...Some of the country's best fairs, festivals, markets, fiestas, and performing arts seasons happen in Santa Fe, attracting visitors from around the world. Our curated list helps you plan around the most popular Santa Fe events.
WHEN: Inaugural Event: May 20-23, 2022
WHERE: Headquartered at the Santa Fe Convention Center (plus other locations)
WHAT: This new four-day festival is dedicated to celebrating a shared love of language and ideas, and features a line-up of literary stars from near and far. The festival kicks off on Friday May 20, 2022 with two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Colson Whitehead on stage. There will be two full days of events on Saturday and Sunday May 21-22 plus Literary Day Trips on Monday May 23.
WHEN: May 21st, 2022
WHERE: Santa Fe Fashion Outlet Mall
Enjoy an afternoon of live dramas, comedies and non-stop action. Twenty local theatre companies will be filling 5 indoor venues, and courtyard events, with 15 minute plays beginning every half hour. Street performers and guides will point the way. Admission is Free and Donations are greatly appreciated.
Fun for the whole family!
WHAT: 11th Annual Folk Art Flea
WHEN: June 11th, 2022, 10 am – 3 pm
WHERE: Santa Fe County Fairgrounds
The Folk Art Flea is a fabulous sale of collectors’-quality, gently-used folk and fine art from around the world. Flea shoppers will find hand-crafted textiles, ceramics, yard art, masks, high-end and costume jewelry, paintings, and lots more – at bargain prices.
OPEN Saturdays starting March 5, 2022 thru Dec 18th. see "hours". Support our local artists! Saturdays from March through December, locals and visitors love to shop at the Santa Fe Artists Market, located across from the Farmer's Market along the tracks across from the Water Tower. Meet the artists and discover beautiful, fine arts and crafts in a variety of mediums, from local, juried New Mexico artisans. Discover the perfect gifts, home decor, jewelry, apparel, art, and more.
WHEN: Weekend Markets begin April 16th thru Oct 16, 2022. See "more" for all scheduled dates.
Enjoy fine art & meet the artists under New Mexico’s cerulean skies at the Santa Fe Society of Artists shows in historic downtown Santa Fe. Located just a half block from the Santa Fe Plaza and across the street from the historic New Mexico Museum of Art.
WHEN: June 22, 23, 24, 25, 2022. Check website link for details.
WHERE: Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds
Saddle up for all the heart-pounding, mud-slinging, action-packed performances of a top PRCA rodeo with a hometown feel.
WHEN: July 1st -August 27th, 2022. Check weblink on "more" page for schedule & ticket purchase.
WHERE: Santa Fe Opera House.
The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals.
WHEN: July 4th 2022
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza. (check website for updates on attendence regulations etc)
When locals think Fourth of July in Santa Fe, Pancakes On The Plaza comes to mind first. From the deliciousness of the pancakes to the cool cars on display ... from the toe-tapping music to the unique art show, Pancakes On The Plaza has something for everyone.
WHEN: July 6 - 10th, 2022. Tickets on sale online May 2, 2022. (Limited tix available at door)
WHERE: 2 locations: Milner Plaza at Museum Hill 1.7 mi from the Historic Downtown Plaza. And at 620 Cerrillos Rd
Intended as a one-time event in 2004, the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe is now the largest of its kind in the world!
Click link for more info and purchase tickets.
WHEN: July 13-August 5, 2022
WHERE: Multiple venues close to the Plaza area.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale is thrilled to celebrate its 40th Anniversary with their annual summer festival, one of the nation’s largest choral events. Experience the beauty and power of great choral music with three distinct concert programs, plus vocal recitals and more.
WHEN: CORRECT DATES ARE: July 30 & 31, 2022. 9am - 5pm
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza. Check website link on "more" page for details.
The oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States. The celebration includes festivals, music and cultural events centered around Santa Fe's historic Plaza.
WHEN: August 20 - 21, 2022
WHERE: Plaza area. Check website on "more" page for tickets and details.
Admission: Advance Tickets May Be Required for crowd management. Check website.
Since 1922, Santa Fe's Indian Market has been a spectacular event attracting hundreds of locals and visitors.
WHEN: Friday September 2nd, 2022 (always the Friday of Labor Day Weekend)
WHERE: Fort Marcy Park. (Check website for details on where to park and how to get to the field.)
The burning of the 50 foot-tall effigy known as Zozobra, a.k.a Old Man Gloom, began in 1924 and has become an annual tradition for Santa Feans to burn away "doom and gloom" in time for fall.
WHEN: September 3 - 11th 2022. (Usually the first weekend after Labor Day) Check website for covid updates.
WHERE: The Historic Plaza Area - FREE Admission.
For more than 300 years, every September, the Santa Fe Fiesta Council proudly invites people from all backgrounds to celebrate historic Santa Fe culture with events that highlight the talents of Northern New Mexico cultura! Enjoy the arts and crafts booths along with music, dancing, entertainment and food booths that line the historic Santa Fe plaza during the Fiesta Labor Day weekend.
