Art Scene Santa Fe 2018

Santa Fe is a world-renowned art center and has over 200 art galleries in the city alone. Art collectors come from all over to buy fine Native American, contemporary and western pieces, and to stroll from gallery to gallery along the ancient streets. Friday night gallery openings are a local tradition, and Indian Market in August is the largest Native American art showcase in the world. In terms of dollar sales Santa Fe is among the largest art markets in the U.S.

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Site Santa Fe - a contemporary art space.

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Dedicated to the works of Georgia O’Keeffe and to the study of American Modernism (1890 to present).

Center for Contemporary Arts The CCA is dedicated to reapresenting the arts of our time as a critical component of social, political, economic, and educational discourse. Because the arts stem from all facets of human nature and interaction, they should be perceived as an active participant in the greater course of human events. The arts should be equally capable of questioning, answering, following, leading, running interference, causing distraction and illuminating.

New Mexico History Museum This is a really nice addition to the Santa Fe Museum scene. The new museum (2009) has three floors of permanent exhibits, a changing exhibit area, a new acquisition area, a two floor history and photo archives library, auditorium, learning center and museum store. Santa Fe was 400 years old in 2010.

MoCNA - IAIA Museum of Contemporary Indian Art 108 Cathedral Place
This museum is dedicated to showcasing contemporary Native American Contemporary Art and the training of the next generation of Native American professions.

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture The exhibitions at the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture showcase the museum's pioneering approach to the interpretation of Native American arts and culture. Developed through active partnership between Native and non-Native people, the museum promotes the message that Indian cultures are complex, diverse, steeped in tradition, and very much alive.

Museum of International Folk Art Museum’s holdings represent diverse cultures and constitute the largest collection of international folk art in the world.

Meow Wolf Complex "House of Eternal Return" is an immersive multimedia experience. Highly entertaining and educational experience. Feel free to open any door and crawl through any space.

Museum of Spanish Colonial Arts
The Spanish Colonial Arts Society established the Museum to display the Society's 3,000-object collection.

Wheelwright Museum
A traditional Navajo hoghan was the inspiration for the design of the eight-sided building housing the museum. Changing exhibitions in the main gallery include contemporary and traditional American Indian art, with an emphasis on the Southwest. The museum has an excellent shop with genuine Native American objects.

El Rancho de La Golondrinas is a living museum that has preserved the Spanish Colonial and Territorial way of life on a 200 acre ranch just outside of Santa Fe. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 18th century.

2018 EVENTS by Date

Cooking Schools all year long.
Santa Fe School of Cooking at 125 N. Guadalupe St in new facilities.
Las Cosas Cooking School in De Vargas Mall.

Continuing events
Farmers Market Sat. year round; Tues. May - Nov. Railyard.
Santa Fe Artist Market - Railyard Saturdays 8:00 a.m. - 1 p.m. March - Dec., 2018
SF Society of Artists weekends April 21 to October 14, 2018, Parking lot of 1st National Bank.
Santa Fe Bandstand Plaza Band Stand July 5 - Aug 25, 2016
Joe Hayes story teller Wheelwright Museum courtyard Saturdays and Sundays

Jan 13, 2017 Winter Brew - fifth annual festival celebrating craft beer and comfort food 5:00 p.m. Santa Fe Farmers Market.

Feb 18 - 25, 2018 Santa Fe Restaurant Week

March 15-18, 2018 Bead Fest SF Convention Center

April 7 - December 22, 2018 Saturdays only Northern New Mexico artists present their work at the Railyard Park.

April 21, 2018 Bollywood Club Invasion Santa Fe Convention Center, 6:30 to midnight

April 29 & 30, 2018 Santa Fe Pro Musica Orchestra with David Helberg conducting Lensic Theater

May 1, 2018 pianist Daniil Trifonov Lensic Theater 7:30 p.m.

May 19, 2018 Matsuri Annual Japanese Festval SF Convention Center.

May 6, 2017 Baile de Mayo. Learn who has been chosen Don Diego de Vargas and La Reina del Fiesta de Santa Fe at the annual ball. 7:30 p.m. Convention Center

May 19-23, 2017 Passport to the Arts Canyon Road music, food and art.

May 26-28, 2018 Santa Fe Council for the Arts: Art Show Cathedral Park.

May 18 & 19, 2017 ARTSPRING 2015 NM School for the Arts annual student showcase of dance, music, theater and visual arts. Eldorado Hotel & spa 6:00 p.m.

