Spanish Market Returns to the Santa Fe Plaza

Celebrating 400 years of Spanish art and culture... Read more

This year’s Spanish Market is coming to the Santa Fe Plaza, Saturday and Sunday, July 25th & 26th! Handmade traditional arts by over 220 Traditional Hispanic artists, as well as live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods, highlight the largest and oldest market of its kind in the country.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society was founded in 1925 with the mission of preserving, promoting and educating the public regarding the historic and contemporary Spanish Colonial Art traditions of New Mexico. The first market took place near the Santa Fe Plaza in 1926.

The Spanish Colonial Art of New Mexico features artistic traditions that can be traced directly back over 400 years. Skilled artists and craftspeople create these breathtaking expressions of a living tradition, and many of them count their art as their only source of income. Styles and quality are very different and far more exacting in terms of traditional accuracy and finish than tourist pieces commonly found in other former Spanish colonies.

(Photo courtesy: Visit Santa Fe)

¡Viva La Cultura!, running from July 20th, through the 26th, is a special week of exciting activities leading up to Market. ¡Viva La Cultura! features Mesa Prieta tours, a free Viva La Familia program at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, Robert Martinez and Elmer “Doc” Gonzales at the Santa Fe Bandstand, performances by EntreFlamenco, the Chicago Arts Orchestra, and Cantigas d’Amigo, a program of Spanish films at the Jean Cocteau theater, a cooking demonstration class at the Santa Fe School of Cooking, and a Traditional Spanish Market Preview at the El Dorado Hotel and Spa. Share the excitement of ¡Viva La Cultura! from July 20th through the 26th, and the Traditional Spanish Market on the weekend. To find out locations, dates, times and prices for ¡Viva La Cultura! visit The Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

Admission to Summer Spanish Market in Santa Fe is FREE!

For further information on ¡Viva La Cultura! and Spanish Market, visit the Spanish Colonial Arts Society.

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