Showcasing first class art and culture from around the world…join us as we Celebrate Global Arts and Culture in Santa Fe this year! The City Different is offering an opportunity to experience a wide selection of global and cultural experiences during the yearlong, citywide festival. Many Santa Fe institutions – the New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and our own singular and unique Santa Fe cultural markets – have come together in this effort to showcase, first-rate performances and first-class art and culture from around our globe.
When arriving in Santa Fe, visitors who wish to experience Native American culture often ask, where do I begin? The exploration of greater Santa Fe’s rich cultural landscape and history might at first seem like an overwhelming endeavor, with such a wide range of exemplary choices, but that’s the good news! As the third largest art market in the country, Santa Fe is chock-full of fine art galleries, shops, and cultural institutions that offer magnificent displays of the region’s art and culture and endless opportunities for learning and discovery.
If you are planning a trip to Santa Fe, your first stop should be santafe.org where you’ll find the most up-to-date Santa Fe event listings, itinerary ideas, special deals, and more. May we also suggest a visit to the Santa Fe TripAdvisor page? Why? Well for one, TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site with more than 60 million members and over 170 million reviews and opinions of hotels, restaurants, and attractions. Take a look at what travelers like you are saying about the “Top 10 Things to Do in Santa Fe.”
Santa Fe is a wonderful place to visit year-round, but during the winter months there’s something magical in the air. See why Travel + Leisure named Santa Fe one of America’s Best Cities for Winter Travel. Here is a small sampling of Santa Fe events and activities happening in the month of December.
There’s no shortage of things to see, do and eat in Santa Fe. We are known as the City Different and within one visit, you will know why. Santa Fe embodies a rich history, melding Hispanic, Anglo and Native American cultures whose influences are apparent in everything from the architecture, the food, and the art.
You could spend days here visiting museums and soaking up the scenery. If you’ve heard and read about our picturesque city and are ready to visit, consider a Fourth of July weekend getaway in Santa Fe! Come and enjoy some of our 320 days of sunshine a year this Independence Day weekend.
We’ve put together a fun-filled weekend itinerary to get you started!
Can’t decide how to celebrate your fathers? How about a Father’s Day different! Surprise Dad with an adventure that includes a Santa Fe City Different getaway! Here are some ideas for memorable ways to honor and treat the “World’s Greatest Dad” on Father’s Day.
Can you believe it? The holidays are over and you are thinking about your family’s spring break getaway. Tired of crowded and expensive amusement parks and beaches? This year, how about something different? Santa Fe is making it easy, affordable, and fun for you and your family to plan that unique spring break vacation. Beginning in March through mid-April, families have a chance to take advantage of deals and specials in Santa Fe and here’s the great part–– KIDS ARE FREE! From outdoor activities, arts, culture, lodging and accommodations, wellness, restaurants, and other kid-friendly attractions we have your family covered to maximize your budget and spring break fun.
An Unparalleled Cultural Family Experience
Santa Fe has been named as the #1 Cultural Getaway by Travel + Leisure and it’s no wonder––at 400+ years old, Santa Fe is the nation’s oldest capital city. With the unique blend of Native American, Spanish, and Anglo traditions that have been woven into the fabric of Santa Fe over the last 400 years, there is so much history to explore. A great educational opportunity awaits your family. Get inspired by Santa Fe’s rich blend of history, arts, and cultural heritage by visiting more than a dozen state and private museums around Santa Fe and take advantage of the more than 250 galleries!
Here are a few special offers to take advantage of during your #SpringBreakDifferent adventure!
New Mexico History Museum
From ancient artifacts to computer interactives, the New Mexico History Museum brings the past to life and challenges you to look at the American story in new ways. Transport your family through 500 years of New Mexico state history, by visiting the exhibit, “Telling New Mexico: Stories from Then and Now” which explores the experiences of Native peoples, Spanish colonists, Santa Fe Trail riders, outlaws, the railroad, artists, scientists, hippies and more.
Admission for kids under 16 is free daily.
Museum of International Folk Art
With ongoing activities and special events, the museum is a great place for families! Exhibition galleries have special appeal to children of all ages with their interactive activities and regularly scheduled docent-led hands on art making activities. The Museum of International Folk Art has gained national and international recognition as an accredited museum that is home to the world’s largest collection of folk art. It’s guaranteed to be a hit! Children under 16 are free daily.
Other museums participating are the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, New Mexico Museum of Art, and the Palace of the Governors. Also, kids under 16 are free daily.
Find Your Family Lodging and Accommodation Special Deal!
Santa Fe holds a sophistication all its own and this translates into historic hotels combining old world Southwestern charm with impeccable new world service. Santa Fe hotels are ready to welcome you and your family this spring break and are offering fun activities like cooking classes and treasure quests. You’ll want to start your adventure and find lodging that offers modern conveniences that blend our old World New Mexican style! Below are a few examples of family-friendly specials.
