Jazz, pop, mariachi, opera, country, classical, folk, Latin rock and more! Tunes of all styles and genres will be drifting through the air all over Santa Fe during the first ever Santa Fe Music Week, August 24 through September 3, 2018. Come experience 10 days of live music from national headlining artists and local favorites in venues like the Santa Fe Opera, The Lensic Performing Arts Center, the Santa Fe Plaza bandstand, Santa Fe Railyard, restaurants and bars.
This summer, immerse yourself in the rich and unique cultural diversity of Santa Fe County. Blending native traditions and those brought here over the past four centuries from Old World Spain, Mexico and Europe, northern New Mexico has developed its own distinctive heritage. The area is a remarkable reflection of the people who’ve settled here and made it their home.
Celebrate some of these traditions at two fun-filled festivals you won’t find anywhere else. Then, venture out into the country on horseback, the way the caballeros and cowboys once did, to explore a stunning landscape of majestic mountains. These are the ingredients for a trip you’ll always treasure and a summer full of culture in Santa Fe.
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 is well known for annual summer art markets. From folk art to Native American art to contemporary art and even antique art, you can find it all in Santa Fe throughout the summer months. But have you attended the Contemporary Hispanic Market?
Note: In September 2017, we invited several bloggers to experience Santa Fe for the first time. This week we are sharing a blog post from that trip, written by Ashley of Surf and Sunshine. We hope Ashley’s blog gives you new ideas for your next Santa Fe weekend getaway itinerary.
Before touching down I can tell you I knew all of two things about Santa Fe: it was in New Mexico and I would definitely be eating tamales at some point during my 3 day Santa Fe weekend itinerary. I slowly opened the shade and blinked blindly into the full New Mexico sun. I waited for my eyes to adjust first taking in miles of flat red landscape against the Sandia Mountains jutting from the earth. I had 72 hours in New Mexico and we were about to hit the ground running.
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.