Seasonal Events in Santa FeHere at Eldorado Hotel & Spa we offer a year-round opportunity to enjoy the exciting events at our very own Old House Restaurant and Agave Lounge. Should you chose to venture beyond our front doors, there is a wealth of opportunities for you to be entertained, informed and delighted.
Take In Fabulous Downtown Santa Fe EventsEnjoy 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.
EVENTS IN SANTA FE TO ENRICH YOUR STAY
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, these New Mexico events tickets are conveniently available by visiting ticketssantafe.org.
YEAR-ROUND SANTA FE EVENTS
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 arts 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 CONCERTS & EVENTS
LOCAL EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO
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 santafecreativetourism.org.
SUMMER EVENTS IN SANTA FE
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 rodeodesantafe.org
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 santafehra.org
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 thirstyearfestival.com
ANNUAL SANTA FE TRADITION
AUTUMN EVENTS IN NEW MEXICO AND SANTA FE
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 santafefiesta.org
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 santafe.org
SANTA FE'S LEGENDARY SPANISH MARKET
LARGE SANTA FE FESTIVAL OF SPANISH CULTURE
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 westwindtravel.net
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 spanishcolonial.org & contemporaryhispanicmarket.com
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, enipc.org
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 pancakesontheplaza.com
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 santafeopera.org
Santa Fe Indian Market (August 22 - 23, 2015)
The world famous Santa Fe Indian Market is the largest market devoted to Native American arts in the world. Drawing about 100,000 visitors, it is Santa Fe's largest and most popular event. More than 1,000 artists gather on the Santa Fe Plaza to sell their traditional and contemporary works, including jewelry, pottery, textiles and more.
Wine and Chile Fiesta (September 23 - 27, 2015)
With 90 national wineries brought to Santa Fe to partner with 75 of Santa Fe's best restaurants, a five day schedule of food and wine events is created featuring cooking demos, wine seminars, winery luncheons and dinners. The weekend culminates with the Grand Tasting at The Santa Fe Opera where all 75 participating Santa Fe restaurants and all 90 wineries serve samples of their best food and wine.