May 18-20, 2017 Outside Bike & Brew various bike trails in and around Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavillion.

May 19, 2018 Annual Japanese Cultural Festival SF Convention Center.

May 20, 2018 Santa Fe Century Ride/Bike/Run 26th annual 100-mile-long bicycle event along the scenic Turquoise Trail. 25-, 50-, and 75- mile routes available.

May 25-27, 2018 Native Treasures Annual Indian Arts Festival with sales benefiting the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture in Santa Fe. Santa Fe Convention Center.

May 26 - 28, 2018 Arts & Crafts - Northern New Mexico Fine Arts and Crafts Guild Cathedral Park.

May 31, 2018 Fred Hersch and Friends - Jazz pianist/composer, 7:30 p.m. Lensic Theater.

June 7 - 8, 2018 Currents International Media Festival El Museo Cultural.

June 9 & 12, 2018 Challenge NM Arts and Crafts Show Plaza.

June 8 & 9, 2018 Edible Art Tour (EAT) Members of Santa Fe Gallery Association team with local restaurants: stroll from doorway to doorway along Canyon Road or take shuttle buses between downtown and Canyon Road. 5 - 8 p.m.

June 8-24, 2018 Currents: the Santa Fe International New Media Festival El Museo Cultural and various venues.

June 8 - 9, 2018 Challenge New Mexico Art and Crafts Festival Plaza.

June 16 & 17, 2018 Northern NM Arts & Craft Guild Cathedral Park.

June 17, 2017 Summer Solstice at Botanic Gardens 6:30 - p.m.

June 17, 2017 Fantase Fest DeVargas Park mediat interactive Festival.

June 20-23, 2018 Rodeo de Santa Fe Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue.

June 20, 2017 Summer Solstice in Santa Fe Botanical Garden Bert Dalton Trio provides entertainment.

June 24, 2017 Santa Fe Pride Celebration

June 25, 2017 Annual Greek Festival Food, Music dancing Tomasitas Parking Lot, 9:00 a.m. - 9 p.m.

June 24 - Sept 26, 2018 Knighting of on Diego de Vargas at the beginning of Fiesta de Santa Fe. There are numerous other associated activities during the summer. Go to the website Fiesta de Santa Fe for other events during the summer.

June 25, 2018 Knighting of don Diego de Vargas part of Fiesta de Santa Fe at the Cathedral Basilica.

June ?, 2017 Santa Fe Pride Parade, food vendors, beer garden and entertainment.

July 4, 2018 Plaza Celebration Pancake Breakfast, Car show, live entertainment, arts fair.

July 4 2018 Fourth of July fireworks, Santa Fe High School, begins at sundown, bring chairs and blankets.

July 4, 2018 Young Natives Arts & Crafts Sale works by children and grandchildren of artists in the Portal program, Palace of Governors Courtyard, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

July 4 & 5, 2017 Northern New Mexico Arts and Crafts Guild Cathedral park.

July 13 - 15, 2018 Art Santa Fe Annual International Contemporary Art Fair. Santa Fe Convention Center.

July 13-15, 2018 International Folk Art Market The Folk Art Market has become the largest in the United States. It is one of the signature events in Santa Fe which was designated a UNESCO's Creative City in 2005.

July 15-17, 2017 Santa Fe Pride - series of parties, dances, and fund raisers throughout the city.

July 13 - 16, 2017 Art Santa Fe Convention Center.

July 14-31, 2017 New Mexico Jazz Festival for performances and sites go to web page.

July - Aug , 2017 (Sat & Sun 7 p.m.) Joe Hayes Story Teller: Tales of the Southwest, Native Americans and Spanish. Free at Wheelwright Museum teepee - Free.

July 21-22, 2018 Northern NM Fine Arts Crafts Guild Cathedral Park, Santa Fe.

July 26 - Aug 13, 2017 HIPICO International World Class Equestrian Show Jumping.

July 28 & 29, 2018 Spanish Market
This is a destination event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handcrafted traditional arts by 300 local Hispanic artists, continuous music, art demonstrations and regional foods.

July 28 - 29, 2018 Contemporary Spanish Market adjacent to the Plaza.

July 24-27, 2015 Arts & Crafts Santa Fe council for the Arts Cathedral Park.

August 4, 2018 Navajo Rug Auction If you want a quality Navajo rug at a reasonable price come and enjoy the auction in the courtyard of the Palace of the Governors.

Aug 1 - 3, 2018 SITELINES 2018 Casa Tomada - Biennial exhibit Site Santa Fe.

August 5-6, 2017 Girls Inc. Arts and Crafts Fair held on the Plaza. This is an excellent show for a good cause.

Aug 10 -13, 2017 Objects of Art El Museo Cultural.

Aug 11-14, 2017 Whitehawk Invitational Antique Indian Art Show Convention Center.

Aug 11-14, 2017 Whitehawk Ethnographis Art Show a large Native American antique collection at the Santa Fee Convention Center

Sept 1, 2018 Fiestas de Santa Fe Opening ceremonies for the 303rd anniversary of this celebration, SF Plaza 3-7 p.m.

Aug 16-18, 2017 Annual Invitational Antique Indian Art show at El Museo de Cultural.

Aug 16-19, 2017 We are the Seeds of Santa Fe - Contemporary and traditional Indigenous Art Market Santa Fe Railyard.

Aug 18- 19, 2018 Santa Fe Indian Market The world’s most prestigious Native American arts show. There are more than 1000 artists, food and demonstration booths, a youth market, entertainment and more!

Aug 19 & 20, 2015 Antique American Indian Art Show - Santa Fe 2014 El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Aug 20 - 22, 2015 Indigenous Fine Art Market The Railyard.

August 26, 2016 Santa Fe Prefiesta Show Bandstand 3 - 7 p.m.

August 23, 2014 Santa Fe Pow Wow Chavez Community Center 5 p.m. Tenth annual event includes Northern Drum Black Eagle Dancers, Southern Drum Southern Crew Singers, gourd dancer Milton Yazzie, and dancer Alannah Tailfeathers.

Aug 29 - Sept 1, 2015 Labor Day Arts and Crafts Market Juried fine arts and crafts market held annually on Santa Fe Plaza.

Aug 29 - Aug 30,, 2015 Arts & Crafts - Santa Fe Council for the Arts Cathedral Park.

Sept 1 - 4, 2017 Labor Day Art and Craft Show Plaza.

Sept 1, 2017 Burning of Zozobra Fort Marcy Park.
Zozobra, the gloomy one, was the creation of artist Will Shuster in 1924, and it has been an adjunct to Fiesta de Santa Fe ever since. The figure is created from plywood, wire muslin and shredded paper, and was originally stuffed with papers such as obsolete police reports, divorce decrees or anything people wanted to forget. Today, people can drop items at a central location, and they will be added to Zozobra.

Sept 8 - 10, 2017Fiesta de Santa Fe was established in 1712 by proclamation of Governor Marquez de La Penuela. The fiesta commemorates the reoccupation of Santa Fe by Don Diego De Vargas in 1692 after the Native American uprising in 1680. The 296 year old Fiesta is the oldest continual community celebration in the United States. It is both a religious and secular celebration. The center of the religious celebration is La Conquistadora a 29-inch carved wooden Marian statue saved from the burning chapel in 1680. There is a 6:00 a.m. procession of the statue from St. Francis Basilica to Rosario Chapel. Food, entertainment, and an Arts and Crafts are on the Plaza Friday through Sunday. In addition, on Saturday there is Children’s Pet Parade around the plaza and a historic fashion show at the James Little Theatre. In the evening there is Gran Balile where the royalty are presented. At 10:00 a.m. on Sunday La Conquistadora is returned to the Basilica, and at 1:00 p.m. there is a historical/hysterical parade around town.

Sept 2-4, 2017 Fiesta de Santa Fe

Sept 2-4, 2017 Labor Day Fiesta Fine Arts & Crafts Market Plaza 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sept 2, 2017 Mariachi Extravaganza de Santa Fe 7:30 p.m. Santa Fe Opera.

Sept 6, 2017 Concierto de Mariachi Matinee Lensic 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Sept 9, 2017 Pregon de La Fiesta Rosario chapel 6:00 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sept 11, 2015 Entrada de Don Diego de Vargas reinactment on Plaza at 2 p.m.
Sept 9, 2017 Desfile de los Ninos (Pet Parade) 9 -10:45 a.m.
26th Annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival
September 26 - Oct 1, 2018. This is a celebration of the fine restaurants and chefs in Santa Fe and the wines which complement their signature cuisines.
Go to the website for a listing of all events, the chefs, the restaurants, wines and wineries, the sommeliers, Grand Tasting at the SF Opera and more!!

Grand Tasting Parking Pass available No parking at the Santa Fe Opera without a Parking Pass. ($25) Free continuous shuttles starting at 11:00 a.m. from and returning to the LAMY Building at Paseo de Peralata and Old Spanish Trail (with free parking).

Sept 26, 2018 Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival Convention Center.

Sept 29 & 30, 2018 Northern NM Fine Arts and Crafts Guild Cathedral Park, Santa Fe.

Sept 29 - Oct 1, 2017 Santa Fe Concorso - vintage and exotic cars.

Oct 10, 2015 Fiesta Fela 2015 th annual festival of African art and culture presented by Afreeka Santa Fe: Food and live music by Emman Legrand and African Rhythmix, 10 a.m. - 6 p.. Santa FE Railyard.

Oct 5 - 8, 2017 Site Santa Fe Inaugural expansion exhibits

Oct 6 -14, 2018 Inernational Balloon Fest Albuquerque.

Oct 17-21, 2018 Independent Film Festival various locations.

Oct 8, 2018 Indigenous People's Day Plaza

Oct 14 & 18, 2015 Native Treasures Collectors Sale Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Oct 17, 2015 Historic Canyon Road Paint Out. Public invited to mingle with artists painting "en plein air" along canyon Road.

Nov 5 - 7, 2015 11th Annual Tony Hillerman Writers Conference Hilton Hotel Santa Fe.

Nov 7, 2015 American Dreams/Border Realities Film festival in support of Somos un Pueblo Unido, Center for Contemporary Arts.

Nov 24, 2017 Lighting of Christmas decorations on the Plaza 6:30 p.m.

Nov 17-19, 2017 Annual Santa Fe Recycling Festival Recycled Art Market with works by more than 90 artists. Santa Fe Convention Center.

Nov 27, 2015 Opening of Santa Fe Ski Season depending on the weather.

Nov 27, 2015 Lighting of the Christmas Tree on the Plaza.

Nov 29 & 30, 2014 SWAIA Winter Indian market native arts, tradition and culture.

Dec 2 - 4, 2016 18th Annual Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Santa Fe Convention Center.

Dec 3 & 4, 2015 Acting OUT: A Symposium on Indigealus Performance Art The Lensic, Museum of Indian Arts and Cultures, St. Francis Auditorium & New Mexico Museum of Art.

Dec 3, 2015 -Jan 16, 2016 Th-Sat Glow - A Winter Lights Event Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Museum Hill 5-8 p.m..

Dec 4-6, 2015 Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival Santa Fe Convention Center.

Dec 6-10, 2017 Santa Fe Film Festival various venues.

Dec 6 - 14, 2015 Lighting of the giant menorah on the Plaza at 3 p.m. on Dec 6 and nightly at 5 p.m.

Dec 7, 2015 Chanukah on Ice skating games, refershments, and off-ice activities, Genoveva Chavez Community Center 4:00 p.m.

Dec 7, 2018 Christmas at the Palace of the Governors Live music, crafts projects, and refreshments. 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

December 7, 2018 Las Posadas The annual recreation of Mary and Joseph's journey through Bethlehem seeking shelter. Join the precession that encounters devils while they search for a place to stay. All participants are welcome to carry furnished candles as the procession moves around the Plaza. The courtyard of the Palace of the Governors will offer safety and lodging to Mary and Joseph and refreshments and singing for the procession followers. At 5:30 p.m. on the plaza and ending at the Governor's Palace.

Dec 19, 2015 A Celtic Christmas Santa Fe Men's Camerata, Belisama Irish Dance, The Order of the Thistle Pipes and Drums, and the Anslover Family Band3:00p.m. Scottish Rite Center.

December 24, 2016 Annual Christmas Eve Farolito Walk on Canyon road Dress warmly and enjoy the activities.

Dec 25, 2016 Hanukkah on the Plaza 5 p.m.

Dec 31, 2016 New Year's Eve on the Plaza Live entertainment, luminaries, hot chocolate, food trucks, and glow merchandise 9:30 - 12:30 p.m.

Music 2018

Music is an important part of the Santa Fe Arts scene. The summer months provide opportunities to hear opera in a beautiful setting just north of the city, a world class chamber music festival, the beautiful voices of the Desert Chorale, and a variety of other voice and instrumental performances.

