Discover the top things to do in Santa Fe, New Mexico! From its rich history and the wonderful activities, there is much to do in and around Santa Fe.

January 2017

Wed - Sun11 - 15Performance Santa Fe Presents the Mikado.   The Mikado is a FREE Family Opera. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! Reservations will only be taken by phone between December 1 and December 31, 2016.  An exotic, royal laugh to be had by all! Set in a ficticious Japanese town, this topsy-turvy opera is full of plot twists and outlandishness galore. This abridged performance of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera is perfect for audiences of all ages.  Scottish Rite Center 
Sun15Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra:  Presents Bretano String Quartet Celebrating the Centennial of the New Mexico Museum of Art.  Performing Haydn - Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20, No. 1, Stephen Hartke - (New Work), and Beethoven - String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1 .   St. Francis Auditorium
Sat21Performance Santa Fe Presents Roomful of Teeth.   If you want to hear the future of music, the chance is yours at this performance by the Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth. This octet employs alarmingly rich vocal textures from singing traditions the world over to create a stirring polyphonic experience.  Cathedral Basilica. 
Sun22Santa Fe Symphony presents SIBELIUS, MOZART & BRAHMS.  The premiere of Guillermo Figueroa as The Symphony’s Principal Conductor arrives—a new maestro in the new year! The afternoon will open with Jean Sibelius’s glorious tribute to his homeland, Finlandia. The next work on the program, Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, brings to the forefront The Symphony’s own Principal Bassoon, Stefanie Przybylska, and the performance concludes with Brahms’s final symphony, his Symphony No. 4 in E minor. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sat & Sun28 & 29Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra:  Presents Mozart's Birthday - Music of Sweeping Style and Tempestuous Spirits.  Featuring Benjamin Beilman, violin the Orchestra performs Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G Major, K. 219; Anna Clyne Within Her Arms;  and Mozart Symphony No. 41 in C Major, K. 551 “Jupiter”  Lensic Performing Arts Center.

February 2017

Thur16Santa Fe Symphony presents Guitar Recital - Jason Vieaux.  The Symphony’s second in their new series of Concert Recitals features the return of outstanding Grammy-award-winner Jason Vieaux, a contemporary and virtuosic classical guitarist. Besides pieces by some of the masters of classical guitar repertoire, his recital will also feature guitar adaptations ranging from J. S. Bach to Duke Ellington. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sun19Santa Fe Symphony presents RODRIGO, DVOŘÁK & SCHUBERT.   Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa leads The Symphony Orchestra in a series of uplifting and joyous works, including one of the most universally beloved symphonies in the Classical repertoire, Schubert’s so-called “Unfinished” Symphony. Jason Vieaux, recent recipient of the Grammy Award for Best Classical Instrumental Solo Album, will lead the stage in a glorious modern guitar concerto by Joaquin Rodrigo, Fantasia para un Gentilhombre. The performance concludes with Dvořák’s Symphony No. 3, one of his earliest successes. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sun-Sun19 - 26Santa Fe Restaurant Week: Take an edible tour of Santa Fe during Restaurant Week. This week only, our award-winning restaurants offer multi course gourmet meals for as little as $20 per person. As a Lodging Partner of Santa Fe Restaurant Week, we will have a Restaurant Week Special:  
Tue & Wed21 & 22Performance Santa Fe Presents Cirque: Cuisine and Confessions.  Are your mealtime preparations like a circus? Les 7 doigts de la main, a Montreal-based circus company known for creating "circus on a human scale," will take your experience to another level. Simmering and often popping with elaborate choreography, familiar storytelling, lively music, and yes - cooking! —all of your senses will delight in this delicious blend. Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
Sun26Lensic Presents:  Jazz Vocalist  Dianne Reeves.  Join us for a very special evening of jazz with acclaimed vocalist Dianne Reeves! Known for her virtuosity, improvisational prowess, and unique jazz and R&B stylings, Dianne has received five Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Vocal Album and an honorary doctorate of music from Julliard. Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
Tue28 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents Shadowland by Pilobolus.  Created by famed dance company Pilobolus, Shadowland is a first-of-its-kind performance combining legendary modern dance with high-energy, fast-paced multimedia, merging front-of-screen choreography with projected images and moving screens of different sizes and shapes. Shadowland has the fluid logic of a dream powered by the grace of an acrobatic dance, evincing surprise and joyous delight in a way that is uniquely Pilobolus.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  


