Many visitors plan their travel to Santa Fe to coincide with particular exciting events held every year. Here are some highlights to help you plan!
Experience Indigenous arts and culture in 2022! Plan your trip around any of the 100-plus unique Indigenous events, celebrations, and exhibitions taking place in New Mexico throughout 2022, including Santa Fe Indian Market’s Centennial in August. Supported by Indigenous Celebration 2022 (IC22), a collaborative dedicated to elevating Indigenous arts and culture worldwide.
Seasonal throughout the year
New Mexico is home to 19 Pueblos, and eight are located just north of Santa Fe! A top reason travelers visit The City Different is to attend a Pueblo Feast Day or Tribal Celebration and learn more about the culture of the first peoples. You are bound to have an enriching experience that will last a lifetime.
Ski and snowboard at Ski Santa Fe, just 20 miles from downtown. Experience a range of sunny, snowy high-altitude terrain from beginner slopes to fun tree runs. Great food and beverage options and excellent local entertainment most weekends. Lift tickets and passes can be purchased online.
This is a festival of the future, offering immersive and expansive art experiences in new media for all ages—animation, virtual and augmented realities, interactive installations and video, multimedia performances, experimental documentaries, workshops, and moreǃ Don’t miss this citywide pageant of cutting-edge phenomena.
July - August
Revel in the extraordinary performances of international operatic superstars under a dazzling Santa Fe sky. Set in a peaceful and rugged high desert landscape, the venue is an architectural wonder and there’s not a bad seat in the house. Since 1957, newcomers and opera lovers alike return each year for world-class productions by one of America's premier opera festivals.
Second full weekend in July
Immerse yourself in the world’s largest international folk art market! Approximately 160 master artists from more than 50 countries travel with their artwork to this vast and colorful bazaar, some venturing beyond their villages for the very first time. Purchase one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces, ranging from pottery and rugs to clothing, jewelry, and so much more.
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 more than 100 art experiences, including artist demonstrations, book signings, children’s events, live music, studio tours, and workshops!
Last full weekend in July
A popular event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handmade traditional art created by hundreds of local Hispanic artists, as well as regional Hispanic foods and entertainment from live music and dance to art demonstrations throughout each day.
Third full weekend in August
Celebrate Native art and culture at the largest and most prestigious intertribal art market in the world. Purchase jewelry, textiles, baskets, beadwork, carvings, sculptures, and drums directly from more than 1,000 of the “best of the best” Native artists, representing dozens of Tribes. And don’t miss the Indigenous fashion show, as well as the music, dance, storytelling, and comedy performances.
Explore a variety of music—from jazz to latin, and rock to country—during Santa Fe Music Week! Featuring local and national artists in venues across Santa Fe, including the Santa Fe Opera, The Lensic, the Santa Fe Railyard. And don’t miss the free performances at the Bandstand afternoons and evenings on the historic Plaza. Grab a bite and a spot on the grass.
Friday before Labor Day Weekend
Kick off your Labor Day weekend with an experience like none other—The Burning of Zozobra. A 50-foot-tall mythical monster of gloom, Zozobra is burned along with our woes in a highly choreographed and storied performance. Take part in one of the liveliest and most beloved Santa Fe events. You may find yourself back every year!
This foodie Fiesta pairs the culinary genius of Santa Fe restaurants with exquisite wines from around the world. Here’s to a week of seminars, cooking classes, guest chef luncheons, reserve tastings, and a Champagne brunch and golf tournament. At the culminating Grand Tasting, sip from the grape and sample sumptuous treats all afternoon!
An astonishing sight, hundreds of hot air balloons ascend into clear New Mexico skies at dawn and dusk for nine days. Lodge in Santa Fe, just 60 mile north, for a tranquil, culturally rich respite from the lively action. Take advantage of the daily roundtrip shuttle service from three downtown Santa Fe hotels.
October - Indigenous Peoples' Day Weekend
Celebrate the citizens and cultures of the 23 Tribes, Nations, and Pueblos in New Mexico over the course of three days. Experience award-winning dancing, drumming, and singing on the Plaza as well as learn more about the first Peoples through community outreach booths. A wonderful and culturally rich opportunity for the whole family.
December 24 - Christmas Eve
One of Santa Fe’s most beloved holiday traditions, the Canyon Road Farolito Walk delights the thousands who stroll in high spirits along the iconic road on Christmas Eve. You are welcome to warm up around any small piñon bonfire and sing along with others. A truly magical and breathtaking experience!
December 31 - New Year's Eve
Ring in the New Year on the Santa Fe Plazaǃ Enjoy hot chocolate and biscochitos around cozy piñon bonfires, while listening to local bands perform on the Santa Fe Bandstand. When the countdown ends, a Zia symbol crafted by a traditional Spanish colonial artisan is raised as the sky explodes in a festive fireworks display.