Six Weekend Events Santa Feans Should Know About

Editor | - July 25, 2013

It's easy to feel like Santa Fe's Spanish Market – which draws some 70,000 patrons and 350 artists –  overshadows just about everything else taking place downtown. Tourists and locals alike will swarm to the Santa Fe Plaza and surrounding areas to take part in the oldest and largest juried Spanish market in the country. Let's be realistic though, even the most dedicated folk art aficionados will need a break from the heat, the art, and the seemingly infinite number of Texans shoppers.

But why go home? This weekend, our little burg offers a variety of special activities and events, including world-class jazz concerts at the Lensic, dance parties in the middle of the desert and storytelling from beloved folklorist Joe Hayes. To help you navigate your choices, the editorial staff at offers you the following six can't-miss events for this weekend.

As always, if you don't see your event on our calendar feel free to submit it. On with the program.

6. Terence Blanchard Quintet and Lionel Loueke Trio at the Lensic

If you've seen a Spike Lee movie chances are you've heard the musical stylings of jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. He's the written the score to every Spike Lee film since 1991. His new album, "Magnetic," was released in June, along with his first jazz opera, "Champion," about boxer Emile Griffith, who passed away July 23 after a career that included killing a man in the boxing ring and being one of the world's first openly gay atheletes. The performance is part of the New Mexico Jazz Festival concert series.

5. Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band at the Lensic

We know. We know. A jazz concert featured for #6 and now another one, but fans of Latin jazz cannot afford to miss pianist Eddie Palmieri's and his Latin Jazz Band, Saturday. Palmieri is known for his charismatic performances, innovative compositions and virtuosity on the piano. He holds a prestigious title as an NEA Jazz Master, one of the nation's highest honors in jazz, and has nine Grammy awards to his name.

4. Meow Wolf’s ROGUE CITY at the closed !Traditions! outlet mall

Rogue City is an all-night rave for adults held in the failed outlet malls 30 miles south of Santa Fe. No one should have to invite you twice to go dance in the desert until the early morning with the good people of Meow Wolf, because they always have the best parties. The event features 14 DJs from Santa Fe and Denver. If you don't want to drive, consider taking a trip on the Meow Wolf Shuttle.

3. IAIA Writers Festival: Free Readings at the Institute of American Indian Arts

The Institute of American Indian Arts Writers Festival presents public readings from leading authors, educators and poets, including N. Scott Momaday, Arthur Sze and Amanda Boyden. All events are free and open to the public with the exception of the Aug. 2 Sherman Alexie appearance, which is a scholarship fundraiser. The series kicks off Juy 28 with readings from  Dr. Ann Filemyr, Evelina Zuni Lucero, James Thomas Stevens and Luci Tapahonso.

2Joe Hayes Returns to the Wheelwright Museum

If you haven't heard the storytelling magic that comes from the mind of Joe Hayes, seriously consider fixing that this weekend. The storytelling series takes place 7 to 8 p.m., Sundays and Saturdays through August 11. "My life has been like a visit to an enchanted castle," said Joe. Witness Joe Hayes in action and you'll feel the same way.

1. 61st Annual Traditional Spanish Market

A popular event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from over 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods throughout each day. (Photo: Gene Peach)