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January


WinterBrew

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Craft Beer & Comfort Food Festival, the Annual Winterbrew Festival returns to the Santa Fe Farmers Market the last week of January. It features dozens of New Mexico craft breweries and comfort food by your favorite brewpub chefs. Tickets usually include 6.5oz logo sampling glass, free beer samples and one free pint of your favorite brews. Additional beers and all food can be purchased with cash, some vendors have CC machines and there is an ATM on premises. Several restaurant chefs will cooki up comfort food. Also will be featured artisanal products by various local food manufactures. This event is usually sold out, it’s recommended to buy tickets in advance.

February


ARTfeast Edible Art Tour

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Exceptional art and delectable savories will be offered for your pleasure at many galleries on Canyon Road during the annual Edible Art tour. Galleries will pair with the city’s top restaurateurs, caterers, and chefs to create an exceptional evening of food & art that will nourish both the body and the soul. Tickets for the Edible Art Tour will be available after the first of the year. The event is sponsored by the Santa Fe Gallery Association and ARTsmart, and is part of a weekend of celebrations and special events.

Santa Fe Restaurant Week

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New Mexico Restaurant Week takes place on third week of February every year. You can feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost all week. Dig in to Santa Fe for $25 for two for casual-dining restaurants, and $20, $30 or $40 per person, depending on the restaurant.


May


Passport to the Arts

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Artists and art lovers from around the country will converge on Santa Fe for Passport to the Arts - a three-day, public art event held annually on historic Canyon Road over Mother’s Day weekend. Art exhibits, demonstrations, live music, trunk shows, and activities for kids will be offered behind the century-old adobe walls and in the sculpture gardens of the galleries, boutiques, shops, and eateries that line this magical mile. Openings, exhibitions, and receptions for artists will be held at many of the internationally-known galleries and artist studios on Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road beginning on Friday night and extending throughout the weekend. More than 100 artists will participate in the weekend’s activities. Headline events include the Artist Quick Draw, Live Auction and Artists Reception on Saturday. The catalog of items offered during Passport to the Arts will include paintings, sculpture, glass, jewelry, weavings, photographs, and pottery.

Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival

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Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale. Over 200 Native American artists participate, each of whom is specially invited by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. In fact, many of the artists at Native Treasures are included in the Museum’s permanent collection. Participating artists represent a wide range of tribes and pueblos, as well as a wide range of art forms, from traditional to contemporary. In addition to established artists, we have an Emerging Artist section to showcase new talent. Native Treasures: Indian Arts Festival benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Each artist generously donates a portion of sales to the Museum’s programs.

June

The Music on the Hill

St. John’s College

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Free concert series on Wednesday evenings, from 6-8pm, June 11 through July 25, 2014, St. John’s College’s hosts Music on the Hill, and this ever-so-pleasant way to enjoy Santa Fe skies with a musical backdrop is an ever-so-popular midweek outing.Six concerts (none on July 2) in this ninth season offer great sounds on the grassy lawn, and you can either bring a picnic or feed the family via Walter Burke Catering at the venue. Parking is limited, so take the free shuttle and settle without a hassle.

The Santa Fe Opera

301 Opera Drive • 505-986-5955 • 505-986-5900 • 800-280-4654

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June 27 to August 23, 2014. The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, located 7 miles north of Santa Fe. The company has been presenting operas each summer starting in the end of July through end of August. Santa Fe Opera is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for its productions of the standard operatic repertoire. From the unlikeliest of beginnings—an opera company located hundreds of miles from any major city, featuring American singers in a wide-ranging and challenging repertory, and treating theatrical and musical values as equally important in its productions—The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals.

The Railyard

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The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting free performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.


Santa Fe International New Media Festival

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Santa Fe International New Media Festival as an annual, citywide event. The Festival brings together the work of established, unrecognized and emerging New Media artists, from New Mexico, the US and the world, for events showcasing interactive and fine art video installations, multimedia performances and web based art forms. Parallel Studios reaches out to local high and middle school students through its Youth Media Makers Program. All events and programs are free.

Santa Fe Studio Tour

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The Santa Fe Studio Tour 2014 is a free, self-guided tour open to the public that meanders throughout Santa Fe featuring 37 open studios and the work of 58 Santa Fe artists. Many artists give demonstrations of their craft and share techniques and philosophies with visitors.



