Seasonal Events in Santa Fe
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, tickets for events around New Mexico 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 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 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.
Las PosadasThis 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 palaceofthegovernors.org
Canyon Road FarolitoWalk 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.
Souper BowlThis 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 thefooddepot.org
Ski and Snowboard in Santa FeOnly 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 skisantafe.com for more information.
ArtfeastARTsmart 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 WeekFeast 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.
Japanese Cultural FestivalStage performances throughout the day. Held at Santa Fe Community Convention Center. More info.
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 & BrewOutside 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 moreLearn 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.
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
Santa Fe International Folk Art MarketThe 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 folkartmarket.org
Exclusive Hotel Special for Folk Art Market: Save $50/night when you stay 2 nights.
ART Santa FeA 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 artsantafe.com
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
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, 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 MarketLocated 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 swaia.org
Mountain Man Trade Fair and RendezvousCelebrating 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 nmhistorymuseum.org
Bluegrass and Old Tyme Music FestivalCome 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. southwestpickers.org
Burning of Zozobra and Santa Fe FiestaThis 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. 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!
Check Availability or book our Zozobra Package.
Artist Studio ToursSeveral 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 Wine & Chile FiestaWine 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 santafewineandchile.org
Santa Fe Independent Film Festival