A program of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society, the 62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market, Saturday and Sunday, July 27th & 28th, 2013 on the Santa Fe Plaza celebrates the community and artistic excellence of the rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico. This is a popular event for residents and visitors alike, with hundreds of artists participating, both adults and children. Their booths completely line the Plaza and spill out into the adjoining streets. A variety of food booths are an integral part of the Market experience and a full schedule of live music, traditional dance performances and pageantry add richness to the cultural display. As the artistic quality continues to soar, the place of the traditional art forms of Hispanic New Mexico seems more secure than it did a few decades ago, just as the number of young people eager to learn the traditions from their elders guarantees the future of this living heritage.
- The Market features handmade traditional art from local Hispanic artists, as well as on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods throughout each day.
- Spanish Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts over 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world.
- Each July, the Market showcases 300 Hispanic artists who not only exhibit and sell their art, but are also very happy to share their culture with visitors.
- All the festivities are focused on and around the Santa Fe Plaza, which is surrounded by history-filled museums, shops and restaurants.
- This year's Market, July 27-28, will be the culmination of a week-long celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture that includes traditional art, food, exciting music and dance, and much more to entertain you.
Come meet the artists and their families as they share the experience of their living Hispanic heritage as it has existed in New Mexico for more than 400 years! The Society also offers the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, which preserves and promotes the Spanish colonial arts and the traditional Hispanic arts of New Mexico through art exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, and lectures. The collection includes Spanish colonial art forms spanning four centuries and four continents, and the more than 3700 art objects are housed at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo (Museum Hill) in Santa Fe. The Grand Opening of the elegant new exhibit, “Window on Lima: The Beltrán-Kropp Collection from Peru” takes place on Saturday, June 22nd at 12:00pm.