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Seasonal Events in Santa Fe

Here at Eldorado Hotel & Spa we offer a year-round opportunity to enjoy the exciting Santa Fe events at our very own Old House RestaurantAGAVE Lounge and CAVA Santa Fe. Should you chose to venture beyond our front doors, there is a wealth of opportunities for you to be entertained, informed and delighted. View our winter holiday events and specials.

Take In Fabulous Downtown Santa Fe Events

Enjoy a front-row seat to the most popular Santa Fe Plaza events at Eldorado Hotel & Spa. Renowned as an art and entertainment capital, "The City Different" always has something to see and do. From film festivals to Indian markets and Spanish Markets, skiing, and The Santa Fe Opera, we're ready to entertain you in a way that only Santa Fe can. For more information on annual highlights, be sure to browse our Santa Fe event calendar.


Santa Fe hosts a variety of unique and enjoyable events every week of the year. Some of these take place at our sister hotel, the Lodge at Santa Fe, in the Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre. Below are some Santa Fe events highlights to give you a sense of how you can spend your time when you visit. For those who prefer to plan ahead, tickets for events around New Mexico are conveniently available by visiting


Maria Benitez Cabaret Theatre, the Lodge at Santa Fe

Just five minutes from the Santa Fe Plaza is our sister property, the Lodge at Santa Fe and the on-site theatre there features performing arts year round. Built to honor the legendary Flamenco artist Maria Benitez, this theater was designed on an intimate scale specifically to highlight the art of Flamenco.  Every one of the theater’s 150 seats has great views, and certain performances include tapas and beverage services. Additionally, a variety of Santa Fe performing artists use the theater year-round. Arrive early and enjoy dinner or drinks at the award-winning hotel restaurant or scenic rooftop patio bar. Find out more and buy tickets for upcoming events.



Santa Fe has been designated a UNESCO Creative City because of the concentration and diversity of arts and culture in the area. Santa Fe Creative Tourism has developed a collection of hands-on artist workshops, studio tours, lectures, contests and special events focusing on the arts in Santa Fe. Find out how you can join the fun during your Santa Fe visit at


Las Posadas

This traditional Santa Fe holiday event features a Spanish play illustrating the plight of Mary and Joseph as they search for lodging in Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. Joined by crowds from the community, the players walk in a procession around the Plaza before ending at the Palace of the Governors, where refreshments are served. Palace of the Governors 105 E. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100

Canyon Road Farolito

Walk Farolitos are paper bags filled with sand and votive candles, which set the bags aglow as they line the neighborhood streets and adobe walls on Christmas Eve.
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Santa Fe Foodie Classic January 15-17

The 1st Annual Santa Fe Foodie Classic is a celebration of Southwestern flavors, showcasing classic flavor combinations as well as new techniques demonstrating the future of Southwestern cuisine. From the Founder of Diner en Blanc Albuquerque, Running of the Chihuahaus, and Christmas at Hogwarts, the Santa Fe Foodie Classic is a three day explosion of flavor!

This weekend long event includes a Seven Deadly Sins Dinner with seven wine pairings, a grand tasting, a chef's competition, meet the winemaker and so much more. View more information.

Souper Bowl

This annual soup competition amongst local chefs is held on the Saturday prior to Super Bowl. Participants taste and vote for their favorite soups, and also participate in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit Northern New Mexico's food bank. Various venues 505-471-1633

Ski and Snowboard in Santa Fe

Only 16 miles from the Santa Fe Plaza is Ski Santa Fe. Among the highest of ski areas in the continental U.S., with a base area elevation of 10,350 feet, enjoy skiing and snowboarding in in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Visit for more information.



ARTsmart presents their Annual ARTfeast fundraising weekend with "It's 5 o'clock Somewhere" Cocktail Party, Step Up to the Plate Gala Dinner, and the free weekend-long Art of the Home Tour. ARTsmart nonprofit supports year round visual art education for kids. 

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

Feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost, $25 for two for casual-dining restaurants, and $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant. Held at various venues.


Japanes Cultural Festival

Stage performances throughout the day. Held at Santa Fe Community Convention Center. More info.


Baroque Week

Santa Fe Pro Musica presents music featuring their Baroque Ensemble performing works of Purcell, Pergolesi, Bach, Handel and others using period instruments in the majestic Loretto Chapel.Ski and Snowboard in Santa Fe. More info.


Outside Bike & Brew

Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe present the inaugural Bike & Brew Festival, a five day celebration of craft beer culture and exceptional road and mountain biking in beautiful Santa Fe. More info.

BATTLEFIELD NEW MEXICO: The civil war and more

Learn about the role New Mexico played in the U.S. Civil War during re-enactments of battles at Glorieta Pass and Apache Canyon near Santa Fe. This annual weekend includes military drills, cannon firings and more.