Hotel Santa Fe
Check-in to fun at The Hotel Santa Fe with their exclusive spring break package. Make it a family affair and explore with the kids. Enjoy a special kids eat free menu and a daily activity such as Native American storytelling, craft hour or cooking classes and an exciting discovery hunt complete with a selfie stick to document all the lifelong memories you will be making.
Drury Plaza Hotel
Drury Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe, the new hotel in the heart of historic Santa Fe, sits on five beautiful acres and will bring friendly, award-winning hospitality service to you and your family.
The Drury Spring Break package includes daily hot breakfast and evening reception, daily afternoon popcorn and soda. In addition, a 10% room discount and a treasure quest for children upon arrival will include a map of items to locate in the hotel. Upon completion, children will receive a small treasure!
So Many Family Dining Experiences!
Santa Fe’s culinary scene is sizzling so when you pack for your trip, make sure to bring your appetite! Here are two suggestions guaranteed to please the entire family.
Who doesn’t love CHOCOLATE? FREE CHOCOLATE is even better! With the purchase of one adult, regular drinking chocolate elixir, you will receive one kid’s mini chocolate drinking elixir for FREE. Kids 12 and under qualify and must be present at time of purchase.
During your spring break, kids eat free at Luminaria Restaurant when accompanied by a parent. Buy one full price adult entree and receive one complimentary entree from the children’s menu.
Experience Mind, Body and Spirit in Santa Fe
The Spa at Loretto
Who says parents should have all the fun? Plan a family spa day and receive a complimentary Classic Scrub, Buff and Polish Manicure for your child with the purchase of any full price adult body or facial service.
Hilton Santa Fe Buffalo Thunder
It’s all about having fun at Buffalo Thunder! You can receive a free manicure for your child with an adult mani-pedi purchase. Be sure to check out other offers from Buffalo Thunder such as daily buffalo scavenger hunts, free kids golf lessons and more!
Ski The Santa Fe Slopes
Ski Santa Fe
Want to find an outdoor activity with the family? Try Ski Santa Fe! Ski Santa Fe has a wonderful range of terrain, from isolated beginner slopes to lots of cruisers, some long bump runs, great glades and tree runs, and even a few short chutes and small bowls.
Buy 2 Adult Full Day lift tickets and get 1 child (12 & younger) lift ticket free!
Family Learning Time
Thousands of people travel to Santa Fe each year in order to take our unique classes and workshops. With so many gifted artists, writers, and chefs in town, Santa Fe has become an appealing destination for inspired learning.
You’ll be amazed by the range of Santa Fe classes and workshops. But it’s not surprising––this is a place where creativity thrives. Here’s a sampling of one of the many workshops to be offered.
Skate School Santa Fe
Are your kids rocking their skateboards?? Why not make it a fun family affair and take advantage of Skate School Santa Fe’s offer of receiving one skateboard lesson from a qualified instructor using their boards and safety gear? There’s also an indoor skateboard park at the school to receive your lesson! Kids under 12 will receive a free lesson with each accompanying adult lesson.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to dance “flamenco”? Now’s your chance! Entreflamenco will be offering free flamenco dance instruction for you and your family every Wednesday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Space is limited. Be sure to reserve a spot for your family today. Ole!
Bubbly Heart Studio
What better way for your family to connect than to create your own work of art? Kids paint free with each paying adult! Bubbly Heart Studio will supply a 16 X 20 canvas, canvas paints, brushes, aprons, and cupcakes too! Seating is limited. Book your slot today.
Day of the Dead is a holiday that has been celebrated on November 1–2 in central and southern Mexico for many years. More recently it has been embraced by Santa Fean’s and visitors alike. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.
Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas; honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed; and by visiting graves with these gifts.
Whether you have long celebrated the holiday, or are just learning about it, here are few businesses and events that honor this cultural tradition.
Santa Fe, New Mexico was recently voted the #1 Best Destination for Shopaholics by USA Today 10Best readers. So I want to share with you that one of Santa Fe’s best kept shopping secrets is the number of unique gift shops that accompany our magnificent museums. We have several places where you can find the perfect treasure for yourself or a friend. There are a total of eight museum gift shops in The City Different that carry everything from apparel, furnishings, jewelry, accessories, music, movies, and Native American art. You can always count on the museum shops to sell items related to current or permanent exhibits. No two gift shops are the same! So let me take you through a shopping odyssey filled with treasures, handmade art and crafts, and one-of-a-kind- gifts.
Here in our beautiful city the “Art Walk” has become a very popular way for art lovers to take in Santa Fe’s many galleries. Santa Fe has over 250 galleries, many clustered in three unique areas, including Canyon Road, the Santa Fe Railyard and Downtown Santa Fe.
What I love about art walks is the wonderful opportunity to interact personally with the artists and gallery owners. They are often available to answer questions and chat. You’ll feel the general “art opening” vibe in the air. This is a great way to meet and strike up a conversation with artists, locals and visitors alike!
If you are an art enthusiast or collector, you will find in Santa Fe an unparalleled diversity of fine art ranging from traditional to contemporary, including painting, sculpture, mixed media, graphic art and textiles.