2012 Santa Fe Winter Fiesta: A Destination for Winter Fun

Santafe.com - January 5, 2012

10 days and nights of live music, parties, culinary events and a comedy performance and much more

Now that the holidays are over, winter seems to stretch ahead interminably, offering long months of cold and cruel weather. But don't despair. The 10-day Santa Fe Winter Fiesta, held January 27 through February 5, offers an exciting array of concerts, parties, culinary experiences, comedy, dining, shopping, hotel and ski discounts and more to help you beat the winter blues!

This is the second annual Winter Fiesta, and the schedule is packed full of fun events for everyone, whether you're a snow bird, a music lover, a foodie or a shopping hound. Purchasing a 2012 Winter Fiesta Adventure Pass will give you great discounts at all Winter Fiesta events -- potentially saving you hundreds of dollars! The passes are just $10 each. For details, visit the Winter Fiesta website.

Winter Fiesta kicks off on January 27 with an opening night concert featuring D Numbers' 10th Anniversary Party Winter Fiesta Extravaganza. The band takes listeners on a sonic joyride with its unique hybrid of instrumental rock and electronica. The concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Santa Fe Farmers' Market Pavilion in the Railyard. ($20/$10 with pass)

The fun continues on January 28 with the Blu Crawl, a festive tour of Santa Fe's bars, with live music also on tap. That same night, dance the night away at the Winter Fiesta Baile to Grammy-winning Grupo Fantasma, which blends elements of funk, meringue, mamba and cumbia. The ball begins at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion. ($30/$20 with pass)

Laugh the night away with The Second City Touring Company's Laugh Out Loud Tour at 8 p.m. on January 29 in the Pavilion. This hilarious troupe of talented improv sketch comedians is the touring company for Chicago's famed Second City troupe. ($30/$20 with pass)

On January 30, The Strange takes the stage to open for an energizing concert by The Features, an indie rock band from Tennessee, who boast a song on the soundtrack for Twilight: Breaking Dawn. The show takes place at the Pavillion, beginning at 7:30 p.m. ($15/$5 with pass)

Serious skiers won't want to miss the screening of All.I.Can, an extreme ski movie billed as "an epic monstrosity of radness." The film was produced by Sherpa Cinemas, a boutique production house. ESPN.com calls this film "the best movie in skiing," and Powder Magazine describes it as "analogous to listening to a Led Zeppelin song." Catch All.I.Can at 7 p.m. on January 31 at the Farmers' Market Pavilion. ($10/$8 with pass)

Get your winter groove on at the return of the Reggae Party on February 1, with DJ Dynamite Sol and Boomroots Collective, featuring Circumference, 360, Mr. Kali, Aezrock and special guests. Boomroots is known for its distinctive blend of Jamaican funk with New Mexico soul. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Pavilion. ($20/$10 with pass)

El Farol hosts Salsa Night on February 2 with a salsa dance competition, which includes salsa dance lessons as well as tapas, margaritas, sangria and entertainment by Nosotros, one of Santa Fe's favorite bands, which blends Latin rhythms with elements of flamenco, jazz, rock and salsa. The event begins at 8 p.m. at El Farol, located at 808 Canyon Road. ($15/$5 with pass)

WinterBrew, a craft brew and comfort food festival presented by the New Mexico Brewers Guild, features 28 New Mexico breweries, along with food from local restaurants. The festival takes place from 4 to 9 p.m. on February 3 with an after party at Second Street Brewery at the Railyard. Participating brewers include Santa Fe Brewing Company, Second Street Brewery, Marble Brewery, Blue Corn Brewery, Chama River Brewing Company, Tractor Brewing Company, Il Vicino Brewery, Turtle Mountain Brewing Company, La Cumbre Brewing Company, Nexus Brewery, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, Rio Grande Brewery and Monks' Ale. Food vendors include Whoo's Donuts, Slurp and Rio Chama. ($15/$10 with pass) Your entry fee includes a commemorative WinterBrew glass and free samples from all food and beverage vendors.

JJ Gray & Mofro and Felonious Groove Foundation present a concert at 8 p.m. February 4 at the Pavilion. ($35/$25 with pass) That same night, Guy Clark, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Hayes Carll perform at the Lensic at 7:30 p.m. ($32-$64)

On February 5, take in the Big Game at a gala party and concert hosted by the Cowgirl BBQ. Root for your favorite team while enjoying kickass Santa Fe food and drinks. Kickoff time is 4:30 p.m. at the Farmers' Market Pavilion. (Entry fees to be announced)

During Winter Fiesta, participants can also attend the Santa Fe Farmers' Market on January 28 and February 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., where farmers, growers and chefs from northern New Mexico sell their artisan cheese, bread, organic meat and poultry, eggs, produce, jams, jellies, salsas, chutneys and more. (Free entry)

The Railyard Artisans Market, held January 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and February 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Railyard Park, offers an array of jewelry, pottery, painting, sculpture, photography, fiber arts and more from the celebrated artists and craftspeople of northern New Mexico. (Free entry)

In honor of Winter Fiesta, 70 two-night stays in Santa Fe hotels will soon be given away (check this article and SantaFe.com in the days to come for more information.) Hotels are offering reduced pricing and special packages throughout Santa Fe. Also, the city will offer free shuttles to help fiesta-goers attend events at different venues in Santa Fe. And Ski Santa Fe offers a $10 discount on lift tickets throughout the fiesta.