Spring warmth has taken hold, flowers are in bloom across the city and the calendar is filled with special events; it must be May in Santa Fe. Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to summer, is near and now is the time to begin planning a getaway to Santa Fe. Here are 7 May events in Santa Fe to include in your vacation plans.
The Margarita Trail Turns Two
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the second anniversary of the Santa Fe Margarita Trail on Saturday, May 5, 2018. There are still 31 delicious margaritas on the trail, but new this year is a mobile app version of the Santa Fe Margarita Trail passport and additional rewards for collecting stamps.
The Santa Fe Margarita Trail App is available for $3.99 on Google Play (Android) and the App Store (iPhone). The new app includes an interactive map, which locates the closest Margarita Trail location for the user and provides directions to all locations on the Trail. The app tracks your collection of virtual stamps and sends notifications of progress towards earning rewards. Similar to the original paper passport, the app provides the Margarita Trail participating location descriptions, the recipe for each featured margarita and a $1 discount on each margarita purchased. With the launch of the new Santa Fe Margarita Trail App, two new reward levels were created for program participants earning 10 and 15 stamps. The new rewards levels allow participants exclusive membership into the “Margarita Society,” providing access to special events, seminars and tastings.
Canyon Road Spring Art Festival
The Canyon Road gallery scene will come alive on May 11-12, 2018, as dozens of artists will be displaying their work and demonstrating their techniques in a “paint out” style event on the iconic art road. Collectors will have the rare opportunity to meet artists at gallery openings on Friday night and during a daylong, outdoor artist demonstration on Saturday.
At the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival, art lovers will also have the opportunity to watch artists create paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic; and to learn the techniques of sculptors who will be working in stone, bronze, wood, and glass.
Celebrate Japanese Culture
Reminiscent of the festivals in Japan; the Santa Fe Japanese Cultural Festival will take over the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on May 19, 2018 with the theme of Japanese Festival Lanterns this year. The event features stage performances and demonstrations of classic Japanese arts as well as specialty vendors and traditional festival street food and bento for sale. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
Eldorado Studio Tour
The Eldorado Arts and Crafts Association proudly presents the 27th annual Eldorado Studio Tour, May 19-20, 2018. More than 60 artists are participating with genres including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, glass, jewelry, paper and printmaking, photography, digital art, fiber arts, wearable art and more.
Take a Long Ride
Do you love distance riding? Then plan your visit during one of the most popular cycling events in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Century on May 20, 2018. Riders of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in 25, 50 or 100 mile rides along a route that includes the fabled Turquoise Trail and terrain with striking scenery. Mountain bikers get their own all-dirt ride and an after-party features music, food and well-earned massages. Note that for 2018 only, construction on the Turquoise Trail brings a temporary route change and the starting location for the ride will be the Santa Fe Community College West Parking Lot.
Collect Native Treasures
The Native Treasures Indian Art Market, Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale is scheduled for May 25-27, 2018 in the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Over 200 Native American artists participate, each of whom is selected by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the museum’s permanent collection. By attending, you will be supporting your favorite artists and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at the same time.
Art in the park
The Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild juried show also takes place Memorial Day weekend May 26-28, 2018. Artists and craftsmen come from both Santa Fe and serene villages scattered throughout our scenic countryside to sell their work in this show. The event takes place at Cathedral Park.