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As a culinary, historic, and cultural destination, Santa Fe hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The Inn on the Alameda is the perfect home away from home when you visit Santa Fe. Plan your trip around one of these events, or see what’s happening while you’re in town.

Warm to Hot Weather (March-October)
  • Canyon Road Gallery Hopping is always a draw. In warmer weather, galleries open their doors to welcome the southwestern sunshine and visitors. Friday night openings often generously welcome visitors and locals alike with an opening reception. The downtown gallery district holds First Friday openings on the first Friday of each month.
  • A variety of special events take place at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Santa Fe’s outdoor living history museum. May brings a series of Civil War re-enactment events, June is the Children’s Fair, July is the Wine Festival and Mexican Rodeo and Market, August is Frontier Days, September brings La Fiesta de Los Ninos Children’s Festival, October celebrates the Harvest Festival and the end of November brings the annual Museum Shop End-of-Year Sale.
  • Summerscene brings live music to the Plaza Monday through Friday throughout the summer, a great time to pack a picnic, sit on the grass, and enjoy a free concert.
  • The Santa Fe Farmers’ Market offers great produce and a variety of handmade products on Tuesday and Saturday mornings throughout the summer.
  • Rodeo de Santa Fe takes place at the Rodeo grounds in June.
  • Santa Fe Opera (July-August). Five different operas are produced and performed each year in the gorgeous open-air Crosby Theater at the Opera, located approximately seven miles north of Santa Fe proper.
  • Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival (July-August). A full roster of artists from major orchestras and chamber music ensembles perform in either the Lensic Center or the St. Francis Auditorium, with both lunchtime and evening concerts.
  • Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is held each July on the Milner Plaza at Museum Hill. The Market annually welcomes 50-70 folk artisans from around the globe.
  • Santa Fe Indian Market (August). Various venues and events throughout the city culminate in the annual Indian Market on the Plaza, with hundreds of Native artists from around the country.
  • Santa Fe Summer Spanish Market (July). Also held on the Plaza, this annual Hispanic Arts festival showcases both traditional and contemporary Spanish arts.
  • Shidoni Foundary and Sculpture Garden offers bronze pourings open to the public.
  • Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet Summer Performances at the Lensic Center
  • The annual Fiesta de Santa Fe takes place the second week of September, with a variety of festivities unique to Santa Fe.
  • Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, held in September each year, brings wine dinners, auctions, and a grand tasting event held at the Santa Fe Opera.
  • High Road to Taos Studio Tour is held the last two weekends of September annually.
  • Artists’ studio tours held in the northern New Mexico villages, taking place many weekends in October and early November.
  • Whitewater rafting on the Rio Grande and Rio Chama can be enjoyed with a variety of guiding groups.
  • Hiking and rock climbing at Bandelier National Monument. The unexcavated ruins of Tsankawi offer an opportunity to see what Adolph Bandelier himself saw before exploring the ruins of Bandelier.
  • Horseback riding is available with a variety of trail riding guides.
Cold Weather, with No Snow or Light Snow (November and March)
  • Santa Fe Pro Musica Winter Concerts
  • Santa Fe Concert Assocation Winter Concerts
  • Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Concerts
  • Lannan Foundation Readings and Conversations Series brings noted authors to Santa Fe throughout the year.
  • Metropolitan Opera Simulcasts at the Lensic Center once a month on specific Saturday mornings with an early evening encore

 

Cold Weather Activities, with Medium to Heavy Snow (December-February)

Skiing and snow-boarding at the Santa Fe Ski Basin, or Taos Ski Valley for skiers who want more of a challenge:

  • Snowshoeing at Santa Fe Ski Basin
  • Santa Fe Winter Spanish Market
  • Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet’s annual performance of “The Nutcracker” at the Lensic Center
  • Santa Fe Pro Musica Winter Concerts
  • Santa Fe Concert Association Winter Concerts
  • Santa Fe Desert Chorale Winter Concerts
  • Metropolitan Opera Simulcasts at the Lensic Center once a month on selected Saturday mornings and evenings
  • Christmas Eve on Canyon Road is a Santa Fe tradition. The Christmas Eve walk begins at the start of Canyon Road, magically lit up for the occasion with holiday farolitos and bonfires, and winds all the way to the end, with Christmas Carols and refreshments of hot cocoa, cider, and cookies along the way.
  • Christmas and New Year’s Dances occur at various Native American Pueblos
  • Santa Fe Edible ArtFeast in February, an event at which the fine restaurants of Santa Fe pair with galleries to showcase art and food in a benefit for the Santa Fe Public Schools.

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