Tidbits: things to do in Santa Fe, Farmers Market honored, Native Treasures and more…

Those of us in the tourism industry in Santa Fe are gearing up for the season. There is so much here to enchant and engage both residents and visitors. Here’s some of what’s coming up in the next week or so.

Santa Fe in the media:

Santa Fe just keeps getting honors. This week one of our favorite places in town, the Santa Fe Farmers Market, was included in Forbes’ Shop These Top10 US Farmers Markets. For a small city like ours, that’s quite an honor. One of the things that makes our market special are the farmers whose families have been farming for hundreds of years. They still grow heritage varieties that are unique to this area. We are grateful to all the hard-working growers and producers who care about producing sustainable and healthy foods.

Santa Fe Farmers Market: Shopping on Saturday photo Steve Collins

Shoppers at the Santa Fe Farmers Market, one of the 10 best in US, photo/ Steve Collins

The City Different garnered the number three spot on Livability’s Top Ten Cities For Historic Preservation list. There are a number of organizations here work hard to maintain the historic buildings here, some dating back to the early 1600s. We boast the oldest house and oldest church in the nation. If you plan to be in Santa Fe, arrange a historic walking tour with The Santa Fe Traveler.


Santa Fe has a lot of special market weekends throughout the year showcasing local, national and international artisans throughout the year. Memorial Day Weekend brings the Native Treasure Indian Arts Festival, The event, open to the public on Saturday and Sunday May 26ht and 27th,  at the Santa Fe Convention Center,  is, according to promoters, “Santa Fe’s only museum-quality Indian art show and sale”. The over 200 Native American artists featured were invited to show their work by the prestigious Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the show’s beneficiary. Show organizers call these artists “the best and brightest of the Indian art world.” The artists, from tribes and pueblos around the county, work in both traditional and contemporary art forms. The Emerging Artist section showcases the work of up and comers in the field.  Each year, Native Treasures designates gives a Living Treasure Award. This year’s honoree is Navajo (Dine) painter and jeweler, Tony Abeyta.

Native American Art: Annual Native Treasures show, Santa Fe photo courtesy Native Treasures

Santa Clara potter, Jody Naranjo will show here work at Native Treasures photo/courtesy Native Treasures

The weekend starts with a benefit cocktail party at the Convention Center on Friday evening, May 25th from 5:30-7:30. Tickets are $100 each. Tickets can be bought online from Tickets Santa Fe.

If you want to shop before the doors open to the public, take advantage of the Early Bird Market on Saturday from 9 to10am. Tickets, which can be bought at the door, are $20). Public hours on Saturday are from 10am to 4pm. Tickets are $10. Sunday hours are the same and admission is free. There will be entertainment in the Convention Center’s Courtyard throughout the weekend. Cowgirl, a popular eatery will offer food for sale.

Santa Fe Art photo by Jerry Wellman, courtesy Axle Contempora

Wellman WinkyDink photo/Jerry Wellman, courtesy of Axle Contemporary

Axle Contemporary, the gallery on wheels, has another out-of-the-box experience in store for Santa Fe. Every weekend in June performance artists will entertain passersby at Santa Fe’s Railyard. They’ll be located under the shade structure at Paseo de Peralta adjacent to the tracks. There are four different artists, each with their own weekend. There’s a full schedule on the gallery’s website.

The Great Outdoors:

things to do in Santa Fe Photo/ courtesy of Steve Cary, Audubon New Mexico

A damselfly is gently held for a photograph, from which it will be identified to species.” Photo courtesy of Steve Cary, Audubon New Mexico Cary, Audubon New Mexico

Santa Fe is lucky to have an Audubon facility at the end of Upper Canyon Road. The Randall Davey Audubon Center is hosting the BioBlitz Challenge Friday, June 1st through Sunday, June 3rd. The event, held by Audubon New Mexico and The Nature Conservancy “celebrates the biodiversity in our backyard at the Randall Davey Audubon Center and Sanctuary, Santa Fe’s ‘only ‘Important Bird Area.’” Programs during the three day event, lead by local experts, will be on birds, beavers, stars, moths, native plants, reptiles, amphibians, pollinators and more. During a 48-hour period, field scientists will race with each other to find and identify as many plants, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and insects as possible. The weekend’s schedule is available on the website. For additional information or to reserve your spot for the programs, contact Steve Cary Audubon New Mexico, at (505) 231-6361 or [email protected] . All programs are free and family friendly.

That’s this week’s round up. If you have upcoming things to do in Santa Fe or events to share, contact us.

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