March 2017

Sun5Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra:  Presents Calidore String Quartet performing Mozart Quartet in D Minor, K. 421/417b; Caroline Shaw  - (New Work) and Mendelssohn - Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44, No. 2.  The Lensic Performing Arts Center.   
Sun12Performance Santa Fe Presents The Singing String Quartet. Well-Strung will perform family-friendly pieces, including a medley from the movie Frozen. Lensic Performing Arts Center. 
Tue14Performance Santa Fe Presents Well Strung. Brilliantly fusing strings with vocals and classical with pop, the four men who make up Well-Strung constantly surprise. Their deft musicianship and electrifying performances blur the lines between high art and entertainment, and in the process attract highly diverse audiences to their shows. Don't miss it!. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sun19Santa Fe Symphony presents GLAZUNOV & MAHLER. The Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with brilliant violinist Jinjoo Cho, recent winner of the Gold Medal at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Her technical talents will be shown to perfection in Glazunov’s infamously challenging Violin Concerto, once again led by The Symphony’s new Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. Another Romantic-era piece with a reaching scope will conclude the evening, Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a majestic and transformational work. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
TBATBABeats at the Basin - Joe West Revue:  Ski Santa Fe presents beats on the Basin at Ski Santa Fe.  Celebrating 11 years of bringing music to the Ski Santa Fe experience and the 31st year of the Adaptive Sports Program. There are concerts scheduled at Totemoff's, the mid-mountain bar and grill. Your lift ticket or season pass is your pass to the music.
TBATBAEquinox Hike at Cerrillos Hills State Park: Equal hours of day and night usher in a season of growth and renewal. Come find your own balance and put some spring in your step on this guided hike.
Tue21AMP Concerts Presents:  Carlos Núñez.  Carlos Núñez comes from Galicia, the Celtic region in North West Spain. He is considered one of the preeminent artists on the World/Celtic Music scene, with the depth of a classical music virtuoso and the charisma of a rock star. Carlos has expanded the borders of Celtic music to include Flamenco, Fado, Cuban, Mexican, Brazilian and Classical music, Movie Soundtracks, Contemporary Dance.  As he describes it, he plays Celtic music with Latin passion. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Thur23Lensic Presents KODO:  Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble. With remarkable speed, precision, and sound, the members of Kodo—an ensemble based on Sado Island, Japan - push the boundaries of taiko, the traditional Japanese drum. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Tue28Lensic Presents:  Menopause- The Musical.  This hilarious musical parody staged to classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s will have you cheering and dancing in your seat. See what millions of women worldwide have been laughing about for 14 years!  Lensic Performing Arts Center.


April 2017

TBATBAPruning the Vineyard - Estrella Del Norte Vineyard: Pruning & getting ready for the growing season. Includes wine tasting & glass of wine.  Saludǃ
Sat8 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet - The Aspen Santa Fe Ballet unveils the world premiere of a ballet by ASFB newcomer Cherice Barton. This Los Angeles-based artist’s much-lauded choreography for Broadway and Las Vegas gained her worldwide attention, but her versatility in movement styles and background as a classical ballet dancer make her an excellent fit for the dynamic dancers of ASFB. Also on the program are Alejandro Cerrudo’s magical Little mortal jump and master choreographer Jirí Kylián’s haunting Sleepless.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  
Wed12Performance Santa Fe Presents - Taj Express (Bollywood):  Bollywood, in all its glory, for one extravagant night! Exotic scenes, vibrant costumes, pulsating music, and scintillating choreography will whisk you away to another continent. Passport not needed for this spicy musical revue.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  
Thur - Sat13 - 15Baroque Holy Week at the Loretto Chapel: Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra performs music by Bach and Handel featuring Kathryn Mueller, soprano and Inn owner David Solem on organ. Loretto Chapel.
Thur & Fri13 & 14Santuario de Chimayo Pilgrimage: One of the most important pilgrimage sites in North America. Every year during Holy Week, as many as 30,000 pilgrims embark on a journey walking to the Santuario de Chimayo.
Sun23Santa Fe Symphony presents CHABRIER, HAYDN & SCHUMANN. Guest Conductor Robert Tweten will lead The Symphony Orchestra in this program dreaming of springtimes to come. The afternoon’s overture will be Chabrier’s Suite Pastorale, a set of four themed works drawn from his piano repertoire and orchestrated to paint a picture of the idyllic French countryside. The Symphony’s Principal Horn Nathan Ukens will show his soloistic talents in Haydn’s first Horn Concerto. The grand finale, Schumann’s Symphony No. 2, is a pillar of the Romantic literature whose optimism is all the more inspiring given the health challenges faced by its author during its composition.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sat & Sun29 - 30Beethoven Piano Concertos (Part 1): Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra and Anne-Marie McDermott perform Beethoven's Piano Concertos No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op.19; No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37; and No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. Lensic Performing Arts Center.