WHEN: Sept 21 - 25, 2022 Tickets go on sale July 5, 2022 check website for tickets.
WHERE: Many locations including restaurants.
Enjoy five-days of events featuring the world-class culinary artistry found in as many as 75 excellent Santa Fe restaurants, coupled with the sophistication and wines of up to 90 national wineries. Click "more" to link to event schedules and ticket purchase.
WHEN: Oct 1 & 2, 2022. 10am - 4pm. check website for updates.
WHERE: El Rancho de las Golondrinas.
Voted one of the Top Harvest Festivals in the U.S. For over 43 years, locals and visitors have celebrated the bringing in of the harvest with the villagers at El Rancho de las Golondrinas - the "Ranch of the Swallows" just south of Santa Fe. Trip back in time to the lifestyle of the first settlers. This is fun for the whole family!
WHEN: OCTOBER 1st - 9th, 2022. Tickets on sale starting April, 2022. Click "More" for weblink to purchase tix.
WHERE: Balloon Fiesta Park, Albuquerque
The world's premier balloon event. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a world-renowned attraction and destination for kids of all ages. For more than four decades, the first week in October brings the smell of roasting chiles and the beautiful, magical moving picture show of hot air balloons sailing silently through the crisp fall air.
WHEN: October 10th, 2022, weekend celebration.
WHERE: Santa Fe's Plaza. & Museum of Contemporary Native Arts
Join several Native American Tribes as they bring their culture and community to the Santa Fe Plaza for dances and events marking the Annual Indigenous Peoples' Day.
WHEN: October 8, 9 & 15, 16th, 2022.
WHERE: See Artists in ACTION - In Artist Studios around Santa Fe - Various Locations. Preview Gallery Opening, October 7, 5-8 PM, at Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail.
Free to the public! The Annual Santa Fe Studio Tour (SFST) showcases the wealth of talent and creativity that makes Santa Fe the 3rd largest Art Market in the United States. Visit as many as 60 artists at over 50 studios to meet the artists and watch them create!
WHEN: October 19 - 23, 2022
WHERE: Various Theater Locations in Santa Fe. Click website link on "more" page for details and tickets.
Top international films, American independents and the most competitive New Mexico programs in the area, commence each October for this tent-pole film event. The season's program will delight the Santa Fe audience with a first-rate run of independent films and events.
WHEN: The day after Thanksgiving every year. See "more" for hours.
WHAT: Christmas Lighting and Santa Claus Visits - Events on the Plaza. MASKS & distancing required.
Every year, Santa Fe begins its Christmas anticipation the day after Thanksgiving. People gather to watch as a vintage fire truck parades Santa and Mrs. Claus around the Plaza, eventually stopping to greet everyone. The colorful lighting happens at dark.
NOTE: Due to COVID all pueblos are currently closed to visitors. Please call numbers provided on "more" page to check the status of their feast days and visitor access.
There are 19 Pueblos around Northern New Mexico and each observe sacred ceremonial Feast Days and Religious Events. The Native people generously allow respectful outsiders to attend some of these events throughout the year. Please be sure to observe all Pueblo Rules of Etiquette when visiting Native American villages. If you're not sure what the rules are, please inquire at the Tourism Offices for each Pueblo. Click "More" for Calendar of Events.
WHEN: Christmas at the Palace -No plans are in place for 2021.
WHEN: Las Posadas, on the Plaza - 2021 is cancelled. Sorry.
WHERE: New Mexico History Museum & Palace of the Governors, and Santa Fe Plaza.
Two FREE traditional Christmas events for the whole family, presented by the New Mexico History Museum & Palace of the Governors.
WHEN:Christmas Eve. 5.15pm - 8.30pm
WHERE: Historic Canyon Road (FREE)
A long-standing Santa Fe tradition is to walk the historic Canyon Road on Christmas Eve. Farolitos, Christmas Carols, Cider, and goodies line the street. Starting at twilight and going until everyone has left. Join in this wonderful spectacle with your friends and family. Happy Holidays!
WHEN: December 31st, 2022: 8pm - 12:10am.
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza
Attendees will be subject to current COVID safety protocols.
WHAT: To be Announced
WHEN: 2022 dates to be announced - Tickets start at $20.
WHERE: St. Francis Auditorium at The New Mexico Museum of Art.
At last! An Opera event for all! Twice a year, Opera West brings world-class performers to the stage for the enjoyment of the whole community.
WHEN: Usually Feb-March, 2022 CANCELLED.
WHERE:Various Restaurants around Santa Fe
Restaurant Week is a highlight of winter. Chefs showcase their talents and tantalize our Foodie senses with budget-friendly prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus, inspired by freshly-sourced Old and New World ingredients.