Santa Fe, City of Festivals and Events

Major Events Schedule, 2011

Date December 12, 2010 at 11:00 PM

Author Editor


Categories Entertainment & Nightlife


Santa Fe is the second oldest city and the oldest capital in the U.S. The Native Americans first called this spot by a river home thousands of years before the Spanish discovered the area. America's expansion west brought more influences as East-Coast artists came to town in search of new inspiration. Today the city is an international art market filled with the work of artists of every type including American Indian, Spanish Colonial, and contemporary.  With traditional celebrations and events, along with a host of new events, Santa Fe will have a busy 2011!

Here are the major markets, shows and celebrations taking place for 2011 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

February 18-27, 2011:  The 1st Annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta - Each day will be a celebration of the season with daily special events focusing on Santa Fe's bountiful outdoor opportunities, Native American and Spanish cultures, the region's savory and diverse cuisines, the city's performing arts, and Santa Fe's endless fine arts.

May 28-29, 2011: Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival - Presented by the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Native Treasures now features over 180 Native American artists who are specially invited by the museum to represent the best and brightest of the Indian art world. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

June 22-25, 2011:  The 62nd Annual Rodeo de Santa Fe, sponsored in part by Hutton Broadcasting.  Don't miss this year's "RODEO! de Santa Fe" - it's a big time rodeo with a small town feeling!

July, 2011 - Exact Date TBA - Taste of Santa Fe - Come taste the old, the now, the NEW Taste of Santa Fe. This two-day event is the premiere annual fundraising event for the New Mexico History Museum.

July 4th, 2011 - Pancakes on the Plaza!  -  What would a July 4th be without Pancakes on the Plaza? This July 4th tradition brings the community to the table and raises money to support progressive initiatives for lasting change.

July 8-10, 2011: Santa Fe International Folk Art Market - The largest international folk art market in the world, this annual two-day event connects international cultures as folk artists from across the globe come together for a 2 day show and sale of remarkable art plus international music, food, and community. This market makes a true difference as sales from the show positively affect thousands of lives in dozens of countries. It is also one of the key reasons Santa Fe was designated a UNESCO Creative City in Folk Art. On Museum Hill.

July 7-10, 2011: 11th Annual Art Santa Fe - International galleries mix with U.S. galleries to create a powerful collection of art from around the world featuring the work of hundreds of artists. The salon-booth format, artist-styled VIP lounge, grand concourse, prestigious ART Santa Fe presents lecture series, and numerous cultural and educational events make the annual fair a highlight of the summer arts calendar. For 2010 the fair moves back to the Santa Fe Convention Center and will feature more galleries and cutting edge installations.

July 30-31, 2011: Traditional Spanish Market - This popular annual event includes handmade traditional, Spanish Colonial arts made by over 200 local and regional artists. It is the most significant market of its kind in the country and a cultural immersion with continuous live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods. A contemporary Hispanic Market is held during the same weekend. On the Santa Fe Plaza.

August 4-7, 2011: SOFA West: Santa Fe - Prominent international galleries and dealers present masterworks bridging the worlds of design, decorative, and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual heritage of the decorative arts alongside new, innovative expressions. Long heralded as the nation's premier fair for outstanding contemporary decorative arts and design, this is the second year for SOFA West: Santa Fe after a very successful start in 2009. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

August 11-13, 2011: Whitehawk Ethnographic Art Show - An annual show with over 150 dealers, featuring Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, Spanish Colonial, African, Oriental, Indonesian, and other ethnographic art from around the world. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

August 14-16, 2011: Annual Whitehawk Invitational Antique Indian Art Show - One of the largest and longest running shows for historic antique Indian art, featuring a wide range of indigenous art treasures. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

August 20-21, 2011: Santa Fe Indian Market 2011 - Over 1,000 of the most gifted Native American artists from across North America showcase their work in this year's 90th annual market. Time-honored forms, innovative contemporary art, fashion, music, dance, and food are all part of the largest Native American art show and sale in the world. On the Santa Fe Plaza and side streets.

September 8, 2011 - Will Shuster's Zozobra.  The Zozobra event is staged each year by the Kiwanis Club of Santa Fe as a fiery and exciting kick-off to the annual Fiestas de Santa Fe during the weekend following Labor Day.

September 21-25, 2011; 21st Annual Santa Fe Wine and Chile Festival  -  Devoted to the fruitful pairing of wine and chile, this late September annual fiesta has become a favorite with food and wine connoisseurs across the country. It features more than 110 wineries and nearly 50 Santa Fe chefs participating in seminars, cooking demonstrations, guest chef luncheons, winemaker dinners, the famous Grand Food & Wine Tasting and the Gruet Golf Classic.

September 23-25, 2011; Santa Fe Concorso  -  The Santa Fe Concorso is a premier automotive gathering of exotic and rare cars organized by Santa Fe based car aficionados who collectively have the expertise and know-how to make this a world class car event. Following in the footsteps of such well known shows as Amelia Island, the Quail and Pebble Beach, the Concorso promises to become the major car event of the Southwest. Registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the Concorso's goal is to raise funds to benefit the youth of Santa Fe and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Fe. The event will be held on the private grounds of the Legendary La Mesita, an exquisite 140-acre equestrian property just minutes away from downtown Santa Fe.

TBAThe Santa Fe Film Festival  showcases contemporary cinema, premieres, contributions of veteran film artists and offers a platform for emerging artists. Learn more, and see the whole schedule at

TBA:: Santa Fe Indian Market Winter Showcase - The 6th Annual winter version of the summer's largest Native American art market, with at least 200 artists and the same high quality work. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.

TBA: Winter Spanish Market - An annual winter market following the theme of the summer's Traditional Spanish Market. The work of hundreds of artists in traditional Spanish Colonial forms is showcased including pieces in straw appliqué, tin work, and retablos. This is artwork not found anywhere else in the country in this quantity or quality except at the summer Spanish Market. At the Santa Fe Convention Center.