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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.

WINTER EVENTS

JANUARY

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 thefooddepot.org

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 skisantafe.com for more information.

FEBRUARY

ARTfeast
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.

SPRING EVENTS

MARCH

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

APRIL

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. More info.

MAY

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.

SUMMER EVENTS

JUNE

Ageless Living Live Conference & PBS Series 
The second of three in this conference series moves to The Lensic Performing Arts Center June 16-17, 2018. Be in the audience for the live taping of six incredible authors: David Suzuki; Gay & Katie Hendricks; Thomas Moor,; Lee Zlotoff; Kyle Cease; and George & Sedena Cappannelli with opening blessing by Grandmother Flordemayo, of the 13 Indigenous Grandmothers. AgeNation & Empower New Mexico ​invite you into a journey of discovery and empowerment, music and community for all ages! Tickets: $49-$139 includes both days (505) 470-6295 AgelessLivingSeries.com

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 santafegay.com

JULY

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 folkartmarket.org

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 

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

La Emi at the Benitez Cabaret
The Benitez Cabaret at the Lodge at Santa Fe welcomes the inagural season of EmiArteFlamenco in special collaboration with the National Institute of Flamenco. This season features La Emi with special guests Nevarez y Jose Encinias, acclaimed guitarist Chuscales, and singers Jose Fernandez and Vicente Griego. Catch performances Wednesdays through Sundays beginning July 13, 2018, with Sunday matinee youth performances. See full performance details here.

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 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

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

AUGUST

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 swaia.org

La Emi at the Benitez Cabaret
The Benitez Cabaret at the Lodge at Santa Fe welcomes the inagural season of EmiArteFlamenco in special collaboration with the National Institute of Flamenco. This season features La Emi with special guests Nevarez y Jose Encinias, acclaimed guitarist Chuscales, and singers Jose Fernandez and Vicente Griego. Catch performances Wednesdays through Sundays through Aug. 26, 2018, with Sunday matinee youth performances. See full performance details here.

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 nmhistorymuseum.org

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. southwestpickers.org

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.

AUTUMN EVENTS

SEPTEMBER

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 santafewineandchile.org

Fall Activities at Ski Santa Fe
See Santa Fe's beautiful fall colors from the Super Chief Quad chair or enjoy a round of disc golf at Ski Santa Fe. The mountain is open for a variety of fun, family-friendly activities in September and during Balloon Fiesta week (October). skisantafe.com

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

OCTOBER

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 santafeindependentfilmfestival.com

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 golondrinas.org

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 santafe.org

NOVEMBER

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 swaia.org

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 santafe.org

DECEMBER

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 palaceofthegovernors.org

Canyon Road Farolito
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.