View From the Plaza

Time to Get Outside in Santa Fe

Out & about

Beer and bicycles are natural brothers, according to Outside Magazine and Cycle Santa Fe, which have created the inaugural Bike & Brew Festival (May 16-18), a celebration of craft beer and cycling on or off road. Bicyclists of all levels are invited to sample anything from the challenging Santa Fe Century Ride (with 20- and 50-mile routes) to an easy cruise to the brewpub.

Spring brings an abundance of eye-catching produce to the twice-weekly Farmers’ Market at the Railyard. Vegetables, arts and crafts, and live music and events give you plenty of incentives to check out the Railyard and its surrounding galleries, shops, and pubs, with free entertainment like the Wise Fool circus performing their show Flexion (May 16-17).

Learn about the local flora and fauna on two easy hikes in Santa Fe Canyon led by a naturalist from The Nature Conservancy (April 23, May 15). This thriving river valley only a few miles from the Plaza has been preserved for the enjoyment of birds, beavers, and other wildlife.

Here’s something you probably didn’t expect to do in Santa Fe: Cheer on the city’s own professional baseball team! The Santa Fe Fuego play other New Mexico teams starting May 12 at Fort Marcy Park, complete with hot dogs and McGee the mascot.

Trace New Mexico textiles from sheep to loom at the annual Fiber Arts Festival at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum (May 24-25), with demonstrations of herding and shearing, dyeing and weaving. Add costumed villagers, bread baking, and other non-sheep activities for the annual Spring Festival and Children’s Fair (June 7-8).

Estrella del Norte Vineyard offers cooking classes, wine dinners, regular tastings, and a low-cost beginning photography workshop (May 16), with tasting included.

Art events

Hurry on over to Canyon Road for this year’s Passport to the Arts (May 9-11), the perfect outing for Mother’s Day. Pick up an instant masterpiece in the Artist’s Quick Draw auction, or bid less impulsively in a silent auction. The famous arts district will feature exhibits, demonstrations, live music, and trunk shows all weekend for strolling, sipping, and shopping.

Join the local community for the quirky Fantase Dome Fest (May 9), a multimedia interactive festival composed of four lighted domes, art happenings, live music, and a beer garden. It’s billed as a demonstration of how downtown can be transformed into a global magnet for the young and young at heart.

One of the largest art studio tours in New Mexico takes place in Eldorado (May 17-18), just north of Santa Fe, featuring the work of 90 artists in all media and a preview show at the La Tienda exhibition space.

Indian art collectors set aside Memorial Day weekend for the annual Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival (May 24-25), selling museum-quality Native art from 200+ invited artists. The event benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture.

Coming up in June is the fifth annual Currents New Media Festival (June 13-29), presenting emerging artists in new media in venues around the city.


At the museums

The New Mexico Museum of Art looks at the development of the Santa Fe Art Colony (through July 27). Filigree and Finery at the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art (through May 31) exhibits some of the luxurious adornments worn in New Spain, from silk and filigree to shawls and rebozos. Also from New Spain, a menagerie of Hispano wood animal carvings has taken up residence at the Museum of International Folk Art, featuring early 20th-century examples of this whimsical art form. The feminist artist Judy Chicago who is associated with her namesake city actually has lived for three decades in New Mexico. An exhibit of her recent work opens June 6 at the New Mexico Museum of Art, including collaborations with husband Donald Woodman, whose photographs are currently on display at the New Mexico History Museum (through Oct. 12).

Be sure to catch the final weeks of Feast: Radical Hospitality at SITE Santa Fe (closing May 18), including the free exhibit Ice Cream Social (May 10), a response by high school students to a curatorial assignment.



Fascinating opera prodigy, Spanish guitarist, and intelligence officer AnnaMaria Cardinalli performs Legado y Leyenda, stories about the people of Northern New Mexico, every Friday night through June 20 in a benefit for San Miguel Mission to restore its historic bell tower.

Jazz legend, composer, and part-time Santa Fe resident Dave Grusin plays a benefit show (May 22) for the Santa Fe Waldorf School with some jazzy friends. Catch the rootsy folk trio Cave Singers (May 13) with Todd and the Fox at Santa Fe Sol. And there’s still classical music to be heard from the Santa Fe Symphony as Tom Hall conducts Beethoven’s Ninth (May 17-8), with renowned soloists and the Symphony Chorus.

2 Responses to “Time to Get Outside in Santa Fe”

  1. Andy Ritch

    Thanks for mentioning Beethoven’s 9th. I will be singing. The Symphony Chorus is going to be really something.
    As to the bikers and beer. The two do not necessarily go well together. I just hope they can all see the train coming. No flippancy here, I really mean it.
    Your blog coincides with tourism day in Santa Fe. It could not be more perfectly timed,
    Enjoy your day.

    • Jenny Kimball

      Thanks Andy. I plan on heading over to the convention center shortly. Should be a fun event.


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