May 2017

Fri & SatTBAPassport To The Arts: Experience the World of Art on Canyon Road during a day filled with music, food and fine art. The day begins with the Artist Quick Draw and continues with silent auctions, artistic demonstrations and live music.
Thu - Sun18 - 21Outside Magazine Bike & Brew: Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe present the 3rd annual Bike & Brew Festival, a three day celebration of craft beer culture and exceptional road and mountain biking in beautiful Santa Fe.  You might say Santa Fe is a brew town with a biking problem!
Sat & Sun20 & 21Santa Fe Symphony presents BEETHOVEN, MENDELSSOHN & LAURIDSEN.  The 33rd Season concludes with a bombastic set of works featuring The Symphony Orchestra & Chorus in full, led by our new Principal Conductor Guillermo Figueroa. The afternoon begins with one of the most popular works by one of today’s great living choral composers, Morten Lauridsen: his Lux Aeterna for chorus and chamber orchestra. Mendelssohn’s complex setting of Psalm 114, “Da Israel aus Ägypten zog,” for double chorus and orchestra, will be sure to astound. Finally, the season comes to a grand finale with Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, likely the very best loved work by that perpetually astounding composer.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sun21Santa Fe Century Ride: A hundred miles of history pass under your wheels as you bicycle down the ancient Turquoise Trail through the old mining towns of Madrid and Golden, villages and mountain passes and 100 miles after you start, wheel back into Old Santa Fe.  Join us for our 32nd annual ride!  
Tue23Lensic Presents: Jessica Lang Dance. One of the most exciting new companies in today's dance scene, New York's Jessica Lang Dance performs work which includes elements of ballet and modern dance, has been called :sophisticated and intelligent" (Los Angeles Times) and "moving and masterful" (Chicago Sun-Times), and she is praised for her inventiveness, artistry, and emotionally spellbinding choreography. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Fri - Sun26 -28Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival: More than 200 Native American artists sell their museum-quality work in this weekend festival. Santa Fe Convention Center.
Wed31Santa Fe Symphony Memorial Day Concert.  Join the Santa Fe Symphony  as they salute those who served with a program of patriotic favorites featuring The Symphony Brass and The Symphony Chorus, directed by Dr. Linda Raney. No tickets are required for this pay-what-you-wish concert. Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  

