Why We Love August (And You Should, Too!)

There is so much to see and do this coming August in Santa Fe! With Summer of Color in full swing and a wide range of events taking place, you’ll see why we love August.

Two Markets, One Weekend  

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. Check out our calendar for more events revolving around Indian Market as numerous galleries and other venues around the city host special events during the week.

One event overlapping Indian Market weekend is the Indigenous Fine Arts Market. 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.

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Over 100,000 people will be attending Indian Market this year.

Santa Fe Loves A World Premiere!

We love world premieres and there is no better way to start off August than at the Santa Fe Opera with the premier of Cold Mountain.   This highly anticipated world premiere kicks off on August 1. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon captures the fervor of Charles Frazier’s thrilling novel. The opera is based on Charles Frazier’s best-selling novel, which was turned into an award-winning movie. Cold Mountain tells an American story about the desertion of Confederate soldier W.P. Inman and his return to his love in the mountains of North Carolina during the Civil War.

If you’re an opera lover you’ll be drawn to the magnificent northern New Mexico mountains to enjoy productions by one of America’s premier open air summer opera festivals.

Santa Fe Opera goers enjoy a production in a striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater .
Santa Fe Opera goers enjoy a production in a striking, state-of-the-art, open-air theater .

Count ‘Em—Two Antique Shows!

The Whitehawk Antique Shows have been a Santa Fe tradition for 37 years.  These antique shows are called “the granddaddy of them all” by Maine Antique Digest’s Alice Kaufman. These amazing events offer something for everyone. The 31st Annual Ethnographic Art Show starts with an opening night party on Thursday Aug. 13th from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m.  The show continues from Friday, Aug. 14–Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.

The Whitehawk shows have gained a reputation as the premier showcase to see, buy and sell the finest examples of Antique Ethnographic, Tribal, and Antique American Indian artwork.

Whitehawks 37th Annual Antique Indian Art Show follows with an Opening Night Party on Sunday, Aug. 16 from 6 p.m.–9 p.m.  You don’t want to miss either of these shows!

Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.
Each show boasts over 100 dealers and features merchandise not seen anywhere else.

I’ll See You at the Bandstand

Summer wouldn’t be summer without 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 like I do, this is your chance to strut your moves on the plaza dance floor!  Here’s a treat we’re all looking forward to: American pop and country singer, songwriter and guitarist Juice Newton headlines on August 4!

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Joe West & The Santa Fe Revue entertain the plaza crowd.

Flamenco Times Two

If you love flamenco you’ll want to experience the passion and mystery of Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe! Juan Siddi is the lead dancer and artistic director for this international performing troupe that presents rigorous choreography and captures flamenco’s rich cultural heritage, mixing it with contemporary flair. Musicians and vocalists, many hailing from Spain, heighten the dramatic power.

Entre Flamenco––another show worth checking out¬––offers Santa Fe a taste of Spain.  World-renowned Spanish Flamenco dancer Antonio Granjero presents his troupe’s performance season along with his featured artist Estefania Ramirez.  Shows run nightly at 8:00 p.m. at the Maria Benitez Cabaret located in The Lodge at Santa Fe.

Experience the thrill of Juan Siddi Flamenco at its finest!
Experience the thrill of Juan Siddi Flamenco at its finest!

Color Me Summer

Summer of Color has coordinated a series of exhibition and events with some of the city’s leading and cultural institutions.  Museums chose a special color theme and have woven a summer-long program that features the history, the use, and the joy of using color.

The Santa Fe community has also embraced the lead of Museum Hill Partners and over 75+ art galleries and restaurants have joined the Summer of Color celebration! The citywide collaboration offers visitors a wide palette of colorful experiences to enjoy! Take turquoise for example….

Don't miss "Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning" at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.
Don’t miss “Turquoise, Water, Sky: The Stone and Its Meaning” at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

There is so much to see and do in Santa Fe during August with markets, a world premiere, antique shows, arts and crafts, flamenco and exhibits. So don’t let the summer end without planning a getaway…your itinerary of fun is waiting!

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