Festivals and events, arts and crafts … It’s all here waiting for you. Whether you’ve been to The City Different one time or ten times, there’s never enough time to see and do it all. So, start planning your next visit with this Santa Fe Summer Bucket List Part 2. If you’re looking for even more options this summer, check out our Santa Fe Summer Bucket List Part 1.
Festivals & Events
From live music and free movies to beer, wine, food, and art, there’s a festival or event for you in Santa Fe.
Free Live Music & Movies
Everyday of the summer, from the end of May through the end of August, Santa Fe features FREE live music and movies in various locations throughout town: on the historic downtown Plaza, in the Railyard, at SWAN Park and Reunity Resources. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and cold water, and get ready for an evening of free entertainment. Area food trucks and restaurants will be on site offering delicious food and a variety of beverages.
CURRENTS New Media Festival
The CURRENTS New Media Festival is an annual celebration of art and technology. Peruse interesting exhibits that utilize media technology, such as virtual reality, robotics, and computer art. Attend workshops, watch performances, see experimental documentaries, and much more.
Santa Fe Wine Festival
The beginning of July brings a variety of fine wine to tantalize your taste buds. Wine connoisseurs and novices alike will enjoy testing hand-made New Mexico vino along with great food and arts and crafts at the Santa Fe Wine Festival – the longest running festival in Santa Fe!
Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
From mid-July to mid-August, music lovers will have access to the finest musical performances during the month-long Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. Classical favorites include Mozart, Chopin, Bach, and more.
Santa Fe Beer & Food Festival
The Santa Fe Beer & Food Festival arrives in early August where you’ll discover the best brews and food as you browse arts and crafts to the accompaniment of live music.
Arts & Crafts
Simply put, art is synonymous with Santa Fe. If this is your first visit, you’ll soon discover why. Galleries, festivals, and shops abound where you can browse, admire, purchase, or even create art in one form or another. Start by attending one of these annual Santa Fe festivals or markets.
International Folk Art Market
The International Folk Art Market in June is a popular and must-see cultural experience. About 160 artists from over 50 countries showcase their impressive handmade art and crafts, such as textiles, ceramics, and jewelry. Enjoy live music and good food as you immerse yourself in a colorful array of rich, cultural heritage.
Santa Fe Art Week
The annual Santa Fe Art Week in July is a true celebration of all things art. Santa Fe’s diverse artistic community will be on hand to feature live music, artist demonstrations, cultural events, workshops and lectures, and of course a variety of exhibits for your viewing pleasure.
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Another popular event is the annual SWAIA Indian Market. In fact, this is the world’s largest inter-tribal art market. Imagine over 1,000 of the top Native American artists showcasing their arts and crafts at one location. You’re guaranteed to find the most ideal and unique gifts for family and friends, like handmade baskets, beadwork, jewelry, and textiles, to name a few. Discover inspiring threads at the indigenous fashion show. Fall under the spell of a storyteller as they weave captivating tales. Laugh until your stomach hurts during the comedy performances. Don’t miss this fantastic summer event!
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