Ahh, the sweet sounds of summer in Santa Fe. Birds and crickets chirping and the occasional honk on the Santa Fe Plaza saying hello tells you summer has arrived. Every July event sings its own unique song. So, now is the time to highlight some of the top “songs” of July.

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound Of…

Opera for over 50 years has brought the Sangre de Cristo Mountains alive... Since 1957 the Santa Fe Opera has been presenting world class performances, including classics and world premieres. The opera’s acoustically and esthetically outstanding amphitheater is an ideal setting for staging each summer’s five different operas, one of which is always an American or world premiere. The campus parking lot opens three hours to curtain time allowing for tailgate dinners on site with breathtaking scenery and sunset views.  Don’t worry about cooking tailgate sampler and full-dinner picnic suppers are available for pre-order.

Opera goers raise their glasses and enjoy a full dinner picnic supper. (Photo: Santa Fe Opera)

Opera goers raise their glasses and enjoy a full dinner picnic supper. (Photo: Santa Fe Opera)

Red White and Blue

When locals think of Fourth of July in Santa Fe, Pancakes on the Plaza comes to mind. Now in its 40th year, Pancakes On The Plaza continues to be one of Santa Fe's favorite annual events. Delicious pancakes, music on plaza and a car show is the perfect way to celebrate our country’s birthday! To sweeten the event the proceeds generated from this event go back to the community.

Pancakes on the Plaza

A rousing John Phillip Sousa anthem is certain to compliment your Pancakes on the Plaza! (Photo: Santa Fe Rotary Club)

Bandstand Makes Me Wanna Dance

Count them. Eighty musical performances bring to life the heart of Santa Fe starting on July 7, as part of Santa Fe Bandstand.  Plan to be entertained by local, regional and national acts on the historic Santa Fe Plaza. If you love to dance, bring your dancing shoes for the Plaza dance-a-thon. Produced by Outside In Productions a non-profit, community based group that brings the arts through live performances to people confined to shelters, residential treatment facilities, nursing homes or other human services programs.

Let’s rumba on the Santa Fe Plaza?  (Photo: Santa Fe  Bandstand) Let’s rumba on the Santa Fe Plaza? (Photo: Santa Fe Bandstand)

Picnic On A Hill…Dance Along

One of Santa Fe’s popular signature events is The Music on the Hill™ concert series hosted by St. John’s College.  In celebration of the 10th anniversary local, national and international bands provide a varied musical lineup featuring blues, classic rock, world music and jazz––something for everyone.

Concertgoers may bring their own picnics, but too busy have no fear refreshments are available. Lawn seating tickles your toes so bring your favorite picnic blanket and/or chairs.

The Music on the Hill™ concert series is held Wednesday evenings on July 8, 15 and 22.

BYOPicnic and dance your cares away! (Photo: The Music on the Hill™) BYOPicnic and dance your cares away! (Photo: The Music on the Hill™)

Do You Know The Way To Art Santa Fe?

Santa Fe boasts more than 250 art galleries and is home of Art Santa Fe, an international art fair that brings both buyers and tourists from around the world. It should be noted that Art Santa Fe was recently voted the 4th best Art Festival by readers of USAToday and 10Best! The fair provides an excellent overview of contemporary and modern art from the finest galleries in Europe, Asia and the Americas––now in its fifteenth year. Art Santa Fe runs July 10–July 12 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

Art Santa Fe is proud to welcome the “Puzzle Project” by Japanese artist Takashi Inaba. (Photo: Art Santa Fe ) Art Santa Fe is proud to welcome the “Puzzle Project” by Japanese artist Takashi Inaba. (Photo: Art Santa Fe )

See The World in Santa Fe

Just a month ago, readers of USA Today and 10Best named the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market as the #1 Best Art Festival. (If you’re keeping track that means Santa Fe hosts two 10Best art festivals!) The market welcomes more than 20,000 visitors to Museum Hill to participate in this intercultural exchange showcasing a vast array of folk artists. Attendees can enjoy international food and music, artist demonstrations, and unique folk art from throughout the world.  For the past eleven years, the International Folk Art Alliance has provided this opportunity to more than 150 folk artists from 57 countries as the world’s largest folk art market of its kind.

Smiles from over fifty-seven countries will grace Museum Hill this July. (Photo: International Folk Art Alliance)

Smiles from over fifty-seven countries will grace Museum Hill this July. (Photo: International Folk Art Alliance)

Fill My Eyes With That Double Vision

SITE Santa Fe’s celebrates its 20 year anniversary with SITE 20/20––a yearlong series of 20 shows including 15 exhibitions and 5 events. July 18 marks the official anniversary of SITE Santa Fe. Site Santa Fe nurtures innovation, discovery and inspiration through the art of today. This year SITE has reconnected with twenty artists who have exhibited at SITE over the years and invited them to return to SITE to present new work, sometimes in collaboration with other artists and creative producers.

Visitors immerse themselves in a mixed media work by artist Rose B. Simpson. (Photo: Drew Lenihan)

Visitors immerse themselves in a mixed media work by artist Rose B. Simpson. (Photo: Drew Lenihan)

Messiaen Around

The not-to-be-missed event of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Season 2015 season is Olivier Messiaen’s shimmering “From the Canyons to the Stars”. Artist-in-Residence Alan Gilbert, music director of the New York Philharmonic, will lead 43 stellar performers—the largest-ever ensemble playing a single work at the Festival—in this celebration of colors, birdsongs, and nature.

The Miro Quartet strums on stage at the St. Francis auditorium. (Photo: New York Times)

The Miro Quartet strums on stage at the St. Francis auditorium. (Photo: New York Times)

Spanish Eyes

All eyes are on the 65th Annual Traditional Spanish Market and the Santa Fe  Contemporary Hispanic Market which runs July 25–July 26. Over 250 adult and youth Spanish Market artists exhibit hand-made artwork for sale along the streets surrounding the historic Santa Fe Plaza. Bandstand entertainment lasts the whole weekend, and you really shouldn’t miss the food court offering Hispanic cuisine, cold and hot drinks and dessert items. Leading up to the market is a series of events known as ¡Viva Cultura!––an historical cultural festival, with events for the whole family.

 

Visitors explore the detailed and colorful work of artist Charlie Carillo.

Visitors explore the detailed and colorful work of artist Charlie Carillo.

Play Your Tune and Plan Your Visit

So what tune will you dance to this summer? If you’re craving a memorable summer adventure, then Santa Fe should surely be on your July itinerary. Slip some of our signature events into your vacation, and you won’t be disappointed.