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


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 for details and discounts.    


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 for details and discounts.


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 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

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.

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.

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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
Gathering on Nations Pow Wow
Memorial Day Weekend
Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale.
Fourth of July Weekend
Roswell UFO Festival
July 4th Weekend
Come out and enjoy this terrific family friendly event with plenty of award winning BBQ.
The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market
Santa Fe
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
Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial
Annually In August
The Antique Indian & Ethnographic Art Show
SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market
Santa Fe
Hot Chili Days & Cool Mountain Nights
Red River
Hatch Chile Festival
Hatch, NM
Hot Air Balloon Invitational
White Sands National Monument
Santa Fe Wine & Chile Festival
Santa Fe
Mid September
Globalquerque! is New Mexico's Annual Celebration of World Music and Culture.
The Whole Enchilada Festival
Las Cruces
Late September
We welcome you to come, explore, and help sustain the rural economy
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta
Lincoln County
Cowboy Symposium
Festival of the Cranes
Bosque Del Apache
Red Rock Balloon Rally
Taos Ski Valley
Every Summer, get out and dance
July - August in Santa Fe
The world renowned performance venue
Annually in Santa Fe
World class performers every year
Al fresco in Angel Fire
Come enjoy some of the best performances in the Southwest
World Class Taos
Recognized for creative programming and first-class artistry
Annually in the Fall
Midway, Livestock, Art, & everything New Mexican!
Annually in the Fall
Come celebrate the Tradition
Taking Place all year long
Visit the calendar of event for Native American here!
One of the Duke City's Bigest Sporting Events
Come on out and bring your dog
New Mexico Senior Olympics
You don't stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing
Annually in the Fall
Experience a course across ancient land
World renowned Race in the Spring
New Mexico's premier road cycling race
Memorial Day Weekend
Celebrating 20 years of flag football
Every October
Visit the cool pines.
Weems Artfest has become a nationally recognized juried art event ...
The Ruidoso Century Race