There is so much to see and do this August in The City Different! Even with the long days, a Santa Fe summer is a season that seems to whizz by. Did you know that Santa Fe was recently named #1 in the Sense of Place category by National Geographic? The Sense of Place award recognizes excellence in enhancing sense of place and authenticity, including support for the protection of historical monuments, archaeological sites, cultural events, indigenous heritage and artistic traditions. Your visit this August will surely remind you why Santa Fe was bestowed this prestigious award.
With an abundance of events taking place, you’ll see why we love August!
Santa Fe Bandstand
If you like to dance, this is your chance to strut your moves on the Santa Fe Plaza dance floor! This summer, Santa Fe nights will be filled with music from Santa Fe Bandstand . Santa Fe Bandstand features the finest local, regional and national touring artists almost every night through August 25, 2017.
Santa Fe Bandstand was also voted as the “Best Community Event” in the Santa Fe Reporter’s annual Reader’s Poll for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show
Girls Inc. Arts and Craft Show is the third largest market on the Santa Fe Plaza each year. This time honored event takes place August 5-6, 2017. Visitors will find a wide range of work such as fiber art, jewelry, painting, pottery, sculpture, metal work, wood work, photography, specialty foods and much more.
Objects of Art
Objects of Art is an exciting addition to the city’s summer season. This four day event, August 10–13, 2017, will be held at El Museo in the Railyard District. Materials range from contemporary to historic. The show will include paintings, sculpture, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, folk, American Indian, African and Asian art. 70+ prestigious galleries and exhibitors will showcase an impressive variety of Objects of Art.
Zia Regional Rodeo
Each year, the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association produces the Zia Regional Rodeo, the state’s second largest LGBT event. Rodeo events include animal friendly calf and team roping, horse barrel racing and pole bending, with rough stock events including bull riding and steer riding.
The rodeo action takes place August 11—13, 2017 at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Grounds. For tickets and additional details, visit www.nmgra.org .
Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
The Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show has been a Santa Fe tradition for 39 years. These antique shows are called “the granddaddy of them all” by Maine Antique Digest’s, Alice Kaufman.
Whitehawk’s 39th Art Show starts with an opening night party on Friday, August 11, 2017 from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. The show continues from Saturday, August 12–Monday, August 14 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily. You don’t want to miss these shows!
Santa Fe Indian Market
Check out last years Indian Market video!
The Santa Fe Indian Market is one of the biggest events in Santa Fe and also the largest and most prestigious juried intertribal fine art market in the world. You will see visitors interacting with more than 1,000 of the “best of the best” Native artists and designers in this two-day festival market on the Santa Fe Plaza on August 19-20, 2017.
Check out the calendar for more events revolving around Indian Market, as numerous galleries and other venues around the city host special events during the week. The Indian Market hosts artists from coast to coast so bring your collector’s eye and you won’t be disappointed.
The Zuni Show
After a memorable and well-attended first show in 2016, the Keshi Foundation presents the 2nd Annual Zuni Show on the same weekend as Indian Market, August 19-20, 2017. Last year’s inaugural show was voted one of the “top ten native art events in the western hemisphere” by the readers of First American Art Magazine.
The show takes place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Santa Fe. The show is free to the public and features more than 150 Zuni jewelers, carvers, and potters.
We Are The Seeds
We Are The Seeds will host approximately 100 artists that represent diverse cultures and regions. This year the event will highlight and honor women artists. There will be entertainment on the We Are Seeds stage with performances by vocalist Jennifer Kreisberg, blues band Smokestack Lightning, R & B performer Honey and DJ/MC traditional singer Brian Frejo.
This 3-day event takes place at the Santa Fe Railyard from August 17-19, 2017 and features juried high-quality contemporary and traditional indigenous art and a festive celebration that includes music, dance, fashion, literary, and culinary art.
Now that you have a great list of August event choices, plan your next visit to The City Different. From arts and crafts shows to a rodeo, you’ll soon discover how much fun attending one of our events can be.