Established in 1610, Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. With our vast history and unique mix of cultures, where better to spend Independence Day or an all-American summer weekend than in The City Different. Visit Santa Fe and attend one of the many July events, festivals, markets, or concerts. Truly there is an event for everyone!
Santa Fe Opera
July 1–August 27, 2022
Celebrate the 65th season of the Santa Fe Opera, one of America’s premier opera festivals. You have 38 world-class performances of five new productions (Carmen, The Barber of Seville, Falstaff, Tristan und Isolde, and M. Butterfly) to choose from. And there’s not a bad seat in the house at the architectural wonder of a venue.
Santa Fe Wine Festival
July 2 & 3, 2022
Celebrate Fourth of July weekend out at El Ranchos de las Golondrias, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary all year long with events to delight every age and interest, including the 28th annual Santa Fe Wine Festival. You can sample the handmade New Mexican wines of 20 independent vintners from around the state—yup, we don't just grow chile. In fact, the first wine grapes grown in the United States were grown in New Mexico and winemaking here dates back to the early 17th century. To accompany that glass of grape, there are delicious foods from regional vendors, you can buy local arts and crafts, and you can dance to entertainment throughout the day at the longest-running wine festival in Santa Fe.
Happy Independence Day!
July 4, 2022
Kick off your Fourth of July celebration at the annual Pancakes on the Plaza. Enjoy a crowd-pleasing tasty breakfast among thousands of locals and visitors alike. Then peruse the car show as well as the juried arts and crafts booths. The great live entertainment will keep things festive. Managed by the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, the event’s proceeds benefit local children’s and youth organizations. Later in the day, travel to the southside of town for a FREE City of Santa Fourth of July celebration at the Santa Fe Place Mall with live, local entertainment, food trucks, and a "professional high-altitude, safely-launched fireworks display to mark the birth of our nation." Bring your festive spirit and your dancing shoes!
Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
July 7–10, 2022
Experience the world’s largest international folk art market. It's hard to fathom, but true that more than 150 artists from 49 countries bring their work to this vast and colorful international bazaar. Some will arrive as celebrated cultural artists, while others will have never before left their villages, let alone crossed an ocean. Purchase one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces, ranging from pottery and rugs to clothing, jewelry, and so much more at the International Folk Art Market.
Santa Fe Art Week
July 8–17, 2022
Step into Santa Fe's casual vibe and delight in stimulating art and culture, fantastic food, and historic architecture during Santa Fe Art Week. Enjoy dozens of art experiences, including artist demonstrations, book signings, children’s events, live music, studio tours, and workshops! Check out our unique neighborhood art districts from 5 to 7 pm during the following special art strolls:
Tuesday, July 12, Baca Street Area
Wednesday, July 13, Railyard/Plaza/Downtown area
Thursday, July 14, Canyon Road
Santa Fe Desert Chorale Summer Festival
July 13–August 5, 2022
The Desert Chorale Summer Festival, led by Music Director, Joshua Habermann, celebrates its 40th year with the theme Caminante, which suggests a journey. A centerpiece of the cultural life of Santa Fe, and among the nation’s most significant choral events, ensembles perform at historical sites, such as the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Loretto Chapel, and Cristo Rey Catholic Church. Events include Pilgrimage: Songs of the Mediterranean Basin, the all-female vocalists in Mystics and Mavericks, featuring the themed Caminante, the Chorale’s 2022 commissioned bilingual work by award-winning composer Jocelyn Hagen, which enjoys its world premiere. And finally The Sounding Sea, featuring a new generation of American composers.
Art Santa Fe
July 15–17, 2022
Art Santa Fe is a gathering of exceptional artists and galleries from around the world. Explore world-class modern, and contemporary art, meet the artists, interact with site-specific works and performance pieces, or listen to inspiring and thought-provoking talks by international art industry experts. Whether you’re a collector, designer, or just an art aficionado, you won’t want to miss it.
Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild
July 16 & 17, 2022
Shop the works of regional Northern New Mexico artists and craftspeople in scenic, shady, leafy green Cathedral Park adjacent to Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. At one of four summer Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild shows, juried artists will be present to answer your questions about their process and some may demo their creative methods..
13th Annual "¡Viva Mexico!" Celebration
July 16 & 17, 2022
Celebrate the music, arts, crafts, and food of our neighbor to the south. Rediscover Santa Fe’s shared history and cross-cultural ties with Mexico at El Rancho de las Golondrinas' "¡Viva Mexico!" Celebration, which features traditional foods prepared by Santa Fe Mexican Chefs, mariachi music, art, traditional spiritual healing, and a charro equestrian team. Enjoy the colorful sounds of the mariachis while you shop in the mercado and enjoy the signature cuisine.
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
July 17–August 22, 2022
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world's preeminent music festivals. This annual event invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent to perform in Santa Fe. Patrons return year after year to enjoy more than 40 concerts over the course of six weeks at various venues, including St. Francis Auditorium in the New Mexico Museum of Art and the Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Traditional Spanish Market
July 30 & 31, 2022
Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Traditional Spanish Market, approximately 250 Hispanic artists from New Mexico and Southern Colorado will take part in this extraordinary event, bringing to Santa Fe a critical mass of handmade traditional art in the form of woodcarving, tinwork, colcha, hide painting, retablos, straw appliqué, weaving, jewelry, filigree, pottery, and ironwork. Many of the artisans who show at the Traditional Spanish Market are direct descendants of The City Different’s Spanish settlers. In addition to art steeped in tradition, expect regional Hispanic foods and entertainment from live music and dance to art demonstrations throughout each day.
Contemporary Hispanic Market
July 30 & 31, 2022
This annual market, marking its 26th year, showcases original contemporary works by juried Hispanic artists who are full-time residents of New Mexico. Shop for paintings, prints, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving, and much more at the Contemporary Hispanic Market. Live music, dances, demonstrations, and food vendors round out the celebrations. Find out more by reading our blog.
Santa Fe Summer Scene
Ongoing through September 1, 2022
AMP Concerts, together with the City of Santa Fe and our generous sponsors, presents Santa Fe Summer Scene 2022! A total of 47 amazing outdoor concerts—ranging from rock and country, to Native American and jazz, to mariachi and folk—are absolutely free for all to enjoy at Santa Fe Plaza, Railyard Plaza, and Swan Park. You are sure to be a dancing fool this summer.
There’s no shortage of exciting things to do in Santa Fe this summer and a July full of cultural events just might be the reason you need to plan a visit now. Make sure to book your accommodations early as many hotels around The City Different will sell out on these busy event weekends. Get a taste of The City Different! Order your Official Santa Fe Visitors Guide now or browse our deals and specials to help you plan your next trip to Santa Fe.