7 Reasons You’ll Love Santa Fe In May

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Locals will tell you that The City Different is a great place to visit year around, especially during May and the Memorial Day weekend. So get ready because we have some suggestions to help you capture the true essence of what Santa Fe has to offer in the month of May. Here are seven….

 

 The Margarita Trail Is One Year Old

Cheers to the Santa Fe Margarita Trail! The trail celebrates one year on Cinco de Mayo! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Cheers to the Santa Fe Margarita Trail! The trail celebrates one year on Cinco de Mayo! (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Take a trail adventure this May and discover Santa Fe’s unique culture and culinary creativity by having a margarita this Cinco de Mayo or any other day throughout the year! There are 31 great margaritas on the trail to take advantage of. Purchase your Santa Fe Margarita Trail passport for $3 at any TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Center or participating restaurant. Ask your bartender or server to stamp and date your passport before you leave. Collect stamps from different stops and you’ll be eligible for fun prizes. Trailblazers can earn a maximum of two stamps per day to help ensure people drink responsibly and keep the trail fun. Passport holders will also receive $1 off the signature Margarita Trail margarita. Help celebrate the Margarita Trail on Cinco de May, Friday, May 5, 2017! For more information on the Margarita Trail, click here.

 

Canyon Road Artists Showcase Their Work

Stroll the world famous Canyon Road and experience plein air painting. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Stroll the world famous Canyon Road and experience plein air painting. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

The Canyon Road gallery scene will come alive on May 12 and 13, 2017 as dozens of Canyon Road artists will be showcasing their work and demonstrating their techniques in a two day event on the iconic art road. Collectors will have the rare opportunity to meet artists at gallery openings on Friday night and during a daylong, outdoor artist demonstration on Saturday.

Art lovers will also have the opportunity to watch artists create paintings in oil, acrylic, watercolor, and encaustic; and to learn the techniques of sculptors who will be working in stone, bronze, wood, and glass. For more information visit Canyon Road Spring Art Festival.

 

Outside Bike and Brew Comes To The City Different

Palates and pedals come alive during the Outside Bike and Brew Festival. (Photo courtesy of Outside Bike and Brew Festival)
Palates and pedals come alive during the Outside Bike and Brew Festival. (Photo courtesy of Outside Bike and Brew Festival)

Outside Magazine presents the 4th annual Outside Bike & Brew Festival on May 18 through May 21, 2017. The festival is one of the most exciting and innovative cycling and craft beer festivals in the country. This event is filled with four days of cycling celebration for avid and casual riders, bike builders, beer drinkers and music lovers from around the country. Mark your calendars today!

 

Visit An Artist Studio

Ceramics are one of the many mediums included in the Eldorado Studio Tour. (Photo courtesy of Eldorado Studio Tour)
Ceramics are one of the many mediums included in the Eldorado Studio Tour. (Photo courtesy of Eldorado Studio Tour)

Have you ever wanted to visit an artist in their own studio and view their artwork and crafts? The Eldorado Studio Tour allows visitors to do just that! Visit more than 90 artist studios in this tour near The City Different. There’s an impressive array of work to see and buy, including stained glass, digital art, fiber arts, photography and more. The Eldorado Studio Tour takes place on May 20 and 21, 2017.

 

Santa Fe Century 

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Springtime riding comes to The City Different! (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Century)

The Santa Fe Century is the first major cycling event in the spring in the Southwest. The weather in May is moderate and provides an opportunity to shed the winter gear for some wonderful springtime riding in The City Different and surrounding areas. The race takes place on Sunday, May 21, 2017.

This year, Santa Fe Century will recognize anyone riding a vintage, classic, historical style bicycle. If you have one of these style of bikes, you are asked to join Santa Fe Century in a pageant of bikes on Saturday, May 20, 2017 and receive a special commemorative medal. Registration is now open.

 

Museum Quality Indian Art

Jacqueline Gala of Taos is one of the many Native American artists exhibiting at the Festival. (Photo courtesy of Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival)
Jacqueline Gala of Taos is one of the many Native American artists exhibiting at the Festival. (Photo courtesy of Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival)

If you’re looking for museum quality Indian art then look no further than the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival. The festival will be held on May 26 through May 28, 2017 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Over 200 Native American artists participate, each of whom is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the museum’s permanent collection. For early bird tickets call 505.982.6366 ext. 119. General admission tickets will be available at the door.

 

Big Mountain Enduro 

May 27, 2017  is the season opener for The Big Mountain Enduro which is a one-day backcountry race entailing upwards of 6,000 feet of long rocky descents. Big Mountain Enduro is not about who is the first to climb, or who can finish the finish line, but rather the best all-around trail rider that can tackle any type of terrain, the fastest. It’s the ultimate test of fitness and technical skills.

If biking is one of your passions, see why Santa Fe was named one of the one of America’s top mountain bike towns by the readers of USA Today.

Take a look at last year’s Big Mountain Enduro opener!

Local Artists Come Together

The Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild promotes local artists and their art. (Photo courtesy Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild)
The Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild promotes local artists and their art. (Photo courtesy Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild)

The Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild juried show also takes place Memorial Day weekend – May 27, 28 and 29, 2017. That Northern New Mexico moniker is the clue; the artists and craftsmen come from both Santa Fe and serene villages scattered throughout our scenic countryside. The event takes place at Cathedral Park.

 

To Do List: The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market

The Santa Fe Farmers Market continues to serve Northern New Mexico with fresh, locally grown produce and agricultural products. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market continues to serve Northern New Mexico with fresh, locally grown produce and agricultural products. (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Where can you find locals and visitors happily strolling, sipping coffee, and filling baskets with local produce, fresh breads, seasonal herbs, free range eggs, aromatic fresh and dried chiles, local honey and jams and luxurious body products? The Santa Fe Farmer's Market of course!

The Santa Fe Farmer’s Market began as a loose-knit group of farmer’s selling produce on Saturdays, from the back of their trucks, in the late 1960s. By the mid 70’s, the organization grew stronger, added more vendors, and outgrew the Alto Recreation Center and the Sanbusco Market Center. It was moved to its current home at the Railyard in 1999 where it thrives year-round. This farmer’s market was also chosen as USA Today's Top 10 Farmer's Market in the country. The market is open year-round on Saturdays from 8 am to 1 pm.

Now is the moment to give in to the beauty and bounty of a Santa Fe May getaway. There’s much to do in the month, so start planning your Santa Fe trip today! Be sure to obtain your Santa Fe Travel Guide. Santa Fe also has many specials, packages and deals and we would love to share them with you.

 

 

 

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