June 2017

Sat & Sun3 & 4Spring & Fiber Fest:  Learn about the people, goods and livestock that came and went on the arteries of the Southwest. Also, experience traditional ranch activities like sheep shearing, wool dyeing, spinning and weaving. Plus a fiber arts marketplace, bread baking and crafts for children. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas - The Southwest's Premier Living History Museum.
Fri & Sat9 & 10ARTsmart Edible Art Tour: Santa Fe's art galleries and restaurants team up to showcase and share fine food and fine art with tour-goers.  Santa Fe Plaza & Canyon Road.  
Sat & Sun10 & 11Challenge New Mexico Arts & Crafts Show  Annual arts and craft show to benefit Challenge New Mexico, a therapeutic horseback riding center.  100 Old Santa Fe Trail.  
Wed14, 21 ,28Music on the Hill:  St. John's College presents its annual free concert series on the college's athletic field.  Continues Wednesday evenings through July.  St. John's College.  
Fri-Sun16 - 18Santa Fe Studio Tour: The Santa Fe Studio Tour 2017 is a free, self-guided tour open to the public that winds throughout Santa Fe featuring 37 open studios and the work of 58 Santa Fe artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft and share techniques and philosophies with visitors.
Mon & Tue19 & 20Santa Fe Symphony presents Voyages of Discovery - The Majesty of Music & Mathmatics.  The Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Institute collaborated to produce “The Majesty of Music & Mathematics: Voyages of Discovery IV,” a unique program that illuminates and explores the intersections of music and mathematics. The original production debuted in 2013, featuring dramatic music by the Symphony and narration by SFI mathematician and computer scientist Cris Moore, all complemented by an expansive overhead multimedia presentation. Due to the presentation’s success and noteworthy educational content, the Symphony and SFI are working with New Mexico PBS to produce of a high-definition edition of the program for distribution to the widest possible audience, to be filmed in June 2017. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sat & Sun17 & 18Herb & Lavender Fair: Herb garden tours, lavender and herb product vendors, lectures on cultivating lavender and hands-on activities. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas - The Southwest's Premier Living History Museum.
Wed-Sat21 - 24Rodeo de Santa Fe: Buckin’ broncos! Horse barrel races! A carnival and an array of food all contribute to this annual rodeo, which practically requires cowboy boots and a Stetson hat. This is a great family event, with a Mutton Busting Contest for the kiddies.
Sat - Sun24 - 25Santa Fe Studio Tour: The Santa Fe Studio Tour 2017 is a free, self-guided tour open to the public that winds throughout Santa Fe featuring 37 open studios and the work of 58 Santa Fe artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft and share techniques and philosophies with visitors.
Sat24Santa Fe Pride: Come and celebrate with Santa Fe’s LGBT community in its annual celebration of LGBT pride. The Advocate magazine recently named Santa Fe the second gayest city in the country, and the annual Pride celebration reveals the strong ties of this community.  Santa Fe Plaza.
Sun25Santa Fe Greek Festival: Our annual Greek Festival presents music, dancing and a silent auction, along with Greek food, pastries and beer & wine.  Railyard:  Tomasita's Parking Lot.   
Fri30Santa Fe Opera Festival Season: The 2017 61st Festival Season includes Lucia di Lammermoor, The Golden Cockerel, Alcina, Die Fledermaus, and the World Premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.  Runs June 30 - August 26th.  Come early and enjoy the tailgate party!

July 2017

Daily5 - 31Santa Fe Bandstand: The 2017 season of Santa Fe Bandstand begins July 5 and closes on August 25.  More local, regional and national bands than ever. 100 total shows. 
Daily1-31Santa Fe Opera Festival Season: The 2017 61st Festival Season includes Lucia di Lammermoor, The Golden Cockerel, Alcina, Die Fledermaus, and the World Premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.  Runs June 30 - August 26th.  Come early and enjoy the tailgate party!
Sat - Sun1 & 2Santa Fe Wine Festival: Sample delicious New Mexico wines, buy directly from the vintners and enjoy food, music and arts & crafts.  El Rancho De Las Golondrinas - The Southwest's Premier Living History Museum.
Tue4Fourth of July on the Plaza: The day’s festivities include a cool car show, art and craft vendors and plenty of live entertainment. The event brings out the locals, who get to visit with family and friends and celebrate the holiday, which culminates with an evening fireworks show at the Santa Fe High School.
Sat & Sun8 & 9Lavender Festival: A weekend of celebrating agriculture in the region.  Purple Adobe Lavender Farm, Abiquiu.  
Fri - Sun14 - 16Santa Fe International Folk Art Market: The largest of its kind in the world, this annual market showcases the work of more than 100 artisans from 40 countries.
Wed12 ,19, 26Music on the Hill: St. John's College presents its annual free concert series on the college's athletic field.  Continues Wednesday evenings through July.  St. John's College.  
Daily16 - 31Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world's preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation.
DailyTBABest of Santa Fe: The Santa Fe Reporter presents the best of Santa Fe Music, Food, Drink & More.  The Railyard.
Sat & Sun22 & 23The 10th Annual ¡Viva México! Fiesta  Celebrate the music, culture, food and art of Mexico. Re-discover our neighbor to the south as you listen to mariachis, shop in the Mercado and eat delicious food prepared by local Mexican chefs. Shared histories and cross-cultural influences are undeniable at Viva Mexico.. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas - The Southwest's Premier Living History Museum.
Fri-SunTBAContemporary Hispanic Market Arts & Crafts: Contemporary arts & crafts made by Hispanic artists living in New Mexico.
Fri-Sun29 - 30Traditional Spanish Market: A popular event for residents and visitors alike, The 66th Annual Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from hundreds of local Hispanic artists, as well as on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods throughout each day.

