...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.
CANCELLED 2020 - COVID - No gatherings permitted.
WHEN: The day after Thanksgiving every year 3-8pm.
WHAT: Christmas Lighting and Santa Claus Visits - Events on the Plaza
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.
CANCELLED - COVID: NO GATHERINGS PERMITTED
WHEN: Christmas at the Palace: December 2020 Date to be Determined. 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm
WHEN: Las Posadas, on the Plaza, December 2020 Date to be Determined. 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
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.
CANCELLED - COVID: NO GATHERINGS PERMITTED.
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: 8:00pm - 12:15am.
WHERE: The Historic Santa Fe Plaza.
Dress warm! Round up your family and friends to ring in the New Year with our Annual Santa Fe New Year's Eve celebration. (This is an alcohol-free event!)
WHEN: Late February: Dates to be determined for 2021.
WHERE:Various Restaurants around Santa Fe
Now in its tenth year, 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.
WHEN: Postponed until further notice 2020.
WHERE: Albuquerque - Tingley Coliseum Fair Grounds. Since 1983, during the last weekend in April, The Gathering of Nations has been North America's biggest Pow Wow! A spectacular event for everyone.
COVID: ONLINE ONLY until further notice.. Call for info. WHEN: Every Saturday & Sunday starting April 18th - October 11th, 2020 (with just a few exceptions. Click "more" for details.)
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.
Join ARTsmart for a wonderful weekend of history, fine art, and cuisine with Edible Art Tours and unique lectures.
WHEN: 2020 POSTPONED TiLL 2021 due to COVID mandates.
WHERE: Downtown Santa Fe & Canyon Road Galleries & various locations...
Proceeds from ticket sales go to ARTsmart New Mexico, a 501c3 nonprofit which ensures that schoolchildren have the opportunity to explore, experience, and engage in the visual arts.
WHEN: CANCELLED: 2020. Dates pending for 2021.
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: June 18-20, 26-27, 2021
WHERE: See Artists in ACTION - In Artist Studios around Santa Fe - Various Locations.
Free to the public! The Annual Santa Fe Studio Tour showcases the wealth of talent and creativity that makes Santa Fe the 3rd largest Art Market in the United States. Visit as many as 75 artists at over 50 studios around Santa Fe, meet the artists and watch them create!
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 10 - August 27, 2021
WHERE: Santa Fe Opera House.
The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals.
WHEN: POSTPONED for 2020 due to COVID. July 2021.
WHERE: Milner Plaza at Museum Hill 1.7 mi from the Historic Downtown Plaza.
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!
Purchase tickets online starting May 1. Click link for more info and purchase tickets.
WHEN: CANCELLED 2020:
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza area.
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: AUG 1 - 31st, 2020 due to COVID VIRTUAL MARKET & EVENTS ONLINE ONLY. 2021 Dates Pending.
WHERE: ALL EVENTS & MARKETS ARE ONLINE.
Since 1922, Santa Fe's Indian Market has been a spectacular event attracting hundreds of locals and visitors.
WHEN: Friday September 3rd, 2021 (always the Friday of Labor Day Weekend)
WHERE: Pending COVID situation.
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 10,11,12th 2021. (Main Parades/events always the first weekend after Labor Day)
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: POSTPONED 2020. Future dates to be determined.
WHERE: Midtown Innovation District - multiple venues.
Enjoy an afternoon of live dramas, comedies and non-stop action. Twenty local theatre companies will be filling ten neighboring venues with 15 minute plays beginning every half hour. Street performers and guides will point the way to the next venue. Only $5 per person.
Fun for the whole family!
NOTE: Due to COVID many pueblos may not be allowing visitors for their events. 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: Sept 2021 dates pending. VIRTUAL EVENTS & OUTDOOR RESTAURANT LUNCHEONS & DINNERS to adhere to COVID mandates.
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.
COVID-19 may postpone events. Check website for updates. WHEN: Oct 2nd & 3rd, 2021. 10am - 4pm.
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: POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER 2nd - 10th 2021.
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 11th, 2021.
WHERE: Santa Fe's Plaza.
(Pending COVID situation) 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 14th - 18th, 2020 (Events will be with COVID protocols plus virtual screenings options)
WHERE: Various Theater Locations in Santa Fe.
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.