...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.
Every Saturday starting March 4, 2023 thru Dec 19th. 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: April 27-29, 2023.
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.
WHAT: 12th Annual Folk Art Flea
WHEN: May 6th, 2023
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.
WHEN: June 21 - 24, 2023. 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: June 30th - August 26th, 2023. 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
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 - 9, 2023. Tickets on sale online May 1st (Limited tix available at door)
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!
Click link for more info and purchase tickets.
WHEN: July 16 - August 5 and December 9th - 22, 2023
WHERE: The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.
The Santa Fe Desert Chorale brings together top professional vocalists from across the nation to the Land of Enchantment every summer and winter. You’ll find there’s something for everyone in our varied concert programming and community events.
WHEN: July 29 & 30, 2023. 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 19 & 20, 2023 (always the 3rd weekend in August)
WHERE: Plaza area. Check website on "more" page for details.
Since 1922, Santa Fe's Indian Market has been a spectacular event attracting hundreds of locals and visitors.
WHEN: Friday September 1st, 2023 (always the Friday of Labor Day Weekend) Tix go on Sale July 4th.
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 9 & 101th 2023. (Parades and Events are Usually the first weekend after Labor Day) Check website for Event Schedule
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: September 16 - 17 and September 23 - 24, 2023
WHERE: 38 studios located on State Highway 14 from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, New Mexico
This FREE Studio Tour runs along the Turquoise Trail south from Santa Fe, into Cerrillos and Madrid and as far south as Cedar Crest. This portion of the Turquoise Trail is arguably the most beautiful section of this historic trade route which connects Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Come enjoy the art and landscape of NM!
WHEN: Sept 27 - Oct 1, 2023 Tickets go on sale July 5, 2023 check website link 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 7th - 15th, 2023. Tickets on sale starting April, 2023. 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 9th, 2023.
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: Weekend Markets begin April thru Oct, 2023 dates to be determined. 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: October 21, 23 and 28, 29, 2023.
WHERE: See Artists in ACTION - In Artist Studios around Santa Fe - Various Locations. Preview Gallery Opening, October 20th and 21st, 2023 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 18th - 22nd, 2023
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.
WHEN: Christmas at the Palace Dec 10, 11am - 4pm
WHEN: Las Posadas, on the Plaza Dec 11, 2022 5:30pm - 8pm
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.
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 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, 20223: 8pm - 12:10am.
WHERE: Santa Fe Plaza
Attendees will be subject to current COVID safety protocols.
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