August 2017

Daily1-25Santa Fe Bandstand: The 2017 season of Santa Fe Bandstand begins July 5 and closes on August 25. More local, regional and national bands than ever. 100 total shows. 
Daily1-31Santa Fe Opera Festival Season: The 2017 61st Festival Season includes Lucia di Lammermoor, The Golden Cockerel, Alcina, Die Fledermaus, and the World Premiere of The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs.  Runs June 30 - August 26th.  Come early and enjoy the tailgate party!
Daily1-21Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival: The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival has become one of the world's preeminent music festivals, guided by a visionary spirit and dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation.
Sat & Sun5 & 6La Panza Llena: New Mexico Food Fest.  Explore the food history of New Mexico at El Rancho de las Golondrinas. Step back in time, as you taste your way through the history of the Land of Enchantment. Experience historic methods of food preparation, learn from food historians, attend workshops, sample delicious locally made creations and find something special from our vendors and artisans. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas.
Sat-SunTBAGirls Inc. Arts & Crafts: Juried show arts and crafts at Santa Fe Plaza.
SunTBABon Odori Japanese Folk Fest: Japanese folk dancing and music festivle.  The Railyard Park.
Sun13 & 20Opera Apprentice Showcase:  Santa Fe Opera Apprentice singers present fully staged opera scenes at the Santa Fe Opera.  Showcasing opera stars of tomorrow.  Not to be missed!.
Thur-SatTBAIndigenous Fine Art Market: A celebration of Native Arts & Cultures That Inspire it.  Art, Music, Food & Fun.  The Railyard.
Sat-Sun19 & 20Santa Fe Indian Market: This spectacular festival is celebrating its 93rd year. Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures.
Sat & Sun19 & 20Adventures in Territorial New Mexico. From Civil War battles to Old West shootouts, experience the adventure of Territorial New Mexico! Taste some grub from the back of a chuck wagon and listen to songs of the vaqueros who once drove cattle across this vast land. Visit soldier encampments, watch the blacksmith hammer iron and meet amazing ladies from these rough times. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas.  
Sat-SunTBAThe Zuni Show: See the very best work by more than 80 Zuni artists.  Presented by the Keshi Foundation.  Scottish Rite Temple.

