November always brings an opportunity to take a deep breath and appreciate the wonders of the season. Here in Santa Fe, we are grateful for the beauty of the mountains and the many diverse experiences that are available. Join us in discovering a few of Santa Fe’s best November events.
Santa Fe has a strong connection with the Native Pueblo people of Northern New Mexico. For the 2018 Indigenous Peoples Day celebration groups representing many of the 23 Tribes in the area will be sharing traditional performances on the Santa Fe Plaza. Joining numerous cities across the nation, the City of Santa Fe in 2016 officially designated the second Monday of October annually as Indigenous Peoples Day. A Resolution was passed unanimously by the Governing Body of Santa Fe, which honors and recognizes the contributions of Native Americans to the history and culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the United States. Santa Fe reserves the day to take time to honor and uphold its valued Native American neighbors from the 23 Tribes, Nations and Pueblos in New Mexico, urban Indian citizens, and all of the wonderful Native American arts, culture and educational institutions that give Santa Fe such a strong sense of place.
Each year, thousands flock to New Mexico to visit our southern neighbors and experience the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. The event, taking place October 6-14, 2018, is the largest ballooning event on earth, the most photographed event on earth, and the largest annual international event held in the United States.
Albuquerque hotels fill quickly for the event and it can be congested driving around. Those willing to make the 60 mile trek north will find a little bit more space and less traffic. Great lodging deals are available as well. Temps are a bit cooler, the air a bit crisper and the colors a bit more vivid. Here are a few recommendations to help you to experience the event in a whole new way, The City Different way.
Shhh! Here’s a little secret: October is one of the best times to visit Santa Fe. Temperatures drop and the crowds dissipate, a “secret season” visit lets you take part in some of the city’s most exciting happenings. So here are the must-see events and activities in The City Different during the month of October!
The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta is an annual seven-day collection of events highlighting the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication of wines from around the world.
By bringing 100 wineries to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of the city’s best restaurants, a week long schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at the Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 100 wineries serve samples of their best offerings. The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta takes place September 23–30, 2018—with the Grand Tasting taking place on Saturday, September 29.
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.