Nine Santa Fe Must Go August Events

Order 2016 Santa Fe Guide

Even with its long days, summer is a season that seems to fly by. But here in The City Different, our countless art and music events prove summer has yet to reach its peak. As the summer season winds down, there is still much to see and do! Are you ready? Here we go…

Santa Fe Bandstand

Grammy award winners Larry Mitchell and Robert Mirabal headline on August 16 at Santa Fe Bandstand. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand)
Grammy award winners Larry Mitchell and Robert Mirabal headline on August 16 at Santa Fe Bandstand. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand)

Santa Fe summer nights are filled with music from Santa Fe Bandstand on the Plaza …a summer long free music festival! You’ll feel a community vibe as you mingle with visitors and locals. If you like to dance, this is your chance to strut your moves on the plaza dance floor!

Rockers, blues singers, jazzmen, and bluegrass pickers, they’re all here almost every night during the week. There’s simply something for everyone and even a few noontime concerts. The 2016 season runs through August 26. Grab the family and a picnic blanket, mucho fun awaits.

HIPICO Santa Fe

HIPICO Santa Fe is a world-class equestrian facility just six miles from downtown Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of HIPICO Santa Fe)
HIPICO Santa Fe is a world-class equestrian facility just six miles from downtown Santa Fe. (Photo courtesy of HIPICO Santa Fe)

Would you like to experience A-rated equestrian competition with southwest sunshine and warm hospitality in Santa Fe? HIPICO Santa Fe is a premier hunter/jumper competition with a southwestern flair!

In August, HIPICO Santa Fe will sponsor four A-Rated events which include Santa Fe  Fiesta, Grand Prix de Santa Fe, Bienvenidos Week, and Turquoise Trail. And if that’s not all, you can also experience The Art of the Horse fine art show from Wednesday through Sundays, delicious farm-to-table food and shopping  jewelry, art and equine merchandise. Don’t miss the Wild Horses Music Festival on August 7 featuring Nosotros.  Only $5 entry with free parking. Be sure to also check out other events happening during their Fall Series, which runs through September 25, 2016. Free admission to all.

 

Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures

Explore life on the frontier at the Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures event. (Photo courtesy of Rancho de las Golondrinas)
Explore life on the frontier at the Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures event. (Photo courtesy of Rancho de las Golondrinas)

Have you ever wanted to explore life on the frontier, meet lawmen, desperadoes and mountain men who put “wild” in the “Wild West”? Here’s your chance to see and feel the West at the Summer Festival and Wild West Adventures August 6 – 7 at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. There’ll be food of the 1800’s, a tasting demonstration and chuck wagon biscuits.

 

Objects of Santa Fe

View and buy objects from around the world. (Photo courtesy of Objects of Santa Fe)
View and buy objects from around the world. (Photo courtesy of Objects of Santa Fe)

Objects of Santa Fe rolls into The City Different and features 70+ exhibitors, with material ranging from contemporary to historic. The show will include paintings, sculpture, furniture, books, fashion, jewelry, textiles, and tribal, folk, American Indian, African, and Asian art. The event will take place at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe from August 12 – 14.

Zia Regional Rodeo

Team roping is one of many events at this year’s New Mexico Gay Rodeo (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
Team roping is one of many events at this year’s New Mexico Gay Rodeo (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

Each year, the New Mexico Gay Rodeo Association produces the Zia Regional Rodeo, their premier fundraiser and the state’s second largest LGBT event. Rodeo events include animal friendly calf and team roping, horse barrel racing and pole bending, with rough stock events including bull riding and steer riding.

The rodeo action takes place on August 13—14 at the Rodeo de Santa Fe Grounds.  For tickets and additional details, visit www.nmgra.org.

Whitehawk Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Shows

Over 100 dealers will be exhibiting their merchandise at this year’s Whitehawk Ethnographic Show (Photo courtesy of Whitehawk Ethnographic Show)

The Whitehawk Antique Indian and Ethnographic Art Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 38 years. Called “the granddaddy of them all” by Maine Antique Digest’s Alice Kaufman, these fantastic shows offer something for everyone. Each show boasts over 100 dealers and spotlights merchandise not seen anywhere else. The energy is high and the pace leisurely, so browse and enjoy yourself. The participating dealers are passionate about what they do and are happy to share their expertise. A world of knowledge is yours for the asking!

The show runs from August 12 – 15. For additional information and tickets, visit the website.

95th Santa Fe Indian Market

See the best of the best at the 95th Santa Fe Indian Market (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)
See the best of the best at the 95th Santa Fe Indian Market (Photo courtesy of TOURISM Santa Fe)

 

The Santa Fe Indian Market is one of the biggest events in Santa Fe and also the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world. You will see visitors interacting with over 1,000 of the “best of the best” Native artists and designers in this two-day festival market on August 20—21. Check out the calendar for more events revolving around Indian Market, as numerous galleries and other venues around the city host special events during the week.

The Indian Market hosts artists from coast to coast so you’ll find both Penobscot baskets and Pueblo pottery; Haida carvings find a home near Hopi katsinas; Navajo rugs and colorful paintings. Bring your collector’s eye and you won’t be disappointed.

Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM)

The Indigenous Fine Art market takes place on August 18, 19 and 20. (Photo courtesy of IFAM)
The Indigenous Fine Art market takes place on August 18, 19 and 20. (Photo courtesy of IFAM)

Another must-see event taking place the same weekend as Indian Market is the Indigenous Fine Arts Market (IFAM). IFAM is a celebration of native art and cultures. IFAM’s art events, music and literary programs, aim to create a greater understanding of the complexity and beauty of Native American culture and people as they exist today. IFAM is also a juried art show.

Santa Fe Opera

Why not attend all five operas in one week? (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Opera)
Why not attend all five operas in one week? (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Opera)

 

The 2016 Santa Fe Opera season presents a dazzling quintet of love stories spanning almost three centuries. Comic, tragic, contemplative and adventurous, they show every kind of romantic complication — and women taking charge of their destinies is no exception.

For the opera aficionado, you’ll have a chance to view all five operas in one week. La Fanciulla del West, Romeo et Juliette, Don Giovanni, Capriccio and Vanessa will be performed starting on August 8 – 13.

There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe during the month of August with markets, concerts, antique shows, rodeos, equestrian competitions and opera performances. So don’t let the summer end without planning a getaway and your itinerary of fun and 2016 Santa Fe travel guide are waiting! Order yours today. We also have deals and specials waiting for you to discover as well!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *