Santa Fe tidbits: Folk Art and Spanish Markets, NM Jazz and Lavender Festivals and more…

It’s hot and sometimes smoky in Santa Fe this summer, but we won’t let that stop us. There are a lot of activities coming up.

Haitian Papier-mâché masks by members of Haitian Cooperative ADASE, photo/© Sally Thomson

This weekend, brings International Folk Art Market, one of the big three summer markets in town. If you’re in town and you’ve never been; go. You’ll love it. If you live here and you’ve been; you’re probably going again. The following weekend (July 16th and 17th), brings ¡Viva Mexico! at El Rancho de las Golondrinas.

Los Voladores de Papantla at ¡Viva Mexico! at El Rancho de Las Golondrinas, Santa Fe photo/Steve Collins

The sixth season of the New Mexico Jazz Festival kicks off with a free concert on the historic Santa Fe Plaza, Tuesday, July 19th. Jazz great (pianist, composer, and singer) Mose Allison brings his unique stylings to The City Different. The opening act is not too shabby either, local favorite, guitarist Pat Malone will warm up the crowd. For more on the festival, click here.

Mose Allison kicks off the NM Jazz Festival in Santa Fe, photo/(c) Michael Wilson

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival opens Sunday, July 17th with a concert of music from composers Zelenka, Penderecki, and Dvořák. The evening features the world-renowned Shanghai Quartet. The New York Times has called them “one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles.” Also on the program is a plethora of soloists. Tickets are available through the Festival box office.

Come to the Herb & Lavender Fair at El Rancho de Las Golandrinas, photo/courtesy Las Golandrinas

There’s a lot going on at El Rancho de los Golondrinas this summer. The annual Herb & Lavender Fair takes place at  Saturday July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th from 10am to 4pm. There will be a tour of the museum’s herb garden, lavender and herb vendors, lectures on growing the purple plant and some hands-on activities. Highlights include a talk on Medicine Through the Ages by Tomas Enos Ph.D. from Milagro Herbs, the chance to meet a Curandera (traditional healer/herbalist) and the chance to made lavender wands. As always, on summer weekends, you can tour the Spanish Colonial hacienda and the living history village where docents reenact life as it was hundreds of years ago.

Bultos, retablos and a textile at Santa Fe's Traditional Spanish Market, photo/Steve Collins

The 60th annual Traditional Spanish Market is on the Santa Fe Plaza Saturday July 30th and 31st. This popular event that brings collectors from around the country and even the world, offers the traditional arts as they have been done and passed down through New Mexican families for over 400 years. The 24th Contemporary Hispanic Market sets up on Lincoln Avenue the same weekend. The artists whose work is on display here are of Hispanic descent and work in mediums outside the ones covered by the traditional market.

Izmi Sushi, Santa Fe photo/Brent Jung courtesy of Izmi Sushi

A little restaurant news: Izmi Sushi moved from their St. Michael’s Drive location to 105 E. Marcy Street in downtown Santa Fe. They are going strong at their chic new location. The new menu offers sushi and Pan-Asian cuisine and a wider variety of fish than offered in their previous incarnation. They also have seasonal menu specials. We haven’t eaten there yet, but a foodie friend gave it her seal of approval.

Ongoing summer music and dance:
Santa Fe Opera
Santa Fe Bandstand Concerts
Music on the Hill
Juan Siddi Flamenco Dance Theater

Authors’ note: As a former hotel concierges and owners of a travel concierge and trip-planning business in Santa Fe, the writers may have been guests of business or services mentioned in posts on this site. While these experiences have not influenced us in any way, this information is provided in the spirit of full disclosure.


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5 Responses to “Santa Fe tidbits: Folk Art and Spanish Markets, NM Jazz and Lavender Festivals and more…”

  1. Traveling Ted
    July 6, 2019 at 7:52 am #

    Hot fun in the summertime in Santa Fe. Thanks for this guide.

  2. charu
    July 6, 2019 at 8:21 am #

    Those images really bring back such strong memories of Santa Fe. Love the retablos and santos too. What a cultural mecca, truly.

    • Billie Frank
      July 6, 2019 at 1:25 pm #

      The markets here are wonderful. Come back next summer ifor at least one of them. Those of us who live here are very lucky.

  3. Charles Higgins
    July 6, 2019 at 4:28 pm #

    Thanks for the varied lineup of Santa Fe attractions…cool..


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