Big Annual Markets

The power of New Mexico is, and has always been, its people, living together in a lovely, yet challenging environment, influenced by a blend of languages, traditions and lifestyles. Indeed, the beauty of New Mexico – emerging from her history, architecture, art forms and community festivals – is unlike any other place.

Rural life has been a defining aspect of the history of New Mexico, which today celebrates that history and heritage through farmers’ markets, Indian markets, Spanish markets and fiestas staged in nearly every corner of the state.

Each year some of the largest art shows and sales of their kind are held in the streets and plazas of Santa Fe. Nowhere are there more abundant displays of work by folk artists, Spanish Colonial artists, or Native American artists than at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market, Traditional Spanish Market, and Santa Fe Indian Market.

The Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals take place three times a year have been featuring vibrant collections of fine artists and craftsmen from all over the map for over 25 years. Be sure to mark you calendar for the Balloon Fiesta Show in October, the Thanksgiving Holiday show and the Spring Show in March.

Santa Fe International Folk Art Market

“...The largest international folk art market in the world”

The largest international folk art market in the world, the annual Santa Fe International Folk Art Market on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, connects international cultures as established traditional artists from across the globe come together to display, demonstrate, and sell their work.

With annual attendance of over 20,000, it is one of the highlights of the summer season in Santa Fe, known for its vibrant Indian and Spanish markets. Designated one of UNESCO's Creative Cities in 2005, the only North American city to be so honored, Santa Fe provides a uniquely supportive and beautiful setting for this meeting of artists, dealers, collectors and folk art enthusiasts.

The market features over 150 artists from 41 countries selected by a panel of expert jurors. Including craftspeople from Hungary, South Sudan, Uganda, and Vanuatu. Many popular artists will be returning, such as basket weavers from Rwanda, bead workers from Haiti, embroidery artists from India, potters from France, and jewelers from Niger. The Market’s selection committee, comprised of experts, including representatives from leading international museums and universities, carefully vets the work for quality and traditionalism.

To tie into the Market, Santa Fe celebrates Folk Arts Week with festivities including an international film festival at the Center for Contemporary Arts and public events at both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.  Many market artists also arrive the week before to participate in business development workshops that give them important skills to compete in the global marketplace.

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Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals

RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: BALLOON FIESTA SHOW

Don’t miss one of the top 10 art festivals in the country!  Every October shoppers and collectors from all over the world attend the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, which coincides with Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta.  This juried show features the work of 280 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout the U.S., offering tourists and residents a unique, world-class art experience.  The people of Albuquerque recognize the show by the landmark ‘Big White Tent’ – which is bigger than a football field!  In addition to a fantastic artist lineup, the festival features great entertainment and music in the outdoor pavilion, a culinary arts tent with samples of New Mexican fare, artist demonstrations, horse races, a Kids’ Creation Station, great eats and more! 

First and second weekends of October, open Fridays through Sunday at the Infield of the Racetrack at EXPO New Mexico.  Enter from Gate 8 at Lomas and Louisiana.  Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts.    

RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: HOLIDAY SHOW

Every Thanksgiving Weekend, the Rio Grande Holiday Show comes to life at Expo New Mexico to shake things up during the busiest shopping weekend of the year.  Here, shoppers can find the most memorable and original gifts for everyone on their list, whether it’s a whimsical piece of pottery, a handmade leather belt, one-of-a-kind jewelry, a cool photograph or a striking piece of fine art.  The Rio Grande Holiday Show marks a great opportunity for friends and families to experience one of Albuquerque’s best-loved events while enjoying live holiday music, festive food sampling, and much more.  It’s no surprise that this festival takes the turkey when it comes to New Mexico’s Thanksgiving Weekend traditions! 

Ranked in the top 100 art shows in the country!  Open Friday through Sunday at the Manuel Lujan Building at EXPO New Mexico.  Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts.