September 2017

Fri1Burning Of Zozobra: The 93rd annual torching of 50-foot-tall Old Man Gloom, a puppet stuffed with thousands of scraps of paper bearing the citizenry's sad thoughts, is a highlight of Fiesta time.  Fort Marcy Park
Sat & SunTBAFiesta de los Niños: La Vida Vieja. a weekend of interactive family activities that celebrate water! Roam around the ponds, creeks and acequias that give life to our historic site as you have fun with, and learn about, this precious resource. Also encounter animals that populate the southwest and who, like us, depend upon water. Wander the grounds and meet costumed volunteers who will tell you about “La Vida Vieja. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas.
Sat3Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents Program B.  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet unveils the company premiere of choreographic master Jiří Kylián’s Sleepless alongside two ASFB-commissioned ballets: Alejandro Cerrudo’s emotional Silent Ghost and the energetic and infectious Huma Rojo by Cayetano Soto, choreographed on the occasion of ASFB’s 20th anniversary. This performance also marks the retirement of ASFB’s longest-standing company member, Samantha Klanac Campanile, now in her fifteenth season. This eclectic, wide-ranging program is the perfect showcase for a night of dance you won’t soon forget!  Lensic Performing Arts Center 
Sat-MonTBASanta Fe Fiestas Fine Art & Crafts Market: A juried show of arts-crafts.  Cathedral Park.
Fri-SunTBAFiestas De Santa Fe: Over 300 years old, Santa Fe's biggest celebration is a ten-day series of bailles, processions, parades, and musical performances, various venues. 
SatTBAFiesta De Los Niños: A Children's Celebration: ¡Ven a jugar con nosotros! Come out and play with us! Pet parade, Games, crafts and entertainment for the whole family.  Santa Fe Plaza  
Sat-SunTBASanta Fe Pro Musica: Revolutionaries & Romantics.  Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra opens its 35th season featuring Joshua Roman, cello performing Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op 92, Jennifer Higdon To the Point, String Lake and String and Barber Cello Concerto in A Minor, Op. 22.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Sat-Sun16 & 1710th Annual Santa Fe Renaissance Fair: Clan tynker and medieval combat, jugglers, live entertainment and dancers...also vendos, kids' games and delicious food, drinks, beer & mead. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas. 
Sat-SunTBAHigh Road Studio Tour: Enjoy the crisp air, the colors of fall and the beauty of artworks at over 70 High Road Artisan galleries and studios along the High Road to Taos.
Wed - Sun27 - 1Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta: The Wine Event with all the Great Santa Fe Restaurants beckons you to spend a glorious Fall afternoon at The Santa Fe Opera, featuring tastes from 80 of Santa Fe's finest restaurants and sips from 100 world-class wineries. The most fun you can have with a wine glass. 
Sat-SunTBAPecos Studio Tour:  Drive just 20 minutes from Santa Fe to the peaceful, picturesque village of Pecos, where you can visit with about 20 artists in their open studios. You'll see paintings, ceramics, tinwork, jewelry, wearable art and more.
Sat-SunTBAHigh Road Studio Tour: Enjoy the crisp air, the colors of fall and the beauty of artworks at over 70 High Road Artisan galleries and studios along the High Road to Taos.
SunTBASanta Fe Symphony Presents BRAHMS. WAGNER. DVOŘÁK. Led by Guest Conductor Roderick Cox, the 33rd Season begins with the rousing flash of Wagner’s “Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla” from the Ring Cycle. Virtuoso violinist Alexi Kenney will perform Brahms’s Violin Concerto, called by Joseph Joachim one of the four great German violin concerti. The season opener concludes with Dvořák’s beloved “New World” Symphony, an expansive delight inspired by the sounds and sights of the American Midwest.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  

October 2017

Spirits of New Mexico’s Past:  A Halloween Event. Meet the ghosts of history who lived and died in the land of enchantment!  Step back in time and encounter a diverse assortment of characters from New Mexico’s illustrious and often little known past. Listen to their amazing stories and experience intriguing bygone events. Lit by lantern light and campfires, our wondrous historic site takes on a family-friendly but spooky Halloween atmosphere. El Rancho De Las Golondrinas.  
Sat - Sun7-15Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:  Each fall, pilots, crews and spectators from all over the world come to the Albuquerque balloon festival, known as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®, the world's largest hot air ballooning event.
Sun1Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta: The Wine Event with all the Great Santa Fe Restaurants beckons you to spend a glorious Fall afternoon at The Santa Fe Opera, featuring tastes from 80 of Santa Fe's finest restaurants and sips from 100 world-class wineries. The most fun you can have with a wine glass.
Sat & Sun7 & 8Harvest Festival:  Each year, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the living history museum devoted to Spanish Colonial life, hosts the Harvest Festival, which provides visitors with the opportunity to help bring in the harvest as they crush grapes with their feet to produce wine, string chile ristras and grind sorghum with the assistance of burros. Feast on bizcochitos baked in an horno and tortillas cooked on a comal. Purchase arts and crafts from area vendors and enjoy live music.
Sat - MonTBAAbiquiu Studio Tour: More than 70 artists welcome visitors to their studios in this annual tour. You'll see paintings, weavings, furniture, traditional Spanish Colonial art and much more as you explore the gorgeous place where Georgia O'Keeffe once lived and worked. 
ThurTBASanta Fe Symphony Presents Olga Kern Piano Recital. The brilliant pianist Olga Kern will once again grace The Lensic’s stage for the very first of The Symphony’s inaugural series of Concert Recitals, just days before she rejoins the full Symphony Orchestra. The recital will feature works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and Scriabin. Join the thousands from around the world who have heard the awe-inspiring music performed by Kern, winner of the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal in the Eleventh Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Fri & SatTBACanyon Road Paint & Sculpt Out: Every year, on the third Saturday of October, hundreds of artists bring paint, easels, clay, carving tools, fire, fibers, beads, precious metals, and stone to Canyon Road for this iconic event. Continuing a hundred year tradition, artists line the road to create new work “en plein air” and involve onlookers in the process.  Canyon Road.
Sat & Sun14 & 15Galisteo Studio Tour:  Visit this once a year event where over 30 local artists open their private studios to the public. A free event, much of it walkable through our historic adobe village. All disciplines and media. Galisteo.
SunTBASanta Fe Symphony Presents: RACHMANINOV, RIMSKY-KORSAKOV & SIBELIUS. Once again, The Symphony Orchestra will share the stage with lightning-fingered pianist Olga Kern, led by Guest Conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, performing Rachmaninov’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 3 as well as another Russian favorite, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Russian Easter Festival Overture. The orchestral performance will conclude with Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Wed - SunTBA8th Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival: The festival brings cutting-edge programming, the latest independent films and directors, Native cinema, New Mexico films, student films, and masters discussions with top directors, writers, and artists, all in the setting of downtown Santa Fe.
Sat & Sun27 & 28