Santa Fe Opera
Ever since 1957, The Santa Fe Opera has been the summer oasis for internationally acclaimed operatic talents and opera enthusiasts! June 30 - Aug 26, 2017 The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs, Die Fledermaus, Lucia di Lammermoor, The Golden Cockerel and Alcina. The schedule and ticket prices on opera website above.

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival began in 1972 and now has become one of the world's preeminent music events. In addition to the performances there are open rehearsals and master classes. July 15- Aug 20, 2018 Box Ticket Information 1-888-982-1890 or 1-888-221-9836

Performance Santa Fe
PSF presents world class entertainment from August through May of each year. The current season is on line. Visit the website above.

Santa Fe symphony.

Desert Chorale
The desert Chorale is a highly acclaimed group performing at various venues 2017 season online. They also perform during variouis holiday seasons during the year.

Sol Santa Fe Stage and Grill is adjacent to the Santa Fe Brewing Co. at 27 Fire Place in Santa Fe.

July 5 - Aug 25, 2017 Santa Fe Bandstand Music Festival Performances tba for 2016 on the Plaza by a variety of groups. Watching the crowd can be quite entertaining.

July 5 - Aug 5, 2017 12th Annual Jazz Festival The Lensic, downtown Plaza, and Albuquerque. See website for dates.

For entertainment at hotels and restaurants pick up a Weekly Reporter free on the street and at many restaurants and hotels.


Nambe Pueblo 505-455-2036.
Picuris Pueblo 575-587-2519.
Pojoaque Puebllo 505-455-2278.
San Ildefonso Pueblo 505-455-2273.
Ohkay Owingeh (San Juan Pueblo0 505-852-4400.
Sandia Pueblo 505-867-3317.
Santa Clara Pueblo 505-753-7326.
Taos Pueblo 575-758-1028.
Tesuque Peublo 505-983-2667; 800-483-1040.
Kewa Pueblo (Santo Domingo Pueblo) 505-465-2214.
Cochiti Pueblo 505-465-1138.
Zia Pueblo 505-867-3304.

Photography Policies

Acoma – No photography.
Cochiti – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 465-2244.
Isleta – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 869-3111
Jemez – No photography.
Laguna – Photography allowed at Launa Pueblo and Church of San Jose de Laguna only.
Nambe – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 455-2036
Picuris – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (575) 587-2519
Pojoaque – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 455-3460
Sandia – No photographing dances, the plaza or the church. Permission required in other areas.
San Felipe – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 867-3381.
San Ildefonso – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information (505) 455-3549.
San Juan – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information (505) 852-4400
Santa Ana – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information (505) 867-3301.
Santa Clara – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information (505) 753-7326
Santo Domingo – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit information. (505) 465-2214.
Taos – No photography except at July pow-wow, with permission of dancers.
Tesuque – Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit. (505) 983-2667.
Zia - Phone pueblo for policy and/or permit. (505) 867-3304.

Dance Behavior

1. Behave respectfully at all times.
2. On feast day or dance day do not enter any building, graveyard or private home unless invited.
3. Most pueblos forbid photographing, sketching, painting or videotaping at dances or events. They enforce no photography bans.
4. Do not bring pets to the ceremonies.
5. Do not applaud after a dance, do not laugh, do not walk on the plaza, and do not talk to dancers before performance.

Dance 2017

May 3, 2018 Jacob Jonas Company - breakdance, acrobatics, and modern Dance 7:30 p.m. Lensic Theater.

Theater 2017

May 10 - 27, 2018 Th Gin Game Teatro Paraguas.

June 7-24, 2018 Rapture, Blister, Burn - feminism play Teatro Paraguay.



2017 dates posted when available Tours are usually about the same time each year. 7:30

Corrales Art Studio Tour May 5-6, 2018

Placitas Studio tour May 12 - 13, 2018

Eldorado Arts Open Studio Tour March 19 & 20, 2018.

Santa Fe Studio Tour June 23-34, & 30, 2018

High Road Art Tour September 22-23 & 29-30, 2018.

Pojoaque River Art Tour Sept 15 - 16, 2018.

Pecos Studio Tour Sept 29 & 30, 2018.

Pilar Studio Tours June 17-18 & 24-25, 2017.

Abiquiu Studio Tours Oct 6 - 8, 2018

El Rito Studio Tour Sept 29 & 30 , 2018.

Madrid - Cerrillos Studio tour. Oct 3 & 4 and 10 11, 2015.

Dixon Studio Tour Nov 7 & 8, 2015