By Jason Robert
1. The Santa Fe International Folk Market Mid-July
Every summer in mid-July, one hundred fifty artists from every corner of globe gather for one extraordinary festival to promote folk art and be a vehicle for social awareness and global economic change. More than 20,000 annual visitors flock to see unique artists, cultural demonstrations, and global music and dance performances.
2. The Santa Fe Spanish Market Late July
For sixty years, this attraction has spotlighted regional hispanic artists who specialize in the traditional arts of northern New Mexico. Displays include carved and painted images of the saints, tinwork, woven straw art, furniture, and other crafts unique to northern NM’s and southern Colorado’s Spanish/Indian history. Live music and regional food complete the experience.
3. Mezcal & Tequila Festival February 10th and 11th
Located at the Drury Plaza Hotel in downtown Santa Fe, this festival is devoted to the art of Agave and it’s products. If you’re curious about the difference between Mezcal and Tequila, come find out with tasting and demos.
4. The Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival Memorial Day Weekend
More than two hundred American Indian artists, each sponsored by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, gather for one of Santa Fe’s biggest Native American art shows. Representing a broad array of tribes and cultural identities, each of the high quality art and jewelry pieces available for sale is guaranteed to be of museum-grade craftsmanship.
5. Santa Fe Century Ride Sunday, May 21st, 2017
This scenic group cycling event will let you spend a day racing the clock or riding at your leisure. Choose from twenty, fifty, and one hundred mile rides. The routes involve hills and some technical requirements. Food stops and first aid are provided.
6. Santa Fe Opera Through July & August
For those seeking sophisticated culture, the Santa Fe Opera will be hosting thirty six runs of five different operas over the summer of 2017. Operas are sung in German, Russian, Italian, and English, and include both traditional and contemporary themes.
7. The Santa Fe Indian Market Mid-August
This is the largest intertribal fine art festival in the world. Enjoy Native American art, music, dancing, food, and more. A staple of southwestern culture.
8. The Santa Fe Thunder Race Mid-September
Challenge yourself to a half marathon or 5K road race or just enjoy the one-mile walk. Parents with jogging strollers are welcome to participate. Be sure to take safety procedures before participating in any running events, as the hot Santa Fe weather is no joke when it comes to running. Register now at www.santafethunder.com
9. The Santa Fe Renaissance Fair Mid-September
Hosted by El Rancho De Las Golondrinas, a southwestern “living history” museum, the Renaissance Fair transports visitors to medieval times with fun and education for all ages. Meet the historical Isabel and Ferdinand of Spain, and enjoy food and rousing performances! www.golondrinas.org
10. The Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Late September
New Mexico’s best local restaurants and vineyards put their best on display throughout the city. The week-long festival celebrates the flavorful marriage of New Mexican food and local wine. Maps are available to each site, and an array of activities are offered, such as cooking demos and a film festival...all accompanied by great wine and local “sabor”!