November 2016

Thur - Sun3 - 6 Review Santa Fe International Photography Festival:  Review Santa Fe offers photographers, photo enthusiasts, collectors, and the public a spectacular showcase of outstanding photographic talent from around the globe and an array of exhibitions and talks. A Friday evening portfolio viewing of the work of 100 photographers offers a rare opportunity to browse portfolios and speak with the artists. More than 40 leading reviewers will attend, including photo professionals from The New Yorker, MSNBC, and The Museum of Contemporary Photography.  Various Venues.  
Sat & Sun5 & 6Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra - Ladder to the Moon:  Santa Fe Pro Musica featuring Ida Kavafian, violin  performs Michael Daugherty - Ladder to the Moon, Gabriela Lena Frank - Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout and Schubert (arr. Mahler) - Death and the Maiden.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  
Thurs10Performance Santa Fe Presents Havana Cuba Allstars.  Combining elements of Spanish canción and Afro-Cuban percussion, Cuba's finest and most renowned musicians use their inventive songwriting to deliver the entire tapestry of Cuban music on their first-ever American tour. The Havana Cuba All-Stars will get your pulse racing with their contagious rhythms! Lensic Performing Arts Center
Sat & Sun19 & 20Santa Fe Symphony Presents: Handel's Messiah. Don’t miss the Symphony's acclaimed annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, featuring the full Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with Guest Conductor Gary Thor Wedow and Choral Director Dr. Linda Raney. This year, guest soloists Devon Guthrie, Daryl Freedman, Joseph Beutel, and Joshua Dennis join us, four successful graduates of the Santa Fe Opera’s Apprentice Program and rising stars. Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Thur24Ski Santa Fe Opens (Tentative).   Traditional opening for Ski Santa Fe, weather permitting.
Fri - Sun25 - 2713th Annual Circus Luminous:  Santa Fe's favorite Thanksgiving Weekend tradition returns!  The Lensic Performing Arts Center and Wise Fool New Mexico presents the 13th annual Circus Luminous.  With aerialists, acrobats, original music, and other performers from throughout Northern New Mexico, the twelfth annual Circus Luminous will dazzle kids and adults alike.
Fri 25Christmas Tree Lighting on the Plaza:  Enjoy hot chocolate and caroling as the historic downtown plaza is lit up in Christmas splendor with lights and holiday decor.
Thurs29Performance Santa Fe Presents Pianist Stephen Hough. Internationally acclaimed virtuoso pianist Stephen Hough will take you on a journey from darkness to light in this recital featuring works by Schubert, Franck, Liszt, and Hough's own Sonata III, Trinitas. Lensic Performing Arts Center

