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Welcome summer to Santa Fe! Kick-up-your-heels at the Buckaroo Ball fundraiser.  The Ball offers a full weekend of activities, including a free Friday night movie, Saturday barn dance and concert, and stagecoach rides.

Also in June is the Rodeo de Santa Fe, a tradition since 1949. This family-friendly event includes a Mutton Bustin’ (sheep bucking contest) for kids, a carnival midway, and parade. 

With the opening of opera season, the Guilds of The Santa Fe Opera throw a festive Opening Night Dinner and Party with fine champagne and wines and a performance of Puccini’s Tosca. The season opens with both Tosca and the Pearl Fishers on the last weekend in June.

The annual Gay Pride celebration at the Railyard features a raucous parade, art show, and the New Mexico Gay Men’s Chorus 2012 Pride Concert, “There’s Only Us.”

Every weekend through mid-October, you can browse the booths at the Santa Fe Society of Artists Fine Art Show, in the First National Bank parking lot across from the Museum of Fine Art. The best in contemporary art can be sampled at the Last Friday Artwalk at the Railyard, ten contemporary galleries plus SITE Santa Fe open free on the last Friday evening of each month.

In music, Gillian Welch performs at the Lensic, as does folk supergroup Red Horse, featuring local favorite Eliza Gilkyson with Lucy Kaplansky and John Gorka. The Santa Fe Marimba Festival welcomes marimba icon Gordon Stout and Croatian-born virtuoso Ivana Bilic on day one, with special guest Victor Mendoza. Day two is a night of premieres, with five international classical marimba virtuosos performing.

June 15 and 16 the 15th Annual Santa Fe Greek Festival gives us our fix of Greek food and music, dancing, and imported goods at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.

The first annual Southwest Festival of New Music at the Center for Contemporary Art will put on three days of concerts, discussions, exhibitions, and film screenings on the theme “Music as Environmental Consciousness,” in honor of the 2012 centenary of composer John Cage.  Catch the first show June 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Currents 2012: Santa Fe International New Media Festival is a free two-week festival showcasing recent developments in new media by more than 70 international artists — an immersive experience of light, sound, and image, with panel discussions and workshops.

Film buffs might want to check out Folk/Art/Cinema, a hosted film series that explores traditional societies in a changing world through works by unsung heroes in world cinema.

Free workshops at the Spanish Colonial Museum introduce children and adults to traditional arts on Wednesdays, including retablos on June 13, tinwork June 20, and weaving on June 27. At the Georgia O’Keeffe Education Annex, explore Nature through Collage, a free workshop for the family; Watercolor in the Garden, an evening painting in a garden; the two-session In My Voice: Nature Memoir Writing workshop; and the Journey Stick Experience, a hike followed by sculpture making.

For those of you interested in visiting our sister property, the Hassayampa Inn in Prescott Arizona — be  sure to catch the play about our beloved designer, Mary Jane Colter, at the Elks Opera House while you’re in town! Fred and Mary:  An Unconventional Romance by award winning playwright, Micki Shelton, re-imagines the relationship between Colter and pioneering hotelier Fred Harvey who has been credited with “civilizing” the West.  Click here for dates, show times and ticket information.

A century ago, the name Fred Harvey was synonymous with delicious food and stellar service in the West and along the ever expanding rail lines.  Saturday, June 30, recreate some of the dishes that made the Harvey Houses — including La Fonda on the Plaza — famous, at Las Cosas Cooking School.

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