Santa Fe Tidbits, Winter Fiesta, ArtFeast, Santa Fe Restaurant Week,NM Chile Trail and more.

Outspire Snowshoe group out in the Santa Fe snow Photo courtesy Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing

February is arriving in Santa Fe with snow and some of the coldest temperatures in years. Bundle up and take advantage of what The City Different has to offer. There are some exciting events in the next few weeks; Winter Fiesta, ARTFeast, Santa Fe Restaurant Week and more.

Mid-winter is usually a quiet time in town. That’s going to change. The first annual Santa Fe Winter Fiesta running from Friday, February 18th to Sunday the 27th, has a lot to offer. People attending the ten-day celebration buy a lanyard ($20) and are eligible for all sorts of discounts. Lanyard holders can save money on dining, lodging, concerts, tours, cooking classes, outdoor activities and more during the ten-day celebration. If you take advantage of what’s on offer, that lanyard can pay for itself quickly.

Winter Fiesta ends with the 14th annual ARTFest February 25th to 27th. This not-to-be-missed event joins great art with delicious food, always a winning combination. And it’s for a worthy cause; they raise money for art in the schools. The Edible Art Tour, a gallery crawl on Friday evening is always a popular, well-attended evening. Galleries pair with local restaurants for a fun evening. Attendees view art while sipping a little wine and nibbling on a tasty morsel.

March 6th to 13th brings Santa Fe Restaurant Week. It’s turning into an exciting winter here!


Saturday February 5th, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings Ailey II, the young vital spin-off from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. If you’re a dance fan, you’ll love the energy and talent of this contemporary dance group. And while we’re talking Aspen Santa Fe Ballet; the group is celebrating their 15th season this year. On March 11th and 12th they are performing two new ballets from choreographers Jiri Kylian and Nicolo Fonte. Cayetano Soto’s work Uneven, which premiered earlier in the season, will complete the program.

Santa Fe-based Canticum Novum Chamber Orchestra presents works of Vivaldi and Benjamin Btitten on Sunday February 14th at the First Presbyterian Church at 4p.m.

Theaterwork mounts a production of Ron Ribman’s The Rug Merchants of Chaos over two weekends beginning Friday, February 18th at the James A. Little Theater. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30p.m. and Sundays at 2p.m. According to the group’s website, it is a “wildly comic vision of a frenzied quest for riches run amok in a universe filled with incalculable accident.” Sounds like an evening of fun and laughs.

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Want to know what’s going on at New Mexico Tourism? The New Mexico Tourism Commission’s first quarterly meeting for 2011 is Monday, February 7th from 1:30p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eldorado Hotel and Spa at 309 West San Francisco Street in Santa Fe. The purpose of the meeting is to update commissioners on the department’s activities and to gather ideas on how to enhance tourism. The purpose of the Tourism Commission meeting is to update commissioners on Tourism Department activities, and to gather tourism industry ideas on how both the commission and the department might enhance the state’s tourism effort.

The New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail rides again. When your state question is, “Red or green?” anything with chile on it becomes a big deal. If you’re a fan of the green, hop on the Trail and try last year’s winners. If you have a favorite place to eat this iconic dish, nominate it on-line. The New Mexico Tourism Department is accepting nominations on their website from February 1st to March 1st. Voting is from March 7th to 25th. The new Trail and interactive map will be posted on the website later this spring. Top 30 vote-getters will definitely be listed on the trail and a few more may be added by a panel of culinary professionals who know the best. Have a favorite? Get online and nominate your favorite.

And while we’re talking burgers, Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill has departed from the Mexican food concept at their Cerrillos Road location in Santa Fe. They are doing burgers.   The renamed restaurant, Bumble Bee’s Burgers, gets ground Angus beef delivered daily; patties are made in-house. Will they make it onto the New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail? Check in later this spring.

If you know about something new or upcoming in Santa Fe, please let us know.

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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2 Responses to “Santa Fe Tidbits, Winter Fiesta, ArtFeast, Santa Fe Restaurant Week,NM Chile Trail and more.”

  1. Bunny Terry
    February 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm #

    Great post - I’ll be in SF this weekend with ten cousins from across New Mexico and Colorado for my 50th birthday celebration. Anything amazing happening that I need to know about?

    • Billie Frank
      February 2, 2019 at 2:55 pm #

      Thanks, Bunny! Sounds like a great family occasion. Hope you’re staying somewhere great. A few things: read all the Tidbit posts from the last few weeks, get the Santa Fe New Mexican on Friday- the Pasatiempo insert has many of the weekend’s activities listed. One of the things our travel-concierge and trip-planning service The Santa Fe Traveler specializes in is setting up visits tailored to you or your group. I invite you to check out our website:
      Happy Birthday and enjoy this wonderful town!
      BTW check the weather- it’s very cold now, predicted to warm up on Friday- but it is the weather guess. :)

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