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.

Farmers’ markets support farming and locally produced foods in nearly every New Mexico community, both large and small; while nearly every summer weekend is alive with the sights and sounds of fiesta, with queens and crafts, parades and rodeos, family fun and food.

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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62nd Annual 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

Winter Spanish Market is a rousing kickoff to the December holidays as more than 100 artists display their work for sale while live music is performed throughout the day.

The 2013 Winter Spanish Market is scheduled at the Hotel Albuquerque for Nov. 29-30, at the start of the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping season.

Friday, November 29, 2013:
Show opens to public at : 2:00pm | Show closes at: 9:00pm

Saturday, November 30, 2013:
Show re-opens at: 9:00am | Show closes at: 5:00pm

Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town

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The SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market

“...Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience”

Santa Fe Plaza plays host to the most prestigious Native American arts show in the world - the annual Santa Fe Indian Market is a week of exciting events - every August culminating with the market on Saturday and Sunday. This one-of-a-kind event provides a unique opportunity to buy directly from Native American artists from across North America.

“Santa Fe Indian Market gives New Mexicans and their visitors a genuine cultural experience,” said Monique Jacobson, Secretary of the New Mexico Tourism Department, “and is an integral part of life in the Land of Enchantment. I encourage everyone to experience its wonder and enjoy the beauty of the arts created by this state’s premier residents. The Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA) is to be commended for its continued sponsorship.”

The Santa Fe Indian Market has long been the place where Native American art meets the world. Join thousands of collectors, artists, volunteers and visitors who return from across the United States and the world to join in the festivities that celebrate American Indian culture and artistry.

Nearly 1,200 artists will be presenting their newest and best work for sale and admiration. Experience the best of Native culture by seeing the clothing contest, tasting fry bread and other Native foods provided by our vendors, and visiting the youth participants throughout the Market.

The outdoor market provides a unique place to meet and buy directly from the nation’s top Native American artists, including youth, who represent nearly 100 tribes. Demonstrations by Native American groups and artists allow visitors a chance to learn more about different tribal and artistic traditions. A book booth sells educational and informative books with signings by Native authors, and American Indian food vendors offer delicious Native food choices for visitors.

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Winter Indian Market

The 8th Annual Winter Indian Market will be held Thanksgiving weekend, November 30-December 1, 2013 at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

A smaller, more intimate version of summer Indian Market--an event that attracts 175,000 visitors to Santa Fe each August--Winter Indian Market is held during Santa Fe's magical winter season. Winter Indian Market gives visitors an opportunity to spend time interacting with their favorite artists and the opportunity to discover new ones.

Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, 9am to 5pm
Admission is $10 per day. $15 for a weekend pass. Members and children are free. Performances and film screenings are included with admission. Tickets are available at the door.

This year's show includes:

200+ Native artists from the US and Canada
Five open studio artist demonstrations by award-winning artists
Screening of 2013 Class X film winners (list below): Saturday and Sunday, 11am
Performance by world champion hoop dancer and Cirque du Soleil star Nakotah LaRance in collaboration with Brian Frejo who will play the Native flute, hand drum and a mix of hip hop beats : Saturday and Sunday, 1:30pm
NextGen Performing Arts Workshop Showcase: Saturday 3pm
Fashion row featuring the work of Native fashion designers
Youth artist area with hands-on activities and a youth art exhibit
Silent auction including artwork donated by SWAIA artists and fabulous items from local businesses
Raffle - two holiday trees with one-of-a-kind handmade ornaments designed by renowned SWAIA artists

All events will take place at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 W. Marcy St. Santa Fe, NM 87501

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Weems International Artfest

“...Weems Artfest has become a nationally recognized juried art event for the knowledgeable art collector.”

What began as a local small arts and crafts fair 30 years ago has blossomed in to New Mexico’s most prestigious and exciting international event featuring over 279 artisans.

Weems Artfest has become a nationally recognized juried art event for the knowledgeable art collector. The art novice who has a thirst and desire to begin their art collection will also find Artfest a haven because of its wide range of prices and variety, as well as an emphasis on high quality. The festival’s commitment is to exhibit new talent along with showcasing the country’s finest in a very relaxed and non-intimidating arena. Artfest offers educational activities for children and adults through Children’s ArtSMart, artist’s demonstrations, Student Art Booths, and the inclusion of Albuquerque museums and various state and city philanthropic organizations. Weems Artfest is truly a New Mexico Tradition. http://www.weemsinternationalartfest.org

Big Annual Events

Annually In March
The Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show returns to the Sandia Resort every March
Early April
Cowboy Cooking at its Best
April 25, 26, 27, 2013
Gathering on Nations Pow Wow
Albuquerque
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale.
July 5-7, 2013
Roswell UFO Festival
Roswell
July 4th Weekend
Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event with plenty of award winning BBQ.
July 12, 13 & 14, 2013
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe
July 26, 27 and 28, 2013
62nd Annual Traditional Spanish Market
Santa Fe
Late July Early August
Get down to Earth at the Silver City Clay Festival
4th weekend in August
The Great American Duck Race
Deming
August 7 - 11, 2013
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Gallup
Annually In August
The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
August 12-18, 2013
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe
August 15th - 17th, 2013
Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights
Red River
August 31 & September 1, 2013
Hatch Chile Festival
Hatch, NM
September 21 - 22, 2013
Hot Air Balloon Invitational
White Sands National Monument
SEPTEMBER 25 - 29, 2013
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe
Mid September
Globalquerque! is New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
September 27-29, 2013
The Whole Enchilada Festival
Las Cruces
Late September
We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy
October 5 - 13, 2013
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Albuquerque
October 11 - 13, 2013
Lincoln County
Cowboy Symposium
November 19 - 24, 2013
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque Del Apache
December 6 - 8 2013
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Gallup