December 2016

Fri - Sun2 - 4Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival.  From trash to treasures, this show is all about upcycling to make one-of-a-kind items. In addition to the reclaimed / recycled art market, this event includes a Trash Fashion & Costume Contest. Convention Center.
Mon5Performance Santa Fe Presents:  The King's Singers.  This globally in-demand sextet is just what you need to kick off your holiday season. With charm, life-affirming energy, and immaculate vocal artistry, The King's Singers will perform festive and sacred repertoire as only they can. Cathedral Basilica.
Fri9Christmas at the Palace:  Santa Fe’s beloved Christmas at the Palace brings the community and visitors together for an evening of hot cider, cookies, live music, piñatas, craft-making activities and the visit of Mr. and Mrs. Claus -- all in the legendary magic of the Palace of the Governors. A free, family event.
Wed - Sun7 - 11Santa Fe Film Festival.  This four-day film buff's dream screens films from around the globe and hosts panels, workshops and other festivities. Various venues.
Sat & Sun10 & 11Young Native Artists Winter Show:  Begin collecting art, jewelry, pottery and more from the next generation of Native American artists and craftspeople at the annual Young Native Artists Winter Show. Children and grandchildren of artists associated with the Palace of the Governors’ Portal Program will demonstrate and sell their own arts and crafts in the Meem Community Room. Free.
Sun11Las Posadas:  The annual candle-lit procession of Las Posadas travels around the Santa Fe Plaza and concludes in the Palace Courtyard. This version of an old Hispanic tradition recreates Mary and Joseph’s search for a place to give birth to the Baby Jesus—and throws in a few devils for good measure. Stay for carols, cookies and hot cider in the Palace Courtyard. Free.  Santa Fe Plaza. Free.
Sun11 Santa Fe Symphony presents Christmas Treasures: Guest Conductor—and Concertmaster—David Felberg takes the podium once more to lead The Santa Fe Symphony’s annual afternoon of Christmas favorites! This celebratory performance will feature family-friendly seasonal tunes like Corelli’s Christmas Concerto, Faith’s Brazilian Sleigh Bells, selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite, the Irving Berlin favorite White Christmas, and Anderson’s A Christmas Festival . . . and more!  Lensic Performing Arts Center.
Fri - Sun16 - 18SWAIA Winter Indian Market:  Over 200 artists will show at the La Fonda. Music, performing arts, and Native Dance groups will be featured, as well as a Festival of Trees that will be available for purchase through silent auction through the weekend. 
Sat & Sun19 & 20 Aspen Santa Fe Ballet Presents the Nutcracker: Children of all ages will marvel at this whimsical interpretation of a seasonal classic. With ballet, flamenco, a Chinese sword dance and even an aerialist, allow the cast of 60 dancers, actors and circus artists to create lifelong memories for you and your loved ones.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  
Mon - Sat19-24A Baroque Christmas at the Loretto Chapel:  Santa Fe Pro Musica performs music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Traditional Carols, featuring mezzo-sopranos Deborah Domanski and Avery Amereau and Inn Owner, David Solem on Organ.  Loretto Chapel 
Thurs24Christmas Eve Farolito Walk: One of Santa Fe's most beloved holiday traditions, the Farolito Walk, lights up the hearts & souls of visitors to Canyon Road each holiday season.
Sat24Performance Santa Fe Presents:  Christmas Eve Concert with Pianist Claire Huangci.  The dazzling pianist Claire Huangci joins Maestro Joseph Illick and the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra in this all-Russian program of Rimsky-Korsakov's blazing Scheherazade and Prokofiev's powerful and brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2.  Lensic Performing Arts Center.  
Thurs29Santa Fe Pro Musica Presents Spectacular American Favorites.  Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra and solists performs  Michael Daugherty - Flamingo, Copland - Appalachian Spring, Barber - Adagio, and Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue.  Lensic Performing Arts Center  
Sat31Performance Santa Fe Presents:  New Year's Eve Orchestra Concert.  Maestro Joseph Illick conducts the Performance Santa Fe Orchestra with chorus and soloists Ellie Dehn, Jodi Karem, Nicholas Simpson and Matthew Trevino. Composed as an anthem for all of humanity, Beethoven's Ninth is a jubilant way to ring in the New Year!  Lensic Performing Arts Center.