In many places, Labor Day is seen as the end of summer and a time to begin winding down for autumn. That’s not how we see things in The City Different… Labor Day is a time to celebrate the kick-off of the autumn event season. We wash our gloom away in a fiery ritual, embrace the cooler temps as we run to the mountains for recreation, celebrate our harvest of regional staples including world famous Hatch green and Chimayo red chile, and still find time to celebrate the oldest continuous civic celebration in North America. Here are a few of our tips to enjoying Labor Day weekend in Santa Fe.
Every August, artists from around North America descend on the historic Santa Fe Plaza for the SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market, the largest and most prestigious Native American fine art show in the world. There is no arguing that the seemingly endless booths of world-renowned artisans are the main draw, but there is far more going on than just great shopping! Find yourself a handmade treasure to take home, but don’t miss these 9 ways to enjoy a truly authentic Indian Market experience.
August is a time of warmth, renewal, and transition to the autumn event season in Santa Fe. As you weave your way through several traditions important to the cultural fabric of our city, you will be constantly reminded of the majestic and enriched beauty of The City Different. Here are a few can’t miss August events taking place this year in Santa Fe.Order My 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide
Established in 1610, Santa Fe turns 408 this year and is among the oldest cities in the United States. With our vast history and unique mix of cultures in mind, where better to spend Independence Day or an all-American summer weekend than in The City Different. Set some time aside to visit Santa Fe and attend one of these July events, festivals, markets or concerts.
Every year in August, thousands of visitors arrive in Santa Fe for the annual Santa Fe Indian Market, produced by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), the largest juried Indian arts market in the world. Santa Fe hotels fill up to capacity and the small city begins to buzz with Native American arts and cultural events, that include film, fashion, live music and performing arts. This year the Santa Fe Indian Market will be held on August 18-19, 2018.
Santa Fe County offers an exhilarating blend of art and culture all year long, and the summer season brings a feast of world-class opera and a fiesta devoted to classic Volkswagen vehicles, both set against a regal backdrop of rolling hills, majestic mountains and brilliant turquoise skies.
The inaugural New Mexico VW Fiesta pulls into the historic Madrid ballpark June 1-3, showcasing some of the world’s most beloved vintage vehicles. Then, the renowned Santa Fe Opera celebrates its 62nd season June 29-August 25, with an exciting schedule of open-air performances rivaled only by the venue’s dramatic sunset views. No other place but Santa Fe pairs the thrilling theatrics of opera with the joys of some of the most iconic vehicles in America.
From the incredible array of festivals, art markets, outdoor adventures, musical performances and more, summer in Santa Fe is our fine city’s most popular time of year. Here in The City Different we are poised for yet another one-of-a-kind summer season full of exciting special events. Planning a visit to Santa Fe in the month of June can be an excellent way to ease in to a summer of traveling. There is a full schedule of events to enjoy this month; however, the volume of visitors is not at its peak like it will be in July and August. So sneak in a trip to Santa Fe and put one of these June events on your itinerary.
Did you know that traveling to and around Santa Fe is easier than ever? Nonstop flights from Phoenix, Dallas and Denver to the Santa Fe Regional Airport are all available much to the glee of the traveling visitor! Here’s a smorgasbord of travel transportation ideas to help you make your trip to The City Different a fun and memorable one.
*Note: This blog was originally published in March 2017. We have made updates where details may have changed.
It’s that blooming time of year again in Santa Fe. The time of year when trees around the city begin to burst with pink and white blossoms and daffodils pop up creating a vibrant yellow border in front of the city’s iconic adobe walls. Soon the wisteria vines will be dripping with purple flowers and the mighty cottonwoods will be leafy green again. As the spring season descends on The City Different our thoughts turn to stunning outdoor spaces, lush gardens and scenic natural preserves.
If you think Santa Fe is all juniper and sagebrush, you are in for a wonderful surprise! For those interested in the flora and fauna and who enjoy spending time outdoors be sure to include a visit to one of these Santa Fe gardens in your next trip.