The Sangre de Cristo’s summit still has its white caps, but winter is officially over – and spring has sprung in The City Different! May events this year will have you basking in sunshine in the great Santa Fe outdoors! Enjoy the bright skies with a refreshing margarita (or two), cycling, and en plein air painting.
Santa Fe Margarita Trail Kicks Off May 5
Santa Fe welcomes a new trail! Santa Fe Margarita Trail will publicly launch May 5, 2016 as an ongoing culinary cocktail experience for visitors and Santa Fe locals alike. The Margarita Trail highlights 31 restaurants and bars that offer a special, uniquely designed and named margarita using the finest tequilas and ingredients. Santa Fe Margarita Trail Passports will be available for purchase beginning May 5 at any of the Margarita Trail participating restaurants or at any of the TOURISM Santa Fe Visitor Centers. Trail adventurers 21 and older can use the Passport to receive a $1 discount on each special margarita. As you sample margaritas, collect stamps from the different stops and you’ll earn special prizes along the way! Passports holders can earn a maximum of two stamps per day to help ensure people drink responsibly and keep the trail fun. Time to hit the Santa Fe Margarita Trail! Visit santafe.org/MargaritaTrail for more information and a list of participants.
Spring Into The Canyon Road Spring Art Festival
Immerse yourself in art during Canyon Road's annual Spring Art Festival on May 6th and 7th. This event will feature exceptional exhibits, artist receptions, and art demonstrations that will take place on the iconic road – long hailed as one of the premier art destinations in the world.
The festival’s impressive array of alfresco events is headlined by the Artist Slow Draw and Live Auction on Saturday. Sixty Canyon Road gallery artists will set up their easels along the historic trail, and each will produce an original work of art in the span of five hours. All of these one-of-a-kind pieces will be sold at a live auction later in the day. This is a must-do activity for anyone wanting to experience en plein painting.
Outside Bike & Brew: Biggest Year Yet!
Three bike events round out a weekend in May. (Photo courtesy of Outside Magazine)
If you’re a bike enthusiast, this weekend in May is just for you with a culmination of three diferent events coming together!
Outside Bike & Brew Festival is one of the most innovative and unique cycling and craft beer festivals in the country. On May 19 – 22, 2016, the festival returns to Santa Fe for their third and biggest year yet. The weekend is filled with biking bliss for professional and amateur riders, bike builders, beer drinkers and music lovers from around the country. The festival features a Big Mountain Enduro race, microbreweries from around the country; live music, a handmade bicycle expo, group rides, bike clinics and lots of family fun. The Santa Fe Century is a ride designed for the amateur citizen rider as well as the fast rider.
Santa Fe has been named one of America’s top mountain bike towns by the readers of USA Today. With a schedule of over 60 official rides, tours, clinics, and events, there is something for everyone. Yes, you!
Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival
The Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival, Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale will be held on Friday, May 27 through Sunday May 29 in 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
This year, the Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival is pleased to designate prolific Hopi/Tewa artist Dan Namingha as the 2016 Museum of Indian Arts and Culture’s Living Treasure and the Featured Artist for the 2016 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival. May we add that by attending you will be supporting your favorites artists and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture at the same time.
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