So what ARE you doing this summer? If you’re craving a different summer adventure, then Santa Fe is your destination. Slip some of our signature summer events into your vacation or getaway, and you won’t be disappointed. By the way, the fun here lasts all summer!
Romance Sails Into The Santa Fe Opera Season
Sunsets at the Santa Fe Opera are breathtaking. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Santa Fe Opera how do I love thee? It’s your voices: mezzos, tenors, sopranos and basses, even a unique counter-tenor on the stage. It’s your treasure chest of marvels on a backstage tour, or a table of treats at the preview buffet. It’s your picturesque panorama of the mountains on a sublime summer night, as the sun sets slowly in the west. It’s the anticipation of your opening night at this world-class performing arts destination. Simply put, the Santa Fe Opera is a true love story.
This season, the Opera offers 37 performances of five different operas, running from July 1 through August 27, and is filled with some of the world’s most powerful love stories.
Sample Wine From All Over New Mexico
If you crave the whisper of terroir from wine, note that New Mexico is the nation’s oldest wine-growing region. Long before the union of states, settlers tended vines and crushed grapes in the Land of Enchantment. Santa Fe has the distinction of boasting a few vineyards and wineries too!
At 23 years, the Santa Fe Wine Festival is “old enough to drink,” as the organizers cleverly put it, and there’s plenty to sniff before sampling. The festival takes place July 2 and 3 at Rancho de las Golondrinas.
Vintners from all over the state will pour their best for your appraisal. The roster of arts, crafts, food and unique products is too long to list; suffice it to say, there will be no lack of entertainment!
Dear Santa Fe Bandstand, You Make Me Wanna Dance!
Dance the nights away when the Santa Fe Bandstand welcomes us to the Plaza from July 5 to August 26. Lucky locals and visiting friends will hear two full months of music completely gratis. And it’s no problem if the munchies hit. You can snack on pizza and look down on the action from the Draft Station, or fuel up right on the Plaza on nights when the food trucks pull in!
Wow! You Just Hit The Santa Fe Art Trifecta!
For 10 days in July, three major arts organizations will present the Santa Fe Art Trifecta. The Trifecta is an extraordinary alliance between three highly original arts organizations: Art Santa Fe, a Spectrum contemporary art show; the International Folk Art Market, an annual event by the International Folk Art Alliance; and SITE Santa Fe, a contemporary art center designed for the production and presentation of artistic and curatorial innovation. Here’s a breakdown of the three:
- Art Santa Fe
Celebrating 16 years this summer, ART Santa Fe, is a gathering of exceptional artists and galleries from around the world. Join ART Santa Fe from July 7 to July 10 for an exploration of world-class modern and contemporary art in a locale that overflows with natural beauty, cultural history, and a deep appreciation for the arts.
“The Santa Fe art scene is one of the best you will find anywhere,” writes SmartMoney magazine. See for yourself why ART Santa Fe was named one of the Best Art Festival by the readers of USA Today 10Best.
- Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
From July 8 to July 10, the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market celebrates its biggest and most diverse Market yet—with close to 200 artists from 60 countries gathering on Museum Hill to sell their handmade jewelry, beadwork, basketry, ceramics, paintings, musical instruments and more. Shop with a cause while munching on Indian samosas and listening to Kenyan music. Artists take home 90% of all proceeds to support their families—and traditions– back home.
The folk art market is the largest festival of its kind on the planet and most recently was named Best Art Festival by the readers of USA Today's 10Best.
- SITE Santa Fe
On July 16, SITE Santa Fe opens much wider than a line, the second installment in SITE’s reimagined biennial series SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas. The exhibition will feature 35 artists from 16 countries and 11 new commissions organized around intersecting ideas brought together by a team of five international curators – Rocío Aranda-Alvarado, Kathleen Ash-Milby, Pip Day, Pablo León de la Barra, and Kiki Mazzucchelli.
The opening week events run from July 14 through July 16. much wider than a line opens to the public on July 16 and runs through January 8, 2017.
View Photography This PhotoSummer
PhotoSummer, now in its second year, is a collaborative initiative that represents and actively promotes historical and contemporary photography in New Mexico. Taking the rich legacy of photography in New Mexico as a point of departure, the exhibitions and public programs around PhotoSummer represent the continued energy and support of the photographic arts in the region.
Throughout the summer, 10 exhibition venues around Santa Fe are offering public programs for all to enjoy. THE FENCE is one must-see outdoor photography exhibition. Each year, an international jury of photography professionals is called upon to review and select 40 photographers whose submitted work exemplifies the essence of “community” across cultural boundaries and geographical lines. THE FENCE runs from July 9 to September 30.
Other PhotoSummer Santa Fe exhibitions include “Accidental Photography” which runs from July 1 -24. “Dispossessed” runs through August 26. Click here for more info.
Sweet Music on the Hill
This year’s St. John’s College’s Music on the Hill makes the summer blues disappear when you park your carcass there (not your car – parking is limited, so head for Museum Hill and the free shuttle, which runs every 15 minutes from 5 – 9pm). Spread your picnic blanket on the grassy lawn and let Walter Burke Catering handle food duties (food is served beginning at 5:45 pm) while you enjoy hot jazz in the cool mountain air. 2016 season runs from July 15 through July 27 and is free.
¡Que Viva México!
Enjoy música, arte and más at this celebration of the culture, cuisine and crafts of our colorful neighbor—Mexico! This festival features music, arts and food from Mexico. ¡Viva México! runs July 16 through July 17. Take the free Blue Bus from the Santa Fe Place Mall to and from this festival held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. ¡Que Viva!
Long Live Chamber Music!
Classical music has deep roots in Santa Fe, and we assure you it doesn’t stop with opera. Now in its 44th season, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is the epitome of a summer music must-do. Brahms, Handel, Mozart – you’ll hear music from all the masters, with concerts almost nightly from July 17 through August 22. And the noon-time offerings can be your special secret for a musical lunchtime escape. Well-known musicians and young performers appear each season in concerts presented in Santa Fe at the St. Francis Auditorium and the restored Lensic Performing Arts Center.
To Spanish Market, To Spanish Market
It’s no surprise that Santa Fe boasts the deepest roster of traditional Spanish artists in the country. Many of the artisans who show at Spanish Market are direct descendants of the Spanish settlers. The market takes places from July 25 through July 31 on the historic Santa Fe plaza.
Approximately 250 Spanish Colonial Artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this enchanting event, bringing to downtown Santa Fe a critical mass of exponents of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, furniture and furnishings, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery and ironwork.
Contemporary Art With A Hispanic Edge
It’s not just the divine that’s sublime, though. After taking in the Traditional Spanish Market, head on over to the Contemporary Hispanic Market on Lincoln Avenue for some twists on tradition. The Contemporary Hispanic Market takes place on July 30 and 31. Artists showcase original work and individual expression in the mediums of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and much more.
Summer comes just once a year, and when it does, we hope to find you here! Santa Fe is rich in culture, history, tradition and adventure. Enjoy these special events that help celebrate this diversity. Start planning your vacation now by ordering the free deals and specials.