPICO Santa Fe

HIPICO is a top equestrian horse show center in the Southwest. (Photo courtesy of HIPICO)

Would you like to experience A-rated equestrian competition with southwest sunshine and warm hospitality in Santa Fe? HIPICO Santa Fe is a premier hunter/jumper competition with southwestern flair! Enjoy live music, delicious food and award-winning craft beer. You can also shop for jewelry, art and equine merchandise at the HIPICO Marketplace. Santa Fe Welcome Week takes place on July 19 -23 and the Santa Fe Sonrisa Week  from July 26 – 30.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival

The Flux Quartet is dedicated to an uncompromising repertoire at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. (Photo courtesy of The Flux Quartet)

Classical music has deep roots in Santa Fe. Now in its 45th season, the 2017 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the epitome of a summer music must-do. Bach, Dvorak and Mendelssohn – you’ll hear music from all the masters, with concerts almost nightly from July 16 through August 21.

 

Santa Fe Desert Chorale

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale is one of the longest continually performing professional music organizations in New Mexico. (Photo courtesy of The Santa Fe Desert Chorale)

The Santa Fe Desert Chorale presents two festivals a year featuring a wide range of literature from around the world. The 2017 Summer Festival Season will take place from July 19 through August 13 and will include four distinct concert programs—Liberté, Justice, The Hope of Loving, and Music from a Secret Chapel. Be sure to aave the date for the 2017 Winter Festival Season, “Home for the Holidays,” which is scheduled from December 16 to December 23, 2017.

 

Music on the Hill

Music on the Hill is a free concert series featuring blues, classic rock, world music and jazz. (Photo courtesy of Music on the Hill)

Music on the Hill is a free concert series that takes place at St. John’s College each Wednesday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm starting June 14 through July 26, 2017. (Note: there will not be a concert on July 6.) Their musical lineup features blues, soul, folk, and jazz. Concertgoers may bring their own picnic, or purchase food from the onsite vendor. It’s all lawn seating, so bring a blanket or chairs.

 

Viva Mexico!

Enjoy música, arte and más at this celebration of the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor—Mexico! This festival features music, art and food from Mexico. ¡Viva México! runs July 22 through July 23, 2017.

 

Traditional Spanish Market

A popular event for residents and visitors alike, the Spanish market features handmade art from hundreds of local Hispanic artists. (Photo courtesy Daniel Quat)

It’s no surprise that Santa Fe boasts the deepest roster of traditional Spanish artists in the country. Many of the artisans who show at the Traditional Spanish Market are direct descendants of the city’s Spanish settlers.

Approximately 250 Spanish Colonial Artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this enchanting event, bringing to Santa Fe a critical mass of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork.

The market takes place on July 29 and July 30, 2017 on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.

 

Contemporary Hispanic Market

The Contemporary Hispanic Market showcases original work and individual expression. (Photo courtesy of Contemporary Hispanic Market)

If you’re attending the Traditional Spanish Market, be sure to head on over to the  Contemporary Hispanic Market for some twists on tradition. The Contemporary Hispanic Market also takes place on July 29 and 30, 2017. Artists showcase original work and individual expression in the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and much more.

If you are ready to visit Santa Fe in July (or any other month) be sure to request a free Santa Fe Travel Guide. We’re sure you’ll find everything you need in the guide for the perfect Santa Fe getaway. Please don’t forget to check out our Deals and Specials.

 

 

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