July


Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

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The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market provides a venue for more than 150 master traditional artists from over 54 countries to display, demonstrate and sell their work. It is now the largest international folk art market in the world, and its success led to Santa Fe’s designation as a UNESCO City of Folk Art, the first U.S. city named to UNESCO’s prestigious Creative Cities Network. Sales at the Market directly benefit artists and their families and help sustain communities worldwide– participants take home 90% of all sales. Visitors attending the Market enjoy ethnic foods, artists’ demonstrations, international performances, and educational activities all weekend long.


Spanish Market

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Since the 1600s, Spanish colonial arts and crafts have been an important part of village life in New Mexico and Southern Colorado; however, by the early 1900s, the practice of these traditional arts was declining. In 1925, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society was founded in Santa Fe to encourage and promote Spanish colonial arts and crafts and to inform and educate the public about traditional art forms, designs and techniques. Since then, the Spanish Colonial Arts Society has played a major role in developing markets for the artists, increasing public awareness, preserving Spanish colonial art, and emphasizing the importance of continuing community traditions.

ART Santa Fe

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ART Santa Fe is offering an all-encompassing experience that includes a high-class mix of excellent contemporary galleries from all over the globe, cutting-edge art installations, and emerging artists and dealers. Glamorous fare for serious collectors and scene-seekers alike. The events planned in conjunction with ART Santa Fe include our gala opening night Vernissage and the prestigious Art Santa Fe Presents lecture featuring a keynote speaker of prominence in the contemporary art world.


Santa Fe Bandstand   

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Free concerts at our beautiful Plaza. Nightly performances June 23–August 28 2014 bring time-tested favorites such as Joe King Carrasco and local legends like the Santa Fe Chiles Dixie Jazz Band; some of the 2014 New Mexico Music Awards finalists are also on the bill. Picnic blanket or a pair of chairs; choose your seating on the Santa Fe Plaza for a Bandstand Concert.The Bandstand concerts let locals mingle with neighbors who hibernate in winter, and visitors get that insider’s intro to Santa Fe’s resident talents. All you need is a picnic blanket, a nosh, and a swing partner.

The Railyard

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The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting free performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.


The Santa Fe Opera

301 Opera Drive • 505-986-5955 • 505-986-5900 • 800-280-4654

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June 27 to August 23, 2014. The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, located 7 miles north of Santa Fe. The company has been presenting operas each summer starting in the end of July through end of August. Santa Fe Opera is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for its productions of the standard operatic repertoire. From the unlikeliest of beginnings—an opera company located hundreds of miles from any major city, featuring American singers in a wide-ranging and challenging repertory, and treating theatrical and musical values as equally important in its productions—The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals.

Santa Fe Wine Festival

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Celebrate the wines of New Mexico at a historic southwest ranch! Discover the delicious blends of today’s vintners at the Santa Fe Wine Festival, where you can sample and purchase varietals from sixteen New Mexico wineries, in a festive atmosphere with live music, food, traditional agricultural products and handmade arts and crafts for sale.El Rancho de las Golondrinas, the "Ranch of the Swallows" is a unique setting, offering a one-of a kind experience for you and your family. A 200-acre Spanish colonial living history museum, Las Golondrinas boasts 34 buildings, historical fields and waterways, friendly animals and costumed docents who bring our state’s past to life!


August


Santa Fe Indian Market

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Since 1921, Santa Fe Indian Market has brought together the most gifted Native American artists from the U.S. with millions of visitors and collectors from around the world. The extended weekend of beauty and celebration ranks as the world's largest and most highly acclaimed Native American arts show and as New Mexico's largest attended annual weekend event. This spectacular festival brings over 175,000 people to Santa Fe every August with its unique, exciting and inspiring events. From families with young children to avid art collectors, Santa Fe Indian Market attracts international visitors from all walks of life. For many visitors, this is a rare opportunity to meet the artists and learn about contemporary Indian arts and cultures. Most events are free and open to the public. Join us! It will be an experience of a lifetime.


The Railyard

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The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting free performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.


