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.
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. 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. In coordination with the festival, Santa Fe celebrates Folk Arts Week with festivities including an international film festival and public events at both the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art.
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.
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. All the festivities are focused on and around the Santa Fe Plaza, which is surrounded by history-filled museums, shops and restaurants. 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 Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festivals, taking 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. In addition to a fantastic artist lineup, the festivals feature great entertainment, a culinary arts tent with samples of New Mexican fare, artist demonstrations, horse races, a Kids’ Creation Station, and more!
The Annual Winter Spanish Market takes place late each November in Albuquerque.
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.
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.