Rodeo de Santa Fe

Rodeo de Santa Fe is a family-friendly event that has been showcasing the rodeo craft since 1949, with everything from barrel racing to bareback and bull riding. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, 3237 Rodeo Rd. 505-471-4300

Santa Fe Pride

Santa Fe's annual Gay Pride celebration includes a parade and fair that honors gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, as well as their friends and families. Railyard Plaza 505-466-3253

Thirsty Ear Festival

Featuring a wide variety of musical acts, including alt-country, folk, bluegrass, blues, world music, acoustic punk, and indie rock, the Thirsty Ear is New Mexico's premier music event. It is sure to expand the musical boundaries of everyone within hearing distance. Various Santa Fe Venues, 918-289-0482


Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

The world's largest international folk art market, with more than 130 artists participating from across the globe. Milner Plaza on Museum Hill, Camino Lejo 505-992-7600
Exclusive Hotel Special for Folk Art Market: Save $50/night when you stay 2 nights.

ART Santa Fe

A significant contemporary art event that brings together art collectors and artists from around the world. This fair presents work by both acclaimed masters and up-and-coming artists. El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, 1615 Paseo de Peralta 505-988-8883

Santa Fe Garden Tours

"Behind Adobe Walls" tours, organized by Westwind Travel, arranges opportunities for visitors to explore different Santa Fe homes and gardens in full bloom. 505-984-0022 or 800-283-0122

Traditional and Contemporary Spanish Market

Santa Fe's renowned Traditional Spanish Market features an extraordinary array of handcrafted Spanish Colonial art works, created using traditional tools and techniques by New Mexican artists. Alongside the Traditional Market, the annual Contemporary Hispanic Market features work by over 100 New Mexican artists. Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2226 &  
Exclusive Special: Save $50/night at Spanish Market

Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Arts & Crafts Show

Native American artists, from local pueblos as well as tribes around the country, gather in celebration of their heritage with an event that features arts and crafts by over 100 artists along with traditional Native American ceremonial dance performances. 327 Eagle Drive, San Juan, NM 87566, 505-747-1593,

July 4th Pancakes on the Plaza

This annual community feast, hosted by the United Way, includes live music and dance, kid's entertainment, art booths and a car show along with piping hot pancakes served on Santa Fe Plaza. Santa Fe Plaza 505-982-2002
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Santa Fe Opera

One of the premier opera performance venues in the world the Santa Fe Opera runs annually from July through August, with five operas presented in rotating repertory. 301 Opera Drive Santa Fe, NM 87506 505-986-5900 or 800-280-4654


Santa Fe Indian Market

Located in the historic Santa Fe Plaza, the Indian Market showcases a stunning variety of traditional and contemporary native art, including textiles, jewelry, and crafts of various sorts crafted by over 1,000 Native American artists. Held during the third weekend in August, visitors are also treated to live entertainment. The week prior, Santa Fe hosts a week filled with Indian films, music, and fashion. Santa Fe Plaza 505-983-5220
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Mountain Man Trade Fair and Rendezvous

Celebrating nineteenth-century life in New Mexico, this early August fair showcases period reenactments of life for mountain men and women. The whole family will enjoy the arts, crafts, games and activities. Palace of the Governors Courtyard 105 W. Palace Ave. 505-476-5100

Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music Festival

Come hoot and holler with this late August weekend festival featuring all types of bluegrass and old-time bands and musicians. Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds  3237 Rodeo Rd.


Burning of Zozobra and Santa Fe Fiesta

This oldest community event in the U.S. commemorates the re-occupation of Santa Fe by Don Diego de Vargas in 1692. Zozobra, a 49-foot tall marionette, is set on fire as part of the celebration. The Santa Fe Fiesta also includes food, music, dance, and religious ceremonies. Santa Fe Plaza and various venues 505-988-7575 Afterward he bursn, visit our many Santa Fe venues, all open until midnight: AGAVE Lounge, Cava Santa Fe at Eldorado Hotel and Spa. Low 'n Slow Lowrider Bar and Estevan's Restaurant at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe. Secreto Lounge and Hotel St. Francis. Viva la Fiestas!
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Artist Studio Tours

Several Santa Fe communities host annual artist studio tours, allowing visitors to meet the artists on their turf and see the studios where present and future masterworks are being created. Tours include Pilar, Pojoaque River, High Road to Taos, and Pecos. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities

Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

Wine and chile have a natural affinity, and this event includes seminars, demonstrations, and culinary events with wineries and chefs. Food and wine connoisseurs across the country gather to feast on this paring of wine and chile at various venues in Santa Fe. 505-438-8060
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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

This festival showcases the independent film with a variety of features and shorts as well as panel discussions and parties. 505-349-1414
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Harvest Festival

Held at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Spanish Colonial New Mexico living history museum, everyone in the family can learn more about New Mexico’s heritage and culture while stringing chile ristras, crushing wine grapes, and grinding sorghum with the help of burros. El Rancho de las Golondrinas 334 Los Pinos Rd. 505-471-2261
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Artist Studio Tours

This month, several more Northern New Mexico communities host annual artist studio tours, which allow visitors to meet the artists on their home turf. Tours include El Rito, Abiquiú, and Galisteo. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities 



Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase

The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, which also produces the Santa Fe Indian Market, presents this event featuring unique pieces by acclaimed Native artists, many of whom are also Indian Market award winners. Santa Fe Community Convention Center 201 W. Marcy St. 505-983-5220

Artist Studio Tours

This month, more of Santa Fe’s neighboring communities host their annual artist studio tours, giving visitors a chance to meet the artists and see works in progress. Tours include Dixon and La Cienega. Surrounding Santa Fe Communities