Statewide Experiences

Round out your trip to Santa Fe by learning more about the role Spanish history and culture play in New Mexico today. From performing arts to agriculture tours, New Mexico has an abundance of experiences to see, do, and learn something new or unique during your vacation. Interested in the history of Hispanic culture in New Mexico? From the food to the language and from the festivals to the arts and crafts, Hispanic culture is here for everyone to savor. Read about the 500 Years of Hispanic Culture here

Learn Ballet Folklorico & the art of Ristra-Making

Learn traditional Ballet Folklorico dance and ristra-making at the Town of Mesilla Community Center during their Cinco de Mayo celebration and their September 16 Fiestas (Thursday and Friday evenings from 4 to 7 p.m. leading up to events).

Ballet Folklorio

NHCC Torreon Mural

Tour the Mundos de Mestizaje

Take a tour of the Mundos de Mestizaje Fresco by Frederico Vigil, a mural housed in the Torreón on the campus of the National Hispanic Cultural Center. This monumental fresco depicts thousands of years of Hispanic history by highlighting diverse cultural connections between people and places from the Iberian Peninsula to the Americas. The 4,000-square-foot painting is one of the largest frescos in North America. Open Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m. You can also enjoy a delicious handmade paleta (popsicle) at Pop Fizz on the grounds of NHCC.

Explore Casa San Ysidro

Stroll through Casa San Ysidro, a world-class Spanish colonial collection of artifacts in a partially reconstructed 19th century home site in the Village of Corrales. Casa San Ysidro was built in the 1870s and provides you with a glimpse of life in old New Mexico. Directly across the street from Casa San Ysidro, sits the Old Church.  Once the home of the San Ysidro parish, it has taken on a new life as a home for art fairs, concerts, special events, and occasional weddings. Adobe architecture, so well represented in the old church, can be seen in the homes and businesses throughout the Village of Corrales. Open Tuesdays - Saturdays: 10:30 a.m., Noon & 1:30 p.m. (June-August) and Tuesdays - Fridays: 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays: 10:30 a.m., Noon & 1:30 p.m. (September-November & February-May)

Casa San Yysidro

Flamenco

Experience Tablao Flamenco ABQ

Watch the passion and energy of flamenco come alive nightly at Tablao Flamenco Albuquerque, as you experience flamenco in its most intimate, powerful setting in the heart of historic Old Town Albuquerque. Featuring a world-class line-up of artists, the Tablao Flamenco presents a dynamic schedule of performances, featuring the premier artists from Spain and the United States. Tablao Flamenco delivers the traditional Spanish tapas experience, created by world-renowned Chef Mark Miller of Santa Fe's Coyote Cafe and Hotel Albuquerque's Chef Gilbert Aragon, and features regionally inspired fine wines and spirits. Visit their website for show times and to purchase tickets.

Explore these 12 Rare & Historic Cathedrals

The Land of Enchantment is known for its unbeatable cuisine, gorgeous high desert landscape and soulful culture. However, most people do not realize the state of New Mexico is also a mecca for iconic churches and cathedrals. In fact, it is filled with some of the most important and arresting historical structures in the country. Some of these buildings are so old that histories are strictly oral, causing inaccuracies and fuzzy dates. No matter what their exact origin, they are absolutely marvelous. So, if you are looking for a new adventure steeped in history and beauty, follow along on our tour of New Mexico’s great architectural works of art. What follows is a true adventure guaranteed to feed your soul.

Chimayo

Camino Real

Get lost on El Camino Real Scenic Byway

In 1598, Don Juan de Onate led 500 colonists through the remote and unfamiliar country now known as New Mexico, and the route Onate followed became El Camino Real, "the royal road.”  The byway begins just north of Las Cruces, in Fort Selden, built in the mid-1800s to protect local settlers and travelers on El Camino Real, and continues to cross 90 miles of flat but waterless and much more dangerous desert, the Jornada del Muerto ("journey of the dead man") before reaching Socorro. The road then heads north to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, finally reaching its end at San Juan Pueblo, the first capital of New Mexico and the end of Don Juan de Onate's journey.

Walk through time at Las Golondrinas

El Rancho de las Golondrinas (The Ranch of the Swallows) is a living history museum located on 200 acres in a rural farming valley just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The museum, dedicated to the heritage and culture of Spanish Colonial New Mexico, opened in 1972. Original colonial buildings on the site date from the early 18th century. In addition, historic buildings from other parts of northern New Mexico have been reconstructed at Las Golondrinas. Special festivals and theme weekends offer visitors an in-depth look into the celebrations, music, dance and many other aspects of life in the period when this part of the United States was ruled by Spain and Mexico.

Las Golondrinas

Flamenco Festival

Get your groove on at Festival Flamenco

This June the National Institute of Flamenco will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Albuquerque by bringing 50+ artists directly from Spain to perform in 26 performances over the course of 8 days. We have a New Mexico True Package for Culture Seekers to experience live flamenco performances, workshops, and Spanish cuisine in conjunction with the Festival.

Get Creative at Flamenco Kids Camp

Let your kids learn about the historic Spanish dance at Flamenco Kids Camp in Albuquerque June 5-16. Flamenco Kids Camp is the youth component of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque sponsored by the National Institute of Flamenco. Children will be introduced to the full range of flamenco arts and culture. The Flamenco Kids Camp is a fun, creative outlet featuring classes in dance, guitar, cajón (percussion), cante (singing), Spanish language, and literacy.

Flamenco Kids

Spanish Market

Shop ’till you drop at the Traditional Spanish Market

The rich Hispanic culture of New Mexico is celebrated at the Traditional Spanish Market, every July on the Santa Fe Plaza, this year July 29-30. 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.

Be inspired at the Contemporary Hispanic Market 

The Contemporary Spanish Market in Santa Fe every July provides statewide artists an opportunity to show their work and give the casual and serious collector a rare opportunity to meet and visit with some of its most respected Hispanic artists producing art in New Mexico today. Some mediums showcased include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, weaving and much more. The Contemporary Hispanic Market is held in the heart of the cultural center of Santa Fe on Lincoln Avenue adjacent to the historic Santa Fe Plaza July 29-30.

Contemporary Spanish Market

Zozobra

Experience cultural heritage at its finest during a community Fiesta

Every summer and fall across New Mexico, communities traditionally celebrate the feast of their parish’s patron saint. Each celebration is different, but opportunities to experience this unique tradition are aplenty.