There are so many Santa Fe events and festivals to choose from! Dozens of events happen every year and draw hundreds to thousands of people. Each month brings something unique like ceremonial Native American traditions or the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Whatever time you choose to visit “the City Different,” there will likely be a Santa Fe festival that you won’t want to miss!
Many of the events below can easily fill an entire day or even an entire weekend. However, you won’t want to miss out on everything else “the City Different” has to offer! That’s why we’ve created a Santa Fe Vacation Guide full of the best restaurants, shopping districts, things to do, and more in our region of the Southwest.
Santa Fe Events and Festivals That Will Have You Coming Back Every Year
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been postponed and may not be scheduled for the typical dates. If you wish to attend one of the Santa Fe events below, we recommend checking the event’s website for current dates.
1. Turtle Dance at Taos Pueblo
The Turtle Dance is a ceremonial celebration of the start of the year performed by Native Americans. Taos Pueblo opens to the public on the morning of January 1 for the dances and can last all day.
2. Santa Fe Film Festival
The Santa Fe Film Festival happens annually for five days around the middle of February. It’s a celebration of New Mexican cinema that rewards films and the people who make them, both on and off the screen.
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3. Santa Fe Restaurant Week
If you’re visiting Santa Fe for the food, you have to visit during Santa Fe Restaurant Week! It typically happens around the end of February and is a foodie’s dream. Check the event’s website for the official dates and a full list of the restaurants participating.
4. Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest
The Southwest Chocolate and Coffee Fest is the largest food festival dedicated to chocolate and coffee! The event takes place in March at Expo New Mexico.
5. New Mexico Renaissance Celtic Festival
Step back in time with the Albuquerque Renaissance Faire. This enchanting event happens in March at the Expo New Mexico Fairgrounds.
6. American Indian Week: Pueblo Days
American Indian Week: Pueblo Days is put on by the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in April as a celebration of the vibrant and historically significant Native American culture in New Mexico.
7. Canyon Road Spring Art Festival
Dozens of artists gather for a weekend in May on Canyon Road to share their talents with the Santa Fe community. From handmade jewelry to paintings, every possible medium is present at the Canyon Road Spring Art Festival.
8. Santa Fe Pride
Traditionally, Santa Fe Pride happens in June, Pride Month. The Santa Fe Human Rights Alliance hosts a large parade and festival and smaller events throughout the entire month.
9. International Folk Art Market
One of the most anticipated Santa Fe events of the year, the International Folk Art Market celebrates cultures from every part of the world. The two-weekend event takes place in July on Museum Hill between the Museum of International Folk Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Laboratory of Anthropology. The market is known as one of the best Santa Fe events.
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10. Traditional Spanish Market
This annual event honors and promotes local artisans and traditional Hispanic and Native American cultures. The Spanish Colonial Arts Society hosts the Traditional Spanish Market in July on the Santa Fe Plaza.
11. Pancakes on The Plaza
Pancakes on the Plaza is Santa Fe’s favorite Fourth of July celebration! The local Rotary Club hosts the event which features live music, arts and crafts, vintage cars, and of course, lots of pancakes!
12. Santa Fe Opera
The Santa Fe Opera season runs from July to August. The talented cast puts on at least four different shows a season.
13. Santa Fe Indian Market
This is one of the easiest ways to get a taste of New Mexico’s Native American art and culture. The Santa Fe Indian Market is held in August on the Santa Fe Plaza by the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts. The market also features traditional dances and an Indigenous fashion show.
14. Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta
Each year, this is one of the most anticipated Santa Fe festivals! The Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta happens every September for several days of flavorful wine and delicious food.
15. Santa Fe Renaissance Fair
You don’t need to go to Albuquerque for a Renaissance Fair! El Rancho de las Golondrinas, a Southwest living history museum, hosts the Santa Fe Renaissance Fair on the museum ground in September.
16. Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Although it’s not technically in Santa Fe, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is by far of the best Santa Fe events and festivals! This beloved event fills the blue skies of New Mexico with colorful hot air balloons every October. It lasts nine days and draws nearly a million visits! The Fiesta is by far the most can’t-miss event in the entire state of New Mexico.
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17. Santa Fe Independent Film Festival
The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival hosts international and independent films at five different theaters around Santa Fe. The event happens every year in October.
18. Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival
The Recycle Santa Fe Art Festival is a unique festival that showcases just how creative “the City Different” is. The festival is essentially a recycled material art market that takes place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center on a weekend in November each year.
19. Canyon Road Christmas Eve Walk
The Canyon Road Christmas Eve Walk, also known as the Christmas Eve Farolito Walk, is a holiday tradition that lights up the streets and hearts of Santa Fe. Thousands of paper lanterns called farolitos line Canyon Road turning the art gallery district into a work of art itself.
20. New Year’s Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza
Bring in the New Year in “the City Different” at the beloved Santa Fe Plaza! New Year’s Eve on the Santa Fe Plaza has everything from heaters and bonfires to live music. Just to be truly different, the event raises (instead of drops) a Zia sun symbol as fireworks light up the night sky at midnight.
Stay With Two Casitas
Now that you have your eye on some Santa Fe events and festivals, plan your visit to “the City Different!” We have the largest and best selection of vacation rentals in and around Santa Fe. Whether you’re looking for a one-bedroom within walking distance to the city’s hottest areas or a quiet mountainside getaway, we have something for you! All of your properties are full of authentic Santa Fe charm and feature all modern amenities.
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