The Santa Fe Opera

301 Opera Drive • 505-986-5955 • 505-986-5900 • 800-280-4654

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June 27 to August 23, 2014. The Santa Fe Opera (SFO) is an American opera company, located 7 miles north of Santa Fe. The company has been presenting operas each summer starting in the end of July through end of August. Santa Fe Opera is internationally known for introducing new operas as well as for its productions of the standard operatic repertoire. From the unlikeliest of beginnings—an opera company located hundreds of miles from any major city, featuring American singers in a wide-ranging and challenging repertory, and treating theatrical and musical values as equally important in its productions—The Santa Fe Opera has grown to become recognized as one of the world's leading cultural festivals.


September


Zozobra

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First or second week of  September Zozobra is staged each as an exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe.The site is located just a few blocks from the historic Santa Fe Plaza. This is the annual ceremony of the burning of Old Man Gloom. Zozobra, the 50 feet tall puppet, the inspiration of artist Will Shuster, was introduced as part of the Fiesta events in 1926. It is made of muslin and stuffed with shredded paper, Zozobra is an eerie, groaning, flailing character, who looks to be part ghost and part monster.


Fiesta de Santa Fe

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Fiestas de Santa Fe has been held annually since 1712 to celebrate the Reconquest of the city in 1692 by Spanish colonists led by General Don Diego de Vargas (1643–1704). The Spanish were earlier expelled from the city by neighboring Pueblo people during the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 and spent the next 12 years in exile in El Paso del Norte (now Ciudad Juárez, Mexico). The King of Spain appointed de Vargas to lead the exiled colonists in their reoccupation of Santa Fe by surrounding the city with cannons and threatening the Pueblo Indians residing inside with death. He accomplished re entrance of the city on September 14, 1692; however the war for reoccupation of New Mexico raged on until 1694. Eight years after de Vargas' death, a proclamation was signed to establish an annual commemoration of the resettlement


Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta

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An annual five-day weekend of events featuring the culinary artistry found in Santa Fe, New Mexico’s many excellent restaurants coupled with the sophistication and wines of national wineries. A delightful 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.


The Railyard

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The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting free performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.


October


Historic Canyon Road Paint Out

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Over 100 artists will participate in this not-to-be missed outdoor event that stretches the length of Santa Fe’s historic Canyon Road The sixth annual Paint Out continues a tradition of painting “en plein air” that began a century ago on this fabled Santa Fe road when artists first arrived with early settlers. Although the event is called “Paint Out”, you’ll see artists working in a variety of media at the event - including sculptors, weavers, jewelers, and carvers who take the opportunity to showcase their world-class talents alongside the painters Throughout the day at numerous venues, a variety of artistic demonstrations are planned from bronze casting to painting, from sculpting in Italian marble to canvas-making, and from painting to jewelry design. Artists at some locations will be working with children. A festival parade with marching bands takes place at noon and students from the Santa Fe Public Schools Music Education Program will perform in the early afternoon. Music, food, art shows, and refreshments will be offered at locations all along Canyon Road.

The Wool Festival at Taos

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The annual Wool Festival at Taos is weekend long, held at Kit Carson Park and is part of Grand Fall Arts, a nine-week celebration of music, art, food, literary events and culture. Handmade creations produced by wool and fiber juried artisans will be sold at the event. Demonstrations of spinning, dyeing, sheep shearing and fiber art will be ongoing throughout the festival, and a “critters corner” will showcase live sheep, alpacas, goats, angora rabbits and other animals. In addition, the festival will have live music and a kids corner with hands-on activities for the little ones. Workshops are available before and after the festival as well.


Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

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Santa Fe Independent Film Festival is dedicated to bringing the best films the cinematic world has to offer to our thriving artistic community and growing audience. Our goal is to create a dialogue between filmmakers of diverse visions and cultures, to enrich our community through innovative experiences and economic opportunities, and to support a vibrant and sustainable filmmaking future in New Mexico by showcasing the latest talent in independent films both local and global


Change of the Aspen Trees Leaves

Beginning through mid October in Santa Fe is a great time enjoy the spectacular change of the color of the Aspen trees leaves.

The most popular and easy trail to view the scenery is Aspen Vista. It is clearly labeled with a large parking area, picnic tables and restroom facilities are available. The trail is wide with a gentle upward slope suitable for all ages. Drive from the Plaza on Washington Ave, turn right into Artist Road which will turn into Hyde Park road. It’s about 12 miles up the mountain on Hyde Park road, the trail is located on the right hand side of the road.


