From Diego Velázquez to Frida Kahlo, from Leonardo da Vinci to Steve Jobs, from passionate flamenco to mind-blowing interactive art throughout 2017, visitors to The City Different will have the opportunity to experience a vast array of  global cultural experiences during the yearlong, citywide [blog_link url="" text="Santa Fe Celebrates Global Arts & Culture" date="2017-05-02] festival. Many Santa Fe institutions—museums, the Santa Fe Opera, the Lensic Performing Arts Center and of course our unique Santa Fe cultural markets—have all joined in this effort to showcase first-class art and culture from around the world.



The Prado In Santa Fe

Fray Angelico’s The Annunciation (1425–28) (Photo courtesy of Museo Nacional del Prado)

This impressive exhibition, traveling to the United States for the first time, makes its debut in Santa Fe. Enjoy 92 mounted reproductions of the greatest works of art from the Museo del Prado, including Fray Angelico’s The Annunciation (1425–28); Rogier van de Weyden’s Descent from the Cross (1435); Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas (1656); and Francisco de Goya’s The 3rd of May 1808 in Madrid. Representing the work of some of the greatest painters of the 14th–19th centuries, the exhibition will be displayed in the beautiful sylvan setting of Cathedral Park, where nature and architecture conspire to create the perfect outdoor gallery. The exhibit runs from May 10 through October 29, 2017 at Cathedral Park.


Meow Wolf

Immerse yourself in a totally new visual art experience at Meow Wolf. (Photo courtesy of Meow Wolf)

Meow Wolf creates immersive, multimedia experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of storytelling: a combination of jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, immersive art exhibit and live music venue. Memorial Day Weekend will debut The Experience Tube, a new food truck, worlds of music, performers, DJ's and more.



 Axle Contemporary

This exhibition emphasizes the and explores the fundamentals of drawing by some of the greatest artists (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of the British Museum)

A mobile art gallery housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum step van, Axle Contemporary is a gallery on wheels. A must visit while in Santa Fe, to see the latest in contemporary art. Check them out on Saturdays in front of Site Santa Fe and  various locations around The City Different. Please check their [blog_link url="" text="website" date="2017-05-02] for locations.

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Mirror Mirror: Photographs of Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo and White Bench, New York, 1928. (Courtesy of Spencer Throckmorton © Nickolas Muray Estate)

This captivating exhibition of photographic portraits of artist Frida Kahlo demonstrates how the artist came to her own comprehension of self-image at least partly through the work of her photographer friends. The exhibit runs from May 6 through October 29, 2017 at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art.


Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to Now: From the British Museum

This exhibition emphasizes the and explores the fundamentals of drawing by some of the greatest artists (Photo courtesy of The Trustees of the British Museum)

The New Mexico Museum of Art is the first international venue for this exhibition from the collection of drawings from the British Museum in London. The lineup includes an internationally recognized ‘who’s who’ of artists through the centuries: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Piet Mondrian, Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso and others. The exhibit opens on May 27 and shows through September 17, 2017.


Quilts of Southwest China

From Quilts of Southwest China, at The Museum of International Folk Art (Courtesy of Michigan State University Museum)

In southwest China, traditional bed coverings, clothing, and household items have long been made from patched and appliquéd scraps. A consortium of American and Chinese museums has worked together to document and research these quilts. This colorful exhibit starts on July 9 and runs through January 21, 2018 at the Museum of International Folk Art.

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International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe

Experience the art and color of the International Folk Art Market (Photo courtesy of International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe)

The International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe is the largest and most celebrated folk art festival in the world, having hosted more than 800 artists from 90 countries since 2004. It is a celebration of living folk art traditions that creates viable economic opportunities for and with folk artists worldwide, most of whom contribute to the well-being of entire communities. The market takes place from July 14 through July 16, 2017 on Museum Hill.


Spanish Market

Thousands visit Spanish Market every year. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Quat)

See the extraordinary work of 250 adult and youth artists at the Traditional Spanish Market, presented by the Spanish Colonial Arts Society. Art categories include colcha embroidery, retablos, hide painting, weaving, furniture and furnishings, tinwork and much more. Spanish Market will be held from July 29 and July 30, 2017 on the historic Santa Fe Plaza.


Indian Market

A Hopi Carver at Indian Market. (Photo courtesy by Phillip Karshis)

Santa Fe Indian Market, produced by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA), is the largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world, where visitors can buy art directly from some 1,000 artists representing 200+ federally recognized tribes from the U.S. and Canada. Music and dance, a Native film festival, a Native American clothing contest and a haute couture fashion show are highlights of the exciting weekend. Santa Fe Indian Market takes place on August 19 and August 20, 2017 on the Santa Fe Plaza.

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Antonio Granjero & Entreflamenco steam up the stage this summer. (Photo courtesy of Entreflamenco)

World-renowned Spanish flamenco dancer Antonio Granjero presents the passion and beauty of flamenco along with co-directors Estefania Ramirez, Antonio Hidalgo Paz and his company, Entreflamenco. Performance dates run nightly (except for Tuesday) at 7:30 pm from June 29 through September 3, 2017.


Santa Fe Opera

From baroque to high tech, it's all here at The Santa Fe Opera. (Photo courtesy of Peter Oglive 2010)

Every summer since 1957 opera lovers have come from all over the world to enjoy The Santa Fe Opera. A wide-ranging repertory of new, rarely performed and standard works are performed in a dramatic theater with stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Many opera fans come early for tailgate parties in the parking lot; the preview buffet dinner on the opera grounds, which includes an informative talk about the evening’s performance; or the prelude talks which offer a lively introduction to the evening’s opera, and are free to ticket holders. The 2017 season lineup has something for everyone – from the baroque to an innovative and high tech world premiere.


Santa Fe Bandstand

A variety of entertainment is lined up this summer for Santa Fe Bandstand. (Photo courtesy of Santa Fe Bandstand)

Santa Fe Bandstand is New Mexico’s largest free music festival, featuring a diverse lineup of regional and national touring artists as well as the best musicians from Santa Fe’s exploding local music scene. The Santa Fe Bandstand runs from July 5 through August 25, 2017 on the Santa Fe Plaza.

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So between exhibitions, markets, and performances you’ll find that now is a great time to visit The City Different. And whether you are ready to visit us this summer  or want to plan a trip for later in the year, don’t forget to request the [blog_link url="" text="2017 Santa Fe Travel Guide" date="2017-05-02]. Come check out the [blog_link url="" text="Deals and Specials" date="2017-05-02] Santa Fe has to offer you. We’re sure you’ll find just the right deal to plan the perfect getaway!

We welcome you to come Celebrate Global Arts and Culture in Santa Fe this year. This year-long city-wide celebration of world-class exhibitions, markets and performances will enthrall you.