Do you love bike riding? Do you love the blues and crawfish? Then, May is your month. Three biking events come to The City Different along with a Blues Fest in the the town of Madrid. Santa Fe is a biking paradise and we suggest you take in the trails during your stay. Enjoy National Bike Month with these Santa Fe must-see events.
Outside Bike & Brew
Outside Bike & Brew Festival is back in Santa Fe for the third year in a row to prove that beer lovers are anything but couch potatoes. Outside brings together cycling, craft beer and cuisine for the ultimate Santa Fe trifecta! The 2017 festival is a fun filled weekend kicking off on Thursday, May 18th and is loaded with all kinds of ways to saddle up and cruise through Santa Fe. Visitors will also have the chance to catch adventure bike film screenings, dozens of tours, concerts and beer tastings all under blue and sunny skies. From casual cruisers to avid riders, all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in this festival to celebrate the intersection of craft beer and cycling.
On Saturday, Outside welcomes back the Ladies Allride, a one of a kind women’s biking clinic led by Lindsey Richter designed to inspire female mountain bikers to “face their fears, believe in themselves and get RAD on their mountain bikes!” Also check out the Caja del Rio Gravel Grinder, a gritty new addition to the annual event where mountain bikers get out and explore either a 30 or 50 mile loop of dirt paths and single track trails.
Looking for a little more brew and a little less bike? Pop into the Tour de Brewer or the Handcrafted Bike & Beer Show. The Tour de Brewer kicks off at the Santa Fe Railyard for a leisurely cruise around the Rufina District with stops at three local breweries. Get some one-on-one time with head brewers and of course sample beers along the route. The Handcrafted Bike & Beer Show is just as enticing as it sounds – feast your eyes on one of a kind bike frames, talk with the architects and sip on the handiwork of craft beer masters.
Other events abound throughout the weekend. Outside kicks it up a notch with outdoor performances by electronic/indie/funk DJ Spinnex and the alternative soul trio called Hello Dollface.
Throughout the festival weekend be sure to check out some of the exceptionally prepared beer dinners and tap takeovers showcasing some of the phenomenal cuisine of Santa Fe. Excite your taste buds with local and international cuisine expertly paired with craft brews from the U.S. and abroad. Beer dinners are offered on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday at six restaurants around the city.
Santa Fe Century
Following the Outside Bike and Brew, join in the 32nd annual Santa Fe Century, on Sunday, May 21st. Anyone with an interest in cycling through the colorful histories of old Wild West mining towns that dot the scenic Turquoise Trail shouldn’t miss this event.
Rides include the 100-mile Century, the 50-mile Half Century and a shorter 20-mile ride. And if you’re up for challenging yourself against the clock and others in your age bracket the timed Gran Fondo and Medio Fondo follow the same route as the Century with prizes including cold, hard cash for the top three finishers!
Food will be available from an iconic Santa Fe favorite, the Cowgirl Hall of Fame Restaurant and you can even revitalize yourself after the ride with a relaxing massage from one of five licensed massage therapists.
CrawDaddy Blues Fest
After a day spent working up a sweat, take your appetite over to the 10th Annual CrawDaddy Blues Fest in Madrid on the 20th and 21st of May. Hosted by the charmingly offbeat Mineshaft Tavern, this festival features fresh, live crawfish flown in from the Gulf Coast. If you love fresh boiled crawfish, BBQ and other Cajun specialties, this festival is an absolute no-brainer.
The CrawDaddy Blues Fest features three separate stages with great Blues music and a total of 18 live performances, and excellent food including green chile crab.
Start planning your biking, crawfish and blues adventure by ordering the 2017 Santa Fe Travel Guide. Be sure to check out our Deals and Specials, which includes special offers on lodging, meals and shopping.