The Railyard

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The Railyard is truly the new gathering place for all of Santa Fe’s citizens and its visitors. Come meet friends and family. Have a great meal and view great contemporary art. See exciting free performances. Choose from the best of locally grown produce. Ride your bike or take a train. Find a gift for a friend. Relax or play in the Park.


December


Canyon Road Farolito Walk

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Takes place on Christmas Eve, known for world class galleries, Canyon Road becomes a work of art itself during this annual celebration that is uniquely Santa Fe. Lit by traditional farolitos & luminarias, Christmas Eve is arguably the most beautiful night of the year on Canyon Road. Both spirit and senses will be enriched by the aroma of piñon logs burning, the sounds of street musicians playing traditional holiday songs, glimpses of exceptional works of art inside the century-old adobes, the sweet taste of hot chocolate & biscochitos, and the small bonfires along the road that take the chill from the crisp mountain air.

Las Posadas

This event takes place on the Plaza and it starts early evening. It’s called Las Posadas, which means “lodging” or “accommodations,” and it is a celebration that stems from Christian tradition and Spanish folklore. The gathering features actors playing Mary and Joseph as they journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, struggling to find lodging before Mary gives birth to Jesus Christ.


In Santa Fe, the crowd holds candles and follows the holy couple as men dressed as devils taunt the procession from the Plaza rooftops. The events starts on the Plaza's north side by the Palace of the Governors and procession journeys clockwise from there. Organizers light attendees’ candles and then the procession starts with several musicians singing along. The procession stops several times, and at each detour, they are harassed by the demons emerging from windows and doorways to curse Mary, Joseph and onlookers in Spanish. The most common refrain is "Váyanse de aqui" which translates to "get out of here". The crowd hisses and boos and curse right back at the devils.


Mary and Joseph eventually found refuge at the Palace’s courtyard, where musicians played carols under a bandstand adorned with Christmas lights, organizers handed out hot chocolate and cider, and families milled about and discussed the year’s festivities. All told, the procession took less than 15 minutes.


Many Northern New Mexico communities traditionally have celebrated Las Posadas from Dec. 16 to Christmas Day, according to a Traildust column by historian and former New Mexican contributor Marc Simmons. Each night, the actors portraying Mary and Joseph would go to a different home, seeking refugee. A crowd would follow the pair and sing songs asking the homeowners to let them in, but the answer would always be no for the first eight nights, Simmons said.


On the final night, Simmons wrote, the biblical couple would finally find lodging, and participants would carry a wooden baby Jesus into the home if a Nativity scene was not already on display. Simmons said that Santa Fe residents have compressed the communal celebration into a single night since the 1980s.


This year 2013, it took place on Sunday, December 15th and started at 5pm


New Year’s Eve Fire-Walk

At 8pm New Year's Eve, the Light Institute in Galisteo will host a fire-walk, an event where people walk atop hot coals.

Gwendolina Feisst, a minister at the Sanctuary of Light Church, is the event’s organizer, and she said most people can walk across the 30-foot-long bed of hot coals.

“Just allow it to happen,” she said. “The thing is that our bodies know how to do it. It’s our concepts that are in the way.”

The fire-walking will begin at midnight. Participants don’t have to cross the whole 30-foot bed, Feisst said, explaining that some people opt for a step or two, and others are content just watching the fire-walkers.

Feisst, who has taught fire-walking for more than a decade, said she hasn’t seen fire-walkers get serious injuries, but a few people may get small blisters.

“We call them kisses from the fire,” she said.

The fire-walk costs $100 per person, but group discounts are available. Feisst said those who are interested in the walk should call her at 466-1458. Snacks and warm drinks will be served, and Feisst said participants should bring shoes they can slip on and off easily. She also suggested dressing in layers.

New Year’s Day Polar Bear Plunges

Polar Bear Plunge, an event in which people strip to swimwear and jump into nearly frozen lakes. In New Mexico, Eagle Nest Lake State Park, near Taos, and Storrie Lake State Park, near Las Vegas, usually host polar bear plunges. Admission fees may applied in some of the plunges. The Storrie Lake polar bear plunge starts at noon and is free.

In place of its plunge, Eagle Nest will kick off 2014 with the Polar Bear Stomp, a two-mile hike led by a hiker wearing a polar bear suit. Organizer Janet Alton said the easy hike will have hardly any elevation gain, and participants should bring hiking boots and, just in case, snowshoes. To learn more, contact Alton at 575-377-3010.



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