RIO GRANDE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL: SPRING SHOW

Every Spring, fine artists and craftsmen travel from all over the country to the historic tree-lined streets of EXPO New Mexico for the Rio Grande Spring Show.  Marking the state’s first major art event of the year, this is a vibrant indoor festival at the Manuel Lujan Exhibit Complex with a focus on fine arts.  Patrons can shop a great variety of works in all mediums, watch art demonstrations and meet the artists themselves.  Collectors and art enthusiasts of all ages will find something to enjoy – there are complimentary craft activities for kids as well as food sampling and live entertainment all day long! 

The Rio Grande Spring Show is the top-rated indoor festival in the state, attracting over 20,000 visitors annually.  It currently sits at #51 in the country!  Open Friday through Sunday the second weekend in March.  Visit www.riograndefestivals.com for details and discounts. 

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Traditional Spanish Market On Santa Fe Plaza

“...The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico is celebrated at the Traditional Spanish Market, every July on the Santa Fe Plaza.”

The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico is celebrated at the Traditional Spanish Market, every July on the Santa Fe Plaza. A popular event for residents and visitors alike, Spanish Market features handmade traditional art from over 350 local Hispanic artists, as well as on-going live music and dance, art demonstrations, and regional foods throughout each day.

This famous Market is the oldest and largest juried Spanish Market in the United States and attracts over 70,000 visitors and collectors from throughout the world.  Each July, the Market showcases 350 Hispanic artists who not only exhibit and sell their art, but also are also very happy to share their culture with visitors.  All the festivities are focused on and around the Santa Fe Plaza, which is surrounded by history-filled museums, shops and restaurants. 

This year’s Market will be the culmination of a weeklong celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture that includes traditional art, food, exciting music and dance, and much more to entertain you.  Come meet the artists and their families as they share the experience of their living Hispanic heritage, as it has existed in New Mexico for more than 400 years.

The Spanish Colonial Arts Society also offers the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, which preserves and promotes the Spanish colonial arts and the traditional Hispanic arts of New Mexico through art exhibitions, educational programs, workshops, and lectures. The collection includes Spanish colonial art forms spanning four centuries and four continents, and the more than 3,700 art objects are housed at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, 750 Camino Lejo (Museum Hill) in Santa Fe.

Winter Spanish Market

The 26th annual Winter Spanish Market returns to Albuquerque on November 28th and 29th with a greatly expanded show that will be close to 50 percent larger than last year. Held again at Hotel Albuquerque near Old Town, the event is expected to draw an even larger crowd this year.

With well over 100 of the finest artists who embrace the traditional Spanish Colonial arts participating, visitors can expect to see santos, tinwork, straw appliqué, weaving, pottery, precious metal, colcha, bone carving, furniture, woodcarving and utilitarian objects, all traditions endorsed by Spanish Colonial Arts of New Mexico.

Join us for a special early bird Champagne Brunch- 11:30-12:30.

The event opens at 12:30 p.m. on Friday with live music that honors the Spanish Colonial tradition, and the opportunity to view the works of both adult and talented youth artists.

Saturday’s event begins at 9 a.m. with a procession of artists from the San Felipe de Neri Church in Old Town, accompanied by mariachi, and a blessing of the Market by Father Dennis Garcia.

Several live demonstrations by some of the artists will be offered, and visitors will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artists throughout the event. 

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

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Hours for Winter Spanish Market are 12:30 – 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on the event, please visit the link to the right.

Spanish Colonial Arts Website

Native American Markets and Events

“...Nowhere else in the United States have so many ancient Indian rituals and customs survived as in New Mexico. ”

Celebrate this heritage at annual events that attract patrons and visitors alike from around the world – from the traditional, like the Navajo Nation Fair and arts and crafts fairs at Zuni Pueblo and Ohkay Owingeh; to the ceremonial, like community Pueblo feast days and dances and the annual Mescalero Apache Ceremonial; to the world famous Santa Fe Indian Market, Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque and the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial.

Visit the Native American Markets & Events Page