10 Must-See August Events in The City Different

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.

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Santa Fe Bandstand

Through August 11 | Santa Fe Plaza

Santa Fe Bandstand is just one of the great August events in Santa Fe
Santa Fe Bandstand is just one of the great August events in Santa Fe

The Santa Fe Bandstand summer series continues with live music filling the Santa Fe plaza almost every night. We are very fortunate to be a place where local, statewide, and even national acts love to play their music. They know what we know—folks in Santa Fe love live music, dancing under the stars and meeting new people.

Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show

August 4-5 | Santa Fe Plaza

The Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Show is one of the largest juried art shows in Santa Fe and supports the programs of Girls Inc. of Santa Fe. Explore a variety of arts and crafts from both local and national artists. Support an organization that is empowering young women in Santa Fe to be strong, smart, and bold.

La Panza Llena, Corazón Contento

August 4-5 | El Rancho de Las Golondrinas

What’s more New Mexican than rich foods and delightful, local craft beer offerings? The 2nd Annual Panza Llena, Corazón Contento: New Mexico Food Fest, hosted at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, brings together a host of New Mexico breweries and food vendors to celebrate local flavors and the food history of New Mexico.

Objects of Art Santa Fe

August 9-12 | El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe

Objects of Art at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe

Objects of Art Santa Fe highlights a unique collection of objects and fine arts representing a variety of cultures and feels—folk, American Indian, African, Asian, and much more. Celebrate the unique arts and cultures of the world this August in the El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe.

Zia Regional Rodeo

August 10-12 | Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds

(photo courtesy of New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association)

The New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association produces this high-octane event each August, making it one of the largest LGBTQ events in the state. Events include calf roping, bull riding, and barrel racing. In the past, profits from the rodeo have gone to support organizations such as New Mexico AIDS services and the New Mexico Breast Cancer Coalition.

Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show

August 10 – 13 | Santa Fe Community Convention Center

(Photo courtesy of Whitehawk Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show)

The Whitehawk Shows have been a Santa Fe Tradition for 40 years. Called “the granddaddy of them all,” these amazing shows offer something for everyone. Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.

We Are The Seeds

August 16-17 | Santa Fe Railyard Park

In its second year, “We Are the Seeds” returns to bring over 100 indigenous artists and performers to Santa Fe to honor and celebrate indigenous cultures from around the world. The event will include juried high quality contemporary and traditional indigenous art with music, dance, fashion, and culinary art. 

 Santa Fe Indian Market

August 18-19 | Santa Fe Plaza

Considered the most respected and largest intertribal fine arts market in the world, the Santa Fe Indian Market showcases the very best of Native artists and designers. This two-day festival market takes place on the Santa Fe Plaza. 

Indigenous Fine Arts Market

August 17 – 18 | Santa Fe Railyard Park

The Indigenous Fine Arts Market is a celebration of Native art and the cultures. This festival gives Native artists the opportunity to share their voice and their story from travelers far and wide.

Santa Fe Music Week

August 24 – September 3 | Multiple Venues

The Mavericks will be performing in Santa Fe for Music Week. (Photo Courtesy of The Mavericks)

Celebrate Santa Fe’s thriving live music scene and the talented musicians in our community that keep us dancing! Enjoy FREE music every afternoon on the Plaza, as well as local and national acts of every genre at bars and restaurants around town as Santa Fe Music Week takes over The City Different. For full lineup details, visit www.santafemusicweek.com.

Burning of Zozobra

August 31 | Fort Marcy Park

Burning of Zozobra marks the start of the historic Fiestas de Santa Fe.

It’s one of the most legendary events in New Mexico—the Burning of Zozobra. Every year, visitors from around the world flock to The City Different to witness the fiery burn of Zozobra, the 1924 creation of Will Shuster. The event marks the start of the historic Fiestas de Santa Fe.

We hope you find something that fits your style this August, whether it be a new experience with Native American culture or being captivated by Santa Fe’s art community. There’s always something to rave about in The City Different, and we can’t wait to see what you discover. Get your 2018 Santa Fe Travel Guide or browse all our local Deals and Specials.


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